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Tony

Title: Tony

Author: Ed Galing

Illustrator: Erin E. Stead

Pages: 32 pages

Recommended for: Pre K- 2

Synopsis: A young boy tells the story of his admiration, and friendship, with the local dairy delivery horse.

Although the narrator never reveals himself in the book, you get a sense that he is a young boy, living in the early 1900’s. He tells the story of the local dairy delivery horse named Tony, his owner Tom, and how much he loved getting to see him early every morning. Tony is described in the book as, ” All white, large, sturdy, with wide gentle eyes and a ton of love”. This book is beautifully poetic, with wonderful illustrations. This book has fewer words, but the illustrations definitely make up for that. The soft colors, and almost dream like pencil strokes, make this book hard to put down.

 

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Posted by on February 28, 2017 in Bedtime, Picture Books

 

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Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere

30653691Title: Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere
Author: Elise Gravel
Series: N/A (Although, I hope it ends up being one)
Recommended for: Grades 3 -5
Pages: 176
Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Gravel, E

Synopsis: When Olga crosses paths with a weird creature and becomes the first kid to discover the species olgamus ridiculus, she is ecstatic! What does an olgamus eat? How does it poop? Why does its burp sound like the word rubber? With her trusty observation notebook and the help of a librarian, a shopkeeper, and some friends, Olga sets out to do science—learning the facts about her smelly, almost-furry pal and searching for him when he goes missing. The scientific method is the best way to discover anything!

Review: This is going to be a great one for those Wimpy Kid/Dork Diary fans! I love that Olga is science-y. She loves all things animals and when she find an unknown species she tries to figure out what he is! Olga is a tween/early teen but she reads a bit younger. 6th/7th MAY like it but I think it’ll be better in the hands of 4th/5th graders. The only thing I don’t like at all is that the mean girls read a fashion magazine called TWERP GIRLS. That name is just..no. The mean girls do show they’re not all that mean and Olga does kind of want to read the magazine, but the name TWERP GIRLS just bothered me. Other than that, I found this one an extremely fun and funny read and think it’ll be a big hit with our patrons. (FYI, it doesn’t come out until end of March!)

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Funny, Juv, Realistic, Uncategorized

 

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Labyrinth Lost

27969081Title: Labyrinth Lost
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Series: Brooklyn Brujas
Recommended for: Grade 7th and up
Pages: 336
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Cordova, Z. 

Synopsis: Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Review: I love, love, love this book. First of all, this Latinx world is so rich and full of depth. From the underworld that mimic Dante’s Infernal to her family (including her ancestors) to the magic, it’s all done so well. For most of the book, Alex’s family isn’t even present, but they were well rounded and you felt like you really knew then even though the focus wasn’t really on there. Even her grandma, who really is only present for one scene–you just get a deep understanding of how important family really is. I also loved that they were latinx for all over the world and not just one spot–because most family ancestries are nice and messy like that.

Alex is a great heroine. However, she’s deeply flawed, which I actually loved. She doesn’t have it all figured out. She struggles almost every step of the way. Yes, she never wanted magic, but she never meant to banish her family as a way to do it! The journey is about righting that mistake and coming to terms with her magic/things about herself along the way. I also really loved that Alex was bisexual and it was no big deal. Not to her family, her friends, or anyone else. She struggled if she really felt about Rishi that way, but it was more of “do I really have a crush on a friend” than “do I really have a crush on a girl.” It was simply no big deal and it was portrayed in a healthy way as well. All around, I give this book two thumbs up.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2016 in Fantasy, Teen

 

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I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister

18811323Title: I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister
Author: Amélie Sarn
Series:
Recommended for: Grades 7 & up
Pages: 152
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Sarn, A.

Synopsis: Two sisters. Two lives. One future.
Sohane loves no one more than her beautiful, carefree younger sister, Djelila. And she hates no one as much. They used to share everything. But now, Djelila is spending more time with her friends, partying, and hanging out with boys, while Sohane is becoming more religious.

When Sohane starts wearing a head scarf, her school threatens to expel her. Meanwhile, Djelila is harassed by neighborhood bullies for not being Muslim enough. Sohane can’t help thinking that Djelila deserves what she gets. But she never could have imagined just how far things would go. . . .

My Review: I absolutely adored this book. It’s such a short book but has such an emotional book. I loved the themes of feminism that run through it as the two girls decide how to led their life and what path of religion they want to follow. Both girls defended their right to their chosen path and have to deal with the consequences of that decision. Sohane has a lot of emotions that she needs to work through and it’s interesting watching that arc of love-hate-miss-understanding. While the flashing back and forwarding bothered me a bit at times, overall it was fine. This is easily a book I’d recommend everyone to read.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2016 in Realistic, Teen

 

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The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love

3P JKT Geeks_Guide.inddTitle: The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love
Author: Sarvenaz Tash
Series:
Recommended for: 8th grade and up
Pages: 256
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Tash, S

Synopsis: Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy…
Archie and Veronica…
Althena and Noth…
…Graham and Roxy?

Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.

But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.

When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be…even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.

My Review: I absolutely love, love, LOVED this book. The geek culture is pretty spot on. There was nothing that made me want to say NO THAT’S ABSOLUTELY WRONG. And they treated the whole geek culture very nicely. Tash didn’t portray them as “loser” or “nerds” they were just every day kids who loved Comic Books. In fact, one of their friends who went with them, who though it would be “nerdy”, ended up loving and it even says she can see why they love it so much!

The love story is spot on as well. I love how it was handled. I don’t want to give too much away in that area, but it was totally realistic. And honestly, while I was kind of cheering for it to go a different way, I was very happy with how it ended up. If felt perfect for the situation and seemed like something that would happen to one of my teens.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2016 in Realistic, Romance, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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Defender

25902252Title: Defender
Author: Graham McNamee
Series:
Recommended for: 8th Grade & Up
Pages: 240
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction McNamee, G

Synopsis: They call her Tiny, but Tyne Greer is six foot six, a high school basketball star who is hoping the game will be her ticket out of the slum. She lives in a run-down building called The Zoo, where her father is the superintendent. One day she discovers a crack in the wall of an abandoned basement room. And sealed up in the wall is a girl’s body. Horrified, she runs to get her dad. But after he goes to take a look, he comes back and tells Tyne that nothing’s there. No girl. No body. He tells her she must be seeing things in the dark.

Tyne is sure it was real, though, and when she finds evidence that the body was moved from the hole in the wall, she knows the only one who could have done it is her father. But why? What is he hiding?

Tyne’s search for answers uncovers a conspiracy of secrets and lies in her family. The closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous it becomes for her. Because some will do anything to bury the past…and keep her silent.

My Review: I really liked this one a lot. It was quick read and would be perfect for reluctant readers. This murder mystery is engaging and sucks you right in & holds you all the way until the end. (I only guessed who it was towards the end & the reason I couldn’t place at all!) The ending felt a bit jarring, but I understand that the author was just trying to wrap all any loose ends/answer questions that the reader may have. There’s a couple of unbelievable moments, but for the most point this was was right on target.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2016 in Mysteries, Realistic

 

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