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A review of Best Staged Plans by Claire Cook

Professional home stager Sandy Sullivan has reached a turn in the road. The kids are grown and have their own lives (except Luke who has come back from college to live downstairs in the “bat cave”). She and her husband Greg have this beautiful old house they spent their married life renovating but Sandy thinks now that Greg is retired it is time they downsize and do some of the other things they had always talked about. But no one else seems to think that there is any urgency in ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 14, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Diviner's Tale by Bradford Morrow

According to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a diviner is a person who discovers or locates water or minerals underground, often with the use of a divining rod. The main character of Bradford Morrow's The Diviner's Tale is also commonly referred to as a water witch or dowser.  Cassandra Brooks locates water for wells on rural property in upstate New York. A lot of her insight is derived from studying old plat ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 12, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede

In the first of a new series, Patricia Wrede (known by this reader for her magical regency books starting with Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Various Magical Scandals in London and the Country) introduces the reader to a ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 10, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Down Down Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins

Young readers can explore the ocean with this fabulously-illustrated picture book which introduces the creatures you'd find if you were to travel to the bottom of the ocean. Children will delight in the well-known favorites (sharks, squid, sea turtles and manta rays) in the Sunlight Zone. Next, they'll discover the lesser known sea creatures in the Twilight Zone and the Dark Zone, and eventually will travel seven miles to the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean, the Marianas Trench. Jenkins' torn ...read more

Reviewed by Tana on
September 9, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

We'd have to discuss it quietly, though, so as not to spoil it for others. This also makes it tough for me to review, so I will err on possibly not sharing enough interesting tidbits. Rest assured, though, there are many, many interesting tidbits, like the little girl levitating on the cover, for example.  The holds list for this book in LINKcat is at well over 250 while I am writing this, so word of mouth and positive reviews are already turning this book into a mini phenomenon. I LOVE ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 8, 2011 | 4 comments
A review of The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut is a bit like a fairy tale. Not the fairy tales as told by Disney, but the ones told originally by the Brothers Grimm where truly frightening things can happen. As with those tales this one centers on an abandoned child growing up in grim circumstances. Victoria Jones was abandoned as a baby and has gone through a series of foster and group homes in San Francisco learning to survive by her own wits as she grew. She has no attachments (none that she'll admit to anyway ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 7, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure

The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder are truly enduring classics, and generations of children have fond memories of seeing American pioneer life through Laura's eyes. There was a very popular television series in the mid 1970's that starred Michael Landon and was sometimes somewhat losely based on the books. And many of the places where the Ingalls family lived are now ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
September 6, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

“Missing an arm is like wearing a coat, a really big, hot, ugly coat/ that I can’t take off./Ever./ It’s all that people see.” The victim of a shark attack, 15 year-old Jane works to put her life back together after having her arm amputated above the elbow. Once an aspiring artist, now Jane can’t imagine what she will do with her life. And she can’t imagine how she will ever feel comfortable or fit in around people again. Even her friends seem awkward around her. Written in verse, Jane’s story ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
September 2, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann and Janet Lee

so it should be no surprise that he wrote the foreword for this highly fashionable, yet trippy, graphic novel. In the foreword, Mr. Gunn encourages the reader to be ready with their Merriam-Webster's (kudos for using the full name) and Google, in order to flesh out the many (esoteric?) references used in this book. There really is a lot going on. Let's start with the size of the book. This is a generous, albeit not quite oversized book. It's 11.2 X 9.9 inches and weighs in at 2.2 pounds. The ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 31, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of A Week at the Airport by Alain de Botton

I have been told on more than one occasion that I read too much, and after some recent dry spells of reading without really finding anything that stood out, I was on the verge of agreeing and making a concerted effort to watch more TV or get out of the house or something. Thankfully I spotted Citizen Reader's review of Alain de Botton’s quirky essay/musings on airport life A Week at the Airport and mentally ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 30, 2011 | 1 comment
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