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A review of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This is a guest review by John Crim, age 14, written for the Simpson Street Free Press. John has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** Eleanor and Park, written by Rainbow Rowell, is filled with romance and suspense. It is about a boy named Park, who is a simple boring guy, and Eleanor ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 15, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon

This is a guest review by Aubrianna Willard-lee, age 14, written for the Simpson Street Free Press. Aubrianna has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** The book Fire in the Streets is a work of historical fiction that explores the Black Panthers movement. The Black Panthers Party was a political ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 14, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About by Dave Barry

Just to be clear, this is not a parenting book, even though there is parental attendance at a Justin Bieber concert (shriek!). Dave Barry is honest in his foreword that he just used parenting in the title as a hook. He is a parent and there are essays that include him being a parent, but the book is not at all about parenting. He might be serious about his daughter not dating boys until she is forty, but that is between the two of them. There is the aforementioned essay about attending a Justin ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 12, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki

This is a sweet story that depicts a young child walking and observing animals. Along the way, the child sees a butterfly, a lizard, birds, and cats. As the child walks towards each creature, with hands out, the child is thinking, “wait, wait.” The child wants to touch and observe the animal up close. But of course, the animals fly or run away. I love how this book shows young children’s naturally curiosity and fearlessness. The story ends with the child being scooped up by the father and ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
May 9, 2014 | 0 comments
World War I Mysteryes Are you looking for new mysteries to read? Then check out the suggestions that I read about in the March 31, 2014, Publishers Weekly article, "Where One Death Is a Crime (But a Thousand Is a Statistic)". The author highlights a number of mystery series. Some are set during the ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 8, 2014 | 0 comments
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A review of Savoring the Harvest by Irene Cash and Victor Marsh

I belong to a CSA and I love it. But I'm always looking for new things to do with the vegetables - some of which, I'll admit, stump me. Well now I've got some new ideas from local authors Irene Cash and Victor Marsh.  Savoring the Harvest is first and foremost a beautiful book. The color photos of the produce that can be found at local markets are gorgeous. But along with the lovely photos, are recipes for things I can't wait to make. I'm an amateur cook, to say the least, and ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
May 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton has been taking street photographs of New Yorkers since 2010 and featuring them on Facebook, Tumblr and his blog, Humans of New York (HONY). He has more than four million social media followers and his blog is updated daily with portraits, quotes and short stories from the people he meets.  400 of ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 5, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of Odd Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings

Odd, weird, and little says it all, when describing the new kid in Woodrow’s classroom. Toulouse is his name, he’s from Quebec, he wears a fancy suit and carries a briefcase, and he speaks French. Woodrow, the book’s narrator and the current odd-man-out at school, is immediately intrigued with Toulouse, but he wonders if it would be worth it befriending this unique and rather owlish new student. Woodrow defends Toulouse against the classroom bullies, and Toulouse helps Woodrow, while ...read more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
May 2, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee Guhrke

Laura Lee Guhrke continues her American Heiress in London series with another delightful love story, How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days. This story of an arranged marriage that turns into a true love match follows When the Marquess Met His Match (see my ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 1, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Noggin by John Whaley Corey

I have been waiting for a new book from John Corey Whaley since finishing his beautiful debut novel, Where Things Come Back, in 2011. It’s finally here! and it’s called Noggin. Noggin tells the story of Travis who is dying of cancer and has his head cryogenically preserved. Five years later, scientists attach it to a new body to bring him back to life. He’s not a zombie, he’s not ...read more

Reviewed by Laura S on
April 29, 2014 | 0 comments
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