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A review of Apes-a-Go-Go! by Roman Milisic

Laugh your socks off with this fun read! In Roman Milisic’s book, Apes-a-Go-Go! (Alred A. Knopf, 2014), a tidy little town has just one thing out of place: a flower had grown taller than all the rest. “Bah! That pesky flower,” complains the town’s mayor. Enter the first great ape, who attempts to pluck the flower out. In turn, trampling the rest of the flower bed! Then comes the parade of great apes to help out – Mucky Great Ape, Sopping Great Ape, Thumping Great Ape, and more. Each one bumbles ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
April 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Miss Grief and Other Stories by Constantine Fenimore Woolson, edited by Anne Boyd Rioux

You have not heard of Constance Fenimore Woolson. Or rather, you might have heard of her if you are a particularly devoted follower of Henry James and have taken the pains to read biographies of him, which just might mention Woolson in passing. For most of the time since her death in 1894, Woolson has known as a companion of James and the possible inspiration for Isabel Archer in The Portrait of a Lady. But if you were a reader in post-Civil War America, Woolson would be a familiar ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Little Robot is the cozy, yet subversive story of a young girl who befriends a robot and instigates a rebellion. Wow! That sounds like a lot to offer in a juvenile graphic novel! But it really works. A box falls off the back of a truck and floats its way down a river until a little girl finds it at the edge of a junkyard. This little girl is an explorer and engineer and doesn't shy away from the contents of this box: a robot! She befriends and trains the little robot and they embark on ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

Delightfully sardonic, Dear Committee Members employs the epistolary format to convey cutting commentary about the state of higher education in the liberal arts. Using the ubiquitous recommendation letter as a platform, the author delivers such zingers as these: “Iris Temple has applied to your MFA program...and has asked me to support...her application. I find this difficult to do, not because [she] is unqualified...but because your program...offers its graduate writers no ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
April 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen

A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen tells the story of Shana, an aspiring photographer, who is thrust into the middle of a natural disaster. This disaster forces Shana to address her priorities: her family, which is slowly falling apart, and a boy who is turning her idea of love upside-down.    Shana meets this boy, Quattro, while trying to take a life-changing photograph—an image that could get her into the college of her choice. He bumps into Shana and ruins her perfect ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
April 22, 2016 | 0 comments
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New Titles for May With summer around the corner, publishers are gearing up by releasing some big name authors. Award-winning authors Don De Lillo, Louise Erdrich and Richard Russo have novels coming out in the first part of the month, while bestselling authors Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies) and Nathaniel Philbrick (In the Heart of the Sea) offer sure bets for nonfiction fans. It’s also a strong month for young adult readers. Kiera Cass’s blockbuster series The Selection ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 20, 2016 | 0 comments
Pulitzer Prizes announced The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners have been announced.  The following are the winners for Letters, Drama and Music: Fiction (1948-present) The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen - A layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a "man of two minds" -- and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.  ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat

C.S. Pacat's Captive Prince trilogy is one I've been hearing buzz about for a while. Like the 50 Shades books, Pacat's story began its public life as a web serial and became so popular that the author self-published in 2013. After her self-publication did well, the trilogy was acquired by a major publisher and is even about to get a release in Japan. In the world that Pacat has created the sexuality of her characters is fluid and the central romance in the series is between ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 18, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Batman's Dark Secret by Kelley Puckett

A sensitive picture book rendering of Batman's origin story and a reminder that every kid can find his or her own courage. Beautiful illustrations by Jon Much (Zen Shorts, The Three Questions) will satisfy even the most anti-comic caregivers, and it's still about Batman so the kiddos will be thrilled!   ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Harry Potter had to fight a robot - or join forces with one to save the world from impending doom? Charlie Jane Anders, editor of the popular science fiction website i09, may have pondered such battles, as her new novel, All the Birds in the Sky, is a beautiful example of the ways fantasy and science fiction can work together and against each other.  All the Birds in the Sky is the ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 14, 2016 | 0 comments