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6/26/2009
13 Little Blue Envelopes - by Maureen Johnson
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
BookIn 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Ginny receives mysterious envelopes with instructions to fly from her New Jersey home to England from her Aunt Peg...who died 3 months ago. When she opens one envelope she must follow the instructions before opening the next one. Struggling to find herself and come to terms with her eccentric Aunt's death, Ginny takes a journey all around Europe, following the path her Aunt took while finding herself, coming to terms with her own illness. With no idea where Ginny is headed next Ginny learns about her true self and learns to trust others. This book was exciting to read and hard to put down. The adventure Ginny took was exciting and emotional and the reader can really feel it. I greatly recommend this book.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)



7/13/2015
1491 - by Charles Mann
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookWell written history of native in America prior to arrival of the pilgrims....Although it takes a while to read because of amount of data to remember.
Reviewed by: TOM from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/23/2015
A Spool of Blue Thread - by Anne Tyler
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookOne of Anne Tyler's best novels in my opinion. A story about life and a wonderful portrait of a family with many surprises throughout. A good read and if you like Anne Tyler, it won't fail to please you.
Reviewed by: Susan from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/23/2015
A Well-Tempered Heart - by Jan Philipp Sendker
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookIn this sequel to the best seller, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, it is 10 years later. Julia, now a high powered lawyer, decides to return to Burma to visit her half brother, U Ba. She is looking for a purpose to her life after a failed engagement. Two stories are intertwined in this book and ultimately she finds that purpose in ways she couldn't imagine. Every bit as powerful as Sendker's first book, which should be read before this one.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/17/2015
All the Light we Cannot See - by Anthony Doerr
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookI thoroughly enjoyed this novel; it is no wonder that it won the Pulitzer Prize. I am partial to World War II fiction and non fiction and this does not disappoint. Set in occupied France, this is the story of a young blind French girl and young orphaned German boy. Heartbreaking and dark in places you will see glimmers of humanity that appear in war and at our darkest hours. This is the type of book that you will not likely soon forget and causes you to take pause as you close it at completion. Chapters are brief, so its a great book to read on the go. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/25/2009
American Beauty (The A-List) - by Zoey Dean
Four Star Rating       Teens - Series Fiction
BookIt's graduation time for many kids. That means parties and a lot of goodbyes. Despite the celebrations, Anna isn't in a party mood. Ben has been very distant and secretive and she's worried. Maybe her father's hot tattooed intern, Caine, will take her mind off Ben for awhile. Ever since her kiss with Parker, Sam has been making a big play for Eduardo's heart again. And Cammie? She couldn't care less about graduation if she tried. But when an old secret about her mother's death comes up, she'll stop at nothing to find out the truth. I liked this book because it was funny and relatable. I would recommend this book since it's charming and full of surprises!
Reviewed by: Cosette from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


