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Book Review: Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Book Review: Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Title: Code Girls Author: Liza Mundy Publisher: Hachette Books Hardcover: 500 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of…

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Book Review: Will’s Words by Jane Sutcliffe

Book Review: Will’s Words by Jane Sutcliffe

Title: Will’s Words Author: Jane Sutcliffe Illustrator: John Shelley Publisher: Charlesbridge Hardcover: 40 pages Source: BEA 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository When Jane Sutcliffe sets out to write a book about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, in her own words, she runs into a problem: Will’s words keep popping up all over the place! What’s an author to do? After all, Will is responsible for such familiar phrases as “what’s done is done” and “too much of a…

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Book Review: Warcross By Marie Lu

Book Review: Warcross By Marie Lu

Title: Warcross Author: Marie Lu Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Series: Warcross, Book 1 Hardcover: 416 pages Source: ALA Annual 2017 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the…

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Book Review: A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander

Book Review: A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander

Title: A Properly Unhaunted Place Author: William Alexander Illustrator: Kelly Murphy Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Hardcover: 192 pages Source: ALA Annual 2017 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) From National Book Award–winning author William Alexander comes a wryly humorous story about two kids who try to save their town by bringing back its ghosts. Rosa Ramona Díaz has just moved to the small, un-haunted town of Ingot—the only ghost-free town in the world. She doesn’t want to be there. She doesn’t understand how her mother—a…

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Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi Author: Sandhya Menon Publisher: Simon Pulse Hardcover: 380 pages Source: ALA Annual 2017 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a…

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Book Review: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Book Review: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Title: Cork Dork Author: Bianca Bosker Publisher: Penguin Books Paperback: 352 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Like many of us, tech reporter Bianca Bosker saw wine as a way to unwind at the end of a long day, or a nice thing to have with dinner and that was about it. Until she stumbled on an alternate universe where taste reigned supreme, a world in which people could, after a single sip of wine, identify the grape it was made from, in what…

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Book Review: The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon

Book Review: The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon

Title: The Floating Island Author: Elizabeth Haydon Series: The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, Book 1 Publisher: Starscape Paperback: 368 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Long ago, in the Second Age of history, a young Nain explorer by the name of Ven Polypheme traveled much of the known and unknown world, recording his adventures. Recently discovered by archaeologists, a few fragments of his original journals are reproduced in this book. Great care has been taken to reconstruct the parts of…

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Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper Author: Kerri Maniscalco Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Book 1 Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Hardcover: 326 pages Source: BEA 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice…

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Manga Series Review: Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Manga Series Review: Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Title: Naruto, Volumes 1-72 Author: Masashi Kishimoto Publisher: VIZ Media Source: Chicago Public Library – Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In another world, ninja are the ultimate power—and in the village of Konohagakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. But twelve years ago Konohagakure was attacked by a fearsome threat—a nine-tailed fox demon which claimed the life of the Hokage, the village champion. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the Ninja Academy. His…

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Podcast Review: Crimetown

Podcast Review: Crimetown

Before I get into this review, I should probably explain how podcasts have taken over my life over the last few years.  My first year teaching, I used to listen to sports talk radio on the way to work.  I would occasionally listen to music, but found that I got more out of people talking.  This wore on me very quickly.  I then started listening to NPR (which I now joke is my obligation as a teacher).  One thing quickly…

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