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Little Brother
3.93
it was ok
Torn between two and three stars. I enjoyed reading this; the plot was interesting, and all the informative parts were pretty accessible (well, the co ...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 18, 2009
 
Dead End in Norvelt
3.72
liked it
I got impatient with this about halfway through. Occasional moments of clever brilliance, but Newbery-wise, I can't see this standing out in a field t ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
 
The Magician's Elephant
3.83
really liked it
Part of me wants to say I loved this book, that it verges on Trumpet of the Swan or Jane Langton territory, and part of me is afraid I've been sucked ...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
 
Daddy-Long-Legs
4.09
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I've been reading comments here and there about how this book is not that good and the central relationship is creepy and it is anti ...more
Jan 1989
Sep 16, 2007
 
Jay's Journal
3.29
did not like it
I'd wanted to read this since I first heard about it--Go Ask Alice, now with more SATANISM!--but it was awful. Unlike GAA, this one has an actual kid' ...more
Feb 11, 2008
Feb 11, 2008
 
America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams
3.54
did not like it
I loathed this book. The authors never acknowledge their enormous debt to The Tightwad Gazette for both their newsletter business and this book--in fa ...more
not set
Sep 07, 2008
 
It's Like This, Cat
3.60
really liked it
I resisted reading this book, because I retain a childhood prejudice against books with male narrators, and I still don't really like kids' books abou ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 13, 2008
 
Wonderstruck
4.16
liked it
I definitely missed the boat somehow on this book. Rather than feeling smarter than all my friends who rated this four or five stars (they all did)--w ...more
Nov 22, 2011
Nov 22, 2011
 
Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm
3.46
really liked it
I spent the first couple of chapters being annoyed because this was pitched at a publisher's preview as "the next WILD" and it just isn't. Yeah, they ...more
Feb 07, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
 
Dobry
3.22
did not like it
You know how there's often an excerpt of the book on the cover--something to make the book sound exciting so people will want to read it? This is what ...more
not set
Sep 13, 2008
 
Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date
3.55
it was ok
Read more than half of this and had to stop when I realized it was never going to be anything else. There's nothing wrong with the writing, but an ent ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
 
Jane-Emily
4.08
it was amazing
I was surprised to see in a bookstore that this VERY scary and original children's book is back in print, in a sweet new edition that includes another ...more
not set
Oct 03, 2007
 
Inside Out & Back Again
4.10
liked it
Hey, reviewers? A lot of you are using the word "prose" where you mean "poetry", and I can't take it.

Also, there are actually lots and lots of kids' a
...more
May 24, 2011
May 24, 2011
 
Rats Saw God
3.79
it was amazing
This is one of the realest YA books I've read (helped, of course, by the fact that the narrator is from my generation). I've never empathized so much ...more
Jan 1997
Sep 17, 2007
 
The Future of Us
3.58
liked it
A funny time-capsule of a book, already dated before it's even officially released. The authors are certainly aware of the time-sensitive nature of th ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
 
Chasing Vermeer (Chasing Vermeer, #1)
3.71
liked it
I loved parts of this book and disliked other parts, so there you are; the epilogue ending is particularly bad (in that "I don't know how to work all ...more
not set
Nov 25, 2007
 
The Whole Story of Half a Girl
3.78
liked it
This is a pretty good book, but it's disturbingly derivative of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, even to the scene at the first co-ed sixth grade ...more
May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012
 
Calico Captive
3.95
it was amazing
Problematic portrayal of American Indians, though it seems quite in keeping with the real feelings of the captives--based on the historical narrative- ...more
Jan 1989
Sep 15, 2007
 
Reunion in Barsaloi
3.37
liked it
Oddly, in most ways I think this is actually the best book of the three--especially as far as the writing goes. It really feels like Corinne is honing ...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
 
Mockingbird
4.18
it was ok
One of my sisters loved this, the other didn't like it. I'm somewhere in between. I thought the writing was well-done: smooth and polished. But otherw ...more
Oct 17, 2010
Oct 17, 2010
 
Secret of the Andes
3.54
it was ok
This is the book that famously won the Newbery over Charlotte's Web, and was that ever a travesty. I can accept that a certain number of books will be ...more
not set
Jun 12, 2008
 
A Snicker of Magic
4.08
it was ok
I disliked this so thoroughly that there's probably not any point in going on about it. It must be a good book for the right reader, because it's gett ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
 
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
3.47
really liked it
Though I love @halfpintingalls and had a couple of nice virtual interactions with the author while she was working on the book, I put off reading this ...more
Feb 10, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
really liked it
There's no question that this is an awesome book; it is absolutely a page-turner, absorbing without being overwhelming. I can't support it for Newbery ...more
Oct 31, 2008
Oct 31, 2008
 
Moccasin Trail
3.98
liked it
(I'm reading all the Newbery Honor books from the year Charlotte's Web got the Honor, to see if any of them are any good.)

I can see why this got the h
...more
Nov 21, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
 
The Queen of Water
4.11
really liked it
Oops, I finished already. I could just never tell what was going to happen and I HAD to keep reading.

In some ways this reminds me of certain books tha
...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
 
Countdown (The Sixties Trilogy, #1)
3.89
it was ok
This is going to be my annual "I don't get it" book, I guess. I'm puzzled by the almost-universal accolades. (Review will be especially long because o ...more
Oct 08, 2010
Oct 08, 2010
 
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
3.77
liked it
Mixed feelings for several different reasons, but overall I liked this very much and read it in one sitting. Just to touch on one: if the narrator rea ...more
Apr 11, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
 
Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots
3.73
liked it
None of you who know me will be surprised that this book caught my eye on a table of ARCs. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a suburban-style environ ...more
Oct 20, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
 
Amos Fortune, Free Man
3.85
liked it
I did my best to rate this what I might have rated it as a child, or maybe if I'd read it back when it was written.

As a book, I would probably rate it
...more
Sep 23, 2008
Sep 23, 2008
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