7/23/2015
And the Good News Is... - by Dana Perino
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookWhile Ms. Perino is relatively young, her time as a presidential press secretary for President Bush gives her insights and experiences far beyond her years. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not only for its optimism, but for the stories about President Bush. It is refreshing to read a book about a happy, grateful person who remains loyal to the people who have been good to her along the way. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/22/2015
Beach Lane - by Sherrryl Woods
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookMs. Woods writes about families and characters that you'll like. This is a good beach read. In this book, she weaves a storyline about cancer. One of the main character's ordeal with it etc. I enjoyed the book.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/14/2015
Bear in Love - by Daniel Pinkwater
Five Star Rating       Children -
Bookit is strange that a bear would eat a carrot. It was funny that the bunny at the honey. I like how they become friends.
Reviewed by: Lorelai from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/16/2015
Beautiful Ruins - by Jess Walter
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
BookA strange story of romance that includes the female character involved with Richard Burton during the making of "Cleopatra" in Italy. Sort of unbelievable scenes of an inebriated Burton.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/16/2015
Because of Winn- Dixie - by Kate Dicamillo
Five Star Rating       Children -
BookI really like the book because it's about a really great dog. The dog's name is Winn-Dixie. He was a stray dog that gave a sad little girl lots of love.
Reviewed by: Moira from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/21/2015
Bettyville - by George Hodgson
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
BookNew York writer returns home to the tiny town in Missouri where he grew up to help his mother in the last stage of her life. Touching and frequently hilarious.
Reviewed by: Barbara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/11/2015
Bird by Bird - by Anne Lamott
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookAnnie Lamott is wit and wisdom personified. Reading her work is like mainlining truths large and small. She is relentlessly honest about her own foibles and reliably inspirational about ways to face out own. This particular book focuses on how to live the life of a writer, but it is riddled with insights and laugh out loud lines for anyone who is a less than perfect pursuer of creativity, productivity, or relationships with other less than perfect humans.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/13/2015
Blacklist - by Brad Thor
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Thriller
BookAnother great page turner by Brad and very up to date on total surveillance of Americans by our government and it's up to Scott Harvath to get to the bottom of the people trying to bring down our internet system.
Reviewed by: TOM from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/26/2015
Book Clubbed: A Book Town Mystery - by Lorna Barrett
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
BookIn book 8 if the Book Town Mystery series, Tricia Mills and her sister, Angelica once again find themselves involved in a mysterious death. The secretary of the Chamber of Commerce is killed in the store room of Angelica's store. There are a number of twists and turns as Tricia with Angelica's help unravels the mystery.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/14/2015
Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Godl at the 1936 Berlin Olympics - by Daniel James Brown
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookThe true story of Joe Rantz, literally abandoned as a child, rises above his challenges to become part of a team that competes in the 1936 Berlin ally pics. Hugely inspirational.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/25/2015
Breaking Point - by Box
Five Star Rating       Fiction - thriller
BookThis is the first book I have read by C.J. Box and it won't be the last. The premise of the book was based on a true story. This in itself amazed and disturbed me. The book is about greed, murder, mystery and most of all corruption. I am still thinking about this true story and probably will for some time to come. The characters became real to me as the story did too.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/14/2015
Brown Bear, Brown Bear - by Bill Martin and Eric Carle
Five Star Rating       Children -
BookI like Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? because every next page I have to sound the words out. At the last page, I have to say them all over again. I like the end because it shows all the animals and what colors they are.
Reviewed by: Jasper from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/9/2009
Burnt Orange: Color Me Wasted - by Melody Carlson
Three Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
BookAmber is the local Pastor's daughter so it's her duty to go to parties and 'witness' to those who go and get drunk, right? According to her best friend, Simi, wrong! Eventually Amber learns the danger of what is referred to as "barroom evangelism" as she is faced with the harsh realities of alcoholism in herself as well as friends. This book had a good plot and lots of interesting characters but it seemed to drag on in parts. Okay overall.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


7/21/2015
Carnal Innocence - by Nora Roberts
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
BookSetin Mississippi, the novel revolves around a series of brutal murders. Suspects abound! The author keeps you guessing right up to the end. Great summer, beach read.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/27/2015
China Dolls - by Lisa See
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookThis story begins just before the outbreak of World War II in San Francisco's Chinatown. We meet three Asian girls who couldn't be more different. They become fast friends but dark secrets, betrayals and Pearl Harbor tear them apart and they each must find a way to survive. Fascinating look at the Asian culture and well-done historical fiction.
Reviewed by: Sharon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/25/2015
Cinder - by Marissa Meyer
Five Star Rating       Teens -
BookThis the classical Cinderella story in a way you never imagined before. Cinder is a cyborg in New Beijing works as a mechanic for her evil stepmother Adri. After meeting the prince at her shop she must decide if her wants and needs are more important then her countries.
Reviewed by: Cora from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/21/2015
City of Darkness and Light - by Rhys Bowen
Three Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
Book13th title in a series of mysteries about an Irish immigrant and her adventures in New York City. The novels provide a glimpse into life in the late 19th century. In this novel, a view of the many artists' living in Paris is also described.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/24/2015
Cold Betrayal - by J A Jance
Four Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
BookAli Reynolds and her friend Sister Anselm combine forces again to solve one mystery while on the side Ali helps her daughter-in-law solve another unrelated mystery. Tthis is the 10th book in the Ali Reynolds series. Although it is nice to know many of the characters from previous books, I believe the book would be enjoyable light reading without that prior knowledge.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/21/2009
Confessions of a Hollywood Star - by Dyan Sheldon
Five Star Rating       Teens - Realistic/Comedy Fiction
BookIt's the end of senior year for Lola Cep and her Deadwood...er, Dellwood...cohorts. A time to move on with life and put away petty things and prepare for a new step in life away from home--college. Right? Well, you know Lola... Heartbroken about not being able to afford her dream college in England, Lola finds reassurance in her thespianism when she learns that a major Hollywood movie will be shot right in Dellwood over the summer! Everything seems to be going her way when she tells her classmates she's going to have a role in the film, and Carla Santini's scheduled to be out of the country at the time! That is, until Lola opens her big mouth... Out of the series, this one turned out to be my favorite and it was never a boring read.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Fiction Reviews - Sorted by Title

