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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Reviewed by Margo Dill, www.margodill.com, margodll@aol.com 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, www.margodill.com, margodll@aol.com 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, www.margodill.com, margodll@aol.com 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, www.margodill.com, margodll@aol.com 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, www.margodill.com, margodll@aol.com 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, www.margodill.com, margodll@aol.com 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, www.margodill.com, margodll@aol.com 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 […]