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A review of There are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce by Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker, poet author of the explosive collection There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, leaves the title open to interpretation, but with one exception: She isn’t suggesting that Beyoncé isn’t beautiful, because Beyoncé is beautiful. Like the rest of us, Parker is clearly a fan. She is however suggesting ...read more

Reviewed by Tyler on
April 17, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of ​​You DON'T Want a Unicorn by Ame Dyckman

Rainbows? Glitter? Unicorns? What's not to love? This fun new book considers the very real ramifications of having a unicorn for a pet. Sure, it sounds like fun, but have you ever thought about the consequences? Text and pictures combine to tell the whole story, requiring careful observation and lots of opportunities for conversations around the illustrations and real life similarities. Both simple enough for younger kids but with enough irreverence and bodily humor (pooping cupcakes!) to ...read more

Reviewed by Holly on
April 14, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles It’s Christmas in May for book lovers, as publishers tend to release their more hyped titles in readiness for the summer vacations (and extra reading time). The biggest release by far is Paula Hawkins’s Into the Water. Hawkins’s thriller The Girl on the Train dominated bestseller lists in 2015, so publishers are betting big with a projected print run of 1.5 million copies. It hits shelves May 2. A somewhat surprising release comes from Michael Crichton, whose ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

This is the first book in the Narwhal and Jelly series. It is super cute and shares an important message: we're all awesome in our own way and it's easy to discover the world (or ocean) before you when you're exploring together. The book starts off with Narwhal meeting Jelly. They are surprised to discover the other exists. They each explain their various characteristics and both are a little skeptical that they are not conjuring up their new friend with their imagination. Once it's established ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Four-hundred odd pages into Six Four, I was all set to write up this review as a pan. Thank god I kept reading, because Six Four is constructed with the sort of attention to detail that rewards the diligent reader. Hideo Yokoyama’s police procedural, his sixth published novel and the first to make it into English, is a 566 page accounting of the inner turmoil of Prefecture D’s constabulary, an outfit still reeling from failing to solve Japan’s most notorious kidnapping ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 10, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas

A gentle story about a man who delivers all the many messages set out to sea in bottles. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (Dial Books, 2016) by Michelle Cuevas and illustrated by Erin E. Stead is beautifully rendered in soft pastels and fine lines. The words are spare and poetic – “for a letter can hold the treasure of a clam-hugged pearl” and, “he felt loneliness as sharp as fish scales.” We feel this sadness and hope the deliverer of all these paper messages finds happiness himself. It ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
April 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir by Thomas Pecore Weso

Thomas Pecore Weso grew up on a Menominee Indian reservation in northern Wisconsin, raised by loving and complex grandparents. In Good Seeds, his sweet and breezy “food memoir,” most chapters find Weso ruminating on a particular food source or food activity, delightfully hopping from “How to Cook a Beaver” to “Blackberry Wine” to “Wisconsin Diner Food,” bringing the reader into Menominee and Wisconsin culinary history by ...read more

Reviewed by Tyler on
April 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Dear Ijeawele, or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines feminism as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. How does the author of We Should All Be Feminists respond when a friend asks her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist? She shares 15 real, thought-provoking, and practical suggestions about how to live a feminist life including: ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The lives of a 10-year-old girl kidnapped by the Kiowa and a 71-year-old veteran of three wars intersect in this novel of the late 1800s. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd has lived through the War of 1812, President Tyler's War with Mexico and the Civil War. Now in his golden years, he travels Texas reading to local townspeople from the Boston Globe, New York Tribune, National Inquirer and other papers about the happenings of the day, the news of the world.   When we meet ...read more

Reviewed by Beth - Central on
April 3, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Being an immigrant can be challenging but Jasmine managed to forget that - until she found out her family was in the U. S. illegally. Her dreams about college and careers are shattered. She needs to find a way so that her family can stay. This is a great story about a teenager who falls in love but also has problems with her family and future. It is full of stuff that could very much happen in real life, and being told in first person really aids to the understanding of the story. The reader ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
March 31, 2017 | 0 comments
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