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A review of Ten Birds by Cybele Young

In her new book, writer, illustrator and artist Cybele Young tells a fanciful tale of ten funny little birds who are trying to get to the other side of a river. Young's beautiful black-and-white illustrations are “Exceptional,” “Outstanding,” and the birds might even call them “Highly Satisfactory.” More than just a simple counting book, this very clever little fable shows that the simplest solution to a problem can sometimes be the best. For fans of: ...read more

Reviewed by Trent on
October 28, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I'm a fan of a lot of the urban and post-apocalyptic fantasy fiction that's been the publishing craze the last couple of years, but every now and then I just want a good, traditional fantasy novel set in another world (one without vampires or wolves). When I read about Rae Carson's debut, I thought it would be just the ticket. Happily I was right.  Princess Lucero-Elisa of Oravalle isn't having a very good day as the book opens. She's about to be married to a man she's never met, Alejandro ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 27, 2011 | 0 comments
Shivery Books A couple of shivery tricks to get you in the mood for Halloween. First up is the Suicide Collectors by David Oppegard. There are a lot of “it’s the end of the world as we know it” books. There are a lot of reasons for the world coming to an end: ...read more

Reviewed by Gregg - Sequoya on
October 26, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Hey, sis, 1938 sure was a silk year if you lived in Manhattan and had enough spinach to treat a pretty tomato right. The Depression was winding down, the jazz was gearing up and the gin was flowing freely. Amor Towle's Rules of Civility captures this slice of life in the most perfect detail and yes, civility. I was half imagining Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Holiday and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 25, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Stories about thirty something Dads stuck in corporate jobs they hate, trying to stay hip with Foster the People t-shirts, playing in bands on the weekends and flirting with the checkout girl at Whole Foods? Matthew Norman’s debut, Domestic Violets, fits this description perfectly and is a great first novel. Tom Violet lives in DC with his wife and daughter; toiling away at a soul-sucking for a company he sarcastically calls the “Death Star.” He battles his boss Greg on a daily basis and the ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
October 24, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

This book is alien sci-fi meets teenage drama meets explosive action, and that's what seems to make it so interesting. Science fiction fans would like the thorough background, which is detailed multiple times throughout the book, and fans of teenage romance and drama would enjoy much of the conflicts that arise in the high school scene. As for fans of explosive action, they would be the most lucky, because explosive action is just what they will get. As for the book overall, I was hooked from ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
October 21, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

With pre-publication reviews predicting a bestseller on the level of The Help and suggesting that it could be the adult's answer to Harry Potter, there was no question that I would read The Night Circus. The real question is, does it live up to all the buzz? I'd have to say not quite, but it's still great, and I'd highly recommend it to pretty much anyone. Celia and Marco are two magicians from very different backgrounds, and they are apprenticed to two magicians with very ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
October 20, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Toys Come Home by Emily Jenkins

Fans of acclaimed author Emily Jenkins's and Caldecott Award-winner Paul Zelinsky's Toys Go Out and Toy Dance Party, will ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
October 18, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of False Friend by Myla Goldberg

Myla Goldberg is going to be at the Wisconsin Book Festival this Friday evening. So I read her newest novel, The False Friend just in time. Celia, the main character, is walking to work one day in Chicago when she is overtaken by a vivid memory of the last time she saw her best friend Djuna. They had a temperamental friendship; close as twins one day, fighting like cats and dogs the next. Djuna was new to town, a ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
October 18, 2011 | 0 comments
Finalists Announced The National Book Award Finalists were recently named. To be eligible for an award a book must have been written by a citizen of the United States. The winners in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature will be announced at a ceremony in Manhattan on Nov. 16, hosted by the actor and author John Lithgow. Find nominated books at the library: Fiction ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 17, 2011 | 3 comments
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