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Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree
it was amazing
not set
Oct 31, 2008
Hold Fast
really liked it
This was my first Balliett read, and less of a traditional mystery than I expected.
Sum's story is heartbreaking, and very real.

Memorable for its set
Aug 18, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)
it was amazing
I'm pretty sure I read this once, but I KNOW I read an excerpt many many times over and over again as a kid. I love her spirit. And her way of being i ...more
Jan 1993
Mar 03, 2014
Owl in Love
really liked it
Read this for my YA Lit class in grad school, and booktalked it for the class. Then it was the only one from the class that I booktalked for actual mi ...more
Jun 2007
Mar 24, 2011
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell in Love
really liked it
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree was my favorite J title of 2007. This is a great follow-up. It's a very quick read, with a quirky design. Reminds ...more
Jul 28, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
The London Eye Mystery
really liked it
I'd give this one 3.5 stars if I could. This is a totally unique mystery, and I admire a lot about it. It didn't grab me like most of the books I give ...more
Aug 24, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook
liked it
I was attracted to this because of the awesome, street-art-inspired cover. I hoped it would work for booktalking, but ultimately found it to be a litt ...more
Feb 15, 2015
Sep 15, 2015
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
it was amazing
I know, it's sad. I totally did not read this when it came out.

Luckily, Chbosky made a movie version of this story! Which kicked my ass into gear to
May 19, 2013
May 18, 2013
Whales on Stilts (Pals in Peril, #1)
liked it
Tongue-in-cheek metafiction for the upper-elementary set.

I took this out as part of my 2015 Summer Reading promotional visits to elementary schools in
Jan 27, 2015
Feb 12, 2015
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
really liked it
T.S. is a prodigy of cartography. He is only twelve years old, and he sees his whole world through the lens of mapping. He creates maps of movement, s ...more
Apr 10, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
Jellaby (Jellaby, #1)
really liked it
Holy crap, why has it taken me this long to read this book?!?!

This is So. Cute. Portia is living her underwhelming life when she meets a monster in th
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
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