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A review of Ilario by Mary Gentle

A number of years ago I read Mary Gentle's Book of Ash series - her take on a Joan of Arc type of story with a little magical realism thrown in - and loved every bit of it (sadly it is not owned by the library). Gritty and well-researched, Gentle's alternative history seemed ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

This is an amazing graphic novel. It offers the perspective of many different people and characters from different places. It also busts a lot of stereotypes from different categories. It shows what can be felt when a new person comes that is easy to assume things about. I think that this is a great book to read in your free time as it is funny as well as educational. It does not, however, show how it is educational, you just read it and understand it and enjoy it. I would definitely recommend ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
July 10, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

This book will appeal to graphic novel enthusiasts, fans of Raina Telgemeier, and shy introverts (hello twelve-year-old me...) alike. When quiet Emmie, who likes to draw, accidentally drops a secret letter to her crush in the school hallway, her secret is out. Meanwhile, outgoing popular Katie (who, by the way, likes the same boy...) starts to notice Emmie and offers advice on how to stand up to bullying. Follow along for a surprising and empowering twist at the end, and pair with Svetlana ...read more

Reviewed by Holly on
July 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of A Touch of Frost by Jo Goodman

Jo Goodman excels at setting, character development, and dialogue, all of which help to make her newest a delight to read. Though she's written a lot of romances set in Regency England, her more recent romances have been set in the American west and each is well done. In A Touch of Frost, Phoebe Apple is traveling from New York to Frost Falls in Colorado to visit her older sister Fiona, who married rancher Thaddeus Frost a year or so ago. On the train ride Phoebe notices a handsome man ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

By the time Sam Wyndham washes ashore in Calcutta, he’s a damaged man. Reeling from the loss of his wife to influenza, nursing a opioid addiction and faith in the British Empire severely bruised by what he witnessed in the French trenches, he comes to Calcutta in 1919 in an attempt to start afresh—or maybe escape into oblivion, he hasn’t decided which. In A Rising Man, Abir Mukherjee’s first in a series centered on Wyndham, if the former soldier was wishing to get out of the frying pan ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 3, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Wake Up! by Helen Frost

“Sun says, Wake up – come out and explore . . .“ Helen Frost’s book Wake Up! (Candlewick Press, 2017) takes a simple poem and combines it with beautiful and close-up nature photography by Rick Lieder. The reader sees baby birds peeking out of a nest, insects crawling on plants and flowers, and a tadpole in the water. All of these animals are hatching, crawling, flying, cawing – awakening! Young readers will enjoy the rhythm and rhyme of the language along with the captivating pictures. Don’t ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
June 30, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Oslo by J. T. Rogers

One of the watershed moments in Middle East history came in September 1993, when Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat grasped each other’s hands before a beaming President Clinton after signing the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements. The agreement, better known as the Oslo Accords, demonstrated that what was deemed impossible—the possibility of Israeli and Palestinian leaders to meet and agree on a peace ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 29, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Jonesy. Vol. 1 by Sam Humphries

Meet adorably angsty Jonesy! Her dad owns a donut shop called "Donut Worry, Be Happy" and Jonesy works there part-time. She's a writer of 'zines, a pop star devotee and she thinks she's charmed. Jonesy believes she makes people fall in love with each other! She tests it out on unsuspecting friends and family and discovers something big: she can't make anyone fall in love with HER. Hmmmm. Maybe not so charmed?!? Something else that must be mentioned: Jonesy's eclectic sense of style and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 27, 2017 | 0 comments
New Historical Mystery Series I recently read two new firsts in historical mystery series and am thrilled with both of them. If you've read my MADreads reviews then you know I'm a fan of historical mysteries, so to my mind there are never enough. I'm delighted to have found these two - both of which hold the promise of more to come. Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose is set in Regency London and introduces the hero and heroine ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 26, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

A new kid is always the main attention for a while. But there is something different about Stargirl when she comes to Mica Area High School. First off is her style. It’s very different from everyone and varies from long dresses to shorter outfits. And she has a pet rat. Not your stereotypical girl. Then her personality kicks in. She sings happy birthday to everyone, looks out for everyone, cheers for everyone. But the kids don’t like it. They do their best to make it miserable for her. This is ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
June 23, 2017 | 0 comments
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