Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black

Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in the odd town of Fairfold where the adjoining woods are filled with fae.  Hazel has grown up acting the part of knight, fighting the evil in the forest.  In the heart of the … Continue reading

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The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II – Jan Jarboe Russell

Crystal City, Texas, is a small town in a sandy, dry prairie near the Mexican border.  Its only claim to fame is spinach.  The sandy soil turned out to be fine for growing spinach and a statue of Popeye stands … Continue reading

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When – Victoria Laurie

Maddie sees each person’s death date hovering above their head, either in person or in a photograph.  The numbers have been there for as long as she can remember, back to when she was a few years old, learning her … Continue reading

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There Will Be Lies – Nick Lake

Shelby and her mom have a solid routine in Arizona, complete with weekly ice cream dinners, trips to the batting cages for talented Shelby, and home schooling.  Her life is quite sheltered, and her mom is constantly concerned with her … Continue reading

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The Boy in the Black Suit – Jason Reynolds

Matt’s mother died of cancer.  His father deals with her death by sinking into depression and alcohol.  Matt deals with her death by shouldering the responsibilities of the sad reality.  He needs a job and it is either at the … Continue reading

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Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat – John McQuaid

From a 480 million-year-old fossil digging for a meal to today’s experimental chefs, the author takes us on a journey of taste and smell.   Why do we taste?  What is deliciousness?  Do we taste with our brains or our tongues?  … Continue reading

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Motherland – Maria Hummel

There was so much that needed to be done. Liesl felt overwhelmed.  This was a household used to servants, and she was alone with three little boys.  Alone and hungry and cold.  Hans resented her, wouldn’t do as he was … Continue reading

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