A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- One of Anne Tyler's best novels in my opinion. A story about life and a wonderful portrait of a family with many surprises throughout. A good read and if you like Anne Tyler, it won't fail to please you.
Reviewed by: Susan from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



A Well-Tempered Heart - Jan Philipp Sendker
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- In this sequel to the best seller, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, it is 10 years later. Julia, now a high powered lawyer, decides to return to Burma to visit her half brother, U Ba. She is looking for a purpose to her life after a failed engagement. Two stories are intertwined in this book and ultimately she finds that purpose in ways she couldn't imagine. Every bit as powerful as Sendker's first book, which should be read before this one.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


All the Light we Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I thoroughly enjoyed this novel; it is no wonder that it won the Pulitzer Prize. I am partial to World War II fiction and non fiction and this does not disappoint. Set in occupied France, this is the story of a young blind French girl and young orphaned German boy. Heartbreaking and dark in places you will see glimmers of humanity that appear in war and at our darkest hours. This is the type of book that you will not likely soon forget and causes you to take pause as you close it at completion. Chapters are brief, so its a great book to read on the go. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Beach Lane - Sherrryl Woods
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Ms. Woods writes about families and characters that you'll like. This is a good beach read. In this book, she weaves a storyline about cancer. One of the main character's ordeal with it etc. I enjoyed the book.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- A strange story of romance that includes the female character involved with Richard Burton during the making of "Cleopatra" in Italy. Sort of unbelievable scenes of an inebriated Burton.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Blacklist - Brad Thor
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Thriller
- Another great page turner by Brad and very up to date on total surveillance of Americans by our government and it's up to Scott Harvath to get to the bottom of the people trying to bring down our internet system.
Reviewed by: TOM from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Book Clubbed: A Book Town Mystery - Lorna Barrett
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- In book 8 if the Book Town Mystery series, Tricia Mills and her sister, Angelica once again find themselves involved in a mysterious death. The secretary of the Chamber of Commerce is killed in the store room of Angelica's store. There are a number of twists and turns as Tricia with Angelica's help unravels the mystery.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Breaking Point - Box
Five Star Rating       Fiction - thriller
- This is the first book I have read by C.J. Box and it won't be the last. The premise of the book was based on a true story. This in itself amazed and disturbed me. The book is about greed, murder, mystery and most of all corruption. I am still thinking about this true story and probably will for some time to come. The characters became real to me as the story did too.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Carnal Innocence - Nora Roberts
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Setin Mississippi, the novel revolves around a series of brutal murders. Suspects abound! The author keeps you guessing right up to the end. Great summer, beach read.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


China Dolls - Lisa See
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This story begins just before the outbreak of World War II in San Francisco's Chinatown. We meet three Asian girls who couldn't be more different. They become fast friends but dark secrets, betrayals and Pearl Harbor tear them apart and they each must find a way to survive. Fascinating look at the Asian culture and well-done historical fiction.
Reviewed by: Sharon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


