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A review of The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman

Sheets of paper, thin as onion skin or glossy with vibrant color, hiding and revealing secrets,  binding lives in the pursuit of peace, elusive as the milk of birds.    Told in alternating letters between girls in Richmond, Virginia and Darfur, South Sudan, The Milk of Birds is a realistic portrayal of refugee experience in a war-torn environment and is recommended for mature teen readers and adults. And for a true example of teens changing their lives through letters, read "I ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
February 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

This is the first in a new series of reviews from me on graphic novels! Never read a graphic novel? Perfect! I hope to inspire you to try one out. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol follows—you guessed it—Anya, a Russian immigrant doing her very best to blend in with all the other American teenagers at her school. She’s made a lot of progress by the time we meet her: she’s already “done her time” in ESL, shed her accent, and taken up smoking—and, if she can keep resisting her mother’s ...read more

Reviewed by Lynn - Pinney on
February 21, 2017 | 1 comment
Forthcoming Mysteries I've been in a bit of a mystery slump when generally mysteries are my go-to genre for entertainment. But I think the slump has ended with a couple of recent reads (and one that was okay). Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz is a mystery within a mystery and both work very well. Susan Ryleland is an editor for a small publisher who is looking forward to her first read of the latest mystery from their best ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 20, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh

I used to read short stories quite often, but it has been a long time since I had picked up a short story collection.  I was super excited to read Flying Lessons & Other Stories, not only because it has stories by some fantastic authors, but also because of the short story format.  And I was not disappointed.   I laughed and cried, and came away glad that I had an opportunity to get to know these characters. Flying Lessons & Other Stories  is edited by Ellen Oh, the ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
February 17, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles We've got a double dose of Sweet Anticipation this month since we got behind over the holidays. So here are your March titles to anticipate. March will be a busy month for science fiction and fantasy fans. Popular authors John Scalzi, Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, Kim Stanley Robinson AND Samantha Shannon all have new works on the way. Robinson’s novel reimagines a New York City where global has turned the streets into canals, while Scalzi’s delves even deeper into the future and humanity’s ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 15, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles This February is proving especially sweet as titles from some big name authors make their appearance. Last year’s Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen presents his story collection The Refugees, while book club favorite Christina Baker Kline bases her novel A Piece of the World on Andrew Wyeth’s famous work Christina’s World. George Saunders, best known for his story collections, releases his first full length novel Lincoln in the Bardo mid-month. Neil ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 14, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

Mili is a woman who lives in two worlds. A college graduate, she works at a women’s center in Jaipur, northwestern India, and heads off to Michigan to further her education in women’s studies. Her beloved Naani back in Rajasthtan doesn’t always approve, but as a married woman Mili has a great deal more independence than a lot of women from her village. That she hasn’t seen her husband for twenty years remains a source of pain, though, but Mili holds out hope that she will soon be wife to the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Free Verse by Sarah Dooley

Sasha has lived her whole life in a small town where coal mines bring both jobs and tragedy.  Left on her own after all her family members leave or die in the mine, Sasha ends up in foster care and determined to fulfill her big brother's dream of leaving this town some day. Sasha starts earning money to save for her escape by doing odd jobs for her neighbors. As she spends more time with her new makeshift family, she starts to see things differently, and learns to care again. This story is ...read more

Reviewed by Holly on
February 10, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Swing Time by Zadie Smith

After I finished Zadie Smith’s Swing Time, I went down a wormhole of Youtube dance videos. Fred Astaire’s dance in black face in the film of the same title is referred to several times in the novel, as well as the performances of Michael Jackson, the Nicholas Brothers, and the relatively unknown African American dancer, Jeni LeGon. Those dancers are awesome! The narrator (never named) of Swing Time, introduces her best friend Tracey to Jeni. The narrator and Tracey meet as ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
February 8, 2017 | 0 comments
Book-to-Film Adaptations Do you like reading the book before seeing the movie? Or do you need to reread your favorite book before the movie comes out? Then check out Publishers Weekly's "The 11 Most Anticipagted Book-to-Film Adaptations of 2017".   11. The Dinner (May 5)   The Dinner: ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 7, 2017 | 0 comments