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Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto
4.27
it was amazing
This is a beautifully crafted biography that puts the human face on the woman who became famous for saving 2500 children from certain death in the War ...more
Aug 12, 2016
Aug 02, 2016
 
Full Cicada Moon
4.31
it was amazing
Liked many things about this novel in verse. First of all, I attended college in Burlington Vt, and besides the skiing, I was in love with the weather ...more
Jul 29, 2015
Jul 28, 2015
 
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
4.20
it was amazing
We've all heard of Lord Byron, English poet from the Romantic Age , but his mathematically gifted daughter has remained in obscurity. I first read abo ...more
Sep 2015
Sep 27, 2015
 
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
3.86
it was amazing
I recently read Four Sistersvia net galley, and from the beginning, all my other reading went on “hold”. I have read, and own other works on the Russ ...more
Apr 14, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
 
Hold Tight, Don't Let Go
3.83
it was amazing
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti changed everything for teenaged cousins Nadine and Magdalie. The loving aunt and Manman, who supported them, has died in ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 12, 2014
 
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors
4.03
really liked it
I really appreciate this collection of biographies about African American inventors and scientists. The layout of the book differs from the norm in th ...more
May 2012
Aug 03, 2012
 
Frog Song
4.02
it was amazing
Beautiful double spread artwork in tempera, watercolor, and pencil on watercolor paper by Gennady Spirin, several of which I’d love to have framed! Th ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 20, 2013
 
Aim
3.92
really liked it
Could not put this one down! As WWII looms, fourteen year old Junior works through the death of his father and slowly reconciles the dysfunctional beh ...more
Oct 29, 2016
Oct 29, 2016
 
The Tale of Rescue
3.78
really liked it
This is a story of a family's survival and a dog's dedication to duty. With the story unfolding via the physical and mental experiences of the charact ...more
Jul 26, 2015
Jul 27, 2015
 
The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue
4.15
it was amazing
Everything about this book pulled me in--from the rendering of the cityscape on the endpapers, to the changing shades of blue in the artwork, to the m ...more
Jul 26, 2016
Jul 26, 2016
 
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery
4.12
really liked it
I could not improve on the summary on the inside flap, so I quote: "...spiritual, musical, and quilting references...to express the pain, sorrow, and ...more
Jun 2012
Jul 26, 2012
 
The Christmas Wish
4.17
really liked it
Reminiscent of other Christmas stories where a child is on a quest to meet Santa. As she skis through the countryside on her journey to find Santa, An ...more
Sep 2013
Oct 03, 2013
 
The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read
4.06
really liked it
A celebration of reading, and all the opportunities it provides. All you have to do is find the right book! From the copyright page: "The illustration ...more
Jul 2016
Jul 26, 2016
 
Nobody
3.58
really liked it
Sweet story, appropriate for story time, about George, his imaginary friend and all their activity while waiting for the parents to wake up. The react ...more
not set
Jun 23, 2014
 
Monstergarten
3.21
really liked it
YA's have zombies, 'tweens have ghosts and wizards, but the little guys love their monsters, and this book will be a popular addition to stories abou ...more
Jun 22, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
 
Karolina's Twins
4.32
it was amazing
Read a netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Once I got over the amount of dialogue, and let the story unfold, I didn't stop reading until I w
...more
Jul 31, 2016
Jul 31, 2016
 
Odette's Secrets
4.05
really liked it
Told in verse, Odette relates her life in Paris, and then in the countryside, where her mother has sent her in hopes she will be safe. As a Jewish chi ...more
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 26, 2013
 
Savvy (Savvy, #1)
3.96
really liked it
According to the online Free Dictionary by Farflex, the noun “savvy” is defined as “practical understanding or shrewdness.” Well, in Ingrid Law’s Savv ...more
Feb 2009
Jul 14, 2009
 
Alistair Grim's Odditorium (Odditorium, #1)
3.84
it was amazing
Set in Victorian London, The Odditorium is the first installment of a fast paced fantasy, with mystery and steampunk for good measure. Begins quietly ...more
Jan 02, 2015
Aug 31, 2014
 
Gracefully Grayson
4.17
it was amazing
After Grayson's parents die, he moves to Chicago to live with his aunt and uncle and their two sons. He was very young, so he doesn't remember a lot o ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 03, 2014
 
Navigating Early
4.04
really liked it
I am not going to attempt to pigeonhole by genre, but the themes of finding your way, loss, grief, and talent are all in the forefront. The book start ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
 
Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton
4.36
it was amazing
Received this title as an Adobe Digital Edition, and finally, after battling the system to get in and add this ADE to my shelf, I am able to view and ...more
May 2015
Jun 01, 2015
 
The Perfect Place
4.03
really liked it
When the story begins, Dad has been gone for two months, and Mom must move her two daughters, Treasure and Tiffany, out of their apartment in the midd ...more
Nov 2014
Dec 08, 2014
 
The Hop
3.58
really liked it
This story combines a "kiss a frog" from the fairy tales, with the environmental of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nihm. It may not be a perfect compari ...more
May 2012
Oct 23, 2012
 
Book Scavenger (Book Scavenger, #1)
4.15
really liked it
Pretty sure my list of tags for this book give a good idea of the setting and genre. Readers who love a good game, with the clues and codes tucked wit ...more
May 2015
Apr 13, 2015
 
Tru & Nelle (Tru & Nelle, #1)
3.74
it was amazing
Read this on the plane from Boston to Houston and loved it. Depicts the short time where the childhoods of two icons of American lit intersect.
Charac
...more
Jan 2016
Jan 12, 2016
 
The Wild Ones (The Wild Ones, #1)
4.01
really liked it
Hard to say whether this is theme, action, or character driven because all aspects are present in full force! Many pages dog eared because of memorabl ...more
Jul 25, 2015
Jul 24, 2015
 
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
4.11
it was amazing
This title uses three different fonts which add variety, and highlight the quotes attributed to Josephine. The poetic verses are well spaced, sometime ...more
Feb 10, 2015
Feb 12, 2015
 
Reaching for Sun
3.92
really liked it
This is the story of Josie, a girl who lives with her mother and grandmother on the family farm, which is slowly being surrounded by new developments. ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 14, 2008
 
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
3.91
it was amazing
I am always on the prowl for humorous storylines intended for the middle grade reader, and "Unusual Chickens" is perfect. The author and illustrator c ...more
May 11, 2015
May 11, 2015
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