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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)
it was amazing
Review of an advance copy:

I'm breaking a 5-month Goodreads hiatus to post my review of this excellent book. I was fortunate enough to receive an advan
Jun 13, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed
really liked it
Sometimes the material was really dense, but I think this is a very unique and interesting description of a very unique place and its history.
Dec 27, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
The Flint Heart
really liked it
Review of an advance copy:
I hope when the final edition comes out that the book will more clearly explain that this story was written in 1910 and was
Jun 07, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
Little Dog, Lost
really liked it
Review of an advance copy:

In a lot of ways, this is a fairly typical dog book. Boy (Mark) desperately needs a dog. Dog (Buddy) desperately needs a boy
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
Prince of Dorkness: More Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire (Notes, #2)
it was amazing
I sat in the bookstore and read the entire book, constantly laughing out loud. I probably disturbed the book club ladies who were discussing some bril ...more
Sep 08, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
The Wild Book
really liked it
Review of an advance copy:

This book, featuring Margarita Engle's lovely free-verse, is based on the life of Ms. Engle's grandmother. 11-year-old Fefa
Nov 05, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
Alabama Moon (Alabama Moon, #1)
liked it
Moon is a 10-year-old boy who's been raised in the woods by his father. When his father dies, he has no idea who to trust or where to go, and immediat ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 13, 2008
His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg
it was amazing
Fabulous book. The format makes it very easy to read, and the book is gorgeous to look at. Raoul Wallenberg's story is fascinating, and it has me wond ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
Ways To Live Forever
it was amazing
Sam is 11, and he is dying of leukemia. His mother is always sad, his dad is in denial, and his younger sister is unsure how to act from one day to th ...more
Feb 05, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
The Story of Cirrus Flux
it was amazing
I'm seeing a lot of poor reviews, but I really enjoyed this one. The story is not so much about "The Breath of God," but more about the young foundlin ...more
Oct 03, 2010
May 06, 2010
Unlocking the Spell (Wide-Awake Princess, #2)
really liked it
Review of an advance copy:

This is a great sequel to The Wide-Awake Princess. (Which was also a fabulous book, and if you haven't read it, you should!)
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
Grimalkin the Witch Assassin (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #9)
it was ok
Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with this book. The Last Apprentice series is one of my favorites, but I think it is largely because I love the ...more
May 05, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
Pecos Bill: The Greatest Cowboy of All Time
it was ok
I generally love folktales, tall tales, legends, fairytales, and anything else that might be at home in the 398.2 section of the library. So being bor ...more
Apr 2012
Mar 27, 2012
The Many Ways of Seeing: An Introduction to the Pleasures of Art
really liked it
I read this because it was a Newbery Honor book. It's a pretty old book, and I thought I was going to be bored. I was actually rather intrigued with t ...more
Aug 17, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
Gifts from the Gods: Ancient Words and Wisdom from Greek and Roman Mythology
it was amazing
Just plain brilliant. The author takes we use in English and shows how they came from names and words in Greek & Roman mythology. She also tells t ...more
Feb 17, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
Escape from Castle Cant
really liked it
I really enjoyed the narrator of this audio book. He is a bit inconsistent with the way he pronounces names, but his character voices are hilarious.
Jul 03, 2010
May 29, 2010
When the Sergeant Came Marching Home
it was amazing
When their dad (the Sergeant) came home from WWII, he moved his family out to a farm. 10-year-old Donald is not happy about it, but his little brother ...more
Nov 06, 2008
Nov 06, 2008
Blue Skies and Gunfire
really liked it
I wish the characters of the two brothers had been fleshed out a little more. I think that might make the ending feel more resolved and help us see an ...more
Mar 27, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
The Carbon Diaries 2017
liked it
I still like the premise, but I found Laura and Adi annoying (and Eman too - VERY annoying!) and I was more interested in the events of the world than ...more
Jun 29, 2010
Jun 28, 2009
We Planted a Tree
really liked it
I love the pictures, and I like that the environmental message comes through without being overbearing or preachy. It is just a fun, simple story.
Jul 2010
Aug 03, 2010
Groosham Grange
it was ok
Strange, incredibly gruesome, and somewhat pointless. Oh well, I guess horror often is!
Nov 27, 2008
Nov 10, 2008
really liked it
A clever premise.
Jun 11, 2010
Aug 03, 2010
Ravenwood (Ravenwood #1)
liked it
Pros: Good characters - I particularly liked Mucum, Shiv, Joe, & Flo.

Cons: Too long. Sometimes a bit boring. The tree puns get annoying. The battl
Feb 22, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
really liked it
I think I liked it. I really don't know. I am so baffled by this book. The storyline is very interesting, to be sure, but this is not a book I will bu ...more
Aug 30, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
A Warlock in Whitby (The Whitby Witches, #2)
liked it
I liked this one well enough, but I have plenty of complaints. My main objection is that the entire issue with Nelda and Esau was gross and disturbing ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
Breaking Stalin's Nose
it was amazing
I've not read anything quite like this before.

The only similarities I've got are:

1. The feeling of being unable to trust your neighbors and the need
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
The Enemy: A Book About Peace
it was amazing
I thought this one was very powerful. The only illustration that gave me a bit of difficulty was the one where the enemy (with the devil tail) is walk ...more
Nov 28, 2009
Dec 01, 2009
really liked it
Review of an advance copy:
I really enjoyed reading this one. I had never heard of a veena before, so it didn't take me long before I was online lookin
Jul 19, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower, #1)
it was amazing
Usually when I read the words "first in a series" (or anything similar), I groan. But with this book, I was saying a silent "Woo-hoo!" I would have be ...more
Oct 30, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
Where The Streets Had A Name
really liked it
Hayaat's tale is a very interesting and believable story of Palestinian life. This might be a good balance to The Shepherd's Granddaughter by Ann Laur ...more
Mar 14, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
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