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A review of Swim, Duck, Swim by Susan Lurie

Duck is afraid to learn to swim, but with a little bit of encouragement he takes the plunge. Join him in this delightful picture book that uses charming nature photographs of a duckling and his patient parents. ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
February 13, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of An Age of License by Lucy Knisley

This graphic novel travelogue follows Lucy Knisley's adventures in Europe after being invited to present at a comics convention in Norway.  She adds several legs onto her journey in order to spend more time with a new love interest, and visit friends and family.  She documents all of these wanderings in sunny illustrations that depict the highs and lows of her journey.  Traveling can be thrilling, intoxicating, lonely and confusing.  She's able to capture all of this in ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 12, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore accomplishes quite a feat by producing an entire historical book about the sister of Benjamin Franklin, Jane Franklin, with a very limited amount of preserved written documentation. Piecing together a life based on letters to and about Jane Franklin from her much more famous brother, the author speaks volumes about the nature of recorded history, as well as the disparity between the lives of men and women in the 18th century. Tracing the life of Jane Franklin with a focus on ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
February 11, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

I was pleasantly surprised when I got the OK to download the galley of the new Flavia de Luce novel, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley. The precocious, chemistry-loving, twelve-year-old detective is back and I am happy to read to new adventure. This time she has been, in her words ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 10, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

If you’ve heard of the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, famous for its extensive collection of medical specimens and oddities, you might be interested in this biography of its founder, Thomas Dent Mutter. While the book addresses the museum only in its last few pages, I was quite interested to learn about the innovations in surgical medicine in Mutter’s early 19th century. Surgery before anaesthesia, for example, to me was unimaginable before reading ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
February 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover* written by Kwame Alexander is the 2015 Newbery Medal winner. Josh and Jordan Bell are twins, and at 12 years old they've already tasted greatness. Both superstars on their middle school basketball team, the boys live in the warm glow of each other's friendship, and encouragement from their parents-- especially their ex-pro ball player father. When Jordan falls for a girl at school who is no slouch on ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
February 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of El Deafo by Cece Bell

Cece Bell received some well-deserved recognition from this year’s Newbery Award* committee for her Graphic Novel autobiography, El Deafo. Bell lost most of her hearing due to a childhood illness at the age of four. El Deafo covers her childhood up to the age of ten, grappling with her hearing loss, various hearing aid instruments, various friendships some of which last and some of which don’t.  ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
February 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults on Monday. The Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.  The 2015 Author Book Award goes to Brown Girl Dreaming written by ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
February 4, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults yesterday. Today's MADreads features the Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children. The 2015 Caldecott Medal Winner is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend illustrated and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults today and I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson was named the 2015 Printz Award Winner. This book is Clark Gable. That is to say, it's super cool. Beyond charismatic. And somewhat tortured. ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 2, 2015 | 0 comments
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