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    1. The Book Thief
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    2. Blood Meridian: Or the Evening
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    3. Rebel Angels
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    4. Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the
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    5. Out Of The Dust (Apple Signature
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    6. Bud, Not Buddy (Newbery Medal
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    7. The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years
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    8. The Education of Little Tree
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    9. Criss Cross (Newbery Medal Book)
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    10. Copper Sun
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    11. The True Confessions of Charlotte
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    12. The Acorn People
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    13. In the Belly of the Bloodhound:
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    14. A Smart Girls Guide to Boys: Surviving
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    15. My Brother Sam Is Dead (Point)
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    19. Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand
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    20. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    1. The Book Thief
    by Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Hardcover (14 March, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0375831002
    Sales Rank: 543
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book of All Time
    Wow. Where do I begin?
    5-0 out of 5 stars A rich, complex and vastly entertaining read
    My college-age cousin told me about this book back in the summer as I was visting during vacation. I had a few books in my car (and some I told her about), but she insisted: this was an extraordinary read. That I simply had to put everything else aside and read it.
    5-0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK THIEF
    Liesel Meminger, a German girl in the 1940's, survives the vicissitudes of war through two forces: the power of love and the power of words. At her younger brother's funeral, she steals The Gravedigger's Handbook as a remembrance of him. Her foster father quells her nightmares by teaching her to read, and she soon discovers that books soothe the soul. When her family hides a Jew in their basement, the young man writes to survive, often aiming his words directly at Leisel.Ultimately, it is the strength of her relationships and the reading and writing they inspire that save her life, spiritually and literally.
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    Subjects:  1. Books and reading    2. Children's 12-Up - Fiction - History    3. Children's Books - Young Adult Fiction    4. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    5. Death    6. Fiction    7. Historical - Holocaust    8. Historical - Military & Wars    9. Historical Fiction (Young Adult)    10. Juvenile Fiction    11. Law & Crime    12. Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings    13. Storytelling    14. Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Holocaust   


    2. Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International)
    by Vintage
    Paperback (05 May, 1992)
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    Isbn: 0679728759
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    "The men as they rode turned black in the sun from the blood on their clothes and their faces and then paled slowly in the rising dust until they assumed once more the color of the land through which they passed." If what we call "horror" can be seen as including any literature that has dark, horrific subject matter, then Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Apocalypse Occured 150 Years Ago...
    ...and who would have guessed it? But that is the 'subject' of this incredible book: the eternal battle between Good and Evil fought across a no-man's land of bleached desert sparsely alleviated by barricaded towns of terrified civilians forever threatened with instant annihilation.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
    This is one of the best novels written.I couldn't put it down when I was reading it, and I couldn't stop thinking about it for months afterwards.I cannot remember characters depicted as vividly as his by any other author, and I think that is the real beauty of this book.
    1-0 out of 5 stars DEPRESSING JUMPED-UP SHORT STORY NOT WORTH YOUR TIME
    BLOOD MERIDIAN is a novella or long short story streched out to make a 335-page novel. There is basically little if any plot. While Cormac McCarthy can write poetically, writing poetically about nothing is still nothing. It's like a million times zero is still zero. Most of the book is just one murder, slaughter, killing, massacre, beating, stabbing, shooting, scalping after another. It is an unrelentingly dark and depressing view of a time and place in history (Mexico and the southwest in the 19th century) without any redeeming happiness or hope. You cannot read this book from end to end without becoming depressed yourself. While I admire Mr. McCarthy's writing (see my wildly favorable review of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), BLOOD MERIDIAN is not worth your time or the fourteen dollars the book costs. Don't contaminate your mind with this jumped-up short story. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - Historical    3. Historical - General    4. Indians of North America    5. Literary    6. Massacres    7. Mexican- American Border Regio    8. Popular American Fiction    9. Teenage boys    10. Westerns - General    11. Fiction / Literary   


