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By Kathleen Klocko on 8/5/2014 12:25 PM
Gone girl : a novel / Gillian Flynn. Recommended! Very clever-you don’t know what’s going to happen until the very end-or if you think you do, it’s quickly going to change. –Jennifer

 

Picture cook : see. make. eat. / Katie Shelly . This book would be great for moms whose kids are learning to cook. –Jeanne

 

The Yard / Alex Grecian. London multiple murder mystery. Kept me interested, characters-unforgettable. Most interesting-1889 is before CSI methods. The coroner in the book is based on a historical figure who was a forensic pioneer. –Connie

 

Manhunting / Jennifer Crusie. Cruisie is super! Boy meets eccentric girl-sparks fly! Moments of humor and amore. –Sue

 

Yarn over murder / Maggie Sefton. It is part of a well written series. However, this book focuses more on Colorado wildfires than the character development typically found in this series. –Donna

 

Giver / Lois Lowry. It’s a powerful story about a different type of community. It really...
By Kathleen Klocko on 7/31/2014 9:27 AM
Week 5 winner (a little late) is Connie for her review of "A song for the dying" by Stuart MacBride. Connie says "Book is too long & leaves holes in plot confusing the reader. Murder mystery; police life in Scotland." Well, Connie, for what it's worth you did not suffer through this book in vain. Congratulations!
By Kathleen Klocko on 7/30/2014 6:58 PM
Apples, from harvest to table : 50 recipes plus lore, crafts and more starring the tried-and-true favorite / Amy Pennington ; photography by Olivia Brent. Author knows her apples. Good history of apples. Several sections for dishes for kids. She recommends apples for each dish. –Jeanne

 

Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban / by J.K. Rowling ; illustrations by Mary GrandPré. Recommended. It is Harry Potter, after all. This the first time I’ve re-read the series all at once since it was completed. I highly recommend doing so!

 

By myself and then some / Lauren Bacall . If you’re interested in Bogie and Bacall, read this for background & insight. –Elena

               

Blood, bones & butter : the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef / Gabrielle Hamilton. It is a terrific memoir of a now-famous chef’s life. She started out as a troubled teen in New Hope, PA and really pulled herself into a very admirable person. –Laura

               

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By Kathleen Klocko on 7/11/2014 12:56 PM
Adult Summer Reading Reviews! There's still time to get in on the action and enter to win B&N gift certificates!

**An invisible thread : the true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny / Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski. A true story about an unexpected loving relationship between a young panhandler & a sales executive. –Linda

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time / Mark Haddon. A revealing look into the mind of an autistic teen boy as he tries to solve a mystery and finds so much more. –Barbara

Oogy : the dog only a family could love / Larry Levin. Any pet lover will love this book. Oogy is just a part of this home as any human. –Ellen

The weight of silence : [a novel] / Heather Gudenkauf. Yes, I would recommend this book. It was full of suspense and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. –Tara

The fall of Troy / Peter Ackroyd. A novel that teachers about archeology as it weaves a spell of truth & lying,...
By Kathleen Klocko on 7/8/2014 9:12 AM
The road to grace / Richard Paul Evans. A great story about meeting people along the route of a cross country walk. –Sharon

Your emotional fingerprint : 7 secrets that will transform your life / Woody Woodward. Helps you figure out things with yourself & how your interactions with people affect them. –Mary

 

The burglar on the prowl / Lawrence Block. I love the way that he writes. The stories are full of rawness and grittiness. –Lauren

 

The book thief / by Markus Zusak. Yes, the whole story is narrated by Death, which I think is a unique twist to telling a story. –Ellen

 

The street lawyer / John Grisham. Yes, it really highlights the huge problem and the sad situation of the homeless. –Loni

 

Sunrise at Campobello [videorecording (DVD)] / Schary Productions Inc. Yes, I would recommend this movie.  It is an older movie that shows a slice of time in the life of Franklin D. Roosevelt during his polio crisis. –Barbara

 

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By Kathleen Klocko on 7/2/2014 6:37 PM
Absolution / Patrick Flanery. Absolutely recommended! Great insight into life into South Africa with a great mystery on top of it all! Superb writing! –Michelle

 

Angels in America : a gay fantasia on national themes : part one: millennium approaches / Tony Kushner. Kushner perfectly walks the line between disrespect and the truth.  The characters in this play seem so real and fantastic at the same time.  Excellent read! –Meilssa

 

Falling for me : how I hung curtains, learned to cook, traveled to Seville, and fell in love / Anna David.

An entertaining memoir about a single woman “finding herself” in NYC.  Funny and insightful. –Gloria

 

Women from the ankle down : the story of shoes and how they define us / Rachelle Bergstein. Yes, this book is about women’s shoes from 1900 to present.  It explains how actresses influenced footwear.  Interesting stories of how styles began from boots to sneakers. –Jeanne

 

Celebrity in death / J.D. Robb. Nice twist...
By Kathleen Klocko on 7/1/2014 3:09 PM
The Gypsy Madonna / Santa Montefiore. Moving between France after WWII and the US in the 80s, we follow a young boy as he suffers in childhood and then grows up to find himself and the truth about his family. Not great literature, but a good read. –MJ

100 cupboards / N.D. Wilson. Beautifully done YA novel about a boy discovering a magic world. Wonderfully well-written. –G.

