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Ninth Ward
3.98
liked it
I'm sorry, I think I liked this one a lot more in theory than in execution. A charged political issue (Hurricane Katrina), the subtle magical realism/ ...more
Nov 2010
Nov 18, 2010
 
The Toymaker
3.46
liked it
This book is one of those mysteries to me. On paper, it sounds like it would be my favorite book ever. One of the book's characters is a sinister toym ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 18, 2011
 
The Night Fairy
3.75
liked it
It's nice to see Laura Amy Schlitz venture into the territory of the illustrated classic, and the illustrations in this book are nothing short of gorg ...more
Jul 2010
Aug 14, 2010
 
Ghost in the Machine (Skeleton Creek, #2)
4.22
liked it
A bit stronger than the first book, partially in the fact that online videos actually support, provide evidence, and expand upon the story instead of ...more
May 2010
May 07, 2010
 
Savvy (Savvy, #1)
3.97
liked it
It is a little difficult to get past the dialect of Law's novel, which includes a lot of made-up words and reads somewhat like a Southern tall tale. H ...more
not set
Dec 04, 2008
 
Bird in a Box
3.72
liked it
**spoiler alert** I thought the multiple perspectives in this book were very well-done. Each voice felt really distinct. Hibernia was the daring preac ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 17, 2011
 
Out of My Mind
4.37
liked it
Written from the point of view of Melody, a brainy fifth-grader who has cerebral palsy, this book speaks not only to stereotypes of the disabled, but ...more
Aug 2010
Sep 03, 2010
 
Operation Yes
3.77
it was ok
Here's the thing: I don't really like the military and I don't really like improv theater, so I'm biased, and this book didn't really help me understa ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 11, 2010
 
Dying to Meet You (43 Old Cemetery Road, #1)
4.01
really liked it
This brief but wonderful epistolary novel earns my dubious honor "higher rating because it's so much better than I expected" rating. Told through foun ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 23, 2010
 
Return to Sender
3.70
liked it
I really admire Julia Alvarez. I don't know how she does it, but she manages to tackle complex political issues from a totally humane (though not tota ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 24, 2010
 
Down the Rabbit Hole (Echo Falls, #1)
3.77
liked it
A dark, fascinating small-town mystery featuring a spunky amateur sleuth, 13-year-old Ingrid Levin-Hill, who is starring in a local production of Alic ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 18, 2011
 
The Code (Spy X #1)
3.90
liked it
I initially read this book looking for more good, quick, adventure-y reads to recommend for those who like the 39 Clues & similar books, and I thi ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 18, 2010
 
SPHDZ (Spaceheadz, #1)
3.63
liked it
A really hilarious, fast-paced book for younger readers that manages to have the good sense to dip its toe in potty humor every now and then without g ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 18, 2011
 
Among the Hidden (Shadow Children, #1)
3.97
really liked it
This is a wonderful children's sci-fi dystopian novel that I have been meaning to read for awhile, and will definitely heartily recommend when I recei ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 18, 2010
 
The Popularity Papers (The Popularity Papers, #1)
4.08
really liked it
In the ever-growing field of the illustrated novel, this title stands out as especially multi-faceted, charming, and unique. It follows the journey of ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 18, 2011
 
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
4.12
it was amazing
I really admire the fact that Lois Lowry can write in so many different genres at excel at pretty much every one. Here, she presents a perfect future ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 18, 2010
 
Camo Girl
3.76
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I thought this was a really interesting book, and that Kekla Magoon has grown so much as a writer from The Rock And The River. I thi ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 17, 2011
 
What Happened on Fox Street
3.74
liked it
I can't remember another children's book I've read recently that deals with the subject of corporate land development, so I almost feel like this book ...more
Nov 2010
Nov 18, 2010
 
The Dreamer
3.94
liked it
A fictionalized biography about the poet Pablo Neruda, there's no doubt this book, with its dreamy art by Peter Sis, and its scraps of poetry and cele ...more
Nov 2010
Nov 18, 2010
 
Skellig (Skellig, #1)
3.78
it was amazing
A really odd, unclassifiable book. This falls into the same category as The Underneath by Kathi Appelt---I love it because it's so overly ambitious an ...more
Nov 2010
Nov 18, 2010
 
Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
3.74
liked it
**spoiler alert** Definitely, the characters and setting come through most strongly in this book. I have to say, I did get a little sense of the dange ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 17, 2011
 
Turtle in Paradise
3.93
it was amazing
I love reading good historical fiction because I find it one of the hardest genres to recommend, and Jennifer Holm is definitely a great master of the ...more
Nov 2010
Nov 12, 2010
 
The 10 PM Question
3.80
really liked it
Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons is consumed by chronic worry and anxiety, including a 10 p.m. question he must ask his mother every night, and an agor ...more
Nov 2010
Nov 12, 2010
 
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda, #1)
3.90
liked it
This book might make a fun read-alike for those legions of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans. Written in a similar format, with kid-friendly cartoons and writ ...more
Aug 2010
Sep 03, 2010
 
One Crazy Summer (Gaither Sisters, #1)
3.96
it was amazing
So remember last year when everyone was going nuts over The Rock and the River, that book that filled a gap in children's lit. with its sympathetic po ...more
Jun 2010
Jul 27, 2010
 
How to Steal a Dog
3.91
liked it
I had been curious to read this book since a patron told me their school library wouldn't let their daughter (who I believe is in 3rd grade) check thi ...more
Mar 2011
Apr 01, 2011
 
Keeper
3.72
liked it
I'm not big on animal fables, but Kathi Appelt's "The Underneath" was one of my favorite books written the year it came out. That being said, maybe I ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 27, 2010
 
Breadcrumbs
3.75
liked it
On paper, this sounds like a book I'd really love: a coming-of-age story about a girl growing apart from her best friend, mostly for the simple reason ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 23, 2012
 
Skeleton Creek (Skeleton Creek, #1)
4.08
really liked it
Probably one of the best things I took away from ALA was the existence of this book, which I was for some reason previously unaware of. I probably wou ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 22, 2009
 
The Boneshaker
3.67
liked it
Not to be confused with the similarly steampunk Cherie Priest book. In a way I feel like this book was tailor-made for me with all its pieces: Natalie ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 27, 2010
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