A review of Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

There's a little part of me that will always regret being born too late (and, frankly, too nerdy) to have enjoyed punk culture in the early 1980s.  However, books like Eleanor Henderson's Ten Thousand Saints provide me with a perfect venue for living vicariously through someone else's experience, fictional though it may be. In this remarkable first novel, teenagers Jude Keffy-Horn and Teddy McNicholas are trying desperately to find a way out of the small town in Vermont that they' more

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March 5, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl Behind the Glass by Jane Kelley

Crafting a ghost story for kids can be tough. Too scary, and parents will be ripping it out of their child's hands for fear of nightmares. Not scary enough, and kids won't be interested. Jane Kelley, however, gets it just right in her novel The Girl Behind the Glass. Told in a lyrical style reminiscent of Kathi Appelt's The Underneath, the ghostly narrator is thrilled when twins more

Reviewed by Krissy on
March 2, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Rogue by Any Other Name: The First Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean has a new series of books about fallen angels. These four aristocrats whose scandals have exiled them from society are now princes of the underworld. Lords Bourne, Temple, Chase, and Cross have become the powerful owners of the gaming club The Fallen Angel. This first book, A Rogue by Any Other Name: The First Rule of Scoundrels, is the story of Michael Lawler, the Marquess of Bourne who more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 1, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

There's a widespread phenomenon among fourth grade girls that I like to call "horse fever." It's not contagious, but it's rampant and for some, all-consuming. Now, I understand that not all girls love horses or obsessively read horse books in fourth grade. Some get started as early as second or third grade and keep going well into their teens. And I know that horse fever is not limited to just girls, because I inherited horse fever from my father. He had a full set of Marguerite Henry's more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 29, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

It is hard to imagine that there was a time when Harvard was a very small college, and when native Americans outnumbered European immigrants in the Eastern part of the United States. Geraldine Brooks puts the reader into that time period very effectively with her novel Caleb's Crossing, set in Boston and on Martha's Vineyard in the 17th century.  Brooks, a more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
February 28, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Catch Me by Lisa Gardner

When Boston detective D. D. Warren finds a young woman lingering near a crime scene she's immediately suspicious. When that young woman tells her that she's there because she wants to meet the detective who will most likely investigate her own death, D. D. is still suspicious, but she's also intrigued. Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant tells D. D. that she will be murdered at 8 pm on January 21st, in four days. While initially D. D. thinks that there's a good chance Charlie Grant is a more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 27, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Belly Book by Fran Manushkin

If you’re looking for a reason to celebrate your belly, check out Fran Manushkin’s latest ode to a body part, The Belly Book. Every person, every animal – even aliens in outer space – has a belly, and no matter what it looks like or where you find it, bellies are beautiful, useful and fun. The Belly Book encourages children to be proud of their bellies. Regardless of size, shape or color, everybody’s got one, and they’re all pretty fantastic. Told through a series of clever more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
February 24, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard

This at-times excruciatingly keen novel starts out with the unnamed narrator and her best friend Felicia babysitting for a wild tribe of six children, a tarantula, a python, a rat snake, a bunch of white mice, and an elderly dog for seventy-five cents an hour in order to earn money for new school clothes. The oldest boy sets the house on fire and the fourteen-year-old babysitters can't decide whether they should call the fire department, their mothers or both. They decide that whatever they do more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 23, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

When word came out last fall that acclaimed British crime novelist P. D. James was set to release a crime novel featuring Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice, I reacted with equal parts hope and trepidation. The prospect of resurrecting Jane Austen’s most beloved couple for sequels or other genre forays has attracted many authors, but few efforts have stood out as memorable. Would one of Britain’s premier writers, an author who cites Austen as one of the key more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 22, 2012 | 2 comments
A review of The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Paris in the 1920's was a mecca for a certain type of artist. We were able to meet some of them in Woody Allen's recent film, Midnight in Paris where Gil, the main character travels back in time. In the past he meets among others, Salvador Dali, Gertrude Stein and Zelda and Scot Fitzgerald. He also has several encounters with Ernest Heminway. Unfortunately for readers of The Paris Wife, there is not even a glimpse of Hadley Hemingway in the film. The Paris Wife is more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
February 21, 2012 | 0 comments
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