Easy Chinese recipes : family favorites from dim sum to kung pao / Bee Yinn Low ; foreword by Jaden Hair. Author presents favorite Chinese foods for the reader to make at home. Each recipe has a color picture; cook’s notes of “how-to” are nice. –Jeanne

The prodigal spy / Joseph Kanon. The author sets the stage in McCarthy-era Washington DC for a wild ride through Communist Prague as a son attempts to save his father’s murder and untangle the knot of intrigue that changed the course of his life. If you like thrillers, you’ll love “The prodigal spy”. –Enid

A presumption of death : [a New Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane mystery]...
By Kathleen Klocko on 6/25/2014 3:05 PM
A death in Belmont / Sebastian Junger. Really fascinating investigation into crimes committed by the “Boston Stranger” in 1960s. Many remain unsolved. Perpetrator may have worked on the author’s home. –Babs

Hidden riches / Nora Roberts. Wonderful story and even better because it takes place in Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill. –Ingrid

How I got this way / Regis Philbin. This book is chock full of amusing stories, capped off with a “lesson learned” message at the end of each chapter. –Laura

The righteous men / Sam Bourne. I would recommend this especially to Jewish readers-much of the mystery concerns the Kabbalah. -Jules

Cocaine blues : a Phryne Fisher mystery / Kerry Greenwood. This the 1st Phryne Fisher novel & it introduces the character beautifully-smart, rich, totally 1920’s. –Glenda

The dressmaker : a novel / Kate Alcott. A true account of an incident that occurs while the few survivors of the Titanic are being rescued. This incident directly alters the lives of some of the...
By Kathleen Klocko on 6/24/2014 9:14 AM
The raven ' s gift / Don Rearden. If you’ve never heard of the Yup’ik Eskimos-this is the Alaskan adventure for you!! I read this in 24 hours. –Katie Lost in Shangri-la : a true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II / Mitchell Zuckoff. Well researched and thoughtful piece of gripping, little-known history. –John Dogtripping : 25 rescues, 11 volunteers, and 3 RVs on our canine cross-country adventure / David Rosenfelt. This was so very entertaining and heartwarming. The author and his wife moved crosscountry with their 25 rescue dogs. Amazing story. –Laura The candy shop war / Brandon Mull. It is a fun adventure with magic candy & friends. –Tamara Arcade catastrophe / Brandon Mull. (Candy Shop War, bk 2) It would be interesting to imagine being able to fly as easy as you can walk. –Tamara Bad monkey : a novel / Carl Hiaasen. What a disappointment. Not hysterical like his others-Skinny Girl & Sick Puppy. –Connie Once we were brothers : [a novel]...
By Kathleen Klocko on 6/20/2014 9:18 AM
Fifty shades of Grey / E.L. James. Unlike anything I have ever read. Interesting to see how some people live & scary at the same time. –Carrie Loving Frank : a novel / Nancy Horan. Enthralling story of the relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick from mamah’s perspective. –Katie The evil that men do : a Dorothy Martin mystery / Jeanne M. Dams. Especially for ladies 55+ and older. You get a real feel for the Cotswold’s and a good mystery which takes your breath away in the final 17 pages. –Margo Until I say good-bye : my year of living with joy / Susan Spencer-Wendel ; with Bret Witter. Sad story about woman with ALS who decides to live gloriously until the end. –Roberta Weird life : the search for life that is very, very different from our own / David Toomey. The wonders of life and its variety in extremes never ceased to amaze. –Natalie The ocean at the end of the lane : [a novel] / Neil Gaiman. Gaiman draws you into his fantasy world and you never want to leave. –Jennifer Run...
By Kathleen Klocko on 9/6/2013 12:39 PM
Reviews by Elaine, Susan, Doug, Alyssa, Natalie, Jill, Sarah & MC
By Kathleen Klocko on 9/3/2013 10:11 AM

Reviews by Sharon, Kathy, Jen, Elena, Lois, Susan, Elaine, Lauren, Cathy & Lauren
By Lauren Kurz on 8/5/2013 11:12 AM
There's only one more week left of the 2013 Summer Reading Club! But don't stop reading yet! There are still three more weekly prizes plus our grand prize which will be announced this Thursday, August 8th during our end of SRC ice cream social! Stop by for ice cream and **FREE BOOKS** for everyone at 7pm!

But before we get to this week's winners, here are last week's winners!

Nathaniel W.
The Angel Experiment - James Patterson (Book)
Max and her flock have lived their lives staying away from the erasers with the very weird secret that she and her group can fly!

Kayla W.
Matched - Ally Condie (Book)
An awesome book that grabs you from the start and you won't put it down! Read all three by Ally Condie!

