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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: 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: How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks

Book Review: How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks

Title: How to Catch a Bogle Author: Catherine Jinks Series: City of Orphans, Book 1 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Hardcover: 320 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository If ever a chill entered her soul, or the hope suddenly drained from her heart, she knew a bogle was to blame. Birdie McAdam, a ten-year-old orphan, is tougher than she looks. She’s proud of her job as apprentice to Alfred the Bogler, a man who catches monsters for a…

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Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

Title: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice Author: Laurie R. King Publisher: Bantam Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1 Paperback: 341 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Long retired, Sherlock Holmes quietly pursues his study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. He never imagines he would encounter anyone whose intellect matched his own, much less an audacious teenage girl with a penchant for detection. Miss Mary Russell becomes Holmes’ pupil and quickly hones her talent for deduction, disguises and danger. But when…

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Wishlist Wednesday #25: Best Kept Secret by Ann M. Martin

Wishlist Wednesday #25: Best Kept Secret by Ann M. Martin

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. I started this new series from Ann M. Martin this year, and it’s been very good! I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed having Martin in my life. It’s a great contemporary middle school series that goes through family stories generation by generation. I’m excited to read what happens next…

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Book Review: The Long Way Home by Ann M. Martin

Book Review: The Long Way Home by Ann M. Martin

Title: The Long Way Home Author: Ann M. Martin Series: Family Tree, Book 2 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 214 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Four girls. Four generations. One family. The second entry in the beautiful new series from Ann M. Martin. Dana is Abby’s daughter — but she’s always been much closer to her father, Zander. He’s a celebrated New York author who encourages Dana’s artistic talents . . . even if he sometimes drinks too much. Dana is…

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Book Review: Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

Book Review: Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

Title: Glass Town Game Author: Catherynne M. Valente Publisher: Simon & Schuster Hardcover: 535 pages Source: ALA Annual 2017 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Charlotte and Emily must enter a fantasy world that they invented in order to rescue their siblings in this adventurous and fiercely intelligent novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town,…

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Book Review: Dawn by Elie Wiesel

Book Review: Dawn by Elie Wiesel

Title: Dawn Author: Elie Wiesel Translator: Frances Frenaye Publisher: Hill and Wang Paperback: 81 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Elisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli freedom fighter in British-controlled Palestine; John Dawson is the captured English officer he will murder at dawn in retribution for the British execution of a fellow freedom fighter. The night-long wait for morning and death provides Dawn, Elie Wiesel’s ever more timely novel, with its harrowingly taut, hour-by-hour narrative….

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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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