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A review of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Check out one of our 2014 Teen's Choice books! Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Her best friend is a mermaid, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only one who can see through glamours of the many paranormals on the earth. But now Evie’s dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies, and the paranormals are dying. White adds more than a dash of humor in this novel, where Evie is the only one who can protect the paranormals from ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 11, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of 21 Essential American Short Stories edited by Leslie Pockell

When the Walter Mitty movie came out I decided I needed to brush up and re-read the original (what I remembered as a book, but what is actually a very short story). Searching in the library catalog brought me to this book: 21 American Short Stories, edited by Leslie M. Pockell. I was going to flip straight to Walter Mitty, but found myself nostalgic for high school and college lit courses as I paged through, and wound up reading all twenty-one stories. I have to say it was ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
July 10, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Galapagos: A Natural History by Henry Nicholls

If a list were compiled of the few places on Earth as epicenters of scientific revolution, the Galapagos Archipelago would be at or near the top. The chain of about thirteen islands of varying size, nearly a thousand kilometers off the west coast of South America, has had an impact on modern science belying its small area. The Galapagos are, of course, most famous for Charles Darwin’s 1835 visit and subsequent role in forming his theory of evolution.  But Henry Nicholls, a British-based ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 9, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy Greer

Judy Greer is an actress who's been in such a large number of television shows and movies that she is now best known for being so familiar that no one quite remembers how they actually know her. People stop her on the street asking if they have mutual friends or if she was in their sorority and the answer is always no. When she is recognized as being an actress, people ask her what they know her from. She can't easily tell people what they know her from because she's been in over 40 movies and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 8, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Eleven year old Violet Diamond has a pretty good life. A loving mother, a close relationship with her older sister, and fun grandparents. While she recognizes her good fortune, she also often feels out of place. Violet is bi-racial, and the rest of her family is white. Her sister’s father was white and her father was black. She is used to people staring at her and asking if she’s adopted, but that doesn’t mean she likes it. Violet’s father died before she was born and, due to a falling out ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
July 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Actress by Amy Sohn

Maddy Freed is attending the Mile's End film festival to promote her first indie film. She hopes that her boyfriend, the director, can get a distribution deal for their film. What she doesn't expect is to come to the attention of talent manager Bridget Ostrow and her client, the mega-star Steven Weller. She's soon caught up in a whirlwind that doesn't show any signs of stopping. And she can't imagine the impact the two Hollywood powerbrokers will have on the course of her life.Maddy falls hard ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
July 2, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500 by Art Garner

Every spring, motorsports enthusiasts turn their attention to the venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of America’s premiere auto race, the Indianapolis 500. This year, fans were treated to racers screaming by at 180+ mph in state-of-the art, ethanol powered machines, engines tuned to their highest capabilities and chassis engineered to keep drivers and bystanders as safe as possible. Today’s machines hardly seem like they owe anything to the cars that pulled off the starting grid for ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 1, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Landline by Rainbow Rowell

After Attachments and FangirlLandline didn't bowl me over. I could put it down. Sometimes I even wanted to.  The underlying premise-- that of a 'magic effing phone' that can call back to a better time in Georgie McCool's realtionship with ...read more

Reviewed by Erinn - Alicia Ashman on
June 30, 2014 | 0 comments
Summer Reading Club It's the end of our fourth week of the Summer Reading Club and we have 419 books that have been read and logged from our online participants. Great job everyone.  pixie3 laughed out loud at Let's Pretend This Never Happened  "In each chapter, Jenny Lawson tells her personal anecdotes of growing up with her excentric father ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of It's a Tiger by David LaRochelle

“Are you ready for a story? Me too.” Thus begins this hilarious romp through the jungle (and caves and oceans and islands) as we try to run from a tiger that keeps showing up in the least likely places. Each time we think we’re safe, a more careful look at our surroundings reveals... a tiger! Is he chasing us down in order to devour us? Or does this resourceful feline have other motivations? The bright colors and bold black outlines of the illustrations highlight the sense of cartoonish humor ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
June 27, 2014 | 0 comments
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