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A review of As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

I was pleasantly surprised when I got the OK to download the galley of the new Flavia de Luce novel, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley. The precocious, chemistry-loving, twelve-year-old detective is back and I am happy to read to new adventure. This time she has been, in her words ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 10, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

If you’ve heard of the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, famous for its extensive collection of medical specimens and oddities, you might be interested in this biography of its founder, Thomas Dent Mutter. While the book addresses the museum only in its last few pages, I was quite interested to learn about the innovations in surgical medicine in Mutter’s early 19th century. Surgery before anaesthesia, for example, to me was unimaginable before reading ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
February 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover* written by Kwame Alexander is the 2015 Newbery Medal winner. Josh and Jordan Bell are twins, and at 12 years old they've already tasted greatness. Both superstars on their middle school basketball team, the boys live in the warm glow of each other's friendship, and encouragement from their parents-- especially their ex-pro ball player father. When Jordan falls for a girl at school who is no slouch on ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
February 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of El Deafo by Cece Bell

Cece Bell received some well-deserved recognition from this year’s Newbery Award* committee for her Graphic Novel autobiography, El Deafo. Bell lost most of her hearing due to a childhood illness at the age of four. El Deafo covers her childhood up to the age of ten, grappling with her hearing loss, various hearing aid instruments, various friendships some of which last and some of which don’t.  ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
February 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults on Monday. The Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.  The 2015 Author Book Award goes to Brown Girl Dreaming written by ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
February 4, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults yesterday. Today's MADreads features the Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children. The 2015 Caldecott Medal Winner is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend illustrated and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults today and I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson was named the 2015 Printz Award Winner. This book is Clark Gable. That is to say, it's super cool. Beyond charismatic. And somewhat tortured. ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 2, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Vicious by Victoria Schwab

I don't know about you, but when a book begins with a scene involving an ex-con digging up a grave, it draws me in pretty quickly. In fact, everything about Vicious, the first adult novel by Victoria Schwab (I'm a big fan of two of her teen books, The Archived and The Unbound, and I can't wait for the third book in the trilogy!) ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
January 29, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton

This is a stunning variation on a cook's memoir and excellent companion to Blood, Bones, and Butter written by the same author. The reader is offered 567 pages of recipes and notes from author, chef and owner of the restaurant Prune to her staff. The photographs are exquisite and the book layout mimics a staff notebook (Note to Gabrielle Hamilton: Is this the Prune staff ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 28, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Siege Winter by Arianna Franklin

I couldn’t have been more excited when I learned there was a new book coming out by Ariana Franklin. I had been in mourning since hearing of Diana Norman’s death in 2011, as I had so loved her historical mystery series written under her pen name featuring the 12th century medical examiner Adelia Aguilar that began with Mistress of the Art of Death. There had been some rumors of a manuscript but as time passed with no further news I moved on. So, of course when I spotted her name ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
January 27, 2015 | 0 comments
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