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The Giver

August 27, 2013 by  

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The Giver by Lois Lowry is a book I read and loved many times when I was a kid. I recently discovered that this was just the first book in a quartet, and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to re-read one of my all-time favorites. (The other books are Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son). The Giver is written for kids, but with adults in mind, there’s something there for everyone. The book tells the story of Jonas, a twelve year … Continue reading

Between the Lines

August 26, 2013 by  

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Reviewed by Amy Colegrove, BCPL Information Services Specialist Have you ever thought about what happens to the characters of the story that you are reading when you close the book? I hadn’t until now. Do the characters just sit there waiting for you to return? Or do they have lives of their own when the book closes? Interesting thought, don’t you think? This book, Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer,  is about Delilah – a bit of … Continue reading

Shots and Stripes

August 7, 2013 by  

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Stripes, quilts, and my new idol Kaffe Fassett quilts : shots and stripes : 24 new projects made with shot cottons and striped fabrics, by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy Reviewed by Renee Schmutz-Sowards, BCPL circulation specialist I grabbed this book simply because it was new, featured artsy yet simple looking quilts on the cover, and the word stripes was in the title. I did not expect to find within its pages my new idol! (Sorry David Bowie.) To understand … Continue reading

Beauty Queens

July 19, 2013 by  

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Reviewed by Barb Biggs, BCPL branch manager “Maybe girls need an island to find themselves. Maybe they need a place where no one’s watching them so they can be who they really are.” – Libba Bray, Beauty Queens The premise of Libba Bray’s young adult book Beauty Queens sounds like a new twist on the classic Lord of the Flies: A plane carrying 50 contestants from the Miss Teen Dream Pageant crash lands on a (maybe) deserted island and the … Continue reading

Phillip Pullman’s other series

By Renee Schmutz-Sowards, BCPL circulation specialist If the name Philip Pullman rings a bell, it’s most likely from his wildly popular “His Dark Materials” series. These award-winning books, which include “The Golden Compass,” even had a film adaptation released not too long ago. Sadly, even though the film was all kinds of awesome, it didn’t do quite good enough at the box office to warrant making any further movies. BUT! We aren’t talking about His Dark Materials today. We are … Continue reading

Gone Girl is emotionally charged

By Jamie Bayne, BCPL Information Services supervisor Poignant prose has become a rare commodity in a world where people want information in a nanosecond (or less).  Twitter requires our thoughts and conversations to take no more than 140 characters; texting demands we get our message out in 160. In a world of such abbreviated dialect, finding a novel like Gone Girl: A Novel becomes almost ritualistic in its beauty.  What begins with a seemingly innocent story of boy meets girl, … Continue reading

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