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The Graveyard Book
4.12
really liked it
I’ve noticed that there’s been an increased interest in the macabre in children’s literature lately. Sometimes when I’ve had a glass or two of wine an ...more
Jul 09, 2008
Jul 01, 2008
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Clearly Gregor was merely the prelude. Suzanne Collins, you’ve been holding out on us, missy. As an author we were accustomed to you ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2008
 
The War that Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life #1)
4.44
it was amazing
As a child I was what one might call a selective reader. Selective in that I studiously avoided any and all works of fiction that might conceivably be ...more
not set
Jan 18, 2015
 
The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
4.14
really liked it
How do librarians decide what children's book they want to read next? Well, there are professional reviews, online reviews, and good old-fashioned wor ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 15, 2007
 
Goodbye Stranger
3.94
it was amazing
After much consideration, I think I’m going to begin this review with what has to be the hoity toity-est opening I have ever come up with. Gird thy lo ...more
not set
Mar 03, 2015
 
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
4.10
did not like it
I'll give it this much. Few books have caused me to actually shake SHAKE in anger. Wow. I think I need to go boil my eyeballs for a while. What was th ...more
not set
Nov 08, 2008
 
Ghost (Track, #1)
4.25
it was amazing
This is a generalization, but in my experience librarians really enjoy reading within their comfort zones. They’ll travel outside of them from time to ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2016
 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
4.12
really liked it
You can credit Junior with this much; he's not a complainer. Not really. I mean, sure he was born with an enormous head, gigantic feet, crazy eyes, te ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 30, 2007
 
The Underneath
3.94
it was amazing
I review lots of books. Oodles of caboodles of books. And a lot of the time my thoughts can basically be boiled down to very simple sentences. "Me lik ...more
not set
Apr 15, 2008
 
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
3.87
it was amazing
I like a bit of subtlety with my “meaning”. What I mean by that is that when I pick up a book for kids, it’s tough on me, as a reader, to go through s ...more
not set
May 01, 2013
 
The Hired Girl
3.97
it was amazing
Bildungsroman. Definition: “A novel dealing with one person's formative years or spiritual education.” A certain strain of English major quivers at th ...more
Jul 22, 2015
Jul 14, 2015
 
Airman
4.14
it was amazing
How Not to Review a Book: Do not begin your review by jumping off into some big old rant about how you never liked anything the author wrote before, p ...more
Feb 18, 2008
Jan 19, 2008
 
Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo, #1)
3.87
really liked it
By this point I think the nation's readers of children's fantasy novels have hit a kind of boredom plateau. You get a new fantasy on your desk and you ...more
not set
Nov 11, 2007
 
The Shadow Cipher (York, #1)
4.07
it was amazing
A wise bookseller friend of mine once said (and I’m paraphrasing here because she bloody tweets too often to locate the precise words), “If you work i ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2017
 
Greenglass House (Greenglass House, #1)
3.99
it was amazing
When I was a kid I had a real and abiding love of Agatha Christie. This would be around the time when I was ten or eleven. It wasn’t that I was reject ...more
not set
Apr 20, 2014
 
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
3.97
it was amazing
Well devil if I know what to do with it.

Never complain that you are bored, ladies and gentlemen. Say such a thing and you might find that the universe
...more
May 08, 2011
May 03, 2011
 
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
4.17
it was amazing
God’s hot this year.

To be fair, God has had some fairly strong supporters for quite some time. So if I’m going to clarify that statement a tad, God’s
...more
Jun 27, 2016
Jun 23, 2016
 
The Night Gardener
4.05
it was amazing
For whatever reason, 2014 is a dark year in children’s middle grade fiction. I speak from experience. Fantasy in particular has been steeped in a kind ...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
 
Raymie Nightingale
3.92
it was amazing
My relationship to Kate DiCamillo’s books is one built entirely on meaning. Which is to say, the less emotional and meaningful they are, the better I ...more
Mar 18, 2016
Mar 16, 2016
 
When You Reach Me
4.08
it was amazing
I’ve been struggling over how to begin this review. I want to get it exactly right. I want to convey to you precisely what it is that I mean to say. I ...more
not set
Apr 07, 2009
 
Doll Bones
3.70
it was amazing
I don’t watch much horror in general. I’m what you might call a chicken. When I do see it, though, I’m not particularly disturbed by random splatterin ...more
Jan 09, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
 
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #1)
3.98
really liked it
The spunky girl heroine. She’s an enduring character in our middle grade fiction. From 1928’s The Winged Girl of Knossos by Erick Berry to Caddie Wood ...more
not set
Feb 24, 2009
 
Jefferson's Sons
4.03
it was amazing
When I was in high school I started reading Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved on my own. At the time, my mother said something about the book that I’ve be ...more
not set
Aug 13, 2011
 
Chains (Seeds of America, #1)
4.09
it was amazing
My discovery of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains came at the best possible time. I had recently read and reviewed Steve Sheinkin’s, King George, What W ...more
Sep 20, 2008
Sep 12, 2008
 
Cuckoo Song
3.94
it was amazing
I was watching the third Hobbit movie the other day (bear with me - I'm going somewhere with this) with no particular pleasure. There are few things i ...more
Dec 09, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
 
Waiting for Normal
4.02
really liked it
Once in a while a reviewer of children’s books likes to sit down and reassess their occupation. Here I am. I am an adult and I review books for kids. ...more
not set
Feb 06, 2008
 
The Wild Robot (The Wild Robot, #1)
4.08
really liked it
There are far fewer robot middle grade books out there than you might expect. This is probably because, as a general rule, robots fall into the Data f ...more
not set
Apr 19, 2016
 
The Clockwork Three
3.98
really liked it
I’m in a weird position. I’m tired of Steampunk, and yet if I say that word to most kids that walk into my library they’ll give me a blank stare follo ...more
Nov 24, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
 
Under the Egg
4.02
really liked it
Let me ask you a question. You seem like an intelligent individual. Have you ever read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler? And, if y ...more
Dec 02, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
 
Wolf Hollow
4.26
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I am not what you might call a very brave reader. This is probably why I primarily consume children’s literature. I might puff mysel ...more
Apr 10, 2016
Mar 29, 2016
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