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September 16, 2017

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

(2 stars)

Written in prose from two perspectives, this fast paced novel delivers a story of love and new beginnings. Nicu, a Romanian immigrant, is running from a future he can’t control. Jess, a girl from a broken home,...

March 13, 2017

(4 stars)

Jeannette Walls, a regular contributor to MSNBC.com, recalls her past in this heartbreaking memoir. Rex Walls, Jeannette’s father, was a brilliant man who couldn't hold a job due to severe alcoholism and rumored schizophrenia. Her mother, Rose Mary, is a fligh...

March 3, 2017

Kaylee Wheeler, a dedicated Amazon student and swimmer, won the 100 breastroke at the KHSAA State Swim Meet this past Saturday at the Ralph Wright Natatorium. She was entered in 3 other events, all of which she placed in the top percentage of the state swimmers. As her...

January 22, 2017

(4 stars)

Rainbow Rowell, the popular young adult author, delivers an honest and tender romance about first love. Eleanor is not popular. Her clothing is bizarre, her outlook is pessimistic, and her personality is abrasive. Park is nothing special. His looks are average...

December 13, 2016

(4 ½ stars)

From the author of The Secret Life of the Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) comes an eloquent novel about the lives of women before the Civil War. Told from the perspectives of two women, The Invention of Wings brings a fresh view point to the Antebellum South. Sarah Gri...

November 20, 2016

(3 stars)

Panic is a dangerous and life threatening game with high monetary rewards. With  $67,000 on the line, high school graduates from the run down town of Carp are willing to risk their life playing this game. Challenges in the game include spending the night in a...

November 2, 2016

(3 Stars)

We have all heard of the horrific treatment of North Koreans and the immense poverty that they live in, but few have learned of North Korean labor camps. Similarly to in concentration camps, the inhabitants are treated like animals. The children eat rats, the...

October 24, 2016

(4 stars)

Told from the perspective of 4 teenagers aboard the ship Willhelm Gustloff, Ruta Septys holds nothing back in this chilling novel. Although the characters in the book are fictitious, the events that transpire in the novel are very real. Killing an estimated 9,...

October 20, 2016

(2 stars)

Documenting the lives of two high school seniors, one white and one black, All American Boys delivers a fresh and honest look at police brutality. After being wrongly accused of stealing, Rashad, a black teenager, is beaten on the sidewalk by a police officer....

October 3, 2016

(3 Stars)

Written in 1985, Ender’s Game reveals a raw and haunting truth that is still applicable today. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a child prodigy, is deemed capable of saving the human race from the treacherous buggers. These malicious alien life forms wish to destroy pla...

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