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A review of Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher

In this age of flash-communication when messages are prized for their brief and fleeting nature, digging into Letters of Note is an inspiring reminder of the power of the old-fashioned written word. Eclectic, indeed, this collection of real-life letters of historical and cultural significance includes love letters, threat letters, advice letters, and plea letters; letters from children, prisoners, scientists, presidents, and movie stars. Some letters are funny; some letters are heart- ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
June 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Humans and Dragons have lived together for years with a tenuous truce between them. Yet factions of both humankind and dragonkind are trying to spark a war. Seraphina lives in the palace, daughter of a diplomat, and child of both a human and a dragon. She hides her scales and tries not to call attention to herself, all while working to find a role in the Royal court that would preclude marriage and discovery.I'm a big fan of intrigue, so I liked the Royal intrigue that gets set into play in ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
June 19, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

This latest by the author of Water for Elephants takes place in Scotland during WWII. Three Gatsby-like characters of American wealth and privilege get into a drunken New Year's Eve mess they can't fix and set off in search of the Loch Ness monster to try and redeem themselves. Maddie, Ellis and Hank travel oversees during air raids and U-boat attacks and arrive in Drumnadrochit thinking they are going to go monster ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 18, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

We know the characters: a pretty brunette commoner, her vivacious sister, a young prince pressured to find an appropriate bride, the aging queen presiding over a dysfunctional family. We know most of the story too: they met cute at university, pursue a secret relationship while dodging paparazzi, break up and eventually reunite in a wedding that is broadcast worldwide. There’s really no great literary reason that Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (better known as the Fug bloggers) to write ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 17, 2015 | 0 comments
Recommended Biographies Summer is a time for reading. Some enjoy great beach reads or guilty pleasures for summer reading. But some also like to learn as they relax. If you're one of those people and you enjoy biographies, you should take a look at Booklist's Top 10 Biographies for this year. Eye on the Struggle ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 16, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Jesus Cow by Michael Perry

Michael Perry is back this year with his second venture in novel-length fiction. He made his fame in non-fiction with Population 485, Truck, and ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
June 15, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

This year’s Teen’s Choice Awards program has gotten off to a busy start. Already there are four votes cast on the Teen’s Choice blog.  Sleeping Freshmen is one of this year’s review books.  At first, Scott is that kid who just wants to get through the day without getting smacked in the back of the head on the bus, without being targeted by older kids for his money, without looking like too much of a nerd to his crush, Julie. Then he sees Julie is involved in various activities and ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
June 12, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye

The Fatal Flame is the third book in a superb historical mystery series by Lyndsay Faye. I devoured the first and second books, The Gods of Gotham and Seven for a Secret, and had high ...read more

Reviewed by Amy S on
June 10, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

There is just something about Kim Gordon. I mean, look at her gaze. She knows something I do not. And this book makes me feel cool by association. Girl in a Band is her story and it's raw, relatable, and authentic. I respect how she's handled her life, career and rough spots. Long before her band Sonic Youth and noise-rock, Kim was a girl who grew up primarily in middle class California with a semi-famous professor for a father and an artistic mother who allowed her a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Smith

This is a lovely, totally wordless picture book about beauty in unexpected places. A little girl experiences a city walk she’s on with her father in a totally different way, noticing and carefully harvesting the beautiful flowers that grow in the cracks of the sidewalk. As her bouquet grows, she also notices potential recipients for her tiny beauties. The flowers serve as a funeral bouquet for a bird, decorations for a napping man’s shoe, and ornaments for her mother’s hair. Mostly black-and- ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
June 8, 2015 | 1 comment
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