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If Not For This
4.14
really liked it
I started crying about a third of the way through and never really stopped. It's funny too, so don't despair, but this story of two people, young and ...more
Dec 10, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
 
Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.) (Junie B. Jones, #25)
4.11
it was amazing
I love Junie B.! Here's just a little taste:

"'My father says that friends should never borrow money from each other.' [says May]

"I clapped my hands r
...more
Dec 03, 2010
Dec 03, 2010
 
The Loud Silence of Francine Green
3.57
liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I usually love Karen Cushman, but felt the research was sloppy in this one. Would a K-8 Catholic school for gir ...more
Feb 2007
Feb 01, 2008
 
Our Endless Numbered Days
3.66
really liked it
The book opens with Peggy back home with a mother she hasn't seen in years and a younger brother she didn't know existed. Intriguing. From there we go ...more
Apr 2015
Mar 04, 2015
 
New People
3.28
liked it
Main character Maria is a cipher — frustrating, fascinating, unknowable even to herself. Another reviewer here mentioned hypnotic in describing readin ...more
Feb 20, 2018
Aug 04, 2017
 
Jellicoe Road
4.14
it was amazing
Once I got started, it was nearly impossible to put Jellicoe Road down. In the spirit of full disclosure, I will say that I loved Marchetta's previous ...more
Mar 30, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
 
The Hired Girl
3.97
it was amazing
Do you remember being 14? Being a 14-year-old reader of novels? Life was so dull compared to what all those heroines got to experience, whether spunky ...more
Feb 20, 2016
Oct 07, 2015
 
The Wolf Wilder
4.03
really liked it
Very good adventure (with a fairy tale feel) set in tsarist Russia. Feo and her wolves are the main event, of course, but 5-year-old Sergei threatens ...more
Sep 06, 2015
Sep 07, 2015
 
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
4.10
liked it
I kept hearing good things about Graceling, but I resisted because of the idea that someone would write about an 8-year-old killing machine. And I sti ...more
Jul 2010
Jun 29, 2010
 
Manhattan Beach
3.72
really liked it
Compelling mystery with so many strong characters. World War II, Brooklyn shipyards, gangsters — so much going on here and of course we knew Egan coul ...more
Feb 02, 2018
Jan 29, 2018
 
Train I Ride
4.26
it was amazing
Beautifully written novel about a young girl who is being sent on a train to an adult family member she's never met. Rydr is resourceful, tough-on-the ...more
Aug 18, 2017
Aug 04, 2017
 
Young Jane Young
3.80
it was amazing
Excellent novel recommended by friend Jane about second chances and owning your mistakes and Choose Your Own Adventure books.
Feb 11, 2018
Feb 08, 2018
 
Quaking
3.82
liked it
There was so much I loved about Quaking -- Matt's voice, Quakers, the questions like what is patriotism -- but somehow I didn't believe Matt. She's to ...more
Aug 13, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
 
News of the World
4.11
it was amazing
I cannot recommend News of the World too highly. Stellar writing? Check. Great characters, even the lesser ones? Check. Evocative setting and gripping ...more
Apr 2017
Mar 29, 2017
 
Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)
3.85
liked it
A few plot holes mar this otherwise excellent kick-ass girl mystery. Kami is a great main character -- fearless, smart, funny AND she has had an imagi ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
 
Vinegar Girl
3.41
really liked it
Best version of Taming of the Shrew I've read or seen!
Mar 17, 2017
Mar 16, 2017
 
Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller
4.04
really liked it
Brilliant graphic treatment of Annie Sullivan's work with Helen Keller. Throughout the book, quotes from Annie's letters and journals are used; exampl ...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
 
One Came Home
3.83
liked it
When 13-year-old Georgie Burkhardt stubbornly leaves home to track her sister down (the sister everyone else believes dead), she finds herself in a wh ...more
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
 
Mister Pip
3.66
it was amazing
Absolutely lovely story about the power of literature to change lives. Matilda lives with her mother on a tropical island. Their father has gone with ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
 
Wolf Hollow
4.26
it was amazing
Powerful book about bullies, outsiders, responsibility. I loved Annabelle and her family. I loved how her younger brothers, a pair of puppies almost, ...more
Oct 20, 2017
Aug 09, 2017
 
Beige
3.62
liked it
Good book about finding one's voice. Katy is seriously unhappy about her summer -- she's been sent to stay with her father in LA while her mom is on a ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
 
Infernal Devices (The Hungry City Chronicles, #3)
4.04
it was amazing
Considering that I cried audibly at the ending of this book, I have to give it 5 stars. It was amazing! Okay, it's still a silly premise, but the char ...more
Sep 03, 2010
Aug 08, 2010
 
Cleopatra: A Life
3.62
really liked it
Ok, I never read biographies -- NEVER! So what was up? I could NOT put this down! All I knew about Cleopatra was that she was an Egyptian queen, she'd ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
 
The Ramsay Scallop
3.55
really liked it
A kind of Canterbury Tales for young readers, The Ramsay Scallop tells the story of two people who are tasked with taking the sins of their village to ...more
May 06, 2012
not set
May 05, 2012
 
So B. It
4.10
it was amazing
Heidi just wants to KNOW! Where she came from. Who her grammy is. And particularly what soof is. See, Mama's got a bum brain and she can only say 23 w ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 01, 2012
 
A Posse of Princesses
3.78
really liked it
Crown Duel fans rejoice! Sherwood Smith has another great fantasy about intrepid girls. The magical elements seem smoother somehow too.

So, a group of
...more
Jan 14, 2010
Jan 14, 2010
 
Posh and Prejudice (Diary of a Chav, #2)
3.56
liked it
I guess it's not really Austen-esque, although the title is what pulled me in. I can't seem to get enough Regency romances or Jane Austen fan fiction ...more
Jan 02, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
 
The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
3.97
really liked it
A perfect read for Halloween, The Diviners is Creepy with a capital C. It's set in 1926 Manhattan -- flappers, speakeasies, Ziegfield Follies, fun sla ...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
 
Wishing Moon
3.88
really liked it
Did you ever wonder what happened after Aladdin was through with the lamp? Here's how Michael O. Tunnell envisions it. (He's my new favorite author -- ...more
Dec 04, 2010
Dec 03, 2010
 
The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld, #41; Tiffany Aching, #5)
4.35
it was amazing
There's a footnote* near the conclusion of The Shepherd's Crown that distills for me what I'm going to miss from Disc World -- Sir Terry's sense of hu ...more
Jan 24, 2016
Jan 25, 2016
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