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Man's Search for Meaning
really liked it
Powerful. A must-read for those interested in reading about the holocaust. I felt guilty reading while eating my lunch.

This is also a wonderful book
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
The Green Glass Sea (Green Glass #1)
it was amazing
When I was in high school, I did an extra credit report on Oppenheimer, "Little Boy," and "Fat Man." It was all new to me, and so interesting and horr ...more
Feb 03, 2009
Dec 13, 2008
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps
really liked it
There's always room for another book telling the story of a Holocaust survivor. This is a particularly nice one for young adults. It isn't too long or ...more
Mar 16, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles, #4)
liked it
**spoiler alert** This wasn't my favorite of the Underland Chronicles so far. Mostly, I think, it just felt like a prelude to the final book. I did li ...more
Aug 09, 2009
Jul 15, 2008
The Book Thief
it was amazing
This is one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read - and I almost didn't read it at all. The first time I checked it out from the librar ...more
Jan 07, 2009
Dec 19, 2008
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
really liked it
I enjoyed this so much! I almost always enjoy Scott Westerfeld, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. But I just wasn't sure about this. Although I was ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Dec 02, 2009
A Night Divided
it was amazing
Gerta's family has literally been divided by the Berlin Wall, which went up overnight. Gerta's father and a brother were in West Berlin when the wall ...more
Nov 02, 2015
Oct 26, 2015
Into the Killing Seas
it was amazing
Wow. This was completely riveting from page one. I recently read a couple of Titanic books and reading this made me think those survivors had it easy! ...more
Nov 04, 2015
Oct 30, 2015
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
it was amazing
This kept me up much too late! I just couldn't put it down! Even though some of the violence was completely horrifying, I still wanted to continue rea ...more
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 09, 2015
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
really liked it
Steve Sheinkin did an amazing job with this book! What a great example of nonfiction for young adults. I found it to be very readable and completely i ...more
Mar 25, 2014
Jan 29, 2013
Briar Rose
really liked it
Powerful and horrible, yet beautiful as well. This had some details of the Holocaust that I had never heard before. I was anxious for the mystery of G ...more
May 27, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
Homesick: My Own Story (Yearling Book)
really liked it
This makes me want to sit down and write about my own childhood! I love how she wrote it as a story. This was a Newbery honor book in 1983.
Jul 18, 2017
Mar 02, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I felt a little rushed while I was reading it because I had to get it back to the library before a trip. I wanted to take my time w ...more
Jul 2009
Dec 20, 2008
Stones in Water (Stones in Water, #1)
really liked it
There are so many sides to the story of WWII and the Holocaust. I had no idea that Germany took young Italian boys against their will, transported the ...more
Apr 14, 2016
Jun 08, 2008
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
it was ok
I recently read The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Compared to that, this is just a pale, striped, sad story that doesn't really mean any ...more
Jan 12, 2015
Mar 02, 2009
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
really liked it
I found this to be very readable and engaging. Once I got started, I didn't want to read any other book. And when I wasn't reading, I was often thinki ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
Crow Call
really liked it
I loved this one. It made me feel very nostalgic for one of those perfect childhood days that you know you will always remember. The relationship show ...more
Nov 23, 2011
Oct 06, 2010
One Candle
it was amazing
This brought tears to my eyes, even the second time I read it. The illustrations are lovely and simply perfect for the story. This would be a great wa ...more
Oct 07, 2016
Oct 07, 2016
Kane and Abel
really liked it
I felt this was a little long, but not overly long for a book that takes you through the lives of two different men from birth all the way through dea ...more
Oct 2009
Mar 04, 2009
Journey Home
liked it
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Journey to Topaz, although I did still find the subject matter very interesting. I think many Americans don't ...more
Oct 22, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
Nick of Time (Nick McIver, #1)
it was ok
Ted Bell's first YA novel is chockablock* with adventurous ideas. So chockablock, in fact, that I'm afraid he put every idea he's ever had into this o ...more
Nov 28, 2008
Nov 15, 2008
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
liked it
Based just on the cover picture, this book never seemed like something I wanted to read. Then I saw the movie previews and thought maybe I should read ...more
Oct 12, 2016
Oct 01, 2016
I'm Still Scared: The War Years (26 Fairmount Avenue, #6)
really liked it
I continue to be impressed with Tomie dePaola's detailed memories of his childhood. I was interested to learn in his note at the end that he had some ...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
Girl in a Cage
really liked it
Once again, Jane Yolen brings history to life. In the year 1306, Marjorie Bruce, the only heir to the Scottish king Robert Bruce, is captured by the E ...more
May 28, 2009
May 25, 2009
Walt Whitman: Words for America
really liked it
If you don't know much about Walt Whitman, this book is a great starting point! It will also make you want to learn more - or at the very least you wi ...more
Dec 24, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
Baseball Saved Us
liked it
Great illustrations with simple text explaining a complicated and difficult time for people of Japanese descent in America during WWII. The author's n ...more
Oct 10, 2016
Oct 10, 2016
Vienna Prelude (Zion Covenant, #1)
really liked it
It took me quite a while to get caught up with the characters and their stories, but once it happened, I was hooked! At that point, I didn't stop read ...more
Aug 16, 2011
Mar 19, 2011
Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)
it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. This is going to be one of those books I can't write a proper review for. I just now finished it and I'm still on that world, with thos ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Jan 26, 2010
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero
it was amazing
This is a fascinating account of the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds. I don't believe I had ever heard of her before, but she was quite the hero! She had b ...more
Feb 03, 2012
May 25, 2011
George Washington's World
liked it
This is really a remarkable idea for a history book. Genevieve Foster explains in clear, simple language and nice, short chapters the events and peopl ...more
Sep 26, 2010
Mar 15, 2010
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