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BOOK REVIEW

LIFE IS BUT A DREAM by Brian James
Released: March 27, 2012

"Provocative questions; too-easy answers. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A simplistic resolution mars an otherwise reality-bending exploration of schizophrenia. Read full book review >

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THE HEIGHTS by Brian James
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"This may be mildly entertaining to teens who have read the original, but they'll find themselves missing the moors. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
James takes that classic story of obsessive love, Wuthering Heights, and places it in modern-day San Francisco with teen protagonists. Read full book review >

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DIRTY LIAR by Brian James
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Overdone. (Fiction. YA)"
Benji has traveled a long way physically, but not emotionally, from his abusive mother to start a new life with his father in a small town west of Portland. Read full book review >

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ZOMBIE BLONDES by Brian James
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2008

"Move over vampires; make way for zombies, as teen readers feast on this latest tale of the undead. (Fiction. YA)"
Always on the run from bill collectors, Hannah and her single, ex-cop dad relocate again, this time to small-town Maplecrest, Vt. Read full book review >

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THE THREE LEGGED TABLE by Brian James
Released: Dec. 26, 2012

"Short and sweet, this book provides uncommon insights and practical advice for helping organizations nurture their employees while delivering the best possible customer experience."
James uses experiences gleaned from the health care industry to reveal every employee's importance in organizational efforts to provide top-quality customer service and ramp up overall effectiveness. Read full book review >

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I'M A DIRTY DINOSAUR by Janeen Brian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"It is nearly impossible to look at without reading aloud, chanting aloud, and even tapping and stamping and sliding: extreme joyousness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This Australian import cries out for toddler participation, with parts for everyone. Read full book review >

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I CAME, I DANCED, I WENT VIRAL
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher

Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: I Came, I Danced, I Went Viral
Bonus Factors: Kick-Ass Gram, Internet Fame
Relationship Status: Drinking Buddy

Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz

This cover is great: it screams “prom,” but ...


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PLAYTIME WITH MCKISSACK
by Julie Danielson

Award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack (born in middle Tennessee, I proudly add) has had a long and distinguished career in the field of children’s literature. Not one to rest on her laurels—I believe she will turn 73 this year—she’s bringing readers this month a superb new book, a volume that I’ve no doubt we’ll judge later as one of the ...


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PATRICIA C. MCKISSACK
by Jessie Grearson

Have you ever wondered who wrote “Amazing Grace” or thought about the haunting story behind the hymn “I’ll Fly Away”? Ever skipped rope to “Hot Pepper” or counted “Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo”? Then Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn it Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood is for you. Award-winning author Patricia ...


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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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BOOK REVIEW

I'M A HUNGRY DINOSAUR by Janeen Brian
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"A toddler-friendly celebration of messiness, with a yummy culmination. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The grime-loving young star of I'm A Dirty Dinosaur! (2014) finds fresh wallowing potential in the ingredients for a cake…Read full book review >