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Book Review: Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson

Book Review: Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson

Title: Blood Brothers Author: Colleen Nelson Publisher: Dundurn Paperback: 240 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Fifteen-year-old Jakub Kaminsky is the son of Polish immigrants, a good Catholic boy, and a graffiti artist. While his father sleeps, Jakub and his best friend, Lincoln, sneak out with spray paint to make their mark as Morf and Skar. When Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school, he knows it s his chance for a better life. But it means leaving Lincoln and the neighbourhood…

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Book Review: Baby-Sitting is a Dangerous Job by Willo Davis Roberts

Book Review: Baby-Sitting is a Dangerous Job by Willo Davis Roberts

Title: Baby-Sitting is a Dangerous Job Author: Willo Davis Roberts Publisher: Aladdin Paperback: 161 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) From the moment she set eyes on the three Foster kids, Darcy knew being their baby-sitter would be no picnic. But the pay was twice her usual rate, and the job was only for a few hours a day – surely an experienced baby-sitter like her could handle it. But Darcy hadn’t counted on the mysterious things that started happening at the…

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Book Review: Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

Book Review: Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

Title: Things I Should Have Known Author: Claire LaZebnik Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcout Paperback: 320 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as…

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Book Review: One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

Book Review: One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

Title: One Paris Summer Author: Denise Grover Swank Publisher: Blink Paperback: 272 pages Source: BEA 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren’t betrayal enough, he’s about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be…

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Book Review: Oxblood by Annalisa Grant

Book Review: Oxblood by Annalisa Grant

Title: Oxblood Author: Annalisa Grant Series: Victoria Asher, Book 1 Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween Paperback: 300 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) How far would you go to save the only family you have left? Victoria “Vic” Asher is finally finding some balance in her life. Though she’s still reeling from her parents’ death in a plane crash, she’s content with waiting tables at the Clock; window shopping with her best friend, Tiffany; and hanging out…

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Audiobook Review: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial by Peter Goodchild

Audiobook Review: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial by Peter Goodchild

Title: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial Author: Peter Goodchild Publisher: LA Theatre Works Running Time: 1 h 55 min Source: Audiobook Sync Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The Scopes Trial, over the right to teach evolution in public schools, reaffirmed the importance of intellectual freedom as codified in the Bill of Rights. The trial, in a small-town Tennessee courtroom in 1925, set the stage for ongoing debates over the separation of Church and State in a democratic society – debates that…

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Book Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Book Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Title: The Dark Unwinding Author: Sharon Cameron Series: The Dark Unwinding, Book 1 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 318 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village…

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Book Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Book Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Title: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Author: Lisa See Publisher: RandomHouse Kindle: 288 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created…

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Book Review: The Naming by Alison Croggon

Book Review: The Naming by Alison Croggon

Title: The Naming Author: Alison Croggon Series: The Books of Pellinor, Book 1 Publisher: Candlewick Press Paperback: 492 pages Source: Purchased Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child after her family is destroyed in war. She is unaware that she possesses a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the School of Pellinor. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the…

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Book Review: Shalador’s Lady by Anne Bishop

Book Review: Shalador’s Lady by Anne Bishop

Title: Shalador’s Lady Author: Anne Bishop Series: The Black Jewels, Book 8 Publisher: Roc Hardcover: 476 pages Summary: (taken from Goodreads) For years the Shalador people suffered the cruelties of the corrupt Queens who ruled them, forbidding their traditions, punishing those who dared show defiance, and forcing many more into hiding. Now that their land has been cleansed of tainted Blood, the Rose-Jeweled Queen, Lady Cassidy, makes it her duty to restore it and prove her ability to rule. But…

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