A review of Linesman by S. K. Dunstall

The other night I was reading on my tablet and realized it needed charging. But I still wanted to be reading. So I picked Linesman from my pile of library books and thought 'I'll just read it for a while and then head to bed'. Best laid plans. A few hours later (at 4:30 in the morning!) I turned the last page and immediately went to the LINKcat app on my phone to put book two in the series ( more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Below stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir that Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Margaret Powell

Admit it. You’re in Downton Abbey withdrawal. I won’t try to convince you that Margaret Powell’s first-hand account of Downton-esque, downstairs life as a kitchen maid nearly a hundred years ago is anything like the BBC soap opera, but you should read it and like it for other reasons. It is not spectacularly written, but that’s a testament to the authenticity of the author’s experience. It is unapologetic, matter-of-fact, and blushingly sassy for its time. Though Powell passed away long ago, I more

Reviewed by Carra on
June 7, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

A private jet takes off from Martha’s Vineyard, headed for New York. On board are the typical denizens of the Vineyard: a Wall Street titan and his wife, a network CEO so polarizing that he travels with a bodyguard, the wife and two kids of the network honcho, and a flight crew of exceptional beauty and professionalism. And one down-on-his-luck painter, hitching a ride with the blessing of the CEO’s pretty wife. Sixteen minutes into a routine flight, the plane plunges into the merciless more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 6, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Bear and Hare – Where’s Bear? by Emily Gravett

A humorous take on hide-and-seek for your favorite toddler or preschooler! Bear and Hare – Where’s Bear?  by Emily Gravett (Simon & Schuster, 2016) shows Hare in search of Bear. (Hare counts each time before he begins to search . . . a fun counting activity to do with your child as you read the book aloud!) The silly places Bear tries to hide will make your little one laugh – and you, too! This simple tale ends with a bit of a twist and, then, a satisfying conclusion. The softly drawn more

Reviewed by Tracy on
June 3, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Giant Days. Volume 1 by John Allison

This young adult graphic novel is about three female college freshmen navigating their way through higher education, new adult relationships and living in the dorms. Esther is the beautiful drama queen, Daisy the animal loving optimist, and Susan a jaded feminist zine writer. Their first major tragedy is a debilitating cold virus that sweeps over campus. The trio has to take care of themselves to mixed results. It's funny to witness their various methods for curing a cold from rest, to more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 2, 2016 | 0 comments
Summer 2016 Mysteries For a number of years now I'm been sharing a list of mysteries, both new characters and old. Here is my summer 2016 list of titles I am looking forward to reading. Which character are looking forward to reconnecting with? Are there any new mysteries that you would recommend? ​Sayonara Slam by Naomi Hirahara [4/26]character: Mas Arai, semiretired gardenersetting: Los Angeles​ ​​​ more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of I Don’t Like Snakes by Nicola Davies

Don’t like snakes? Neither does the little girl in “I Don’t Like Snakes”! But, as her family explains more about how snakes move (they slither), smell (with their tongue), and are born (from eggs) she realizes that snakes aren’t all that bad. She even surprises her family with some snake knowledge of her own! I Don’t Like Snakes is the perfect combination of a story and snake facts that both parents and kids will learn something from. more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 27, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

If one were to hold a competition for most overcrowded subgenre, I’m pretty certain the ‘New York domestic drama/identity crisis’ would be a leading contender. Does the world really need another book of Big Apple angst, Prospect Heights problems, East Village ennui? In most cases, likely not. But (New York-based, Brooklyn-born) Emma Straub spins the familiar streets and much-covered issues of marital and domestic strife into something fresh and psychologically astute with her latest novel, more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Widow by Fiona Barton

I'm nervous for all of us about how much personal information is available online and how it might be used. It's scary enough to make you want to lock your doors and not come out. But that's not really a way to live, is it? The Widow starts with a crime. The reader is not sure what the crime is exactly, who the criminal or criminals are and whether or not it's been resolved. What we do know is that a man who was involved is now dead and his widow, Jean Taylor, is relieved. more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

This haunting novel for children is equal parts warm and disturbing, comforting and frustrating. Annabelle lives in a tight-knit community in Pennsylvania in 1943. Aside from the menace of the current world war, and the dark legacy of the previous one, things are pretty and cozy for Annabelle in Wolf Hollow. Enter Betty Glengarry. Betty transfers to Annabelle’s one-room school as some sort of corrective measure for her “incorrigible” nature. Betty starts right in with bullying and intimidation more

Reviewed by Beth on
May 24, 2016 | 0 comments
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