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The Disappearing Stranger (Adventures of the Northwoods, #1)
4.01
really liked it
What a wonderful, wholesome, very readable mystery for young adults!

Certainly the fact that I am intimately familiar with the territory in this book h
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Jan 1995
Feb 14, 2008
 
The Higher Power of Lucky (The Hard Pan Trilogy, #1)
3.57
it was ok
I've made it a habit to read the Newbery Medal winning books, and often I read the runners-up as well. What I've found is that lately I have been less ...more
Apr 02, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
 
Harold and the Purple Crayon
4.25
it was amazing
One of the all-time best books to foster creativity in children. A must for EVERY child's bookshelf.
not set
Nov 28, 2007
 
The Book Thief
4.36
liked it
This is one of the tougher books for me to 'review.' There were some absolutely brilliant gems here. Themes, characters, allusions. And Zusak has wove ...more
May 26, 2009
Feb 21, 2008
 
Alice through the Needle
3.83
liked it
I am a tremendous fan of Lewis Carroll's works, and when I happened upon this book in a used book shop one day, I couldn't resist.

There is much here t
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Jan 1987
Feb 12, 2008
 
The Kissing Hand
4.42
it was amazing
If you have pre-schoolers or very young elementary school children, you need to have this book.

There are a lot of picture books published every year,
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Mar 19, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
 
Jake and the Giant Hand (Weird Stories Gone Wrong #1)
4.08
really liked it
Originally reviewed in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.5.

I have ALWAYS enjoyed works of the absurd; the theatre of Eugene Ionesco, the stories of Nik
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Apr 10, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
 
We Share Everything!
4.03
it was amazing
This might be my favorite Robert Munsch book to read aloud to my children.

Although still rather formulaic in it's style (not a bad thing, mind you), t
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Jan 2004
Feb 12, 2008
 
Song of the Wanderer (Unicorn Chronicles, #2)
4.10
it was amazing
If you read any of my reviews, you'll know that I'm a fan of Bruce Coville's writing. His Unicorn Chronicles is one of the best series for fantasy rea ...more
Mar 09, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
 
Raiders from the Sea (Viking Quest, #1)
4.21
liked it
I quite enjoyed Lois Walfrid Johnson's first series "Adventures in the North Woods" and moderately enjoyed her second series, "The Riverboat Adventure ...more
Mar 23, 2008
Mar 20, 2008
 
A Newbery Halloween: A Dozen Scary Stories by Newbery Award-Winning Authors
3.74
really liked it
I was mildly disappointed with this book because I was hoping to read some short fiction by some of the best children's/young adult authors in the bus ...more
Jan 1996
Feb 12, 2008
 
Rusty The Squeaky Robot
4.21
really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good book. Rated 4.0 of 5

Robots, friendship, music, uniqueness, and eye-catching art. This little th
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Apr 17, 2018
not set
Apr 17, 2018
 
Ban This Book
4.43
really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.75 of 5

Amy Anne Ollinger is a fourth-grader who loves to read. Her favorite book
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Aug 30, 2017
Jul 30, 2017
 
Everton Miles Is Stranger Than Me: The Night Flyer's Handbook
4.18
it was amazing
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.5 of 5

If you don't already know Philippa Dowding, you must correct that immediate
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Feb 28, 2018
Jan 20, 2018
 
Astrotwins : Project Rescue
4.00
really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.0 of 5

A children's book about pre-teen astronauts written by an actual astronaut?
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Jun 16, 2017
Apr 14, 2017
 
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
4.10
really liked it
I like a book that's written for young adults but doesn't speak down to them or pander to their deep pathos (you know the sorts of books I'm talking a ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
 
Dinoverse
3.59
really liked it
It's sad that there aren't more reviews for this book, because this is really a great book!

I will admit that this has been on my bookshelf for the las
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Sep 14, 2009
Sep 19, 2009
 
William and the Lost Spirit
3.20
liked it
I’m not entirely sure what to make of this graphic novel. At times it was strong; at times weak. Sometimes it was intriguing; other times dull.

My firs
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Apr 03, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
 
Tom Swift and His Jetmarine (Tom Swift Jr, #2)
3.72
really liked it
My sons sure have enjoyed my reading these 1950's books aloud to them at bed time. Not everything holds their interest (strangely, both The Hobbit and ...more
Sep 04, 2007
Feb 07, 2008
 
March: Book One (March, #1)
4.35
it was amazing
I consider myself to be a moderately well-educated man and I am certainly familiar with the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King, Jr., and whe ...more
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 27, 2014
 
The Fourteenth Goldfish
3.88
really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.25 of 5

The Newbery Medal is the top prize in American literature for children.  H
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Aug 04, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
 
Operation Sherlock (A.I. Gang, #1)
4.11
really liked it
I really enjoy Bruce Coville novels. This man knows how to write for youngsters. He doesn't write down to them, he challenges them, but manages to kee ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 22, 2008
 
The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden: The Night Flyer's Handbook
3.61
it was amazing
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 5.0 of 5

There are only a small handful of authors whose work I look for when I step
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Jan 02, 2017
Nov 08, 2016
 
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
4.46
it was amazing
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 5.0 of 5

When I review or consider a children's book, there are three things I look
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Aug 15, 2016
Jun 14, 2016
 
The Christmas Coal Man
3.51
it was ok
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.0 of 5

What happens when Santa Claus decides that he's no longer going to punish t
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Nov 27, 2015
Sep 26, 2015
 
Oliver and the Seawigs
4.03
liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.25 of 5

Oliver and the Seawigs is a delightful, flight of fancy fantasy.

Author Phi
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Aug 11, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
 
Blackheart's Legacy (The Odyssey of Jon Sinclair, #1)
4.28
liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.25 of 5.

The success of the children’s/YA Harry Potter series has done a great dea
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Oct 05, 2015
Aug 09, 2015
 
Wonder Woman: Amazon Warrior (Backstories)
3.79
really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5

Ah...I remember the days when I couldn't wait for the Scholastic book fair
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Feb 10, 2016
Dec 17, 2015
 
Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Jedi Academy, #2)
4.27
really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5

How do you hook early readers who are raised in a culture of social media a
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Jul 31, 2014
Jul 31, 2014
 
Thor's Wedding Day: By Thialfi, the goat boy, as told to and translated by Bruce Coville
3.70
really liked it
Bruce Coville is an incredibly talented writer, and one of my favorite authors. He writes for kids, which is good for kids, but not so great for adult ...more
Apr 2006
Nov 30, 2007
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