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(Please ignore everything on this blog other than this post. I switched to a free account a few months ago, and this is the default theme. Everything is out of date, but I'm unwilling to spend time on this until... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
Dark Life by Kat Falls is an underwater adventure story. Falls wrote a story that would entertain her own son, who only liked Westerns, books about the oceans, and comic books. Falls is also an experienced screenwriter, so the book... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake: Dennis lives in an "ordinary house on an ordinary street in an ordinary town." His mother has deserted the family, leaving Dennis with only Dad, his truck-driving father,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
Last year was my first year blogging consistently, and my first time participating in any challenges. I got the most out of my participation in the 2010 Debut Author Challenge, and I'm excited to read as many or more debut... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
Three recent favorites that I think you also will enjoy: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg: Elizabeth Eulberg also wrote one of my favorite debut novels this year, The Lonely Hearts Club, and I like her follow up novel very... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
My holiday #bookaday pile + today's read. In the past, I have made fairly simple new year's resolutions: Use fewer plastic bags from the grocery store. Get more sleep by going to bed earlier. Last year, I resolved to turn... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2011 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
As you may have noticed, I have taken some time off from blogging to work on NaNoWriMo and for grades/report cards/parent conferences/Thanksgiving. I'll be back in December! Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
Sammy Keyes is one of my favorite teen detectives working today. In this, the thirteenth book in the series, Sammy is finally starting eighth grade. She's still secretly living with her grandmother in a seniors-only highrise, but Officer Borsch, her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
I have had a student in my class for the last two years who is one of the sweetest and sunniest girls that I've ever taught, and she loves dark books, the darker the better. She read Crank last year,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
The Body in the Tower is the second Agency book; A Spy in the House is the first. You've been warned. In A Spy in the House, Mary Quinn went undercover as a housemaid. In the sequel, The Body in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
According to Goodreads, I read my longest book of the year this month: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. It was also one of my favorite books of the year. Riordan is a masterful storyteller, and it was great to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. What I Read Last Week: Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
Shelf Discovery is a great book for anyone who grew up reading YA in the 1970s and 80s. Lizzie Skurnick writes the Fine Lines column for, and this book is a collection of her posts on the YA books... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
If you, like me, are a teacher that despairs over the enduring popularity of the Wimpy Kid books, then you need to immediately go buy a copy of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda for your classroom. This book will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
Beautiful Darkness is the sequel to Beautiful Creatures, and thus this review contains spoilers for that book. You've been warned. My best friend does not typically read YA books, but she called me immediately after finishing Beautiful Creatures, and demanded... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
I'm trying to catch up on my reviewing, so I'm going to review the newest additions to my two favorite adult series together. These are the fourth books in their respective series, so big spoilers ahead for the earlier books.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
Although Mockingjay might have received more press, I'm pretty sure that The Lost Hero is the most highly anticipated release of 2010 amongst kids and teens. I was questioned about its release daily in class, and more than half of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. What I Read Last Week (and the week before): I was out of town last weekend, so here are two week's worth of books. It's a Book... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
Speak is not really a book that needs introduction. Laurie Halse Anderson's book is a modern classic, and deservedly so. I finally sat down and read it after reading a Missouri professor's call for it to be banned from local... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
Hearts at Stake and Blood Feud are the first two books in The Drake Chronicles. In Hearts at Stake, vampire Slonage Drake is the only female vampire ever born (the rest were made), and thus she's the subject of prophecy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I have read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice so many times that I have large parts of it committed to memory, and that initially interfered with my enjoyment of this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
Jacinda is a draki, descended from dragons, and able to change form between human and draki. Her kind can also fly, but it is Jacinda, alone out of all the draki, who can still breathe fire. It's this ability that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
Full Moon is the second book in the Dark Guardians series. The first books is Moonlight. Potential spoilers for that book ahead. You've been warned. The characters in Rachel Hawthorne's Dark Guardian series are Shifters, both human and wolf, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. What I Read Last Week: Crank by Ellen Hopkins The Body in the Tower (Agency #2) by Y. S. Lee What I'm Reading Today: I'm almost done... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading
Evie is your typical teen, if your typical teen has been raised by a super-secret organization whose mission is to contain paranormals. Evie can see through every glamour, a unique skill, so she's been raised by the IPCA and she... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at WhatMissKelleyIsReading