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A review of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapien's Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old Simon knows he'll eventually come out to his family and friends, but for now he's happy to live a drama-free life, keeping the private business of his sexual orientation between himself and Blue, the anonymous but increasingly flirtatious boy he's been chatting with online. This plan is blown to pieces when the wrong pair of eyes falls on an email he wrote to Blue, throwing Simon into the exact swarm of high school politics that he's been so careful to avoid. Simon must decide ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
January 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

A while back, a friend of mine came to me a little distressed. Not normally a romance reader, she had just spent much of the previous day and night devouring Laura Kinsale’s historical romance Flowers From the Storm. She wanted to know whether Flowers was really that good or if, in her words, “it was just me.” Published in 1992, Flowers From the Storm has stuck around for so long because it’s everything a historical romance can, and should, be. There are the usual ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 21, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews grew up surrounded by music, in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. Troy’s older brother James was leading his own band at a very young age, and Troy’s grandfather was also a musician. Troy wanted to be just like them. At first, young Troy and his friends used found items to make their own instruments – an empty box from a 12 pack of soda fastened around the neck with Mardi Gras beads became a drum. They pretended to play and parade down the streets just like a ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

It’s a grey day in the city, Church has just let out, and it’s time for CJ’s weekly trek with his Grandmother to help serve at the soup kitchen. But this week CJ is feeling disenchanted. Why do they have to wait for the bus in the rain? Wouldn’t it be better if they had a car? Why do they have to go to the soup kitchen every week to help out when CJs friends don’t have to do anything on Sunday afternoons? As CJ and his Grandmother make their way across town, Grandmother shares her wise ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Nobody believed that the beautiful and mysterious Roza was going to stay in the sleepy town of Bone Gap for long,  so no one was surprised when she disappeared as quickly as she arrived. Finn O'Sullivan was the last person to see her, and while his love-struck older brother will never forgive him letting Roza leave, Finn knows that she didn't leave willingly. She was taken. Snatched. By a terrifying man whose face Finn can't remember. The more he tries to hold onto his memories, the ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
January 13, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exibits in Boston on Monday.   A list of 2016 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 12, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Stargazer's Sister by Carrie Brown

History is full of individuals whose accomplishments have largely overlooked due to the simple fact that their stories didn’t fit in with the progression of great men of history. Recent years have seen a reassessment of women’s contributions in science especially, considering the many women who were either overshadowed by ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

A small white dog with a pink bow named Diva and a green-eyed black cat named Flea become unlikely friends and adventurers in this story set in Paris, just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower. A self-identified flâneur, or idle man-about-town, Flea finds the serious, somewhat-nervous, somewhat-sheltered Diva guarding the whole of 11 avenue Le Play, including the courtyard. Their friendship develops and they both gain something valuable from the other. Diva and Flea think like small children ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 7, 2016 | 0 comments
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A review of Radiance by Grace Draven

I've been perusing a lot of "best of" lists for the end of 2015 and have found several great reads from those lists. One of them has been hitting a lot of romance "best" lists and I have to say I agree with the accolades. Radiance** is a fantasy romance that is solid from beginning to end (though I had a slight quibble with the epilogue) and I loved it. At it's heart Radiance is really ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 6, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Drowning Ground by James Marrison

Mystery is not usually my thing, but I was gratified to enjoy this British whodunnit (similar in setting and mood to the Broadchurch series) spanning many years and six unexplained murders. Marrison scaffolds the plot carefully, providing enough information to piece clues together along the way, but not so many as to provide the reader a premature solution. While there was a brief scare at one point that “the whole thing was a dream!” (ala Dallas), the author reined it back in for a ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
January 5, 2016 | 0 comments
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