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Non-Fiction Reviews: (View All)

  • Mao and Me
  • Author: Chen Jiang Hong
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: Teton Co Call No: J 951.056 Chen J
    Julia's rating: 4 stars

    I've long been intrigued with the cover of this book and its placement in the library. A book about growing up in China under Mao - for children? I wondered.

    Finally, I sat down to read this curious picture book. And, I am so pleased that I did because this thoughtful, informative and sometimes sad book serves as yet another reminder that children's literature is simply not just for kids. And, that picture books may not always be aimed at the youngest of children.

    The story, written and illustrated by Chen Jiang Hong, is a memoir about the author's life growing up before, during and after Mao's Cultural Revolution. It's a beautiful story about traditions, family and survival, while also a bracing reminder about sacrifice, survival and mortality. The illustrations are magnificent, too.

    I would recommend this book for high school students - and anyone older - interested in learning about modern Chinese history. It's a brief look but one with depth and scope.
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  • Great Big Book of Children's Games
  • Author: Debra Wise
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: J 796 Wise D.

    Kay's rating: 3.5 stars

    This is a good resource for parents, grandparents and early childhood & elementary teachers. The games included in this book will get children moving and will take them outdoors; perfect for summer time fun.
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Fiction Reviews:(View All)

  • Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones (Alcatraz, #2)
  • Author: Brandon Sanderson
  • User Rating: 5
  • Review: TCL Call #: J Sanderson B

    Chris’s Rating: 4.5 Stars
    Alcatraz Smedry is back in this second book, running from and foiling evil librarians who secretly rule the Hushlands (world as we know it). With his "talent" to break things and plenty of quirky characters, Alcatraz sets out to explain the truth not taught in the “fantasy” histories taught in school.
    It’s been over a year since I read the first installment, Alcatraz Verses the Evil Librarians. After all, as a librarian I didn’t want to continue reading about how diabolical I really am…but one must know their enemy....I mean...er...yes...this is a fun work of FICTION. You know...fiction as in, not real...fake even.
    If you like bizarre humor, quirky characters and super powers that don’t seem super at all then this is a good book for you. The humor is awesome (although overdone in a few places) and even though I deduced how Alcatraz would defeat the enemy, I wasn’t sure HOW he would do it. A great light read for readers of any age (who enjoy children’s chapter books). Just don’t flip to the end of the book before its time or you’ll get a little surprise… *chuckles*
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  • A Tale of Two Castles (A Tale of Two Castles, #1)
  • Author: Gail Carson Levine
  • User Rating: 3
  • Review: TCL Call #: J CD Levine G

    Chris’s Rating: 3.5 Stars
    Elodie journeys to Two Castles to seek an apprenticeship as a mansioner (play actress). Unfortunately she is not only rejected by the troop in town, but she learns that free apprenticeships have been outlawed. Hired by a dragon skilled in deduction and induction, she finds herself in a mystery surrounded by prejudice against a shape-shifting ogre, hoards of cats, greedy and flighty royalty and the pursuit of her chosen career. To survive and save those in danger, Elodie must help solve the mystery and learn who is trustworthy and who is not.
    This was a fun mystery seeped in a fantasy world with rather quirky characters. I didn’t always believe that the logic of the dragon was the only logic that could be deduced or induced, but it was fun following “it’s” thought process.
    Pros: Left me guessing most of the book, not sure who to trust (a good thing for a mystery).
    Cons: There seemed to be holes in how what happened (how it happened) and who was involved. Based on everything it seemed like more than those implicated would have been required to aptly pull off the crimes committed; some of the characters were annoying, but that was part of their quirkiness.
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