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A review of PICKLE by Kimberly Baker

The first thing you need to realize about pickle making is that it is serious business. Pickling has a long and illustrious history in the food preservation industry. Pssst! Are all of the grown-ups gone? They are? Great. Then we can let you in on a secret. The League of Pickle Makers is really a cover for the newest club at Fountain Point Middle School—the P.T.A. (Pranks and Trick Association). The club was started by me, Ben Ruiz, and we only do pranks that are funny or fun and not mean. If ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
March 29, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned while Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott

The Huffington Post recently published an article about the 10-Item Capsule Wardrobe and at the time I read the article I thought, no way, man! I can't do that and I don't want to! Then I read about the idea again in the book Lessons from Madame Chic written by The Daily Connoisseur blogger, Jennifer ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 28, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens

What would you do if you inherited a magic necklace that is supposed to help you find your true hero, the love of your life? Would you put it away, disbelieving its power or would you wear it and see what happens, particularly if it got results and would then be passed down? Henrietta Cynster falls in the former category until her younger sister Mary badgers her to wear the necklace. Mary believes in the power of the necklace given to the Cynster women by a Scottish deity and she has her ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 27, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Cane by Jean Toomer

One of the dangers of getting into any novel is the temptation to associate the narrator of the story with the author. But in the case of Cane, it is especially difficult not to think of the experience of its creator, Jean Toomer. Born in 1894 to a family equally divided between black and white, Toomer spent much of his life shifting back and forth over the color line, marrying into white families while also teaching at a segregated school in rural Georgia. (He also briefly attended ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 26, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Anomaly by Skip Brittenham and Brian Haberlin

Anomaly is a deliciously huge new graphic novel -- a title that very likely could shake up readers the way the first Star Wars transfixed movie goers. With strong characters and a wealth of fabulous aliens and special effects, it takes you away to other worlds. A sprawling, epic tale with gorgeous art and an interesting story, accompanied by some mind-blowing technological enhancements, I found Anomaly impossible to put down. Actually, it is pretty hard to ...read more

Reviewed by Barbara - Alicia Ashman on
March 25, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Diviners by Libba Bray

The latest offering from supernatural master, Libba Bray, is sure to thrill fans of her last series. Set in 1920s New York, The Diviners follows seventeen year old Evie O’Neill who has been banished from her hometown in Ohio after a party trick has unintended consequences. Evie, a quintessential flapper, is thrilled with the arrangement, planning her days around shopping and movies and her nights around glamorous speakeasies. The only drawback is living with her uncle, the stuffy ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
March 22, 2013 | 0 comments
Novels to the Screen (big and small) Shelley Diaz of School Library Journal has compiled a nice list of teen (and kids) books that are coming to the screens in your neighborhood. The first to jump out at me is the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's The Host. I'm curious about this ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 21, 2013 | 1 comment
A review of I Want to Be Her!: How Friends and Strangers Helped Shape My Style by Andrea Linett

This is a cool little book. It's kind of a style memoir written by an established fashion editor. Andrea Linett's first job out of school was as a receptionist at Sassy magazine (the magazine that profoundly influenced my own style), where she quickly worked her way up to fashion editor. After a stint as a fashion writer and editor at Harper's Bazaar, she went on to co-found ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 20, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Learning to Swim by Sara Henry

“If I’d blinked, I would have missed it. But I didn’t, and I saw something fall from the rear deck of the opposite ferry: a small, wide-eyed human face, in one tiny frozen moment, as it plummeted toward the water.” Troy Chance makes a split second decision as ferries pull away from each other and dives into the fifty degree water. No one else saw the child fall and she's sure that she's his only chance. And finding a small boy in a cold lake isn't the only challenge she now faces. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 19, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Dinner by Herman Koch

It’s a relatively rare occurrence when a translated title receives a great deal of attention in the US due mainly in part to the lack of titles being translated for the American market (the University of Rochester put the figure optimistically at 3% of all published titles). That would make the success of Herman Koch’s thriller The Dinner remarkable, but it feels even like more of a coup as The Dinner is a dark, convoluted tale surrounding one family’s moral dilemma that goes ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 18, 2013 | 0 comments
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