Al Capone Does My Homework: A Tale From Alcatraz

December 27, 2013 by  

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Reviewed by Denise Dillow, BCPL youth services supervisor This book, the third and final one in the series, immediately grabs your attention! Who could imagine an infamous mobster, like Al Capone, doing someone’s homework for them? Not me. I was intrigued, and had to read. This story takes place in 1936 on Alcatraz Island. If the island sounds familiar, it is because Alcatraz Prison was once there. Many dangerous criminals were imprisoned there because it had the reputation that no prisoners could escape … Continue reading

Thankless in Death falls flat

December 2, 2013 by  

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By Jamie Bayne, BCPL Information Services supervisor I can honestly say I have never read a Nora Roberts’ romance novel before, or anything written by J.D. Robb, the name she pens under for her “In Death” series of books.  But in preparing for this column I was looking for something fresh and Thanksgivingesque. By venturing into new territory, I am pleased to say that I have found an interesting, new-to-me author! Thankless in Death transports us to New York, New … Continue reading

Meg series

November 19, 2013 by  

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Prehistoric shark, blood, death … yay!                                      By Renee Schmutz-Sowards, Boyd County Public Library circulation specialist I love ocean life. The fantastic creatures that inhabit the world’s vast oceans, particularly the obscure and weird ones, have fascinated me since I was very young. Just as much as the stunning real life sea creatures I found in the pages of National Geographic, I equally relished learning everything I could about sea monsters – mythical creatures from legends and the massive prehistoric beasts … Continue reading

The Silent Wife

November 5, 2013 by  

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by Amanda Clark, BCPL adult programming supervisor I was a huge fan of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl”, so when A.S.A. Harrison’s debut novel, “The Silent Wife” was touted as this year’s “Gone Girl”, I knew I had to read it.  There are many similarities in the two novels.  Both are psychological thrillers about relationships that are doomed, told in alternating viewpoints. The main difference between the two is that in “Gone Girl”, I spent most of the novel trying to … Continue reading

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

October 22, 2013 by  

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Reviewed by Amy Colegrove, BCPL information specialist Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, along with his most precious secret, is put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, … Continue reading

The Passage

October 11, 2013 by  

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by Barb Biggs, Boyd County Public Library Branch Manager If you’re a fan of Stephen King and haven’t yet read The Passage, I would whole-heartedly recommend that you do, and soon. I say soon because it is coming to the big screen, directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), and you don’t want to be the one person sitting in the theater who hasn’t read it. The Passage, written by Justin Cronin and published in 2010, is the first novel of a planned … Continue reading

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