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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: Wherever You Go, There They Are by Annabelle Gurwitch

Book Review: Wherever You Go, There They Are by Annabelle Gurwitch

Title: Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories about My Family You Might Relate To Author: Annabelle Gurwitch Publisher: Blue Rider Press Hardcover: 304 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A hysterically funny and slyly insightful new collection of essays from New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch, about her own family of scam artists and hucksters, as well as the sisterhoods, temporary tribes, communities, and cults who have become surrogates along the way. When Annabelle Gurwitch was a child, surrounded by a cast…

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Book Review: The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Book Review: The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Title: The Red Pony Author: John Steinbeck Publisher: Puffin Paperback: 95 pages Source: Chicago Public Library OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher’s life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, a hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating…

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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: The Road to Cana by Anne Rice

Book Review: The Road to Cana by Anne Rice

Title: The Road to Cana Author: Anne Rice Series: Christ the Lord, Book 2 Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group Paperback: 242 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Anne Rice’s second book in her hugely ambitious and courageous life of Christ begins during his last winter before his baptism in the Jordan and concludes with the miracle at Cana. It is a novel in which we see Jesus—he is called Yeshua bar Joseph—during a winter of no rain, endless dust, and talk of trouble in…

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Book Review: Hook’s Tale by John Pielmeier

Book Review: Hook’s Tale by John Pielmeier

Title: Hook’s Tale: Being an Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself Author: John Pielmeier Publisher: Scribner Hardcover: 288 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (a.k.a Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counter narrative to the works of J.M. Barrie, a “dour Scotsman” whose spurious accounts got it all wrong. Now, award-winning playwright John Pielmeier is proud…

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Book Review: Crystal Line by Anne McCaffrey

Book Review: Crystal Line by Anne McCaffrey

Title: Crystal Line Author: Anne McCaffrey Series: Crystal Singer, Book 3 Publisher: Random House Paperback: 294 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) When Killashandra Ree joined the mysterious Heptite Guild, she knew that she would be forever changed. Crystal singing brought ecstasy and pain, near-eternal life…and gradual loss of memory. What she hadn’t counted on was the loneliness she felt when her heart still remembered what her mind had forgotten. Fortunately, someone still cared enough to try to salvage what was left…

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Book Review: The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley

Book Review: The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley

Title: The Door in the Hedge Author: Robin McKinley Publisher: Firebird Paperback: 224 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Robin McKinley here spins two new fairy tales and retells two cherished classics. All feature princesses touched with or by magic. There is Linadel, who lives in a kingdom next to Faerieland, where princesses are stolen away on their seventeenth birthdays-and Linadel’s seventeenth birthday is tomorrow. And Korah, whose brother is bewitched by the magical Golden Hind; now it is up to her to…

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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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