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Fiction Book Review: Blue Stars by Emily Gray Tedrowe

Blue Stars by Emily Gray Tedrowe is a nuanced depiction of military families and their unique struggles. Ellen Silverman is an English professor in Madison, Wisconsin. She is also the guardian of Michael, a young man who enlists in the military in 2005. Lacey is a personal trainer in suburban New...

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Youth Biography Review: The Noisy Paint Box

Have you ever wondered how to discuss abstract art with a child?  This illustrated book follows Vasily Kandinsky, a pioneer of abstract art, from childhood to adulthood.  Living an upper-class life, Kandinsky is taught everything a proper boy should learn.  When his family gives him...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: Winnie by Sally M. Walker

You've every book about Winnie-the-Pooh and seen every movie set in the Hundred Acre Woods--but did you know everyone's favorite "Bear of Very Little Brain" was inspired by an actual resident of the London Zoo? In Winnie, Sally M. Walker reveals the true story of how an orphaned bear cub, a soldier...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: The Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature

Need something to do? Grab this guide and head out on a fun-filled adventure in the natural world! Gorgeous illustrations and expert advice outline 24 activities and projects to help budding young naturalists explore plants and animals in the woods, in the park, or at the beach. With a hands-on...

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Teen Fiction Review: Vanishing Girls

Nick and Dara were not only sisters… they were best friends. What happened? Nick is trying to reconnect with her sister. She feels guilty from the accident that has left Dara scarred for life. This suspenseful novel follows Nick through the summer after the accident. She is living with her mother...

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Picture Book Review: The Adventures of Beekle

In this Caldecott Medal book, imaginary friends are born on a magical island.  Little by little, each creature is imagined by a child and goes to live in the real world.  Beekle waits, but no one chooses him; this moment might remind some readers of the childhood dread of being picked...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: Growing Up Pedro by Matt Tavares

Hey, baseball fans! Are you game for a good, new book? Look no further than Growing Up Pedro. Through a winning combination of richly rendered paintings and easy-to-read prose, author/illustrator Matt Tavares captures the inspirational true story of how Pedro and Ramon Martinez overcame the poverty...

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Youth Fiction Review: The Lost Track of Time by Paige Britt

Penelope dreams of becoming a writer, but her overachieving mother insists on keeping the family on a strict schedule that emphasizes "keeping busy" and "being productive" and doesn't offer Penelope a free moment to explore her art. Although she tries very hard to always be on time and follow all...

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Teens, what's your future reading forecast?

Summer is here! It's a great time to relax and read something purely for fun. What does your summer reading forecast look like? Will it be... Sunny on a beach with a light summer romance? Storm chasing action and adventure? Cloudy with a chance of a long road trip? Visit us and check out this...

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Fiction Book Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Ani FaNelli seems to have the perfect life – a glamourous job at a woman’s magazine in New York City and a rich handsome fiancé - but beneath the glittering façade, Ani’s dark past lurks and threatens to destroy her. The action moves between the present day and the fall of 2001 when Ani was known...

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