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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: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix

Book Review: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix

Title: Lord Sunday Author: Garth Nix Series: Keys to the Kingdom, Book 7 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 320 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository On the seventh day, there was a choice. The House is falling apart, and when it is destroyed, all existence will be destroyed with it, Arthur Penhaligon and his friends Leaf and Suzy are caught in the chaos, separated by events but drawn together in their fight to survive. They must use every power at their disposal…

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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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Favorite Books of 2017

Favorite Books of 2017

2017 was a stellar reading year for both Andrew and me. We read a combined total of 200+ books and loved so many of them! One of my favorite parts of reading is sharing books I love with others and telling my friends and family which books THEY NEED TO READ! Andrew and I often recommend our favorite books to each other, and here we are now, recommending our favorite reads of this year to you. Maybe you’ll find a…

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Book Review: Witch Ball by Linda Joy Singleton

Book Review: Witch Ball by Linda Joy Singleton

Title: Witch Ball Author: Linda Joy Singleton Publisher: Llewellyn Publications Series: Seer, Book 3 Paperback: 341 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Sabine is finally starting to feel accepted at her new high school. She’s friends with the popular girls and even has a cute boyfriend. But Sabine also has a dark secret-she’s psychic, and was forced to leave her old school after she accurately predicted the death of a football player. Volunteering with her friends to help run the psychic booth at 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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Wishlist Wednesday #21: Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

Wishlist Wednesday #21: Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

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 just picked up the sequel to this — Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness — and while I enjoyed it without reading the first book, I really want to read the first book now to get more context for the series. Also, it was a pretty…

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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: 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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