From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Book, Line and Sinker
Jenn McKinlay has a new series gracing the library shelves. A fast-paced, humorous mystery featuring a small-town library director and her Crafternoon friends. Her closest friend, however, is the Children’s Librarian, Beth Stanley. The first in the series is Books Can be Deceiving followed by Due or Die. The third title in the series is Book, Line and Sinker and as one can surmise it has to do with water and pirates, to be specific, who sail oceans blue and bury their pirate booty. Lindsey Norris is not as gung-ho as some of her fellow citizens about the pirate map but she does take advantage of the adventuresome spirit infusing the town and arranges a book display. When the Tourism Director is found murdered at the treasure site, Lindsey rolls up her sleeves and places herself in the middle of the action, regardless of the danger.
From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Wheeler Tom
Puss in boots [videorecording DVD]
Puss in Boots (DVD) was a brand new take on an old tale. Antonio Banderas voiced Puss and Salma Hayek lent her sultry tone to his love interest, Kitty Softpaws. Kitty Softpaws was a double-edged moniker – Softpaws because she is a deft thief and Softpaws because her owners declawed her for either playing too rough one day or clawing their furniture. This movie was mainly a blend of old nursery rhymes and it was woven together quite seamlessly. Humpty Dumpty was Puss’s friend in the orphanage but their paths diverged. Humpty Dumpty was eternally in pursuit of the magic beans which he thought would bring him wealth. In the end, Humpty Dumpty redeemed himself. Even though this movie is rated PG-13, I would definitely not let the under 13 set watch it by themselves since many of the themes were for mature audiences.
From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Paul Chutkow
Zelda, the Queen of Paris : the true story of the luckiest dog in the world
If you enjoy the companionship of a four-footed friend, this book will really appeal to you and reinforce the love and camaraderie you feel with your pet. Zelda, the Queen of Paris : the true story of the luckiest dog in the world is a true animal lover’s tale. Zelda is a dog on the streets of India who knows she doesn’t want to stay on the streets of India. She befriends an Indian maid, who works for a journalist and his wife. With her gentle eyes and endearing nature, she is eventually welcomed wholeheartedly into the household. She becomes a friend to everyone in the journalist’s circle and when he is reassigned to Paris, she is granted a visa too. She adopts the mannerisms of the French regarding food and while the Parisians in her immediate vicinity at first despise her, when she rescues their wine collection, they heap praise upon her furry head. Her final journey is to California and there she predicts an earthquake. She is a proven companion to the journalist’s sons until the end of her life and demonstrates all the best qualities of a companion animal, loyalty and love.
From Margo Blatt
author: Newman, Brooke
Jenniemae and James, A black and White Memoir
I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book immensely. I won it last year from the adult reading club. I never read memiors before. Didn’t think I’d like them. But now I want to meet Brooke and her family. She had a tough childhood but could have been worse. I loved the relationship between the 2 main characters. I gave the book to my mom to read. She must have hundreds of books to be read at her house and has given many away and I explained she had to read this one. Hope she enjoys it as much as I did.
From Ginny Pisciotta
author: Christie, Judy
Gone to Green
Lois Barker is an editor for a city newspaper in the Midwest. She inherits a newspaper in rural Louisiana. She moves down there hoping to turn the paper around and then sell it so she can return to her corporate lifestyle. She meets an interesting assortment of people, making new friends and enemies as she fights corruption and prejudice, and works to revitalize both the paper and the town. In the end she must make the choice between her old lifestyle and her new one. Although the plot was somewhat predictable, it was an interesting book that gave me a glimpse into small town life in the south. I plan on reading the sequel.
