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Mrs. Biddlebox
4.19
really liked it
This is the perfect book to share with children or adults who feel like nothing is right with the world; it's made all the more poignant when you read ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
 
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing (Tupelo Landing, #2)
4.16
really liked it
Mo Lobo, rising sixth-grader, made her debut in the Newbery Honor winning Three Times Lucky (which also happened to be my favorite book of 2012). In t ...more
Jun 20, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
 
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition
3.71
really liked it
This book is narrative nonfiction at its best. Packed with photos, true stories of both famous people and bit players, layered with more facts than se ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
 
The Doorman's Repose
4.05
it was amazing
These 10 interconnected short stories share vignettes of life at 777 Garden Avenue, a classic apartment building in New York. From the resident opera ...more
Jun 2017
Aug 05, 2017
 
Akimbo and the Elephants
3.80
liked it
Very interesting and tense! Akimbo decides to take on the poachers all by himself. He is determined to save the elephants! Ethical dilemmas abound and ...more
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
 
Homemade: How-to Make Hundreds of Everyday Products Fast, Fresh, and More Naturally
3.94
liked it
Filled with great suggestions for homemade cleaning products, garden pest control, and food recipes. Find the best ones on my blog.
Feb 27, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
 
My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) (My Near-Death Adventures, #1)
3.90
Saw in SLJ, looks fun--compared to Homer figg; takes place in Michigan; logging & lumberjacks; "lively and folksy"
not set
Nov 14, 2014
 
Newsgirl
3.67
liked it
Read for a 2nd time for Battle; still don't like it much honestly! I think it is stilted and the writing gets in the way of the action.

(Jan 2010) It t
...more
Mar 02, 2012
Jan 04, 2010
 
Bigger than a Bread Box
4.02
really liked it
Rebecca's life, which has been pretty normal up to this point in Baltimore, takes an unexpected turn one autumn. Her dad, a taxi driver, has been out ...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jun 17, 2013
 
Zoobreak (Swindle, #2)
3.92
liked it
**spoiler alert** Very similar to its predecessor, Swindle, this book will delight those who enjoy a fun caper.

Griffin and his gang are once again de
...more
Jul 2011
Jun 11, 2011
 
Nursery Rhyme Comics
4.06
really liked it
This was incredibly well done and so much fun to read! Each nursery rhyme is interpreted and illustrated by a different cartoonist. Some are recogniza ...more
Aug 23, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
4.24
really liked it
Wow, these books are gripping. Fascinating premise and setting, good characters. They get rather dark (violent and language) toward the end--I chose n ...more
Mar 2014
Dec 20, 2015
 
The Flexitarian Table: Inspired, Flexible Meals for Vegetarians, Meat Lovers, and Everyone in Between
3.65
liked it
I really loved the one thing I made from this book so far, the Asian beef and tofu noodle soup. It was a delicious way to enjoy lots of vegetables, al ...more
Jun 20, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
 
Friday Barnes, Girl Detective (Friday Barnes #1)
4.21
really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book--it was really delightful and I think many Ames children will love it as well. The humor is very dry and matter-of-fact ...more
May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017
 
Skies Like These
3.67
really liked it
This is a great realistic fiction book about a 12-year-old girl (Jade) who has grown up in Philly and is very much a rule-follower, toe-the-line kind ...more
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
 
Fuzzy Mud
3.81
really liked it
It's a long, two-mile walk from Marshall and Tamaya's neighborhood to their school, but the only other option is walking through the dark tangled wood ...more
Sep 09, 2015
Sep 09, 2015
 
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
3.90
really liked it
The Pura Belpre winner for 2013, this book tells it like it is and pulls no punches. It's gritty, urban, and utterly realistic and honest. I was pulle ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
 
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
3.91
liked it
This one sticks with you! It took a while for me to get into it, but then it was funny and exciting and touching all at once. Readers who liked the ra ...more
Feb 06, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
 
Some Luck (Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga, #1)
3.61
On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different yet equally rem ...more
not set
Jan 16, 2016
 
The Meme Plague (Memento Nora, #3)
3.96
really liked it
I was so excited to find this on the shelf at the library. I loved memento Nora and the forgetting curve, and I love this one too. Smibert has done a ...more
not set
Jun 20, 2014
 
Kate the Great, Except When She's Not
3.57
really liked it
This was the most normal book I've read in a long time. Granted, my recently read books include titles like Rutabaga the Adventure Chef and Apocalypse ...more
Sep 18, 2015
Sep 19, 2015
 
Orphan!
3.40
really liked it
Great adventure book that takes place in the 1930s about Homer, who discovers at age 13 that he came to his family in NW Iowa via an orphan train. Det ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
 
The Templeton Twins Have an Idea (Templeton Twins, #1)
3.70
it was ok
I did not care for this book, but I felt compelled to read most of it to see what the fuss is all about. The pictures are cool, and the premise is oka ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
 
Twisted
3.83
liked it
Goodreads Summary (it's really good so why re-invent it?):"High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background—av ...more
Apr 18, 2012
May 03, 2012
 
The Center of Everything
3.77
really liked it
I really enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. It was a good length: not too long, not too short. It dealt with the really hard issues of life, like ...more
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
 
Ten (The Winnie Years, #1)
3.80
really liked it
This was a great book--a light-hearted but realistic look at growing up.

This book is a prequel to Myracle's popular Winnie Perry series that so far ha
...more
May 28, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
 
The Year of the Book (Anna Wang #1)
3.90
liked it
This book is most notable to me for the peaceful way it is written. There is basically no suspense at all, although the subject matter includes mean g ...more
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 28, 2012
 
Clementine and the Spring Trip (Clementine, #6)
4.21
really liked it
I love Clementine, and this book was possibly my favorite of them all. In addition to the usual lovely family scenes (she and Dad are building a penta ...more
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
 
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?
3.75
really liked it
Beginning readers now have so many choices of excellent books to read, and this new picture book falls squarely in that category. It is a definite Gei ...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
 
Cat Tale
3.60
it was amazing
(Props to Rae H. for sharing this book in a Project Smyles meeting!)

Sometimes a book's pictures are really great. Sometimes a book's words are clever,
...more
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
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