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A review of Mrs Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater

If you stand on the dresser in Maxine’s new high-rise bedroom and look out of the very corner of the window, you might see a tiny little cottage, tucked in behind all the skyscrapers in the neighborhood. That is the home of Mrs. Noodlekugel and her talking, baking cat, Mr. Fuzzface. Nick and Maxine aren’t sure how to get to the backyard of the skyscraper to meet Mrs. Noodlekugel, but with the help of the Mike the janitor (who likes to eat stewed tomatoes out of the can), they find their way to ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
December 13, 2013 | 0 comments
Top Religion Books It's that time of year for top 10 lists and best of lists. Booklist puts out a number of top 10 lists. If religion and spirituality are your areas of interest, then check out the Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books of 2013 list. And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 12, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley

The title of this review might be overstating the power of Amanda Ripley’s The World’s Smartest Kids… but not by much. The question of how to raise educational standards is likely on the minds of every parent, but it has only been since the inception of the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) in 2000 has international comparison been truly possible. Ripley’s study of the results of this test in three high performing nations and ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 11, 2013 | 0 comments
My List of Ten (or so) I mentioned last week that starting on December 1st, librarians around the country began tweeting their top ten books for the year under the#libfaves13 hashtag (one book each day). Today, December 10th, is the last day for tweeting our faves. So I thought I'd give you my list of 2013.  #10 - Close is Fine by ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 10, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn is continuing her Smythe-Smith historical romance series with the new novel, The Sum of All Kisses. It is the love story of Sarah Pleinsworth and Lord Hugh Prentice. Initially Sarah and Hugh cannot stand each other. Sarah thinks Hugh is despicable because he shot her cousin in a duel. Her cousin Daniel fled because Hugh's father wanted his head. This scandal meant that Sarah & Daniel's ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 9, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Feelings Book by Lynda Madison

Whoa! A book to help better understand the emotional rollercoaster of tween-and-teen-hood! The Feelings Book: The Care & Keeping of Your Emotions by Dr. Lynda Madison is written for girls working their way through the many emotions and feelings of adolescence. The book incorporates real questions and letters written by girls. The colorfully illustrated pages are engaging and have a cozy, comfortable feel. Some of the topics covered in the book include identifying emotions and ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
December 6, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo

Starting on December 1st, librarians around the country began tweeting their top ten books for the year under the #libfaves13 hashtag (one book each day). One of the titles mentioned was Elisabeth Elo's mystery, North of Boston. Though it technically doesn't qualify (it's due out in early 2014), I immediately favorited and re-tweeted the post because of how much I loved the book when I'd read a galley ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 5, 2013 | 1 comment
A review of Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding

I cannot believe that it's been 14 years since the second Bridget Jones book was published. I didn't realize how much I missed Bridget until I started reading her new escapades. It was like meeting up with an old friend after many years and jumping right back into the familiar, uproarious repartee.  To recap:  Bridget Jones's Diary, published in 1996, introduces Bridget, a 30-something British singleton trying ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 3, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Grifters by Jim Thompson

Roy Dillon knows he can get out of the grift whenever he wants. He’s conned his way to a cool $50,000; nothing to raise too much interest from the bigger players or the cops, but certainly enough for a comfortable existence, should he ever want to settle down. But the world that Jim Thompson reveals in his masterful 1963 noir The Grifters rarely promises happy endings. When a con gone wrong puts Roy in the hospital, the prospect of getting out of the game seems more appealing. But then ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 2, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon

Penguin finds a new friend, Pinecone, far from home and lovingly cares for him. They become great friends but Pinecone must go back home to the forest. As time passes, Penguin wonders if his dear friend has grown as big and strong as he has. He returns to the forest and finds that Pinecone is no longer a pinecone, but they pick up right where they left off. The illustrations and details depict the fun and warmth of being with a friend. This story is a great reminder for young kids and adults ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
November 29, 2013 | 0 comments
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