Category Archives: Staff Book Reviews

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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