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A review of Before we were Free by Julia Alvarez

From real life experiences and tragedies comes a story written by Julia Alvarez that shares the struggles for freedom in the Dominican Republic around the 1960’s. Incorporated with pieces of her own life, she writes a book about a fictional character, Anita. Just like her, Anita de la Torre was once living happily and peacefully along with her family in Latin America, but then her world gets thrown upside down when secrets start to spill and an assassination of the dictator comes into play. ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
July 21, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Goldie Vance Volume 1 by Hope Larson

Lots of mysteries crop up when you live in a hotel that has its own detective agency! I love everything about Goldie Vance, teen detective and amateur race car driver. The setting is cool, the cast of characters is interesting and diverse and there are lots of science and history tie-ins. Goldie lives with her dad in a fancy Florida resort in what appears to be the early 1960s. Her dad manages the place and her best friend works at the front desk. Goldie works as a valet at the resort, which is ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 19, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles for August Dear sweet readers, with the waning of summer comes the waning of big summer titles. But fear not, as there are still a few big names coming to library shelves to tide you into the Labor Day weekend. If you’re not into waiting for that big blockbuster to arrive, check out some of the debut authors taking their bow this month. Here’s an abbreviated run-down of August’s new and notables: Mystery readers have an embarrassment of riches this August, as two of the genre’s biggest names release new ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 18, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen

Everyone has stories to write, even if your writing...squiggles a little. All you need to start is a single letter. What will happen next?Preschool kids will love the comic book style of A Squiggly Story, grown-ups will be reminded how easy and fun writing a story together can be! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
July 14, 2017 | 0 comments
100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels from NPR Readers NPR has done a few Reader Polls in the past (Romance, SF/Fantasy to name a couple) and this year they decided to poll their readers for best graphic novels. They're not claiming that these are the 'best' (whatever that might mean) or 'most influential', according to ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 12, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Ilario by Mary Gentle

A number of years ago I read Mary Gentle's Book of Ash series - her take on a Joan of Arc type of story with a little magical realism thrown in - and loved every bit of it (sadly it is not owned by the library). Gritty and well-researched, Gentle's alternative history seemed ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

This is an amazing graphic novel. It offers the perspective of many different people and characters from different places. It also busts a lot of stereotypes from different categories. It shows what can be felt when a new person comes that is easy to assume things about. I think that this is a great book to read in your free time as it is funny as well as educational. It does not, however, show how it is educational, you just read it and understand it and enjoy it. I would definitely recommend ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
July 10, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

This book will appeal to graphic novel enthusiasts, fans of Raina Telgemeier, and shy introverts (hello twelve-year-old me...) alike. When quiet Emmie, who likes to draw, accidentally drops a secret letter to her crush in the school hallway, her secret is out. Meanwhile, outgoing popular Katie (who, by the way, likes the same boy...) starts to notice Emmie and offers advice on how to stand up to bullying. Follow along for a surprising and empowering twist at the end, and pair with Svetlana ...read more

Reviewed by Holly on
July 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of A Touch of Frost by Jo Goodman

Jo Goodman excels at setting, character development, and dialogue, all of which help to make her newest a delight to read. Though she's written a lot of romances set in Regency England, her more recent romances have been set in the American west and each is well done. In A Touch of Frost, Phoebe Apple is traveling from New York to Frost Falls in Colorado to visit her older sister Fiona, who married rancher Thaddeus Frost a year or so ago. On the train ride Phoebe notices a handsome man ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

By the time Sam Wyndham washes ashore in Calcutta, he’s a damaged man. Reeling from the loss of his wife to influenza, nursing a opioid addiction and faith in the British Empire severely bruised by what he witnessed in the French trenches, he comes to Calcutta in 1919 in an attempt to start afresh—or maybe escape into oblivion, he hasn’t decided which. In A Rising Man, Abir Mukherjee’s first in a series centered on Wyndham, if the former soldier was wishing to get out of the frying pan ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 3, 2017 | 0 comments
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