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A review of The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

This outstanding graphic novel is a 2014 Notable Children's Book from The American Library Association. It truly is notable in terms of disseminating factual information in the most attractive and appealing way possible. As the title suggests, this book is about the Dust Bowl or "The Dirty Thirties," when black dirt blew up and rained down on America's Great Plains devastating the land, farms, homes, humans and creatures in its ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtis, and the Battle to Control the Skies by Lawrence Goldstone

Mention Wilbur and Orville Wright to the average person on the street, and you’ll likely get the instant response that they were the inventors of the airplane—and they would be right. But other than that momentous day at Kitty Hawk, the personalities of the Wrights and what happened after they successfully took to the air remains little known to most. Other figures in early aviation are as hazy—former headliners Bleriot, Beachey and Langley don’t register today. Author Lawrence Goldstone ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Good News Bad News by Jeff Mack

Good news - last week I found a new picture book that I loved and wanted to tell you about! Bad news - oops, I forgot to tell you about it. But wait, I can tell you about it right now!   With only four words, Jeff Mack has created an unforgettable adventure for two friends. What will happen when rabbit and mouse head out for a picnic? You'll have to read the book to find out! You can find ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 1, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of The Artist's Library: A Field Guide by Laura C. Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer

Look at this pretty book! The Artist's Library is brought to us by the inspired folks at The Library as Incubator Project and shares stories of collaborations between artists and libraries and serves as a field guide to more and continued partnerships. This book is a celebration of artists and their use of the library as a space, as a resource, and as a creative font. Some featured artists and projects include ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 31, 2014 | 0 comments
WWI Books The Great War, aka World War I, began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918.  This international conflict pitted the Allies--France, England, Russia, Italy, Japan, and the US--against the Central Powers--Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey.  It ended with the Central Powers defeat.  It caused great destruction and carnage.  This great watershed of 20th century history led to the fall of the great imperial dynasties of Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
July 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

In the sequel to the Newbery Honor winner, Three Times Lucky, Desperado Detective agent Mo LeBeau and her partner, Dale, bring spook without too much scare and crushes without romance, perfect for the 4-7 grade set. When Mo's adoptive family buys a historic inn at auction, they don't realize a bona fide ghost is in the fine print and it is up to the detectives to solve the mystery ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
July 25, 2014 | 0 comments
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Read-A-Romance Month August is Read-A-Romance Month and the Central Library is getting in on the fun. On Thursday evenings in the month of August we'll be talking about romance novels. Each week we're covering a different sub-genre.  August 7th: One Foot on the Floor - Gentle Romance August 14th: Things That Go Bump in the Night - Urban Fantasy RomanceAugust 21st: Hot & Now - Contemporary Romance ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
July 24, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Game by Barry Lyga

Fair warning: This may be the goriest novel I've ever read, adult or YA. If you have a weak stomach, steer clear! I loved I Hunt Killers, which is the first book in this series. Jazz, son of infamous serial killer Billy Dent, was complicated and kind, a good friend and a manipulative weasel, terrifying and screwed up and real and I loved him. He’s struggling to be a ...read more

Reviewed by Erinn - Alicia Ashman on
July 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Who am I to argue with The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and E! Online and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 21, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Cat Says Meow and other an-i-mal-o-poe-ia by Michael Arndt

There’s no shortage of books available to the very young describing animal sounds, but Cat Says Meow stands out as a book that both the very young and their slightly older siblings might enjoy. Arndt cleverly illustrates his animals with the very sounds they make, using the o’s of the owl’s hooo as eyes. Lower-case g’s form the scales of fish as they glub along, and a lazy looping h makes for a perfect donkey ear. A clean design and very basic text makes Cat Says Meow great ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 18, 2014 | 0 comments
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