Gwendolyn H.
Hunger Games Suzanne Collins (Book)
I would recommend it because it had a great plot and great character traits which makes a book interesting!

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By Lauren Kurz on 7/30/2013 9:38 AM
The beautiful, cooler weather must have made everyone want to read outside last week! We had a whole bunch of great reviews!

Here are the winners for Week #5:

Savannah H.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green (Book)
I would recommend this book because John Green's characters are very relatable to teens!

Kate B.
The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan (Book)
It was a good book with all the things you need for a good book. It was a great sequel for the Percy Jackson series!

Ashleigh W.
Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time - Lisa Yee (Book)
Understandable because it was from kid's perspective!

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By Lauren Kurz on 7/23/2013 12:59 PM
Last week may have been hot, but it didn't keep anyone from reading!

Here are our winners for Week #5:

Tyler B.
Messenger - Lois Lowery (Book)
When a boy named Matty's village is closing its borders, he must go to his friend from another village and bring here there before it's too late.

Judy Z
Cinder - Marissa Meyer (Book)
This book spins a wonderful story that keeps you reading!

Nicole H.
The Lightening Thief - Rick Riordan (Book)
Percy is an intriguing character and finds ways to see the good in everything.

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By Lauren Kurz on 7/15/2013 1:57 PM
Can you believe that we're already half way through the summer?! It's going quickly, but there's still a lot of time left to get some reading and reviewing in!

This weeks' winners are:

Stephanie Z
The Boy Who Dared - Susan Cambell Bartoletti (Book)
This is a terrific and touching story about a young boy during World War II in Germany. After betraying the Nazi government, there is a price for him to pay for sticking up for his beliefs and himself. He is a true role model and is a true hero.

Natalie D.
A Study in Scarlet - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Book)
The way the P.O.V. flips in the middle of the story show the story behind the crime and not just the crime itself.

Sam C.
The Private Thoughts of Ameila E. Rye - Bonnie Sjimko (Book)
I loved this book! It was so emotional it brought me to tears (which is a good thing!)

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By Lauren Kurz on 7/10/2013 10:43 AM
It looks like there were a lot of teen readers over the July 4th weekend! Here are this week's winners:

Donovan S.
Lego Lord of the Rings (Video Game)
A fun adventurous, challenging game. From collecting mithoril bricks for extra items to battling the Belrog in Moria, I would recommend this game. The game is either one or two player and is available in this version for XBOX, Wii, PS3 and PC and in a smaller, different version for DS, 3DS, and possibly PSP.

Nikita L.
Holes(Movie)
Holes is an excellent movie for all children. It’s a movie about a cursed family. Stanley goes to a camp to build up character. He meets new friends and to build up character he digs holes. The warden is looking for buried treasure.

Angelina H.
The Crimson Crown – Cinda Williams Chima (Book)
I just love this book. It is really sweet, but it can get a bit irritating.

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By Lauren Kurz on 7/5/2013 10:39 AM
The first week of SRC ended with some great reviews! Our winning reviews were:

Natalie D.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor (Book)
Interesting take on Demons and Angels. Great fantasy novel. Fast paced.

Olivia R.
Nowhere But Up – Pattie Mallette (Book)
If you like true stories this book would be perfect for you!

Allison F.
Hunger Games (Movie)
The movie The Hunger Games is filled with action and is very exciting.

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By Lauren Kurz on 7/3/2013 10:23 AM
There were some great reviews during Week #2 - don't forget that you can review more than just books! Movies, music, and video games can be reviewed as well!

Our winning reviews for Week #2 were:

Ryan L.
Wonderstruck – Brian Selzner (Book)
This book is great! Ben and his grandmother are both deaf and Ben must learn to communicate in a different way. I recommend this book to people that like thinking a lot. The pictures and words combine together.

Kaitlyn P.
Messy – Heather Cocks (Book)
Follow up to Spoiled. Kept you hood on the characters and kept you wondering what would happen next.

Joseph C.
Shiloh – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Book)
Great book! I would recommend this to anyone to read. The movie is great too!

Click below to see even more reviews from Week #2!
By Lauren Kurz on 10/18/2012 2:15 PM
A Storm of Swords, written by George R.R. Martin, is the third of seven novels in the Song of Fire and Ice series. Continuing the plot which began in A Game of Thrones and progressed into a Clash of Kings, this story has impressed a plethora of different readers; A Storm of Swords won the 2001 Locus Award, the 2002 Geffen Award for Best Novel and was nominated for the 2001 Nebula Award for Best Novel. One reason readers are so captivated by this book, all throughout its 1216 pages, is due to the completely spontaneous events which entirely change the course of the story. From the unique structure of each chapter being told from a different character's point of view to the shocking turn of events which will leave the readers' mouths agape, A Storm of Swords is well worth the time investment. The intricately developed characters and a balance of thrilling fight scenes with sacrifices made in the name of love will satisfy both the need for emotional connection and discussion-worthy events. Recommended for adult readers.
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