Monday, March 30, 2009

New Books & Library Happenings

We will be having a brunch fund raiser at the Eagles Club on April 5th from 10am-1pm.
New Books this week:
Love to Last Forever Brides of Gallatin Co. #2 by, Tracie Peterson
Handle With Care by, Jodi Picoult
Bad Boy by, Olivia Goldsmith
Close Enough to Perfect 4 Books in 1 by, Terry Fowler
In Paperback:
The Death Dealer by,Heather Graham
Blood dreams by, Kay Hooper
Fleeced by, Carol Higgins Clark
In Non-Fiction:
Motherhood the Second Oldest Profession & Forever Erma by, Erma Bombeck
Cream & Bread by, Janet Martin
Old Tractors and the Men Who Love Them & Busted Tractors and Rusty Knuckles by,Roger Welsch
Colter by, Rick Bass
Friday Night Lights by,H.G. Bissinger
In Young Adult:
Max (Maximum Ride #5)by, James Patterson
Eclipse Sweep#12-Reckoning Sweep #13-Full Circle Sweep #14 by, Cate Tiernan
Montmorency on The Rocks:Doctor,Aristocrat,Murderer? By, Eleanor Updale
In Juvenile Fiction;
These are Both from the Dear America Series-The Journal of Augustus Pelletier the Lewis & Clark Expedition 1804 & The Journal of Otto Peltonen a Finnish Immigrant Hibbing ,Minn.1905
City of Ember

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Other Side of Truth, by Beverley Naidoo

The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo is about a young girl, Sade (pronounced Sha-day), and her younger brother Femi. They live in Lagos, Nigeria. Their father is a journalist who writes about the oppressive government in Nigeria and how the Nigerian people should stand up to the people who push them around. The government doesn't like these brave people to write about their wrongdoings, so one day they send some men to shoot down Sade and Femi's father. The gunmen miss, however, and kill their mother instead.

After this, the children's father has them sent from the country to London, England where their Uncle Dele is to take care of them. Their father cannot join them because he does not have a passport, but he promises to reunite with them in London as soon as possible. They are taken into the care of a complete stranger until they reach London, where the are deserted and forced to find their Uncle Dele on their own.

Sade and Femi endure more hardships than any child should have to throughout the story. Sade must find a way to tell the world about her father and the unjust government in Nigeria. The story was interesting and moving. It contained some events that actually did happen during the time which made the book all the more realistic. I gave The Other Side of Truth 3 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Funny Little Monkey, By Austin Auseon Book Review

Funny Little Monkey, by Austin Auseon, is about an extremely short (four foot two inches, to be exact) teenage boy named Arty. He's got his problems, like with his freakishly huge twin brother Kurt who never seems to stop picking on him and stuffing him in enclosed spaces. He recruits the help of an underground organization of misfit kids such as himself to get back at his abusive brother and put an end to the torment once and for all.

I thought this book was hilarious. Although some parts were confusing and even at the end I didn't entirely get it, I found it entertaining and interesting. Arty finds out some things about himself that he never knew before, and about his brother as well. It mixes mystery with a story of growing up. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Friday, March 13, 2009

New Books & Library Happenings

New Library Hours Mon.2-8 Tues-Fri 11-6
We will be having a night with local Author Paula Winskye March 16 @ 7o'clock,she will be discussing her books and writing .Hope you can join us.

New Books This Week:
In Adult Fiction:
Promises in Death by, J.D. Robb
While My Sister Sleeps by, Barbara Delinsky
One Day at a Time by, Danielle Steel
Beyond The Picket Fence & Other Short Stories by, Lori Wick
In Adult Paperback:
Drop Shot by, Harlen Coben
Death Dealer by, Heather Graham
Blood Dreams by, Kay Hooper
Fleeced by, Carol Higgins Clark
The Manning Grooms by, Debbie Macomber
In Large Print:
Murder in Waiting & Never Look Back by,Mignon Eberhart
Three Women in The House & Find a Crooked Sixpence by,Estelle Thompson

T.A.B. Review of "Switchers" by, Kate Thompson

Switchers by, Kate Thompson
This is a story revolving around a young girl named Tess,and a young boy named Kevin.These two make an unlikely pair,she being from a family thats well off , and he being a runaway. The book starts out with Tess being very annoyed with Kevin, as he has been following her for a few days.She doesn't know what he wants and she doesn't want to find out.Kevin sort of corners her and tells her that he needs her help.She refuses and he threatens to tell her parents her deepest darkest secret... That she can switch into an animal..Together Tess and Kevin save the world from ancient mythological creatures using their amazing powers.
This was a very good book, I award it 4 1/2 Stars.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

T.A.B. Review of "Seeing Redd" by, Frank Beddor

Seeing Redd by, Frank Beddor is the second book in The Looking Glass Wars series.It has the same exciting elements that made the Looking Glass Wars so amazing.The Looking Glass Wars was an alteration of Alice in Wonderland,with an interesting twist of technology and fantasy.Seeing Redd is a further continuation of what happens after Alice gets out of the rabbit hole,which may not even be a rabbit hole at all.You have to read to find out.Frank Beddor in my opinion has a great eye for detail.His characters are really well developed.The thing that I thought was a problem was the love interest that goes on.It is just kind of thrown at you in bits and pieces;you don't really see how it comes about.Other than that the book is really amazing.
I give it 4 Stars.
Sara Schuster

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Siberia by Ann Halam

Siberia is a novel that sports a world that seems like it could be ours, yet still makes it different enough that it dips into the unbelievable. It tells the story of young girl, Rosita, daughter of a disgraced scientist who helped create the “Lindquists.” Siberia is set in a time when there are four different kinds of animals. There are the “muties” which are dangerous mutant animals. Then there are the rats and other scavengers. Thirdly are the fur bearers which are grown and used for fur. Lastly, there are wild animals. The actual wild animals are rare and almost never seen as they’ve been hunted to near extinction. Here is where the novel starts. Rosita and her mother are sent to a prison camp when she is very young. While there, Rosita’s mother teachers her about the Lindquists. These Lindquists, when grown, develop into the uncommonly seen wild animals. Her mother also tells of a wondrous place; a city where the sun always shines. It is a place where she and Rosita will travel to someday. To avoid spoiling too much, Rosita, later known as Sloe, finds herself on a harrowing adventure with mysterious pursuers with her only protectors; the Lindquists. The plot twists and turns without ever truly explaining itself. What’s unique about Siberia is the idea of the Lindquists. What is first thought to be done by magic turns out to not be so. I didn’t particularly care much for the main character. Sure, she was more realistic because of her flaws, but ultimately I didn’t feel for her or her cause. It’s an interesting enough read, and I encourage a reader to try it out if you’re interested in science fiction because, at the core, that’s what Siberia is. There’s nothing notable about the writing style. It’s straightforward and doesn’t use any flourishes. It was better than mediocre but not by a large margin. I award Siberia three stars. ***

Review by Alisa Heskin