A review of Digby O'Day in the fast lane by Shirley Hughes

In addition to our usual picture books, this year I’ve been introducing my son to chapter books at bedtime. I like the greater complexity of the longer storylines and it’s great practice remembering what has already happened in the story and connecting it with what’s being read now and, perhaps most challenging: practicing the difficult skill of stopping reading and putting in a bookmark (or “chaptermark” as he calls them) at the end of an especially exciting chapter. (I still struggle with more

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December 12, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream

Mental health issues affect millions of families and the recent death of celebrity Robin Williams brought the issue of suicide into the media spotlight and much needed awareness to the realities of living with depression. There are many ways to explore and talk about this issue, including bibliotherapy, which means reading a book about the subject to prompt discussion. Losing Clementine gives you that opportunity. Clementine Pritchard is a renowned L.A. artist and is planning to die. more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
December 11, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy Hawking and Stephen Hawking

I was slowly making my way through Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time when I read that there was a children’s book by the author that deals with the origins of the universe and black holes. While A Brief History is actually, pleasantly so, more accessible than I expected, I was really interested in the idea of a book that could make such heavy scientific concepts more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 10, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Silent Murders by Mary Miley

Jazz Age Hollywood and murder, it doesn't get more fun then this.  Jessie Beckett, aka Leah Randall (read my review of The Impersonator to find out about this), has come to Hollywood in the mid 1920's after a career as a child actor in Vaudeville. She's working as an assistant script girl more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 9, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith

In this fifteenth installment of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith treats us to the latest news in the lives of lead detective Precious Ramotswe, and her newly-promoted “co-director”, Grace Makutsi, of Gaborone, Botswana. Those familiar with the series will recognize Smith’s use of the detective genre as a vehicle for a lilting description of Botswana life, and a gentle morality that promises that everything will be okay if we are honest and pay attention more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 8, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Good Sister by Jamie Kain

The lives of the three Kinsey sisters have been shaped primarily by the knowledge that the oldest of them will die young.  However, it is not the life-long battle with cancer that does her in, but a fall off a cliff.  A fall which may or may not have been an accident.  As the younger Kinsey’s try to forge their own identities, independent of their sister and her illness, they must come to terms with the fact that their oldest sister may not have been what they thought. more

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December 5, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

I have been waiting for the final book to come out. I was excited when my colleague Jane got me a galley, which I finished just before it expired on my Nook. Sarah MacLean is wrapping up her Rule of Scoundrels series with the final book, Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover. This series is about fallen angels. These four aristocrats who have been exiled from society due to scandal are now powerful owners of the more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 4, 2014 | 0 comments
Librarian Picks If you've got readers in the family and are looking for gift ideas, fear not, librarians to the rescue. For ten days librarians will be naming their favorite reads of the year using the hashtag #libfaves14. They started yesterday and will add titles until Dec. 10th. I've already posted a couple, Empire of Sin by Gary Krist (which I reviewed here) and Meredith Duran's Fool Me Twice more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 2, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea

“Drywater Gulch had a toad problem.” A band of thieving outlaws called the “Toad Brothers”, who would “steal your gold, kiss your cattle and insult your chili” had taken over the town.  Our hero rides in on a tortoise (“Give him a minute”) and uses his vast knowledge of dinosaurs to round up those pesky cattle kissn’ varmints and lock them up in the pokey.  Bob Shea’s western voice adds rip-snortin’ humor to Lane Smiths sepia toned illustrations without alienating the audience. more

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November 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Viscount Who Lives Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle

Elizabeth Boyle has written another charming historical romance in her "Rhymes With Love" series. The Viscount Who Lives Down the Lane is the delightful love story of the spinster and the wounded warrior, Miss Louisa Tempest and Pierson Stratton, Viscount Wakefield. It all starts with an invitation from the Louisa and Lavinia Tempest's godmother to spend the remainder of the season in London. The twins more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 25, 2014 | 0 comments
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