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A review of A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup

In 1962, a disturbing murder case came to light when a 15-year-old Graham Young, later determined to be psychopathic, poisoned his step-mother in a death that at first appeared to be natural. That boy went on to kill two others, but it was the first death that aroused the most alarm, as it happened with thallium—the first instance in which the poison was used in a crime. It was not, however, the first time that thallium had been described as a weapon: just a few months earlier, Agatha Christie ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 12, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K Johnston

Hermione Winters is living that golden child life. She’s a popular, talented cheerleader. She has a supportive family. She has a fulfilling relationship with Polly, her best friend and co-captain. She has a devoted boyfriend that she could take or leave, which is a pretty sweet position to be in. She’s smart, well-liked and can’t wait to start her senior year leading her team in the sport that she loves so much. Then she is drugged, raped, and left unconscious in a lake at cheerleading camp. ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
April 6, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner

I admit to being one of the many in lines at Star Trek conventions back in the day and was particularly happy to get Leonard Nimoy’s signature on an item. So I did enjoy reading this new biography. Shatner utilizes an easy conversational prose to relate his long relationship with Leonard Nimoy from the early years as struggling actors crossing paths in the hunt for work, to working together on a short lived television series called Star Trek to becoming real friends as that series morphed into ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
April 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

This is an Edgar Award-winning short story, only 63 pages, written by one of the most talented authors of mystery and suspense novels on the market today. It's classified as a ghost story and is mysterious and suspenseful and psychologically terrifying. Gillian Flynn's got a talent for creating characters that are relatable yet simultaneously despicable and this story is full of them.  The main character is a young woman pretending to be a psychic. ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Begin your spring explorations with this lovely compendium of nests made by animals as varied as the bee hummingbird and the orangutan, the sea turtle and the prairie dog.  The level of information and detail provided in the text and illustrations is phenomenal.  I’m a longtime fan of Sylvia Long’s illustrations (Hush Little Baby) and she does not disappoint. Her illustration of a Blue Jay nest filled with eggs includes one gum wrapper, a shoelace, a pop can tab and a snakeskin. ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
April 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Burn Baby Burn Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

A record-breaking heatwave, race riots, and an elusive killer on the loose-- the summer of 1977 in Queens, NY can only be described as infamous. For Norah Lopez, it’s the summer she graduates high school, the summer she was supposed to spend going dancing with her best friend, flirting with Pablo, the cute stockboy at work, and plotting a way out of the stifling apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Sometimes summers don’t turn out the way we plan. As Son of Sam ramps up his ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
March 31, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I think I’m developing a love/hate relationship with Sarah Waters. The thrice-Booker-nominated British novelist is known for her probing historical fiction, especially the Victorian-set Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet. The Little Stranger is the second Waters book I’ve picked up, and that was with a mix of ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 29, 2016 | 1 comment
A review of Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold

Following Aral Vorkosigan’s death his widow Cordelia and his protégé Admiral Oliver Jole have retreated to the planet Sergyar to deal with their individual and shared grief, and after three years are looking at turning a close relationship to something even closer. Problems arise not only there but also in their official jobs as Vicereine of Sergyar and Admiral of the Sergyar fleet respectively that make a complicated situation even more so. And the sudden appearance of Cordelia’s son Miles, ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
March 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Written and Drawn by Henrietta: A TOON Book by Liniers

This is an easy-to-read comic that is written and drawn by a little girl named Henrietta who has just received a box of colored pencils from her mom.  Henrietta creates her own comic called, "The Monster with Three Heads and Two Hats" and the reader is allowed to watch her artistic process unfold as she draws the story. Our author Henrietta is adventurous and brave and the main character of her comic, Emily, is too.  The three-headed monster is charming and, obviously, as the titles ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 25, 2016 | 1 comment
A review of Wake Up, Spring by Katherine and Florian Ferrier

It’s March 21st at the Hotel Strange, but its motley cast of characters have overslept their hibernation because Mr. Spring hasn’t arrived to wake them up. Join Kiki, Celestin, Marietta, Mr. Leclair, and Mr. Snarf as they search for Mr. Spring to restore order to the community in this brightly illustrated first in its graphic novel series. This is a great adventure for the winter blues, with sights set on spring. ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
March 23, 2016 | 0 comments
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