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The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 (Dear America)
it was amazing
My 3rd Dear America book.

I will say I liked this better than the SC Civil War story. Perhaps it was b'c it is set in Valley Forge, which is very clos
Nov 05, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
The Battle For WondLa (The Search for WondLa, #3)
it was amazing
YAY! A delightful series. I strong female heroine. A great cast of characters. Perhaps a touch too happy of an ending, but it is a children's book and ...more
Sep 07, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
The Book Thief
it was amazing
Just finished reading the Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I cannot recommend this book more highly to everyone I know. I will warn you. It is about the ri ...more
Sep 2008
Mar 11, 2009
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
really liked it
re-read this book as an audiobook in October 2013
With listening to this as an audiobook I was impressed by the voice of Tris. She was able to convey b
Oct 21, 2013
not set
Jul 06, 2012
The City of Ember (The Ember Series, #1)
it was amazing
A very good YA book. I listened to it as an audiobook, but I like it so much I want to read it again immediately.

The City of Ember was created by the
Aug 03, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
really liked it
I liked this I liked this and then POW I didn't like it. I can even tell you (if you ask) which page turned it for me. Where it went from being a stor ...more
Nov 12, 2013
Jul 09, 2012
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell
it was amazing
A very interesting book about life travelling from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail. It took 6 months back then to travel that distance. Full of ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 20, 2010
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Feed, by M.T. Anderson, is a young adult novel that Village Knittiot let me borrow. Set in a future time that is strangely very clos ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 11, 2009
Going Bovine
really liked it
an interesting twist to Don Quixote. YA version with a kid getting C-J BSE. He travels to find a cure.. but did he? I found this a really good book. I ...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jul 20, 2010
The People of Sparks (The Ember Series, #2)
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** This is the 2nd book in the Ember series.

Lina and Doon and the people of Ember, all 400 of them, have come upon the next town above
Aug 23, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 1: Captain Raven and the All-Girl Pirate Crew
it was amazing
This and the previous graphic novel about the Pirate Raven are honestly so freaking amazing I want to make all my friends read them. I cannot wait to ...more
Aug 14, 2016
Aug 15, 2016
Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)
it was amazing
This story might possibly be more of a 4 star.. but the narration makes it fully a five star book.

This series was something I picked up by accident. I
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (Dear America)
really liked it
This is the 2nd Dear America book I read. It is the story of Patsy, a girl during the Reconstruction Era of South Carolina. Patsy is a freed slave, wh ...more
Oct 27, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
really liked it
while I bought this book for my 13 yr old niece (who is an avid reader) I am not going to send this to her yet. While I feel it was a very good and en ...more
May 06, 2014
May 05, 2014
The Hate U Give
it was amazing
This book is worth the amount of good press it is getting. I can see it being a great starting point to talk about race and inequalities with middle s ...more
Apr 26, 2017
Jan 12, 2017
Brown Girl Dreaming
really liked it
lyrical. a memoir that doesn't shy away from what happened, but doesn't prettify or make it worse in any way. Honest. I really liked this.
Jun 16, 2015
Feb 02, 2015
The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes, #1)
really liked it
a YA take on Sherlock Holmes.. or more specifically his sister Enola. What if Sherlock and Mycroft had a much younger sister. One who is as smart as t ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2)
it was amazing
I waited almost a whole year to read this after the Giver. (I was so upset when I listened to the audiobook. And so I decided to go the route of hard ...more
Sep 17, 2015
Sep 18, 2015
Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1)
really liked it
audiobook.I listened to this book b'c I loved Suzanne Collins' other work: Hunger Games. I think this might be her first published YA book. And while ...more
Apr 10, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)
it was amazing
Any book I can start in the morning train, read thru lunch, and finish 2 hrs after returning home is a delicious treat.

Funny, witty, and charming are
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
The Prophet of Yonwood (The Ember Series, #3)
I wanted to like this. I loved the others. But this is not doing it for me. Perhaps if I read it instead of listening to it I would find it
not set
Aug 30, 2010
Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)
liked it
sorting out my feelings. not the book I wanted.. but not the book I think the author wanted either. The ending was predictable, but it worked out to b ...more
Sep 29, 2010
May 17, 2010
it was amazing
It has been a long time since I read this book, but my memory of it did not disappoint. It is actually about something I care very little about: baseb ...more
Apr 13, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
The Great Cake Mystery (Precious Ramotswe's Very First Cases #1)
really liked it
I would peg this at 7-9 yr olds, and if reading aloud, 5-8 yr olds.

Very sweet mystery for Precious Ramotswe. Her first as a young child. Something tha
May 22, 2012
May 22, 2012
A Long Way from Chicago (A Long Way from Chicago, #1)
it was amazing
Ah, good old midwesterners.. I think we might "get" this book a bit better than other folks from around the world. Seeing as how we have lived thru bi ...more
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
it was amazing
This was an excellent book. Not one of those books I thinks talks down to kids.. or panders to them in any way. I liked the truth behind the words, an ...more
May 05, 2009
Apr 28, 2009
Love, Stargirl (Stargirl, #2)
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** This book, while not as good as the original, was quite good. I can see Stargirl growing up and I enjoyed it immensely.

I did get rat
Mar 2009
Mar 30, 2009
Blue Adept  (Apprentice Adept #2)
it was ok
WHOA. OK I am re-reading these as a way to enjoy those great days of my youth when I first discovered sci-fi/ fantasy. And I am going to admit right n ...more
Aug 23, 2013
Apr 25, 2010
The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes, #5)
it was amazing
These stories are delightful. The only thing I am confused about is how it appears Sherlock keeps regressing in the beginnings of the story to not und ...more
Jan 03, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
The Wizard Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #2)
it was amazing
Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained. Things happen around him b'c he cannot control his magic. He is taken in by a private school that wants to u ...more
Jan 05, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
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