City of Darkness and Light - Rhys Bowen
Three Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- 13th title in a series of mysteries about an Irish immigrant and her adventures in New York City. The novels provide a glimpse into life in the late 19th century. In this novel, a view of the many artists' living in Paris is also described.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Cold Betrayal - J A Jance
Four Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- Ali Reynolds and her friend Sister Anselm combine forces again to solve one mystery while on the side Ali helps her daughter-in-law solve another unrelated mystery. Tthis is the 10th book in the Ali Reynolds series. Although it is nice to know many of the characters from previous books, I believe the book would be enjoyable light reading without that prior knowledge.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a book redolent with the sweetest nostalgia strewn across a landscape of summer that is at once familiar and mythical. Bradbury puts aside (most) of his trademark sci-fi speculation in favor of examining the stranger topography of childhood as it slips over the cusp into a greater awareness of the people and places previously unquestioned and unappreciated. Lushly lyric prose, vivid unique yet universal characters, and page after page of hypnotic storytelling, Dandelion Wine is a book to return to year after year.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Dark Horse - Nickleback
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Music
- Overall a good compilation of the bands newer material. a few of the songs were a little weak in the "it's been done before" sense. songs 1 and 2 bring a good opening to the CD, with the slow track 3 following with a good taste. the cd picks back up around tracks 7 and 9 and then closes with a potentially horrible last track.
Reviewed by: jordan from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Dead Wake - Erik Larson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Wonderful author. Entertaining and informative! The story of the Lusitania.
Reviewed by: Andi from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Dear Committee Members - Julie Schumacher
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- If ever you've dipped your toe into the cut throat, Kafka-ian world of university academics, this book will strike many familiar, entertaining chords. Written entirely in letters to various committee members, department heads, and deans,"Dear Committee Members" is a study in straight- man satire and arid wit, yet it is all painfully real. Lambasting everything about the dog-wagging tail of the brain-breaking absurdity of politics and hoops in academia, it won't change your life, but it will make you laugh.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Death at Victoria Docks - Kerry Greenwood
Four Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- Another murder mystery adventure with Phryne Fisher that does not disappoint. Light, witty, and peppered with homage to the fashions and foods of our intrepid lady detective, this novel follows two cases: a disappeared daughter of a dubious family and the threat of Latvian terrorists on Australian soil, both of which cross Phryne's path without fully understanding with whom it is they are toying. A few touches of real humanity woven in throughout a diverting series of Phryne-isms. Enjoy.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Eight Hundred Grapes - Laura Dave
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- If I had the option, I'd give this a 3 1/2 stars, for me clearly between a 3 and a four. While this book was pretty predictable, its setting (wine country) and its characters kept me engaged. This is a perfect beach read- I read most all of it last Sunday while sitting on the beach. Much like tabloid TV, it's not really memorable, but serves a purpose at the time. Nice escape read. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Euphoria - Lily King
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Like a tropical fever, "Euphoria" is vivid, disorienting, and full of leaps of insight into things barely understood. Whether or not you are familiar with the life or work of anthropologist Margaret Mead (upon whom the story is loosely based), this is a tale that serves up fraught personal relationships against a back drop of indigenous cultures along the Sepik River of New Guinea. In addition to a crafting a compelling tale, King does a fine job with setting as metaphor, as well as juxtaposing individual and universal themes. There are fascinating interactions between, and interpretations of, cultural layers. One weakness: once again, we see it all through the eyes of the observers and learn little through the eyes of the observed...
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is my favorite read of the summer thus far. A well-crafted novel, this book had me at page one. This book is about a Chinese American family during the 1970's. The author tells the story through their points of view.
Reviewed by: Luanne from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


GARDEN OF LIES - AMANDA QUICK
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A PERIOD MYSTERY WITH A HEROINE OF INDEPENDENT MEANS AND MINDSET! OWNS HER OWN BUSINESS; FINDS LOVE WITH A DASHING, STRONG AND HONORABLE MAN OF EXCELLENT DEAMEANOR AND MIND! PERFECT!..A FUN READ..
Reviewed by: BETSY from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I found this to be an intriguing story. I feel as though I may have figured it out, but I may have just convinced myself that I did. The characters are tremendously flawed with a very well done portrait of a woman in the throws of alcoholism. This is will entertain you and very likely keep your attention. It grabs from the beginning and doesn't really let go. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A tale of surprises - beautifully written. Harper Lee wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird" a favorite book of mine. This tale talks of uncomfortable discoveries and resolution. A very good read.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


God Ain't Through Yet - Mary Monroe
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This author is a hoot. I was actually laughing out loud while reading this book. I plan to read more of her books. The characters she writes about are very real and you get into their crazy lives. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, it is fictional as some of the shenanigans are outrageous!
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Two Star Rating       Fiction - Thriller
- A well written clever book with a cast of self-absorbed, and in at least one case, psychotic characters, whom I found unappealing. I haven't seen the movie but since there is a movie it would seem this is the kind of book to write for today's market.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Heir of Fire - Sarah Maas
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book was well written, but still jumped from character to character, being confusing and frustrating. The story though, is wonderful; with the few main characters all playing different roles in their world. You will be dying to know what happens next.
Reviewed by: Kathryn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Her Valentine Fantasy - Nancy Warren
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Loved this book
Reviewed by: Nicole from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Heroes are my Weakness - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- I enjoyed the mystery with some romance thrown in. Fun relaxing read that moves along quickly and you can complete in a day.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Hide - Lisa Gardner
Four Star Rating       Fiction - thriller
- From the author of Love You More which was a One Book, One Valley selection a few years ago. Part of the same Detective DD Warren series. However, this book, written earlier, was better. Full of suspense until the end. Concept I found interesting was how could you escape to live under the radar and actually hide in today's society.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Home - Marilyn Robinson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Story of a prodigal son in the 1950s returned home after 20 years to find his father, a retired pastor, in failing health. Father has always held out hope and forgiveness for his wayward son, one of several of his offspring. Extremely well written. Story challenges your personal understanding of home, hope and faith. This is the second book I've read by this author; an author that I discovered as she is referred to by several other authors as having an influence on them.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Honeymoons Can Be Murder - Connie Shelton
Four Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- This is the 6th book in the Charlie Parker mystery series. The series is set in New Mexico. Charlie is a partner in an investigation firm with her brother. Her new husband is starting a helicopter business in New Mexico after moving there from Hawaii. In this book they are offered a 3 month helicopter charter contract in Taos, New Mexico along with a cabin to live in. While in Taos they become involved in several mysteries. The audio book from New Hampshire downloadable was good entertainment while walking or riding in the car.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


