A review of HiLo: the boy who crashed to Earth, vol. 1 by Judd Winick

D.J.'s family is full of over-achievers and the only thing that D.J. has ever excelled at is being friends with his next-door neighbor, Gina.  And then Gina moves away. So when HiLo literally drops out of the sky and needs a friend to introduce him to the ways of Earth, D.J. eagerly takes on the challenge. HiLo is impressed by everything (rice!  milk!  burping!) and is a little odd, so D.J. is reluctant to introduce HiLo to his family. Filled with literally laugh-out-loud moments more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
March 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

In the publishing world they like to liken books to other books. So they tout a new book by saying it is "the next..." fill in the blank. "This is the next Harry Potter" they tell you or "This is the next Gone Girl". That second one has been thrown around a lot with all the psychological, domestic thrillers that have been published since GG made such a splash. And in libraryland we like these short-cut descriptions because they help us to get new books to the fans of more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 3, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

Fiona MacKenzie might be notorious for changing her mind, but there are a few things she’s always been sure of: she won’t fall for an athlete, won’t do long-distance relationships and she’s not a fan of beards. Ethan Dexter is as firmly convinced of one thing in particular: ever since he laid eyes on Fiona at his best friend’s wedding, he knows the New York designer is the only one for him. The problem will be convincing Fi that the bearded, New Orleans-based, NFL star center isn’t just more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 2, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Having read Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, I was left with a desire to hear more about the controversial church’s practices from its actual members. Leah Remini’s new autobiographical account of leaving the church of Scientology after over 30 years, provides just that insight. A first-hand account of Remini’s upbringing in Scientology, work in the church’s exclusive Sea Org more

Reviewed by Carra on
February 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass by Doreen Rappaport

Rapaport tells of Frederick Douglass's life from being born a child slave to his adulthood as a free man working to free slaves and gaining the right to vote for black men. Douglass 's mother lived twelve miles away , leaving him under the care of his grandmother until he was six. From there, he was gifted to the master's relatives and sent to live in Maryland. He was taught how to read and write and those skills laid the foundation to his path to freedom.Actual quotes from Douglass's more

Reviewed by Jody on
February 27, 2016 | 0 comments
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Sweet Anticipation for March Curious about whether your favorite author has a new title coming out? Interested in what new authors are getting the most buzz? MPL has added a new list called Sweet Anticipation to its Reading and Viewing page of some of the most anticipated titles set to come out next month. In March 2016, perennial more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Daisy Miller by Henry James

Henry James died on February 28, 1916. I decided to revisit his works in honor of the 100th anniversary of his death and started with Daisy Miller. This is the summary of the story from LINKcat: a young American woman traveling in Europe clashes with American expatriates in Rome. This is an excellent summary and basically what I would have said the story was about based on my first reading of it more than 20 years ago. I also would have added that Daisy clashes with her fellow more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Little Red Henry by Linda Urban

Little Red Henry is the baby of his family.  His mother, father, brother, and sister never let him do ANYTHING on his own.  They make his meals, cut his food, pick out his clothes and brush his teeth for him.  When Henry decides he wants to do these things himself, he turns out to be quite capable; but what will his family do with all their new free time?  Have fun, of course!  This is a great book for kids who have reached the “I can do it myself!” stage. more

Reviewed by Jill O on
February 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion by Wendy Williams

I know I will likely get into trouble naming the horse as the perfect animal but after reading Wendy Williams’ excellent account of Equus’ evolution and newly understood capabilities, it’s hard to imagine an animal better adapted to making the most of its environment. In The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion, Williams delves into over fifty million years of equus evolution. It is indeed epic, as horses ranged over much of the globe at one time, and still today more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 17, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

There's always a killer, right?   Ruth Ware's debut mystery starts off with a "hen night" or bachelorette weekend at an isolated cottage in the woodsy English countryside. The rest of the elements fall into place. The group that is gathered to celebrate the wedding of Clare is comprised of former friends and complete strangers. The weather turns and an unexpected snowstorm traps the group. The phone line is dead and there is no cell service. Mysterious footprints appear in the snow. The more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 15, 2016 | 0 comments
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