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A Crooked Kind Of Perfect

Urban, Linda
Zoe envisions herself as a classical pianist, but her dad buys her a cheap organ and lessons. I really really enjoyed this story.

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1/2010

Into The Beautiful North

Urrea, Luis Alberto
A Mexican girl recruits her friends to cross the border into the U.S. to find her father, among others, and bring them back to her village to defend them against bandits. A wonderful book. There were some very humorous parts. And sad ones, too.

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7/2013

Breadcrumbs

Ursu, Anne
I've read The Snow Queen (Hans Christian Andersen) several times, so this was an interesting take on the story.

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3/2012

Flood

Vachss, Andrew
Burke is hired by a chubby buxom blonde who is set on revenge, in this the first of the series.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Judy Henske (pg. 119) -- An American singer, dubbed Queen of the Beatniks.
Fingertip leather jacket (pg. 264) -- A fingertip-length jacket. Who knew?

Quote:

Dewey Decimal System of Dirt -- (pg. 39) Richard Reeves used a similar phrase in Peeping Thomas.

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12/2008

Two Trains Running

Vachss, Andrew
Came for the title, stayed for the story. The Mob, gangs, corruption, and cars in a town in the mountains back East somewhere. Moves right along.

Quote:

"...long number at the bottom. And that ones' a pay phone..." -- (pg. 219) In 1959 I thought it was more usual to have the telephone exchange letters at part of the "number", rather than a string of digits.

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11/2008

Space Opera

Valente, Catherynne M.
I quite liked the part about the cat and the rose bush. And I laughed at a couple of other sentences. And I'm glad I learned about Buranovskiye Babushki. And filk, I looked it up, that was interesting.

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4/2019

The Chronicles Of Harris Burdick

Van Allsburg, Chris
Fourteen authors tell their interpretations of the pictures from Van Allsburgs' book. The M.T. Anderson story grabbed me the most.

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4/2012

Flipped

Van Draanen, Wendelin
A very cute romance told from opposing points of view. I enjoyed it very much.

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12/2007

Sammy Keyes And The Curse Of Moustache Mary

Van Draanen, Wendelin
Sammy meets an odd old lady while delivering flowers to a funeral. Ends up finding a hidden stash of gold coins! The hiding place of which I actually figured out beforehand. Yay me! Good story!

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2/2016

Sammy Keyes And The Hollywood Mummy

Van Draanen, Wendelin
Sammy and Marissa take the bus to Hollywood to confront Sammy's mom, er, "Aunt Dominique". Someone who looks just like Sammy's mother is murdered, and Sammy saves the day by discovering just who done it.

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2/2016

Sammy Keyes And The Hotel Thief

Van Draanen, Wendelin
Good story with a little mystery. Sammy lives with her grandma in a seniors only building.

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1/2016

Sammy Keyes And The Runaway Elf

Van Draanen, Wendelin
Sammy is tasked with finding a stolen dog, or risk being revealed to be living at her grandmother's apartment by a mean old lady. Also, an old woman dies. Good story, a bit weepy in parts.

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2/2016

Sammy Keyes And The Sisters Of Mercy

Van Draanen, Wendelin
Another great mystery solved by Sammy, and lessons learned. I kinda suspicioned "who-done-it", which is very unusual for me, but it was still fun. On to the next one!

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2/2016

Sammy Keyes And The Skeleton Man

Van Draanen, Wendelin
Sammy and her friends have a run-in on Halloween with a man in a skeleton costume at the mysterious Bush House. Pretty good story!

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1/2016

Swear To Howdy

Van Draanen, Wendelin
The shocking revelation in the last third of the book totally blew me away! The two boys are just having fun, when this awful thing happens. I was really enjoying myself with the boy's shenanigans when the story real serious. A very good book.

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12/2007

The Running Dream

Van Draanen, Wendelin
High school runner Jessica loses part of her leg in a bus accident. Good read, although running makes my joints hurt.

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3/2012

Overthrowing Heaven

Van Name, Mark L.
Jon to goes the planet Heaven to visit a theme park and capture the evil nano manipulating genius who is experimenting on children. Another woman bites the dust, and we learn some interesting stuff about Lobo, the most sarcastic spacecraft in the universe.`

Quote:

"I believe there are washing machines that are more adept with women than you," Lobo said... (pg. 253)

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1/2010

Slanted Jack

Van Name, Mark L.
Jon Moore provides security for Jack and a boy from the planet Pinkelponker. A proscribed planet that Jon also hails from, secretly.

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12/2009

Slan

van Vogt, A. E.
Classic science fiction from the 1940s. Not a "Weapon Shops Of Isher", but not bad.

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10/2016

Hillbilly Elegy

Vance, J. D.
Author relates his life from poor hillbilly to Yale lawyer. Pretty good.

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9/2019
20 books displayed
[Abadzis- Alcott] [Alcott- Anderson] [Andreae- Atkinson] [Atkinson- Ballard] [Balliett- Barnard] [Barnard- Barnhill] [Barr- Barr] [Barrows- Bear] [Bear- Beaton] [Beaton- Beattie] [Beattie, editor- Black] [Black- Block] [Block- Borchert] [Bosch- Brennert] [Brillant- Bryson] [Bryson- Bujold] [Bujold- Card] [Card- Card] [Card- Chabon] [Chabon- Clancy] [Clancy- Cline] [Coakley- Cohen] [Cohen- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Constantine] [Constantine- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crombie] [Cronley- Cussler] [Cussler- Dashner] [Dashner- DiCamillo] [Dick- Doohan] [Dorsey- Drake] [Draper- Elkins] [Elkins- Ephron] [Eszterhas- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Flynn] [Foer- Fox] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Funke] [Funke- Garrigue] [Gash- Goffard] [Going- Grafton] [Grafton- Grant] [Grant- Greenwald] [Greer- Grisham] [Grisham- Haddix] [Haddix- Hall] [Hall- Harris] [Harrison- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heley] [Heley- Henry] [Henry- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hirsch] [Hitchcock- Holt] [Holt- Hulme] [Hunter- Jenkins] [Jennings- Kadohata] [Kaminsky- Kandel] [Karr- Kienzle] [Kienzle- Kinney] [Kirby- Kostyal] [Kowal- Larson] [Larson- Leckie] [Leckie- Leonard] [Leonard- Lewis] [Lichtman- Lowry] [Lowry- MacAvoy] [MacDonald- Manley] [Marcinko- Martini] [Martini- Mazer] [McBain- McCarthy] [McCaughrean- McDevitt] [McDonald- Meyer] [Meyer- Moody] [Moon- Mosley] [Mosley- Nicholson] [Nicholson- Norton] [Norton- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Rourke] [Oates- Paretsky] [Paretsky- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Patterson] [Patterson- Peacock] [Pears- Perry] [Perry- Pohl] [Pohl- Poyer] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pullman] [Pullman- Reeve] [Reeve- Riggs] [Ringo- Robinson] [Rodman- Rucka] [Rucka- Sachar] [Sachar- Scalzi] [Scalzi- Scott] [Scott- Scottoline] [Sebold- Shields] [Shriver- Sloan] [Sloan- Soto] [Soto- Stark] [Stark- Stephenson] [Stern- Stroud] [Stroud- Tappy] [Tappyly- Townsend] [Tracy- Updale] [Urban- Vance] [Vance- Walter] [Wambaugh- Westerman] [Westerman- Westlake] [Westlake- Wodehouse] [Wodehouse- Yelchin] [Yep- Zusak] 

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