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Lawn Boy

Paulsen, Gary
A twelve-year-old boy get an old riding lawn mower from his grandmother and embarks on a financial odyssey. Hysterically funny!

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2/2008

Lawn Boy Returns

Paulsen, Gary
Very short, not quite as fascinating as the first book. Did I say short?

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11/2010

Mr. Tucket

Paulsen, Gary
Teen boy on the Oregon Trail is kidnapped by Indians.

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8/1998

Mudshark

Paulsen, Gary
The Mudshark is the coolest guy on campus, and hangs out in the library answering people's questions and solving problems, like figuring out where Willamena left her brain. And where all the erasers disappeared to.

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She was brilliant and joyous and she believed--probably correctly--that libraries contain the answers to all things, to everything, and that if you can't find the information you seek in the library, then such information probably does not exist in this or any parallel univese now or ever to be known. (pg. 18)

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12/2009

Notes From The Dog

Paulsen, Gary
Bald woman moves in next door to a reticent teen, gets him gardening and socializing, and even taking her place in a breast cancer triathlon when she is too sick to participate. And we can see where that is going, can't we? Weeps at the end. Good story!

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5/2011

Road Trip

Paulsen, Gary
Ben's dad wakes him up early for a surprise drive to rescue an Australian Sheepdog. They have some adventures along the way. Very enjoyable read.

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11/2013

Some Birds Don't Fly

Paulsen, Gary
Humerous tales about the author's experiences as a missle technician in the Sixties. Paulsen's first book. for the third time!

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8/2001

The Island

Paulsen, Gary
A boy moves to a country town and finds an island. Very zen.

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11/2000

The Quilt

Paulsen, Gary
During WWII a boy goes to stay with his grandmother in Minnesota. A wonderful little book.

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3/2008

The Rifle

Paulsen, Gary
History of a rifle, from Revolutionary times to the present. A detailed recounting of its building (very interesting). I got the impression the author doesn't care for NRA rhetoric.

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12/2012

The Scheronoff Discoveries

Paulsen, Gary
A short but charming story of the narrator and his friend, science-whiz Harold, and their romantic, economic, and social escapades.

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3/2008

Red Thread Sisters

Peacock, Carol Antoinette
Wen is adopted by a family in the United States, and she promises her best friend, her "sister", that she will help her get adopted too. Very heart-warming story.

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11/2013

An Instance Of The Fingerpost

Pears, Iain
A very long book, over 700 pages. Takes place in the 1600's. A mystery. Took two weeks to read.

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2/2002

Giotta's Hand

Pears, Iain
An art history mystery. The amazon.com reviews sound very little like the books I read.

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12/2001

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9/2012

The Adoration Of Jenna Fox

Pearson, Mary E.
Teen girl wakes up from coma, finds out she isn't all she thinks she is.

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12/2012

The Academy

Pearson, Ridley
Steven "Steel" Trapp in invited to attend his FBI father's alma mater prep school where he finds mysterious goings-on going on.

Weirdness:

...a group of car batteries had collected, all but one dead. (pg. 46) -- A pile of dead car batteries in their living space, plus one recharged by a solar cell? Hydrogen gas, anyone?
For a moment there was no sound in the room, except for a vague humming from the battery. (pg. 52) -- I don't like the sound of that!
The girls wore stretch-fabric bike shorts...(pg. 139) Were they PADDED bike shorts? Sorry, pet peeve,
He reach the rebar ladder leading up into the chapel... (pg. 184) -- I thought in was STEPS back on page 169.
Mrs. D. could then buy them two of same make and model [radio], allowing them to listen in on everything said between the staff. (pg. 212) -- As long as they are set to the same frequency, which could be one of AT LEAST dozens. Not that hard to figure out with a scanner and frequency counter, but then one wouldn't need the same brand and model now, would one? Or just use a scanner!
"Do you have any clue what we're supposed to be doing in Boston?", he asked. (pg. 289) -- Boston? BOSTON? First I've heard of it!.

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12/2010

The Tattooed Man

Pease, Howard
Todd Moran goes to sea to rescue his brother. Good story, written in 1926, some unfortunate racial slurs.

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5/2005

Night Boat

Pease, Howard
Seven stories in the Tod Moran Mystery series. Tod is third mate on the steamer Araby. Good stories, for what they are. The last story, Black Out, takes place in San Francisco during a blackout in WWII. I thought it interesting that prejudice and discrimination against Americans of Japanese and Italian heritage is mentioned, since this was copyright 1942.

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5/2007

A Long Way From Chicago

Peck, Richard
Each summer Mary Alice and her brother visit their grandmother in Ohio. Charming, a weep at the end, for me.

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1/2012

A season of gifts

Peck, Richard
Bob moves into the house next to Mrs. Dowdel. Good Christmas story.

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12/2009
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- Coakley] [Coben- Cole] [Cole- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Cook] [Cook- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crumley] [Crumley- Cussler] [Cussler- David] [Davidson- Dickinson] [Dickinson- Dorsey] [Dorsey- Duane] [Duble- Elkins] [Elkins- Evanovich] [Evanovich- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Ford] [Forester- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Gaiman] [Gaiman- Gash] [Gash- Goldberg] [Goldberg- Grafton] [Grafton- Gratz] [Graves- Grennan] [Griffin- Grisham] [Grisham- Haldeman] [Haldeman- Hall] [Hallinan- Harte] [Hartwell- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heller] [Heller- Hepler] [Herbert- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hobb] [Hobb- Horowitz] [Horowitz- Ibbotson] [Ibbotson- Johansen] [John, and Travis S. Taylor- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Kellog] [Kellog- King] [King- Klise] [Klise- Kurland] [Kurson- Lasky] [latham- Lee] [Lefcourt- Lescroart] [Lescroart- Little] [Lobel- Lu] [Lubar- Macleod] [MacPherson- Marcinko] [Marcinko- Mass] [Mass- McBain] [McBain- McCrumb] [McCrumb- McNally] [McSwigan- Miles] [Millard- Moore] [Moore- Muller] [Mulligan- Nimmo] [Nimmo- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Brien] [O'Brien- Palacio] [Paolini- Park] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Peck] [Peck- Pfeffer] [Pfeffer- Powell] [Powell- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pynchon] [Queenan- Rehder] [Rehder- Riordan] [Roach- Rose] [Rose- Russell] [Russell- Savin] [Sawyer- Schmidt] [Schmidt- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Shaffer] [Shames- Sijie] [Silverberg- Smith] [Smith- Spinelli] [Spinelli- Steinhauer] [Stephens- Stross] [Stross- Sweeney] [Tapply- Thompson] [Thorp- Turtledove] [Turtledove- Van Draanen] [Van Draanen- Voltaire] [Waldman- Wells] [Wells- Westlake] [Westlake- Wilks] [Williams-Garcia- Woodruff] [Woods- Zusak] 

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