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Alice Bliss
3.81
it was amazing
Alice Bliss is a beautifully tender story. When my friend recommended it to me, she said, "Maybe I liked it so much because of the close relationship ...more
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Sep 02, 2013
 
The Living (The Living, #1)
3.73
really liked it
In a reading conference this week, a student told me the last book he read didn't have enough action. Well, with The Living, he will not be disappoint ...more
Jan 2014
Dec 06, 2013
 
Soldier Boy
4.42
it was amazing
I don't know how to shelf this book. It is part true story, part fictional composite of true stories. Readers who like Ismael Beah's story will be as ...more
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Jul 26, 2017
 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
4.05
it was amazing
I learned about myself and about many of my students. I understand so much more now -- like how on Fridays after school I just want to relax on my cou ...more
May 23, 2015
Jan 07, 2013
 
Give a Boy a Gun
3.83
it was amazing
I started this book as a read aloud in my 9th grade English classes. Although it's a pretty easy read, the subject is so captivating that I've had my ...more
Sep 20, 2011
May 26, 2010
 
Paper Towns
3.86
it was amazing
I'm a bit torn. At first I didn't like this book at all, and it's not even the book's fault. I suppose I'd just read too much YA with boy and girl nex ...more
Oct 12, 2014
Oct 07, 2014
 
The Sky Is Everywhere
4.03
it was amazing
Wow. Poetic language. Lively characters. Poignant story. I know many of my students will love this book. I will read everything Jandy Nelson writes.
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Jan 21, 2011
 
Belzhar
3.47
it was amazing
I really wanted to give this book 4.5 stars. I almost absolutely loved it. Almost. I listened to it on audiobook, and I found the story captivating, t ...more
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Dec 12, 2014
 
All the Bright Places
4.18
liked it
I'd like to give this book more stars, but I can't. Too much risk in this book: teen sex so casual. That's risky business when I'm recommending books ...more
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Jun 27, 2015
 
Writing with Mentors:
4.40
it was amazing
Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell bring valuable insights and ideas into the writing workshop. I first learned of their work at NCTE in 2014. They ...more
Dec 22, 2015
Dec 12, 2015
 
Swamplandia!
3.22
it was amazing
I read so many reviews that rated this book one star and worse. I do not understand. It is hauntingly beautiful. The devolving of this American family ...more
Jun 18, 2014
May 26, 2014
 
Counting by 7s
4.16
it was amazing
This book grabbed me and held on and didn't let go, even after I turned the very last page. The narrator's voice tugged at my heart. The story warmed ...more
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Sep 02, 2013
 
Renew!: Become a Better-And More Authentic-Writing Teacher
4.31
it was amazing
Coppola walks us through and gives us resources for how writing should be taught. She debunks the myths of writing instruction and argues for a better ...more
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Jul 21, 2017
 
Same Old Story
4.83
it was amazing
I read Dawn Potter's poems as real, which is an entirely different kind of reading experience I had with poems in high school. The emotions revealed i ...more
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Jul 08, 2014
 
Winger (Winger, #1)
4.06
really liked it
Last year I was able to get a couple of students to read this one -- and they LOVED it. This year I haven't had one student check it out, so I knew I ...more
Feb 17, 2015
Jan 10, 2015
 
The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time
3.60
it was amazing
Ulin's affirms my own argument about the reading lives of so many students. Quite frankly, many do not read -- okay, that's not true. They read: text ...more
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Jul 30, 2014
 
Room
4.04
it was amazing
Heartwrenchingly poignant. I love the voice of the narrator--a believable 5 year old. I literally could not put this book down. While the circumstance ...more
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Jan 04, 2011
 
The Silver Star
3.69
really liked it
Walls writes with a narrator's voice I fell in love with: "My sister saved my life when I was just a baby. Here's what happened. After a fight with he ...more
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Jul 05, 2014
 
Impulse (Impulse, #1)
4.28
it was amazing
This is the first of Ellen Hopkin's novels in verse I've read. Many of my former students love her work, so I knew I needed to tackle the 666 pages (o ...more
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Jul 21, 2014
 
Revived
3.79
it was amazing
I usually love a book when I can see the characters. Cat Patrick's description of her protagonist's crush, Matt, does the trick for me. I thought, "Oh ...more
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Jun 10, 2012
 
The Lowland
3.83
it was ok
I wanted to like this book. So many reader-friends have praised this author, so I thought the story would be more captivating. It wasn't. I enjoyed th ...more
Jul 28, 2014
Nov 02, 2013
 
Start Something That Matters
4.03
it was amazing
I love how Mycoskie emphasizes the need for a story. It's the story that binds us together as humans, and in this book, we are reminded that it's the ...more
Sep 28, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
 
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
3.90
it was amazing
Wow. What a beautiful and captivating book. Every once in a while I come across a YA novel that gets a grip and doesn't let go. This is one of those b ...more
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Jan 06, 2011
 
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
4.18
it was amazing
You know that feeling when you read a book that makes you think in a way that makes you want to talk about what you just read? Unwind did that for me. ...more
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Jun 30, 2009
 
Everybody Sees the Ants
4.01
it was amazing
I may just have a new favorite YA author. A.S. King steals my heart again with these too-real characters and their poignant thoughts and rocky relatio ...more
Oct 04, 2014
Oct 03, 2014
 
Dear Martin
4.39
it was amazing
I liked this book, not so much for the author's craft, although it was quite good, but for the way it provided an insightful window into a life unlike ...more
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Dec 28, 2017
 
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
3.92
it was amazing
I'd heard mixed reviews about this book from my teacher-friends. Some loved it and said this book could save a life. Some hated it and said that it wa ...more
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Aug 30, 2014
 
Out of My Mind
4.37
it was amazing
I love a book that makes me see things in a brighter light. Draper captures the trauma of being locked in a mute world. I thank her for helping me gai ...more
Sep 20, 2011
Apr 04, 2010
 
The Secret Olivia Told Me
4.09
it was amazing
So many topics to discuss with this book: honesty, character, friendship, trust. The book contains an Author's Note that has good discussion questions ...more
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Jun 12, 2010
 
We Were Liars
3.85
it was amazing
My friends said "Beautiful and broken," and "Don't ask questions...just read this book. That's all you need to know." I did, and I agree. Hauntingly s ...more
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May 14, 2014
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