Monthly Archives: March 2016

My Life with Liars

25817346Title: My Life with Liars
Author: Caela Carter
Recommended for: 7th & 8th
Pages: 288
Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Carter, C

Synopsis: Behind the white-washed walls of the compound, life was simple. Follow the rules, “live in the Light,” and all would be well. Zylynn was excited to turn thirteen and begin the work of bringing others into the light, to save them from the liars and the darkness of the outside world. But when she is taken away by a man who claims to be her father, Zylynn is confused and desperate to return to her home.

Zylynn resists her new life—until she finds small comforts like shampoo, the color pink, and strawberries. But as her thirteenth birthday approaches, Zylynn must make a difficult decision—to stay with the enemy or find her way back to the light. And neither may be what it seems.

Review: This book is being sold as one for 5th-8th graders, but I think the upper end are going to be the ones who like it the most. It’s not so much that it deals with heavier topic, but the way it’s written I don’t know that it’ll engage 5th/6th graders as much. However, those of that age already obsessed with tough issues, I would easily give them this book.

Zylynn has spend her whole life in a cult. She’s been brainwashed and drugged to the point she can’t see the truth. While the cult started off innocently enough, they got to the point where children where separated from their parents and even men from the women. Zylynn doesn’t even realize who her own mother is even more, or even that she’s supposed to have one!

When her father comes and takes her away, she does everything to resist this new world. She was told that the outside was darkness and full of liars. And if she can’t get back in 10 day, before her 13th birthday, she’ll be doomed to this world forever. Zylynn tries to be good and think only of the Light, but some things are too hard to ignore like plenty of food to eat, clothes that have colors, & no punishments for talking out.

I did find the end a little too convenient, but other than that this is a gripping tale of discovering truths and lies.

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Posted by on March 31, 2016 in Juv, Realistic, Realistic, Teen, Uncategorized


Kill the Boy Band

25184383Title: Kill the Boy Band
Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Recommended for: 7th grade & up
Pages: 320
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Moldavsky, G.

Synopsis: Okay, so just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near The Ruperts, our favorite boy band.

We didn’t mean to kidnap one of the guys. It kind of, sort of happened that way. But now he’s tied up in our hotel room. And the worst part of all, it’s Rupert P. All four members of The Ruperts might have the same first name, but they couldn’t be more different. And Rupert P. is the biggest flop out of the whole group.

We didn’t mean to hold hostage a member of The Ruperts, I swear. At least, I didn’t. We are fans. Okay, superfans who spend all of our free time tweeting about the boys and updating our fan tumblrs. But so what, that’s what you do when you love a group so much it hurts.

How did it get this far? Who knows. I mean midterms are coming up. I really do not have time to go to hell.

Review: I wanted to like this book so much. I really did, but I ultimately just couldn’t. Moldavsky writes a compelling mystery, but it’s overshadowed by fat shaming, fandom shaming, and much more. Many people are saying this is a satire and it’s over-the-top-ness is supposed to be funny. However, I didn’t read that way at all. One page it would uplift fandoms and explain why they’re so important and then the next it would talk about how they were only true fans if they were crazy. (Think send threatening tweets crazy.) Sadly, the things she tried to make over the top, actually happen, especially on social media. It’s scary and not funny at all.

This one is getting a lot of positive reviews on goodreads, so it may depend on the reader. However, there was just too many problematic things for me to recommend this book.

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Posted by on March 31, 2016 in Realistic, Teen


Polo and Lily

Polo and Lily cover

Title:   Polo and Lily
Author:   Regis Faller
Series:   Polo
Recommended for:   children ages 2 and up.  Works for preschoolers and elementary school students.  (And older kids too!)
Pages:   unpaged (probably 32)
Call Number/Link:   E FALLE

Rating:   ****




In this wordless picture book, Polo the dog meets a rabbit named Lily and the two become friends.


A big thank you to the patron who almost stumped me this evening.  “I’m looking for a book about a dog who lives in a tree.  It doesn’t have words.  The author is French.  I think the dog’s name starts with a P.”

I hadn’t noticed the Polo series before tonight, and am so glad to have discovered it!  Although it is a picture book, it feels very much like a graphic novel, which helps it appeal to all ages.  Its humor doesn’t hurt either!



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Posted by on March 31, 2016 in Bedtime, Funny, Picture Books, Wordless


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Zero Day

Zero DayTitle: Zero Day
Author: Jan Gangsei
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 7th Grade and Up
Pages: 359 pages

Synopsis: Eight years after being kidnapped Addie Webster, now sixteen, resurfaces under mysterious circumstances, significantly changed, and her childhood best friend, Darrow Fergusson, is asked by a national security advisor to spy on her to uncover whether she is a threat to her father’s Presidency or the nation.

This is a well written story that has many layers. I like that at each chapter you get a little bit more of the story. For the most part Addie is the narrator, but other characters get to tell their part of the story.  I spent most of the time trying to figure out who took her and for what reason.  This is Jan Gangsei’s first novel, and I look forward to see what else she comes up with.

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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Mysteries, Teen


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Mr. Pants: It’s Go Time!

It's Go Time cover

Title:   It’s Go Time!
Author:   Scott McCormick              Illustrator:  R.H. Lazzell
Series:   Mr. Pants
Recommended for:   kids who like funny graphic novels.  And cats, although a reader doesn’t have to love cats to laugh at the Mr. Pants series.
Pages:   128 p.
Call Number/Link:  GN J MR. PANTS V. 1

Rating:   ****




On the last day of summer vacation, all Mr. Pants wants to do is play laser tag but Mom and his sisters, Foot Foot and Grommy, have other ideas.


I think kids will really enjoy the Mr. Pants series.  It’s very funny and is an excellent choice for reluctant readers.

And it even introduces irony!



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Posted by on March 29, 2016 in Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv


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A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

Hungry Lion or Dwindling Assortment... cover

Title:    A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
Author:   Lucy Ruth Cummins
Series:  —
Recommended for:  students in grade school and up who aren’t especially fond of cute little animals
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:  E CUMMINS, L.

Rating:  ****




Members of a large group of animals, including a penguin, two rabbits, and a koala, disappear at an alarming rate but the hungry lion remains.


This one is best for bigger kids who will not mind its food chain theme. (In other words, I don’t recommend using it for preschool storytime.)

Not for the very sensitive, or those who are especially fond of cute little animals.

But yes – I laughed.


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Posted by on March 25, 2016 in Funny, Picture Books


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Title: Matched

Author: Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Series: Matched Trilogy

Recommended for: Grades Middle & High School

Pages: 512





In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow — between perfection and passion.

Thoughts: I really love this book I think as one reviewer said that this is very similar to the giver but more beautiful people.  I would also compare it to The Selection series as well.  The fans of both these books would love this trilogy.  It is fast paced and I just whizzed through the books since there are so many twists. They are available as an eBook, audio book and book form.  I started reading as paper copy then I finished listening to the eBook since I could not obtain a paper copy.

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Posted by on March 13, 2016 in Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Teen


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