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Monday, April 27, 2015


W is for:

PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS by Patricia Reilly Giff

A Newberry Honor Book winner, this book (I believe it is for middle grade kids—or me) was recommended by a good friend. If you like writing or reading middle grade books, I recommend this book.

First Line (titled First Picture chapter): This picture has a dollop of peanut butter on the edge, a smear of grape jelly on the other and an X across the whole thing.

End Line (titled Fourteenth Picture chapter): A family.

Clever. Impressed me. Held my attention. Fast read. Good book.


  1. I'm not familiar with this one! Thanks for the tip.

  2. Hi Teresa - sounds interesting and just what, I guess?, some Middle Graders would be doing .. but they are part of a family ... cheers Hilary

  3. It's on my TBR list. The one girl I saw reading it said it wasn't her favorite, and she's a big reader.

  4. Don't know this one, but I do like peanut butter. And jelly.

  5. I don't know that one, but I like the lines! :)

  6. I always thought it was a little silly to mark books like that. I read children's books all the time :D

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  7. I thoroughly enjoy reading books for all ages. Sometimes I pull out my old Golden Books and revisit old friends. I have read every book my children and grandchildren brought through.

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  8. Sounds like it is good and impressed indeed haha quite the ending

  9. I don't think I've heard of this one but I love that first line.

  10. I recognize the author's name, which means I've read a few books by her, but I can't recall any offhand. This one sounds like something I'd enjoy, too. Thanks for the suggestion.


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