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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
really liked it
**spoiler alert** When I was about halfway through this book, I started making a list of its similarities to Harry Potter. Here is a sampling from tha ...more
Aug 07, 2008
Jul 30, 2008
Out of My Mind
it was ok
Many people love love love this book, so I'm going to skip the praise (you can read plenty of it elsewhere) and go straight to criticism:

1. The phras
May 11, 2010
May 10, 2010
Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book
it was amazing
SPOILER! He turns into a butterfly.
not set
Dec 01, 2008
I Want My Hat Back
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Adult reviewers are loving the very dry humor in this. I chuckled, but it's awfully bleak for a picture book. The plot: Bear loses h ...more
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
A Wedding in December
liked it
I've read two Shreve novels now and I think what I've learned from her is this: Before agreeing to marry a man, one should ask him if he's actually de ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 01, 2007
Raymie Nightingale
liked it
I know this is going to be a minority opinion, but I found this a little boring. My expectations were really high, so I was surprised it took me so lo ...more
Apr 08, 2016
Apr 08, 2016
The Kneebone Boy
it was amazing
It's clever, funny, dark, and touching. It's Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl and dare I say a touch of the ol' J.K. And it's over too soon! The Kneebone ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 01, 2010
Wolf Hollow
it was amazing
I really loved this book. It's gorgeously written, full of wisdom, and hard to put down. The thing is, I'm not entirely convinced it's a children's bo ...more
Jul 16, 2016
May 20, 2016
A Snicker of Magic
did not like it
This book straight-up annoyed me. Thoughts I had while reading this:

1. This author is trying too hard and it shows. Instead of telling a story she's
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
The Jane Austen Book Club
liked it
I've read the (very) negative reviews of this (there are many) and I have to say, I think a lot of people just didn't get this book. They wanted it to ...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
The Thing About Luck
really liked it
I agree with all the other reviewers who have praised this book for its great characters and wonderful writing and then asked, "But what kid is going ...more
Nov 03, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)
really liked it
Another Lemony Snicket-y goody! Its only shortcoming as a book is that it's the first in a series and therefore a big tease. No revelations, just setu ...more
Oct 05, 2010
Oct 04, 2010
The Cut
it was ok
I think I expected something more literary, so I was disappointed by the stock characters and all the paragraphs full of boring (to me) details. Hones ...more
Jun 27, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
The Unnamed
really liked it
I think I have a book crush on Joshua Ferris (or "Josh" as I call him when I talk back to his narration). I super liked And Then We Came to the End an ...more
Nov 29, 2010
Nov 13, 2010
Wicked Nights (Castle of Dark Dreams #1)
did not like it
Why am I reading trashy vampire romance novels? Because it's totally the hottest trend in publishing right now. Duh.

But, man, I must have picked a ba
Nov 15, 2007
Nov 10, 2007
The Best Man
it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK. It's hard for me to even write a review of this book I loved it so much. So I guess I will just list things I loved about it.

-I lov
Jul 04, 2016
Jul 04, 2016
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
liked it
I got a galley of this at ALA Midwinter in Seattle and it was by far the most hyped book I came across at the conference, so I sat down to read it thi ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
Slaughterhouse Five
it was amazing
I picked this up because I was looking at this website that had pictures of literary tattoos and an extraordinary number of people had "Everything was ...more
Sep 14, 2008
Aug 10, 2008
Liar & Spy
really liked it
The theme I took away from this book is the difference between seeing the little dots and seeing the big picture. It was very cleverly explored in lot ...more
Sep 16, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
The Shack
it was ok
Oh my Papa! I'm giving it two stars! I did not totally hate it! Even though it's full of cliches, 90% dialogue, and has a chapter called "Here Come Da ...more
May 03, 2011
May 02, 2011
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)
liked it
I would've given this 4 stars, except I felt strongly punches were pulled in the penultimate scene. Specifically: (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 2016
Aug 04, 2016
Stuck in Neutral
did not like it
This is a short book, but I still didn't finish it. I was too disturbed by the fact that the real author maybe wanted to kill his own son and was usin ...more
Mar 06, 2008
Feb 25, 2008
Ms. Bixby's Last Day
it was amazing
Well, this made me bawl my eyes out. So I have to give it five stars.

Topher, Steve and Brand are sixth graders. They're the target of bullies, but th
Aug 31, 2016
Aug 23, 2016
The Mostly True Story of Jack
liked it
Honestly, this book frustrated me. In my mind, there's a limit to how long the author should keep the reader in suspense, and TMTSOJ mostly exceeded t ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
Three Times Lucky (Tupelo Landing, #1)
really liked it
Mo LoBeau is a rising sixth-grader in the tiny town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. She's a slick talking girl whose best friend is a boy named Dal ...more
Sep 04, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
really liked it
Five stars for art, no doubt. Kadir Nelson is really a genius illustrator, particularly his portraits, which are captivating and have this epic qualit ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
Ideas Are All Around
it was amazing
Loved it. Reminded me of Last Stop on Market Street in the best ways. It blows my mind how different his illustration style is to his wife Erin Stead' ...more
Mar 14, 2016
Mar 10, 2016
There Are No Shortcuts
it was ok
Rafe Esquith is a brilliant teacher and an incredibly hard-working public servant, but despite all that, he comes off as a total (excuse my language) ...more
not set
Jan 17, 2009
The Night Gardener
really liked it
I really loved the first 90% of this book, and then felt a little let down by the ending. It's not that the ending was bad, but I had built up certain ...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups
it was ok
This book is surprisingly difficult to read - meandering, full of jargon, and often swinging back and forth and back and forth on an issue ("This is a ...more
Apr 20, 2016
Mar 23, 2016
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