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The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth is a children’s modern fairy tale about a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, decides to drive through it in his toy car. The tollbooth transports him to a land called the Kingdom of Wisdom. There he acquires two faithful companions, has many adventures, and goes on a quest to rescue the princesses of the kingdom–Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason–from the castle of air….

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Unbecoming – Jenny Downham

Unbecoming – Jenny Downham

Unbecoming is a story that spans three generations, exploring the lives and the secrets of Mary (a grandmother), Catherine (a mother), and Katie (a daughter). The story begins at the end of Mary’s life, as she struggles with the onset of dementia and bonds with her granddaughter, Katie over their efforts to capture and contain Mary’s memories. Meanwhile, Katie is struggling with problems of her own; she’s kissed a girl- her best friend. She is terrified of what this means…

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Kids Reading Challenge 2019

Kids Reading Challenge 2019

This year we’ve come up with a list of challenges to help children get out of their reading bubble and get a hold of some new and challenging titles. I wanted to post our list here, along with some book recommendations for each challenge. Make sure to stop into the library to get a bookmark of this list so you can check of challenges as you read them! 1) Read a book about Michigan. The Legend of Sleeping Bear by Kathy-jo Wargin The Wanigan:…

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New Year, New Books: A Book Challenge For Adults In 2019

New Year, New Books: A Book Challenge For Adults In 2019

This past year, I have been using  bookriot’s read harder challenge, to challenge myself. It has turned out to be a great way to find new and interesting titles. With this idea in mind, a few colleges and I have come up with a list of our own to help you get out of your reading bubble and get a hold of some new titles. I wanted to post our list here, along with some book recommendations for each challenge. 1) Read a…

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A BOOK REVIEW BY KIDS FOR KIDS: The Maze of Bones

A BOOK REVIEW BY KIDS FOR KIDS: The Maze of Bones

The Maze of Bones – Rick Riordan Here at the library we have a book club for 4th and 5th grade students called Pizza and Pages. Our latest read was “The Maze of Bones”. Here is what the kids had to say about this book: This book had lots of deadly parts and mortal danger, which is something we really liked. We also liked that the main characters, Amy and Dan, got to visit an arsonal room as they were solving the clues…

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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R.R. Martin

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R.R. Martin

If your a fan of Game of Thrones, either the HBO television show or the A Song Of Ice And Fire books that inspired it, you will really enjoy this companion series! 100 years before the events of the first A Song of Ice and Fire novel, we meet humble hedge knight, Dunk (Sir Duncan the Tall) and his sharp tongued Squire, Egg (Aegon V Targaryen). There are currently 3 short stories in this series that chronicle the adventures of Dunk…

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A Book Review By Kids For Kids

A Book Review By Kids For Kids

The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel – Rick Riordan Here at the library we have a book club for 4th and 5th grade students called Pizza and Pages. Our latest read was “The Lightning Thief”. Because most of the students in our group had read the novel and really liked it, they decided to read the Graphic Novel version of the story. Here is what the kids had to say about this book: We liked a lot about this book. The…

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The Bad Seed – William March

The Bad Seed – William March

William March’s The Bad Seed is the perfect twisty thriller to curl up with this fall. It chronicles the story of Christine Penmark as she slowly realizes that her seemingly sweet little girl, Rhoda, is hiding very sinister and disturbing behavior. I loved this book much more than I expected to. It works perfectly in the time period it is set in. Christine is really trying to be the perfect 1950s housewife and Rhoda seems to channel the innocence and…

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Circe – Madeline Miller

Circe – Madeline Miller

In high school, when I was required to read Homer’s Odyssey, Circe was just one of the island goddesses whose name I could barely remember. But through this retelling she has become one of my favorite characters in Greek myth. For this story, Author Madeline Miller has woven together many of the different Greek myths involving Circe into one compelling story told from her perspective.  It was rather enchanting to be reading about a character who has the power, magic…

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There There – Tommy Orange

There There – Tommy Orange

I am still reeling from this read! I have never read anything quite like it before. This novel is told from multiple perspectives. A recovering alcoholic is dealing with her daughter’s death, an overweight college graduate is struggling to get a job, and a young man is teaching himself to dance by watching YouTube videos. These separate character stories on their own were very memorable and engaging. But, as the novel continues it becomes clear that there is more to the…

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