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Coraline
4.03
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** This was excellent. Perfect level of creepy without going too far (i.e., without slipping into too-scary-to-be-enjoyable). Coraline ...more
not set
Sep 27, 2008
 
Harry the Dirty Dog
4.17
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I think this is a perfect picture book. I remember loving the story when I was little, and I love it just as much now, if not more. ...more
not set
Dec 10, 2008
 
King and King
3.79
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I loved the way this started out, especially the voice of the queen. But I found the presentation of the princesses rather off-putti ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 01, 2009
 
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
4.13
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Perfectly delightful. Mrs. Frisby is such an endearing character and we’re with her the whole way—her motivations are absolutely cle ...more
Aug 16, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
 
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1)
3.70
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Loved this, even though there were a few things I wondered about (not in a good way) by the end—what was the deal with Dane, why did ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2008
 
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
4.31
liked it
OMG FINALLY finished this thing. Not the best choice for occasional reading on my Nook over, um, two years.
not set
Oct 27, 2012
 
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
3.89
really liked it
**spoiler alert** One of those books that grabs you early and keeps you reading almost compulsively all the way through. I thought the scene where the ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Oct 24, 2008
 
Traction Man Is Here!
4.04
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** LOVED this. It is more episodic than full narrative, but one could make an argument that the climax is when Traction Man is faced wi ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 01, 2009
 
Officer Buckle & Gloria
4.16
it was amazing
A perfect picture-book story. A clear and engaging story, lovable characters, fun artwork, etc. Nice that the reader gets to be in on the joke before ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2009
 
The School for Cats
4.20
really liked it
I loved the Cat Club books when I was little, and The Fire Cat (starring Pickles, one of the Cat Club characters) remains one of my all-time favorite ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2008
 
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly
3.92
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Charming story about the youngest of three sisters who wants to find a way to stand out and be remembered like her sisters are. The ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2009
 
Hanging on to Max
3.86
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Honest and revealing look at what it might be like for a teenage boy to try and raise his infant son. Bechard does a great job of sh ...more
Nov 24, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
 
Fuzzy Nation
4.10
really liked it
My first Scalzi. Won't be my last. Took me a little while to get fully invested, but the story and characters got more and more compelling as the book ...more
not set
Aug 30, 2012
 
Tangerine
3.61
really liked it
I was almost shocked by how much I liked this book. A story about a junior high school kid who wears thick glasses and plays soccer? But of course it’ ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2008
 
Gil's All Fright Diner
3.89
liked it
I liked this a lot. Odd-but-good mix of humor, supernatural horror, buddy story, and a little romance. The narrator (Fred Berman) was great, too. My f ...more
not set
May 21, 2014
 
There's a Nightmare in My Closet
4.22
liked it
I remember this one from when I was little. I think I liked it then, and I like it now. It’s short and direct and satisfying. The gun, even though it’ ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2009
 
Tawny Scrawny Lion
4.16
liked it
Interesting to read a book that so frankly addresses the idea of characters eating each other! Fun to read, though, and the ending felt satisfying. Ca ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2009
 
The Book of Dragons
3.88
really liked it
Long ago, sometime around elementary school, I found a shelf of dragon-story collections in the local public library. At least, that’s my memory—a who ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
 
Story of a Girl
3.67
Compelling story of a girl who has her first sexual experience in eighth grade (with her older brothers supposed friend), is caught in the act by her ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2008
 
Robot Dreams
3.92
I have very mixed feelings about this book. It was lovely, but made me mad. Dog's behavior made me mad. I have to keep thinking about it, I think.
not set
Jun 06, 2013
 
Miss Nelson Is Missing!
4.27
it was amazing
One of my favorite picture books, although I’d never before realized it had the group-mind POV thing going on. This book is what made me more interest ...more
not set
Aug 04, 2008
 
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting
3.91
liked it
Very helpful book about the three-act structure model. Field’s focus is on screenplays, but his paradigm applies just as well to novels. He includes l ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 04, 2008
 
The Problem With Chickens
3.63
liked it
**spoiler alert** A group-mind story in which the ladies all act as one in order to solve their egg problem and then their chicken problem. The chicke ...more
not set
Aug 04, 2008
 
Miss Nelson Is Back (Miss Nelson, #2)
4.33
liked it
I had no idea there were any sequels to Harry Allard’s Miss Nelson Is Missing! until I happened to come across them in the library. This one is simila ...more
not set
Oct 05, 2008
 
Bella at Midnight
3.77
it was amazing
I adored this book. I feel like I need to study it to see how she managed to make it so wonderful—I realize at least half of what makes it so good are ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2008
 
Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)
4.44
it was amazing
So good, yet again. Love this book.

Starting another listen 10/22/14. Need something I love this much right now.

Listened again - needed it for my oral
...more
Oct 13, 2016
Oct 08, 2009
 
George and Martha
4.15
really liked it
Five stories about George and Martha, who are “two great friends.” Fun and sweet, no great dramatic moments, just quiet stories mostly about coming to ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2009
 
Among Others
3.68
it was amazing
Wow. Lovely and excellent. Must read more Jo Walton, clearly.
Sep 22, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
 
Komarr (Vorkosigan Saga, #11)
4.29
it was amazing
Reading/listening for the 4th time. Love Bujold. And Gardner!
Jun 09, 2013
not set
Nov 02, 2009
 
A Civil Campaign (Vorkosigan Saga, #12)
4.43
it was amazing
So good, yet again. LOVE.LOVE LOVE LOVE.
not set
Nov 23, 2009
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