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Book Review: Dawn by Elie Wiesel

Book Review: Dawn by Elie Wiesel

Title: Dawn Author: Elie Wiesel Translator: Frances Frenaye Publisher: Hill and Wang Paperback: 81 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Elisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli freedom fighter in British-controlled Palestine; John Dawson is the captured English officer he will murder at dawn in retribution for the British execution of a fellow freedom fighter. The night-long wait for morning and death provides Dawn, Elie Wiesel’s ever more timely novel, with its harrowingly taut, hour-by-hour narrative….

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Book Review: A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron

Book Review: A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron

Title: A Spark Unseen Author: Sharon Cameron Series: The Dark Unwinding, Book 2 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 335 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead. But…

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Book Review: Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Book Review: Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Title: Code Girls Author: Liza Mundy Publisher: Hachette Books Hardcover: 500 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of…

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Book Review – Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

Book Review – Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

Title: Boy: Tales of Childhood Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Series: Roald Dahl’s Autobiography, Book 1 Publisher: Puffin Books Paperback: 176 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In Boy, Roald Dahl recounts his days as a child growing up in England. From his years as a prankster at boarding school to his envious position as a chocolate tester for Cadbury’s, Roald Dahl’s boyhood was as full of excitement and the unexpected as are his world-famous, best-selling books. Packed with anecdotes — some funny,…

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Book Review: The Clocks by Agatha Christie

Book Review: The Clocks by Agatha Christie

Title: The Clocks Author: Agatha Christie Series: Hercule Poirot, Book 34 Publisher: Berkley Paperback: 257 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Sheila Webb expected to find a respectable blind lady waiting for her at 19 Wilbraham Crescent—not the body of a middle-aged man sprawled across the living room floor. But when old Miss Pebmarsh denies sending for her in the first place, or of owning all the clocks that surround the body, it’s clear that they are going to need a very…

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Book Review: Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

Book Review: Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

Title: Holiday in the Hamptons Author: Sarah Morgan Publisher: Harelquin Series: From Manhattan with Love, Book 5 Paperback: 266 pages Source: Goodreads Giveaway Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him–too gorgeous, and still too good for her–and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in the Hamptons needs help for the summer,…

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Book Review: Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Book Review: Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Title: Monster Author: Walter Dean Myers Publisher: Amistad Paperback: 281 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout. Guilty or innocent, Steve becomes a pawn in the hands of “the system,” cluttered with cynical authority figures and unscrupulous inmates, who will turn in anyone to shorten their own sentences. For the first time, Steve is forced to…

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Book Review: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Book Review: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Title: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging Author: Louise Rennison Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, Book 1 Publisher: Harper Teen Hardcover: 247 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository There are six things very wrong with my life: 1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years. 2. It is on my nose 3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed…

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Book Review: Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness

Book Review: Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness

Title: Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness Author: George Hagen Series: Gabriel Finley, Book 2 Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Hardcover: 290 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Gabriel Finley is longing to find his mother, who vanished without a trace when he was just a baby. Along with Gabriel’s raven, Paladin–with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature and FLY!–and his three friends, he ventures back to the ruined underground city of Aviopolis to free…

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Book Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Book Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Title: Invictus Author: Ryan Graudin Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Hardcover: 464 pages Source: ALA Annual 2017 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Time flies when you’re plundering history. Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship…

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