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BOOK REVIEW

ADRIAN MOLE by Sue Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Some of Townsend's veddy British jokes don't cross the Atlantic, but those that do are funny, frivolous, and devastatingly dead-on."
More satirical diaries of a persistently pathetic English everyman pitches brickbats and sourballs at Tony Blair, Princess Di worshippers, TV cooking shows, celibacy, and the ever increasing bunch of village idiots and ne'er-do-wells in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Read full book review >

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PIRATES DON'T SAY PLEASE! by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"At least he was let out of his room. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In an obvious and clumsy remake of Where the Wild Things Are, a rude young "pirate" is consigned to his room until he learns better manners. Read full book review >

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ADRIAN MOLE AND THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION by Sue Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Laugh-out-loud one-liners ensure that even the uninitiated will enjoy Adrian Mole's journey through Townsend's cruel, comic world."
Loveable loser Adrian Mole turns 35 in the latest installment in the British series. Read full book review >

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THAT’S NOT FUNNY! by Adrian Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"But probably not. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Johnson lowers the boom—or more precisely, the elephant—on a lad who takes delight in the misfortunes of others in a pointed, if unconvincing, import illustrated in a postmodern, retro-'50s style. Read full book review >

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PETE AND POLO’S FARMYARD ADVENTURE by Adrian Reynolds
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"He makes it real that this is the kind of adventure a kid could have on his own, inviting a free association with Pete. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The boy and the stuffed polar bear from Pete and Polo's Big School Adventure (2000) take a trip to Grandpa's farm. Read full book review >

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PETE AND POLO’S BIG SCHOOL ADVENTURE by Adrian Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"While the story doesn't break any new ground, the comforting tale will reassure young children awaiting their own big first day of school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This cozy debut as an author from illustrator Reynolds (Sammy and the Dinosaurs, 1999) sympathetically addresses the jitters that often herald the transition into preschool. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Some nuggets of insight are overwhelmed by a rambling, unavailing narrative."
Women on the fringes of the spiritual world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A striking scientific journey that draws hopeful attention to how the brain reacts, restores, and perseveres despite grave injury."
An exploration of the current medical research on brain health and the consciousness of patients who suffer catastrophic head trauma. Read full book review >

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POLICE AT THE STATION AND THEY DON'T LOOK FRIENDLY by Adrian McKinty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"McKinty's hero is irreverent, charming, and mordantly, laugh-out-loud funny, and his eclectic personal soundtrack and bitter, pragmatic politics make for vivid period detail."
Detective Inspector Sean Duffy of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (Rain Dogs, 2016, etc.) tries to cut back on the smoking and do decent police work despite bombs, riots, and bureaucracy. Read full book review >

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THE BID by Adrian Magson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2017

"Much of the pleasure in reading this tangled yarn from the prolific Magson (Hard Cover, 2016, etc.) comes from putting the pieces together along with his pair of sleuths. Though the story unfolds predictably, they have nice chemistry and banter with aplomb."
With the stakes high and time running out, two security experts try to piece together the last hours of a missing client. Read full book review >

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THE LONG WEEKEND by Adrian Tinniswood
NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2016

"An enjoyable tour with a genial, informed, devoted docent."
A nostalgic account of life at English country houses during the interbellum era. Read full book review >

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THE LOCKER by Adrian Magson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2016

"What's most compelling here is not what's lost but who's been sent in to find it: Gonzalez and Vaslik make an appealingly mismatched investigative unit."
The safe return of a kidnapped child hinges on her aid-worker father, whose international ties might not be as altruistic as they first appear. Read full book review >