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Ultra: Seven Days by Joshua Luna, Jonathan Luna (2008)
Reviewed by billba on January 10, 2014 tagged graphic novel • superhero
Pearl Penalosa, the celebrity superhero Ultra, has seven days to find true love, if she can survive that long.
Battle Bunny by John Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matthew Myers (2013)
Reviewed by geneambaum on January 3, 2014 tagged humor • picture book
When Alex gets a boring picture book for a birthday gift, he transforms it into a violent masterpiece.
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (2004)
Reviewed by billba on December 27, 2013 tagged classic • coming of age • science fiction
A 32 year-old with the mind of a child undergoes experimental surgery to amplify his intelligence.
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell (2013)
Reviewed by geneambaum on December 20, 2013 tagged fantasy • graphic novel • humor
Stoker-on-Avon’s pathetic monster goes on a road trip to learn how to give people a good scare.
Randolph Caldecott The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing by Leonard S. Marcus (2013)
Reviewed by billba on December 13, 2013 tagged art • biography • picture book
Bank clerk Randolph Caldecott taught himself to draw and forever changed the way children’s books were illustrated.
We Who Are About To... by Joanna Russ (1977)
Reviewed by guest on December 6, 2013 tagged science fiction
After a crash landing on a deserted planet, a woman tells the men who plan to populate the planet to go take a hike.
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi (2013)
Reviewed by geneambaum on November 29, 2013 tagged coming of age • horror • humor
What’s worse? A coach who won’t listen, bullies who want to beat you up, or zombie cows?
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (2013)
Reviewed by geneambaum on November 22, 2013 tagged biography • chapter book • fantasy • humor
If Andy and Terry don’t finish the book they promised their publisher, they’ll have to leave their awesome treehouse.
Benjamin Franklin's Bastard by Sally Cabot (2013)
Reviewed by billba on November 15, 2013 tagged historical fiction
Only Benjamin Franklin knew who his son William's mother was. In this novel she is smart, lively, and tragic.
Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos (2013)
Reviewed by geneambaum on November 8, 2013 tagged coming of age
Anxious and depressed James Whitman loves poetry, Beth King, and talking to an imaginary, human-sized pigeon.
Part Asian 100% Hapa by Kip Fulbeck, foreword by Sean Lennon, afterword by Paul Spickard (2006)
Reviewed by billba on November 1, 2013 tagged nonfiction
Hundreds of multiracial and Hapa (part Asian) kids and adults share their images and experiences.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (2012)
Reviewed by geneambaum on August 9, 2013 tagged fantasy
Bookshelf by Alex Johnson (2012)
Reviewed by geneambaum on July 26, 2013 tagged coffee table book • nonfiction
Amazing bookshelves that are cow-shaped, invisible, round, tree-like, steps, straps, sticks, and squishy.
Doll Bones by Holly Black, Eliza Wheeler (2013)
Reviewed by geneambaum on June 7, 2013 tagged coming of age • horror
Three friends go on a quest to bury a doll made of the bones of a girl whose ghost threatens to make them miserable.
Great Pacific Volume 1: Trashed by Joe Harris, Martín Morazzo (2013)
Reviewed by geneambaum on May 31, 2013 tagged graphic novel • thriller
A rich, international playboy founds New Texas on the continent of garbage in the Pacific Gyre.
Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell (2013)
Reviewed by billba on May 24, 2013 tagged mystery • science fiction
The time traveller’s birthday party hits a snag when he discovers that next year’s self has been shot dead.
This Can't Be Happening at MacDonald Hall by Gordon Korman (2011)
Reviewed by guest on May 10, 2013 tagged chapter book
Bruno and Boots sneak into a girls’ school, have crazy fights, and flush zucchini down the toilet.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (2008)
Reviewed by billba on April 26, 2013 tagged coming of age • historical fiction
The Cuthberts thought they were adopting a boy to help at their farm, but got an imaginative redheaded girl instead.
33 Minutes ...Until Morgan Sturtz kicks my butt by Todd Hasak-Lowy (2013)
Reviewed by geneambaum on April 12, 2013 tagged coming of age • humor
Sam’s former best friend, Morgan, is going to kick Sam’s butt at recess. It’s inevitable. It is going to happen.
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (2012)
Reviewed by geneambaum on April 5, 2013 tagged biography • coming of age • graphic novel
Derf Backderf went to school with Jeffery Dahmer. Their lives seemed similar, but Dahmer’s was a lonely nightmare.
The Silver Darlings by Will Morris (2011)
Reviewed by geneambaum on March 22, 2013 tagged coming of age • graphic novel
Will is determined to rid his father of fishermen’s superstitions during his time on board the Silver Darling.
Impulse by Steven Gould (2013)
Reviewed by billba on March 15, 2013 tagged coming of age • science fiction
Cent is desperate for a normal life. Then she inherits her father’s ability to teleport, and decides to go to school.
The Daybreakers by Louis L'Amour (2008)
Reviewed by billba on March 1, 2013 tagged western
Tyrel & Orrin Sackett protect Don Luis’ ranch from a man trying to steal it. Then Orrin marries the man’s daughter.
Danger Club Volume One: Death by Landry Q. Walker, Eric Jones, Rusty Drake. (2012)
Reviewed by geneambaum on February 22, 2013 tagged graphic novel • superhero
Earth’s superheroes went into space and never came back. Their sidekicks must stop whatever took them out.
Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy Bastian (2012)
Reviewed by geneambaum on February 15, 2013 tagged graphic novel • historical fiction
She out-fences boys, escapes a thug, and sets out to find her father, the greatest pirate captain on the Omerta Seas.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty Macdonald (1994)
Reviewed by billba on February 8, 2013 tagged chapter book • humor
A woman who loves children provides parents with uniquely effective solutions to their kids' behavioral problems.