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Book Review: Deepwood by Jennifer Roberson

Book Review: Deepwood by Jennifer Roberson

Title: Deepwood Author: Jennifer Roberson Series: Karavans, Book 2 Publisher: DAW Hardcover: 336 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Diviners have told Audrun that the child she carries must be born in a haven of peace, far from her war-scourged homeland, but as she flees she finds only far greater danger. For her karavan is overtaken by Alisanos, the deepwood?a dangerous magical forest that harbors not only demons, gods, and other otherwordly creatures, but also its own sinister…

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Picture Book Review: Noah Webster’s Fighting Words

Picture Book Review: Noah Webster’s Fighting Words

Title: Noah Webster’s Fighting Words Author: Tracy Nelson Maurer Illustrator: Mircea Catusanu Publisher: Millbrook Press Hardcover: 40 pages Source: County of Los Angeles OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Noah Webster – famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States – was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinions about, well, everything. Spelling. Politics. Laws. You name it, he had something to say about it. He even commented on…

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Book Review: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

Book Review: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

Title: In Real Life Author: Cory Doctorow Illustrations: Jen Wang Publisher: Square Fish Paperback: 192 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar…

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Audiobook Review: The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse

Audiobook Review: The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse

Title: The Music of Dolphins Author: Karen Hesse Narrator: Michele McHall Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Duration: 2 hours, 49 minutes Source: County of Los Angeles Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) At the age of four, Mila fell rom a refugee craft and was lost in the ocean between Cuba and Florida. Until her rescue eight years later, she lived as a wild child of the sea. As Mila now learns to communicate and deal with the complexities of human feelings, she develops an understanding…

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Book Review: Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

Book Review: Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

Title: Rebel Bully Geek Pariah Author: Erin Jade Lange Publisher: Bloomsbury Hardcover: 320 pages Source: Goodreads Giveaways Summary: (taken from Goodreads) “The Breakfast Club” gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever. The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child. The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother. The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college….

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Book Review: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Book Review: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: Fever 1793 Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Publisher: Aladdin Paperback: 272 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) It’s late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. Down near the docks, many have taken ill, and the fatalities are mounting. Now they include Polly, the serving girl at the Cook Coffeehouse. But fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook doesn’t get a moment to mourn the passing of her childhood playmate. New customers have overrun her family’s coffee shop,…

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Book Review: Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede

Book Review: Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede

Title: Thirteenth Child Author: Patricia C. Wrede Series: Frontier Magic, Book 1 Publisher: Scholastic Press Hardcover: 344 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he’s supposed to possess amazing talent — and she’s supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously…

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Book Review: Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

Book Review: Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Gates of Paradise Author: Melissa de la Cruz Series: Blue Bloods, Book 7 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Hardcover: 355 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Schuyler Van Alen is running out of time. The Dark Prince of Hell is storming the Gates of Paradise, intent on winning the heavenly throne for good. This time he has his greatest angels by his side, Abbadon and Azrael—Jack and Mimi Force, as they are known in the Coven. Or so he thinks….

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Book Review: Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Vol 2 by Diana Wynne Jones

Book Review: Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Vol 2 by Diana Wynne Jones

Title: Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Vol 2 Author: Diana Wynne Jones Series: Chrestomanci, 3-4 Publisher: Greenwillow Books Paperback: 560 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository In this multiple parallel universes of the Twelve Related Worlds, only an enchanter with nine lives is powerful enough to control the rampant misuse of magic — and to hold the title Chrestomanci… There is a world in which the peaceful city-state of Caprona is threatened by the malevolent machinations of a mysterious enchanter…and another…

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Book Review: Forever by Judy Blume

Book Review: Forever by Judy Blume

Title: Forever… Author: Judy Blume Publisher: Pan Childrens Paperback: 178 Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year’s Eve party. They’re attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they’ve decided their love is forever, they make love. It’s the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine’s parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart… Forever is written…

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