In the Unlikely Event - Judy Blume
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I had never read a book by Judy Blume though my children had do so. This was an interesting read. Set in the past and telling the story of a teenager and how she handled horrible events and how it effect the lives around her. I look forward to reading more of her books for adults.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Insatiable Appetites - Stuart Woods
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book is #32 in the Stone Barrington series. Insatiable Appetites is set in New York. It was nice to have Stone back in New York and see some of the familiar characters again. The book is typical light entertaining Stone Barrington mystery.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Inside the O'Briens - Lisa Genova
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Great novel about a family with Huntington's Disease. I thought the book might be depressing, but it wasn't. I learned a lot about Huntington's disease and genetic testing.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Into the Forest - Jean Hegland
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Apocalyptic Drama
- Two teenaged sisters, living in the redwood forests of Northern California, face the breakdown of civilization and the collapse of society in this apocalyptic tale. Harvard-bound Nell and aspiring ballerina Eva must survive in a forest that becomes a prison, a paradise, an oasis, and a nightmare. I was torn between speeding through the pages to find out what would happen next and lingering over the breathtaking prose. Heartbreaking and haunting...these characters and their story will stay with you.
Reviewed by: Rebecca from Parchment Community Library (Michigan)


Kill Alex Cross - James Patterson
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Terroristic attacks and a high profile kidnapping keep investigators hopping. Patterson's short chapters and action packed story lines make this an easy summer beach read.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Leaving Time - Jodi Picoult
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I haven't read a Jodi book in a long time. This book came highly recommended so I gave it a try. This is not typical Jodi. It's a book about an elephant sanctuary and a young girl looking for her missing mother. It is told from multiple points of view. Well researched.
Reviewed by: Luanne from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Like We Used to Be - Jean Stubbs
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- I honestly don't know why I kept reading this book. Looking for a positive finish since the entire book had been everything but... Alas, the end was not better either.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Looking for Me - Beth Hoffman
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A second book about the south by this author and set in Charleston, one of my favorite cities. She is a talented writer.
Reviewed by: lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Lucky Us - Amy Bloom
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- From Ohio to Hollywood to the outer boroughs of New York, Lucky Us follows the lives of several disparate characters connected by blood, choice, or circumstance as they wend their way through a variety of obstacles ranging from abandonment and betrayal to homophobia and the xenophobia of World War II, with a smattering of illness, injury, and identity crises along the way. Spare yet compelling language delivers a character-driven exploration of people and places not usually examined during this period of U.S. history. Not a demanding read, but deeper than merely diverting, Lucky Us gathers up the threads of complexity that entangle anyone trying to hold themselves together in the face of relationships and other human adversities.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Memories Can Be Murder - Connie Shelton
Four Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- This is the fifth book in the Charlie Parker murder mystery series. The series is light summer reading that combines a mystery with a little romance. My enjoyment of the series has been increasing as I listen to each book. The series is set in Albuquerque and Charlie is female. The story is engaging enough that I find myself thinking about taking a walk, just so I can listen to the audio book.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - Kerry Greenwood
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- There are many titles in this decadent, delightful mystery series and they should be read in order, starting with "Cocaine Blues". Each novel pulls you deeper into the post World War I world of the Honorable Phryne Fisher, a recently wealthy veteran ambulance nurse cum lady detective in Melbourne, Australia. As witty and erudite as P.G. Wodehouse, Kerry Greenwood marries the best of the genre with a thoroughly modernized femme fatale energy garbed in the height of 1920's couture. Whether flying planes, racing cars, or firing off her golden pistol, Phryne is everything one could hope for in sleuthing heroine... including an absolute abhorrence to letting anyone else do the saving. Bonus: there's a ripping television series on Netflix!
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Mr. And Miss Anonymous - Fern Michaels
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- I was surprised I didn't like this book more but I didn't. It had intrigue, romance, and mystery which I like. However, the characters didn't feel real and the plot was too far fetched for me. The subject matter is fertility clinics.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Not the Killing Type - Lorna Barrett
Four Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- This is the 7th book in Barrett's Booktown mysteries series. The series is set in a fictional New Hampshire town with many book stores. The main character, Tricia Miles, and her sister Angelica both own stores in town. Tricia has a knack for finding dead bodies and then solving the mystery. In addition to the mystery, there is a contentious Chamber of Commerce president election, and a wedding being planned. Barrett has created some interesting characters who recur in the series, however the book should be enjoyable without having read prior books in the series. The book is a simple summer mystery. It was a great audio book from NH Downloadables to listen to while walking.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Now You See Her - James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Absolutely the best Patterson book - exciting up to the last page!
Reviewed by: Nancy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


