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Shield of Stars (The Shield, Sword, and Crown, #1)
3.86
it was ok
Weasel is a former pickpocket who has been trying to turn himself around as a clerk for Justice Holis. Unfortunately, the justice’s revolutionary idea ...more
Jun 2007
Aug 13, 2007
 
But Who Will Bell the Cats?
3.92
really liked it
This modern re-telling of an Aesop fable features a clever mouse and bat who are trying to outsmart some spoiled cats so they can enjoy the comforts o ...more
Nov 03, 2009
Nov 03, 2009
 
Waiting for Normal
4.03
really liked it
This is a heart-breaking story of child neglect and a beautifully written story that shows that it is love, not blood, that makes a family.

Addie and
...more
Sep 04, 2008
Jun 27, 2008
 
Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-made Catastrophes (Alvin Ho, #3)
3.94
really liked it
I skipped the second Alvin Ho book because I loved the first one so much, I was too nervous to read the second. But then, this year, everyone has love ...more
Feb 24, 2011
Feb 25, 2011
 
Reckless (Mirrorworld, #1)
3.72
liked it
Hmmmmm...I love the world that Funke has created for her new "fairy-tale-with-a-twist" series, but I think that maybe I'm just not such a Funke fan in ...more
Jun 2010
May 29, 2010
 
Aliens on Vacation (Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast, #1)
3.95
liked it
This fun fish-out-of-water (or aliens-out-of-water) tale begins when Scrub is sent to spend the summer with his grandma in her kooky bed and breakfast ...more
Jun 13, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
 
Highway Robbery
3.52
it was ok
I really wanted to like this because there is so little variety for 3rd-4th grade readers besides the ubiquitous series. It's the story of a guttersni ...more
Jun 29, 2009
Jun 24, 2009
 
The Sixty-Eight Rooms (Sixty-Eight Rooms, #1)
3.68
I really wanted to love this book - the premise is right up my alley - kids shrink and get to spend time in a dollhouse in a museum. What about that p ...more
Mar 16, 2010
Mar 15, 2010
 
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring
3.89
really liked it
I really like the way this book emphasizes collaboration in the artist process. This is a concept rarely spelled out for kids, who are usually taught ...more
Nov 24, 2010
Nov 24, 2010
 
The Seventh Level
3.78
it was ok
This is the story of a kid who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. His enthusiasm constantly gets him in trouble. But maybe, just maybe, t ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
 
Tricking the Tallyman
3.73
liked it
This is the perfect book to read during a census year - it tells the story of the first U.S. census and how people misunderstood what was being counte ...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 15, 2009
 
Trash
3.66
really liked it
This fast-paced, gritty, and shocking mystery is set in the garbage dump of an unnamed city somewhere in Latin/South America. Told from a variety of p ...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
 
Just a Second
4.05
it was amazing
Wow! This fascinating, scary, amazing book will enthrall readers with all kinds of facts about what happens in a second...minute...hour...day and give ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
Cold Cereal (The Cold Cereal Saga, #1)
3.68
liked it
Adam Rex writes weird books. But also super-lovable books. This is the story of Emy and Erno, twins living with a foster dad in a town ruled by a myst ...more
Mar 23, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
 
Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire
3.62
liked it
In picturebook format, this is the story of Fred Astaire and his sister Adele and how they grew up in Vaudeville and developed their dancing talent. I ...more
Mar 03, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
 
Masterpiece
3.92
really liked it
This is another delightful and slightly high-brow mystery from Elise Broach, author of Shakespeare's Secret. A young beetle and a young boy become fri ...more
Oct 28, 2008
Oct 22, 2008
 
Rescuing Seneca Crane (Kari + Lucas Mysteries, #2)
3.95
really liked it
Kari and Lucas are at it again - while traveling in Scotland, they become friends with a teenage classical pianist, Seneca Crane. After a major perfor ...more
Oct 06, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
 
Bramble and Maggie: Horse Meets Girl
3.81
really liked it
Perfect for children just getting ready for chapters, this story is practical, humorous, and has great illustrations. Bramble the horse is tired of ju ...more
May 31, 2012
May 31, 2012
 
Word Builder
2.95
it was ok
This book has a great concept and could be useful for teachers of middle grades - it shows letters being built into words; words into paragraphs; para ...more
Mar 21, 2009
Mar 21, 2009
 
The Grimm Legacy (The Grimm Legacy, #1)
3.87
liked it
With a fascinating premise - a girl goes to work at a fantastic lending library that also lends out magical items from Grimm's fairy tales - it was ea ...more
Sep 27, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
 
Scat
3.94
really liked it
Not quite as good as Hoot, but a lot better than Flush, this is a perfectly well-rounded and satsifying kids' novel. Great characters, great (silly) p ...more
Apr 04, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
 
My Chocolate Year: A Novel with 12 Recipes to Make Your World a Little Sweeter
3.50
liked it
This is a very sweet story of a Jewish family living in Chicago just after WWII. The adults in the family are very worried because they haven't had wo ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 07, 2008
 
The Billionaire's Curse (Billionaire, #1)
3.93
liked it
This was a fast-paced, action-filled adventure and was really everything I wished the 39 Clues had been. In spite of that, it wasn't the best book eve ...more
Jul 31, 2010
Aug 03, 2010
 
A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
4.05
really liked it
This gorgeous picturebook biography is a great introduction for kids to both Joe Louis the boxer and the history of segregation in the U.S. Matt de la ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan (Enola Holmes, #4)
4.11
really liked it
In the Enola Holmes series, each book is better than the last. This fourth installment is easily the best yet as Enola bumps in to her brother Sherloc ...more
Jan 09, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
 
Archvillain (Archvillain, #1)
3.46
did not like it
I see that other people on Goodreads did like this book, so it has to be some kind of tonal problem I'm having. It reminded me very much of I Am a Gen ...more
Oct 17, 2010
Oct 18, 2010
 
Turtle in Paradise
3.93
really liked it
I really enjoyed this family story set in Key West during the Great Depression. Holm included tons of true elements from archives and her own family h ...more
Oct 16, 2010
Oct 18, 2010
 
Food For Thought: The Stories Behind the Things We Eat
3.83
it was amazing
Here is an excellent investigation of the history and mythology of food. From apples to pomegranates to mushrooms, the author humorously relates both ...more
Jun 11, 2009
Jun 11, 2009
 
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya
4.20
it was amazing
While this is the third picture book biography of Wangari Maathi, this is my favorite. The story focuses on Maathai helping the women of Kenya plant t ...more
Mar 30, 2010
Nov 19, 2010
 
Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything
3.89
really liked it
Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything by Kathleen Krull tells the very interesting true story of the Asian ruler who built Beijing, threw parties for ...more
Oct 21, 2010
Feb 25, 2011
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