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Laura Craner rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
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I'm not a Meyer super-fan, but I enjoyed this book a great deal. I think the premise was pretty interesting and not as kitschy as I thought it would be. I think the characters were all a little too one-dimensional but the story was pretty interesting...more
Laura Craner rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Aesop's Fables by Aesop
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
read in August, 2012
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This was interesting. Obviously all the famous tales are in there and then there are a bunch of stories that are lesser known because, well, they really aren't great stories. Pretty interesting stuff though. I kind of wish I had read this with a book...more
Laura Craner rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Alphabet Juice by Roy Blount Jr.
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This was a great way to get into the nitty-gritty of the English language. I read it straight through--which is not recommended--but it was still good. A lot of it made me laugh out loud. Some of it is dated. There are just so many references to Geor...more
Laura Craner rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Quiet by Susan Cain
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This was an excellent book. I have a heckuva lot of introverts in my life and identify strongly with many introvert traits so I appreciated the thoughtfulness Cain applies to the subject. Good book. Highly recommended.
Laura Craner rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Fading Flower and Swallow the Sun by Mahonri Stewart
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See my review here:

http://www.motleyvision.org/2012/revi...
Laura Craner rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Light of the New Day by Darin Cozzens
Light of the New Day
by Darin Cozzens
read in July, 2012
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At first I really didn't like this book because I was desperately jealous of the author for writing it. Once I got over my jealousy I really appreciated it. Not every story was four stars for me, but the writing was thoughtful and precise and had jus...more
Laura Craner rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Adventures of Goody Two Shoes by Oliver Goldsmith
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I read this just so I could know the origin of the phrase. It was short and wasn't bad, but I don't necessarily recommend it.
Laura Craner rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry
Walls Within Walls
by Maureen Sherry (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2012
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This was another fun summer read with my kiddos. The mystery and history elements were fun and I liked the dynamic between the siblings. I've never lived in New York so I think a lot of the elements in the story weren't as vivid for me. Still good th...more
Laura Craner rated a book 3 of 5 stars
A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
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Gail Carson Levine visited our local library and my girls and I went to hear her speak. She was very fun. We bought _Two Castles_ and it was a good read. It's not my favorite of hers (I LOVE _Fairest_ and I really like the Tinker Bell series), but de...more
Laura Craner rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
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This was fun. I read it with my daughter and it was a cute story with a few surprises (for my daughter; not so much for me). I would definitely recommend this for elementary aged readers.
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