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A review of First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips was an auto-read author for me for a long time, and then for some reason, probably because of the hundreds of other books vying for my attention, she fell out of sight for me. So when I received a pre-publication of her latest I thought I'd check her out again. And I'm happy I did. This one is sparkly (and not just on the cover). Snarky humor and sharp dialogue spoken by clever characters makes this a a sparkly read. Piper Dove is desperate to make her detective agency ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 21, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal

The Lusitania has recently been sunk. World War I is on going and the United States is trying to stay neutral. That is the setting for a new historical mystery set in 1915 New York City. The main character of  ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of What in the World: Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day

This unique counting and concept book is a beautifully illustrated excursion into the natural world that invites readers to count sets of things. “What comes one by one? A nose. A mouth. The moon. The sun.”  Realistically rendered illustrations provide a close-up view of the things being counted, five starfish cluster on a wet rock at the beach, with the foaming wave receding on a sandy beach, barnacles, sand dollars and sea shells all around. Kurt Cyrus (Tadpole Rex and The Voyage of ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
June 17, 2016 | 0 comments
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July Titles Midsummer tends to see a bit of a slowing in publishing compared to the big releases of June, but this July still has its share of notable titles. It’s a good month for authors undertaking their sophomore efforts: both Jessie Burton (last year’s bestseller The Miniaturist) and Eleanor Brown (author of The Weird Sisters ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 16, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Booked by Kwame Alexander

Let me think of a few words to describe reading a book about a 12-year-old boy whose father is a linguistics professor and famous author of the "Weird and Wonderful Words" dictionary, and who attends a school where the coolest adult is the rapping librarian. Enchantment. Enthrallment. Estimation. Now let me think of a few words to describe my feelings about a boy character using clever word play to describe assigned reading including but not limited to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries

What happens when circumstances bring together a curmudgeon and a beautiful independent woman? Sit back and watch the sparks fly between old friends. Edwin and Clarissa may think that they don't suit, but as the story unfolds in The Sinful Suitors series second novel, The Study of Seduction, we discover that where there's smoke there's fire.   The story begins at St George's Club. Three men--Warren ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

A friend pointed me in the direction of this book. Not because she'd read it, but because the flap copy says the author is "in the company of Kelly Link," and my friend knows that I am a hand-to-your-heart gigantic superfan of Kelly Link. If you haven't read her, stop what you're doing and put one of her books on hold. You won't regret it. Anyway. Samantha Hunt lived up to the promise big time. Mr. Splitfoot ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
June 13, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Maxi the Little Taxi by Elizabeth Upton

It's Maxi the Taxi's first day on the job. He loves splashing in puddles while he gives people a ride around the city, zooming on his way. But when he starts looking icky and sticky, people avoid him. How will he get clean? Will anyone help him?Enjoy this bright, rhyming picture book about Maxi the Taxi's all-day adventures, including his first ever car wash! ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
June 10, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Linesman by S. K. Dunstall

The other night I was reading on my tablet and realized it needed charging. But I still wanted to be reading. So I picked Linesman from my pile of library books and thought 'I'll just read it for a while and then head to bed'. Best laid plans. A few hours later (at 4:30 in the morning!) I turned the last page and immediately went to the LINKcat app on my phone to put book two in the series ( ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Below stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir that Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Margaret Powell

Admit it. You’re in Downton Abbey withdrawal. I won’t try to convince you that Margaret Powell’s first-hand account of Downton-esque, downstairs life as a kitchen maid nearly a hundred years ago is anything like the BBC soap opera, but you should read it and like it for other reasons. It is not spectacularly written, but that’s a testament to the authenticity of the author’s experience. It is unapologetic, matter-of-fact, and blushingly sassy for its time. Though Powell passed away long ago, I ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
June 7, 2016 | 0 comments
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