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Book Review: The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy

Book Review: The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy

Title: The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid Author: Colin Meloy Publisher: Balzer & Bray Hardcover: 432 pages Source: ALA Annual 2017 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) From the creators of the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles comes an original, humorous, and fast-paced middle grade novel about a band of child pickpockets—imagine The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets Oliver Twist. It is an ordinary Tuesday morning in April when bored, lonely Charlie Fisher witnesses something incredible. Right before his eyes, in a busy square in…

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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 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 pages 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…

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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: Better to Wish by Ann M. Martin

Book Review: Better to Wish by Ann M. Martin

Title: Better to Wish Author: Ann M. Martin Series: Family Tree, Book 1 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 226 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository In 1930, Abby Nichols is eight, and can’t imagine what her future holds. The best things today would be having a dime for the fair, keeping her Pops from being angry, and saving up eighty-seven cents to surprise her little sister with a tea set for Christmas. But Abby’s world is changing fast. Soon there will be…

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Book Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Book Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Title: Invincible Summer Author: Alice Adams Publisher: Little, Brown Hardcover: 308 pages Source: BEA 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey. Inseparable throughout college, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of a new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and eager to shrug off the socialist politics of her upbringing, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who’s…

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Audiobook Review: Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery, narrated by Colleen Winton

Audiobook Review: Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery, narrated by Colleen Winton

Title: Anne of Avonlea Author: LM Montgomery Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book 2 Narrator: Colleen Winton Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Duration: 9 hours, 25 minutes Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Following Anne of Green Gables (1908), the book covers the second chapter in the life of Anne Shirley. This book follows Anne from the age of 16 to 18, during the two years that she teaches at Avonlea school. It includes many of the characters from Anne of Green Gables,…

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Audiobook Review: Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Audiobook Review: Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Title: Anne of Green Gables Author: LM Montgomery Narrator: Colleen Winton Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book 1 Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Duration: 10 hours, 8 minutes Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Anne, a young orphan from the fictional community of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia, is sent to Prince Edward Island after a childhood spent in strangers’ homes and orphanages. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their fifties and sixties, had decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew…

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Book Review: Magic for Marigold by LM Montgomery

Book Review: Magic for Marigold by LM Montgomery

Title: Magic for Marigold Author: L.M. Montgomery Publisher: Starfire Paperback: 274 pages Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The eccentric Lesley family could not agree on what to name Lorraine’s new baby girl even after four months. Lorraine secretly liked the name Marigold, but who would ever agree to such a fanciful name as that? When the baby falls ill and gentle Dr. M. Woodruff Richards saves her life, the family decides to name the child after the good doctor. But a…

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Book Review: Heart of Gold by Sharon Shinn

Book Review: Heart of Gold by Sharon Shinn

Title: Heart of Gold Author: Sharon Shinn Publisher: Ace Paperback: 352 pages Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A scientist by nature, Nolan used his rational powers of observation to question the privileges he was born to enjoy–and the people he was raised to despise. A rebel at heart, Katrini followed her fiercest passions in the struggle to overthrow a legacy of hate–one that had poisoned her family for generations… On a planet divide between rich and poor, strong and weak, intellect and feeling, only one…

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