Reviews written by Kimberly Pauley

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January 24, 2010
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
What is evil, anyway?

Let me just get this out of the way -- I loved this book. Evil? completely appeals to the snarky weirdo buried not-so-deeply inside of me. It's irreverent, it's zany, it's got bite...and it's a book full of potential hot button topics sure to supremely tick some people off. ...

November 28, 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Paradise...or prison?

J.M. Barries original Peter Pan was really quite dark and not at all like the Disney-fied version we all think of. Dan Elconins Never After raises that bar and throws in some zombies for good measure. The Island is Neverland like youve never seen it before. Ricky...

November 19, 2009
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Sun
Kids Fiction
A gently beautiful board book

This is a delicately beautiful little board book. Its a quiet book and not the least bit flashy or loud. Everything about it is gentle, from Natalie Jane Priors simple text to Anna Pignataros simply joyous watercolor illustrations. Its a book about the sun and where the...

November 16, 2009
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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0.0
Kids Fiction
Jason is...anything but typical

Autism is in the news a lot these days. And why wouldnt it be? The statistics are alarming; more and more kids are diagnosed every day with everything from Aspergers to Rett Syndrome and everything in between. Happily, great strides have been made in facilitating communication with those who have...

July 22, 2009
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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0.0
Kids Fiction
Like the title says...awesome!

So, awhile back I got a somewhat cryptic email from an author (Dallas Clayton) who told me he had this awesome picture book for both kids and adults. He sent me a copy. The title, in fact, is An Awesome Book!Now you can't find this book on Amazon or Barnes...

July 02, 2009
Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Another great one from Barry Lyga

I really enjoyed Lyga's Fan Boy and Goth Girl, though I'm torn now as to which book I liked better now. Boy Toy is the story of Josh. He's around eighteen now, but five years ago, when he was twelve going on thirteen, his history teacher engaged in an...

January 20, 2009
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Kids Fiction
You gotta love the title!

Ill be honest. I wasnt planning on reviewing this book. I have mixed feelings about it, which may partly be because I was so excited when I saw the cover and the title. I thought it was a great concept (I mean, hey, I love reading). And the first half...

January 17, 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Kids Fiction
Chomp on this

The first thing you notice about this book, besides the crossed out word eating (as in, Books are for Eating), is that two corners are brightly colored baby teethers and theres a handy (for little hands) hole in an opposite corner, making it easy to grasp. ...

January 15, 2009
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Dealing with FAS

The 9 Lives Trilogy is fictional but directly inspired by the son of the author, Jan Crossen. The real Joshua, like the Joshua in the book, has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and so has to face many challenges in his life as a consequence of this (FAS, by the way, is...

October 30, 2008
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
A timeless tale

This is a lovely version of the old classic Dutch lullaby (the original title was simply Dutch Lullaby) by Eugene Fields. Giselle Potters illustrations are dreamy art confections sure to soothe with their lovely multilayered shades of blue and twinkling stars. The poem was originally published in...

October 26, 2008
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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0.0
Different is good!

I was lucky enough to have read this book back when it was a manuscript (Im on a writers listserve with the lovely author, Kristin ODonnell Tubb). I liked it then and I like it even better now. Autumn is a delightful character and, while fictional, she...

March 23, 2008
Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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0.0
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Wickedly entertaining

Okay, Im so terrible. I read this book as part of the Cybils Non-Fiction panel back in 2006 (though, hey, the original copyright is 2003&it was out in the UK way before it came to America in Sept. 2006). And I loved it. But I never got around to reviewing...

March 23, 2008
Overall rating 
 
4.0
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4.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Pictures never tell the whole story

Phoebe is fourteen and going through all of the normal freshman year stuff (fretting about boys, hanging out with friends, etc.). But it is her home life that takes a turn for the confusing when her mother, a Bee Beautiful Cosmetics sales person, decides to take a job at the...

March 16, 2008
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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0.0
Kids Fiction
A heroine (and a goose) to stand behind

If youre looking for a plucky heroine (and a really angry goose), then look no farther than Frances Hardinges Fly by Night. Mosca, a 12 year-old orphan, really has nothing to her name other than her pet goose (Saracen, who brings new meaning to the words foul fowl) and her...

March 10, 2008
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
See through the hype

Self-image is a hot topic for teens. At the same time your body is going through some crazy hormonal changes and your brain is developing and absorbing new things, youre also assaulted with ads, articles, and news stories that seem to tell you that youre not good enough. That you...

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