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A review of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

A new kid is always the main attention for a while. But there is something different about Stargirl when she comes to Mica Area High School. First off is her style. It’s very different from everyone and varies from long dresses to shorter outfits. And she has a pet rat. Not your stereotypical girl. Then her personality kicks in. She sings happy birthday to everyone, looks out for everyone, cheers for everyone. But the kids don’t like it. They do their best to make it miserable for her. This is ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
June 23, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Janet Maslin of The New York Times puts The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney into the Squabbling Sibling genre*, which cracks me up. I didn’t know that was a genre. But it totally fits. Take four siblings: Leo – the handsome, successful entrepreneur who made a fortune with a gossip website, married to a spendthrift shrew (who spends most of said ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
June 22, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

Accomack County, Virginia, posed on a spit of land bounded by the Atlantic to the east and Chesapeake Bay to the west, is an easily overlooked spot; even some native Virginians might be hard pressed to find it on a map. Forgotten on the map, it’s almost forgotten in reality. Once a thriving agricultural community and tourist destination that made it the richest rural county in the nation, the decline of both industries in Virginia left Accomack’s population dwindling, and a lot of houses ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 21, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

While gushing about this book to people (and I do gush, you will too), I always end up quoting the blurbs on the back of the book, because they sum things up so perfectly. What could I say that is more convincing than, "..the John Hughes of queer 18th century adventure novels"? Or, "Filled with highwaymen, pirates, and heartpounding exploits of a romantic nature, this is the summer road trip novel you've been waiting for"?  IT'S ALL TRUE. Monty sets out for his grand tour of the ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
June 20, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington

This debut graphic novel about a group of cat astronauts with names like Major Meowser, Waffles, Blanket and Pom Pom is ridiculously cute, clever and timely. The Earth is populated by cats (and only cats as far as I can tell) and the President meets with the World's Best Scientist to discuss how to solve the global energy crisis. The result of their influential meeting? The smartest, best prepared and most adorable space cats in the world need to journey to the moon to build a super solar power ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 19, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles Now that the kids are out of school and vacations either underway or planned, it’s time, once again, to turn our attention to the most pressing question of the season: what sort of new and interesting titles will grace library shelves next month? Happily, there are many to choose from. July brings with it a number of anticipated debuts. Rachel Khong’s Goodbye Vitamin has been getting buzz all year; a story of a young woman at a crossroads as she cares for a father suffering from ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 15, 2017 | 0 comments
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

It's Overdrive Big Library Read time! This season's Big Library Read is The Other Einstein, Marie Bendicit’s incredible story of Mitza Maric, the first wife of Albert Einstein. Bendicit offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose contribution to the ...read more

Reviewed by Beth - Central on
June 14, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

I was hesitant to review this one right now. Not because I didn't love it (I did love, love, love it), but because it's not due out until the fall and I feel like I'm just teasing everyone with news of this wonderful read. I'll assuage my guilt with the knowledge that you can at least get in early on the waiting list for what is sure to be one that tops a lot of 'best of' and awards lists later in the year. Chakraborty's debut is a fantasy novel based in our history. Nahri is a young woman who ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

Since I came across gods in Alabama a dozen or so years ago, I’ve been a fan of Joshilyn Jackson. Her writing is so enjoyable, witty and astute, her characters unconventional but winning, that I always look forward to her newest book.  The Opposite of Everyone didn’t let me down. The narrator, Paula Vauss, is a hard-edged, biracial divorce lawyer in Atlanta, known for making the bad guys pay up. Her mother Kai, a hippie type with a penchant for Hindu mythology, named ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
June 12, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Dinosaur Pirates! by Penny Dale

A team of dinosaurs are sailing the seas, on a secret mission to find buried treasure. They accomplish their goal, only to be set upon by a band of enemy dinosaur pirates! This is one book in a series of books about dinosaurs doing adventurous things. The story is simple yet suspenseful, with some repetitive sounds on each page. ...read more

Reviewed by Janelle on
June 9, 2017 | 0 comments