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A review of Yard Sale by Eve Bunting

Sometimes a yard sale can mean discovering marvelous treasures, fun times with parents or loved ones, or simply a summer day activity. But for Callie, the young protagonist in Yard Sale by Eve Bunting (Candlewick, 2015), it means that she has to give away all of her beloved things and move to a small apartment. Callie watches as a lady buys her bed “with crayon marks on it” and sees a man loading up her favorite red bike onto his truck. In Callie, we see (and feel) the heartache of leaving ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
September 4, 2015 | 0 comments
Historical Reads A couple of weekends ago I was supposed to go see the Downton Abbey clothing exhibit at The Paine in Oshkosh and was unable to do so. That made me very sad. But I think, because of that missed opportunity, I've been in a historical kind of mood and my reading reflects that. The Other Daughter by ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 1, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Lumberjanes. Vol. 1, Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Five of the baddest, raddest Lumberjane scouts attend Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady-types. These girls are ready for adventure and there is much to be found in the woods surrounding Miss Quinzella's. Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are prepared to earn their badges for the usual activities like boating, knot tying, and archery. What they are faced with instead are sea monsters, zombies, yetis and secret caves. Each Lumberjane is easily ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Rude cakes never say please or thank you. They never listen. In short, they have terrible manners. In this book, watch what happens when a rude cake meets a well-mannered giant cyclops. Accompanied by lovely whimsical illustrations of a mis-behaving cake and the adventures they gets into, this is a fantastic and fantastical book that I didn’t know I needed until I saw it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Seriously, it's the cutest little thing. Take a look! ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
August 28, 2015 | 0 comments
Summer Reading Club Summer Reading Club is winding down for the season (I can't believe school starts next week!), but there's still time to enter your summer reading online. As of today there have been 1282 books read and entered online for the teens and adults. Good job everyone! It's always so much fun to see what people are reading and to get their reviews. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 27, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

I have a habit of getting in a few pages every night and this book was quickly taken off my nightstand to be perused only during daylight hours. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix was weird and creepy and I couldn’t quit reading it, but it had to be finished at my kitchen table with all the lights on. Here’s why it should be added to your reading pile wherever it may be. Horrorstör has a unique format, set up like an IKEA catalog, each chapter opening with a description of a piece ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
August 25, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

Maddie Gracechurch is not your usual debutante. In fact, she’d much rather not be a debutante at all—the thought of enduring the crowded ballrooms of a London season inspires so much fear that she’s literally paralyzed by the idea. A trip to Brighton at age 16 changes all that. Swept off her feet by the dashing Captain Logan MacKenzie, Maddie falls hopelessly in love, quickly becomes engaged and spends the next several years faithfully exchanging letters while her beloved bravely serves in ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 24, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Sewing by Janith Bergeron

What’s the next “new thing”? Something Great Grandma probably did often: sewing! Sewing is making a major comeback. New stitching fans are drawn to the sense of self-expression, independence and personal authenticity. Trying to figure out where to begin when guiding a young person who expresses an interest in sewing? The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing is an excellent resource. The initial chapters focus on hand sewing to familiarize kids with the mechanics. Generous sidebar boxes ...read more

Reviewed by Ruth on
August 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I imagine I’m not the only one with mixed feelings about reading this companion piece to Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. In my mind, Mockingbird was so lovely, so perfect, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to know what happened after Scout grew up and moved away from Maycomb. For those who haven’t heard all the buzz, Harper Lee wrote Go Set a Watchman before she wrote Mockingbird. Her editor at the time advised a rewrite with a focus on Scout’ ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
August 20, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

Parts of a body of a young attractive woman have been found at the Left Luggage Brighton Railway Station, the head and shoulder and legs concealed within individual plain black cases. None of the attendants remember any particulars regarding the person who left the boxes on Monday, making it difficult for Detective Edgar Stephens to track him down. When the third box is left outside the police station addressed to Stephens under his Army rank, he begins to think that the murder is linked back ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 19, 2015 | 0 comments
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