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A review of Now by Antoinette Portis

Antoinetter Portis' new book Now is a beautiful and poignant look at childhood and all of its favorite things. Childhood is about discovering new favorite things, often that change daily and grown-ups will smile at the familiar shift from one favorite to the next like, "This is my favorite song, because it's the one I am singing." But to me this book is a light handed introduction to mindfulness and a guide to living in the moment. Enjoying amazing things in nature like your favorite breeze, a ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
December 8, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel

Once again, I find myself captivated by a book that begins with a sad and messed up family, careens through tragedy and ends up with glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel. At the beginning of Patricia Engel’s The Veins of the Ocean, Reina Castillo’s father is tossing her 3-year-old brother Carlito off a Miami bridge, an act of revenge against her mother’s infidelity. Fortunately for Carlito, a fisherman who witnessed the event saves him. Carlito is the favorite child of both his ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
December 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Beyond the Empire by K. B. Wagers

The world had been pretty dark and depressing lately (especially if you're a woman) which has made me look for truly heroic characters in the books I'm reading. Happily for me K. B. Wagers' third in the Indranan War trilogy came out recently and I could once again dive into the adventures of Hail Bristol and her loyal band of supporters who are trying to save the empire. Hail Bristol grew up in an imperial family but took off when she was eighteen to pursue a life of her own. After twenty years ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

Brunonia Barry is back with another novel set in Salem with some crossover characters from The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. If you have not read either of these books, it does not hinder your understanding of what The Fifth Petal is about, but if you know and love Brunonia Barry's Salem and the characters featured in her ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of All Paws on Deck by Jessica Young

Haggis (a Scottish Terrier) and Tank (a Great Dane) are two very imaginative doggy friends.  They spend most of their time in a back yard, but sometimes they go on adventures in their minds.  In “All Paws on Deck” Tank decides to deck out their little red wagon as a pirate ship.  They sail off into a land of make-believe and have many adventures together!  The format for this book falls right between graphic novel (there are lots of full-color illustrations with speech ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
December 1, 2017 | 0 comments
New Science Books This is the time of year for top 10 lists.  Booklist puts out various top 10 lists throughout the year, including Top 10 Sci-Tech: 2017.  Are you looking for a good science or technology book to read?  Then check ou the below titles.  They cover a wide range of topics including space, animals, microbes, techology, and the universe.   ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 30, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Compared to the bustling streets of 1920s Bombay, the secluded zenana of an observant Muslim household would seem the least likely site for a murder. Yet for the three newly widowed wives of a wealthy factory owner, simply keeping men out does nothing to keep motives and means of killing from lurking among them. Settling the tangled strands of the dead man’s estate while respecting the widows’ purdah—strict seclusion from speaking to men—falls almost by default to the only lawyer in Bombay who ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 29, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

What was the last book you read that just made you happy? If one doesn't immediately pop into your head, I suggest checking out In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan. Though it started a little slow for me, pretty soon I was so in love with the characters and so invested in them that I didn't want it to end. In Other Lands introduces us to Elliot Schafer, a bratty 13-year-old redheaded know-it-all who happens to be able to travel between worlds, which earns him an ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
November 27, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of I Am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang

Anna Kang's fuzzy purple and brown creatures from You Are (Not) Small and That's (Not) Mine ​are back in this silly and delightful picture book about facing your fears. There are a lot of things to be scared of out there: tubs of hairy spiders, pits of lava, or (eeek!) snakes! But not a roller coaster! Roller coasters are fun! Uh oh, until there is a snake riding on the coaster with you... However, our two brave friends still hop on the coaster for a hilariously illustrated adventure. I love ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
November 21, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh is a hit or miss author for me. I always admire her writing, but she doesn't always grab me emotionally. Her newest is definitely a hit. A lovely, warm story that strikes all the right notes. Alexander Westcott is the new Earl of Riverdale, a title he never expected to inherit (for more about that read the first two books in this Westcott series). Alex is responsible and honorable and he's faced with a massive challenge. Though he inherited an estate with the title, he didn ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 15, 2017 | 0 comments
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