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Finder Library Volume 1
it was ok
Humbling and yet annoying. Her figure drawing is lovely and always 100% accurate no matter how small the panel or scene. Her characters have unique fa ...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
The Swap
really liked it
This is a perfect middle school book about being yourself, standing up to bullies, and realizing how the other half lives. Is the ending too neatly wr ...more
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
The Ghost and the Goth (The Ghost and the Goth, #1)
it was ok
Is it a good sign or a bad sign when pre-schoolers are facinated with the book cover? So the hook is right there for you to see: popular girl gets tea ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash
really liked it
I found some chapters more fascinating than others. The story about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch would make an excellent children's picture book. T ...more
Oct 31, 2012
Nov 01, 2012
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
did not like it
He's very worried about Millennial young people. Are they more stressed than other young collage-aged kids? Are the Upper class and Upper middle class ...more
Apr 2016
Apr 01, 2016
Old Robert and the Sea-Silly Cats
really liked it
Great rhythem of the text. Quiet illustrations hint at larger themes. The night-time setting and the soothing repetition make this a perfect bedtime b ...more
May 22, 2012
May 22, 2012
Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity
it was amazing
What an engaging writer! His chatty voice is like a scholarly uncle, sipping a drink and telling you what the Roman Empire was REALLY like. He covers ...more
Mar 2015
Apr 01, 2015
The Kingdom of the Cults
it was ok
As a Catholic, I found all the scripture quoting extraneous. And as a far as I'm concerned Evangelical bible-thumpers are already a weird sub-cult of ...more
Jan 2002
Feb 04, 2016
liked it
Great book for early elementary kids who are obsessed with robots. The narrator has his story high-jacked by the boy who takes over the book in Robo-W ...more
Oct 10, 2015
Oct 06, 2015
The Book that Proves Time Travel Happens
really liked it
Very funny time-travel adventure! But the cover proves that even when an author writes a SF story with diverse cast and the publishers publish it, the ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 19, 2015
Changeling (Order of Darkness, #1)
it was ok
The story starts off very strong and quickly moves the plot forward, but then halfway through it lost it's steam. I had hoped for more interesting spa ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
Team Human
it was amazing
Wow! I loved both these authors previous books, but wow. I was expecting something that makes fun of vampires more, but the authors really used the st ...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
it was ok
The illustrations by Marla Frazee were very charming but they were not enought to carry this slight story. The text was trying to be vague yet qurirky ...more
Dec 27, 2011
Dec 28, 2011
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
really liked it
Does this book truely make a case for slow fashion? I suppose that depends on the reader. I thought she made a convincing case that America is near th ...more
Aug 16, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
it was amazing
I haven't fallen so hard since Will Grayson! Loved him, loved the romantic mystery, loved the supporting cast! I especially loved Simon's family. At t ...more
Jun 2016
Feb 16, 2015
not set
Feb 18, 2015
Knitting Masterclass: With Over 20 Technical Workshops and 15 Beautiful Patterns
liked it
I didn't actually do any of the lessons out of this. But I did jot down some of the classic fair isle patterns. And I had fun imagining I actually was ...more
Feb 11, 2016
Mar 11, 2016
really liked it
My 6th grade son was reading this in English, and loved it so much he found our home copy and finished it in one evening!

The only problem: now he's o
Dec 21, 2016
Dec 21, 2016
Little White Duck : A Childhood in China
liked it
I found this collection to be intriguing but uneven. I highly recommend adults read throught this first before reading to your kids. Not that I disapp ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 03, 2012
The Box and the Dragonfly (The Keepers #1)
liked it
An everyday boy from Chicago finds a secret shop and a magical talisman that's linked to him. A epic quest unfolds slowly, as he meets tall creepy vil ...more
May 2015
May 19, 2015
Here Comes Teacher Cat
liked it
This is LONG for a picture book. Like almost 40 pages by my loose count. I feel like this is actually a gift book for teachers. But older kids might g ...more
Aug 02, 2017
Aug 08, 2017
The Distance from Me to You
liked it
An over-privileged white girl hikes the Appalachian Trail, over-comes challenges, and meets a super-hot guy with working-class issues. Was the heroine ...more
Nov 02, 2015
Nov 03, 2015
Superfab Saves the Day
really liked it
Fun thoughtful book about ways to over come villains through friendship (and Fashion!)

Good for grades 1-2.
Feb 2015
Feb 24, 2015
Integrated Forest Gardening: The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems
really liked it
The entire first two-thirds of this book reads like a textbook. But the last part has Case Studies, that offer sample plant guilds for use by the casu ...more
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
Don't Know Much About the Bible: Everything You Need to Know About the Good Book but Never Learned
liked it
This book gives the very basic standard interpretation of how the Bible was compiled. The Old Testament was written from four schools, and compiled at ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 09, 2011
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (Midde School, #1)
liked it
Short chapters, short sentences, simple vocabulary -- these are the written structures that make this book a fast read. The really special James Patte ...more
Dec 21, 2016
Dec 21, 2016
Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz
really liked it
How does a 4 year old survive the Holocaust? This books give a lightly fictionalized account of a one boy's survival. The story doesn't pretend to get ...more
Mar 2017
Mar 01, 2017
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles
really liked it
This is a very quiet story for introspective children. With a sweet open ending that invites imagined dreamy sequels.

I read this to my 3rd grader and
Jun 02, 2016
Jun 02, 2016
The Diary of  a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures
it was ok
This was more of a memoir than a graphic novel. I found her bleak confused story to be very depressing. A book about teen life that's not really for t ...more
Jun 2015
Jun 23, 2015
Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere (Olga, #1)
really liked it
The latest addition in the pseudo diary/sketch book genre is this lovely, quirky gem. Olga is grumpy and anti-social, and easily annoyed by girly-girl ...more
Mar 17, 2017
Mar 17, 2017
Bow-Wow's Nightmare Neighbors
really liked it
Surreal, wordless, but with a sweet bedtime ending. My 2nd grader loved it.

My 5th grader loves it, too. Although he said it reminds him exactly of wha
Jul 2015
Jul 21, 2015
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