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A review of Through the town by Craig Shuttlewood

All board books are not created for baby’s first year.  Sometimes picture books simply get put into board book format because they are popular as picture books.  But for parents of toddlers, the 14 month-olds to 3 year-olds, some of these board books are great. Through the Town is one of these and really hits the sweet spot.  Very young children can trace the tactile, thick line provided through the book to develop the muscles in their eyes, to learn that when we read in English ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Hippopotamister by John Green

Red Panda and Hippopotamus are languishing in a dilapidated city zoo when Red Panda decides to leave and find work amongst the humans. He comes back from time to time impressing the hippopotamus with his many careers. Hippo decides to join Red Panda on the outside and becomes Hippopotamister. And so begins a cycle of trying on new jobs and just as quickly having to leave them.  This is a sweet story of recognizing your true talents and celebrating each other for who you really are. The ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is changing things up after writing five books in her magical/alternate history 18th century historical series (Glamourist Histories). She's still combining history with magical elements, but her new series is set during WWI and centers on Ginger Stuyvesant, an American who's been living in London but is now serving as a member of the Spirit Corps ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger

It's great when you can get together with old friends. That's what it feels like when I get to read the newest title in a long running series. Over the years William Kent Krueger has taken private detective Cork O'Connor and his family through many challenging adventures. The characters are well-developed, the Northwoods setting is beautifully described, and I learn about Ojibwe culture.  I look forward to seeing what's going on with them with each new book. So I was excited to read the ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
July 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage

Cement mixer is new to the construction biz and gets his wires crossed.  The other trucks ask him to mix up some powdery white cement for the project.  Cement mixer proceeds to mix up powdery white flour, then some powdery white sugar.  Voila! He makes a cake!  But the trucks keep advising cement mixer, who finally gets just the right ingredients for a building.  Savage’s simple shapes and flat colors are perfect for the very youngest truck enthusiasts. But don’t be ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders

Cozy mysteries are not perhaps the sexiest of genres right now—it can be hard to work ‘girl’ into the title of a typical cozy—but the genre has its devoted readers, including myself. So I’m quite happy to see Kate Saunders’s delightful Victorian mystery The Secrets of Wishtide. Her sleuth is Laetitia Rodd, respectable widow to an archdeacon, now fallen on somewhat hard circumstances. But as luck has it, her brother is one of the leading criminal defense lawyers of 1850s London, and ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Siren by Keira Cass

It's summer! Why not sit back and relax on the beach and think about how the Ocean might be an entity that requires sustenance in the form of human sacrifice in order to provide all of Her bounty? That's right. This book features the Ocean as a character that requires HUMAN SACRIFICE!!! And She uses the enticing song of Sirens in order to lure souls into Her waters. And that is what keeps the waters rolling, so to speak. Wow.  This is a compelling way to think about the ocean and what you ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 19, 2016 | 0 comments
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New Titles Is it possible that we’re already talking about the end of summer? Although vacation days might be numbered, August still has some promising titles on tap. Primary among them is Louise Penny’s latest installment of her Inspector Gamache series A Great Reckoning, appearing at the end of the month. Authors James Lee Burke, John Connelly and Faye Kellerman have titles coming out that are sure to hit the bestseller lists. A few debut authors are also getting special attention: Nathan Hill’ ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

America, the early twenty-first century. It looks familiar on the surface: smartphones, debates over free trade, political tension between so-called red states and blue. And the nation is more divided than ever before over the question of race. But in the America Ben H. Winters imagines, the color of one’s skin has bigger stakes than we can imagine. In this America, the Civil War never happened. Years of compromise and political maneuvering has resulted a divided United States: mostly free, but ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 12, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers

It's been a while since a book delighted me as much as this science fiction debut from Wagers. I read it through cover to cover and then immediately returned to the beginning and read it again. SF and politics and a kick-ass heroine made this work for me on all levels. So here's the deal. Hail Bristol has spent the last twenty years of her life working as a gunrunner - and looking for the man who murdered her father. She willingly gave up her previous life and has no interest in returning to ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 11, 2016 | 0 comments
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