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Summer Reading I ran across an article in the Express Tribune called "10 Books to Reread This Summer". For each they give their reasoning for why the book is on the list. Take a look and see what you think. Have you read them? If yes, would you re-read? 1. The English Patient ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder

Penelope Grey’s family is very wealthy. They live in a mansion, and she can have pretty much anything she wants… but she’s bored. Books are about the only thing she doesn’t find boring, but they’re still just words on the page. One day, Penelope makes a wish at the family wishing well and everything changes. The rest of the story tumbles energetically through unusual new jobs for her parents, a move to a place called the Whippoorwillows which is populated by a number of very quirky characters, ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
May 11, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

And where there are more humans, there is more stuff, or garbage.  Katherine Boo's super readable narrative nonfiction account of three years in the Mumbai slum of Annawadi, near the spectacularly beautiful 5-star Hyatt Regency Hotel and Mumbai International Airport, will blow your mind.  3000 people live on a half-acre of land.  The poverty, disease and loss of life are staggering.  The amount of waste, consumer and otherwise, is remarkable. Annawadi is situated across a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 10, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Tempest by Julie Cross

When 19-year-old Jackson Meyer discovers that he can travel through time, he's excited - but not really that excited, because he can't go back in time that far, and whatever he does in the past seems to have no bearing on the present. Since he can't use it to stop wars or even win the lottery, his new talent is really more of a parlor trick, though it's one that he keeps secret from everyone except his best friend Adam, a young genius who is determined to discover the limits of Jackson ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
May 9, 2012 | 0 comments
Edgar Award Winners Announced The Mystery Writers of America chose their winners for this years Edgars in Apirl. I think they had especially tough choices this year since so many of the nominees were excellent. Take a look at some of their picks. Best Novel (winners starred in red)The Ranger by Ace Atkins ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 8, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

I usually don't read YA novels, but Grave Mercy, the first in The Fair Assassin series, contains a number of elements that I do read--history, the struggle between good and evil, political intrigue, character growth, love, strong characters, mystery. The starred review that I read and the offer of a free e-galley drew me in, but Ismae's story kept me reading. Robin LaFevers's debut novel is about a young lady in 15th century France who becomes an assassin, serving the god of death. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 7, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of One Special Day by Lola Schaefer

It's One Special Book! "Ok, I've seen her, you can take her back!" Granted, I was two when I said that and didn't realize that #1, that little baby would grow up to be one of my very best friends in the whole world and #2, being a big sibling didn't take away everything else I already was. But even as young as I was, I might have gotten a jump on both of these important ideas with the beautiful new book, One Special Day. Spencer is a 'big' kid: strong, fast, loud, funny and imaginative ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
May 4, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

I love graphic novels like this. The main character, Maggie, is an excellent protagonist. She's starting high school after being homeschooled and is nervous about fitting in. She's independent and smart and a bit of a wreck because her mom just took off. Her dad is the Chief of Police and she's a little self-conscious about that. And, oh yeah, she can see ghosts. The story is set in what is described as a small city on the East Coast. It seems kind of big and cool, though. There are museums and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Murder in the First-Class Carriage by Kate Colquhoun

It was a quiet evening when Mr. Briggs, a well-to-do London bank clerk, stepped into a first-class carriage on the North London railway. Ten minutes later, two passengers stepped into the same carriage to find pools of blood on the cushions. Mr. Briggs himself lay stunned and bleeding along the tracks a few miles distant; he would later die without giving any hint as to the identity of his assailant. The investigation and trial that would follow turned into a sensational case is the subject of ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 2, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Arcadia by Lauren Groff

It sounds pretty great: a society in which there is no heirarchy, where everyone contributes equally in the pursuit of a pure life lived off of the earth, where idealism is a reality.  Growing up in such a place would be paradise, wouldn't it?  In Lauren Groff's brilliant new novel Arcadia (following the equally outstanding Monsters of Templeton and the story collection ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
May 1, 2012 | 0 comments
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