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The Magickers (The Magickers, #1)
3.52
did not like it
There are great books out there with character-driven plots, in which the unfolding events are the logical outcome of both the circumstances and the p ...more
Jul 2005
Jan 18, 2009
 
The Seance
3.50
really liked it
Another juvenile, picked off the new books rack in the library. In an unnamed city in 1926, Scooter King, thirteen, goes to school and works hard to a ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 05, 2009
 
Gossamer
3.88
it was amazing
My son recommended this book to me, and he was right. So what if it's written "for" kids? Think of it as a novelette. Lowry has a justly famous way wi ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 05, 2009
 
The Giant Rat of Sumatra: or Pirates Galore
3.45
really liked it
I'm not too proud to read books labeled "10 and up," and you shouldn't be either. Sometimes they're a lot of fun - especially if they're historical ad ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 18, 2009
 
Hatching Magic (Hatching Magic, #1)
3.72
really liked it
A charming little middle-grade book, about a wyvern lost in time, and various acquisition efforts regarding her (and her egg/baby). The main character ...more
May 2008
Jan 18, 2009
 
Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
3.96
really liked it
I'd forgotten how much antagonism towards the negative aspects of modern (1950s!) life was expressed in these books - especially in the last couple of ...more
Feb 2008
Mar 05, 2009
 
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
4.19
it was amazing
I'm reading this series to my son now, actually. I'd forgotten how quickly they zip along. We talked a bit about how the book differs from the movie. ...more
Feb 2008
Mar 05, 2009
 
The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)
4.02
really liked it
My son was unhappy about the poor outlook for the characters, but we got through to the end. I'm not sure how he felt about the journey to Paradise pa ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 05, 2009
 
The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
3.90
it was amazing
My second-favorite Narnia book! I lost my first copy on a bus to camp, and the replacement copy got a protective plastic covering, so it doesn't show ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 05, 2009
 
The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
4.01
liked it
Possibly my least-favorite of the series - it all seems too 'pat' to me. But N. seemed to quite like it (and recognized Jadis's name as that of the Wh ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 05, 2009
 
The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
3.95
really liked it
More forgetfulness - the drollness of Puddleglum the Marsh-Wiggle. And how little Lewis cared for 'modern' educational theory, again (or still - this ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 05, 2009
 
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
4.08
it was amazing
This was my favorite of the series (the extent of the repairs to the volume attests to this), but I'm not sure it's my son's. We'll have to see.
Mar 2008
Mar 05, 2009
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