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Snowflakes Fall
4.01
This book is a beautiful collaboration between MacLachlan and Kellogg written to honor the children of Sandy Hook Elementary. I had wondered how this...more
Dec 11, 2013
Dec 11, 2013
 
Blackout
4.12
This book beautifully illustrates my often-made point: Bag the goal to read all the national award winners. Resolve instead to read all the also-rans...more
May 02, 2014
May 02, 2014
 
Son (The Giver #4)
3.95
I'm seeing all the negative reviews and am a bit confused by them. This was, by far, my favorite of Lowry's dystopic quartet. I loved revisiting the m...more
May 18, 2014
May 20, 2014
 
Airs Above the Ground
3.95
Sometimes it's really fun to just have a fun novel for book club. That's what this was. A little intrigue, some great travel, endearing characters, ch...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
 
The Attacks of September 11th, 2001 (I Survived, #6)
4.17
Taurshis adds an afterword to her novel entitled "Why I Wrote About September 11." In these pages she explains that she never planned to write about t...more
Apr 07, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
 
Miss You Most of All
3.55
*spoiler (kinda) alert* Well, if I check out a book called "Miss You Most of All" I only have myself to blame, really. You can pretty much guess, by t...more
not set
Jul 29, 2011
 
The Sisterhood: Inside the Lives of Mormon Women
2.79
I admire what the author claimed she was trying to do but I don't think she succeeded. I wish she would have collaborated with someone a little bit mo...more
not set
May 03, 2009
 
Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)
3.68
Inferno was entertaining enough. I do love Robert Langdon and it was fun to kick around Italy with him a bit. The amnesia/nothing-is-as-it-seems twist...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
 
The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 (I Survived, #5)
4.10
(The coolest thing about historical fiction is that while the reader may be simply enjoying a nice read--they're also learning so much about the histo...more
Mar 03, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
 
Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu
3.92
I loved this book. It is visually stunning and very informative. Lewin deftly demonstrates the remoteness and isolation of the location of the lost ci...more
May 08, 2014
May 08, 2014
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
The good thing about everyone telling you you'll hate a book is that your expectations are very low. I didn't hate this book--in fact it had some comp...more
Mar 2012
Mar 24, 2012
 
Ant and Grasshopper
3.66
This retelling of the classic tale adds a gentle twist with a few extra months in the story as Ant takes Grasshopper in and shares his store while Gra...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
 
Hill Country
3.98
I probably actually loved this book 5-stars worth but I have recently adopted my mom's system of awarding all 5 to only books I would read again. (Thi...more
Feb 13, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
 
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
4.17
It's not that I had forgotten this gem but, well--yeah. I guess I had. I've been so consumed with identifying the best of the avalanche of new childre...more
May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014
 
Moon Over Manifest
4.02
I get why some people are indifferent toward it. It's pace is slow and it does take a bit of getting into. But the story is charming and sweet. It eff...more
not set
Jul 21, 2011
 
Rapunzel
3.98
I had forgotten how scandalous the real story of Rapunzel was! This version is not all-that-beautifully retold but Oh! the illustrations are gorgeous!
Mar 03, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
 
Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs
3.85
This was an interesting contrast to "Escape". While the time overlaps a bit, the circumstances are creepily similar. It's frustrating to hear the two...more
not set
Dec 29, 2008
 
Locomotive
4.21
An award winner for clearly obvious reasons! Beautifully written (literally--the fonts are varied and beautiful) this lovely, lyrical story is bound t...more
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
 
While We're Far Apart
4.10
I liked this book. The beginning was awkward and made me uncomfortable since it was told from the POV of the backwards, awkward protagonist. Then as s...more
not set
Jul 29, 2011
 
Small Change: The Secret Life of Penny Burford
3.93
I really loved this sweet little book. While I would have liked a little more of it (it's really more like a short story)I also could appreciate its b...more
Jan 09, 2011
Jan 01, 2011
 
Fancy Nancy
4.12
Yes it's true. My life was a sham. I was an Elementary Librarian who had never read Fancy Nancy. Until now. I had read a scathing review or two about...more
Dec 11, 2013
Dec 11, 2013
 
Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World
3.85
Well...I feel a bit betrayed. Just when I was starting to trust Children's Lit again with such lovely happy stories (MY childhood was the era of Very...more
Mar 03, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
 
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters
4.11
What a great tribute to some of our nation's greatest pioneers. Written by Barack Obama as a letter to his daughters about their potential and possibi...more
Mar 17, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
 
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
4.21
My whole problem with this book (and therefore the bajillion follow-up books by Numeroff/Bond) is that children are growing up never knowing how profo...more
Mar 30, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
 
Hattie Ever After (Hattie, #2)
3.79
I was very happy to find this book! Larson has said she didn't mean to write a sequel but couldn't get Hattie out of her head. I'm glad she felt that...more
Jul 10, 2013
Aug 10, 2013
 
Merry Christmas, Little Critter!
4.02
Mercer Mayer=Instant Classic.
Sep 10, 2013
Sep 10, 2013
 
A Far Horizon (Shadows of Brierley, #2)
3.74
Anita Stansfield can write. Some of her books have been well-crafted. But her real talent lies in being a storyteller. She can create some compelling...more
Feb 2012
Mar 12, 2012
 
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps
4.01
This is the book I WANTED Me...Jane to be. Me...Jane wins best illustrated--hands down. Absolutely gorgeous, whimsical, muted, water-color collages mi...more
Jan 12, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
 
Little Bee
3.65
This is why I nearly didn't read this book: "We don't want to tell you what happens in this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spo...more
Sep 2010
Aug 24, 2010
 
Jenny of the Tetons
3.80
I usually don't like fictionalized accounts of real people but this sweet novel was an exception. The author was very careful to not attribute words a...more
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
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