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Little Women (Little Women, #1)
it was amazing
Someone I know claimed this no longer has value, that she would never recommend it because it's saccharine, has a religious agenda, and sends a bad me ...more
Jan 1989
Oct 04, 2007
Midnight for Charlie Bone (The Children of the Red King, #1)
it was ok
The trouble with Charlie Bone is he's much more like Charlie Bucket than Harry Potter and let's be honest--Jenny Nimmo is enthusiastically trying to c ...more
Jun 2008
Aug 24, 2008
The Higher Power of Lucky (The Hard Pan Trilogy, #1)
did not like it
This book may ring a bell because of the laughable controversy stirred up over the use of the word "scrotum" in a blink-and-you'll-miss it reference a ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 12, 2007
The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Oz, #7)
liked it
Let me tell you, dear readers...not all Oz books are created equal. I am deep into my mission to read all of the the Oz books (at least, all the volum ...more
Mar 2013
Apr 04, 2013
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
really liked it
If there were a rating for sheer coolness factor, this book would score off the charts, but do I approve of coolness for coolness's sake? Apparently i ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 16, 2007
Airborn (Matt Cruse, #1)
really liked it
This book is reminiscent of the best pirate adventures of the past, but ups the ante by setting half of the tale in the air, rather than the seas, and ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 24, 2007
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)
liked it
+ 1/2 star just because it's hard to feel too snarky about a book that so unabashedly oozes such love for libraries and games.

I think this is the book
Jun 2013
Jun 25, 2013
The Palace of Laughter (The Wednesday Tales, #1)
liked it
As much as it saddens me to say this, I can't give this book as good a rating as I'd like. If it were possible to give half stars, it's really a 2 1/2 ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 23, 2007
The Scarecrow of Oz (Oz, #9)
liked it
I like to think of this as Baum's big crossover episode. Not having read a lot of Baum outside of the Oz books, I was a little thrown off by these two ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 23, 2013
Nightmare Academy (Nightmare Academy #1)
it was ok
Think of Nightmare Academy as Hogwarts only here the good guys learn to banish monsters rather than fight evil wizards. Children with "the gift" go aw ...more
not set
Jan 23, 2008
The Poe Estate (The Grimm Legacy, #3)
liked it
The third in the Grimm Legacy series, this book is (appropriately?) the darkest by far, and the one the most removed from the New-York Circulating Mat ...more
Aug 02, 2016
Aug 03, 2016
I Am Drums
it was amazing
Sam's insatiable need to become an incredible drummer can't be stopped. Except for the fact that she doesn't own any drums, her struggling family has ...more
Jul 10, 2016
Jul 10, 2016
Lady Friday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #5)
liked it
The series is interesting enough that even one of the weaker installments is still pretty decent, but I would definitely rate this as one of the weake ...more
Oct 21, 2007
Oct 09, 2007
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)
really liked it
The second book picks up from the first with a heightened sense of urgency and danger that continues straight through to the cliffhanger ending. Jacob ...more
Feb 25, 2016
Feb 26, 2016
Naruto, Vol. 01: The Tests of the Ninja (Naruto, #1)
really liked it
The popularity of this series simply can't be denied, and there's a reason for that. Take an action-packed series about the ultimate underdog (cursed ...more
not set
Oct 16, 2008
Spellbinder (Spellbinder #1)
it was ok
Belladonna Johnson is a tad unusual. She can see (and communicate) with ghosts and family dinners at her house include her two recently deceased paren ...more
not set
Dec 29, 2013
Glinda of Oz (Oz, #14)
liked it
This book features Ozma in full diplomatic peacekeeper mode as she embarks on a mission to negotiate between two warring factions in hopes of putting ...more
Apr 2013
May 11, 2013
Witherwood Reform School
it was ok
I do not want to be too harsh here, but even if a book is the first in a trilogy or a series, I do think the reader is owed a little something to star ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 28, 2015
100 Cupboards  (100 Cupboards, #1)
it was ok
If anyone had read this book from cover-to-cover, I hope that they will offer a comment, because I confess partial ignorance here. I had this book out ...more
Jan 2008
Mar 01, 2008
Finding Serendipity (Tuesday McGillycuddy, #1)
liked it
Tuesday McGillycuddy's mother, a famous children's author, disappears from her own home under fantastical circumstances. Tuesday unwittingly gets enta ...more
Apr 2015
Apr 15, 2015
The Penderwicks in Spring (The Penderwicks, #4)
liked it
I am not a fan of the Penderwicks books. It's not a popular view, but I have to be honest, and Having read two--or is it three, now? I am afraid this ...more
not set
Aug 05, 2015
Signing Their Rights Away
really liked it
Having read (and wholeheartedly loved) Signing Their Lives Away about the signers of the Declaration, there is something unavoidably anticlimactic abo ...more
Aug 08, 2016
Aug 03, 2016
The Road to Oz (Oz, #5)
it was ok
I'm reading all of the Oz books (credited to Baum, at least), and I'm only, what? Maybe five books in now--I've read past this one, of course--but tho ...more
Mar 2013
Apr 04, 2013
Do Not Open
really liked it
This is a hodge-podge of background information on nearly everything sneaky, mysterious, confidential, or spooky. The selection of material ties into ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 23, 2008
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
it was amazing
To sum this up as an American Gods for the younger set would be a little too easy, but there is definitely an element of that in this mythology-goes-m ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 14, 2008
it was amazing
We are currently at the point with juvenile and young adult fiction where the lives of transgender characters are still almost exclusively showcased i ...more
Jan 12, 2017
May 28, 2016
The Secret of the Key (Sixty-Eight Rooms, #4)
it was ok
To be fair, my rating would be a 2.5 but the fact that this series has so much that would normally recommend it to me that the fact that I'm lukewarm ...more
Aug 2016
Aug 06, 2016
Circus Mirandus
it was amazing
The most magical thing about Micah's life is the stories his beloved grandfather tells about a mysterious circus from his childhood. However, once Eph ...more
Jan 2016
Nov 24, 2015
The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)
really liked it
Prickly loner Agatha and ambitious,t beautiful Sophie's unconventional friendship is put to the test when the pair get kidnapped for enrollment in the ...more
not set
Feb 04, 2015
The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)
liked it
For Percy and Annabeth, the only worse thing than having to destroy (at least) a dozen terrible monsters is to actually be stuck in Tartarus and have ...more
Jan 2014
Feb 05, 2014
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