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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: 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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Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Title: The Immortalists Author: Chloe Benjamin Publisher: GP Putnam’s Sons Hardcover: 352 pages Source: Netgalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present? It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their…

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Book Review: The Importance of Being Funny by Al Gini

Book Review: The Importance of Being Funny by Al Gini

Title: The Importance of Being Funny: Why We Need More Jokes in Our Lives Author: Al Gini Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Hardcover: 168 pages Source: ALA Annual 2017 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) When E. B. White said “analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog; few people are interested and the frog dies,” he hadn’t seen Al Gini’s hilarious, incisive, and informative take on jokes, joke-telling, and the jokers who tell jokes. For Gini, humor is more than just foolish fun: it serves as a…

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