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July Titles Midsummer tends to see a bit of a slowing in publishing compared to the big releases of June, but this July still has its share of notable titles. It’s a good month for authors undertaking their sophomore efforts: both Jessie Burton (last year’s bestseller The Miniaturist) and Eleanor Brown (author of The Weird Sisters ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 16, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Booked by Kwame Alexander

Let me think of a few words to describe reading a book about a 12-year-old boy whose father is a linguistics professor and famous author of the "Weird and Wonderful Words" dictionary, and who attends a school where the coolest adult is the rapping librarian. Enchantment. Enthrallment. Estimation. Now let me think of a few words to describe my feelings about a boy character using clever word play to describe assigned reading including but not limited to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries

What happens when circumstances bring together a curmudgeon and a beautiful independent woman? Sit back and watch the sparks fly between old friends. Edwin and Clarissa may think that they don't suit, but as the story unfolds in The Sinful Suitors series second novel, The Study of Seduction, we discover that where there's smoke there's fire.   The story begins at St George's Club. Three men--Warren ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

A friend pointed me in the direction of this book. Not because she'd read it, but because the flap copy says the author is "in the company of Kelly Link," and my friend knows that I am a hand-to-your-heart gigantic superfan of Kelly Link. If you haven't read her, stop what you're doing and put one of her books on hold. You won't regret it. Anyway. Samantha Hunt lived up to the promise big time. Mr. Splitfoot ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
June 13, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Maxi the Little Taxi by Elizabeth Upton

It's Maxi the Taxi's first day on the job. He loves splashing in puddles while he gives people a ride around the city, zooming on his way. But when he starts looking icky and sticky, people avoid him. How will he get clean? Will anyone help him?Enjoy this bright, rhyming picture book about Maxi the Taxi's all-day adventures, including his first ever car wash! ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
June 10, 2016 | 0 comments
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 ( ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 2, 2016 | 0 comments
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