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Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival "Sneak Peak" has just been released, and as usual with this top notch festival for book lovers, there are many intriguing offerings and some highly respected and well known authors on board.  The theme for this year's festival which will take place from October 19-23 at various downtown Madison sites is Voices.  There are a wide variety of Voices represented on the schedule more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
August 29, 2011 | 6 comments
A review of Dead Man's Switch by Tammy Kaehler

This is another promising debut from the small mystery press, Poisoned Pen. Kate Reilly is an aspiring race car driver in the Le Mans series and attends each race in hopes of getting a spot in a crew.  At Lime Rock Park she has both bad and good luck. The bad is finding the body of a racer who's been murdered. Being offered his spot on the Corvette team is the good luck even if she becomes suspect number one.  Determined to clear her name, she sets out to find out who wanted Wade dead more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 27, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Employing a unique format for telling one larger tale, the author separates two intriguing stories of deaf children, set 50 years apart, by using words to convey Ben's journey to find his father in New York after his mother passes away, and appropriately relying on pictures to tell Rose's silent quest to find a mysterious celebrity. When the stories finally intersect, the combination of words and pictures explode with emotional detail to reveal the circumstances that brought the two worlds more

Reviewed by Jesse on
August 26, 2011 | 3 comments
A review of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

...and that's all you really need to know about the book to want to read it, right? It's the perfect beach read. Libba Bray's new book, Beauty Queens, (you may have read some of her other excellent books - the addictive Gemma Doyle more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 25, 2011 | 2 comments
A review of The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak

I first encountered Mary Helen Stefaniak in 1998 when I was on the Wisconsin Library Association’s Literary Awards Committee. At the next to the last meeting, the last one being when we pick the winner for best book by a Wisconsin writer, someone brought in a slim volume of short stories called Self Storage and Other Stories and said we all better try and get a copy to read even at such short notice. It more

Reviewed by Helene on
August 23, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of French Lessons by Ellen Sussman

This is a delicious book that explores the day of three Americans in Paris taking French language lessons with three irresistible French tutors. The students participate in conversational French lessons while touring the City of Lights, and their tutors are attractive, charming and mysterious. The characters are intertwined in various ways, all looking for an affirmation of love and self. The first student is a pregnant young teacher named Josie, who is grieving the loss of her married more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 22, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith

According to some, mermaids are going to be the next big thing, now that vampires and werewolves are everywhere. While I love Aquamarine, I'm feeling nostalgic for the days when witches were supernatural enough for most books. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic witch books out there, and the books in L.J. Smith's more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 19, 2011 | 1 comment
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Top 100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Books More then 60,000 people voted (myself included) in NPR's poll of science fiction and fantasy novels to determine the top 100 titles. The poll called for readers to pick their top ten out of a list of 100. Their choices were not ranked so each vote counted as one vote for the book. Tolkien's trilogy (number one on the list) garnered 29,701 votes! That's a pretty more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 18, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of Skating Around the Law by Joelle Charbonneau

Looking for a cozy with an attitude? Check out Joelle Charbonneau's Skating Around the Law. It has a spunky heroine, a small town full of colorful characters, a hot veterinarian, a cute camel, a lot of humor, and, of course, a murder to solve. Robecca Robbins has returned to her hometown of Indian Falls, Illinois, in order to sell the skating rink she inherited when her mom died. To accomplish that she more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 16, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Earlier this year I referenced a recent School Library Journal article that declared, "vampires are out and books about dead teens and space travel are in."  I have read four books about dead or dying teens this summer, and only one about vampires, so I'll agree (someone else will have to address space travel). The topic of dead or dying teens more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 15, 2011 | 0 comments
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