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A review of Pond Babies by Cathryn Falwell

Pond Babies initially caught my eye with its cover illustration of a mother and child who have different skin tones. After recently joining the adoption community, I have become more aware of the lack of books that celebrate families that don’t look alike. As I read this book, I was excited to note that the author has also chosen to highlight mother/baby animal pairs that don’t look exactly alike (frogs, loons, deer, etc.). I realize that the analogy doesn’t extend fully (the animal more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
July 27, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

There has been a recent influx of teen series that are steeped in science fiction or fantasy elements: Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Leviathan, and of course, more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
July 26, 2012 | 0 comments
Forthcoming Titles I posted my first batch of anticipated summer mysteries last month but that was just the beginning. As summer rolls on the books I'm looking forward to reading keep coming. Here is part 2 of my 3 part summer mystery list. Behold a Pale Horse by Peter Tremayne (7/17)setting: Ancient Irelandcharacter: Sister Fidelma, sister to the king more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
July 24, 2012 | 5 comments
A review of Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill

Colin Cotterill has been on and off my mystery radar for a while. I'd read his first book The Coroner's Lunch a while ago and came back to Cotterill every now and then. But much as I enjoy Laotian coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun, somehow Cotterill just never stuck as a must-read author for me. That may have more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 23, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Obstinate Pen by Frank Dormer

Picture books that can please a wide range of ages can be hard to come by, but The Obstinate Pen is a winner. Uncle Flood is excited to start writing his story, but when his new pen chooses to write digs like "You have a big nose!" instead of the words he wants it to write, the pen quickly finds itself flying out the window. The pen goes on a wild adventure in the hands of various adults, all the while telling them what they need to do ("Kiss her, banana head!") or peppering them with more more

Reviewed by Krissy on
July 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Walking Dead Volume 16: A Larger World by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead is quickly becoming a household name thanks to it's record-breaking televsion series. Having just ended it's second season, the show has found an entirely new audience just as it seemed the zombie craze was beginning to die out. The graphic novel series that the show is based on has been proving that theory wrong for years, as the more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
July 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Afterwards: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton

Why does a particular story grab your attention? I've found many reasons why a book has made me keep reading to all hours of the night.  Rosamund Lupton's new novel Afterwards is one of those books. This literary thriller is the story of a loving mother who fights to protect her family in the wake of a tragic fire. Only she can get to the bottom of who is trying to destroy her children. The more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
July 17, 2012 | 2 comments
Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

Looking for a fun and light summertime read?  You might try Wife 22, which could be called a middle-ager's version of Bridget Jones's Diary.  Instead in this contemporary novel there is no handwritten diary but there is heavy use of social media, such as email, Google, and Facebook. Alice Buckle has been married more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
July 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin

It's hard to read all of the books. In my notebook, I have a long list of books I'd like to read, and I add things faster than I cross them off. There are some big omissions in what I've read, but I was glad to read a book by James Baldwin this month. Going to Meet the Man is a collection of stories that are powerful, sad more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
July 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of She Loved Baseball by Audrey Vernick

Summer is here and I can’t wait to see the Madison Mallards in action! Luckily, I can enjoy a great baseball story even outside the Duck Pond thanks to a new book, She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story. When Effa was a young woman, there were certain jobs women just didn’t have, and African Americans faced a lot of discrimination, even in their own neighborhoods. But Effa was not about to let other people tell her what she could and couldn’t do—she stood up for her beliefs and organized her more

Reviewed by Abby on
July 13, 2012 | 0 comments
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