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Category Archives: Staff Book Reviews
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
Why I checked it out: A friend who knows my sense of humor recommended this wonderful book. Why I liked it: While zombie stories are currently the norm rather than the exception, this book remains exceptional. Directionless Sam finds himself … Continue reading