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Last Treasure
Last Treasure
by Janet Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars X Marks the Spot!, June 7 2003
This review is from: Last Treasure (Hardcover)
Yes, there is treasure, but it's been in the house next door for the last hundred years.
The elder Smiths decide that's been long enough so they send for the younger Smiths, Jess and Ellsworth. Ellsworth hasn't been to the Smith compound since he was a baby, and Jess's mom decided Jess needed a little holiday while she spent some time with her boyfriend. There's a dark family secret; why Jess's dad split out of there and has never returned, and of course why any family would wait 100 years before going after treasure in the house next door!
But the relationship between Jess and Ellsworth and all the wacky Smith family members grows stronger, and Dad does come back to the fold, and everybody holds hands and lives happily ever after.
I'm not kidding... They really do.

Soul Moon Soup
Soul Moon Soup
by Lindsay Lee Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Phoebe Rose Dreams of Becoming an Artist...", June 3 2003
This review is from: Soul Moon Soup (Hardcover)
I didn't think of Pheobe as a homeless person. I thought of her as a spirit, a light so bright that even as it dimmed by the harshness of her life, could not be extinguished.
I loved Pheobe's grandmother and the healing that took place on Full Moon Lake. I loved that Phoebe became the mama of her own self. And that she decided to give it one more try, "my mama and me, on our own in the city, a little stronger this time, we'll try."
I think I'm going to go and read it all over again!

Maata's Journal: A Novel
Maata's Journal: A Novel
by Paul Sullivan
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Never Knew..., June 3 2003
That the Inuits were taken from their Arctic tundra to settlement camps by the Canadian government. Maata's family is forced to leave their home and they are rudely dumped in a freezing and empty place and basically left to die. There is, however, plenty of alcohol. It is easy to see what the government hoped was in store for all the Inuits. In this story, they do have their champions. These come in the form of explorers who are there to learn the Inuit ways and map and study the area. Although it is freezing and harsh, we are able to see the amazing beauty of life and the cold landscape. We understand why Maata's mother wants her to learn both her own and the English way of life. She will be a bridge for both worlds. When the explorers take Maata to be their guide on an expedition, all is almost lost.
I enjoyed going along with Maata on all her journeys.

Keesha's House
Keesha's House
by Helen Frost
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Bit of Everything..., June 3 2003
This review is from: Keesha's House (Hardcover)
In this poem, the lives of six troubled kids entwine. Wrapping around each other like the words to a song, or maybe more like a dance, their words work hard to make everything come out right. The fear of a teen pregnancy and it's consequences to both teens, foster care, DUI, being gay, an abusive stepfather, and the words Ms. Frost uses to convey everything are spare and concise and beautiful.
Surely a Printz Award contender.

What the Birds See
What the Birds See
by Sonya Hartnett
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Beautifully Written!, June 3 2003
This review is from: What the Birds See (Hardcover)
A long song, really... All the things that broke your heart in childhood, brought back sharply in your mind, all the disappointment of adulthood on display... Dark, yet so poignant, yearning, beautiful, sad and dark and lonely, and... Brilliant.
I have to sit quietly after reading anything by Ms. Hartnett. she makes my soul shiver.
Read it. You be the judge.

The Silent Boy
The Silent Boy
by Lois Lowry
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I Wonder How Lois Lowry...", May 15 2003
This review is from: The Silent Boy (Hardcover)
can build a whole world of the early 1900's in just 178 pages, create characters you remember long after you've closed the book, and say all kinds of important things while gently telling a story?
I loved the relationship eight-year-old Katie had with her father. We never doubt that Katie will become a doctor one day because of his patient and gentle teaching. Of course the new baby will not be found in the garden patch! It is because of his kindness and openess that Katie is able to befriend the silent Jacob.
Everything seems innocent through Katie's eyes. Taking the new hired girl from her family, the hard lesson her sister Nell, who wants to be a film star, has to learn, the fire at the mill. Even the tragic misunderstanding that puts Jacob into the asylum. Katie has taken the harsh edge from all, and left us to ponder.
But that is how I know it's a great book... How long afterward I am still pondering.

Waifs And Strays
Waifs And Strays
by Lint De
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let The Fairy Out of the Jar!, May 5 2003
This review is from: Waifs And Strays (Hardcover)
I love fantasy, and I was expecting the usual. This is not the usual! I don't really like reading short stories, either, but these read like they really happened, and were reported yesterday in the newspapers. Quite different, really! Some of the stories I yearned to be full-blown novels, especially "Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood". When's the last time someone brought Merlin back to you? I miss him! Some, like "The Graceless Child", were haunting and eerie. The vampire sisters in "Sisters" was thought provoking!
Altogether, and interesting read.

by Rita Murphy
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars When You Wish....., May 5 2003
This review is from: Harmony (Hardcover)
Is it real? Did Harmony really fall from the stars into the chicken coop? Does she really have ESP? Did she really save the "Old People" from the logging company? It's all magic, and beautifully written, including desire and wishes and the beauty of the stars and heaven and nature and love and caring and, well, you make your wishes and see what happens!
This book is a jewel.

by Laurie Halse Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars There's More to Life Than MIT!, May 5 2003
This review is from: Catalyst (Hardcover)
Lots of stuff going on in Kate's life. Most of which she ignores and puts on the blinders with a straight-ahead for MIT. Watch Kate get straight A's, watch Kate run, watch Kate iron and clean and take care of her little brother. But the inside stuff, her mom's death, her dad's seeming disinterest, she pounds into the pavement in a sort of hypnosis of running. What gets Kate out of her blinders is having her old school nemesis Teri Litch and her little brother move into their house with them when their home burns down. This is a real irritation that just won't be ignored. Teri's little brother is a sweetie but Teri is, well what ever the opposite of sweetie is. Still, Teri can act out her pain and Kate just runs. Of course all these things in Kate's life begin to collide, and Kate begins to unravel. Her rejection slip from MIT is only the tip of the iceberg. When real tragedy strikes, Kate takes a real honest look at where she is, and starts to put things back in order. I liked the way she made peace with Teri.
No, it's not "Speak", but it's darn good.

The Same Stuff as Stars
The Same Stuff as Stars
by Katherine Paterson
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll Enjoy This One...., May 5 2003
You can't help but root for Angel as she navigates the adult world on her own, also acting as an 11 year old surrogate mother to her 7 year old brother, Bernie. You have to wonder what adult in her short life taught her how to be so responsible, as her mother is an alcoholic who keeps abandoning them, and their father is in prison. Still, Angel soldiers on in spite of finally being dumped on their great-grandmother who doesn't seem to move much from her rocker and survives on pork and beans. The three need each other and it was enjoyable to see them work out a living arrangement, including getting Angel and Bernie into school. It was also hauntingly mysterious when the "Star Man" began introducing Angel to the stars. We also love the librarian who offers books and love. But the story jangles when mom comes back and snatches Bernie out of school. And we can't quite believe mom is going to come back into the fold after she ends up in the hospital after being in a car crash. (Doubtful she won't light out again.)
This was a good read but not quite as brilliant as "Bridge to Terabithia" and "Jacob Have I Loved". However, I can't quite shake how lovely Angel's introduction to astronomy was. I just found the ending a bit too pat.

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