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A review of El Deafo by Cece Bell

Cece Bell received some well-deserved recognition from this year’s Newbery Award* committee for her Graphic Novel autobiography, El Deafo. Bell lost most of her hearing due to a childhood illness at the age of four. El Deafo covers her childhood up to the age of ten, grappling with her hearing loss, various hearing aid instruments, various friendships some of which last and some of which don’t.  ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
February 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults on Monday. The Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.  The 2015 Author Book Award goes to Brown Girl Dreaming written by ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
February 4, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults yesterday. Today's MADreads features the Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children. The 2015 Caldecott Medal Winner is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend illustrated and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults today and I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson was named the 2015 Printz Award Winner. This book is Clark Gable. That is to say, it's super cool. Beyond charismatic. And somewhat tortured. ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 2, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Vicious by Victoria Schwab

I don't know about you, but when a book begins with a scene involving an ex-con digging up a grave, it draws me in pretty quickly. In fact, everything about Vicious, the first adult novel by Victoria Schwab (I'm a big fan of two of her teen books, The Archived and The Unbound, and I can't wait for the third book in the trilogy!) ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
January 29, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton

This is a stunning variation on a cook's memoir and excellent companion to Blood, Bones, and Butter written by the same author. The reader is offered 567 pages of recipes and notes from author, chef and owner of the restaurant Prune to her staff. The photographs are exquisite and the book layout mimics a staff notebook (Note to Gabrielle Hamilton: Is this the Prune staff ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 28, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Siege Winter by Arianna Franklin

I couldn’t have been more excited when I learned there was a new book coming out by Ariana Franklin. I had been in mourning since hearing of Diana Norman’s death in 2011, as I had so loved her historical mystery series written under her pen name featuring the 12th century medical examiner Adelia Aguilar that began with Mistress of the Art of Death. There had been some rumors of a manuscript but as time passed with no further news I moved on. So, of course when I spotted her name ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
January 27, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Going Places by Peter Reynolds

Each kid in class competes in the annual Going Places contest. Rafael is so excited that when the teacher asks who’d like to get their go-cart kit, he’s the first to raise his hand. But she tells the rest of his jealous classmates not to worry, she’s got enough kits for everyone in class… and they are all exactly the same. As soon as he can, Rafael reads the detailed instructions and starts putting together his go-cart. Maya, his classmate and next-door neighbor, hasn’t even started working on ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
January 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Biography by Neil Patrick Harris

Who doesn’t love Neil Patrick Harris? Okay, those who raised their hands, go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done wrong in life. For the rest of you, boy, do I have a treat for you… It’s Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!! Not your ordinary, everyday autobiography -- which, I have to say, is not my normal thing. Someone talking about ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
January 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Prodigal Summer isn’t Kingsolver’s latest, but I was interested in a summer read as a vacation from a cold Wisconsin winter, and it really worked. For anyone who’s already a Kingsolver fan, this book follows her usual welcome pattern with compelling narrative intertwined so expertly with political and environmental commentary that it’s difficult to tease the two apart. In Prodigal Summer we meet a solitary mountain-top park ranger with dueling passions that threaten her ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
January 21, 2015 | 0 comments
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