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Seniors Sleuth (Winston Wong Cozy Mystery, #1)
liked it
Winston is smart, slightly pudgy, and fun to spend time with. As he picks up clues, he lets the reader in on his deductions, which I enjoyed. But just ...more
not set
May 18, 2015
Truly Madly Guilty
liked it
Truly, Madly, Guilty tells the story of an innocent backyard barbecue gone terribly wrong. Moriarty gives us a main cast of three quirky couples and e ...more
not set
Mar 30, 2017
really liked it
For starters, Walton does a fabulous job of describing emotion in raw, fresh language. When Oscar’s brother yells at him for sketching their dying fat ...more
not set
Jun 08, 2017
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
really liked it
Yes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower has controversial content, including homosexuality, rape, abortion, drug use, suicide, and sexual abuse.

But, ther
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Sep 26, 2014
The Nightingale
liked it
What I Liked: The narrative alternates between the two sisters, and I liked the juxtaposition of their stories and the different ways they fought agai ...more
Feb 2017
Feb 20, 2017
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
really liked it
I both admire and cringe at Artemis Fowl. He’s twelve, alarmingly intelligent, and obscenely wealthy. He hatches deceptive plans of questionable moral ...more
not set
Jan 03, 2013
See You at Harry's
it was amazing
Jo Knowles skillfully and sensitively tackles lots of “coming of age” issues in her novel: grief, loss, insecurity, and love. She shows Fern’s emotion ...more
not set
Feb 10, 2014
The Inquisitor's Mark (Eighth Day, #2)
it was amazing
The first chapter of The Inquisitor's Mark gives Jax multiple problems to solve, and plenty of obstacles to get in his way. Jax embarks on a quest to ...more
Feb 06, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)
really liked it
I listened to the audio book of Mr. Penumbra with my 13 year old son, and we enjoyed it very much. Clay tells his story with witty, wry narrative styl ...more
Apr 21, 2013
May 03, 2013
Liar & Spy
it was amazing
Liar and Spy pulls you in with quirky characters and snappy dialogue. Besides wit, Liar and Spy also has depth. The novel offers thoughtful commentary ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jul 17, 2013
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
really liked it
The writing style and main character of Me Before You are so fun and easy, you start off the novel thinking it will be a whimsical read. You’d be wron ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2015
Small Great Things
really liked it
Picoult uses mulitple POVs to tell this story. One is Turk Bauer, the White Supremicist father. The other two are Ruth and Kennedy. Because each playe ...more
May 09, 2017
Mar 30, 2017
Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook
it was amazing
Helpful and humorous, this book gives you the inside scoop on Maui. We discovered lots of interesting places. Note: we traveled with our four children ...more
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
it was amazing
What I liked: I could relate to so many of Cath’s issues: feeling socially awkward, wondering how to deal with grown up guys, facing deep-seated famil ...more
Mar 10, 2016
Jul 27, 2015
The Eighth Day (Eighth Day, #1)
really liked it
The Eighth Day, by Dianne K. Salerni, brings the mythology and magic of King Arthur to 21st century kid lit. If inquisitors, honor blades, and sorcere ...more
not set
Jan 15, 2014
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
liked it
What I liked

Galbraith creates a compelling lead with Cormoran Strike. He's haunted by his past in the military police and a destructive relationship w
Jan 29, 2015
Dec 08, 2014
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
really liked it
Have you ever read the final lines of a book and had the uncomfortable feeling that you missed something? Big?

That's how I felt when I finished Code N
Apr 2013
Dec 13, 2012
it was amazing
One of my favorite middle grade books ever! Wonder has heart, humor, and even "precepts"- mottos for living. I listened to the audio book, and the rea ...more
Aug 21, 2013
May 22, 2013
The London Eye Mystery
really liked it
The London Eye Mystery is told from the unusual prospective of Ted. He suffers from a "syndrome", probably Asperger's, although nobody ever comes out ...more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 03, 2013
Big Little Lies
it was amazing
Several of my friends have been raving about Ms. Moriarty, and Ann Kingman of Books on the Nightstand recommended the audio of Big Little Lies a while ...more
May 2016
Mar 05, 2015
Glitter and Glue
it was amazing
Corrigan's experiences as a psuedo-mom caused her to rethink her attitude about her own mother. Her memoir uses crisp writing and fresh descriptions t ...more
Apr 25, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (All the Wrong Questions, #2.5)
really liked it
Fun, clever stories with lots of word play. We listened to the audio book, but I think reading the hard copy would work better, since one can flip to ...more
not set
Aug 29, 2014
Folly Beach (Lowcountry Tales, #8)
liked it
What conjures up a coastal breeze better than a novel set in South Carolina? The story: Cate Cooper returns to her childhood home after her husband's ...more
not set
May 29, 2013
Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?: True Stories and Confessions
really liked it
I listened to the audiobook, read by the authors. Very funny and entertaining, and a good choice for road trips. Often snarky, sometimes silly, very t ...more
not set
Nov 16, 2015
Funny Business
liked it
I loved the stories by Kate DiCamillo, Jon Scieszka, and Eoin Colfer. The rest didn't appeal to me as much, but would definitely appeal to 9-13 year o ...more
not set
Jan 26, 2012
Finding Audrey
it was amazing
Fun YA about a girl learning to overcome an anxiety disorder. Hilarious and authentic portrayal of family dynamics. My daughter has pointed out that I ...more
Feb 05, 2016
Jan 21, 2016
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
it was amazing
A wonderful story of transformation from self-importance to selfless love.
not set
Sep 11, 2013
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
it was amazing
This book creatively combines the elements of a picture book and a chapter book. I love the illustrations that play a crucial role in telling this sto ...more
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 01, 2011
The Language of Flowers
it was amazing
In the beginning, I was afraid this would be a dark and depressing read, like something from Oprah's book club. But the prose is lovely and the plot a ...more
Sep 04, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3)
it was amazing
More fun adventures, technology, and witty humor. And Artemis seems to be developing a conscious, until... whoops. Can't tell you about that!
Apr 09, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
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