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One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
One Came Home
by Amy Timberlake (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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"One Came Home" was a Newbery Honor book last year, and deservedly so. Timberlake writes a wry, humorous, heart-wrenching combination of mystery, history, ecological awakening and tender adolescent angst.

It's 1871 in Placid, Wisconsin. When Georgie...more
Four by Veronica Roth
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Four by Veronica Roth
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Today’s review is one I have been avoiding, because it is one of those books that reduces me to a gibbering, juvenile fangirl. Yes, that’s right, today I am reviewing “Four: A Divergent Collection,” by Veronica Roth. The emotional part of me wants to...more
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The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
The Fourth Stall
by Chris Rylander (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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This book was a bit of a sleeper for me. I picked it off the shelf at my library because I knew it was popular with boys from 3rd-6th grade. It didn't grab me right away. I was not instantly struck with an intense desire to find out what happens next...more
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The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
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The second of my Newbery books this summer . . . . loved this little story. I'm not sure if Coatsworth invented the story entirely, or if it's based on a Japanese folktale, but it has that dreamy, timeless quality of folklore. The artist muses on the...more
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Caddy's World by Hilary McKay
Caddy's World
by Hilary McKay
read in July, 2014
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Oh hooray, another Casson book! I hope Hilary McKay never stops writing them!

This was the only one I hadn't read, and though it departs from the others in terms of it's timeline, it has the same spirit, and made me smile just as much.

In this offerin...more
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Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder
by R.J. Palacio
read in July, 2014
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"Wonder" is told from the point of view of not one or two, but six different characters.

August Pullman was born with serious facial deformities. Despite many surgeries, his face is still far from normal. At the point the story begins, he is ten years...more
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"Melissa had heard a lot about this book and had been wanting to read it. She finally did, and I know that she was underwhelmed by it. Sounds like it w...more "
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I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño
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One of my summer reading goals was to read three Newbery Medal winning books that I hadn't before. I brought three home from the library at random, and this was one of them. I can understand why it won the Newbery Medal. It's a beautiful and well-wri...more
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A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
A Crooked Kind of Perfect
by Linda Urban
read in July, 2014
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Zoe Elias is a great protagonist. She deals with the unusual aspects of her life in a matter of fact and upbeat way.

So, you wanted to play the piano and ended up with a wheezy old organ? Master the organ and enter a competition!

So, your Dad is an ag...more
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