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A review of Bats in the Band by Brian Lies

Waking after a long winter,The bats are hungry, but not for dinner.It’s music they need; a dance, a songSomething to play and enjoy all night long.With offbeat characters and rhymes,These bats have the best of times.Playing and singing galore,Country, blues, quartet and more.Read this book just onceAnd you’ll get the gist,No matter your taste,It’s a book not to be missed. ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
September 19, 2014 | 0 comments
National Book Award Longlist Announced The signs of fall are beginning to surround us, as the days grow colder and the leaves begin to turn. For readers, fall really arrives when the major book prize nominees are announced. The longlists for the National Book Award were announced this week, narrowing the field to ten books in each of four categories. Many of the names on the fiction list are familiar: Pulitzer Prize ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 18, 2014 | 0 comments
Recommended Romances I was thinking we hadn't had a romance review on MADreads for a bit, so thought I should write about something I've read. But when I looked back over my recent reads, I found three titles I wanted to bring to your attention. First up is one that is considered to be in the new category of books called "New Adult". These books (often romances) are written for and about 20-somethings who are in those first stages of adult life. First love, first time living on their own, etc. And ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
September 16, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

Did you catch all that? The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair is a book about a book about a writer going backwards. Even more than that, it's from one writer to another. And a mystery. This is one of the most confusing books I've read in a long time, yet it kept me riveted and invested. I wanted to figure this whole thing out! It starts with a young writer named Marcus Goldman. His college professor and writing mentor Harry Quebert, also one of America's most respected writers ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 15, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

A sweet story about a girl and her friend – who just happens to be a butternut squash! Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2013) is a fun read aloud with simple and humorous illustrations. I loved watching Sophie tuck Bernice (the squash) in at night and bring her to story time at the library. “Well, we did hope she’d love vegetables,” her parents concede. However, they still try to convince her to exchange the squash for another toy. A truck? ( ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
September 12, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth

There was a ripple in the world of teen librarianship recently, with the news that a school district in Delaware was considering a challenge to its summer reading list for incoming high school freshmen. The title in question, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, was one that I hadn’t heard of, although the reasons for the challenge (foul language, unsuited to age group) are ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 10, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach

A friend recommended Rachel Bach's trilogy to me since she knows I enjoy military SF. And I thank her right now for the suggestion. Fortune's Pawn introduces mercenary soldier Deviana Morris. Devi's ultimate goal is to join the elite special forces of her planetary kingdom, but to do so she can either spend years in the military slogging her way up the ranks, or go mercenary and ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
September 9, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried

This is a bright little book lovers book. The author is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and started a small design project that grew and grew. She had the idea to re-create memorable meals from novels. She cooked, styled and photographed the meals and discovered that there were many more books and many more meals to make. The result is this charming book!  Each novel is set up with a two-page spread. The concept is executed beautifully. The first page includes a narrative ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 8, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard by John Branch

To those that knew him, Derek Boogaard was quite unlike his public persona. The son of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer and a stay-at-home mom, Boogaard was shy kid, not terribly interested in school, and good with kids. As an adult, he wore glasses, collected Buddha statues, and bought rounds at the bar for everyone. But when Boogaard was on the ice, he was a very different person. One of the most feared enforcers in the NHL, Boogaard was expected to strike fear opponents and rally ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This summer I watched The Last Ship, an action adventure tv series (based on the book of the same title by William Brinkley). The series, which is very action-packed and fun (if sometimes a bit over-dramatic and thin on the plot details), takes place in the months after a disease has wiped out about ninety percent of the world's population - think Ebola on extreme steroids. And with all the recent news about the Ebola disease, the plot doesn't seem that far-fetched. This shoot-em-up series ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
September 5, 2014 | 0 comments