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Banned Books Week Banned books week is upon us and while it's not generally a hotbed topic in Madison, censorship and the threat it poses to the freedom to read is ongoing. ALA President Molly Raphael says in her essay on the Huffington Post "Free access to books and ideas is the foundation of our government and our society, enabling every person to become an educated participant in our ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 28, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane This graphic novel is set on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on the first day of summer. Teen-aged sisters M'Rose, Elle, and Célina are ready for some excitement and their day does not disappoint. Each chapter of The Zabime Sisters presents a new adventure for the girls, some more mischievous than others.  The girls fight and bicker as siblings do, gossip about classmates and flirt with boys. They steal mangoes ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 27, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry

I'd seen the movie Chicago - which is about the fictional Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly who get away with murder - and had been aware that it was based on real goings-on in 1920's Chicago. But I didn't realize how closely the story tied to actual events and that the original play (which would later become the musical) was written by a female reporter who wrote about the real murders for the Chicago ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 26, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta

I love novels about musicians. I've read great stories about musicians from pianist Clara Schumann in Clara to aging punk rockers in A Visit from the Goon SquadI loved Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and I even made myself finish ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
September 24, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Dot by Patricia Intriago

Concepts such as quiet and loud, object permanence, patterns, hard and soft, heavy (bowling ball) and light (bubbles), are creatively and engagingly demonstrated in Patricia Intriago’s debut picture book, Dot. Happy dot looks like a smile, sad dot looks like a teardrop. Hurt dot has a small red dot on the surface, and in the next page the hurt dot is sporting a bandaid and the text reads, “Heal dot.” One dot is yummy (with a bite taken out of it) while the next dot tastes bad (another ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
September 23, 2011 | 2 comments
Short List Announced Six authors were recently named to the shortlist of candidates for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction awarded to British novelists. Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (not yet available in the United States) Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman The Sense of an ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 22, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Seduction of Scandal by Cathy Maxwell

What's a lady to do when she doesn't want to marry the cad that her parents have picked out for her? How about stowing away in a carriage that is held up by Thorn, the local Robin Hood, getting shot by her future father-in-law's crony, being saved by Thorn, hiding out with the outlaw, and falling in love with him? If you like adventure and mystery mixed with romance, check out Cathy Maxwell's new ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
September 20, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Gwen Shepherd, the heroine of Kerstin Gier’s first-in-a-trilogy Ruby Red, is a normal sixteen-year-old girl, emphasis on normal. Sure, she can see ghosts, but that is nothing compared to Gwen’s cousin Charlotte, who has inherited the family gene for time travel. So while Charlotte is taking fencing lessons and boasts a closet filled with ball gowns and powdered wigs, Gwen is quite ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 19, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

In the first book of the upcoming Sky Chasers series, we find ourselves thrust into humanity's attempt to migrate to another habitable planet, New Earth, after our Earth's resources are exploited beyond repair. Waverly, a 15-year old member of the first generation born in deep space, does not know another environment other than the Empyrean, the ship she's been on her entire life. Waverly is caught up in the major decision of who to marry and have children with when the unthinkable happens: the ...read more

Reviewed by Jesse on
September 16, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of A Soldier's Duty by Jean Johnson

Ia is a precognitive young woman who has seen the future and it involves the destruction of everything she holds dear. Though her ability to dip into the timestreams has given her knowledge no person should have, Ia is determined to do what she can to change things. If she does not her world and every other world in the galaxy is going to be destroyed. With that in mind, every step she takes from the age of 15 is meant to prepare her to be in the right places at the right times to prevent that ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 15, 2011 | 0 comments
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