January 25th, 2009

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Book Reports (11-19)...

Yeah, with the contest stuff, I need to be cataloguing the books I read before ALA (and a couple I read this weekend, hehe). So here we go!

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and will read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good.
***** I read every word, and I loved it!

The Midnight Twins, by Jacquelyn Mitchard ***+ I think I'll like the next book in this series better; there was a fair amount of set-up in this one, though I think she did a pretty good job with the mystery, as well. But now that I know how this world works, I'm looking forward to more :)

The ABC's of Kissing Boys, by Tina Ferraro ***+ This was a cute story. A little predictable, imo, but still fun to read. She certainly nailed the teen reactions/interrelationships, though.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie **** Yes, I finally read this one ;) Talk about heart-breaking and hysterical at the same time. And it certainly stayed with me after I finished it. You know, I lived on the edge of a Native American reservation for about five and a half years when I was little...at that age, I didn't really notice much about the other kids (our school was probably 1/3 American Indians); we were just poor. Everyone in that little town was poor! But it's interesting to see how those same kids might have felt as they reached their teen years.

Dramarama, by E. Lockhart *** This was certainly well-written (no surprise there), but for me, I didn't really like the MC. She was very true to teen form (though I wouldn't probably have been friends with her at that age); just pretty self-centered. I think many people look at teens this way -- and I'm not totally sure I agree (though I had a couple students who were very much like this).

Skinned, by Robin Wasserman ** I think I'll give this one a try later -- or just dig into the next one. A very intriguing concept here, but it kind of gave me the chills...and I just couldn't make myself read the whole thing.

Kat's Promise, by Bonnie Shimko *** Very angst-filled story of Kat and her struggles. If you like realistic, circumstantial tragedy, you'd probably enjoy this. (MG or lower YA)

Princess Forever, by Meg Cabot *** I'll just say upfront that I'm not a huge MC fan. I very much liked Avalon High, except for the trademark chattiness. It's funny -- while I read that book, I kept thinking, "Oh, my gosh -- when is she going to stop thinking!" This was the same. I mostly read this because of the movies and wanting to see how Mia ends up. Mia's such a likable character (as was the girl in AH)...but yeah, my mental ears were tired by the end.

Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech ***+ Okay, so funny and sad. I loved the first half, where the MC is discovering poetry and how to express himself through various poetic forms -- loved it! I actually thought of having D read it...until I hit the last third. I think I'll wait until he's older ;) But I could definitely see using this in schools. (MG)

Cover of Night, by Linda Howard (R) ***** Yep, still love this :) However, it might be my last re-read for a while. This is an adult book, btw.

Whew -- now I'm ready for the onslaught of ALA books :) Yippee!!