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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 ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
January 13, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston

Every year one of my New Year’s resolutions is to go through an enormous tub of pictures, letters, ticket stubs and other memorabilia from my past and paste together an old fashioned scrapbook. This intimidating task was once again put to the backburner, but this time for a good reason, to READ a scrapbook. There are plenty of books written in letter form (epistolary fiction) but Caroline Preston’s latest book The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
January 12, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Hangman's Daughter: A Historical Novel by Oliver Potzsch

This is a bright translated gem from Germany. It's based on the true history of a family of executioners named Kuisl from a small Bavarian town in the 1600s. The author is a descendent of the Kuisl line, which adds another element of interest to this book. It's thrilling and suspenseful, but like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books, I needed a map and a translator to muddle my way through. Luckily for me the book came with a map. And I have a friend that helped with the German. What' ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 11, 2012 | 2 comments
A review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Recently I read a review of Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn which is a futuristic take on the classic novel Jane Eyre. I'd read this book years ago but reading the review reminded me of why it's never been my ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 10, 2012 | 2 comments
A review of The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

With the recent translation of The Keeper of Lost Causes, by Jussi Adler-Olsen, we can add Denmark to the list of Scandinavian countries that have produced terrific mystery and suspense authors. This book is the first in a best-selling series in Denmark; hopefully the rest of the books will be translated and released in English soon. Copenhagen police detective Carl Morck has survived a very traumatic  incident, one that left a partner dead and another hospitalized ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 9, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

When I think of Lane Smith, I think of silly stories with a snarky sense of humor. So, I was surprised by the simple beauty of his latest work, Grandpa Green. With lush, green illustrations, Smith depicts the garden of Grandpa Green through the eyes of his great-grandson. Around every corner, topiaries depict scenes from Grandpa's life -- the time he got the chicken pox, scenes from his favorite books, the day he met his wife. And, while Grandpa's memory may be fading, his garden holds ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
January 6, 2012 | 0 comments
Recommended Biographies Like reading about other people and their lives? Then here is a list for you.  These titles are from various"best of" lists, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. Below are a few from a new library booklist-- Recommended Biographies in 2011. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 5, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan

Sometimes I'm reluctant to write a review of a book. Not because the book was bad but because it was good. So good that I know I won't be able to do it justice with my own words. Bad Things Happen is just such a book. Harry Dolan crosses Raymond Chandleresque noir with Quentin Tarantino's rapid-fire dialog and complicated plotting style. All this leavened with enough dry wit to make a ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 4, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Book geeks like me always look forward to the National Book Awards, and this year provided a little more drama due to a hazy phone connection and some hurried backtracking in the young adult category (happily settled, thankfully). The other surprise of the evening came in the fiction category.  Often viewed as an award to honor more critically acclaimed but lesser known authors, this year’s winner Salvage the Bones ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle

The artist being referred to in this story is Franz Marc, a famous abstract artist who was criticized for painting a horse blue. The author Eric Carle believes that “children ought not be inhibited by conventional rules (in art) but, instead should be encouraged to express their natural talents freely and joyfully.” To express this belief, Carle paints pictures of various animals in unusual colors. There is an orange elephant, a red crocodile, a polka-dotted donkey and several more uniquely ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
December 30, 2011 | 0 comments
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