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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 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 Book…

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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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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: 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: Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness

Book Review: Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness

Title: Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness Author: George Hagen Series: Gabriel Finley, Book 2 Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Hardcover: 290 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Gabriel Finley is longing to find his mother, who vanished without a trace when he was just a baby. Along with Gabriel’s raven, Paladin–with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature and FLY!–and his three friends, he ventures back to the ruined underground city of Aviopolis to free…

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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: P is for Pirate – A Pirate Alphabet by Eve Bunting

Book Review: P is for Pirate – A Pirate Alphabet by Eve Bunting

Title: P is for Pirate: A Pirate Alphabet Author: Eve Bunting Illustrator: John Manders Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press Hardcover: 40 pages Source: Chicago Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The word pirate means one who plunders on the sea, and piracy has been around for as long as men and women have longed for adventure and lusted for riches. But it wasn’t all fun and pillaging! Being a pirate was not an easy life. Written by award-winning author Eve Bunting, poetry and expository text are used…

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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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