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Book Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

BGSU Library staff member Anne Lake shares this review of one of our CSCL books available in the hall bookshelves.  Check availability here:  JUV C1825da. Title: The Dark Unwinding (The Dark Unwinding #1) Author: Sharon Cameron Summary: [from GoodReads] When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is […]

Book Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

BGSU staff member Anne Lake offers this review of The False Prince by JenniferA. Nielsen published by Scholastic Press in April 2012: GAH! THIS BOOK! Soooooooooooo good!!! Firstly, I’m loving the trend toward high/epic fantasy in YA/MG books. It is hands down my favorite genre and YA was too busy obsessing over paranormals for a […]

Book Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

BGSU staff member Anne Lake reviews Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt April 2012: For a while there it seemed like everyone had read this book. I looked forward to it so much that I could barely stand it – if I didn’t have an aversion to hard cover books I would have […]

You Get What You Get (and you don’t throw a fit)

   New to our collection is You Get What You Get by Julie Gassman, the story of a little squirrel, Melvin,  who doesn’t handle disappointment very well.  A lot of life’s little bumps set him off on a tantrum until he starts school and has to obey his teacher’s rule:  you get what you get and you […]

Lemonade in Winter

   We have a cool (and sour) new kid’s book called Lemonade in Winter:  A Book About Two Kids Counting Money.  While it’s true that it is a book about counting money, it is so much more than that.  Pauline and John-John decide to open a lemonade stand in the middle of winter, but they […]

Great New Read in the CRC

     Levithan, D. (2012). Every day. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.   Every Day is a story that stays with you long after the last page is read.  The premise is fascinating:  “A” wakes up every morning in a different body.  He has no permanent name or even gender.  The only consistency is his age […]

Beauty Queens

New from Libba Bray, Beauty Queens is the story of a group of lovely Teen Dream pageant contestants  who find themselves shipwrecked on a tropical island.  As if that isn’t hilarious enough, throw in bad guys in a volcano lair, bodacious British reality-show pirates, and hallucinogenic berries which are delightfully tasty.  This book is page after page of snarky fun. 

Animal Crackers Fly the Coop

O’Malley, Kevin. Animal Crackers Fly the Coop. Walker & Company. 2010. ISBN: 978-0-8027-9837-4 Animal Crackers Fly the Coop is perfect for joke-lovers. Packed full with wise-cracks and play-on-words, we follow four wannabe-comedian animals looking to make it big when things go bad on the farm. The illustrations are good, although the highlight is the thought […]

Shrek! (The Book, NOT the Movie)

Steig, William. Shrek! Farrar Straus Giroux. ISBN: 978-0-374-36879-1. Most of us are, by now, familiar with the movie Shrek and its multiple sequels. Many may not be aware that the popular animated movies came from a book of the same name by William Steig. There are, as in any book-to-film translation, some similarities and some […]

The Daily Comet: Boy Saves Earth from Giant Octopus! By Frank Asch & Devin Asch

Asch, Frank. The Daily Comet: Boy Saves Earth from Giant Octopus! Kids Can Press. ISBN: 978-1-55453-281-0. Hayward’s dad works for The Daily Comet, a newspaper that only seems to publish ridiculous, positively-untrue stories about monsters and historical figures. Hayward knows that the stories cannot be true, which is why he believes the odd encounters his […]

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