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Book Review: The Trouble with Lemons by Daniel Hayes

Book Review: The Trouble with Lemons by Daniel Hayes

Title: The Trouble with Lemons Author: Daniel Hayes Publisher: Fawcett Paperback: 192 Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) His real name was Tyler McAllister, but he felt like a lemon. He had allergies and nightmares, and was the only unfamous person in his family. But one night he and a friend went swimming at the forbidden quarry, and Tyler found a dead body. Now he’s determined to find out who killed the man and why they’re now after him…. Buy from the Book…

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Short Story Review: 2BR02B

Short Story Review: 2BR02B

Title: 2BR02B Author: Kurt Vonnegut Ebook: 15 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) 2BR02B is a satiric short story that imagines life & death in a future world where aging has been “cured” & population control is mandated and administered by the government. Buy from the Book Depository! Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 This is a quick short story that focuses on a dystopian universe where death and aging are a thing of the past, and now people have to choose to die…

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Book Review: The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Book Review: The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Title: The Headless Cupid Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder Series: Stanley Family, Book 1 Publisher: Yearling Paperback: 224 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository When the four Stanley children meet Amanda, their new stepsister, they’re amazed to learn she studies witchcraft. When she shares her secrets, strange things start happening in their old house. They suspect Amanda until they learn the house was long ago haunted by a ghost that cut off the head of a wooden cupid on…

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Book Review: Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold

Book Review: Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold

Title: Falling Free Author: Lois McMaster Bujold Publisher: Nesfa Hardcover: 288 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Leo Graf was an effective engineer. Safety regs weren’t just the rule book he swore by; he’d helped write them. All that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat. Leo was profoundly uneasy with the corporate exploitation of his bright new students… until that exploitation turned to something much worse. He hadn’t anticipated a situation where the right thing to do was neither safe,…

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Book Review: A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Book Review: A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Title: A Separate Peace Author: John Knowles Publisher: Scribner Paperback: 204 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war. Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of…

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Book Review: Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

Book Review: Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

Title: Mama Day Author: Gloria Naylor Publisher: Vintage Paperback: 312 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A fascinating novel that reworks elements of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. On the island of Willow Springs, off the Georgia coast, the powers of healer Mama Day are tested by her great niece, Cocoa, a stubbornly emancipated woman endangered by the island’s darker forces. Buy from the Book Depository! Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Andrew recommended this book to me and so far it’s my absolute favorite…

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Book Review: The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies

Book Review: The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies

Title: The Rebel Angels Author: Robertson Davies Series: The Cornish Trilogy, Book 1 Publisher: Penguin Paperback: 326 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Defrocked monks, mad professors, and wealthy eccentrics – a remarkable cast peoples Robertson Davies’ brilliant spectacle of theft, perjury, murder, scholarship, and love at a modern university. Only Mr. Davies, author of Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders, could have woven together their destinies with such wit, humour-and wisdom. Overall Rating: 3 out…

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Book Review: Animal Attraction by Jamie Ponti

Book Review: Animal Attraction by Jamie Ponti

Title: Animal Attraction Author: Jamie Ponti Publisher: Simon Pulse Paperback: 248 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Jane’s life is one giant Conspiracy, with the whole world plotting to keep any chance of romance far, far away. Her social history (17 years, 0 boyfriends) is proof positive of that. But this summer, she’s determined to crank it up. Jane’s snagged a gig at the local theme park as part of the star attraction—the Mermaid Show. But then the Conspiracy strikes, and she…

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Novella Review: Mile 81 by Stephen King

Novella Review: Mile 81 by Stephen King

Title: Mile 81 Author: Stephen King Publisher: Scribner Paperback: 54 pages Source: Chicago Public Library OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop on a highway in Maine. It’s a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit…

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Book Review: The Long Way Home by Ann M. Martin

Book Review: The Long Way Home by Ann M. Martin

Title: The Long Way Home Author: Ann M. Martin Series: Family Tree, Book 2 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 214 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Four girls. Four generations. One family. The second entry in the beautiful new series from Ann M. Martin. Dana is Abby’s daughter — but she’s always been much closer to her father, Zander. He’s a celebrated New York author who encourages Dana’s artistic talents . . . even if he sometimes drinks too much. Dana is…

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