A review of: Hello Universe by: Erin Entrada Kelly

This year's Newbery Award for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature goes to Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Told from the shifting points of view of four kids, Hello, Universe is both an exciting and thoughtful, quiet and suspenseful. It's the story of a quiet kid that gets trapped in a well, and the three seemingly disparate kids that set out to find him. Infused with Filipino folklore, there is a lot to love in this story about courage more

Reviewed by Beth M on
February 13, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Denver today. A list of 2018 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - Hello Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly Randolph more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 12, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned his ABC's (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell

Grab your running shoes - we are off!  A little red cat sees an open front door, runs out, and the adventure begins.  He is chased by an alligator, then a bear and a chicken - in that order.  This nearly wordless book it so much fun on a couple of different levels.  Each page has a letter, both the upper and lower case, and a delightful picture the relates to the letter.  The reader has to figure out what word is being illustrated.  But your job is not done there, more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
February 9, 2018 | 0 comments
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
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