Fiction
No More Dead Dogs
Wallace Wallace, accidental football hero, is on detention because his teacher doesn’t like his review of “Old Shep, My Pal.” Detention happens to take place during play rehearsals for a play based on the very same book, because the teacher is also the director of the play. Wallace Wallace, who cannot tell a lie, starts making suggestions to improve the play. Meanwhile, someone is trying to sabotage the play, and a lot of people think it’s Wallace Wallace. No related posts....
Review: The Ruby Key
With the help of a cat who is not a cat and a nightling who has secrets of her own, Genna must travel the moonroads to find the one person who can save her people....
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Uglies, Pretties, and Specials
By Scott Westerfield Tally wants nothing more in life than to turn 16 and have the operation that will turn her from an Ugly to a Pretty.  Then she can move to New Pretty Town and have the time of her life.  Then she meets Shay, who doesn’t want to have the operation.  They find out the operation changes more than just a person’s looks. If I talk about Pretties and Specials, it will give away the ending, so all I’m going to say is that you should read all three books, preferably in a row! The target audience for...
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Framed!
by Frank Cottrell Boyce Nothing happens in the town of Manod.  In fact, it’s so boring, the town newspaper only comes out once a month. Dylan Hughes keeps the log book for his family’s petrol (gas) business, the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel, but things are about to change for him and his family. Mysterious white vans have begun passing the Oasis on their way to the abandoned slate quarry on the mountain, and Dylan wants to know what’s going on. This book could be a bit challenging to American readers because of British terminology and some Welsh words, but it’s...
The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy
This was to be my next book for review here, but my 10-year-old literary advisor has taken off with it, so I won’t get it back for a couple of days. From what I was able to get from the cover, it’s about a boy growing up in a town where everyone has super powers. Everyone, that is, except for the boy. If you like this, you might like: Whale Talk Framed! Uglies, Pretties, and Specials...
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Al Capone Does My Shirts
Moose Flanagan's life is uprooted when his electrician father takes a job as a prison guard on Alcatraz....
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Crandall’s Castle
by Betty Ren Wright Everything is changing for Charli this summer. First, her mom just married her gym teacher, and that’s not turning out as well as Charli had thought it would. Then, her aunt and uncle take in Sophia, a snooty orphan who can tell when something bad is about to happen. Even Charli can tell something bad is going to happen when Uncle Will announces he is going to turn the town’s haunted mansion into a bed and breakfast. Can Charli and Sophia get over their dislike for each other long enough to stop terrible things from happening?...
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl’s Moving Castle
Sophie is the oldest of three girls and she knows she has very little hope of an interesting future. When her family runs into money problems, Sophie’s sisters go off to be apprentices and Sophie stays home to work in the family’s hat business. Meanwhile, a mysterious castle appears on the horizon, said to be home to a young wizard who likes to suck the souls of young girls. After Sophie is cursed by the Witch of the Waste, she ends up making a bargain with the demon who powers the moving castle. She will help the demon break his...
Review: A Time for Dancing
A Time for Dancing, by Davida Wills Hurwin, is the story of best friends Jules and Sam, who are dealing with Jules’ diagnosis of cancer. This book alternates chapters in each girl’s voice to look at how Jules’ cancer affects everyone around her. This book has a five-star average rating on Amazon, with 168 reviews. I would have loved this book when I was about 15. I loved it now, but we all know how sometimes adults pick books teenagers would find extremely boring. This one is especially good if you like to read about best friends, death, or cancer....
Review: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
This book wasn’t nearly as wonderful and hilarious as I was led to believe. Since I’m probably the last person to read this book, I won’t spend a lot of time talking about the plot. It was an interesting look at four girls’ friendships and what they go through during their first summer apart. Carmen was my favorite character. I thought what her dad did to her was inexcusable and she had the right to be furious. He totally betrayed her. I can’t even remember the other characters’ names. If you like this, you might like: Heir Apparent...
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