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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
Summer Mysteries 2017 Summer is fast approaching and here is another one of my mystery lists. I am looking forward to catching up with some of my favorite detectives.   Knife Creek by Paul Dorion [6/13] ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 8, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper

Do you love cuteness, crafting, cats, pandas and birthdays? Any or all of these things? Well, have I got a book for you! A super cute and clever little girl named Birdie (it just gets cuter by the minute) is celebrating her "Birthday Break" at school with handcrafted panda cupcakes. Then something terrible happens, or a couple of terrible things happen, and Birdie's alter-ego, "Crafty Cat" must save the day. I applaud the way Birdie goes with the flow when accidents happen. She's upset, but ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Roll by Darcy Miller

The summer before his 6th grade year, Ren and his parents move from town to a house out in the country, cutting off Ren's access to his best friend Austin. This is extra stressful because Austin has hit puberty big time, and seems to be speeding away from Ren and their shared interests at a breakneck speed. Ren's new life in the country is a lot of dullness until he sees a flock of brids spinning through the air, and meets their trainer, Sutton, a firey-haired 11-year-old girl who is preparing ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
June 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Love this one. I'll just start with that. I've grown a bit weary of the unreliable narrator domestic suspense subgenre of thrillers lately. Still some great ones coming out (The Breakdown, The Marriage Pact to name a couple), but more and more often I find them a bit of a slog. That's why this one was such a nice surprise. It's a domestic thriller, but doesn't rely on the unreliable narrator ( ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 2, 2017 | 0 comments
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