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Xenocide

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Card, Orson Scott(1991)Recently Added Review
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In the third Ender book, the fleet is headed to Lusitania with the ‘little Mother’ on it to destroy the planet. Jane managed to stop the fleet temporarily by cutting off communication so the fleet is unable to receive the order. That buys Ender’s friends the time to find solutions to their problems--among them a cure for the Descolada. Unfortunately, a Godspoken girl on the planet Path is looking to find out why the fleet’s communications were cut off. Starways Congress relies on the Godspoken for advice on difficult matters. If she finds the true answer, Jane’s life is at stake. Can Ender and his friends find the answers they need before the fleet gets to Lusitania? Will it be enough to save the planet?

Reviewed by Linda K., North County Regional

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I'll Give You the Sun

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Nelson, Jandy(2014)Recently Added Review
I'll Give You the Sun
Young Adult

As children, twins Jude and Noah used to be inseparable. At thirteen years old, they tolerate each other. At sixteen, they barely speak. What happened in between those three tumultuous years in the lives of two extraordinary young people should have brought them together, but instead tore them apart. Noah showed strong promise as a young artist, tucked away in quiet places sketching in his notebook while Jude gave up on their artistic sibling rivalry to flirt with boys and spend her days with friends on the beach. Over time, their roles have completely switched and both are left wondering who they are, both as individuals and as family. This anticipated second novel from Jandy Nelson is told simultaneously in past and present by both twins, and is filled with bittersweet experiences of growing up.

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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The Boundless

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The Boundless
Young Adult

William Everett and his father are traveling on The Boundless, a grand locomotive with seven miles of cars, on a maiden voyage across snowy Canadian wilderness. Will hopes to bond with his father on the journey, but his plans are derailed when Will witnesses a murder at a station and nearly misses boarding the train. To reunite with his father, he must travel from the caboose to the engine, avoiding the murderer who is also on board. With colorful characters, nonstop action, and a unique setting aboard the train, this story combines mystery, adventure, intrigue, and a touch of romance. And I haven’t even mentioned the avalanche, the Sasquatch, the treasure, or the traveling circus!

Reviewed by Rene K., ImaginOn

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Florence Gordon

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Florence Gordon

Florence Gordon, 70, is a feminist activist struggling to write her memoir. The book is more of a challenge than she expected, and the resulting frustration is worsened by the attentions of her over-attentive and well-meaning family – son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter – visiting New York for the summer. These three, like Florence herself, are the source of a veritable treasury of drama, satire and laugh-out-loud hilarity. Florence, however, is not amused. But then, she never is. She’s infamous for her ill humor, which can be devastating. To complicate matters even more, she is about to experience her worst nightmare: the affection and concern of her granddaughter.

Reviewed by Jim B.

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A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy

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A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy

Bookstores and blogs are full of advice on saving money, but you won’t find information about stockpiling food or clipping coupons in this diminutive volume. Instead, Sarah Lazarovic offers the honest viewpoint of a trendy consumer surrounded by a world of “pretty things” just begging to be bought. Rather than making purchases she couldn`t afford or didn`t need, Sarah cataloged each item with whimsical sketches and watercolors, fully appreciating beauty, style, and function without breaking the bank. This book is like peeking into the journal of a recovering shopaholic! Interspersed with her drawings are bits of financial wisdom, random musings about possessions, and a brilliant “Buyerarchy of Needs” that every shopper should consider.

Reviewed by Rene K., ImaginOn

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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
Young Adult

Peter Nimble may be blind, but he is the greatest thief in the world. He can smell the difference between silver and gold, hear the faintest changes in someone’s breathing, and the name Nimble perfectly describes his lightning fast fingers. Peter’s quest begins when he steals a box containing three pairs of fantastic eyes which help him travel to magical realms, thwart his enemies, and discover the truth about his long-lost family. This adventure story gives a distinct nod to Peter Pan, but the characters and setting are fresh and inventive. With equal parts fairy tale and hero’s quest, this book is sure to please readers who love to see good and evil battle it out.

Reviewed by Rene K., ImaginOn

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The Farm to Table French Phrase Book: Master the Culture and Savoir Faire of French Cooking

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The Farm to Table French Phrase Book: Master the Culture and Savoir Faire of French Cooking

The title may seem un peu grand, but it is entirely accurate. This is a happy, helpful, literary trip through France with wonderful touches of French culture, historical context and regional preferences. Relax in a café, visit a cheese shop and meet the members of the brie, bleu, and gruyère families. Stop by the butcher, bakery, pastry and wine shops. Select fish and order intelligently in restaurants. You’ll even learn how to complain and send back une soupe froide. But there is nothing to fault here. Farm to Table is a fun way to learn idioms and vocabulary with a fitting finale. Mas makes certain to include recipes for France’s most distinctive dishes and desserts and a sampling of festive fare for holidays. Bon appétit!

Reviewed by Rita L., Independence Regional

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The Thing With Feathers

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The Thing With Feathers

In this collection of essays, Noah Stryker shares amazing stories that illustrate his lifelong passion for studying birds. From luring vultures to his backyard with road kill to banding penguins as part of a research project, Stryker’s abundance of curiosity and wonder shines through his writing. Focusing on a different species with each chapter, he delves into behaviors like self-awareness, wanderlust, seduction, and cooperation. His observations are philosophical, poetic, and endearing, with humor and whimsy that is often missing from serious texts about birds. The result is a collection of anecdotes that every reader can appreciate, whether they are serious birders or casual observers of these winged marvels.

Reviewed by Rene K., ImaginOn

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The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than 4 Minutes to Achieve it

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The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than 4 Minutes to Achieve it

In 1952, three young men set out on a quest to do what many considered impossible, even deadly: break the four-minute mile barrier. Roger Bannister, an English medical student studying the breaking points of the human body, squeezes speedwork in between hospital rounds and lectures. Australian John Landy, the heavy favorite, shakes off all coaching advice and trains relentlessly in solitude. Wes Santee, the American hero, breaks record after record as a collegiate runner. Although many know the outcome, few know the story of the heartbreaks, setbacks, and frustrations that eventually culminated into the race known as the Perfect Mile.

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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Ruby

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Ruby

Ruby Bell did everything she had to in order to get out of Liberty, her small Texas hometown. She left behind a haunting, terrifying past in order to arrive at the safety of 1950`s New York City. Ephram Jennings, the boy who has always loved her, stays behind in their hometown. His placid life is turned upside down when Ruby returns years later for her cousin’s funeral, and finds herself trapped once again. The unconditional love Ephram has for Ruby has never died, and he will risk everything he has in order to save her. Bond’s debut novel is a story of the evil that exists in the world and the strength of the human spirit that will always overcome it.

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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