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Crow Spirit
5.00
it was amazing
This is such a beautiful story, a gentle telling of grief and missing grandparents, but their spirit living on through stories and traditions. The ill ...more
Mar 05, 2019
Mar 05, 2019
 
The Real Farmer in the Dell
5.00
it was amazing
This is such a fun story, and the illustrations are lively and glorious. I love the twists, turns, and the empowered female rancher! The little mouse ...more
Mar 25, 2019
not set
Mar 25, 2019
 
The Book Ninja
3.73
really liked it
I struggled a little at the start, but once it found its stride, I enjoyed this book. I particularly loved all the literature references, and loved se ...more
Feb 12, 2019
Feb 11, 2019
 
Holes (Holes, #1)
3.95
it was amazing
I saw the film years ago, and enjoyed it... so I couldn’t resist picking this up when I saw it on sale. WOW, is all I can say. What a brilliant, engag ...more
Jan 29, 2019
Jan 25, 2019
 
The One Memory of Flora Banks
3.50
it was amazing
I found this novel compelling reading, and an excellent addition to YA stories. It's not often that we get to see a strong female character with an un ...more
Jul 22, 2017
Jul 21, 2017
 
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
4.09
it was ok
**spoiler alert** It seems that my opinion of this book is similar to that of a few recent reviews.

I was really enjoying Graceling up until the mid-p
...more
May 13, 2010
May 12, 2010
 
Wormwood Mire (A Stella Montgomery Intrigue, #2)
4.22
it was amazing
I enjoyed Withering-by-Sea, but loved Wormwood Mire even better! It's a little more hopeful, the pace is wonderful (and even gripping), and I love whe ...more
Feb 11, 2017
Feb 06, 2017
 
Della Says: OMG!
3.91
it was amazing
Fabulous first novel from UK author Keris Stainton! Story is good fun, lots of twists and turns, it kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed i ...more
Dec 17, 2009
Feb 13, 2010
 
Eleanor & Park
4.09
it was amazing
This book beautifully encapsulates the heady uncertainty of first love. I felt Eleanor's struggles with poverty, and abusive or neglectful parents was ...more
Jul 23, 2017
Jul 22, 2017
 
Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
4.04
really liked it
A decent transition from the Fancy Nancy picture books, to an early chapter book series. Nancy is still fancy, but the focus moves to a more mature ch ...more
Feb 04, 2018
Feb 03, 2018
 
Under Suspicion (Friday Barnes #2)
4.45
really liked it
Such a fun romp! I discovered the Friday Barnes series yesterday, and I've already read the first two books, and have the next three piled by me, read ...more
Jul 16, 2017
Jul 15, 2017
 
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
4.17
it was amazing
Really excellent investigative journalism, and it could only have been better had Michelle lived to see its conclusion and finish her book (although h ...more
Jan 07, 2019
Jan 05, 2019
 
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
4.15
liked it
I enjoyed this story, although I found it a little clunky and old-fashioned at times (and it is a vintage story after all). I liked the emotional jour ...more
Jul 14, 2017
Jul 07, 2017
 
The Secret Garden
4.13
it was amazing
One of my favourite books from childhood, the magical story still appeals and I re-read it every year. I think what I like best about the book, is how ...more
not set
Feb 13, 2010
 
The Shepherd's Life: A People's History of the Lake District
4.10
it was amazing
Part prose, part autobiography, part history lesson, and 100% love story. A moving tribute to one of the most beautiful corners of England, at which I ...more
Aug 13, 2017
Aug 12, 2017
 
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
4.18
it was amazing
A really fabulous chapter book! Beatrice is kind, thinks for herself, but isn’t afraid to get things wrong (and then work them out!). A wonderful char ...more
Feb 04, 2018
Feb 03, 2018
 
The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family
3.97
it was amazing
Outstanding biography. I really enjoy Lovell's style of writing - more a presentation of facts and stories than a judgement of the Mitford family. All ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
 
Dumplin'
3.91
really liked it
Read it in one sitting! I really liked the story and characters. In its pared back essence, this is about a girl wrestling with body shame she didn’t ...more
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 07, 2018
 
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1)
4.33
it was amazing
Such a wonderful read. A true, smart, endearing, sweet coming of age story. Played out well, pacing was excellent, lots of ups and downs building tens ...more
Mar 04, 2018
Mar 01, 2018
 
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart (Tales from the Chocolate Heart, #1)
4.29
it was amazing
This book is so much fun! It kept me up until midnight, two nights running! I blame the author for two bleary-eyed days of work! The story has a great ...more
Feb 15, 2017
Feb 11, 2017
 
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
4.24
it was amazing
I can't believe it took me this long to read this book - what a joy! I don't know if I could have appreciated a beauty of LMM's prose in my youth, so ...more
Jan 29, 2017
Jan 30, 2017
 
Miser of Mayfair (A House For The Season, #1)
3.65
really liked it
A delightful romp. I listened to the audio book, read by Penelope Rawlins, and this was a delightfully light-hearted romp. Perfect for a bad day that ...more
Sep 13, 2017
Sep 11, 2017
 
Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Pirate. Ever. (Pirate Blunderbeard, Book 1)
4.24
really liked it
Very enjoyable chapter book! Lots of funny twists and turns, a very likeable ne’er do well pirate at the helm, and some classic sibling rivalry. Early ...more
Feb 04, 2018
Feb 03, 2018
 
Girl Detective (Friday Barnes #1)
4.28
really liked it
A most enjoyable romp for MG fans. Friday is an engaging character, the pace and excitement is very good, and I love the quirky nature of the story. W ...more
Jul 16, 2017
Jul 15, 2017
 
Pigeon Pie
3.49
really liked it
A most enjoyable, witty, silly, sharp satirical look at "the upper classes" during WWII. The audio book was wonderfully narrated, and I enjoyed the st ...more
Aug 23, 2017
Aug 19, 2017
 
What I Like About Me
4.21
really liked it
A delightful book, very true to being a teenager struggling to find her place. Lots of body positive moments, and a great coming of age with a support ...more
Jun 08, 2019
Jun 05, 2019
 
The Children of Castle Rock
4.22
it was amazing
A remarkable story. A bit Blyton/Rowling/something extra. A wonderful coming of age story, with really unusual narration/foreshadowing. Enjoyed this i ...more
Sep 27, 2018
Sep 26, 2018
 
Bitter Enemies (Friday Barnes #7)
4.62
really liked it
An excellent instalment of this series, and very nicely paced! Enjoyed this as much as the first Friday Barnes book, and some decent twists and turns. ...more
Sep 02, 2017
Aug 30, 2017
 
Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)
3.95
really liked it
Not entirely what I was expecting, but an interesting look at a different time, and the intensity with which we feel in our youth.
Jan 24, 2017
Jan 30, 2017
 
Oh No, Narwhal!
3.75
it was amazing
Very sweet story, with bright, colourful illustrations and an eye catching cover. A fabulous board book for tiny book lovers!
Mar 13, 2019
Mar 13, 2019
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