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True (. . . Sort Of)
4.12
it was amazing
Review as originally posted on Staff Picks Blog

Iowa author Katherine Hannigan follows up her bestselling debut novel, Ida B, with a powerful story of
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May 2011
May 22, 2011
 
The Kneebone Boy
3.93
really liked it
Ever since their mother disappeared, the Hardscrabble children, Otto, Lucia and Max, have been outcasts in the village of Little Tunks. Vicious rumors ...more
Jan 2011
Mar 24, 2011
 
A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #1)
4.04
really liked it
If you thought you were familiar with the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, think again. With the belief that children like their stories with the messy bi ...more
Jan 2011
Mar 24, 2011
 
Bless This Mouse
3.66
liked it
Cute tale of Mouse Mistress Hildegarde managing a large community of mice living in St. Bartholomew's church. The mice are a clever bunch and it is fu ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 28, 2011
 
Small as an Elephant
3.94
really liked it
Really interesting and touching story about a boy with a mentally ill mother and an obsession for elephants. She has abandoned him during a camping tr ...more
May 2011
May 02, 2011
 
Kat, Incorrigible (Kat, Incorrigible, #1)
3.96
really liked it
Decorum and the quest for eligible spouses for Kat's elder sisters meet magic. Think a Regency Great and Terrible Beauty for younger readers. Kat's sp ...more
May 2011
May 19, 2011
 
The Billionaire's Curse
3.92
really liked it
Gerald's world turns upside down overnight when his great aunt Geraldine dies and he inherits her immense fortune. His parents quickly take of on a ya ...more
May 2011
May 14, 2011
 
Soldier's Game
4.13
liked it
Nicely done blend of contemporary sports story of Ross and historical sports and war story of Ross' great-grandfather, Jack Jordan. Soccer fans will b ...more
Oct 2011
Nov 01, 2011
 
The Midnight Tunnel (Suzanna Snow, #1)
3.80
it was amazing
So much fun to read this historical mystery set near where I grew up! Not many books (for kids or adults) choose New Brunswick, particularly in 1904, ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 10, 2011
 
Till Death Do Us Bark (43 Old Cemetery Road, #3)
4.25
really liked it
Kate Klise does a great job mixing letters, newspaper articles, advertisements, etc. to tell stories. The introduction of 2 nasty siblings and a new g ...more
May 2011
May 03, 2011
 
The Name of This Book Is Secret (Secret, #1)
4.04
liked it
Finally got around to this one after helping many eager kids find its sequels. The intrusive narrator was too intrusive for me, but Cass and Max-Ernes ...more
May 2011
May 10, 2011
 
The Great Hamster Massacre
3.45
really liked it
Very funny book filled with quirky families and ill-fated pets. Style and humour will appeal to kids on the young end of the Wimpy Kid books. Not one ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 04, 2012
 
Masterpiece
3.91
really liked it
On the one hand a sweet story about Marvin, an exceptionally artistic beetle, and his friendship with James, the boy in the apartment where he lives t ...more
May 2011
May 21, 2011
 
Breadcrumbs
3.75
it was amazing
Lovely thoughtful take on The Snow Queen with many other fairy tales and children's books mixed in. Like it's treatment of changing boy-girl friendshi ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 10, 2011
 
The Boy at the End of the World
3.81
really liked it
A boy and his robot take on the world, with some assistance from a woolly mammoth and a genetically-altered prairie dog. Sound hokey? It's not. Riveti ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 14, 2011
 
Horton Halfpott; or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset
3.80
really liked it
Humorous version of the poor mistreated servant story, over-the-top cruel lady of the house and her even-worse son. Quite well-done. It's got a bit of ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 29, 2011
 
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (Theodore Boone, #1)
3.72
it was ok
One long explanation of everything from the law to what his family eats each night. The thriller aspect was so evidently missing that at times it felt ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 27, 2011
 
Strawberry Girl
3.85
it was ok
Interesting for the dialect and learning about pre-Disney World Florida. Disliked the pacing and lack of character development. It doesn't seem like i ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
The Unforgotten Coat
3.83
really liked it
Short but powerful story about two Mongolian refugee brothers and their impact on their school and one classmate in particular. As in all Cottrell Boy ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 23, 2011
 
EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken
3.33
really liked it
An enjoyable beginning to an early chapter book series that I expect to take off (if for no other reason than there aren't many early chapter books wi ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 25, 2011
 
Oddfellow's Orphanage
3.68
it was ok
Delightful characters and setting, but far too episodic. Felt like I was reading a draft rather than a completed book. All fits and starts.
Feb 2012
Feb 19, 2012
 
Inside Out & Back Again
4.09
it was amazing
Possibly the best immigrant story I've ever read. Thannha Lai covers a year in the life of ten-year-old Kim Ha, her mother and three brothers in three ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 23, 2011
 
Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower, #1)
4.08
really liked it
This book must have been so much fun to write! Like a Shannon Hale book with Howl's Moving Castle thrown in. Delightful mix.
Jan 2012
Jan 01, 2012
 
My Name Is Parvana (The Breadwinner, #4)
4.11
Well done. Very timely read in light of attempt to assassinate Malala, champion for girl's education in Afghanistan.
Nov 2012
Nov 04, 2012
 
Bigger than a Bread Box
4.02
really liked it
Really good book. Having put my own kids through divorce it was a pretty difficult read for me though.
Aug 2011
Aug 05, 2011
 
The Trouble with May Amelia (May Amelia, #2)
3.94
it was amazing
Delightful! Love the dialogue and relationships.
Longer review at ICPL Staff Picks blog.
Apr 2011
Apr 18, 2011
 
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading (Charlie Joe Jackson, #1)
3.93
liked it
Quick (lots of super-short chapters & lists), funny read. Decent recommendation for the Wimpy Kid fans.
Aug 2011
Aug 14, 2011
 
The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles, #1)
4.37
Great start to another strong fantasy/adventure series. Ranger's Apprentice fans will eat it up.
Dec 2011
Dec 23, 2011
 
Dark Life (Dark Life, #1)
3.89
really liked it
Great setting, fast-paced interesting adventure story, good for scifi, ecology and adventure fans.
Oct 2011
Oct 22, 2011
 
Anna Hibiscus (Anna Hibiscus, #1)
4.14
Reviewed at ICPL Staff Picks Blog
Dec 2011
Dec 03, 2011
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