Reviews written by Kimberly Pauley

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March 14, 2007
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
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Young Adult Fiction
A Holocaust Fable, of sorts

This is the first book I have ever received for review that gives you not one clue as to what it is about either on the back flap or even in the letter accompanying it from the publisher. You soon see why as you read the book in...

February 04, 2007
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Young Adult Fiction
A novel both lyrical and poetic

Down Under author Brigid Lowry brings us Guitar Highway Rose a novel told in everything from prose to poetry to stream of consciousness writing and in multiple viewpoints. We primarily hear from Rosie and Asher, the two teens the story revolves around, but their parents and friends and even the...

January 31, 2007
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Can Yoko survive & become king?

Id like to start off with a shout out to the publisher: Hey, TokyoPop, can you pretty, pretty please send me the next book in the Twelve Kingdoms series when it comes out?? I didnt have any particular expectations for this book when I received it,...

January 26, 2007
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
An earth-conscious series

Now heres a new book series with a serious message. But dont let that turn you off; it isnt a heavy-handed one at all. In fact, the environmental focus of the books is worked in so well that a reader might not even realize that they are learning something along...

January 25, 2007
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
0.0
Learning Value 
 
0.0
Kids Nonfiction
Bags and totes and purses oh my!

Purses (or handbags or bags or whatever you want to call them) are second only to shoes as being items that most girls seem to covet. In Stuff to Hold Your Stuff, from PlanetGirl, you can find out how to make your own really cool, all-you, totally funky bags. ...

January 16, 2007
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Young Adult Fiction
A charming romance

Julia and Ashleigh have been best friends for&well, forever. Julia is the stable one and Ashleigh is the&shall we say&enthusiastic one. Julia, the narrator of the book, has stood by Ashleighs side through all of her crazy passions, including ballet and Arthurian legend. Thats harder than it sounds, since Ashleigh...

January 16, 2007
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Fairy Tales with a Beat

In this Rock N Roll Fairy Tale from Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, youll find adventure aplenty, danger galore, and a nice rocking beat to go along with it all. Told from two alternating view points (Moira, a teen who also happens to be a classical harpist, and Jakob, a...

January 16, 2007
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
0.0
Learning Value 
 
0.0
A fantastic quilt immortalized in print

The Quilt of Belonging began as a project to celebrate all of the people of Canada and all of the countries that they came from. An artist, Esther Bryan, had the inspiration and her love of textile art was how she chose the form: a quilt composed of blocks made...

January 04, 2007
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Kids Fiction
A different look at invisibility

There are a few books out there that touch upon this subject invisibility and what it might do to a person including some very famous ones (think Cormiers Fade or H. G. Wells Invisible Man). But Things Not Seen goes in a different direction and I have to...

December 23, 2006
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Kids Fiction
When you'd rather just be anonymous...

Okay, admit it. Youve always secretly dreamed about what it would be like to have a famous actor/musician/whatever as your parent, right? Thats at least up there with the dream of actually being such a star yourself. Well, Bliss, daughter of the famous actress of the moment (Angel), would like...

December 15, 2006
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Everything you wanted to know

If youve read my past reviews, you know that Cormier books are not my favorite reads. Im not saying they arent good books heavens, no its just that they never fail to depress me. After reading The Chocolate War, for instance, I was kept up nights for weeks...

December 12, 2006
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Smarty Jones is one clever horse

Smarty Jones, a descendant of the famous Secretariat, was the 2004 winner of the Kentucky Derby. After winning the Preakness, many thought he would be the next Triple Crown winner. Sadly, he came in 2nd in the Belmont Stakes, but even though Smarty didnt attain the Triple Crown, everyone agrees...

December 09, 2006
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Young Adult Fiction
Inbetween here and there

After a head-on car crash, Nick and Allie are de-railed on their way to the Hereafter into a netherworld called the Everlost. Everlost is where dead children and teens wind up if they somehow dont make it to their final destination. It is by no means safe there are...

December 05, 2006
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
0.0
Learning Value 
 
0.0
Magic happens in this book

Sid Fleischman, the talented Newberry Medalist, used to work as a professional magician and had an understandable interest in Harry Houdini. His love of the magicians art inspired him to write this very interesting and engaging book on Houdini, perhaps the greatest magician the world has ever known and definitely...

December 03, 2006
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Strike a blow in the battle against old age!

So, youre a teen (or tween) and you feel the years are already starting to creep up on you. You look at your parents and your teachers and think Wow, were they ever young and interesting?? But maybe, just maybe, one day youre standing in line and thinking about something...

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