Friday, February 26, 2010

Library Loot: Fifth Trip in February

New Loot:

Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride by Kate DiCamillo
Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate DiCamillo
Mercy Watson Princess In Disguise by Kate DiCamillo
Mercy Watson Something Wonky This Way Comes by Kate DiCamillo
Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham
The Reavers by George MacDonald Fraser
The Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke
Winter's Awakening by Shelley Shepard Gray
Ciao Bella by Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk
In The Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith
Don't Tell the Girls: A Family Memoir by Patricia Reilly Giff
Looking Back: A Book of Memories by Lois Lowry
Laura Ingalls Wilder A Biography by William Anderson
I Want To Live: The Diary of a Young Girl in Stalin's Russia by Nina Lugovskaya
Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero by James Cross Giblin
The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
Behind the Mask: The Life of Elizabeth I by Jane Resh Thomas
Escape from Saigon: A Vietnam War Orphan Becomes An American Boy by Andrea Warren

Leftover Loot:

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde*
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne
Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess by Hilary McKay
Ashes by Kathryn Lasky
The Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker*
They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney
Beautiful: Truth's Found When Beauty's Lost by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler*
Mr. Knightley's Diary by Amanda Grange*
Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis*
Cracker by Cynthia Kadohata*
Emma Brown by Clare Boylan and Charlotte Bronte*
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrove Manor by Stephanie Barron

*Indicates that I've begun reading the book

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!

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Marg 4:44 AM  

I liked Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham when I read it last year! Hope you do to, and the rest of your loot as well.

Mandy 10:42 AM  

Is there anyway to search your blog to find a specific book review?

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