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A review of Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer

You can trust National Geographic to publish an account of the Salem witch trials that is as authentic and appealing as possible.  Rosalyn Schanzer tells the true story of how a couple of kids with some mysterious symptoms started a witch hunt that resulted in more than 20 deaths and untold heartache, stolen property and ruined lives. This little book is crafted in a period design with black-white-and-red scratchboard illustrations that ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 23, 2012 | 2 comments
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Time Line of Dystopian Fiction So I ran across a cool infographic about dystopian fiction (part of which you can see to the right) and followed it back to a cool blog post by Patrick who blogs for Goodreads. With Hunger Games about to break box-office records he thought it'd be a good time to look at ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 22, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

I was prepared to really like this book. No, I was prepared to really LOVE this book. The pairing of Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and Maira Kalman in a YA break-up book? Amazing! The concept of the book - genius!  High school junior Min Green writes a letter to her ex-boyfriend Ed Slaterton explaining how the remnants in their "relationship box" show why they broke up. The items in the box are illustrated by Maira Kalman and begin each chapter. There are many items, many awesome ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 21, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of 1222 by Anne Holt

1222 meters above sea-level a train traveling from Oslo crashes in a remote area. The good news, there is only one fatality amongst the 269 people on board. The bad news, they've crashed during the storm of the century. A blizzard with hurricane force winds is just getting started. So when the passengers are evacuated from the crippled train, they find themselves trapped in an isolated mountain hotel with no outside contact until the storm subsides. Though everyone is happy to have survived the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 20, 2012 | 0 comments
Basketball Madness March Madness has begun. As you are cheering for your favorite college team, how about checking out some basketball books--some old, some new? These recommendations come from fellow basketball fans. Some oldies but goodies Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

I escaped January in Wisconsin by tagging along with Carter and Sadie Kane, the heroes of Rick Riordan’s awesome Kane Chronicles (The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire). These chapter books are pretty thick, but, like the Percy Jackson books, they are action-packed with death- ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
March 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of How it all began by Penelope Lively

Charlotte Rainsford's mugging on a London street impacts several people, including some unknown to her, in veteran British author Penelope Lively's well written and charming new novel, How it all Began. Charlotte, a widow and retired school teacher, has lived independently until this event. She now must reluctantly depend on her daughter and son-in-law for care when she moves in with them temporarily to recuperate from her injuries. Daughter Rose has raised two children and ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
March 15, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Blame it on Bath by Caroline Linden

The de Lacey brothers have a big problem. On his death bed their father confessed to a clandestine marriage years before he inherited the dukedom or married their mother. If proven, the brothers will lose a lot both financially and socially. The dukedom of Durham is one of the wealthiest in England. Each brother has a different reaction to the news that they may be illegitimate. Edward, the middle brother, who has been running the Durham properties effectively, will see all his hard work ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

I love fairy tales and I love outer space, so picking up Anna Sheehan's debut novel A Long, Long Sleep was a no-brainer for me.  In this fantastic reinterpretation of the story of Sleeping Beauty, we meet (biologically) 16-year-old Rose Fitzroy, who has been awoken from a long, long sleep by a kiss. It isn't a terribly romantic kiss, though, and she doesn't find herself in a magnificent four-poster bed in a picturesque castle - instead, she's resuscitated from a chemically induced ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
March 13, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera by Joseph Volpe and Charles Michener

You have to hand it to Joe Volpe. Releasing a memoir of his tenure as head of the Metropolitan Opera could put one in a ticklish situation. Yet if there is one underlying theme that comes out of The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera, it is the gutsiness necessary with successfully running the nation's largest (and some would say premier) performing arts organization. Opera exists for conflict, and Volpe's 43-year career at the Met certainly saw its ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 12, 2012 | 0 comments
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