A review of The Not-So-Secret Society: Tale of the Gummy by Matthew Daley

Books that involve gangs of problem solving kids, hijinks and hilarity are perennially popular at my house. I checked this new book out because it looked like it fit that bill, and boy did it ever. Wherever this series goes I will follow. Madison, Dylan, Emma, Aidan and Ava are twelve years old, classmates, and members of the Not-So-Secret Society.   The Not-So-Secret Society is first seen ready to explore a hidden world under the subway when they are interrupted by an alarm telling them more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 6, 2018 | 0 comments
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Reader Spotlight Today we're talking with one of our library partners about what they're reading - Madison-area author Sherry Lucille. Read on to find out a little more about Sherry and some books she recommends, and come hear her and two other Madison-area authors, Catrina Sparkman and Poet Fabu, read from and speak about their own work and the work of three African American writers from the 20th Century with ties to Madison at the upcoming program more

Reviewed by Kylee on
January 31, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

I was so excited when I was offered a galley of Hartman's new novel set in the fantasy realm of Goredd first introduced in Seraphina. Here we meet Seraphina's half-sister Tess. Tess chafes at the role she's had to take on in her family and the restrictions placed on her as a female. She's bitter and angry and yes, she drinks too much to dull her frustrations. But she's chugging along with the goal of getting her sister settled in a good marriage. Disaster strikes at her sister's more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 30, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Baseball’s Most Historic Record by John Eisenberg

I found this a very interesting read. I enjoyed both sections though of course I am more familiar with Ripken (my time period) than Gehrig so it was good to learn more and see him as more than the man speaking at Yankee Stadium at the end of his career. I think what really made the book work were the sections in between that looked at baseball streaks in general, a little history of statistics in baseball, and more importantly the people and their own feelings about their streaks. I am not much more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
January 29, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Where will I live? by Rosemary A. McCarney

People all over the world are often forced to leave their homes. Sometimes they leave because of war, hunger, or disaster. Sometimes they leave to find better opportunities. But the question that comes next is always “Where Will I Live?” In this photo-story children from all over the world are depicted as they leave their old homes and journey to find new ones. No matter where someone comes from we all need the same things: a place to sleep, food to eat, and someone to love us. With simple text more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
January 26, 2018 | 0 comments
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A review of Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym

A review short: Why do I love this book? First of all, Pym’s sparkling, perfect writing. She is a master of dry, wry wit, of dialogue, and of subtle spare prose. Second, she’s created these crazy characters who are so normal, yet bizarrely unique. We get into each person’s head, going from one internal monologue to another. As usual in her novels, nothing much happens. They go to work (what do they do??), they have tea, they have lunch, they go to the library, they go to more

Reviewed by Amy - Monroe Street on
January 25, 2018 | 0 comments
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New Titles Intrepid readers! After a fiery and furious January, this February offers plenty of reading bonbons for all tastes, so much so that everything couldn’t fit on the list (apologies to the James Grippando and Lisa Gardner readers). To the highlights:  --This month is a big one for literary heavyweights on both the fiction and nonfiction shelves. Booker-prize winning author Peter Carey presents A Long Way From Home, which explores issues of race and national identity against the more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 23, 2018 | 0 comments
Upcoming Festival Events Though the BIG event for the Wisconsin Book Festival happens in the fall, the Fest goes on all year and there are some great events coming up on the next few weeks. Two of which are next week. Wednesday, January 31, 7 pmCentral Library - Community Rooms, 3rd floorDara Horn will discuss her novel, Eternal Life.In Eternal Life more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 22, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes

Jessica Fellowes, niece of that other guy who wrote Downton Abbey, is best known for her nonfiction books about that show. Here in her debut novel, she blends fact and fiction to great effect. The facts: Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter to the famed nurse, was attacked on a train in January, 1920 and died a few days later from her injuries. No one was ever arrested for the crime. Also fact, the Mitfords were (are) gentry in England and the sisters later become famed for being part of the more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 18, 2018 | 0 comments
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Reader Spotlight We're mixing things up a little on MADreads! Instead of hearing from library staff, today we're talking with one of our library partners about what they're reading - Poet Fabu. You may have seen her leading Kwanzaa celebrations at the Goodman South Madison Library this past December, or at any one of a number of events around town. This January and February, you can see and hear from her and two other Madison-area authors, Sherry Lucille and Catrina Sparkman, at the more

Reviewed by Kylee on
January 17, 2018 | 0 comments
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