A review of Tangled Up! More than 40 Creative Prompts, Patterns, and Projects for the Tangler in You by Penny Raile

Too rainy for outdoor play? Are your kids bored with the usual after school activities? For those tweens and teens that love to color, create or doodle, this is a great way to work those creative muscles. Using official tangles to create Zentangle Inspired Art, Raile covers all the basics, the art tools needed, the patterns with step-by-step instructions, and she shares many creative applications and variations on the tangles.  She has divided the book into various types of tangles - more

Reviewed by Karen on
September 11, 2015 | 0 comments
Booklist's Top Sports Books Baseball is heading into the homestretch. Football has begun. How about checking out Booklist's annual Top 10 Sports Books? They include the skiing, cycling, board games, bowling, and basketball. Are there any new sports books that also belong on this list? Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX by Ginny Gilder. 2015. more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
September 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler stays true to form in this, her latest slice-of-life, lilting family saga. In A Spool of Blue Thread, we meet three generations of Whitshanks, a Baltimore family inhabiting the same house across time. There is a blue thread that follows the Whitshanks through the generations. In some cases blue is bawdy; in other cases it’s sad; in still others it’s unexpectedly cathartic. But Tyler’s artfully woven thread shows us that despite the appearance of evolution, we more

Reviewed by Carra on
September 8, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Yard Sale by Eve Bunting

Sometimes a yard sale can mean discovering marvelous treasures, fun times with parents or loved ones, or simply a summer day activity. But for Callie, the young protagonist in Yard Sale by Eve Bunting (Candlewick, 2015), it means that she has to give away all of her beloved things and move to a small apartment. Callie watches as a lady buys her bed “with crayon marks on it” and sees a man loading up her favorite red bike onto his truck. In Callie, we see (and feel) the heartache of leaving more

Reviewed by Tracy on
September 4, 2015 | 0 comments
Historical Reads A couple of weekends ago I was supposed to go see the Downton Abbey clothing exhibit at The Paine in Oshkosh and was unable to do so. That made me very sad. But I think, because of that missed opportunity, I've been in a historical kind of mood and my reading reflects that. The Other Daughter by more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 1, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Lumberjanes. Vol. 1, Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Five of the baddest, raddest Lumberjane scouts attend Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady-types. These girls are ready for adventure and there is much to be found in the woods surrounding Miss Quinzella's. Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are prepared to earn their badges for the usual activities like boating, knot tying, and archery. What they are faced with instead are sea monsters, zombies, yetis and secret caves. Each Lumberjane is easily more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Rude cakes never say please or thank you. They never listen. In short, they have terrible manners. In this book, watch what happens when a rude cake meets a well-mannered giant cyclops. Accompanied by lovely whimsical illustrations of a mis-behaving cake and the adventures they gets into, this is a fantastic and fantastical book that I didn’t know I needed until I saw it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Seriously, it's the cutest little thing. Take a look! more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
August 28, 2015 | 0 comments
Summer Reading Club Summer Reading Club is winding down for the season (I can't believe school starts next week!), but there's still time to enter your summer reading online. As of today there have been 1282 books read and entered online for the teens and adults. Good job everyone! It's always so much fun to see what people are reading and to get their reviews. more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 27, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

I have a habit of getting in a few pages every night and this book was quickly taken off my nightstand to be perused only during daylight hours. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix was weird and creepy and I couldn’t quit reading it, but it had to be finished at my kitchen table with all the lights on. Here’s why it should be added to your reading pile wherever it may be. Horrorstör has a unique format, set up like an IKEA catalog, each chapter opening with a description of a piece more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
August 25, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

Maddie Gracechurch is not your usual debutante. In fact, she’d much rather not be a debutante at all—the thought of enduring the crowded ballrooms of a London season inspires so much fear that she’s literally paralyzed by the idea. A trip to Brighton at age 16 changes all that. Swept off her feet by the dashing Captain Logan MacKenzie, Maddie falls hopelessly in love, quickly becomes engaged and spends the next several years faithfully exchanging letters while her beloved bravely serves in more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 24, 2015 | 0 comments
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