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Wolf Hollow

Posted on: August 29, 2016 at 5:27 pm, in

by Lauren Wolk   Annabelle lives a steady life with her parents, grandparents, two younger brothers plus aunt in a small Pennsylvania farming town. The arrival of the new girl Betty shakes things up and not in a good way. Annabelle quickly learns the new girl is a relentless bully who threatens not only Annabelle […]

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Posted on: August 26, 2016 at 7:20 pm, in

Little Black Lies by Sharon BoltonI read this book in a day. I got home from work and sat down on the sofa with a cup of tea and this book to pass time before dinner. When I finally looked up and away from the page, the sun was rising. Every sentence was perfect. The […]

Eating Dirt

Posted on: August 26, 2016 at 9:46 am, in

Eating DirtBy Charlotte Gill Imagine a life of dirty, tough work out in the backcountry.  Imagine that the wilderness is home for eight months of the year and that you can’t have a proper shower or get any real privacy during this time.  Then imagine that this is the life you choose for yourself. This […]

The Buried Giant

Posted on: August 22, 2016 at 11:28 am, in

The Buried Giant The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro, is a fantasy novel that covers the journey of Axl and Beatrice, a couple who set off on a journey to find their son, who they have not seen for some time, and actually do not remember very well. As the story moves along with their […]

Learning to Swear in America

Posted on: August 21, 2016 at 4:53 pm, in

by Katie KennedyAn asteroid is hurtling towards Earth, and NASA has amassed a group of scientists to figure out how to stop it before it destroys North America.  Yuri is a 17-year-old Russian physics phenom who NASA has recruited to be part of the team.  Yuri’s colleagues in Russia are used to his youthfulness, and […]

The Last Thirteen: 13

Posted on: August 19, 2016 at 2:48 pm, in

The Last Thirteen: 13  By James Phelan Sam, Eva and Alex are average teenagers, but their dreams are intense and sometimes frightening.  Sam has been sent to a psychiatrist to deal with his dreams and the aftermath of a traumatic event.   But when Sam’s school is raided by “national security agents” and he is whisked […]

All My Puny Sorrows

Posted on: August 17, 2016 at 12:05 pm, in

  Miriam Toews has this way of writing lines that are so beautiful that sometimes I have to close her books for a moment just to marvel at them. All My Puny Sorrowsis a book that is full of such moments; alternating equally between being eloquently wise, wickedly funny and jaggedly heartbreaking. In every one […]


Posted on: August 17, 2016 at 12:03 pm, in

By Mary Roach While there are plenty of books that cover the political and human impacts of war, we rarely see and examination of more unusual aspects of maintaining a military force.  Grunt by Mary Roach isn’t about new guns and tanks, drones and missiles. This is the kind of stuff that most people don’t […]

The Wild Robot

Posted on: August 16, 2016 at 9:00 am, in

The Wild Robot By Peter Brown Can a robot survive in the wilderness?  Robot Roz must do exactly that when she discovers that she has washed up on the shore of a remote island.  Although Roz has been programmed to know many things, she does not know how to survive in the outdoors.  But Roz, […]

The House of the Scorpion

Posted on: August 8, 2016 at 9:00 am, in

By Nancy FarmerIn a future world that feels very “old world”, the USA and Azatlán (formerly known as Mexico) have struck a deal to curb illegal immigration. Along the length of the border, a new country named Opium has been established. The thousands of miles of drug fields are owned by a handful of very […]