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The golden goblet.
Takes place in Egypt. The story of a boy who wants to be a gold smith, but first must escape the clutches of his abusive brother.
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Cover Art: Little women /
Little women
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
Little Women - duh. Classic of all time. If you haven't read it, then you've lived in a hole all your life.
Children's Fiction ALCOTT
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Cover Art: Fever, 1793 /
Fever, 1793
Anderson, Laurie Halse.
If you don't know what yellow fever is, then you probably haven't caught it and thus are probably still alive which is good, because I don't want any dead people reading my reviews. I won't stand for it. But, if you don't know what yellow fever is, then you probably haven't read this awesome book which means that you probably should read this awesome book that's true except it's not true, which makes it fiction.
Children's Fiction ANDERSO
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Cover Art: Persuasion /
Persuasion
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
Adult Fiction AUSTEN
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Cover Art: Pride and prejudice /
Pride and prejudice
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
Forget the vampires (and zombies!) this is the best romance you're gonna get. Face it.
Adult Fiction AUSTEN
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Cover Art: The true confessions of Charlotte Doyle /
The true confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Avi, 1937-
Children's Fiction AVI
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Cover Art: Tuck everlasting /
Tuck everlasting
Babbitt, Natalie.
If you could, would you live forever? I mean, really. Forever. Always the same age. Have you ever wondered what forever is like? Forever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever and repeat a bazillion times x pi. Would you choose to live forever (and ever and ever and ever etc)? Or would you be smart? Or stupid, or whichever you want to call it.
Children's Fiction BABBITT
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Cover Art: Forgotten fire /
Forgotten fire
Bagdasarian, Adam.
A leetle rough. It's in the pit of despair *cough* I mean the teen section for a reason. But it's a good portrayal of WWI. Or WWII. I forget which.
Teen Fiction BAGDASA
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Cover Art: Father Brown : the essential tales /
Father Brown : the essential tales
Chesterton, G. K. 1874-1936.
It's awesome, it's clever, and hey! it's a little fat man who solves mysteries. Can it get better?
Adult Fiction CHESTER
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Cover Art: Fifteen /
Fifteen
Cleary, Beverly.
Children's Fiction CLEARY
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Cover Art: Thr3e /
Thr3e
Dekker, Ted, 1962-
What if a terrorist phoned you and threatened to blow your car to kingdom come if you didn't solve a riddle for him. Oh yeah, and you're in the car. Oh, and you only have three minutes. Have fun!
Adult Fiction DEKKER
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Cover Art: A tale of two cities /
A tale of two cities
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
It's by Dickens. Crawl out of the hole that you're living in and read it already.
Adult Fiction DICKENS
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Cover Art: Black as night : a fairy tale retold /
Black as night : a fairy tale retold
Doman, Regina.
Teen Fiction DOMAN
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Cover Art: The shadow of the bear : a fairy tale retold /
The shadow of the bear : a fairy tale retold
Doman, Regina.
Teen Fiction DOMAN
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Cover Art: Powder monkey : the adventures of Sam Witchall /
Powder monkey : the adventures of Sam Witchall
Dowswell, Paul.
Teen Fiction DOWSWEL
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Cover Art: The house of the scorpion /
The house of the scorpion
Farmer, Nancy, 1941-
Children's Fiction FARMER
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Cover Art: Shadow spinner /
Shadow spinner
Fletcher, Susan, 1951-
A different look at Arabian Nights. Fascinating. And that wasn't even sarcasm.
Teen Fiction FLETCHE
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Cover Art: Les miserables /
Les miserables
Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885.
The title says it all. But it's a classic. And it's really interesting. And as a bonus, you get to look like the ultimate nerd as you lug a 2,000+ page book around. Just what you always wanted. But it is really good. No kidding there. And the musical is even better. But I digress.
Adult Fiction HUGO
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Cover Art: When Hitler stole pink rabbit.
When Hitler stole pink rabbit.
Kerr, Judith.
