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A review of Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews grew up surrounded by music, in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. Troy’s older brother James was leading his own band at a very young age, and Troy’s grandfather was also a musician. Troy wanted to be just like them. At first, young Troy and his friends used found items to make their own instruments – an empty box from a 12 pack of soda fastened around the neck with Mardi Gras beads became a drum. They pretended to play and parade down the streets just like a ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

It’s a grey day in the city, Church has just let out, and it’s time for CJ’s weekly trek with his Grandmother to help serve at the soup kitchen. But this week CJ is feeling disenchanted. Why do they have to wait for the bus in the rain? Wouldn’t it be better if they had a car? Why do they have to go to the soup kitchen every week to help out when CJs friends don’t have to do anything on Sunday afternoons? As CJ and his Grandmother make their way across town, Grandmother shares her wise ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Nobody believed that the beautiful and mysterious Roza was going to stay in the sleepy town of Bone Gap for long,  so no one was surprised when she disappeared as quickly as she arrived. Finn O'Sullivan was the last person to see her, and while his love-struck older brother will never forgive him letting Roza leave, Finn knows that she didn't leave willingly. She was taken. Snatched. By a terrifying man whose face Finn can't remember. The more he tries to hold onto his memories, the ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
January 13, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exibits in Boston on Monday.   A list of 2016 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 12, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Stargazer's Sister by Carrie Brown

History is full of individuals whose accomplishments have largely overlooked due to the simple fact that their stories didn’t fit in with the progression of great men of history. Recent years have seen a reassessment of women’s contributions in science especially, considering the many women who were either overshadowed by ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

A small white dog with a pink bow named Diva and a green-eyed black cat named Flea become unlikely friends and adventurers in this story set in Paris, just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower. A self-identified flâneur, or idle man-about-town, Flea finds the serious, somewhat-nervous, somewhat-sheltered Diva guarding the whole of 11 avenue Le Play, including the courtyard. Their friendship develops and they both gain something valuable from the other. Diva and Flea think like small children ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 7, 2016 | 0 comments
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A review of Radiance by Grace Draven

I've been perusing a lot of "best of" lists for the end of 2015 and have found several great reads from those lists. One of them has been hitting a lot of romance "best" lists and I have to say I agree with the accolades. Radiance** is a fantasy romance that is solid from beginning to end (though I had a slight quibble with the epilogue) and I loved it. At it's heart Radiance is really ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 6, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Drowning Ground by James Marrison

Mystery is not usually my thing, but I was gratified to enjoy this British whodunnit (similar in setting and mood to the Broadchurch series) spanning many years and six unexplained murders. Marrison scaffolds the plot carefully, providing enough information to piece clues together along the way, but not so many as to provide the reader a premature solution. While there was a brief scare at one point that “the whole thing was a dream!” (ala Dallas), the author reined it back in for a ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
January 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe

Anna Blanc is bored.  With a father who treats her like the prize in a business deal, Anna is forever plagued with chaperones that neither let her out of their sight nor leave any door in daddy’s sumptuous mansion unlocked. But it’s 1907 Los Angeles, and Anna is determined to get out and experience what she knows she was meant to do—become a detective. Such is the premise behind The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, a mystery/caper/romance that sees our heroine get her wish and oh so ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver is a celebrated book by Lois Lowery. It melds dystopian fiction with action and drama to make a great combination. In fact, The Giver paved the way for the entire genre with help from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451; together, these texts started a movement for this once unrecognized and even unpopular part of science fiction writing. The Giver tells the story of a post-apocalyptic, gated community, where a boy named Jonas is thrust into a job he had not even ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
January 1, 2016 | 0 comments
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