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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Reviewed by Margo Dill,, Middle-grade novel, historical fiction (1935) 12-year-old boy as main character Rating: Can you say WOW!? Short, short summary: Moose Flanagan lives on Alcatraz Island because his dad is a guard for the prison. The author, Gennifer Choldenko, lets us know with a great note at the end of the […]

Playing With Matches by Brian Katcher

Reviewed by Margo Dill,, Young adult novel, contemporary 17-year-old guy as main character Rating: It’s hard to put down! Short, short summary: Leon Sanders wants a girlfriend, dreams of a girlfriend, and well, pretty much thinks about it day and night. His dream girl is Amy Green, a cheerleader who doesn’t really notice […]

Clementine (Written by Sara Pennypacker; Illustrated by Marla Frazee)

reviewed by Margo Dill,, Chapter Book (ages 7-10) Third-grade girl, main character Rating: Laugh out loud funny! Short, short summary: Clementine is the funniest third-grader I know, but she’s not having a very good week in her debut novel. Maybe she shouldn’t have cut Margaret’s hair and then drawn it back on with […]

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Reviewed by Margo Dill,, Young adult novel (probably for high school students) 17-year-old girl, main character Rating: Beautiful verse that leaves you thinking for months Short, short summary: Ellen Hopkins knows what it is like to have a daughter addicted to crystal meth. She knows how to write a captivating and haunting story […]

Dream Hop (Written by Julia Durango; Illustrated by Jared Lee)

Reviewed by Margo Dill,, Picture book for pre K-2nd grade Young boy as main character Rating: Great rhyme; cute and useful concept for young children Short, short summary In Dream Hop, nightmares plague a young boy. But he quickly learns how to get away from his bad dreams. He just yells, “Dream hop!” […]

The Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles Book 2) by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Reviewed by Margo Dill,, Chapter Book, Fantasy Three Main Characters–older elementary school age–twin boys and older sister Rating: How fast can I get book 3? (So, in other words, it’s great!) Short, short summary: Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace wrote a desperate letter to author Holly Black and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi. With the […]

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Reviewed by Margo Dill,, Young adult novel, contemporary fantasy 17-year-old girl, main character Rating: Can’t put this book down, or buy the sequel fast enough Short, short summary: Bella moves to Forks, a town on the Olympic Peninsula, to live with her father and help her mother’s “new” relationship. Once in Forks, Bella […]