This is the story of how the big bad rabbit was stolen by the bigger badder man. And it's also somewhat about a little girl and WWII. And pink rabbits. And an aunt with a yipy little dog like the ones down the street that our neighbors own and then whenever the dogs yipe, the old lady comes out on the front step and screams, "SHUDDUP!" at them.
Children's Fiction KERR
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Cover Art: Chasing the Falconers /
Chasing the Falconers
Korman, Gordon.
Children's Fiction KORMAN
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Cover Art: Hunting the hunter /
Hunting the hunter
Korman, Gordon.
Children's Fiction KORMAN
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Cover Art: Now you see them, now you don't /
Now you see them, now you don't
Korman, Gordon.
Children's Fiction KORMAN
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Cover Art: Public enemies /
Public enemies
Korman, Gordon.
Children's Fiction KORMAN
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Cover Art: The abduction /
The abduction
Korman, Gordon.
Children's Fiction KORMAN
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Cover Art: The fugitive factor /
The fugitive factor
Korman, Gordon.
Children's Fiction KORMAN
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Cover Art: The rescue /
The rescue
Korman, Gordon.
Children's Fiction KORMAN
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Cover Art: The search /
The search
Korman, Gordon.
Children's Fiction KORMAN
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Cover Art: The stowaway solution /
The stowaway solution
Korman, Gordon.
Children's Fiction KORMAN
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Cover Art: Number the stars /
Number the stars
Lowry, Lois.
Children's Fiction LOWRY
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Cover Art: Mara, daughter of the Nile /
Mara, daughter of the Nile
McGraw, Eloise Jarvis.
So what if you were a slave and someone hires you to spy on a king. You would get fancy clothing, good treatment, and enough food for once. Your answer: heck yeah! Well, what if someone else hired you at the same time to spy on someone else. Great. Twice the money. Play double agent for a while and stick with the winning side. But what if you fell in love with one of your masters? Hopelessly, truly, and deeply in love? It creates a problem. Just a leetle tiny one. But you can handle this. It'll be simple. Right?
Teen Fiction MCGRAW
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Cover Art: The scarlet Pimpernel /
The scarlet Pimpernel
Orczy, Emmuska Orczy, Baroness, 1865-1947.
If you like guillotines, screaming mobs, an unbearably handsome husband, and high society England, then this book is for you! Especially if you are attracted even slightly to balls, intrigue, a masked hero, and a villainous villain. NOTE: Screaming mob may not be included. Pizza (TM) is not required to supply or procure a screaming mob to please angry readers. Pizza did not write this book. He/she only enjoyed it.
Adult Fiction ORCZY
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Cover Art: House /
House
Peretti, Frank E.
Haunted house. Don't read in the middle of the night. And especially not if there's a graveyard underneath your house. And do NOT - oh dang. This probably would have fit better in my 'Good Fantasy' booklist. Good grief, my life stinks. Now I'll have to revise everything. *mumble mumble*
Adult Fiction PERETTI
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Cover Art: The ides of April /
The ides of April
Ray, Mary, 1932-
Children's Fiction RAY
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Cover Art: Calico Captive;
Calico Captive;
Speare, Elizabeth George.
Ah. This was one of my favorite books. I haven't read it in a while, but that's only because I read it over and over and over when I first discovered it. It ought to be a classic. Except that I was always annoyed that she didn't marry that one dude, though it hardly matters because she gets enough proposals to stuff a pillow with.
Children's Fiction SPEARE
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Cover Art: The bronze bow.
The bronze bow.
Speare, Elizabeth George.
Did you know that there were cults back in 25A.D.? Well, this book is not about them. No, no, no, it's about a blacksmith and his donkey. Yes, and Karlisle. *sigh* Sweet, sweet, Karlisle. No. Wait. That's a different book. Dang. Anyhow, this IS about cults in 25 AD, I guess. And a crazy sister (crazy as in nuts). And a cult.
Children's Fiction SPEARE
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Cover Art: The witch of Blackbird Pond.
The witch of Blackbird Pond.
Speare, Elizabeth George.