    3. Rebel Angels
    by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
    Hardcover (23 August, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0385730292
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    In this sequel to the Victorian fantasy Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars becoming a movie!!!
    i really adored this book and the 3rd book is taking much to long to come out! I have heard that Mel Gibson recently picked up these books as a screen play. He is making a movie out of this! I for one, cannot wait to here more about it, but since the third isnt out yet, ill have to wait even longer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars one in a million
    one of the best follow up books ever written.Lies, secrets, and friendship what else could you have in a story like this. The story will keep you dancing on your toes all the way through the book. If you have read the first book A Great and Terrible Beauty you will know that this book will be as good as the first.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Sequel
    Sequels are tricky and they're famous for not living up to an original- either the writer will try to rehash what was successful in the original, in which case the result is too often boring a second time around; or she'll attempt to take thestory into a different place and risks not being true to the initial characters and situations. Libba Bray does both- she brings her story forward while remaining true to what made the first novel good.
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    Subjects:  1. Boarding schools    2. Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General    3. Children's Books - Young Adult Fiction    4. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 10-12)    5. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    6. Fiction    7. Girls & Women    8. Historical - Europe    9. Historical Fiction (Young Adult)    10. Juvenile Fiction    11. Magic    12. Schools    13. Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic    14. Supernatural   


    4. Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
    by HarperTrophy
    Paperback (31 October, 1998)
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    Isbn: 0064462080
    Sales Rank: 25497
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely captivating and brilliant!
    When I first heard about the book, it was because a friend recomended it. She said it was one of the best books she ever read, and after reading it myself I completely agree. It is about a girl growing up in the Chinese Cultural Revolution and facing the challenge of growing up in a family with a bad reputation according to the government. I liked this book because it really made me think about how kids are living. Also, because I like books about people with a realistic life, not a fairytale. I would reccomend it to any of my friends!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Stinks
    Don't like it at all. Don't even waste your time reading it. i was forced to read it!!! Two thumbs DOWN :-(!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Depth of Mankind...
    This is not the first and probably not the last 'Cultural Revolution Memoir' that I have read.I must admit feeling a bit numb to the stories and account of this tragic point in Chinese history.It has been over a year since that last 'memoir' that I have read, and a friend passed the book on for me to check out.It was time to be reminded of the pain that so many around me have faced in their lives.What is remarkable about Ji Li Jiang's story is not the uniqueness, but rather the commonness of her experience among millions of others.This in no way should negate her or others struggles, yet rather serve to deepen compassion for the many who have experienced destruction at the hands fellow humans.
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    Subjects:  1. Biography & Autobiography - Historical    2. Biography & Autobiography - Political    3. Children's 12-Up - Biography / Autobiography    4. Children's Books/Young Adult Biography    5. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    6. China    7. Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969    8. History    9. History - Asia    10. Jiang, Ji-li    11. Juvenile Nonfiction    12. Juvenile literature    13. People & Places - Asia    14. Personal narratives    15. Human geography / peoples of the world    16. Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Political    17. Politics & government   


    5. Out Of The Dust (Apple Signature Edition)
    by Scholastic Paperbacks
    Mass Market Paperback (01 January, 1999)
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    Isbn: 0590371258
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Like the Oklahoma dust bowl from which she came, 14-year-old narrator Billie Jo writes in sparse, free-floating verse. In this compelling, immediate journal, Billie Jo reveals the grim domestic realities of living during the years of constant dust storms: That hopes--like the crops--blow away in the night like skittering tumbleweeds. That trucks, tractors, even Billie Jo's beloved piano, can suddenly be buried beneath drifts of dust. Perhaps swallowing all that grit is what gives Billie Jo--our strong, endearing, rough-cut heroine--the stoic courage to face the death of her mother after a hideous accident that also leaves her piano-playing hands in pain and permanently scarred. Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Be careful with this book
    My daughter was allowed to borrow this book from her school library when she was 7 because she tested high on her SRI. She was sitting on the couch reading it with tears welling up in her eyes. I read the book, and it is a beautifully-written, powerful piece, BUT be careful. If your child is not ready for this emotionally, DO NOT allow her/him to read it. The baby and mom die horribly, the father withers away and the girl is racked with guilt and blame. It's not something you give lightly to a child of any age.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A Mon avis...
    Though this book is well written and has a creative style I absolutely despised the story. The reason I dislike this book has nothing to do with it being "very sad" as some other reviewers have commented. Instead I dislike the book because the story is lacking and I do not think the author does a good job of creating empathy towards the characters. Usually when a reading a "sad" book I have sympathy towards the characters. In this book there was none. Also I felt the character development was lacking. I don't reccomend this book if you are looking for a good story I do reccomend it though if you are interested in learning about free verse or seeing how the author shaped the story.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Poetry
    This book is AWESOME! I believe that it is simply amazing how this authour was able to portray so eloquently the joys and hardships of Billie Jo during the Dust Bowl, especially when writing it all in poetry. This a must-read for anyone really, even those who are 10, like me. I loved it because of the above reason, and, because Billie Jo is so truthful and pure about here feelings in this book, and you don't see a lot of that nowdays. My advise is to READ IT!!!!!!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 1929    2. Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary    3. Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Fiction    4. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    5. Classics    6. Depressions    7. Dust storms    8. Farm life    9. Fiction    10. Historical - United States - 19th Century    11. Historical - United States - 20th Century    12. Juvenile Fiction    13. Oklahoma    14. Juvenile Fiction / Historical / United States / 19th Century   


