The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This is a space where we can applaud the books we have loved or bemoan the ones that have let us down. Way, way, down.

“The covers of this book are too far apart.” – Ambrose Bierce






May 2019 Julie’s review of Raymie Nightingale, by Kate DeCamillo



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My reaction to finishing the book was:

One theme song for this book might be:

One character who would have fit perfectly in this book is:

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So, here’s the scoop: While this book wasn’t horrible, I certainly had higher expectations considering how much I have enjoyed this author’s other work.  Turns out it was kind of  “meh”.  Short chapters, easy to turn the pages, just didn’t really have a hook that makes you need to figure out how it will all come together. Swing and a miss on this one, Kate DeCamillo.


Apr. 2019 Julie’s review of Breaking Stalin’s Nose, by Eugene Yelchin



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Here we have 11 year-old Sasha, who is a proud and loyal communist, like his father.  Very suddenly the tables turn in a way that perhaps an American grade school student  cannot begin to identify with today.  The book only takes 1-2 hours to read. I just couldn’t put it down! I had to find out how this was all going to play out.  Probably one of those books that adults WANT kids to love, but really it’s more for the adults.