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Kind of Kin

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Askew, Rilla(2013)Recently Added Review
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Writer Rilla Askew weaves a compelling multi-family drama about immigration law in present-day Oklahoma. To harbor an undocumented immigrant has become a felony and the results range from exciting to disastrous. Ambitious local politician Monica Moorehouse is happy: she concludes the immigration is her fast-track issue for a political career leading to Washington. “Sweet” Kirkendall is distressed: her father is morally guided to house undocumented immigrants and the police arrest him after being tipped off. Shortly after, Sweet’s nephew Dustin disappears on a secret road trip to help an undocumented worker search for family and niece Misty Dawn-- with her very young daughter in tow—needs help dodging police after reuniting with her illegal immigrant husband, Juanito. Again, a compelling yet often funny novel.

Reviewed by Lawrence T., South County Regional

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Zac and Mia

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Zac and Mia
Young Adult

Zac knows all about the odds. He knows that after this latest cancer treatment, there’s a 55% chance that his leukemia will return. He also knows that the numbers for falling in love without even seeing the person aren’t good. So when the girl next door begins tapping on the wall separating them, Zac can’t help but wonder why he knocked back. This small exchange of communication sets off a chain of events that, although rocky at first, bring Zac and Mia closer than they ever thought possible. While this tender often heartrending story of two teenagers battling cancer and the fight to find normal lives again will remind readers of The Fault in Our Stars, this novel possesses something that is entirely its own.

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

What does it mean to be a girl? Liz Prince looks back on her tumultuous adolescence in this heartwarming, tough autobiographical graphic novel, beginning with the first time she was forced to wear a dress. Liz doesn’t want to wear pink or chase butterflies, she wants to play baseball and skateboard. She also doesn’t want to be picked on at school for wearing the boys’ uniforms instead of the girls’, but she’s also tired of being mistaken for a guy. Over the years, Liz finds out that gender isn’t always black-and-white, and it’s okay to be comfortable in your own skin, even if it makes you stand out when you want to blend in.

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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A Great and Glorious Adventure: a History of the Hundred Years War and the Birth of Renaissance England

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A Great and Glorious Adventure: a History of the Hundred Years War and the Birth of Renaissance England

For most of us, the Hundred Years War was a strange block of time with battles, names and literature (Shakespeare, anyone?). The Royal families of England believed they had claims to the throne of France and, indeed, controlled a large chunk of France through various dynastic connections. What historians reckon as being the first and last battles were over a century apart; there were long breaks due to truces, exhaustion, and running out of cash. All the people we remember are here: the Black Prince, Henry V, and of course, Joan the Maid, as well as, the mud and gore of Medieval Warfare. Gordon Corrigan has made sense of the confusion of events, which was for him the making of modern England.

Reviewed by John C., Main Library

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Fourth of July Creek

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Pete Snow is a guilt-ridden social worker trying to save kids in 1980s-era rural Montana. His ex has taken their teen daughter with her to Texas and Pete is desperate to reconnect with Rachel, who is at risk because of her mom’s boozy, sleazy lifestyle. In the meantime, there are a number of families in his district needing attention – including the Pearl family, who are reclusive, fanatically religious, paranoid, and living a threadbare existence. Add to this a teen, male client in danger of permanent incarceration and a brother just a few steps ahead of a pit bullish parole officer. The author has created a haunting, gritty novel where a number of sub-plots circle around a father’s efforts to win back his runaway daughter.

Reviewed by Susanne W., Steele Creek Branch

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

After World War Terminus, when most people have fled to the colonies on Mars, Richard Deckard is still on Earth. He works “retiring” replicants-- androids that have escaped to Earth. Richard is barely scraping by and longs to purchase a real animal to replace the electric sheep he is forced to tend in order to keep up appearances. One day an opportunity falls into his lap as six replicants need to be retired, and the bounty is a thousand dollars each. Through Deckard’s quest, concepts of human empathy and the differences between humans and androids are explored. The book upon which the movie Blade Runner is loosely based, this book is a treat for any fan of science fiction.

Reviewed by Sarah F., Matthews Branch

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When

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Young Adult

Maddie has been seeing numbers hovering over people’s heads for as long as she can remember. Her parents encouraged her special gift from an early age, but it’s not until her father’s death that they realize these numbers may be a curse. Maddie is able to see everyone’s death dates. Now in high school, Maddie tries to help her alcoholic mother earn money by charging people in exchange for the knowledge of when their life will end. She isn’t happy to report to a mother that her son’s death date is only days away, but she’s surprised to become the prime suspect after his disappearance. Can Maddie turn her curse into a gift in order to save someone’s life?

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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The Rosie Effect

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The Rosie Effect

Graeme Simsion’s beloved characters Don and Rosie from The Rosie Project are back, this time with something more unexpected than their courtship: they’re expecting. After relocating to New York City, Don has learned to love Rosie’s spontaneity, while she has accepted Don’s need for structure. After less than a year of marriage, their relationship is put to the test when Rosie announces she’s pregnant. As Don meticulously prepares everything for the arrival, down to researching parental advice and predicting Rosie’s pregnancy cravings, he inwardly struggles with the question everyone has been asking him - is he ready to become a father? Simsion recreates the magic of the romance he created with two very different, lovable, and flawed characters.

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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Horrorstör

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Horrorstör

Working retail can be hell, especially when the big box furniture store you work in was built on the haunted grounds of a former prison/insane asylum. After mysterious things start happening in the showrooms, five employees are asked to stay overnight to find the culprits, but they have no idea what dangers they will face. If you enjoy plenty of dark humor and social commentary with your horror novel, you are in for a treat with this story. It has a thoroughly modern feel, with believable characters and a satisfying ending. And while an audio version of this book may be good, the clever catalog styling of the print version is the cherry on top of this satirical ghost story!

Reviewed by Rene K., ImaginOn

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To Sail a Darkling Sea

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Zombies have ruined the world, a flu-like virus has spread a plague that turns normal people into violent animals with are few survivors. Wolf Squadron, a refugee fleet made up of yachts, cargo ships, and the remains of the United States Navy is saving as many people lost at sea as possible. One of its premier members is code named Shewolf, a teenage girl from a family of survivalists whose main worry is running out of her favorite ammunition. Her only concern with boys is if they`ll cover her back as she decapitates a zombie with a kukri. A zombie apocalypse novel that actually has an original premise and is entertaining, action packed, and funny. This is the second book of the fantastic Dark Tide Rising series.

Reviewed by Jonathan W., South County Regional

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