    6. Bud, Not Buddy (Newbery Medal Winner, 2000)
    by Yearling
    Paperback (08 January, 2002)
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    Isbn: 0440413281
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    "It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then... woop, zoop, sloop... before you can say Jack Robinson, they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could." So figures scrappy 10-year-old philosopher Bud--"not Buddy"--Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes and Hoovervilles in 1930s Michigan. And the idea that's planted itself in his head is that Herman E. Calloway, standup-bass player for the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, is his father.Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give more than five stars
    If you love to give your kids good literature, don't miss this book.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Review by Chris L. of "Bud, Not Buddy"
    Hi!I just finished reading BUD, NOT BUDDY by Christopher Paul Curtis. It's a very good book I must say and this is why I give it a 5 star rating.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Siji John's"Bud, Not Buddy" book review
    "Bud, Not Buddy" was a heart-felt book. Ten-year-old Bud Caldwell was the main character of this book. His mother had died when he was six years old. He had a suitcase with his personal things in there. Nobody was allowed to look in there without his permission. He also wrote a book for himself. It was called,"Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making A Better Liar Out Of Yourself." Bud's mom never mentioned anything about his father. He had a flyer in his suitcase that had a picture of a band on it. He was pretty sure that the person who played the bass was his father. Herman E. Calloway was the guy's name. Since he had nowhere to live, he went in search for Mr. Calloway. Bud's destination was Grand Rapids. In order to get to grand Rapids, he had to get to Hooverville, Flint. He was already living in Flint. He just had to find Hooverville. Hooverville was a place for people without money. When he got to Hooverville, Bud made a new friend named Deza Malone. She later became his girlfriend. She gave him tips for living life without money. Bud's ticket to Grand Rapids was just a train ride away. Unfortunatly, Bud missed the train. He had to walk from there. He was stopped by a man named Lefty Lewis. He offered Bud a ride to his home. Since Bud didn't have a home, he had to use his book to get him out of this mess. Bud told him that he lived in Grand Rapids and that Herman E. Calloway. was his father. Lefty Lewis fell for it and took Bud to Grand Rapids. Bud was finally at his destination. He went inside the building where the band practiced. He confronted Mr. Calloway and told him that he was his Bud's father. Mr. Calloway was mad at this and replied with a no. Bud didn't believe him. At the end of the story, Bud finds out that Herman E. Callowaywas actually his grandfather. I would have never guessed this ending until I read the entire book. It was very surprising. Bud Caldwell came looking for a home and ended up being with his long-lost grandfather. He struggled through some difficult times but he succeeded in the end. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 1929    2. Action & Adventure    3. Action & Adventure - General    4. African Americans    5. Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary    6. Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Fiction    7. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    8. Classics    9. Depressions    10. Fiction    11. Historical - United States - 20th Century    12. Juvenile Fiction    13. People & Places - United States - African-American    14. Runaways    15. Social Issues - Runaways    16. Social Situations - Runaways    17. Juvenile Fiction / General   


    7. The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After: Being the Private Correspondence Between Two Prominent Families Regarding a Scandal Touching the Highest Levels of Government and the Security of the Realm
    by Harcourt Children's Books
    Hardcover (01 November, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0152055487
    Sales Rank: 732
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    Subjects:  1. Children's Books - Young Adult Fiction    2. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    3. Fiction    4. Historical - Europe    5. Historical Fiction (Young Adult)    6. Juvenile Fiction    7. Letters    8. Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories    9. Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic    10. Supernatural    11. Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic   


