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That Book Woman
4.21
it was amazing
This was a gift from the teacher I have worked with for the last three years. She knows me well--it made me cry.

I love the story and the colloquial la
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May 29, 2009
May 29, 2009
 
When You Reach Me
4.08
it was amazing
Loved this. Could be a Newbery contender.
Great for those tessering types, but no prior tessering experience necessary.
Oct 29, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
 
Wintergirls
3.98
Okay, as mother to a daughter on the cusp of middle school, it was a cautionary tale. Very intense, inside her head.

As a woman with a certain relation
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May 13, 2009
May 11, 2009
 
Dairy Queen (Dairy Queen, #1)
3.73
liked it
I loved this. It's not particularly deep, but it deals with many of the usual issues with a lot of humor and a certain amount of manure. Not to mentio ...more
Aug 31, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
 
The Lion and the Mouse
4.23
it was amazing
Not only beautiful (although stunningly so), but also beautifully told. Simple, accessible story, but with lots of detail and open-ended elements that ...more
Sep 14, 2009
Sep 14, 2009
 
Going Bovine
3.65
Okay, I didn't actually finish it, but it was pretty good--I got bored with the teenage boy/wacky sidekicks/mysterious quest but it includes some pret ...more
Aug 23, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
 
The Lost Thing
4.33
really liked it
The most accessible of Shan Tan's books for younger children. The story is not particularly difficult to understand or follow, but the insinuations an ...more
Sep 09, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
 
Marcelo in the Real World
3.95
Despite a slow start, an engaging story. I didn't find it (especially the ending) particularly realistic, and I think people who are living in the gre ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
 
Sergio Saves the Game
3.76
liked it
Great storyline--the soccer moves spreads are wonderful, and the fact that Sergio is not a natural, but must work hard. I would have preferred a less ...more
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 23, 2009
 
Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4)
4.29
I like these books (the Lioness Quartet)--they remind me of how much I enjoyed Graceling, a similar but more compressed/complex story. I'm looking for ...more
Aug 08, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
 
I Don't Want a Posh Dog
3.72
Can't say I loved it.
Illustrations are fun, but language is trite and the negative ("I don't want a ______ dog") would be confusing for young childre
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Sep 09, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
 
Wild Things
3.96
really liked it
I really liked it. A little bit Gilly Hopkins, without being quite so brazen. Great for upper elementary or middle school, but feels like YA.
Sep 25, 2009
Sep 25, 2009
 
Notes from the Dog
3.97
liked it
A sweet book, but still a boy book. Love the beginning about Finn and his dog. Gentle without being too sappy for most boys.
May 21, 2009
May 21, 2009
 
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians (Lunch Lady, #2)
4.08
Hilarious, especially when read with an 8-year-old. Made us want to go get the first volume in the series.
Aug 06, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
 
The Blue Shoe: A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes
3.58
A fun story. Despite the cover look, a bit more of a boy story than it appears.
Jul 13, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
 
Fancy White Trash
3.82
A trashy but entertaining read, especially in light of recent scenarios in my extended family....
May 12, 2009
May 11, 2009
 
The Little Red Elf
3.37
it was amazing
My favorite Christmas book this year! Adorable art along with a twinkly story.
Nov 20, 2009
Jan 04, 2010
 
The Lost Days (Emily the Strange Novels, #1)
3.91
A little disappointing--too vague yet convoluted for its own good.
Jul 26, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
 
Alligator Bayou
3.51
The third of three books about lynchings in a week.
May 07, 2009
May 07, 2009
 
Little Beauty
3.97
fun illustrations
odd, but entertaining
Sep 10, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
 
The Cupcake Queen
3.85
Cute, but ending sort of petered out.
Dec 2009
Dec 01, 2009
 
Machines Go to Work
3.75
really liked it
Great art, and wonderful technique.
Sep 20, 2009
Sep 23, 2009
 
Neverwhere (London Below, #1)
4.17
love this! read by author
Apr 10, 2009
May 07, 2009
 
Heart of a Shepherd
3.79
really liked it
I loved this book. It was refreshing to read a story (for boys, no less) that is modern-day realistic fiction without being snarky, based on booger-fa ...more
Sep 10, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
 
The Cat at Night
4.28
it was amazing
I love this! Newly re-issued this year (originally published in 1969), her art is reminiscent of Wanda Gag's work and Eve Rice's Goodnight, Goodnight. ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
 
My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1)
4.04
A classic that still stands.
A great article and slide show was in the Washington Post last weekend:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

My kids we
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Oct 10, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
 
The Magician's Elephant
3.83
liked it
Mystical, almost to the point of being hard to connect the dots. It reminded me of Hugo Cabret without the abundance of pictures. A bit over the top, ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 25, 2009
 
Paper Towns
3.86
really liked it
Despite being built on the usual John Green foundation of the outsider-geeky-but-not-hopeless boy who is obsessed with the way-cooler-but-tragically-t ...more
Jul 21, 2009
May 13, 2009
 
The Sari
3.87
liked it
More browsing than reading, but I'm finding it fascinating and beautiful.
Jul 17, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
 
Anything But Typical
3.87
liked it
a great perspective on how some (autistic) kids work--sort of like Rules, but from the perspective of the autistic child rather than the sib.
Dec 30, 2009
Dec 01, 2009
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