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About Average
3.67
it was amazing
Andrew Clements delivers a pitch-perfect novel for elementary-aged readers here. It works on so many levels - it addresses trendy issues like the unre ...more
Dec 13, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
 
Sunny Side Up
4.09
liked it
The Holm siblings are trying to balance their normal side-splitting humor (which is definitely present; lots of laugh-out-loud moments here!) with the ...more
Sep 02, 2015
Jul 01, 2015
 
Robot Dreams
3.92
liked it
This book does what it sets out to do very well; it explores some aspects of friendship/relationships (ideas like obligation, longing, regret, etc.) i ...more
Nov 04, 2016
Nov 04, 2016
 
The Hate U Give
4.58
really liked it
Fantastic. Angie Thomas has exploded onto the YA scene with a funny, poignant, forceful book that speaks to our times. I'm expecting amazing things fr ...more
Apr 16, 2017
Mar 30, 2017
 
A Snicker of Magic
4.09
it was amazing
This book was an utter delight to read. The main character is a girl who can see words around things and people in a synesthesia-like effect. She and ...more
Jun 2014
Nov 15, 2013
 
Monster on the Hill
3.99
really liked it
This graphic novel for elementary-aged kids was great fun. It takes some elements from Victorian England and puts them together with a funny story abo ...more
Dec 26, 2015
Dec 26, 2015
 
Awkward (Awkward, #1)
4.04
really liked it
Hilarious, and a spot-on portrayal of middle school life. Great for fans of Drama, and maybe for people who like Gordon Korman's work (here I'm especi ...more
Dec 19, 2015
Dec 16, 2015
 
The Marvels
3.94
really liked it
Selznick gives us another dual story in his latest book, one told solely through pictures at the beginning, and one in (mostly) prose at the end. He b ...more
Oct 22, 2015
May 15, 2015
 
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
4.32
really liked it
A very moving novel about a kid named Perry who was raised in the same minimum-security prison as his incarcerated mother up until age 12, when a new ...more
Sep 28, 2016
Aug 28, 2016
 
Carry On
4.20
really liked it
I found Rowell's new offering highly enjoyable, despite (or because of?) the change in genre. This is a fantasy story, strongly reminiscent of Harry P ...more
Nov 09, 2015
Sep 19, 2015
 
Mockingbird
4.18
really liked it
There are a lot of really good books out there featuring kids on the Asperger's/autism spectrum but this stands out as one of the best. Not only does ...more
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 05, 2013
 
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet
4.08
liked it
Here's another realistic diary-format middle grade novel that has some intense feels built in. Luckily, despite its place on the Caudill list, it wasn ...more
May 03, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
 
Fangirl
4.11
really liked it
This is another winner from Rowell, who really knows how to tell a good romantic/coming of age story for shy, artistic types. I loved all the quirks, ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Sep 08, 2013
 
The Paper Cowboy
4.19
really liked it
This historical fiction novel set in Downer's Grove, IL during the Red Scare of the early 1950s has a lot going on, but all the elements (bullying, pa ...more
Dec 15, 2014
Dec 14, 2014
 
The Collector
3.92
it was ok
Either Nora is losing her touch or I'm just getting tired of her books, because this romantic suspense novel didn't keep me guessing, on the edge of m ...more
Nov 03, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
 
Always, Abigail
4.13
liked it
Fans of This Journal Belongs to Ratchet or anyone who likes realistic fiction about social drama/school stories (Dork Diaries, etc.) will like this.
May 31, 2017
May 31, 2017
 
Breadcrumbs
3.75
it was amazing
What a jewel of a book. I loved it as an adult and I would have loved it even more as a kid. Not only is the writing beautiful, but the pacing of the ...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
 
Ashes (Seeds of America, #3)
4.34
really liked it
Another extremely important, emotionally wrenching book from Anderson. It's a fantastic end to the trilogy - kept me glued to the pages! It's very imp ...more
Jul 18, 2016
Jul 16, 2016
 
Anything But Typical
3.87
really liked it
This was a very readable, sensitive look into the mind and experiences of an autistic 12-year-old boy. I'm glad it's on the Rebecca Caudill list, sinc ...more
Feb 21, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
 
Room
4.04
really liked it
I raced through this book after years of avoiding it due to the pure nausea its premise induces. It's about a woman who has been held captive in a tin ...more
Jul 05, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
 
Stella by Starlight
4.06
really liked it
Sharon Draper delivers another incredibly strong middle grade story that hits all the right emotional notes. This one is historical fiction (inspired ...more
Mar 16, 2016
Mar 14, 2016
 
The Society of S (Ethical Vampire, #1)
3.40
liked it
What a strange book. I picked it up because it had a Horror label on it at my library, and we are doing an all-staff genre study for the horror genre. ...more
Sep 21, 2015
Sep 19, 2015
 
Redeployment
3.97
liked it
This National Book Award winner is a collection of short stories that will give people a heartbreakingly close look at the effects of the Iraq war on ...more
Dec 07, 2014
Dec 04, 2014
 
The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street #1)
4.05
liked it
Debbie Macomber is *such* a popular author at my library that I decided to try one of her books. From what I understand, she writes about traditional ...more
Jun 15, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
 
Everybody Sees the Ants
4.01
really liked it
A.S. King is now one of my Authors to Watch. She did a brilliant job in this book of telling the story of a 15 year old boy named Lucky who is brutall ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
 
The Well
3.11
liked it
This book had a fascinating premise and a realistically flawed main character. The story is set in the not-so-distant future when a terrible drought h ...more
Jun 13, 2015
Jun 09, 2015
 
So B. It CD
4.10
liked it
This is a very absorbing and pitch-perfect story of a girl's quest for answers about her family history and her mother's past. Be prepared with Kleene ...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
 
Lost Boy
4.13
it was ok
Kids who like Tim Green for the sports elements of his stories will be deeply disappointed with this one. If they like stories stuffed full of melodra ...more
Jun 23, 2016
Jun 23, 2016
 
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
4.04
really liked it
This is a beautifully written memoir in verse with a powerful voice. It will especially be appreciated by people who liked Woodson's Brown Girl Dreami ...more
Nov 2015
Oct 27, 2015
 
Before I Fall
3.91
really liked it
This book takes a Groundhog Day-ish premise and ends up making it completely unique. Samantha, the main character, is in the popular crowd at school a ...more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
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