A review of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

With pre-publication reviews predicting a bestseller on the level of The Help and suggesting that it could be the adult's answer to Harry Potter, there was no question that I would read The Night Circus. The real question is, does it live up to all the buzz? I'd have to say not quite, but it's still great, and I'd highly recommend it to pretty much anyone. Celia and Marco are two magicians from very different backgrounds, and they are apprenticed to two magicians with very more

Reviewed by Kylee on
October 20, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Toys Come Home by Emily Jenkins

Fans of acclaimed author Emily Jenkins's and Caldecott Award-winner Paul Zelinsky's Toys Go Out and Toy Dance Party, will more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
October 18, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of False Friend by Myla Goldberg

Myla Goldberg is going to be at the Wisconsin Book Festival this Friday evening. So I read her newest novel, The False Friend just in time. Celia, the main character, is walking to work one day in Chicago when she is overtaken by a vivid memory of the last time she saw her best friend Djuna. They had a temperamental friendship; close as twins one day, fighting like cats and dogs the next. Djuna was new to town, a more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
October 18, 2011 | 0 comments
Finalists Announced The National Book Award Finalists were recently named. To be eligible for an award a book must have been written by a citizen of the United States. The winners in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature will be announced at a ceremony in Manhattan on Nov. 16, hosted by the actor and author John Lithgow. Find nominated books at the library: Fiction more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 17, 2011 | 3 comments
A review of Bulu, African Wonder Dog by Dick Houston

Oh, puppy love! His brown eyes and Jack Russell Terrier face peered up from the cover and I couldn’t resist picking up this book. And quite the book it is. It is the story of the Tolans, who quit their regular jobs as police officers in England and moved to the African bush in Zambia, near the Luangwa River to set up a wildlife rehabilitation and education center. Along the way they adopted Bulu, a Jack Russell mix puppy that no one else wanted. The Tolans were adequately warned that pets don’t more

Reviewed by Karen on
October 15, 2011 | 1 comment
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Literary Travel Need to get away, but can’t for whatever reason? How about checking out Booklist’s Top 10 Literary Travel Books for 2011? These are some of their best travelogues reviewed this year.  South America & the AndesAndes by  Michael Jacobs  Lebanon more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 13, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Unclaimed by Courtney Milan

I loved Courtney Milan's first book in her Turner brothers trilogy (Unveiled) and I have to say I'm now torn as to whether I liked book one or book two better. What puts Unclaimed a little ahead of it's precursor is the way that Milan turns a romance staple on its head. Gone is the big, bad rake more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 12, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Bake Sale by Sara Varon

The cover of Sara Varon's latest graphic novel tells you all you need to know about what makes a successful relationship. Eggplant and Cupcake are working together to make something delicious and special. Eggplant is in charge of frosting and Cupcake is in charge of the flower detail. Each has their role. And just take a look at that pink Cupcake with the cherry on top - how cute is that? Life is good. But life is not always easy. The pages inside this book are filled with bittersweet scenes of more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 11, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton

A while ago I reviewed The Keeper of Lost Causes, a book that I was considering my fav of the year. Now I've read one that is right up there jockeying for that number one position. Now You See Me is more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 10, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Babyberry Pie by Heather Frederick

“When the moon goes dancing across the starry sky, it’s time to bring the baby in for Babyberry Pie!” Thus begins a recipe for a cozy bedtime routine. Mom and Dad work together to create a Babyberry pie, from picking the baby from the “Babyberry Tree,” to washing the baby, powdering him with “sugar” and then tucking him into the “pie crust” blankets. Great rhythm and rhyme make this charming metaphor a joy to read again and again (an essential characteristic for toddlers!). Simple illustrations more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
October 7, 2011 | 0 comments
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