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A review of The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers This charming new release, from the well-respected Toon graphic novel series, celebrates the joys of the rainy day. Clemmie and her big sister have big plans for a Saturday picnic, but when a rainstorm shows up, Clemmie's big sister tries to convince her that getting wet can be just as much fun. Worms, puddles and rainbows are the new agenda, and Clemmie is not so sure it has changed for the better. These sweet sisters share many touching moments that make this early reader a perfect ...read more May 23, 2014 | 0 comments
World War II Mysteries I read about War mysteries in the March 31, 2014, Publishers Weekly article, "Where One Death Is a Crime (But a Thousand Is a Statistic)". The author highlights a number of mystery series. Some are set during the war and some are set after the war. All deal with the effects ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 21, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran

Olivia Mather has a rather large problem. Her father, Bertram, is trying to kill her. And the only way she can think of to stop him is to obtain blackmail information being held by Alastair de Grey, the Duke of Marwick. The problem with this rather simple plan is the fact that the Duke has retreated to his chambers (where the documents are stashed) and he hasn't left those rooms since the scandalous death of his wife and the revelation that she had not only cheated on him, but had also plotted ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
May 20, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Russians: The People Behind the Power by Gregory Feifer

It's been just over two decades, or one generation, since the Soviet Union crumbled into chaos and the new Russia emerged onto the world scene. It marked a period of great hope that the world's largest nation would finally embrace democracy after centuries under autocratic rule. Yet as anyone who has watched the news recently might be hard pressed to differentiate between the USSR of yore and Vladimir Putin's Russia of today. Again at the forefront of American foreign policy in fights over ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 19, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This is a guest review by Sylvan Bachhuber, age 14, written for the Simpson Street Free PressSylvan has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a novel by Benjamin Alire ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 17, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Poison by Bridget Zinn

This is a guest review by Leila Fletcher, age 11, written for the Simpson Street Free Press. Leila has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** Poison by Bridget Zinn, a fantasy novel, revolves around a 16-year-old potions master, Kyra, and her piglet. Kyra must try and complete a deadly ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 16, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This is a guest review by John Crim, age 14, written for the Simpson Street Free Press. John has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** Eleanor and Park, written by Rainbow Rowell, is filled with romance and suspense. It is about a boy named Park, who is a simple boring guy, and Eleanor ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 15, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon

This is a guest review by Aubrianna Willard-lee, age 14, written for the Simpson Street Free Press. Aubrianna has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** The book Fire in the Streets is a work of historical fiction that explores the Black Panthers movement. The Black Panthers Party was a political ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 14, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About by Dave Barry

Just to be clear, this is not a parenting book, even though there is parental attendance at a Justin Bieber concert (shriek!). Dave Barry is honest in his foreword that he just used parenting in the title as a hook. He is a parent and there are essays that include him being a parent, but the book is not at all about parenting. He might be serious about his daughter not dating boys until she is forty, but that is between the two of them. There is the aforementioned essay about attending a Justin ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 12, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki

This is a sweet story that depicts a young child walking and observing animals. Along the way, the child sees a butterfly, a lizard, birds, and cats. As the child walks towards each creature, with hands out, the child is thinking, “wait, wait.” The child wants to touch and observe the animal up close. But of course, the animals fly or run away. I love how this book shows young children’s naturally curiosity and fearlessness. The story ends with the child being scooped up by the father and ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
May 9, 2014 | 0 comments
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