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Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased
3.80
liked it
While the illustrations are gorgeous this book lacked something for me. it's not a true biography although there is biographical material in it. I kep ...more
not set
Mar 30, 2012
 
Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
4.25
it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this book and read it in two days. Yes, people will compare it to Three Cups of Tea but, honestly, I think ...more
Aug 30, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
 
It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust
3.50
liked it
The story gets 5 stars-- the writing gets 1 star so I gave the book three stars. This is a compelling and, unknown to many, story of jhow ordianry Ita ...more
Dec 18, 2009
Jan 17, 2010
 
The Wednesday Wars
4.06
it was amazing
A really wonderful read-- 7th grade boy growing up on Long island in 1967. He is convinced his teacher hates him--she is a bit of an enigma but that a ...more
May 19, 2009
May 19, 2009
 
Countdown (The Sixties Trilogy, #1)
3.89
it was amazing
I listened to the audio version of this book which I highly recommend-- I would think that the presidential speeches and film strips and advertisement ...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
 
When You Reach Me
4.08
really liked it
I read this pretty much in one sitting-- not because it was short but because it was compelling. It helps if you liked A Wrinkle in Time because that ...more
Oct 02, 2009
Oct 03, 2009
 
SPHDZ Book #1!
3.62
liked it
There is way too much going on in this book. Between the graphics, the change in fonts, the black pages, the blank pages, etc. the story becomes thin ...more
Jun 03, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
 
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
3.67
really liked it
We actaully listened to this book on tape and loved it. It is a bit slow reading to start but the audio version is wonderful. Yes it is Huck Finn but ...more
Mar 10, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
 
Why War Is Never a Good Idea
4.04
it was amazing
This beautifully illustrated (and a bit disturbing) book is a poem in disguise. The words from Alice Walker are spare yet powerful (what you might exp ...more
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 25, 2009
 
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
4.10
really liked it
This is the (almost) perfect YA book-- and there is going to be a second book in the fall. Beautifully written, compelling characters and great plot. ...more
not set
Jun 26, 2009
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
4.12
it was amazing
This is reminiscent of 64 Charing-cross Road another of my all-time favorites. Told in a series of letters this book beautifully captures the post-war ...more
not set
Jun 10, 2009
 
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
4.12
it was ok
I was so looking forward to this book because I so loved Graceling. I know this is not a sequel but a companion but really I wish Cashore had picked a ...more
Dec 16, 2009
Jan 13, 2010
 
The Case of the Missing Servant (Vish Puri, #1)
3.73
really liked it
The first of what I hope will be a long series-- long and dense I doubt the author will be able to churn them out (and I hope he doesn't). One every t ...more
Jul 24, 2010
Jul 27, 2010
 
Skeleton Key (Alex Rider, #3)
4.06
liked it
I have been listening to this series on my commute and so far this is the one that made be switch back to listening to NPR-- as my son says the Alex R ...more
not set
May 15, 2011
 
My Most Excellent Year
4.04
really liked it
I started out really liking this book but towards the end my enthusiasm waned. It's a good read but a bit too pat in parts. Still I liked the insights ...more
May 14, 2009
May 19, 2009
 
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
4.28
really liked it
My only problem with this book is the use of the word "boys" to describe the young men (the sit-in friends were college students). Otherwise I really ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2011
 
The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #1)
3.97
really liked it
I am hooked on this series thanks to my friend Anita. Beautifully written and very evocative of a time and place few Americans know anything about (an ...more
Dec 28, 2010
Dec 31, 2010
 
Quiet, Please: Dispatches From A Public Librarian
3.20
liked it
I really really wanted to LOVE this book (as a future librarian). But I found it poorly edited and disorganized. The stories are at times funny, sad a ...more
Jun 23, 2009
Jun 26, 2009
 
Forge (Seeds of America, #2)
4.13
really liked it
A worthy sequel (or rather a second in a trilogy). Focuses more on Curzon and really brings to light the horrors of war and in particular the Revoluti ...more
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 24, 2010
 
Briar Rose
3.78
liked it
I really really wanted to like this book but just could not. I love Jane Yolen and I know this is a top 100 ALA book, etc. but it just didn't work for ...more
not set
Aug 16, 2010
 
Beast
3.45
it was amazing
it takes a it to get into this book but once in it's a great story. although recognizable as the traditional tale of beauty and the beast it is told f ...more
not set
May 23, 2010
 
The Ramsay Scallop
3.55
liked it
I'd give this a 3.5 if I could; the story is interesting, the writing a bit less than stellar even though it is a ALA Best Book. Basically good solid ...more
not set
May 24, 2010
 
No More Dead Dogs
3.70
really liked it
Really the title says it all...but the characters are good, too. An interesting book to get kids thinkiong about what it means to be true to your prin ...more
Jan 18, 2010
Jan 26, 2010
 
Moon Over Manifest
4.02
it was amazing
Although it took a bit for me to get into this book once I started I couldn't put it down. The characters and the prose are beautiful. I put it in the ...more
not set
Apr 02, 2011
 
Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption
3.73
really liked it
As an adoptive mother I struggled for years to put words to my experiences and nothing I ever wrote or spoke sounded "right" to me. Now in a few short ...more
Sep 03, 2010
Sep 03, 2010
 
The Robe of Skulls (Tales from the Five Kingdoms, #1)
3.72
really liked it
A bit reminiscent of E.D. Baker's series-- this first in a series is funny and the illsutrations are a nice touich. A great read aloud for third grade ...more
not set
Apr 23, 2011
 
Heaven (Heaven, #1)
3.57
liked it
I like Marley and would love to live in Heaven but the characters are not fleshed out very well and the whole book feels a bit shadowy. Quick read tho ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 03, 2010
 
Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)
4.21
really liked it
We listened to the audio version in the car-- it was well done. The story is great and the characters funny and a bit odd at teh same time. The Irish ...more
Sep 07, 2010
Sep 18, 2010
 
Raven's Gate (The Gatekeepers, #1)
3.90
really liked it
We listend to this in the car driving to and from Massachusetts and I nearly drove off the road several times-- it is truly grips you! I don't know if ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
 
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June
3.92
really liked it
The boys get Diary of a wimpy kid (ugh) and the girls get this thoughtful (perhaps a bit predictable)"diary" book about two girls from two different w ...more
not set
Apr 07, 2011
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