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A review of Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage

The American Library Association will announce the winner and runners up for the prestigious Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of the year on Monday, January 27th.In the meantime, here’s a list of 10 strong candidates plus 1. Which of these do you feel is most distinguished? Do you know of another book published in 2013 that looks like an award-winner?1. Ten Orange Pumpkins; a ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 17, 2014 | 2 comments
Edgar Award Nominees Announced On the same day as the Oscar nominees were announced came similar news from the mystery community. The Edgars are to mystery writers what the Oscars are to the Hollywood community. I think it's going to be a tough year for the judges. There are some great contenders - for a full list of all the categories take a look at the complete list.  Best Novel ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
January 16, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt

There was so much to take in with this oversized graphic novel I decided to read it twice. My final analysis: this is an amazing gem of a book. Hélène is being bullied. Her former friends have shunned her and make nasty jabs about her being overweight and stinky. It is clear from the illustrations and from a later visit to the pediatrician that Hélène is a perfectly normal middle school student who is growing. Her lack of self-esteem is justifiable considering the treatment she is experiencing ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 15, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Every month public librarians around the country vote for their favorite forthcoming books. And each month the books (being published that month) that get the most votes make the top ten. According to the LibraryReads list compilers "The monthly list will be our collective favorites – the books we loved reading and cannot wait to share!" This months LibraryReads list is out and topping the list is Pierce Brown's Red Rising - a book ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
January 14, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Giver by Lois Lowry

It’s December again, and while every December brings a sense of anticipation in the community. But for nearly-twelve-year-old Jonas, this December is especially important. This is his Ceremony of Twelve, the ceremony in which he’ll learn what his Assignment is, the path that he is to follow for the rest of his life. In Lois Lowry’s 1993 masterpiece The Giver, Jonas has lived a happy existence in the sheltered unrelentingly same community. He attends school, abides by the set schedule ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 13, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Mr. Tiger leads a proper life in his small town. He goes to proper tea parties, carries on proper conversations and keeps his proper suit and top hat on all very properly. But something is missing.  One day, Mr. Tiger tries walking on all fours. Then he starts to roar. And finally, off comes the proper suit and top hat. It’s all too much for Mr. Tiger’s fellow townspeople, who ask that if Mr. Tiger must act wild, would he please do so in the wilderness? But while he can go completely wild ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 10, 2014 | 3 comments
A review of No good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

I was excited to find that the next title in the Rule of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean is available. The series focuses on four aristocrats whose scandals have exiled them from society and who are now owners of an exclusive gaming establishment, The Fallen Angel. Each finds a love powerful enough to bring them back into the light.    The first book in the series is Bourne & Penelope's story (see my ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 9, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths

I always enjoy Griffiths books and love Ruth Galloway, her forensic archaeologist protagonist. But I will admit to being happily relieved to like this one so much - since I found her last a bit disappointing (still good, but not my fav). Ruth is doing her usual scramble to keep up in her life. She is a professor of archaeology at a Norfolk University, a single mother to a toddler daughter, and has now been asked to participate in a documentary-type tv show about an archaeological find. While ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
January 8, 2014 | 2 comments
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 ...read 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 ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 6, 2014 | 0 comments
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