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A review of Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher

It REALLY freaks me out. Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), commonly referred to as shock treatment, is something that I thought was long gone. It wasn't until I watched the recent finale of Homeland starring Claire Danes as a manic-depressive CIA-agent (SPOILER ALERT) that I even knew it was still taking place. And I thought maybe it was a very rare thing. It just seems so violent to me and the risks...the loss of memory, so heartbreaking. But ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 7, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

There are a fair amount of people on the earth who have not had the pleasure of reading a John Green novel. I really and truly feel bad for them. Still, free choice being what it is, it’s fine if people choose to shuffle off this mortal coil without reading one of his books, but I am firmly of the belief that were one to choose to invest a day or so in reading a John Green novel, life would be richer and there would be, as Green might put it, a little less suck in the world.  Hazel, the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 6, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

There's a little part of me that will always regret being born too late (and, frankly, too nerdy) to have enjoyed punk culture in the early 1980s.  However, books like Eleanor Henderson's Ten Thousand Saints provide me with a perfect venue for living vicariously through someone else's experience, fictional though it may be. In this remarkable first novel, teenagers Jude Keffy-Horn and Teddy McNicholas are trying desperately to find a way out of the small town in Vermont that they' ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
March 5, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl Behind the Glass by Jane Kelley

Crafting a ghost story for kids can be tough. Too scary, and parents will be ripping it out of their child's hands for fear of nightmares. Not scary enough, and kids won't be interested. Jane Kelley, however, gets it just right in her novel The Girl Behind the Glass. Told in a lyrical style reminiscent of Kathi Appelt's The Underneath, the ghostly narrator is thrilled when twins ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
March 2, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Rogue by Any Other Name: The First Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean has a new series of books about fallen angels. These four aristocrats whose scandals have exiled them from society are now princes of the underworld. Lords Bourne, Temple, Chase, and Cross have become the powerful owners of the gaming club The Fallen Angel. This first book, A Rogue by Any Other Name: The First Rule of Scoundrels, is the story of Michael Lawler, the Marquess of Bourne who ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 1, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

There's a widespread phenomenon among fourth grade girls that I like to call "horse fever." It's not contagious, but it's rampant and for some, all-consuming. Now, I understand that not all girls love horses or obsessively read horse books in fourth grade. Some get started as early as second or third grade and keep going well into their teens. And I know that horse fever is not limited to just girls, because I inherited horse fever from my father. He had a full set of Marguerite Henry's ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 29, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

It is hard to imagine that there was a time when Harvard was a very small college, and when native Americans outnumbered European immigrants in the Eastern part of the United States. Geraldine Brooks puts the reader into that time period very effectively with her novel Caleb's Crossing, set in Boston and on Martha's Vineyard in the 17th century.  Brooks, a  ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
February 28, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Catch Me by Lisa Gardner

When Boston detective D. D. Warren finds a young woman lingering near a crime scene she's immediately suspicious. When that young woman tells her that she's there because she wants to meet the detective who will most likely investigate her own death, D. D. is still suspicious, but she's also intrigued. Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant tells D. D. that she will be murdered at 8 pm on January 21st, in four days. While initially D. D. thinks that there's a good chance Charlie Grant is a ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 27, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Belly Book by Fran Manushkin

If you’re looking for a reason to celebrate your belly, check out Fran Manushkin’s latest ode to a body part, The Belly Book. Every person, every animal – even aliens in outer space – has a belly, and no matter what it looks like or where you find it, bellies are beautiful, useful and fun. The Belly Book encourages children to be proud of their bellies. Regardless of size, shape or color, everybody’s got one, and they’re all pretty fantastic. Told through a series of clever ...read more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
February 24, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard

This at-times excruciatingly keen novel starts out with the unnamed narrator and her best friend Felicia babysitting for a wild tribe of six children, a tarantula, a python, a rat snake, a bunch of white mice, and an elderly dog for seventy-five cents an hour in order to earn money for new school clothes. The oldest boy sets the house on fire and the fourteen-year-old babysitters can't decide whether they should call the fire department, their mothers or both. They decide that whatever they do ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 23, 2012 | 1 comment
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