NYPD Red 2 - James Patterson Marshall Karp
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Patterson and .. tell a good story in a way that holds your attention. Always a quick read and one that entertains you.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Paris Match - Stuart Woods
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Paris Match is a typical Stone Barrington book. Many of the characters from other Stuart Woods books appear in this book.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Partnerships Can Be Murder - Connie Shelton
Three Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This is the third book in the Charlie Parker mystery series. Charlie is a 30ish single women who is in business with her brother. They live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and most of the books are set in the southwest. Charlie is a CPA and her brother is a PI. However, the books focus on murder investigations Charlie's curiosity prods her to solve usually at the the initial request of a friend. The mysteries are light easy reading. I downloaded the audio books from the NH downloads.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Partnerships Can Be Murder - Connie Shelton
Three Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This is the third book in the Charlie Parker mystery series. Charlie is a 30ish single women who is in business with her brother. They live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and most of the books are set in the southwest. Charlie is a CPA and her brother is a PI. However, the books focus on murder investigations Charlie's curiosity prods her to solve usually at the the initial request of a friend. The mysteries are light easy reading. I downloaded the audio books from the NH downloads.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Persuader - Lee Child
Three Star Rating       Fiction - Thriller
- A page turner not unlike all the previous Jack Reacher series. A fun read but he's not George Smiley.
Reviewed by: Chuck from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Precipice - Paul Doiron
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A good read. I have previously read his mysteries that take place in Maine. Not only is this and previous book of his a good read but along the way I learn more about the forest and wildlife of Maine. He shares his love of Maine and his gift of language in each of his books.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Radiant Angel - Nelson DeMille
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Great story - a little unrealistic but anything by Nelson DeMille is good reading.
Reviewed by: Bill from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Red Handed - Shelly Bell
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Could not put the book down
Reviewed by: Nicole from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Ripped - Sarah Morgan
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Could not stop reading kept me interested from beginning to end.
Reviewed by: Nicole from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- The first book by this author and a good one. She has captured some of the complicated and often misunderstood relationships between southerners.
Reviewed by: lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Skin Collector - Jeffrey Deaver
Three Star Rating       Fiction - thriller
- I always enjoy the Lincoln Rhyme series. This was a good read. I just wish he didn't pull in so many extra twists, especially another character from the fringe of this story.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Summer Rental - Mary Kay Andrews
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Light romance - Quick read- Fun exchanges between the female characters- Made me chuckle.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