    8. The Education of Little Tree
    by University of New Mexico Press
    Paperback (September, 2001)
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    Isbn: 0826328091
    Sales Rank: 7368
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Education of Little Tree By: Forrest Carter
    This book is about a boy orphaned very young who is adopted by his Cherokee Grandmother and half Cherokee Grandfather in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennesse during the Great Depression. He Grandparents named him Little Tree. He is taught how to hunt and survive the mountains the Cherokee way, taking only what is needed by his Grandfather. He is taught the joys of reading and education by his Grandmother. He also learns the way of white businessmen and tax collectors and how Grandfather scared the away. Little Tree is sent off to an indian boarding school run by whites. We learn of the cruelty of indian children. Little Tree learns how the world differs from the Cherokee way.
    1-0 out of 5 stars The WORST book I ever recorded...
    When I was first chosen to narrate this book, I knew nothing of the racist past of it's author -- I knew only that it was the single worst book I'd ever been assigned.The negative AudioFile Magazine review of my recording (quoted here on Amazon) is completely fair.Reading the book to myself in order to prepare to record it, I found it annoying in the extreme -- the so-called prose is precious and poorly written, and the allegedly authentic colloquialisms are grating.When it came time to say it all aloud, for the first time ever (and I've narrated upwards of 200 audiobooks) I found it impossible to invest this piece literary flotsam with any emotional content whatsoever.As declining the job was no longer an option, I merely tried to stay out of the way and give it as simple and logical a performance as I could, but I was unable to compensate for the God awful writing, and unable to disguise my contempt for the entire enterprise.It remains the worst recording I have ever done, and I was, for a time, quite ashamed of it.Now that I discover more about it's hate mongering author, I'm actually pleased that the recording stinks.I now believe I gave this garbage exactly the reading it deserved.(I must add that I learned a valuable lesson: never record a book you loathe.I was subsequently offered the execrable "Left Behind" series for young adults, but having suffered through "Little Tree," knew better than to lend my voice to the spewing of "Christian" hate.)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    This book was assigned school reading.I found it rather boring and the language used in the story became annoying after a while.Not recommended. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 10-12)    2. Classics    3. Juvenile Fiction    4. Literature - Classics / Criticism    5. Readers - Chapter Books    6. Biography: general    7. Historical fiction    8. History of specific racial & ethnic groups    9. Tennessee   


    9. Criss Cross (Newbery Medal Book)
    by Greenwillow
    Hardcover (30 August, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0060092726
    Sales Rank: 3016
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Criss Cross
    Criss Cross by Lenna Rae Perkins is a Newbery Award winnig book. i think that I really liked this book because it had a lot to do with friends and since i'm a social person then it was the right book for me. I rated this book a our because it had very good details as i was expexting from the author. i would recommened that you read this book if you're really patient with waiting on for the climax of the story to happen. it ahs a lot of great personalities mixed in with the characters. i thik that they all formed together to make the book really interesting. my favorite character of the book would have to be Jenny. Ithink that she was the best character out of all of the characters in the book. so if you have the patience to read a book and you're not worried about getting to the end, then i think that you'll havegood time with it. R.Copeland

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good BUT Pointless
    Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins is the story of kids who travel down different paths in life while growing up. Debbie wishes something would happen. Hector tries new things. Lenny, Phil, and Patty kind of feel the same. It talks about people coming and going, crushes and such between the younger crowd. Some parts are boring. Others are confusing. Some parts are interesting and you'll want to know what happens next. But the book just keeps going on about these friends - which is pointless. I recommend reading it, however.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
    Perhaps it's just me, but I read a lot of books, both for young readers and adults, and I have had a very difficult time getting into this book.The writing seems forced, rather than lyrical. And I can certainly see why young readers would feel distanced from the main characters.I will keep trying but so far this is a disappointment, especially for a Newbery award. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Fiction    2. Children: Grades 4-6    3. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    4. Fiction    5. General    6. Historical - United States - 20th Century    7. Identity    8. Juvenile Fiction    9. Nineteen sixties    10. Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings    11. Social Issues - Friendship    12. Juvenile Fiction / General   


