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Always, Abigail
4.14
it was amazing
Brilliant depiction of middle school angst and the conflict between being bitchy/popular or kind/unpopular. Probably one of my favorites for 2015. Rea ...more
Mar 11, 2015
Feb 27, 2015
 
Coaltown Jesus
3.80
it was amazing
Excellent story about a boy grieving the loss of his brother. Jesus suddenly literally pops into his life. This Jesus is tuned into modern life and un ...more
Mar 10, 2015
Jan 13, 2014
 
Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of "Brave Bessie" Coleman
4.33
it was amazing
OK, I admit I may be confusing the book with the life of Bessie Coleman, who I consider one of the most brilliant, brave and amazing African-American ...more
not set
Nov 04, 2008
 
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
4.33
it was amazing
Amazing book. Starts slow but turns into a gripping story of one gentle musician struggling to survive Stalin's purges and the horrors of the siege of ...more
Dec 22, 2015
Sep 25, 2015
 
Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud
4.15
really liked it
The brilliant illustrations are what make this book sing. Funny, interesting and full of historical details, the pictures make the story of two of ear ...more
May 31, 2013
May 31, 2013
 
The Three Triceratops Tuff
3.67
it was amazing
Love this one! Amusing twist on the classic three billy goats gruff story.
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
 
Piggie Pie!
4.22
really liked it
sick, twisted, hysterical!
not set
Oct 28, 2008
 
The Other Alcott
3.68
it was amazing
This book is a brilliant exploration of the complex relationship between two sisters-Louisa May Alcott and her younger sister May. Both were creative ...more
Oct 14, 2017
Oct 14, 2017
 
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
4.18
it was amazing
Great fun to read. No nonsense, just a simple guide to how to get started as a writer. Not how to get published, not how to improve your grammar, but ...more
not set
Dec 26, 2008
 
The War that Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life, #1)
4.47
it was amazing
Brilliant character depiction makes this book memorable. The tale of a extremely abused young girl during the early days of WWII England, and how she ...more
Apr 17, 2015
Apr 08, 2015
 
Wave
4.23
it was amazing
This one is really excellent. Wordless picture book that tells a great story. There are plenty of details in the illustrations (note the seagulls reac ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2009
 
The Gentleman and the Kitchen Maid
4.08
it was amazing
I was mortified when I learned this book is OP. It's a wonderful story about two characters in separate paintings who fall in love. Alas, they are pla ...more
not set
Apr 15, 2009
 
Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life
3.62
it was amazing
There is no genre I enjoy more than juvenile biographies and this one is a gem. Filled with good photographs, carefully researched and kept objective, ...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
 
Joy of Cooking: All About Chicken
3.93
really liked it
Love this book! Tons of good advice, lots of yummy recipes covering most methods: roasting, frying, pan cooking, grilling, baking. Sadly, no microwave ...more
Sep 21, 2013
Sep 21, 2013
 
I, Robot (Robot, #0.1)
4.18
really liked it
I loved this collection of short stories when I was a kid. I re-read it as an adult and it's still terrific. If you like intelligent science fiction ( ...more
not set
Dec 22, 2008
 
The Follower
3.70
it was amazing
Beautiful poetry about the journey of a witch being followed by a lonely black cat. Lyrical writing and lovely illustrations-this is an absorbing stor ...more
Feb 03, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
 
Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon
3.77
it was amazing
Oh, goodie! Another one that I really, really love. A hungry dragon forges a friendship with a clever boy who really knows how to rock the kitchen. Fu ...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
 
Firegirl
3.76
it was amazing
Fantastic study of the friendship between two school children, one of whom has been horribly injured in a house fire. Difficult to put down, so set as ...more
not set
Dec 26, 2008
 
The Sherlockian
3.64
it was amazing
Two parallel stories, one featuring Arthur Conan Doyle, and one featuring a Baker Street Irregular, both trying to solve murders. Both are successful ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
 
Those Who Hunt the Night (James Asher, #1)
3.83
it was amazing
Loved this book. Exactly the correct mix of fantasy and science, it's the story of an attempt to literally build vampires. Takes place in Victorian En ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2009
 
The Underneath
3.94
it was amazing
An Newbery honor title and rightfully so. The intertwined lives of Gar-Face, Ranger the hound, the two kittens and Grandmother Mocassin are a fascinat ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
 
Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse
4.38
it was amazing
Wow! this one got starred reviews and yeah, it's absolutely fantastic. The illustrations are great (the owls and cats are absolutely menacing) and the ...more
Nov 2014
Oct 28, 2014
 
I'd Really Like to Eat a Child
4.05
it was amazing
Baby crocodile does NOT want to eat bananas,he wants to eat a child. And so off her goes, searching for a yummy toddler to eat...very funny ending. I ...more
not set
Dec 26, 2008
 
The New Small Person
4.08
it was amazing
This book is all kinds of awesome! Love the illustrations! Love the story! Love the characters! Fave picture book of 2015!!! (so far. It's only March, ...more
Mar 17, 2015
Mar 17, 2015
 
Sister Anne's Hands
4.35
it was amazing
Deeply moving account of an African American nun teaching in a predominately white school during the civil rights movement. A beautiful book.
not set
Dec 26, 2008
 
Freak the Mighty (Freak The Mighty, #1)
3.99
it was amazing
the characters are brilliant, and totally beleivable. Some really suspensful parts and the ending is very sad, even if I did see it coming. Read this ...more
Dec 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
The Day the Crayons Quit
4.42
it was amazing
Oh, wow! I have found my favorite picture book of this year! Love it! The story is fresh and interesting and the illustrations are a hoot.
Sep 06, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
 
Lovabye Dragon
3.61
really liked it
Love this sweet, beautifully illustrated picture book about a lonely little girl and a lonely dragon who find each other.
Nov 28, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900
3.85
it was amazing
Could not put it down! Seriously, the book gives good background information, and the writing style is clear. I was up until 4:00 am reading this, it ...more
Nov 21, 2015
Nov 14, 2015
 
The Lion's Share
3.97
it was amazing
Extremely cute book illustrating simple math and the benefits of sharing. Highly recommended, great fun.
not set
Apr 01, 2009
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