SUPPORT AND DEFEND - TOM CLANCY
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- ANOTHER BEST SELLER, PAGE TURNER BY THIS MASTER OF INTRIGUE....ONCE STARTED,PLAN ON A LATE NIGHT OF READING WITH A GLASS OF WINE ...PRES JACK RYAN'S NEPHEW "CARUSO" IS THE MAIN CHARACTER AND DOES SOME LONG DISTANCE INTERNATIONAL TRAVELING TO DEAL WITH THE BAD GUYS...A GREAT READ!!!
Reviewed by: TOM from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Children Act - Ian McEwan
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- The focus is on a well thought of judge whose patient is a very smart teenage male. The family practices Seventh Day Adventist religion, which offers a dilemma when the decision needs to be made whether or not to accept a desperately needed blood transfusion essential for the child's cure.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I loved this book because it was so unique. The book was narrated in the perspective of a dog. It tells the story of a man and a dog's friendship. After you read this book, you will look at your own life differently.
Reviewed by: Grace from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Boston Girl - Anita Diamant
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a very enjoyable read about a Jewish girl born in 1900 and raised in the North End of Boston. Through Addie's story we learn about the struggles and triumphs so many women experienced in the early part of the 20th century. If you like historical fiction, you will not be disappointed.
Reviewed by: Sharon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Chaperone - Laura Moriarty
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Historical Fiction
- A historical perspective on life in America and the changes in society. Two female characters are developed as they work to meet their personal goals. The women are very different, yet they share some similarities as the story unfolds.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Children Act - Ian McEwan
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a powerful book about a relationship between dying boy and a childless lawyer. The seventeen year old boy, Adam, refuses treatment and a lawsuit ensues. It can be a bit wordy at times, but McEwan is a wonderful author.
Reviewed by: Luanne from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Devils Star - Jo Nesbo
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Thriller
- Excellent crime fiction. Intelligent.
Reviewed by: Robert from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Golly-Whopper Games - Jody Feldman
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Children's Fiction
- This is a story about a boy named Gil Goodson who wants to win the Golly-Whopper Games. The games are run by the Golly Toy Company. The prizes for the winners include a college scholarship and other "stupendous prizes." Exactly eighteen months and two days before the story starts, there was an incident where Gild's dad is accused of something he didn't do. Because of this incident, kids have been mean to Gil. While he is trying to get into the Games, Gil meets a girl named Bianca. They both get into the Games. Later in the Games, they play on the same team. For the Games, participants had to answer a lot of questions about the Golly Toy Company. I found this book was easy to read: there were not many words I did not understand.
Reviewed by: Zachary from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


The Language of Bees - Laurie King
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- The ninth installment in King's superlative Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, 'The Language of Bees' reveals more of Holmes' past with the appearance of his adult son. The series began in 1994 with "The Bee-Keeper's Apprentice," in which the then 15-year-old Russell meets the retired Holmes. They realize they are kindred spirits despite their difference in age and after several years elapse, they marry. Every book is filled with mystery and adventure. 'The Language of Bees' was less satisfying than the other books for me because Russell and Holmes are separated much of the time. This lack is balanced, however, by Holmes' brother Mycroft, who is always a treat. If you like classic Sherlock Holmes stories, try the Russell/Holmes series!
Reviewed by: Teresa from Parchment Community Library (Michigan)


The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy - Rachel Joyce
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Written by the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, this book follows the story of Queenie Hennessy, a character in the Fry book. This is a novel about life and death. It is about community and relationships. It is a book that affirms that humans are complicated and carry their past with them through the present and into the future. The book affirms that we are made of both the sorrows and joys of our life. I found the book to be a beautiful, gentle story about loss, love, redemption and joy. I recommend reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry first. The books are companion stories.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Nightingale - Kristen Hannah
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Historical Fiction
- This is one of the best books I have read in recent weeks. It had me totally captivated from the very beginning. We have relatives who lived in Belgium during the Occupation but I have never lived it as vividly as when I read this book about the German occupation of France.
Reviewed by: Susan from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