    10. Copper Sun
    by Atheneum
    Hardcover (03 January, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0689821816
    Sales Rank: 32393
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Fight for Freedom
    This book has a very powerful message to it.This made me think about all the things that I take for granted.With Amari beingfifteen, I can relate to her.Usually you can not find books like this now a days. This book makes me think more about how lucky I am and how there are kids in the world that aren't as fortunate as I am.Sharon knows how to grab the readers attention. My friends and I are not big readers and we thought this book was good, and it is one of the very few books that we can stand to read.Drapers knows how to catch your wondering eye because whenIsaw this book on the amazon website I wanted to read it and I was not really interested in reading any other books.
    5-0 out of 5 stars VEEEEEEEEEEERY Good!
    Copper Sun was an exceptional book.I completely fell in love with it.The characters were well developed, the plot wasn't very predictable, and it gave me a sense of awe and wonder when I finished it. The book is under the genre of historical fiction and is about a 15 year old slave girl who was captured and sold into slavery from her native home in Africa.However, this isn't your typical fly-away-to-freedom slavery book.Amari, the maincharacter, was raped and brutally beaten before she escaped to freedom with her white friend and a young boy.Sharon Draper offers two perspectives-that of Amari and of her white comrad Polly.Ironically instead of escaping to the North, they escape to the South where a non-discriminatory fort exists.There all are free and equal which is extremely uncommon during the year 1738.I won't tell anymore-you have to read it for yourself!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sharon Draper's Newest Won't Disappoint
    I bought this book because
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    Subjects:  1. African Americans    2. Children's Books - Young Adult    3. Children's Books - Young Adult Fiction    4. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 10-12)    5. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    6. Fiction    7. General    8. Historical - United States - Colonial    9. Historical Fiction (Young Adult)    10. History    11. Indentured servants    12. Juvenile Fiction    13. People & Places - General    14. People & Places - United States - Asian American    15. Slavery    16. Social Issues - Friendship    17. Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism    18. South Carolina    19. Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / General   


    11. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
    by HarperTrophy
    Paperback (10 August, 2004)
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    Isbn: 0380728850
    Sales Rank: 5890
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A suprising twist!
    When the reader starts Chapter 1, they think this is going to be another, long, dull pirate ship with lame "adventures." (Trust me, that is what I thought)
    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Delightful!!
    I first heard about this book when my son was in 3rd grade back in 1994 and the teacher was reading it aloud to the class. I then, this year (2006) remembered it and took it out of the library. I was mesmerized by the story (even as an adult) because I am a sailor! I could just imagine Charlotte donning her sailor's garb and climbing the rigging!I love how she started out prim and proper, then she became Captain of the ship! I too am a Captain, and this story (although fiction) is a great role model for young girls today. I especially loved the ending where she leaves her stuffy life behind, arrives at the dock and the boat "sails with the morning tide". I imagined the boat pulling out of port at first light and watching the sun rise over the horizon.The writing is so vivid, and the story is so alive, that I could almost smell the salt air!I loved the book!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Story
    I loved this book because it drew you into the 19th century lifestyle at sea.
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    12. The Acorn People
    by Laurel Leaf
    Mass Market Paperback (11 June, 1996)
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    Isbn: 044022702X
    Sales Rank: 77798
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Writing so-so but loved the message of the book
    I was appalled to read some of the ignorance in the reveiws of this book about someones experience. I think he captured the spirit and importance forcamps for people with special needs. THe point of the camp wasn't trying to "make' these kids be normal at camp the point was they were haveing a great summer despite their challenges.It wasn't about saying "all the things your suppose to say about handicapped persons" as one review read it was about sharing the initial fears and concern that often people deal with when faced with such a task and showed how it turned to great blessing.I didn't feel this book was about the children but about the change and growth within the writer because of the children.Its a beautiful message that is just a little rough around the edges with the writing skills of the author.

