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Angels Watching Over Me (Angels, #1)
4.16
liked it
This is a very uplifting book. It is clearly written with a religious young adult audience in mind, and it explores the questions of faith and doubt f ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 27, 2011
 
Speak
4.00
liked it
This book takes on some incredibly weighty issues, especially considering it is targeted for a young adult audience. The freshman protagonist struggle ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
The Chocolate War (Chocolate War, #1)
3.48
liked it
It took me a while to get warmed up to this book. I believe this is primarily because it took me a while to really care about any of the characters. C ...more
Sep 22, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
 
Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille
3.94
really liked it
I love this biography. The narration is straight-forward, and there is nothing overtly beautiful or creative about it, but the story in and of itself ...more
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
 
The Book of Lost Things
3.98
really liked it
To sum up this book, it's about war, death, greed, pride, hope, courage, and love. Sometimes funny, frequently frightening, it really is a fun read. O ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 25, 2011
 
Dogsong
3.63
it was ok
My experience with this book might have been slightly tainted by listening to it on an audiobook rather than reading it. I love audiobooks, but I feel ...more
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 23, 2011
 
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novels, #1)
3.69
it was ok
This book was a bit too cheesy for my style, but my two-star rating doesn't mean that it is completely without value. It was a nice, super quick read ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
 
Monster
3.69
it was amazing
This book is brilliant. It is easy for the reader to get caught up in guilt vs. innocent, but that isn't what the text is about at all. It's about wha ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
Running Loose
3.75
really liked it
I love this book. I love how it explores the therapeutic effects of athletics through the perspective of a struggling teenager who definitely needs so ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
 
Godless
3.60
really liked it
Contrary to what the title suggests, I really wouldn't say this book is about atheism. It's all about a teenager searching for his identity, and this ...more
Oct 14, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
 
The Outsiders
4.06
really liked it
I finished this book today, as a senior in college, after having last read it in my 7th grade language arts class. The Outsiders is a fantastic young ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
 
Feathers
3.64
it was ok
This really is a lovely book. I love the message, and the characters are intriguing. My only point of discontent with it (and this was major enough fo ...more
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 21, 2011
 
The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen (Pals in Peril, #2)
3.66
really liked it
This is the only M.T. Anderson book I have read so far, and I find his sense of humor quirky, slightly self-deprecating, and hilarious. This tale of t ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
 
The White Darkness
3.46
liked it
I'm giving this book a 3 because I feel it was very well written--a fine example of literature. With that said, it was a bit slow for my taste. Moreov ...more
Nov 30, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
 
Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case
3.95
really liked it
Till's story is disturbing in what it reveals about human nature, but it is also poignant and moving. Crowe provides an excellent account of the reali ...more
Nov 05, 2011
Nov 05, 2011
 
Make Lemonade (Make Lemonade, #1)
3.64
really liked it
This is a beautiful book. It explores some tough issues (particularly teen motherhood and poverty), all the while maintaining an underlying hopefulnes ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 01, 2011
 
The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, #1)
4.10
really liked it
I thought I was tired of all the young adult dystopian novels, but there is something different about this one. The characters are fresh. The romantic ...more
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
 
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
3.82
really liked it
To me, this book is all about ambition. While it follows the YA tradition of a young relationship gone sour, the primary reason behind it is the the p ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
 
Kit's Wilderness
3.67
really liked it
What a beautiful book! On the surface it is an interesting story, but it is so rich--there are so many layers. Kit, I believe, is a character that alm ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
 
Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware (Pals in Peril #3)
3.87
really liked it
This is another quirky, tongue-in-cheek M.T. Anderson novel, perfect for adolescents who love off-beat humor and wit. For the duration, a mystery of s ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
 
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
4.18
it was amazing
This is an excellent book. It is a dystopian novel, which is a very popular genre in young adult literature right now, but it is really a breath of fr ...more
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
 
American Born Chinese
3.88
liked it
The illustrations (is that what they're called in graphic novels?) are awesome. I love how the three stories become one. I only gave it three stars be ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
 
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and The Endurance
3.89
really liked it
This is a great, compelling non-fiction read that would be great for teachers to use in a secondary education setting. It is quick-moving and is riddl ...more
Sep 07, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
 
The Game of Sunken Places (Norumbegan Quartet, #1)
3.42
liked it
Like all the M.T. Anderson books that I've read so far, this is a fun, quirky, fast-paced young adult read. It isn't exactly life-changing, and it isn ...more
Oct 12, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
 
Whirligig
3.37
really liked it
This is a beautiful, quick read about redemption and hope. It is one boy's journey to find atonement through the creation of whirligigs, and it also e ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
 
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Logans, #4)
3.79
really liked it
It is incredible that a book about the struggle of a family to retain their property could be this moving. The tension--to put it lightly--between the ...more
Sep 14, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
 
Out of the Dust
3.73
it was amazing
This book is absolutely gorgeous. Written in verse rather than prose, it is a great text for introducing students to unintimidating poetry. It is at t ...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
 
Ragged Dick
3.26
liked it
For a book written in 1867, Ragged Dick is way wittier than I anticipated it would be. Granted, it is highly moralistic and a tad simplistic in its ex ...more
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 25, 2011
 
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
4.22
liked it
For me, a three might be a bit generous. It's more like a 2.5. It is a good, fun book, but the characters are, in my opinion, just a bit flat. I just ...more
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
 
The Whole Sky Full of Stars
3.13
it was ok
This book wasn't too much more than a simple, linear plot with highly moralistic undertones. It was a pleasant read, but I can't really say much more ...more
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
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