A review of The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader

One autumn morning, a seventeen-year-old woman steps from her old life into her freedom—literally. For Sarah, life in thirteenth-century England offers few choices, even for an educated girl from a well-to-do family like her. So when she is faced with the prospect of marrying, Sarah chooses the one path that will give her some control over her fate. But, ironically, she will have to live for the rest of her life in a cell hardly larger than a few paces, and no window to the outside world. She more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Known for her feminist, humorous memoirs, Caitlin Moran is back with fiction this time, writing about our heroine Johanna, reminiscing on her adolescent years working as a music reviewer for a London paper. She has a captivating way with words, somehow tapping into teenage angst in a way so real and raw that it is almost painful to read for the adolescent flashbacks it induces. This is a book that doesn’t tell how to raise a girl, but how to build oneself into a girl, navigating societal, more

Reviewed by Carra on
July 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson

Always a pleasure to have a book by Peter Robinson to read and this one was no exception. When a body of an older man is found, possibly thrown from an abandoned railway bridge in an isolated locale, Alan Banks is called with his team to investigate. The man was pretty much a loner, in poor physical condition, and suffering economically. It gets more interesting when a large sum of money is found on the body along with drugs in his home. A drug deal gone wrong? Or something else tied to the man more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
July 21, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Better Nate than ever by Tim Federle

Sitting in his first Broadway audition, Nate realizes it’s better to be simple and honest, “SPECIAL SKILLS: I thought a pirouette was a pasty, before this audition, and if that’s any indication of how much I could learn in New York, I hope I have a chance to live here…” Tim Federle’s Nate is a dreamer, a big dreamer on a big adventure in New York City. In Nate we find a character who refuses to settle for being anything less than his fabulous self, even if that self doesn’t fit into his small more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
July 17, 2015 | 0 comments
Summer Picks You finally have three free hours of uninterrupted time to read by the pool, by the lake or next to the ball field during a never ending baseball tournament. If chick lit and beach reads won’t cut it, here are two titles sure to keep your eyes glued to the page. My Sunshine Away is set during a fateful summer in Baton Rouge, LA when a young boy falls for the neighbor girl Lindy. The story starts dramatically as we find out his childhood crush has been assaulted one evening on a bike more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
July 16, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Wow. This is a book to think and talk about.  Greg Gaines is a middle-of-the-road high school kid and wannabe film maker. His friend Rachel has leukemia. Greg hasn't spent any time with Rachel since Hebrew School when they were in junior high, but their moms have decided that the two should hang out because Greg makes Rachel laugh and laughter is good medicine. Greg reluctantly agrees and soon he and Rachel are spending almost every afternoon together and starting to meet up at school for more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 14, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

In this teen graphic novel, Rose Wallace and her parents spend another summer with her family at Awago Beach, a small, sleepy resort town “where beer goes on trees and everyone can sleep in until eleven.” However, her parents can’t seem to stop fighting, and a personal conflict between some of the local teens piques Rose’s interest. When Rose’s dad leaves to “get some space,” and Rose discovers a painful family secret, her world falls apart. Fortunately, Rose’s long time friend Windy is there, more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
July 10, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Naked! by Michael Ian Black

You might know Michael Ian Black as a comedian and actor, but he also writes children’s books, including this picture book about the benefits and detriments of running around totally naked.  Don’t worry--this is totally-safe-for-work, and fun-for-kids kind of nudity, with bold, strategic illustrations by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, showing the freedom of nudity balanced with the upside of clothing: the dynamism that comes with wearing a cape for example, not to mention protection from the elements more

Reviewed by Carra on
July 9, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Ani FaNelli is living a charmed life. She's smart, skinny, rich and beautiful. She's got an amazing job at the most recognizable women's magazine in America, a killer wardrobe, enviable zip code and the perfect fiancé. The only problem is that she's not happy. She imagines plunging an expensive knife from her bridal registry into the ribcage of her handsome husband-to-be. She's got a bitter internal dialogue running about everyone in her life from co-workers to college room-mates to the hostess more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 7, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Spots in a Box by Helen Ward

What’s a guinea fowl to do with no spots? Ask for some, of course! In Spots in a Box by Helen Ward (Candlewick Press, 2015), a spotless bird writes a letter requesting some spots. He gets big spots, and little spots, bright spots, and connect-the-dot spots, fancy spots, and - even - not-spots! The humorous illustrations are a perfect combination to the words. The reader sees the guinea fowl try out all sorts of spots – with cardboard boxes, colorful dots, and packaging materials scattered more

Reviewed by Tracy on
July 3, 2015 | 0 comments
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