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A review of Bulu, African Wonder Dog by Dick Houston

Oh, puppy love! His brown eyes and Jack Russell Terrier face peered up from the cover and I couldn’t resist picking up this book. And quite the book it is. It is the story of the Tolans, who quit their regular jobs as police officers in England and moved to the African bush in Zambia, near the Luangwa River to set up a wildlife rehabilitation and education center. Along the way they adopted Bulu, a Jack Russell mix puppy that no one else wanted. The Tolans were adequately warned that pets don’t ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
October 15, 2011 | 1 comment
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Literary Travel Need to get away, but can’t for whatever reason? How about checking out Booklist’s Top 10 Literary Travel Books for 2011? These are some of their best travelogues reviewed this year.  South America & the AndesAndes by  Michael Jacobs  Lebanon ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 13, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Unclaimed by Courtney Milan

I loved Courtney Milan's first book in her Turner brothers trilogy (Unveiled) and I have to say I'm now torn as to whether I liked book one or book two better. What puts Unclaimed a little ahead of it's precursor is the way that Milan turns a romance staple on its head. Gone is the big, bad rake ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 12, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Bake Sale by Sara Varon

The cover of Sara Varon's latest graphic novel tells you all you need to know about what makes a successful relationship. Eggplant and Cupcake are working together to make something delicious and special. Eggplant is in charge of frosting and Cupcake is in charge of the flower detail. Each has their role. And just take a look at that pink Cupcake with the cherry on top - how cute is that? Life is good. But life is not always easy. The pages inside this book are filled with bittersweet scenes of ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 11, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton

A while ago I reviewed The Keeper of Lost Causes, a book that I was considering my fav of the year. Now I've read one that is right up there jockeying for that number one position. Now You See Me is ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 10, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Babyberry Pie by Heather Frederick

“When the moon goes dancing across the starry sky, it’s time to bring the baby in for Babyberry Pie!” Thus begins a recipe for a cozy bedtime routine. Mom and Dad work together to create a Babyberry pie, from picking the baby from the “Babyberry Tree,” to washing the baby, powdering him with “sugar” and then tucking him into the “pie crust” blankets. Great rhythm and rhyme make this charming metaphor a joy to read again and again (an essential characteristic for toddlers!). Simple illustrations ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
October 7, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

The bracelet saying “WWJD” asks "what would Jesus do?" but a discussion about Tom Perrotta’s new book The Leftovers could definitely start by asking "what would YOU do?" Set in the near future in his favorite landscape, suburbia, Perrotta book deals with an apocalyptic type event which takes place on October 14 (eerily close by) where over 1 million people across the world instantaneously ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
October 6, 2011 | 0 comments
What to Read While You Wait for the Movie I can't wait for the Hunger Games movie, which now has a release date - March 23, 2012! I'm pretty sad that there aren't any more books in the series, though, so while I'm waiting for the movie, I've been looking for some other scary visions of the future to fill the void. Veronica Roth's debut novel, ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
October 5, 2011 | 5 comments
A Trace of Smoke Rebecca Cantrell

If you like historical mysteries, I have two to recommend. The first, A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell, is set in 1931 Berlin, Germany. Hannah Vogel is a single woman in a man’s world. She is a journalist for the Berliner Tageblatt and writes under a pseudonym. Crime is her beat. The mystery begins when Hannah gets the shock of her life while following leads at the police station. There in black and white ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 4, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Call by Yannick Murphy

The Call is an elegantly simple (or simply elegant) little novel. The simple arises out of the structure the author uses to tell her story. Each journal like entry begins with the Call, followed by the Action, the Result, What the kids said when I got home, What my wife cooked for dinner, etc. The elegant develops as each journal entry deepens the characterizations and the story until you feel like you live in the cozy, creaking house with them. David Appleton is a large animal vet in ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 3, 2011 | 0 comments
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