A review of Always Been There by Michael Streissguth

I admit to having a love/hate relationship with country music. This dates back to my parents playing 24/7 what was then known as country/western music and there is a limit to how much I can listen to he/she/it has done me wrong and I am going to cry/get my revenge/move on.  However, I have to admit to liking some members of the fraternity, determined by vocals and an their ability to either write or interpret good songs or at least find someone who can—for example, more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
January 29, 2010 | 0 comments
Mystery readers were saddened and shocked to hear of Robert B. Parker's sudden death at age 77 last week.  Parker had a long and prolific career  and a big impact on detective fiction.  As I was researching his life and works, I learned a lot about him.  I more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 28, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Sharing Knife by Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold has always included an element of romance in her science fiction and fantasy novels (many romance readers adore more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 27, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Now we know which book won Newbery Gold for 2010, and a very deserving title it is.  Still, in past years some of my favorite books have been the more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 26, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen

The Wisconsin Book Festival always draws a wide variety of authors, and no one can get to every program, but as it is a long time until the next Festival (September 29-Oct 3) comes along, it is always worth taking a look back at the previous schedule for reading suggestions. One of last year's featured titles was more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 25, 2010 | 6 comments
A review of: I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

OMG (oh my god) TRIP FUN (triple funny). That is the description I put in the subject line of the email I sent to my junior high school nieces about this book. more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
January 22, 2010 | 3 comments
A review of The Puzzle King by Betsy Carter

Betsy Carter's latest novel, The Puzzle King, is based on her great aunt and uncle's lives more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
January 21, 2010 | 0 comments
The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, audiobooks and video for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Boston on Monday.  Place holds on copies of the award-winning books available at the library: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 20, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson

That is the question.  Or one of the questions raised in Nurtureshock: New Thinking about Children by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman.  This book turns a lot of child development and parenting advice on its ear.  And it makes sense.  It more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 19, 2010 | 2 comments
Thanks to generous grants from the Madison Community Foundation (for the Monroe Street Branch) and the Madison Public Library Foundation (for the Pinney and Sequoya branches), the library now has a collection of Playaways.  You might ask just what is a Playaway?  It is a preloaded more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 14, 2010 | 1 comment
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