From Erem, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Standiford, Natalie
How To Say Goodbye in Robot
This is a very creative novel about two people uncovering their identities through their friendship. “How to Say Goodbye in Robot”, is about Beatrice, a new girl moving to a new town. She experiences many obstacles and surprises when she meets Jonah Tate. As their friendship grows stronger, they uncover their identities as Ghost Boy and Robot Girl through the night show “The Night Light” show. They both have obstacles in their lives, which they fight or solve together. In the end, their friendship becomes a bond that is not breakable. Is their friendship about more than being friends? Read the book to find more about the story. I would recommend this book to teens who like reading about friendship novels. Overall, “How to Say Goodbye in Robot” creates a suspenseful mood that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
From Darci, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Prose, Francine
This is a very emotional book about a girl, Maisie, who is violated on the school bus by three of her best guy friends who she realizes later, aren’t her best friends at all. As things get tougher in school for Maisie, she realizes she could really use some support from them. Her step-mom wanting to proceed in a lawsuit aganist the three boys isn’t helping at all and makes Maisie relive the horrific experience over and over again. This book is ok for anyone ages 12 and above. The story is suspenseful, makes you wonder what really did happen, and warns of the effects that lying can have.
It leaves a mark on you long after your done reading the book. I thought it was very good and would recommend it to others.
From Eric, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Pearson, Mary E.
The Miles Between
The Miles Between is a unique story about four unique people. The main character is Destiny Faraday, a student at Hedgebrook Academy who tends to separate herself from the other students. Destiny has secrets, but chooses not to share them with anyone. All she truly wants in life is just “one fair day” where the good guy wins and everything works out for the best. One day Destiny and three of her classmates, Seth, Mira and Aidan happen to find a running convertible conveniently located on school grounds, and for once they decide to break the monotonous routine that has consumed then since they came to Hedgebrook. Throughout that trip they find friendship and much more. The foursome was able to put to rest many of the difficult things they had each endured during their short lives. Destiny is the one who has suffered the most, and thanks to her newfound friends, she is able to find peace and a brighter tomorrow. The Miles Between is a story of fate, friendship, and accepting and confronting our past as a part of who we are as people. I would
recommend this for teenage readers, as the story provides an interesting perspective on life that will make a reader appreciate all that he or she has. It is an emotional story that I will not soon forget.
From Andrea Kalinowski
author: Lane, Andrew
Sherlock Holmes is one of the best known fictional characters. In fact, he is so believable a character, he is still asked to consult on cases. Laurie R. King has set a series of novels around Sherlock in which his misogynistic ways seem to have fallen somewhat by the wayside because he has gotten married, but I digress. Andrew Lane, in a novel entitled Death Cloud, takes us back to the pre-fame days of Sherlock Holmes and introduces us to him as a boy on the cusp of manhood. His summer vacation has effectively been cancelled by his father’s redeployment to India to quell an uprising. Mycroft has been dispatched to share this news with Sherlock and to drop him at his aunt and uncle’s house for the summer. Mycroft has already started his position with Her Majesty’s government and so cannot watch over his brother. We watch as Sherlock is introduced to many of the habits which will be a mainstay in his later career. Sherlock uncovers a sinister plot involving the use of bees to undermine the British government. A good read and only the beginning. The series continues with Rebel Fire.
From Janin, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Calonita, Jen
In the book I read, Sleepaway Girls, by Jen Calonita, the main character, Sam Montgomery decides to take a break from her best friend, Mal, who gets a boyfriend. She does not want to hear them being all “lovey” the whole summer. Sam goes for a CIT (counselor-in-training) position in a camp called Whispering Pines, but still promises Mal and a bunch of other friends video-postcards while she is away. What Sam doesn’t know, is that her summer will be too jam-packed to do anything else besides the things that are keeping her occupied at camp! From the heartthrobs to the popular girls, how could she have time for anything? Sam is falling for the super-cute, surfer-blond Hunter, and has a rivalry with the camp’s queen, Ashley, who just happens to be one of the daughters of the camp director. But at least she has Cole, her best guy-friend, who sides with her on almost everything. All of the drama that happens at the Pines builds up to the fantastic ending.
I loved reading this book. It was a real page-turner, and I got so caught up in the book I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves reading about summer camp and all the drama that comes in the same package.