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Book cover of Before I Fall
According to a recent School Library Journal, "vampires are out and books about dead teens and space travel are in." Books with futuristic space settings will be popular as well as titles like Lauren Oliver's ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 24, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of the Wind on Fire trilogy by William Nicholson

If you're a Young Adult fantasy junkie looking for a new series, then the Wind on Fire trilogy by William ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
February 22, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Meaning of Everything by Simon Winchester

The above is not some obscure curse, to be wished on your worst enemy. Rather, it's a sentiment shared by the creators of one of the most daunting scholastic efforts every attempted: the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. Zymotic, at the time¹, was seen as the final word of the dictionary, but the prospect of seeing the last of Z proved for some time an almost impossible goal. The story of the mammoth OED's fitful, nearly aborted birth and eventual ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 21, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of What I Did For A Duke by Julie Anne Long

Count me as very pleasantly surprised by the latest by Julie Anne Long. In the past her books have been hit or miss for me but this one is a definite hit. This latest is billed as being part of her Pennyroyal Green series but can certainly be read as a standalone (I hadn't read any of the others, though ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 18, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass

Sorry Ann Michalski (former Sequoya librarian and MADreads reviewer!) or Sharon Gaddis (my school librarian cousin), fictional Percy Darling has taken over that spot. In Julia Glass' newest novel, ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
February 16, 2011 | 2 comments
A review of First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson sees dead people. Since the day she was born she's been able to see those amongst the dear departed who can't seem to move on. And though she hasn't always understood it, she knows she's the Grim Reaper. Luckily this isn't as bad as it sounds. She doesn't have to seek people out and tell them it's their time. Instead they seek her out because she's shiny - like lighthouse beacon. Once she's helped them with whatever they feel needs doing, they pass through her to whatever lies ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 15, 2011 | 2 comments
A review of The Society of S by Susan Hubbard

...then I might have just the books for you! Susan Hubbard has written a trilogy of novels that is asdifferent from a certain other series about teenvampireromance as can be. (Not that there's anything wrong with Twilight; I thoroughly enjoyed each book ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
February 14, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop by Adam Bradley

I have a friend, a fan of rap music, who has recently been introducing me to the genre. My friend, knowing that I am an avid reader of poetry, started by playing me tracks from MCs who are known for their wordplay and ability to turn a phrase. I immediately recognized that a verse of a rap song had a lot in common with a poem. ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
February 10, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card

As a library student I'll be running a genre fiction marathon from now until May. I'm required to read a novel (sometimes two) from a different genre every week. I was happy to discover that this week is dedicated to Science Fiction and Fantasy. I love these genres and decided to choose a book by one of my favorite sf authors - ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
February 9, 2011 | 0 comments
Book cover of Shiver
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its 2011 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. This year's list of 99 titles was drawn from 192 official nominations. The books are arranged in four categories: Thrillers and Killers What's Cooking What If Zombies, Werewolves, and Things with Wings ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 8, 2011 | 0 comments
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