I liked this book. Though every time I saw the name 'Nat' I thought of gnats and how bothersome they are to see and to spell and I wondered why they didn't just leave the 'G' off of the front in the first place because it's so very tiresome to continue to forget it and be forced to add it by irate teachers wearing rubber gloves and steel magnolias.
Children's Fiction SPEARE
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Cover Art: Uncle Tom's Cabin /
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896.
Topsy... *sobs* No, that was not a spoiler. Or maybe it was. Eveline *sobs* That wasn't a spoiler either. Uncle Tom........ *sobs harder* Ok, I guess I can't review this book. You're just going to have to read it for yourself, I guess. *sobs*
Adult Fiction
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Cover Art: The borrowed house /
The borrowed house
Van Stockum, Hilda, 1908-2006.
Children's Fiction VAN STO
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Cover Art: The winged watchman /
The winged watchman
Van Stockum, Hilda, 1908-2006.
Welcome to Holland in the midst of WWII. No food, no clothing, no people. Er, scratch that. There were people and they did wear clothing and there was food - just not a ton of it. Oh yeah, and there were also Nazis who were out to get all the people hidden in your house. And there was also an Allied solder who you were hiding. And there was also a dog. And believe me, the dog will rock your little world. Andalsothere'sthisboynamedJoris.
Children's Fiction VAN STOCK
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Cover Art: Angel on the square /
Angel on the square
Whelan, Gloria.
It is my personal theory that an angel squared equals a saint, and a saint squared equals two saints, and a devil squared equals a very large annoying grubworm with big teeth that just slightly resemble revolving table saws, but that's only my opinion and has little to do with this wonderful book. This wonderful book is about many things, but I think that Ms. Whelan made a mistake when she forgot to include special deluxe revolving table saws. And pancakes.
Children's Fiction WHELAN
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Cover Art: Chu Ju's house /
Chu Ju's house
Whelan, Gloria.
I'll admit that I enjoyed this book. The one hold-back was that I had a very difficult time pronouncing the main character's name. 'Choo joo'? 'Choo you'? 'Chow joo'? 'Chow you'? 'Spandex'? Mind boggling, I tell you. Needless to say, I've never been very good at pronouncing words. Personally, I think that if everything was spelled like it sounded, the world would be a better place and no one would be homeless. Not even Chu Ju. ('Choo joo'? 'Choo you'? 'Chow joo'? 'Chow you'?)
Children's Fiction WHELAN
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Cover Art: Homeless bird /
Homeless bird
Whelan, Gloria.
I find the title rather misleading. There weren't really any birds. Just girls. And, let me tell you, the girls wouldn't have been homeless had people just spelled words like they sounded instead of using the stinking 'ph's and 'wr's and 'ck's.
Children's Fiction WHELAN
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Cover Art: The impossible journey /
The impossible journey
Whelan, Gloria.
Give me a half an hour and I'll come up with a more amusing comment, but as it is, my younger siblings are yelling for me to come and change my youngest brother's you-know-what and you probably didn't even want to know.
Children's Fiction WHELAN
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Cover Art: The turning /
The turning
Whelan, Gloria.
There is an absolutely beautiful song in Les Mis that is called 'The Turning' and it's right after *SPOILER* Javert dies *END OF SPOILER* and Marius gets hauled out of the sewer by Jean Valjean and all the women come out and sing it and they probably dance too, but I've never actually seen the play, just listened to the musical over and over and over. Anyway, this book has nothing to do with that song. This takes place in Russia, while Les Mis is in France. Though what's-her-name does travel to France. And she dances. And she's the great-niece/grand-granddaughter/distant relative removed a few times of the main character in "Angel in the Square".
Children's Fiction WHELAN
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On May 27, 2010 at 9:52, Emily Lloyd wrote:
I love your comments!
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On May 29, 2010 at 11:52, Lilacs wrote:
Your annotations were fun to read! :)
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On Jun 9, 2010 at 12:40, Julie wrote:
Funny comments, you should review more books :)
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