Category Archives: Staff Book Reviews

Staff Review: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Emaline has just graduated from high school and she is facing some very important decisions. Is it important to go to an Ivy League university, or is an in-state college acceptable? Does she want to be in a committed, long-term … Continue reading

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Staff Review of Winger by Andrew Smith

Why I Checked It Out: I read “Winger” by Andrew Smith because my book club was reading it and it has a pretty great cover. What It’s About: Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean … Continue reading

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Staff Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Why I checked it out: I love the idea of a female relative of Sherlock Holmes working with a female relative of Bram Stoker. Why I liked it: Imagine the observant, logical niece of famous detective Sherlock Holmes partnering with  the stalwart vampire-hunting … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Shelter by Harlan Coben

Mickey’s a likeable kid who’s had to grow up way too fast. His father died in a car crash and his mother turned to drugs to cope, leaving Mickey to fend for himself. The author reveals little by little that … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

“Code Name Verity” tells the story of two friends, Julie and Maddie, who both get involved with the British war effort during World War II and then crash land in France. Julie gets captured and interrogated by the Nazis, and when … Continue reading

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Staff Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

While attending a London boarding school, Rory, a young American, witnesses a murder committed by a Jack the Ripper copycat. Gradually she figures out that something else weird is going on — she can see people when others can’t. Why I … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

Why I checked it out: The title intrigued me. Plus, it’s a 2014 Gateway Award nominee. Why I liked this book: This is a fun, light read and all the chapter titles are college essay topics that relate (though sometimes … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett’s “Dodger” takes place in an impoverished section of London during the reign of Queen Victoria. One dark and rainy night, Dodger, a young man who searches for treasure in the sewers, rescues a woman being chased and beaten … Continue reading

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Staff Review: My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

Why I checked it out: This book was introduced to me through my wonderful book club. Why I liked it: This book is one of those rare gems in which you want to be friends with all the characters (not … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Why I liked it: “Abandon” was very loosely based on the Greek myth of Persephone which I’ve always found interesting. Also, the main character, Pierce Oliviera, was very likeable. Despite her dad being super-rich, she didn’t act spoiled, and her sense of … Continue reading

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