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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)

  • Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)
  • Author: Derek Landy
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TLC CALL #: J CD BOOK LANDY

    Chris’s Rating: 4 Stars
    When a widely acclaimed, personally disliked, author dies and leaves his house and fortune to his niece Stephanie, her boring existence is thrown into adventure and magic almost overnight, from being attacked by thugs and saved by a detective skeleton mage who is both dead and…well not quite dead-like to running about looking for evidence to convince the Council of Elders (Basically the head mages) that Stephanie’s Uncle was not only murdered, but that the long standing truce, which has prevented war between the good and evil denizens of magic, is about to be broken. But, should evidence not be enough, they will seek to save the day and do what is necessary (even committing a little crime) to keep evil from triumphing.
    Skulduggery Pleasant is an enjoyable read that can be both witty and suspenseful almost simultaneously. These two factors together really strengthen the book. The story is fast paced and very entertaining. Not a book for character depth…and I was hoping for more unexpected twists. This book will appeal to those (especially children and tweens) who like dry humor, quirky characters and action.
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  • The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)
  • Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL Call# J CD BOOK NIELSEN J

    Chris's Rating - 4.5 stars
    Unbenownst to the kingdom, the king, queen and crown prince have been murdered. To prevent civil war, Connor, a nobleman is combing orphanages in the kingdom to find a boy to impersonate the youngest son of the king who had disappeared years earlier. Sage, a 14 year old orphan, finds himself bought and entered into Connor's competition against his will. A competition that if lost will mean his death, for there can only be one "false prince."
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In the beginning I was not impressed with the reader (sound recording), but he got better over time. The story had an interesting basis and characters. I also tend to enjoy an "olden-day" setting. The one weakness was that much of the story was fairly predictable. The False Prince is sure to appeal to 10-15 year old boys who enjoy danger and intrigue.
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