    5-0 out of 5 stars From a special needs camp counselor!
    Very realistic! Your opinion of campers can change in less then a day. The very first time you see campers getting out of the car you do wonder what the heck you have gotten yourself into but then by the time you have dinner you have already realized what is special about each one of them. This was an excellent book to quickly describe children with various different disabilites.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Acorn People
    Camp Wiggins was not a place for medically sanitized facilities, safety rails, or strict activity schedules. It was a place for memories to be made, accomplishments, and fantasies to be fulfilled. By no means were the handicaps of the teens attending this camp would burden this in any way. The Acorn People, by Ron Jones, tells a story of how a camp of handicap teens grow together and accomplish more than they could ever dream of doing at a camp made for boy scouts. In this true story, Ron Jones, the camp counselor of a group that goes above and beyond the expectations of camp, ables these teens to work together to climb Mountain Lookout, swim for the first time, and then struggle with getting the approval of the camp owner Mr. Bradshaw. Over all, this story was emotionally filled as well as giving you a new look on people not as fortunate as those not handicapped.
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    13. In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack Adventures)
    by Harcourt Children's Books
    Hardcover (01 October, 2006)
    list price: $17.00 -- our price: $11.56
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    Isbn: 0152055576
    Sales Rank: 4595
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Under 13, But Whatever This is a great read
    This book only received four stars because on its own it's not spectacular, but as an extension of the Bloody Jack series it does hold its own. This book is a good follow-up to the other Bloody Jack books.It's not the most rollicking tale of the bunch, but gives readers a more subtle adventure.Although I found the the main body of the book a tad tedious, I still enjoyed it as a whole.Jacky's colorful cahracter carries the story along when it starts to drag, as do the personalities of the other girls.One of my favorite parts of the book is when Jacky tells stories of her life on the streets in London.It gives you a better glimpse at her past and how far she has come from the little beggar of her childhood.I will warn you though, the ending is a killer cliff-hanger.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Once again, Jacky Faber kicks pirate booty...
    I am a huge fan of the Jacky Faber series -- just like everyone else who has discovered these awesome books by L.A. Meyer. I've read every one of Meyer's previous books, and loved all of them. Each time, I figured there was absolutely no way he could top the previous one. And each time, I'm stunned to find that he has. 'In the Belly of the Bloodhound' is no different. Once again, Meyer has written a heck of a story that's even better than his last. Like all the others, 'In the Belly of the Bloodhound' was an incredibly fast read -- a book that I could not put down. It's entertaining and definitely won't put you to sleep like some other 'teen' books assigned in school. I have no doubt that this book is headed for a blockbuster movie, once Hollywood discovers Jacky Faber. I'm sure actresses will be lining up to play her. In the meantime, I'm hoping L.A. Meyer is back home writing his next pirate tale. Aye, Cap'n, he's good as gold.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Waiting for No. 5...
    Being that there are so many enthusiastic reviews already submitted with which I wholeheartedly agree, all I will add is that Meyer better hurry up with number 5 or I'm gonna die in suspense!Bravo on another wild and imaginative misadvetnure of Jacky Faber, Mr. Meyer! ... Read more

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    14. A Smart Girls Guide to Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself & Other Stuff (American Girl Library (Paperback))
    by American Girl
    Paperback (August, 2001)
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    Isbn: 1584853689
    Sales Rank: 6492
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Loving this series.....
    I wasn't going to get this title for my nine year old.I thought she was too young.But she REALLY wanted it, telling me, "Mom, I've had tons of crushes already!"I bought it and read it first.While I still think she's a little young for some of the information (especially the "going together" section toward the end), a lot of it was very age appropriate.Rather than just give it to her, we are reading it together.(Thankfully I have a very open and trusting daughter who doesn't get embarrassed by "growing up" issues.)I explained to her that reading about these things does not give her permission to do them.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Excuse Me
    Ummm to the lady who said not to buy this I have a question for you; why do u care how its worded? This is a book for girls to be comfortable with, not something from a psychology book! consider that! and your knitpicking! U must have no life to complain about wording. Anyway the book is awesome! It helped my daughter become comfortable enough to talk to me about her crushes! She is totally ready!~

