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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia loves her brother, but she knows he is pushing the limits of their marginal life. She fears her brother is involved in the Resistance, a group that is actively trying to bring down the Empire. When Darin is arrested and her grandparents killed, Laia makes the decision to save her brother, no matter the [...]

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean have been friends since they were young,  and their favorite meeting spot is their table at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat diner. Labeled “The Supremes” by the folks of the town, the trio have grown up with the wise advice of Big Earl, who presides over the All-You-Can-Eat with wisdom, humor, and good [...]

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Isabel was the best bunjitsu artist in her school. She could kick higher than anyone. She could hit harder than anyone. She could throw her classmates farther than anyone. “But,” said Isabel, “Bunjitsu is not just about hitting and kicking and throwing. It is about finding ways to NOT hit, kick, or throw.” And so, [...]

A Killing at Cotton Hill by Terry Shames

Samuel Craddock, retired police chief in the town of Jarrett Creek, Texas, gets a late night call from his elderly neighbor, Dora Lee Parjeter. Dora Lee is worried that someone is spying on her, but Dora Lee has a long history of calling Samuel with groundless fears. Yet, the next morning, Dora Lee is found [...]

Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman

I was in TCPL’s youth room searching for a missing Hansel and Gretel book when I came across a newer version: Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman. It looked much darker and scarier than the versions I am used to so I took it home to read. I wish this book had been around back [...]

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jude and Noah are thirteen-year-old twins, and while they have different personalities, they are incredibly close. Jude is feisty and wears too much red lipstick. She is the daredevil of the family and the apple of her daddy’s eye. Noah is artistic, insightful, and his mother’s favorite. Noah sees the truth in everyone’s hearts and [...]

El Deafo by Cece Bell

When Cece was four, she became very sick. She had meningitis, which meant her brain was sick, too. Cece got better and was able to go home, but her hearing was affected; Cece had to wear hearing aids in order to hear, and even those did not work well all the time. She really didn’t [...]

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

I randomly came across Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher while browsing, and it was hilarious! Give it ten pages, and you will be hooked. The entire novel is basically letters of recommendation (LORs) that English Professor Jason Fitger has been asked to write. I never realized how much of a hassle this was for [...]

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

I read the perfect novel at the perfect time. After listening to a news segment about the film The Interview and Americans’ feelings about war and terrorism,  I picked up my next book to read: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. Billy Lynn and his fellow soldiers in the Bravo squad are caught [...]

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rose Howard loves two things: homonyms and her dog, Rain. Homonyms are words that sound alike but are spelled differently. /Rose/ and /rows/ are homonyms, and Rain has two homonyms, /reign/ and /rein/. Rain, a yellow dog with seven white toes, is a gift from Rose’s father, Wesley Howard, who found the dog wandering lost [...]

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