Author Archives: mnblogger

Book Review: “What If?” by Randall Munroe

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Many of you know Randall Munroe as the author and illustrator of the three-times-a-week web comic xkcd. For the uninitiated, it is a comic "of romance, sarcasm, math, and language." About two years ago, Munroe started a sort of "Dear Abbey" portion of the website, called What If?, where readers would write in and ask ridiculous hypothetical questions that Munroe would use his knowledge of physics (along with input from professionals in various fields) to answer completely seriously. The What If? book compiles many of the entries from the website, along with some new ones, and reproduces them in all of their glory - except the mouse-over text, of course. Read More »

Fan of the Week: Brian – Aug 31, 2014

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BRIAN Age 24 – Colorado Springs, USA Slytherin How did you become a Harry Potter fan? It took me two tries to read the 1st book (my first time I was in the 3rd grade and I just didn’t want to read!) But I got through it on my 2nd go-around, which would have put me in the 4th grade. I really was swept away by the time we got into the depths into Prisoner ... Read More »

Book Review: “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

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"The Book Thief" takes place in Nazi Germany and it tells the story of a book thief, a young German girl named Liesel Meminger. For a series of reasons that have everything to do with Nazis, Liesel ends up living with a foster family in Himmelstrasse, a poor street in Mulching, Munich, and she takes up the hobby of stealing books every once in a while. Read More »

Book Review: Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

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"Can’t Look Away" by Donna Conner tells the story of Torrey Grey, teenage fashion blogger extraordinaire, after her younger sister Miranda is killed by a drunk driver. Not only must Torrey deal with the devastating loss of her sister, but the pressure to maintain her celebrity as a popular YouTube blogger. Read More »

Book Review: If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

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If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy is a rare breed of YA novel: one written for young men. The novel follows sixteen-year-old Mike, whose family is barely making ends meet seven years after the death of his father fighting in Afghanistan. When he least expects it, he begins receiving letters written to him by his father before his death. Read More »

Book Review: Faces of the Dead by Suzanne Weyn

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"Faces of the Dead" has a fascinating premise—Princess Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte, daughter of Marie Antoinette, switches places with her lookalike maid during the French Revolution in the late 1790s. She finds herself living on the streets of Paris and soon becomes a ward of the talented wax sculptor Mademoiselle Grosholtz, the woman who will later find fame as Madame Tussaud. Read More »