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A review of Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle

Are you familiar with Raggedy Ann? She's a gentle rag doll with red yarn hair and a sweet smile. It's believed that her sweetness comes from the "I LOVE YOU" candy heart that lives inside her stuffing. That just makes me melt. I mean, really. This charming classic includes all of the original Raggedy Ann stories in which Raggedy comes to live in Marcella's nursery and leads the charge of dollies into the pantry and on many other adventures. My personal favorites include Raggedy Ann Learns a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 7, 2017 | 0 comments
Top Biographies Booklist does many Top 10 lists every year. Here is one for those who like to read about other people and their lives: Top 10 Biographies: 2017   Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson.  Casey Stengel: ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of [Heart] 2 [heart] by Lois Ehlert

Veggies and fruits in bold, bright colors, and lots of rebus riddles to decipher mean this love-filled little # by picture book author extraordinaire Lois Ehlert is never out of season--2 much F(onion)!       ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
March 3, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Concrete Angel by Patricia Abbott

In Patricia Abbott’s debut novel, Concrete Angel, Christine’s mother Eve is beautiful, dynamic and she just loves her daughter, keeping her close at all times. Unfortunately, she is also toxic. Through Christine’s eyes, we learn that Eve has a shopping problem; she loves to buy, or take, things that are shiny and pretty. She acquires enough that she needs to rent several storage units to store them all. Eve’s husband Hank married her for her beauty and spunk, and he tolerates Eve’s ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
March 2, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Conclave by Robert Harris

The Pope is dead. The world's largest religion is lacking a shepherd in a most tumultuous time and the Church needs a steady hand to unite its various factions. It's the responsibility of Jacopo Lomeli to gather the cardinals of the Church into the conclave that will make this momentous decision, sealed away from the world in the Sistine Chapel until one of their brothers emerges as God's chosen. It's the most secretive of elections, a decision guided by the Holy Spirit that results in real ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Bridget Jones's Baby: The Diaries by Helen Fielding

Hey, everyone! It's been a while since Helen Fielding has given readers a new book and I just gobbled it right up. This book is in diary format and follows Bridget Jones's surprise pregnancy. Her pregnancy is surprising to her (not necessarily to me - I feel like I know Bridget after all of these years and I was quite expecting and hoping for something like this) in two ways: she's old enough to believe she's menopausal and doesn't know she's pregnant, and she's had two different sexual ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 27, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman

Sheets of paper, thin as onion skin or glossy with vibrant color, hiding and revealing secrets,  binding lives in the pursuit of peace, elusive as the milk of birds.    Told in alternating letters between girls in Richmond, Virginia and Darfur, South Sudan, The Milk of Birds is a realistic portrayal of refugee experience in a war-torn environment and is recommended for mature teen readers and adults. And for a true example of teens changing their lives through letters, read ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
February 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

This is the first in a new series of reviews from me on graphic novels! Never read a graphic novel? Perfect! I hope to inspire you to try one out. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol follows—you guessed it—Anya, a Russian immigrant doing her very best to blend in with all the other American teenagers at her school. She’s made a lot of progress by the time we meet her: she’s already “done her time” in ESL, shed her accent, and taken up smoking—and, if she can keep resisting her mother’s ...read more

Reviewed by Lynn - Pinney on
February 21, 2017 | 1 comment
Forthcoming Mysteries I've been in a bit of a mystery slump when generally mysteries are my go-to genre for entertainment. But I think the slump has ended with a couple of recent reads (and one that was okay). Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz is a mystery within a mystery and both work very well. Susan Ryleland is an editor for a small publisher who is looking forward to her first read of the latest mystery from their best ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 20, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh

I used to read short stories quite often, but it has been a long time since I had picked up a short story collection.  I was super excited to read Flying Lessons & Other Stories, not only because it has stories by some fantastic authors, but also because of the short story format.  And I was not disappointed.   I laughed and cried, and came away glad that I had an opportunity to get to know these characters. Flying Lessons & Other Stories  is edited by Ellen Oh, the ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
February 17, 2017 | 0 comments
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