A review of Ingenious: A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America by Jason Fagone

In 2007, auto industry watchers noted an unusual announcement from the X Prize Foundation, an organization that offers cash rewards for solutions to engineering problems. The challenge was to create a vehicle capable of 100 MPGe on any sort of fuel—but could be feasible for ordinary people to own and drive. The winner would claim a $5 million dollar prize—and anyone who could build a car to spec could enter. Years later, marriages would be tested, credit cards would be maxed out and lives and more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks

Just look at this book cover! So bright and thought provoking!  This commendable book features three groundbreaking women scientists, all recruited by the famous anthropologist Louis Leakey to study primates. The lives of the women overlap periodically but their research is distinctive and geographically disparate. In addition to the stories of how the scientists met Leakey and got started with their research, this graphic novel illustrates what it was like living in the field - the more

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January 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of A Splash of Red by Jennifer Bryant

Add some color to your life and check out A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant. This colorful picture book celebrates the life of artist Horace Pippin. The book chronicles his life as a young boy growing up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Then on through working in a rail yard, on a farm, serving in World War II, and – then - returning home, marrying, and settling down. Throughout his life, he drew picture after picture for those around him. In spite of a more

Reviewed by Tracy on
January 3, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Archetype by M. D. Waters

Archetype is a great debut that read like a cross between Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson and Hilary Jordan's When She Woke. In Watson's book the female protagonist wakes with no memories and must learn who she can trust. A similar journey awaits the heroine in Archetype. But for Emma, her more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
January 2, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Volcano Rising by Elizabeth Rusch

Behold the awesome power of the volcano! Leveling cities, creating mountains, capturing a child’s rapt attention. If you know a child who appreciates the more explosive aspects of Mother Nature, you’ll want to check out this title by Elizabeth Rusch. Describing the different types of volcanoes and the way they destroy and create, Rusch pulls off an impressive feat of writing. The text is simple enough for younger kids to understand, yet provides enough detail to keep older readers engaged. more

Reviewed by Jill O on
December 27, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Sins of a Wicked Princess by Anna Randol

Looking for a historical romance filled with spying, betrayal, sacrifice, temptation, intrigue, passion? Then check out the finale in Anna Randol's Sinner's Trio. Sins of a Wicked Princess finishes a set of novels about former spies and the people who love them. The Trio is a group of retired British spies who were given the choice to either hang or become spies when they were younger. Sins of a more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 26, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan and Sophie Blackall

The postman Lalouche loves his job. Although slight, years of delivering mail along the streets of early twentieth century Paris have made him fast, nimble and deceptively strong. But when the post office buys a fleet of electric autocars, Lalouche finds himself and his beloved finch Genevieve in danger of losing their home. Sacre bleu! But Lalouche decides to become a boxer, even if the manager and the other fighters scoff at his diminutive size. One by one, Lalouche takes on the more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 20, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Keeping the Castle by Patricia Kindl

Seventeen-year-old Althea Crawley needs to marry well. And by well, I mean rich. Her family home, Crawley Castle is falling apart and her family's only hope is that Althea's good looks will nab her a wealthy husband. The problem is that the men of Lesser Hoo (in Yorkshire) are not living up to their end of the bargain. And her sometimes outspoken behaivor doesn't help. After accidentally revealing her true feelings to her latest beau, that she loves him because he's rich, Althea laments "There more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 19, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Morels by Christopher Hacker

It is not an unfamiliar sight in literary fiction for an author to have the same name as its narrator. Christopher Hacker's The Morels fictionalizes this phenomenon--his central character, Arthur Morel, writes a fictional book (also called The Morels), featuring characters with his name and the names of his family members. Arthur believes he has written a masterwork of literary fiction. However, his book has a shocking ending: an explicit scene featuring Arthur, the more

Reviewed by Laura S on
December 17, 2013 | 0 comments
Book cover of Boxers and Saints
A review of Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang

The companion graphic novels Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang are making many of the "best of" lists for 2013 and just topped the more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 16, 2013 | 0 comments
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