Book Review: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

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The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 by James Fenimore Cooper Recommended Ages: 12+ Forget about the 1992 movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and based on this book published in 1826. All these years later, I still remember a lot of things about that movie. Very few of them faithfully represent things in this book. It turns out to be not so much a film adaptation of the novel, as a piece of original ... Read More »

Book Review: Parsifal’s Page by Gerald Morris

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Parsifal’s Page by Gerald Morris Recommended Ages: 11+ In the fourth of at least ten books in a series based on Arthurian legends, Wisconsin-based author and Baptist minister Gerald Morris brings more than an impressive display of scholarship. He also brings a very evident love of one of the world’s most enduring and powerful stories, a knack for making old tales new in a way that will appeal to younger readers, and a charm for ... Read More »

Book Review: The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

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The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima Recommended Ages: 14+ Book Four of the Seven Realms series brings Han Alister, Raisa, and the Queendom of the Fells to the crisis of their age. And—just think of it—their age is scarcely eighteen! Readers around that age will be especially thrilled by the political intrigues, the deadly dangers, the perplexing mysteries, and the turbulent romance that swirl around these two main characters. He is a former street ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Adam – January 12, 2014

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ADAM Age 18 – California, USA SLYTHERIN How did you become a Harry Potter fan? My second grade teacher introduced me to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while I was in her class  back in 2002, and she had her classroom filled with Harry Potter collectibles, like a plush Hedwig and a mini Mirror of Erised (which she ended up giving to me when I became a devoted fan) I kept up with all the ... Read More »

Book Review: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

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Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness Recommended Ages: 14+ What do a wearh, a manjasang, a nachzehrer, and an alukah have in common? In this sequel to A Discovery of Witches, we find out that they are all words for “vampire” used across 16th century Europe, from Oxfordshire to the Auvergne to the Jewish Quarter of Prague. Present-day American witch Diana Bishop has the opportunity to learn about them, not only as a post-doctoral scholar ... Read More »

Book Review: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

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Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta Recommended Ages: 14+ The Australian author of Jellicoe Road has dealt with many issues facing today’s young adults: loneliness, depression, grief, single pregnancy, suicide, racism, family and school problems galore. Then she turned toward writing YA fantasy, and the “Lumatere Chronicles” is the result. In this first book of the trilogy, we are introduced to a gripping, romantic fantasy about sexy young people riding horses, sailing ships, and ... Read More »

Book Review: Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell

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I’ve fallen in love with who knows how many books over the years, but I can’t remember the last time I had such a visceral reaction to a book. Fangirl has all the right components for a Young Adult novel. It’s a coming of age story about a wallflower girl trying to adjust to her first year of college and her first real romantic entanglement. But at the same time, it’s just so much more than that because Cath is a fangirl, and extremely so. Read More »

Fan of the Week: Chapin – January 5th, 2014

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CHAPIN Age 31 – North Carolina, USA GRYFFINDOR How did you become a Harry Potter fan? It started with the Sorcerer’s Stone. I saw the first film and was hooked! I ran out and grabbed all the books (that were available at that time) and read them over the next week. Since then, I didn’t miss a midnight film showing or book release. I continue to re-read the books and watch the films. I think I’ll be doing ... Read More »

Book Review: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman Recommended Ages: 14+ The Magicians introduced us to Quentin Coldwater, a young American whose heart belongs in a Narnia-like world of juvenile fantasy novels called Fillory. When Quentin gets into an exclusive school called Brakebills (think: a college-level Hogwarts in upstate New York), he learns the dangerous art magic, then joins several of his buddies on a journey that takes them to the very real world of Fillory. And ... Read More »

Book Review: Trouble by Non Pratt

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Trouble by Non Pratt Recommended Ages: 14+ Trouble is the story of Hannah, a funny and easy going fifteen year old, game for a giggle and laissez-faire when it comes to school work. You’ll find her doing her homework on the bus, or hanging out with her best friend at the park. She is a daughter, sister, friend, and she is pregnant. Aaron is the new kid in town, with a past he wants to keep ... Read More »