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A review of Shipwreck Island by S.A. Bodeen

Nothing about her dad's second marriage is good news for Sarah Robinson --  not her new, beautiful step-mother; her move from Texas to California; and especially not her new step-brothers, Marco and Nacho. Sarah's parents think that a family vacation on a chartered boat will help the family bond, but when a storm destroys their boat and strands them on a mysterious island, surviving becomes their number one priority. With lots of action, suspense, and creepy creatures, Shipwreck Island is ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Eyes on You by Kate White

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from June 9–23, 2015. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Eyes on You by Kate White for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version of a local book club. Previous ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 4, 2015 | 0 comments
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Summer Reading Club for All Ages Yesterday was the start of Madison Public Library's Summer Reading Club. And this year, as in the past few years, the Club is for everyone. The Kids' theme this year is Every Hero Has a Story and will involve reading records and prizes. But teens and grownups can join in and win prizes too! If you are a ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein

The premise of Elena Ferrante’s novel My Brilliant Friend is simple: Lila and Elena are friends the moment they band together and venture up the stairs to their frightening neighbor’s door. The occasion was an apt beginning; Elena holding back, fearful, as Lila pushed forward with an unstoppable force, disregarding the consequences. The women will eventually take different paths in life, but their uncannily close and sometimes strained relationship remains a constant as they navigate ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 2, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Samantha Clair is a forty-something book editor for a publishing firm in London. Her star author, known and popular for women’s fiction, has turned in a manuscript for her newest book and to everyone’s horror it is chic lit and no one but no one reads that anymore! Her friend and client Kit Lowell has turned in his latest expose in the fashion industry and it is being kept under wraps over worries of libel and the publicity factor. As if all this weren't enough on her plate, one day, on her way ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
June 1, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This is an excellent read-alike for fans of Raina Telgemeier and for fans of graphic novels exploring the middle grades. It’s a coming-of-age story about a 12-yr-old girl named Astrid who is lost and drifting away from the best friend she’s had since first grade. Astrid signs up for roller derby camp and is broken-hearted to discover that her best friend, Nicole, won’t be joining her. Nicole has signed up for dance ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 28, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me & Nearly Broke My Heart by William Alexander

By the author of The $64 Tomato, Flirting with French is one for linguaphiles, or really anyone who’s ever struggled with (or loved) learning a foreign language. This is the story of a 57-year-old man who sets out to beat the odds and master French as an adult-foreign-language-learner. Part travel-log, part linguistics lesson, part study journal, and all funny, Flirting with French lays bare the joys and heartbreaks (in the author’s case, quite literally) that go ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
May 27, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Here Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds

Following admirably in the giant footsteps of Godzilla and King Kong, author Aaron Reynolds (Creepy Carrots) and illustrator Jeremy Tankard (Grumpy Bird) bring us Destructosaurus, the biggest and baddest threat the city has ever seen. Why has he come out of the sea? What is he looking for?  Most importantly, will Destructosaurus finally learn some manners before the city is destroyed? Whether you're naturally destructive or a neatnick, this story will resonate in a BIG way! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
May 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg

How many parents have had this experience?  “Mama, I can’t fall asleep”.  This is Chengdu‘s plight.  Chengdu is a small panda, wide awake while all the other pandas in the bamboo grove snooze peacefully.  No matter how he tries, wiggles, twitches or twists, sleep eludes him.   Finally, like many children, Chengdu seeks out his brother, Yuan, cuddles up to him and drifts off.  But, now Yuan is wide awake! Barney Saltzberg has created a gentle, humorous bedtime ...read more

Reviewed by Ruth on
May 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

A hard-scrabble life, never knowing if the home you have worked for will be ruthlessly wrenched away from you tomorrow. The threat of raiders always present, blood-thirsty men calling on their god to avenge some wrong or deliver land and wealth. Shifting alliances with friends quickly turning to enemies, and blood relatives betraying each other without a thought. Such is the world of Uhtred, son of Uhtred, earl of Northumbria in the chaotic waning decades of ninth century Britain. Danes are ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 19, 2015 | 2 comments
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