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A review of The Dangerous Viscount by Miranda Neville

This historical romance is a fairy tale with a twist.  The ugly duckling is a man who is transformed into a swan.  Along the way the beautiful princess, despite liking the ugly duckling, plays a cruel trick on him. The now swan has decided to get revenge on the beautiful princess, but that revenge backfires when he falls for the princess. Our ugly duckling is Sebastian Iverley who was raised by an eccentric recluse uncle. His social skills were limited and as a child his cousins made ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 24, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Town that Food Saved by Ben Hewitt

Hardwick, Vermont is a tiny town of 3,200 people nestled in the Green Mountains about 60 miles from the Canadian border.  From that description, I imagine a snow-packed town with about 2 months of summer, where residents scrape together a living maybe cutting wood or teaching skiing lessons.  Who would guess that it is a epicenter of successful local food movement?  Ben Hewitt, author of The Town that Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food, lives ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
May 23, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Much of The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown is about the dynamics of sisterhood and how families are shaped by birth order and names.  There has been much ado about baby names recently and how good or bad, baby names have long-lasting effects.  Unusual or oddly spelled names can mean hardship for ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 18, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Last year I read and reviewed a galley (an advance copy) of Chevy Stevens' debut Still Missing**. Which was good and bad. Good because I loved, loved the book and bad because I couldn't really talk to anyone about it yet. I had to wait several months before my friends and colleagues had a chance to read the book and discuss. I have had the same dilemma with S. J. Watson's debut, Before I Go ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 11, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn

For some reason Raybourn's last book, Dark Road to Darjeeling, stayed in my TBR pile for a long time and it was only recently that I read it. Now I'm happy that I waited that long because the events that take place in that book have an impact in this latest and it was nice to have it all fresh in my mind. Lady Julia and her husband Nicholas Brisbane have returned from their honeymoon and are ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 10, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst

A whimsical, redemptive story about how good manners can make all the difference. Lulu, a spoiled only child, wants a pet brontosaurus for her birthday. She screeches and flails to no avail when her parents adamantly say, “No.” Lulu packs a suitcase and runs off into the big forest to find her pet. She encounters and even brawls with bigger, scary animals, but she proves to be tougher and meaner. That is, until she meets the brontosaurus and finds herself unable to go back home. The short ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
May 4, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg

“Before it was a dance it was a story.” The classic ballet, Appalachian Spring, was brought to life through the collaboration of three very talented artists. Martha Graham, the famous dancer and choreographer, wrote and performed in the ballet that tells the story of American life during pioneer days. Aaron Copland composed the music based on the well-known Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts” and artist Isamu Noguchi built the angular, minimalist set, which has been described as similar to the way in ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
April 29, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown

Not impressed by the pet frog he brought home from the woods, Peter’s mother asked, “Would you like it if a wild animal made YOU its pet?” Fortunately for us, young Peter Brown’s enthusiastic response (“Absolutely!”) has become grown-up author Peter Brown’s new book, Children Make Terrible Pets.When Lucy the bear finds a little boy in the woods, she just knows he’ll make the best pet ever! Wise Mom doubts that little “Squeaker” (aptly named for the sound he makes) is meant for the ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 29, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Blank Confession by Pete Hautman

Mike Martin, aka Mikey the Munchkin, is used to attracting attention from other students who find his vintage suits to be a bit abnormal for daily high school attire. But when Mikey finds himself attracting the unsolicited attention of Jon Brande, the school drug dealer and his older sister’s newest boyfriend, he has to choose whether to pay up or run his mouth as usual. Luckily for Mikey, he has made friends with the new kid, Shayne Blank, who has the moral foundation and martial arts ...read more

Reviewed by Jesse on
April 28, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of That's Like Me! by Jill Lauren

Do you think school is hard? Does doing a sheet of math problems make you want to cry? It can be really frustrating when you learn differently, but don’t give up! Just ask the awesome people who share their stories in That’s Like Me! Stories about Amazing People with Learning Difficulties. What do a dancer, a race-car driver, an Antarctic explorer, a veterinarian, a trapeze artist, and an inventor all have in common? Author and Learning Specialist, Jill Lauren, found all these people ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 28, 2011 | 0 comments
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