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Thirteen Reasons Why
4.02
it was amazing
Everyone knows Hannah Baker killed herself but no one knows why. When Clay receives a mysterious package of 13 audiotapes (each one addressed to a per ...more
Oct 2008
Feb 10, 2009
 
The Battle of Jericho (Jericho, #1)
4.14
really liked it
What's more important to you: being yourself or being a part of a popular or "important" group? This story weighs the risks of acting like someone you ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 10, 2009
 
Zen and the Art of Faking It
3.71
really liked it
"People are always telling kids to be themselves, but either they didn't mean it or they didn't tell you how to go about doing it when everyone was tr ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
 
Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1)
3.92
really liked it
Several students recommended this book for me to read. The vampire genre has regained popularity, with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga and now Heather ...more
Mar 10, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
 
Ninth Grade Slays (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #2)
4.14
really liked it
I'm impressed with this young series (see the first book, The Chronicles of Tod: Eighth Grade Bites)! Vladimir returns to school, this his first year ...more
Mar 16, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
 
Looking for Alaska
4.08
it was amazing
"You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Mar 31, 2009
 
Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, #1)
4.25
it was amazing
You'll like reading this book if...

You have ever liked someone who won't give you the time of day...
You have ever found yourself hating math...
You hav
...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
 
Star Girl (Stargirl #1)
3.75
really liked it
This is a quick read about an important topic of being your own person. Individuality. The main character, a teenage girl, comes to a new school and d ...more
Sep 2008
Jan 19, 2009
 
On the Jellicoe Road
4.14
it was amazing
“I am the holder of grief and pain and guilt and passion of Jonah Griggs and as we sit huddled on the floor of the carriage, he allows me to hold him, ...more
Mar 26, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
 
Speak
4.00
liked it
Miranda called the cops to break up an end-of-the-year party. Everyone at the party hated her for calling the cops but no one realized the real reason ...more
Aug 2008
Feb 08, 2009
 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
4.11
really liked it
“After Oscar died, I was so depressed that I thought about crawling into a hole and disappearing forever. But Rowdy talked me out of it. ‘It’s not lik ...more
Apr 27, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
 
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
4.23
it was amazing
5 stars for originality and fun-filled action, this whole Percy Jackson series will keep adventure-lovers flipping pages. Percy, the son of Greek God ...more
Nov 2008
Jan 19, 2009
 
Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #2)
4.10
really liked it
After finishing the first book, I couldn't wait to dive into the next one. It didn't take long for Greg Heffley's life of toilet-papering bullies, rep ...more
May 17, 2009
May 18, 2009
 
The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #3)
4.11
really liked it
Greg's back with another round of laughs for Wimpy Kid readers. Have fun as Greg's diary-formatted, illustrated workshop on how to deal with middle sc ...more
May 19, 2009
May 18, 2009
 
Blood Is Thicker (#8) (Bluford)
4.39
it was amazing
This was the first book in the Bluford High series that I read, and it was so good that I wish I had read it sooner! Many students have commented that ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 08, 2009
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.57
did not like it
As I'm sure Stephenie Meyer has heard from many of her legions of fans, I wasn't personally a fan of the vampire genre before reading the Twilight Sag ...more
Sep 2008
Jan 19, 2009
 
Generation Dead (Generation Dead, #1)
3.60
really liked it
Discrimination based on the color of one's skin or other outwardly differences are strictly prohibited by the Constitution. Unfortunately, we all know ...more
May 24, 2009
May 24, 2009
 
Schooled
3.82
really liked it
A 2009-2010 Sunshine State Book for Grades 6-8.

"Cap is like a space traveler who just landed on Earth and left his guidebook on the home world! Is it
...more
Apr 24, 2009
Apr 14, 2009
 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)
3.96
really liked it
I read this book at the beginning of the school year and wanted to reread it because I am planning on reading the other two stories. I was quickly rem ...more
not set
May 17, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
 
An Abundance of Katherines
3.63
“Love is graphable!” Colin said defensively.

“Wait.” Hassan looked down at the paper again, and then back at Colin. “Universally? You’re claiming this
...more
Apr 20, 2009
Apr 02, 2009
 
The Wave
3.54
liked it
The Wave tells of a true story in which a California high school teacher essentially recreated a Holocaust-like setting in which peer pressure was use ...more
Apr 2006
Mar 15, 2009
 
Red Kayak
3.91
it was amazing
One of 15 Florida middle school Sunshine State Books I am trying to read through, this ranked at the top of those books for me. While the title isn't ...more
Oct 2008
Jan 19, 2009
 
Every Soul a Star
4.10
it was amazing
Wendy Mass writes with soul. This story is filled with it. You have three very different teenagers narrating the story (each with 7 chapters and repre ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 19, 2009
 
Go Big or Go Home
3.53
really liked it
A 2009-2010 Sunshine State Book for Grades 6-8.

Brady can't believe when he returns from watching an asteroid shower and finds that an asteroid landed
...more
May 16, 2009
May 13, 2009
 
The Chocolate War (Chocolate War, #1)
3.47
liked it
I'm sure a lot of today's students can relate to issues Jerry Renault and other characters faced in the story, including peer pressure and weighing th ...more
Apr 22, 2010
Oct 01, 2009
 
The Bully (Bluford High, #5)
4.30
really liked it
I love the Bluford High series! This was the third book I've read in the series (the other two being "Blood is Thicker" and "Brothers in Arms") and I ...more
Aug 30, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
 
Swallowing Stones
3.55
really liked it
"Swallowing Stones" would have been a shoe-in for the Printz Award had the award been around in 1997! I liked it every bit as much as "Stuck in Neutra ...more
Dec 08, 2009
Jun 19, 2009
 
The Hoopster
4.05
liked it
I initially got bored after the opening basketball scene but then the story came to life and, to me, it wound up being a great example of how "the pen ...more
Sep 06, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
 
The Lovely Bones
3.78
really liked it
Alice Sebold has accomplished a very original kind of story. From the outset, all I wanted was for Mr. Harvey to pay for his bad deeds and when it cam ...more
Jul 22, 2010
Jun 28, 2009
 
Homeboyz
4.35
really liked it
Alan Sitomer is a high school teacher in California who teaches in a "difficult" area. Even though he probably wouldn't admit it, I'm sure that a lot ...more
Sep 05, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
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