Oscar Books to Movies The nominations have been announced for the 84th annual Academy Awards and readers are in luck. Six of the best picture nominations are based on books, as are the best adapted screenplay nominees and several in other major categories.  Best picture nominee Hugo, which is based on Brian Selznick's novel more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Then Again by Diane Keaton

How is it possible that Diane Keaton does not think she is beautiful? She also doesn't think she is funny, smart or charming. I think she possesses all of these attributes in spades. It goes to show you just never know what's going on in someone else's head. Diane generously shares herself and what she believes about herself in this complex new memoir. It's thoughtful, honest and bittersweet. Readers might not be expecting this last quality, but this is what I appreciated most about this book. more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 25, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews, the author, is really a husband/wife writing team and I often wonder how that works. Does one do the plotting the other the writing? I have heard of other writing duos who trade off on the writing and of the ones I've known about, I thought it showed a bit. With the Andrews team the writing is so smooth, seamless and flowing I can't imagine that they are switching off. But perhaps they more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 24, 2012 | 0 comments
Edgar Award Nominees The Edgar Award nominees have been posted by the Mystery Writers of America organization and the winners will be announced in April, so this will give you some time to read ahead and make your own picks. In the top three categories: Best NovelThe Ranger by Ace Atkins more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 23, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Today's MADreads post features a guest review by staff of the Cooperative Children's Book Center.  Me...Jane, written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, is the fifteenth annual winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. The award is given by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, a library of the School of more

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January 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Bear’s hat is missing. After a simple, somber interrogation of every forest animal he sees, Bear has given up hope of ever finding his hat. Until he suddenly remembers something curious on the head of one of the animals he spoke to…. This book’s understated illustrations match the dark, dry humor of the dialogue perfectly. Although it is a picture book, the simple text would also be a good choice for beginning readers to try out. I won’t spoil the end of this book for you, but I’d recommend you more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
January 20, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of This Must Be the Place by Kate Racculia

You would think one starred review and knowing someone with the author’s last name wouldn’t be the best criteria for choosing a book but it actually worked for me! This Must Be the Place by Kate Racculia, a debut novel for the New Yorker, turned out to be a really enjoyable read. Set in a boarding house in upstate New York, the story involves three people whose lives in one way or another more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
January 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

You're likely quite familiar with at least one story about a girl who gets swept up by the wind from her Midwestern home into another world that desperately needs her help, but I hope you'll make room for another.  September, the 12-year-old girl who circumnavigates Fairyland in Catherynne M. Valente's beautiful story The Girl Who Circumnavigates Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, definitely holds some similarities to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, but once the Green more

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January 18, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Sometimes the most interesting year- end lists of books are those of "overrated" or "worst" books; these are often paired with the ubiquitious "best of lists".  And often when persusing different lists, the same titles turn up both the best and worst lists. This year there are two novels that seem to be showing up frequently in both categories. One is 1Q84 by more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 17, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Eyes on the Goal by John Coy

Hey all you soccer players and sports enthusiasts! Check out John Coy’s book (in his “4 for 4” series) Eyes on the Goal. In this book, we catch up with middle schoolers Jackson, Gig, Isaac and Diego, as they head to soccer camp for the summer. Although Jackson is new to the sport, he’s willing to give it a try. While Diego and Gig shine on the field, Jackson and Isaac end up on the second, less experienced team. Jackson and Isaac are discouraged, especially because they are used to more

Reviewed by Tracy on
January 13, 2012 | 0 comments
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