A review of Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen

What would happen if six very different middle school kids were still in the building after school and a storm blew through?  Well, Jordan, Devon, Mason, Taylor, Regan and Avery are about to find out.  The RJ Glavine Middle School students are thrown together by a, perhaps too cautious, school order to seek safety - which they find in the school bathroom.   The kids have some fun, telling jokes and making the stuffed cat into a mummy.  But mostly, they talk to each more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
August 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of All In by Simona Ahrnstedt

It’s pretty well established that the Swedes are awesome at writing crime fiction, more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 3, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Sherry Thomas is known for her historical romances.** But in her newest novel she takes a new tack and explores the Sherlock Holmes mythos. Here we find that the real "Sherlock Holmes" is a bright, young woman who is not what her Victorian parents would like her to be. Charlotte Holmes has perfect blonde curls and dimples and the only thing expected of her is that she marry well. Charlotte has other plans and to make sure she's able to live independently she does the unthinkable. Charlotte more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 2, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

The teenage years: that period of self-discovery and experimentation, agony and euphoria, the sort of overnight mood swings that often has many a parent wondering if their child is crazy or undergoing some bizarre transformation that might result in a rational adult years down the line. But what if there really is something more sinister at play? Abby suspects the latter when her BFF Gretchen emerges from a late-night skinny dip profoundly different. Life as a teen in 1988 Charleston, South more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Through the town by Craig Shuttlewood

All board books are not created for baby’s first year.  Sometimes picture books simply get put into board book format because they are popular as picture books.  But for parents of toddlers, the 14 month-olds to 3 year-olds, some of these board books are great. Through the Town is one of these and really hits the sweet spot.  Very young children can trace the tactile, thick line provided through the book to develop the muscles in their eyes, to learn that when we read in English more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Hippopotamister by John Green

Red Panda and Hippopotamus are languishing in a dilapidated city zoo when Red Panda decides to leave and find work amongst the humans. He comes back from time to time impressing the hippopotamus with his many careers. Hippo decides to join Red Panda on the outside and becomes Hippopotamister. And so begins a cycle of trying on new jobs and just as quickly having to leave them.  This is a sweet story of recognizing your true talents and celebrating each other for who you really are. The more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is changing things up after writing five books in her magical/alternate history 18th century historical series (Glamourist Histories). She's still combining history with magical elements, but her new series is set during WWI and centers on Ginger Stuyvesant, an American who's been living in London but is now serving as a member of the Spirit Corps more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger

It's great when you can get together with old friends. That's what it feels like when I get to read the newest title in a long running series. Over the years William Kent Krueger has taken private detective Cork O'Connor and his family through many challenging adventures. The characters are well-developed, the Northwoods setting is beautifully described, and I learn about Ojibwe culture.  I look forward to seeing what's going on with them with each new book. So I was excited to read the more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
July 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage

Cement mixer is new to the construction biz and gets his wires crossed.  The other trucks ask him to mix up some powdery white cement for the project.  Cement mixer proceeds to mix up powdery white flour, then some powdery white sugar.  Voila! He makes a cake!  But the trucks keep advising cement mixer, who finally gets just the right ingredients for a building.  Savage’s simple shapes and flat colors are perfect for the very youngest truck enthusiasts. But don’t be more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders

Cozy mysteries are not perhaps the sexiest of genres right now—it can be hard to work ‘girl’ into the title of a typical cozy—but the genre has its devoted readers, including myself. So I’m quite happy to see Kate Saunders’s delightful Victorian mystery The Secrets of Wishtide. Her sleuth is Laetitia Rodd, respectable widow to an archdeacon, now fallen on somewhat hard circumstances. But as luck has it, her brother is one of the leading criminal defense lawyers of 1850s London, and more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 20, 2016 | 0 comments
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