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6 08, 2015

Read of the Week: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon is in love and he’s not all that sure of what to do with that fact. He’s been exchanging emails with Blue, his mystery admirer who goes to the same school, when the emails fall into the wrong hands. In a flash, Simon finds himself being blackmailed by Martin,

23 07, 2015

Read of the Week: Morning Glory

Set in Seattle in a houseboat community, Sarah Jio’s Morning Glory focuses on Ada Santorini, a recent transplant from New York City who is trying to find peace after losing her husband and young daughter in a tragic accident. Shortly after arriving on Boat Street, Ada learns that her new

9 07, 2015

Read of the Week: Inside Out & Back Again

Ten-year-old Ha’s life is about to drastically change. She is living in Saigon in 1975 during the Vietnam War and it is no longer safe. She lives with her mother and her three older brothers.  Her father was captured and has been missing for the past nine years. With the

18 06, 2015

Read of the Week: The Cuckoo’s Calling

By now, most people are aware that “Robert Galbraith” is J.K. Rowling, but this book does not need a famous name attached to it in order to prove its worth:  it does that all on its own! The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first in a series of detective novels that

11 06, 2015

Read of the Week: Listen, Slowly

Thanhhà Lại, author of National Book Award-winning and Newbery Honor Book Inside Out & Back Again, introduces readers to 12-year-old Mai in her new middle grade novel, Listen, Slowly. Mai, a California beach girl, is not happy when her parents tell her this summer she must travel to Vietnam with

4 06, 2015

Read of the Week: Without You, There Is No Us

Suki Kim’s fascinating memoir, “Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite”, takes us through the author’s year spent in North Korea as an English teacher in 2011. Kim is a journalist who was interested in learning more about life in North Korea.

28 05, 2015

Read of the Week: The Last Town on Earth

This winter the Library held a Cozy Blanket Bingo contest, which was a great hit with patrons and staff. It challenged participants to read something they might not normally read. My goal was to finish every square on the Bingo card, which I did and it helped me cross a

23 04, 2015

Read of the Week: Bellweather Rhapsody

Oh, to be stuck in a gigantic and creepy old hotel with a bunch of teenage musicians, a murderer, and the bloody legend of room 712. Sounds like a dream come true, right? For lovers of Ellen Raskin (The Westing Game), classic murder mystery scenarios, and basically any creepy horror movie,

3 04, 2015

Read of the Week: The Girl on the Train

Ever since the explosion of Gone Girl in 2012, people have been searching for the next big thing- the next wild ride that will suck them in and keep them on their toes. Gillian Flynn introduced an unreliable narrator and a story that kept you guessing until the end. Each

12 03, 2015

Read of the Week: The Martian

If you are turned off by The Martian because you have heard it has science-fiction tendencies, I urge you to reconsider. The Martian by Andy Weir is an amazing novel; I could not put it down and already have plans to re-read it. The story is pretty simple: Mark Watney,