Category Archives: Staff Book Reviews

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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Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

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

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Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

Why I checked it out:  A friend recommended this book. She said, “Between the Lines” is your kind of book, Jerilyn. It has fairytale people coming alive inside a book.” Why I liked it: The story is told in the alternating voices of … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Why I liked it: I actually didn’t like it at first; it paints a miserable picture of a dog-eat-dog society that develops after our world runs out of oil and global warming swallows our coastal cities. Nailer is a likeable … Continue reading

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