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A review of Swamp chomp by Lola M. Schaefer

The water in the swamp is rippling.... All the animals and insects of the swamp are preparing for lunch, so get ready to nibble, gulp, snap and CHOMP along!  Packed with vivid verbs, Swamp Chomp is a perfect pick for the preschool set.  A bonus endnote even explains food chains--gobble this goody up before it gets away! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
October 10, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins

If you’re like me, discovering Tom Robbins in my late teens and early twenties was like opening a door to a whole new appreciation of books and literature. Robbins’s art of description and imagination transports beyond the traditional canon of literature and explores worlds where the body of Jesus Christ is discovered and finds a home in a roadside attraction, and where big-thumbed women ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
October 9, 2014 | 0 comments
New Mysteries For the past couple of years I have been periodically sharing the mysteries that I have been looking forward to reading. In honor of Autumn I have put together another list of mysteries that I would like to curl up by the fire and read. Most are new stories with old friends, but I've found a few new ones to try out as well.  Which favorite character would you like to go on an adventure with? ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of So Cold the River by Michael Koryta

I first discovered Michael Koryta this summer after reading his thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead, a heart-stopping story about a young boy in witness protection hiding out in the fire ravaged Montana Beartooth Mountains where serial killers are on the hunt to find him. I wasn’t wild about the ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
October 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Here comes Raina in a new young adult graphic novel that explores her complicated relationship with her younger sister, Amara. The family is headed on a cross-country trip through the mountains from California to Colorado for a family reunion. The home environment is tense, the travelling is fraught with chaos and the final destination is disappointing. Raina and Amara have been at odds since day one, but must band together to face certain crises on this trip. The girls are not exactly best ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 1, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Further Joy by John Brandon

I have vowed, to myself, to take a more active role in this year’s Wisconsin Book Festival, where featured authors will discuss their work for the benefit of bibliophiles everywhere. Being a fan of artistic process, I can't a find a better way to celebrate readership than by discovering a title that interests me, absorbing the book over morning coffee or late-night couch-read sessions, and then learning the story of its ...read more

Reviewed by Sean - Central on
September 30, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

What book-lover doesn’t love the idea of a 24-hour bookstore? The title seemed to promise some kind of cozy mystery, but it quickly zipped out of the cozy and into cyberspace. Sloan did a nice job of bridging the gap between traditional detective/puzzle-solving fiction and cyber-thriller fiction by overlaying the legacy of a secret-society mystery in a dusty bookstore facade with the problem-solving forces of millennials in the Google age. With respect to both traditional book learning, and ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
September 29, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You has a little something for everyone. A coming of age story a la Sarah Dessen, a mysterious letter which leads to a beautiful girl, a hardworking protagonist who is already on her way to becoming a Hollywood set designer, and of course, romance. Emi is spending her last summer before college living in her brother’s apartment while he is away. His only instruction was to do something epic in it. Emi’s not quite sure what that means, but ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
September 26, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger

I’m glad Cork O’Connor is back. He is one of my favorite mystery characters. He is a big city cop turned private investigator who is part Irish and part Ojibwe. Windigo Island is a story about good and evil, the choices we make, and how those choices make us who we are. Cork is asked to help find a missing young Native American girl who has run away. It leads him to the city of Duluth and the oil fields of North Dakota, where sex trafficking has taken a strong foothold. With the help ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
September 25, 2014 | 0 comments
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Banned Books Week Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, The Prince, Persepolis and Captain Underpants. They seem like books that would have nothing in ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 24, 2014 | 0 comments
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