    2-0 out of 5 stars Don't Give This to Your Kids
    This is a poorly worded and confusing book. This is a good way to get them to be shallow, dumb them down, get them into hellish relationships, and send them running to therapists who themselves need therapy. Giving this to them as a gift is also a good way to insult their intelligence.
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    15. My Brother Sam Is Dead (Point)
    by Scholastic Paperbacks
    Mass Market Paperback (01 May, 1985)
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    Isbn: 059042792X
    Sales Rank: 16073
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars boring, plotles, dull
    I, Like many other unfortunate youth, had to read this book for school and do journal responses for each chapter. I did the assingnment with little difficulty without finishing the book. It was that predictable! I only read the first two chapters before I could do the responses with little trouble.
    5-0 out of 5 stars My brother sam is dead
    Over the summer I read My brother sa is dead by James luneden Collier and Christopher Coliier. As one of my favorite books, there was many things i liked about I found interesting. When reading this book, you forget about reality and you start to feel as if you were in the story yourself.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book to Spark an Early Interest in History
    James Lincoln and Christopher Collier's story "my brother Sam is dead" begins at the dawn of the Revolution, a time when Loyalists felt much the same as Mr. Beach's remark to Sam in Chapter 1: "I think men of common sense will prevail. Nobody wants a rebellion except fools and hotheads." Doubtful or unaware of just how focused and set on independence from the Crown of England the Rebel militia actually were, the loyalists or tories of Colonial America were caught off guard when they realized "Live Free or Die" was more than a motto is was a commitment.
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    16. Incantation
    by Little, Brown Young Readers
    Hardcover (04 October, 2006)
    list price: $16.99 -- our price: $11.55
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    Isbn: 0316010197
    Sales Rank: 42342
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars INCANTATION
    The burning of Jewish books in the town square is the first portent that life for sixteen-year-old Estrella is going to change.Set in Spain during the Middle Ages, the story is about secrets and self-knowledge.Estrella's family are Conversos, who practice Judaism in secret at home and in a church where all of the congregation plus the priest are like themselves.As the persecution of Jews draws ever closer to Estrella's own family, she is told about their secret, given a ring to buy herself safe passage to Amsterdam if need be, and taught the rudiments of kabbalah by her learned grandfather.This unlikely act is undoubtedly a gesture toward the current popularity of kabbalah and it does little to mar the credibility of the plot, consisting only of a few "kabbalistic" customs like wearing a red thread and learning the names of the ten gates of Paradise.More central to the story is Estrella/Esther's development from a carefree girl to a young woman fated to pass on her family's heritage virtually alone. As in other of Hoffman's books, nature and magic are intertwined.Estrella's mother is a dyer and a healer; her grandfather is a surgeon and a scholar.The witchcraft of which they are accused is practical magic, the kind that works not through the supernatural but through knowledge heightened by insight.Throughout the book, Estrella's mother teaches her about the natural world and how humans use it for good or evil. At the conclusion, after some horrific scenes of torture and burnings, she flees, having learned that "a Jew can never be attached to a place...We cannot have roots in the earth of any country, only in the garden that we carry inside us."This is a somber message for the teens of today and it is offset by other conflicts that they may find more appealing: the true nature of a false friend, and rivalry over a boy friend.Admirers of Alice Hoffman will enjoy her evocative writing style but Incantation is one of her lesser works.For teens and adults.Reviewed by Linda R. Silver ... Read more

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    17. The Devil's Arithmetic
    by Puffin
    Paperback (01 October, 1990)
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    Sales Rank: 37144
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Read This Book!!!!
    The Devil's Arithmetic was one of the best books I have ever read.It is very descriptive, and I learned so much about that time.It was very sad and I even cryed at the end , It also was very suspensefull.I really recomend this book to anyone who enjoys touching stories and suspensefull twists.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A powerful story, utterly gripping
    This book won the National Jewish Book Award, among others. The Devil's Arithmetic is the story of young Hannah, a modern-day Jewish girl from New Rochelle, who opens a door, and finds herself living during the Holocaust.
    3-0 out of 5 stars First impression:
    Sounds like a scientific social studies mixed together to create one science fiction holocost thing- am i right??
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    18. Under a War-Torn Sky
    by Hyperion
    Paperback (01 June, 2003)
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    Isbn: 0786817534
    Sales Rank: 80941
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Under a War Torn Sky
    This book was fantastic. It was very realistic to war. It showed how evil some people can be but then how nice others can be. Henry Forester goes threw it all.Henry is a 19 year old pilot shot down behind enemy lines. He has to survive a lot to make it home. I suggest a tissue when you read it too. But don't get me wrong its an awesome book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books i ever read
    This book is brilliant, if you are interested in war, planes or thr second world war this is the book for you. It is clear nice easy to read writing and the chapters are short. The only problem is that i wished the story was longer it was that good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Under a War-Torn Sky
    Wow!What a page turner!From the start, I was pulled in and felt like I was right alongside Henry, feeling what he was feeling. Henry was a "boy" who was a fighter pilot that was shot down during World War II behind enemy lines.Due to his perseverence and with the help of many strangers(includingFrench Resistance fighters)who risk their lives, Henry makes it back to his family's farm in Virginia--as a man. This war story includes everything that anyone would want-danger, suspense, adventure, even romance!Don't miss it! ... Read more

