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Once Upon a Time in the North (His Dark Materials, #0.5)
3.79
really liked it
Short and sweet. It was nice to read about Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnison again. This time around, Scoresby seemed a bit brash and more quick-witted ...more
Apr 13, 2008
Apr 09, 2008
 
Copper Sun
4.30
liked it
Historical fiction is tough to write, it is probably even more challenging to write with the young adult in mind. An author has to try to keep the sto ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 18, 2009
 
The Chocolate War (Chocolate War, #1)
3.48
really liked it
Within the first few pages, it's clear why this book frequently finds itself on the challenged book list - Cormier applies no filter to his story or c ...more
Dec 09, 2008
Dec 07, 2008
 
The Thief of Always
4.21
liked it
A fun, quick read. This is the graphic novel adaption of Clive Barker's young adult story of the same name released about 15 years ago. IDW Publishing ...more
May 2006
Jun 12, 2007
 
Across the Nightingale Floor, Episode 1: The Sword of the Warrior (Tales of the Otori, #1 Ep. 1)
4.12
liked it
This is one of the most sought after books among my males students that I have in my "classroom library." It got so bad that eventually I had to creat ...more
May 2008
Apr 15, 2008
 
Going Bovine
3.65
it was amazing
I’ve been thinking about Going Bovine for about a week now. I really enjoyed this modern day, road trip, personal journey, Don Quixote adventure book ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 23, 2010
 
Kira-Kira
3.90
it was ok
Whenever I read YA literature I usually apply a filter to my reading. I remind myself of the book’s intended audience as I try to uncover what might b ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 18, 2009
 
The Arrival
4.33
it was amazing
An elegant, wordless graphic novel about an family leaving their homeland in search of a better life. In the end, they find many others with similar e ...more
Oct 2008
Dec 07, 2008
 
The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation #1)
3.49
it was amazing
M.T. Anderson is wonderful. Octavian Nothing is the story of a slave given a thorough and enriching education, as part of an experiment concerning the ...more
not set
Aug 09, 2007
 
Pretty Monsters: Stories
3.91
really liked it
This is a great collection of short stories. In a very short time I have become a huge fan of Kelly Link. Her stories are always a bit strange, funny, ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 13, 2009
 
The Secret Life of Bees
4.01
it was ok
There is a strange phenomenon surrounding this book: anyone that knew I was reading this book insisted on telling me how wonderful it was and how much ...more
Sep 07, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
The Outsiders
4.06
really liked it
First reading since middle school.

While I was reading, I was only mildly involved with the story and characters but after finishing it, Hinton's char
...more
Nov 2008
Dec 07, 2008
 
Dust
3.48
really liked it
One of the better YA books I've read in a while. Slade's approach is concise and focused. He reveals just enough details to keep the story going and n ...more
not set
May 30, 2011
 
Zombies Vs. Unicorns
3.74
liked it
Everything about this book is fun: the approach, the orangization, the art, the stories, etc.

I did read through most of the zombie stories first (Libb
...more
not set
May 30, 2011
 
When You Reach Me
4.08
really liked it
A somewhat simple story about being a kid in NYC in 1979, The $20,000 Pyramid, friendship, growing up, A Wrinkle in Time, family, and oh yeah, time tr ...more
May 2010
Apr 28, 2010
 
The Thief of Always
4.18
it was amazing
Still one of my favorite YA books, even though every time I purchase the book it seems to find a new home on someone else's bookcase without my knowle ...more
not set
Dec 15, 2008
 
Noisy outlaws, unfriendly blobs, and some other things that aren't as scary, maybe, depending on how you feel about lost lands, stray cellphones, creatures from the sky, parents who disappear in Peru, a man named Lars Farf, and one other story [...]
3.48
really liked it
A cleverly charming collection of short stories by the McSweeney's crew. Even though a handful of the stories are forgetful and more or less 'bleh,' i ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 04, 2007
 
Holes (Holes, #1)
3.93
liked it
Read this book my first year as a teacher, then I made sure to go see the film when it was released the following year. Good book, good movie, good ol ...more
Sep 2002
Aug 07, 2009
 
Tree Girl
4.07
really liked it
One of the books I put on the summer reading list for my students. At first the book felt too simple and cute, the problem with the majority of YA lit ...more
Jun 2008
Jul 06, 2008
 
Thirsty
3.24
really liked it
I wish I could give this book 3.5 stars (so I'll round up!!). I don't really like vampire novels, let alone vampire novels for young adults, but I lov ...more
Oct 30, 2007
Sep 30, 2007
 
Guys Write for Guys Read
3.88
it was ok
Even though this collection of short stories contains entries from many authors I enjoy (M. T. Anderson, Neil Gaiman, Matt Groening, Colter, Walter De ...more
Aug 2006
Aug 09, 2007
 
Lyra's Oxford (His Dark Materials, #3.5)
3.52
really liked it
This is a fun little book, as long as you do not come in expecting the same depth and scope of His Dark Materials. Overall, the story delivers a satis ...more
Nov 2003
Jun 20, 2007
 
The Wild Things
3.45
liked it
Not bad but not great either. I REALLY enjoyed the first 100 pages of the novel, which had nothing to do with "the wild things," just Max stumbling th ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 13, 2009
 
Shelf Life: Stories by the Book
3.50
really liked it
Wow! What a surprise. What a great collection of short stories. I was weary of the 'edited by Gary Paulsen' - (Sorry, I'm not a Hatchet fan). But just ...more
Aug 2006
Aug 09, 2007
 
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
3.96
liked it
The story of a boy living in a world with no women and a world where all of men's thoughts can be read by anyone did not hook me as much as I thought ...more
Aug 2010
May 09, 2010
 
I Am the Cheese
3.74
liked it
On the inside flap of this book, Publisher’s Weekly claims that “the secret, reveled at the end, explodes like an H-bomb.” Now, I don’t know if I coul ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 01, 2008
 
Elsewhere
3.91
it was ok
Another Young Adult selection and the first book for my newly created "read enough" self. I had hoped that this book would be an interesting story abo ...more
Feb 02, 2008
Dec 22, 2007
 
Good-Bye, Chunky Rice
3.80
liked it
Even though the story focuses on the titular character and his journey of self-discovery, the story of Solomon and his brother were the parts I kept l ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 28, 2007
 
Clockwork
3.84
it was amazing
One of the best children stories I have read in a long time. A clockmaker's apprentice, deals made with the devil, a dying son made into clockwork to ...more
Apr 2004
Jul 12, 2007
 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
4.44
it was ok
I am not anti-Potter and this is the only book in the series I have read. Unfortunately, I read this book shortly after seeing the film and I guess I ...more
Dec 2002
Aug 07, 2007
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