A blog for reviewing YA, children's, classics and whatever I feel like.
Also for discussing developments in the the book world, specifically in the St. Paul, Minnesota.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Shredderman: Secret Identity

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
Review Writer: Book Girl
This is a really good book! It is about a boy named Nolan. In his class there is a really mean bully named Alvin. But anyone who calls him that, has not lived to tell the tale. Nolan really wants to do something about him, but he does not feel like getting punched flat. Then Nolan has a brilliant idea. He makes a really cool website, called shredderman.com. There he shows all the mean things that Alvin has done. But then he gets an email from Alvin telling him that he knows who he is! And to find out what happens, read the book!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Ruby Holler

Author: Sharon Creech
Review Writer: Book Girl
This is a really good book! It just won the Maud Hart Lovelace book award. It is about two orphans named Dallas and Florida nicknamed "Trouble Twins". They live in a horrible orphanage and are used to getting adopted and then being sent back. Then one day, Tiller and Sairy decide to adopt them. They live in Ruby Holler. They are each going to go on separate trips, and want Dallas to go with Sairy, and Florida to go with Tiller. Can Dallas and Florida bear to be alone? What are the trips like? And to find out what happens, read the book!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

What the Witch Left

Author: Ruth Chew
Reviewer: Holly

This is a story about two girls, Katy and Louise, who find a drawer full of things left by Katy's "aunt" Martha. At first the things seem quite usual -- a pair of gloves, a bathrobe, a mirror, a box, some boots -- but when the girls take the items out of the drawer to play, they get a lot more than they bargained for! The items are magical, and maybe Aunt Martha isn't what she seems to be either! This is one of BKL's favorite books -- you should read it too!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Family Sabbatical

Author: Carol Ryrie Brink
Review Writer: Book Girl
This is a great book if you are on a sabbatical, or about to go on one, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't read it! It is about a family who is taking a sabbatical in France. They have to survive without hotdogs, ice cream, and all the other American foods. They learn that even though they are away from home, it is still a lot of fun. Such as when it is Thanksgiving, the French consider it just a day, the kids put on a pageant with wild Indians. They have a lot of fun. And to find out what else happens, read the book!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Which Witch?

Author: Eva Ibbotson
Review Writer: Book Girl
This is a really good book! It is about a wizard. He decides that he should get married. He decides to have a contest for all the witches in the town, to see who can perform the darkest piece of magic. Which witch will win? And to find out what happens, read the book!

Monday, April 14, 2008


Author: Angie Sage
Review Writer: Book Girl
This is a really good book! It is about the Heaps and they have just had a baby boy. The seventh son of a seventh son, which is said to have many Magykal powers. What might happen to a boy this special? And to find out what happens, read the book!!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Willoughbys

Author: Lois Lowry
Review Writer: Book Girl
This is a really good book! It is about a family called the Wiloughbys with four kids. They have mean parents. One day their parents decide to go on a big vacation, leaving the kids behind with a nanny. They hire a really good nanny. The kids and the nanny have a lot of fun together. One day the parents who are on vacation decide to sell their house. Someone decides to buy it, but the real estate person gets the money instead of them. And to find out what happens, read the book!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

No Flying in the House

Author: Betty Brock
Reviewer: Holly

This is a great book for anyone who wants to fly! A girl named Annabelle has a very strange life. Her best friend is a dog named Gloria. Gloria is only 3 inches long and can talk and do tricks. Then Annabelle meets a cat who tells her that she is a fairy and teaches her to fly. But what Annabelle wants more than anything else is to have parents of her very own. I won't tell you what happens next... read the book!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Kathleen: The Celtic Knot

Author: Siobhan Parkinson
Book reviewer: Siena

This book is excellent. It’s about a twelve year old girl named Kathleen who lives in Ireland with her family. They are so poor that sometimes they don’t have enough food to eat all their meals. One day Kathleen is late for school and gets in trouble so her mom has to come to the school to talk with the head Nun – it is a Catholic school. Kathleen is surprised that she doesn’t get into trouble, but the head Nun tells her mother that she has talent – and should try Irish dancing. But how could her poor family possibly pay for lessons and costumes she needs? To find out, read Kathleen: The Celtic Knot! This book makes you feel like you are actually in Ireland during the 1930s. It helps to try to read it with an Irish accent.