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“Plain Bad Heroines” by Emily Danforth

A novel about a movie production about a novel; Plain Bad Heroines is layered enough to pull the reader in and clever enough to make it a page turner. The book centers around the school of Brookhants, an all girl’s school on the coast of Rhode Island. A cluster of deaths surrounding the school haunts […]

--Staff Picks Teens

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

5 years ago the quiet town of Fairview, Connecticut was rocked by a murder-suicide involving two teenagers. 17 year old Pippa Fitz-Amobi, however, doesn’t believe that Sal Singh actually murdered his girlfriend, Andie Bell, and then killed himself days later. So when it’s time to declare her senior capstone project, she decides to investigate and […]

--Staff Picks Kids

“Fighting Words” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Amanda read Fighting Words and this is what she thought… Della, and her older sister Suki, escape an abusive living situation and end up in a foster home. They learn that there are adults in the world they can trust, and that they deserve to be happy children in a loving home. I loved The […]

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The Archer by Paulo Coelho

Having previously read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I felt compelled to read his latest book The Archer. As with The Alchemist, Coelho’s writing strives to inspire the reader, in this case, through the metaphor of practicing archery. The story starts off with a foreigner seeking Tetsuya, who is known as the most gifted archer […]

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Thirsty Mermaids by Kat Leyh

Thirsty Mermaids is the latest graphic novel from writer/artist Kat Leyh (Snapdragon, Lumberjanes). This book starts with three tipsy mermaids who have run out of beer and decide that in order to get more, they should conjure themselves some legs and head to dry land. After a night of debauchery in a human bar, they […]

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Good Omens (TV Series)

Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and Crowley (David Tennant) are an angel and a demon, respectively, who have become well acquainted during the last several millennia on earth–one could almost say…friends. They share similar job duties, although on opposing sides. Although their story begins at the beginning of everything, the plot of this series begins as they covertly […]

--Staff Picks Kids

“The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart” by Stephanie Burgis

Colleen read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart and this is what she thought… Aventurine is a dragon, the fiercest thing in her mountains, but her family will not let her leave their cave until she is stronger. She sets off on her own to prove she is ready, only to be tricked by a […]

--Staff Picks Kids

“Bayou Magic” by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Joan read Bayou Magic and this is what she thought… The story follows 10-year-old Maddy when she spends a summer with her grandmother on the Louisiana bayou. It is a great blend of whimsical adventure and serious issues such as environmental awareness and parent/child relations. I loved how the book took the serious issue of […]

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Die vol. 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker

Kieron Gillen’s Die is like Dungeons & Dragons meets Jumanji. In 1991, six friends Solomon, Dominic, Matt, Angela, Chuck, and Isabelle gather to play a roleplaying game. Solomon, the designated game master, reveals that he has created a new game for them to play. They all create their characters and choose a die. Suddenly, they […]