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    19. Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships
    by Image Comics
    Paperback (01 April, 2001)
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    Isbn: 1582402000
    Sales Rank: 263358
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I got my copy autographed.
    This book reprints the first nine issues of the Age of Bronze comic books.It's a beautifully drawn, well written comic book about the Trojan War.The only problem I have with the comic, and it'a a minor problem, is that there are so many characters, it's hard to keep track of who's who.Highly recommended to fans of graphic literature.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Cow! This is off the chart great.
    I just ripped through A Thousand Ships and the second book in the series, Sacrifice, in two days and I'm bowled over.What a tour de force these books are.Shanower seamlessly incorporates all the myths entwined in the Trojan War.An incredible feat by itself, it's even more impressive because he achieves this without bogging down what is, after all, a ripping good story.
    5-0 out of 5 stars the Bronze Age brought brilliantly to life
    Eric Shanower does a fabulous job of bringing the Mycenaean world and the story of the Trojan War to life.Shanower has a different perspective on many of the characters than I might choose, but still I find his protagonists credible and compelling.With a combination of strong characterization and historically accurate settings and costumes, this is simply one of the best reimaginings of the myth I've encountered.
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    20. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    by David Fickling Books
    Hardcover (12 September, 2006)
    list price: $15.95 -- our price: $10.85
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    Isbn: 0385751060
    Sales Rank: 8122
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiuly written story...but
    I Just finished this book after a 3 day marathon read. I bought it on a whim after readng the jacket, which had no synopsis. I found that I was slightly put off by the fact that this was a Holocaust novel written from the perspective of a child. I eventually got over that and got sucked into the story. It is a very easy read, sometimes TOO easy considering the subject matter. Overall this book was very well written. It approaches a very difficult subject with compassion and sensitivity. My only caution... do not read this book if you're looking for an in depth Holocaust story.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Compare this book with "Emil and Karl" by Glatshteyn
    If you are looking for a book for middle school to high school readers that challenges them to think about the real experiences of children in a brutal fascist state, I would skip this one and read instead "Emil and Karl", written by Yankev Glatschteyn in 1940 and only recently translated in English. It is also short, also features two naive 9-year-old boys, also gives multiple points of view, and also seems to be trying to send out a wake-up call to young people. The difference is that Emil and Karl is well-written, moving, accurate, and full of well-rounded characters across the spectrum of opinions and backgrounds, while "The boy in the striped pajamas" is maudlin, insulting, shallow, and inaccurate. It would be good for a literature teacher to assign both books, and let the students see for themselves the difference between quality literature and trash. Don't waste your money on Boyne's weak attempt.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This book could have offered so much more
    After reading a brief synopsis of the book, I was interested enough to purchase it.The Holocaust from the point of a child would have been a truly good story, but the character of this book is made into a downright idiot.His father was a Commandant, he was taught to salute Hitler, but somehow his parents never got around to telling him about Hitler, the Jews, the "master" race???I asked the six year old across the street and he knew more about the Holocaust than the main character did.The author is a wonderful storyteller, and that kept me reading to the end.The ending, however, felt far too contrived.It's as if by making the story end this way, the author somehow equalizes things out.I was disappointed that what could have been a truly excellent book was trivialized by the ending.I have mixed feelings about recommending this book.Yes, it is a good plot, but executed in such a way that I feel the author almost played it too safe for fear of upsetting anyone, and in the process, educating no one.For children today so removed from this part of history, the author could have done so much more to make them understand.If you are looking for a book for you or your child, this makes for a quick read, but not a thought-provoking one. ... Read more

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