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Chains (Seeds of America, #1)
4.09
liked it
Caveat: I don't like historical fiction, generally. Have I said that before? Anyway this book is a perfect example of why. I felt like the story was s ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 20, 2008
 
30
My One Hundred Adventures (My One Hundred Adventures #1)
3.55
really liked it
Putting this on the 12-14 shelf was a bit of a struggle. Because the book uses language and concepts that I found were very adult, such as when the 12 ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
 
166
Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat
3.73
really liked it
This book was a true page turner. It would be a great book talk for middle schoolers who aren't likely to pick it up on their own because
1. Its super
...more
Aug 03, 2014
Aug 03, 2014
 
132
Navigating Early
4.04
liked it
When a book is a slow-starter, it's not as tough as an audiobook. If you're halfway through the audiobook and you don't feel as if anything as happene ...more
not set
Apr 23, 2013
 
117
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different
3.93
liked it
Well, now I don't have to read Isaacson's bio! This book uses that and a lot of other good sources to write a bio of Jobs for a young teen audience.

T
...more
May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
 
185
The Witch's Boy
4.00
liked it
I really couldn't get into this. None of the characters felt real, but more like made-up fairytale tropes. It was beautifully written but sloooooooow. ...more
Dec 21, 2014
Dec 21, 2014
 
119
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller
3.91
really liked it
Not quite a true biography, but rather a fictionalizes one. I found this book fascinating, and I think teens would too. Mr. Michaux was not perfect, i ...more
not set
Jun 30, 2012
 
131
My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece
4.02
really liked it
Maybe it's my anglophilia, but I LOVED THIS BOOK! It shows how there are many ways to deal with grief, but that is not the bravery of this book. Havin ...more
Mar 06, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
 
174
This One Summer
3.68
it was amazing
This is a PERFECT book. The artwork is amazing and the story is soooooooo spot on of what it feels like to grow up - but not in a way that can only be ...more
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
 
139
OCD, the Dude, and Me
3.53
really liked it
Both Danielle and Daniel felt like REAL teenagers. Both had quirks and strong voices. Will be interested to see what else this author can do.
not set
Jul 06, 2013
 
17
The Totally Made-up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish
3.79
really liked it
Claudia Mills does such an amazing job with dialog! The opening scene of the Monopoly game is so strong in setting the tone. I also like that the divo ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 20, 2008
 
42
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
4.02
really liked it
A little known Civil Rights character is given loads of context. Colvin wasn't the polished face of the bus boycotts that Rosa Parks was, but she actu ...more
Jul 22, 2009
Jul 22, 2009
 
135
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
4.15
liked it
**spoiler alert** This was a great premise but too long. What should happen - extreme familiarity with the story leads you to be excited to see how it ...more
May 12, 2013
May 12, 2013
 
101
The Accidental Genius of Weasel High
3.44
really liked it
This book made me LOL more than once. Boobs! Sheet spit! Ghost cats! The cartoons are reminiscent of One Big Happy, but also their own cartoons. I lov ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
 
11
Gem X
2.86
did not like it
Ok, another clony kinda book, but the problem with this one is that there is so much language/world building given without context that it's hard to f ...more
May 19, 2008
May 19, 2008
 
193
The Boy in the Black Suit
3.93
really liked it
This is a gentle story set in a not-so-gentle place, where dying is more commonplace than it might be in other neighborhoods. Setting the story in the ...more
not set
May 26, 2015
 
31
Skybreaker (Matt Cruse, #2)
4.24
really liked it
I know my friend Deb just loves Oppel, so while coming down from the Sibert jury, I thought this might be a good relaxing escape.

It really was all tha
...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
 
172
She Is Not Invisible
3.61
really liked it
Having read 3 of Sedgwick's last 4 books, I can certainly say that there is no author who does something totally different every time he writes quite ...more
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
 
27
Child of Dandelions
3.78
liked it
A unique tale of the Indian diaspora to East Africa. I felt it was rather fast paced, but I also felt it was a bit "purposeful."

Also, not the fault of
...more
Dec 04, 2008
Dec 04, 2008
 
190
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
3.69
really liked it
Strong, well-researched, well-written historical fiction that almost feels like a fantasy sometimes. Why were there court dwarfs? I totally want to re ...more
Mar 06, 2015
Mar 06, 2015
 
50
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #1)
3.97
really liked it
My boss and I have talked about the reason that we like different books now is that she read Anne of Green Gables as a child, and I went from Ruth Che ...more
Sep 16, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
 
196
Gone Crazy in Alabama (Gaither Sisters, #3)
4.08
really liked it
It felt comfortable to revisit this family. Though it could be enjoyed by a new reader, I think those will like it the most who've been following alon ...more
Aug 11, 2015
Aug 11, 2015
 
184
The Night Gardener
4.06
really liked it
I love when I find a book that makes me think about how much 11 year old me would have loved it. Truly scary with a great witch, but no lack of humor. ...more
Nov 30, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
 
18
The London Eye Mystery
3.80
really liked it
Agreeing with those who said it's a bit reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, although for a younger audience. It is a fas ...more
Jul 29, 2008
Jul 29, 2008
 
26
The Graveyard Book
4.12
it was amazing
This 5 * review is for the audio, as I've had some conversations and read some reviews that point out some plot holes and inconsistencies, as well as ...more
Nov 25, 2008
Nov 25, 2008
 
86
Mistwood (Mistwood, #1)
3.52
liked it
I found this book to be dead boring and exactly why I hate fantasy books, generally. I read it less than a month ago and would be hard pressed to writ ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
 
34
Brooklyn Bridge
3.66
really liked it
Historical fiction - not my genre - how many times have I said this?

Yet, when one is good, it is very very good and that's what I got from this book.
...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
 
39
White Sands, Red Menace (Green Glass #2)
3.96
liked it
I really liked The Green Glass Sea, and

However this book had some issues.
1. It's too sequelly - it took me a while to catch up to the plots of the 1s
...more
Jul 03, 2009
Jul 03, 2009
 
20
An Innocent Soldier
3.73
liked it
The best thing about this book is that it tells a story not often told, of those who fought under Napoleon. It starts out pretty good too, with a farm ...more
Aug 22, 2008
Aug 22, 2008
 
13
Lucky (Avery Sisters Trilogy, #1)
3.41
liked it
I have always found Rachel Vail's books to be better than the average chick lit.This book, about a mother who loses her job and causes the immature Ph ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
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