THE ROSIE PROJECT - Graeme Simsion
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- What a fun read! You will find yourself laughing out loud as you read this book. It is the story of quirky, socially challenged professor, Don Tillman, who designs his own "wife project" to find his perfect mate. Along comes Rosie who fits absolutely none of Don's criteria. Then the fun begins. I highly recommend THE ROSIE PROJECT.
Reviewed by: Sharon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Signature of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- If you pick up "The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert, you might expect a book similar to her "Eat, Pray, Love". You would be very, very wrong. This is an entirely deeper level of literary artistry that, while completely readable and enjoyable, takes you on a probing, lyrical, fascinating journey of two generations of botanists: a impoverished English man who builds a fortune around his adventures in tropical botany and his daughter, who forges her own path from Philadelphia to Tahiti through the jungles of desire, frustration, duty, and discovery. An utterly absorbing, exquisitely unique take on everything from aspirin to mysticism, orchids to mosses, celibacy to self-actualization.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Singing Stones - Phyllis Whitney
One Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- Not one of her better mysteries. All just too silly for my tastes. The characters, the villain, just a bore for all her previous novels, or should I say, in spite of her long lists of titles.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Bookstore owner, A. J. Fikry is mourning his wife's death and declining book sales. When a baby is left on the bookstore's steps, his life and the bookstore is suddenly rejuvenated. In no time the shelves are restocked with wonderful picture books and various book clubs start up. Integrated in the story are lots of book suggestions. A very quirky book that any book lover will enjoy.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Truth According to Us - Annie Barrows
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Eccentric but delightful story about a spoiled US senator's daughter who is sent to rural West Virginia to write a history of a depression era rural town. Fantasy mixes with reality as secrets are revealed about upstanding, well known citizens. Written by the author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Set in the United Kingdom, this is a story of inner and outer pilgrimage. Harold Fry is a likeable main character through which we discover what it means to be human and open to the unexpected. It explores the value of solitude and community. It touches on being open to encounters with strangers and the gifts that such encounters can bring. The story takes the reader from the south coast of England to Scotland. We are invited to meet a variety of characters that share different lenses on the human condition. The book is funny, profound, and touching.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a reread for me from 40 years ago but I wanted to read it again before I read Harper Lee's newly released novel. And it wasn't a disappointment. It was as good as I remembered and still one of my most favorite books. Even after so many years, it hasn't lost its poignancy. I look forward to reading Go Set a Watchman.
Reviewed by: Susan from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Top Secret 21 - Janet Evanovich
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Another fun adventure with Stephanie Plum ... Lula, Range Man and Morelli are in great form.Lots of rocket launchers being launched into cars and apartment buildings .....A FUN READ.
Reviewed by: Betsy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Toxic Bachelors - Danielle Steele
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Fun read. Features 3 bachelors who hold out for the "perfect mate." Of course they are mostly filthy rich or talented artists with ladies galore available to them- Happy ending, at least.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Twice In a Blue Moon - Patricia Moyes
Four Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- I've been reading Patricia Moyes for years. British old style detective stories and this one was a good one. Borrowed from another library but worth the wait.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- If you're in the mood for a feel-good "popcorn" story, the kind that would star Diane Lane were it a movie, then this book will do nicely. Ostensibly an amnesia tale about a woman who wakes up ten years later on in her life to a situation overflowing with circumstances and relationships unlike any she had ever anticipated for herself, the book is also clearly a parable for that all too common mid-life experience of wondering how on earth one has strayed so far from one's younger dreams, plans, and understanding of self. There's nothing unexpected in where Alice ends up at the end of her adventure, but her trip through a personal and professional Wonderland of white middle class female experiences offers some moments of pithy insights.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Soon to be a movie, if it already isn't, this is a perfect light summer read. This book is about a woman who bumps her head when she falls off an exercise bike and "lands" in her life ten years prior. It kept my attention, i enjoyed the plot twists, and it was a quick read. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


When I Found You - Catherine Ryan Hyde
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I loved this book. It is the story of a 50 year old man who finds a baby in the woods. This book is about trust an commitment. It was a real page turner.
Reviewed by: Luanne from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Where They Found Her - Kmberley McCreight
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Thriller
- If you want to be completely entertained, read this book. The 5 stars is not because this is any great literary work that will go down as one of the classics. The 5 stars is because its a fun thriller that grabs you from the beginning and keeps on going! Great character development and surprising twists. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Where We Belong - Emily Giffin
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- A woman who gave up a child for adoption is visited by her daughter 18 years later. Both characters are forced to re-examine their lives and relationships.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Whispers - Belva Plain
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This novel was about spousal abuse and all the people it affects. The whole family was affected, not just the wife, who was the victim. Fortunately, it had a happy ending. This isn't always the case but it is fiction.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Wicked Charms - Janet Evanovich
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Continuation of the Lizzie and Diesel novels. Fast paced, slightly magical, comical, good summer read.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Winter Solstice - Rosamunde Pilcher
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A friend told me this was her favorite Rosamunde Pilcher story. I can see why. It was a delightful read. The main characters were great. Someone you'd enjoy an afternoon tea and chat with.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Wool - Hugh Howey
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Science Fiction
- One of the best books I've read this summer. Dystopian world where everyone lives in large underground silos until they start questioning why they live there. Slow intro, takes about 150 pages before it gets really interesting.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


World Gone By - Dennis Lehane
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Thriller
- Post WWII, Tampa Florida, the Mob and Dennis Lehane as the author. What more could you want in a good read. Brutal - frightening and fast moving.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


NonFiction Reviews - Sorted by Title

1491- Charles Mann
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Well written history of native in America prior to arrival of the pilgrims....Although it takes a while to read because of amount of data to remember.
Reviewed by: TOM from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



And the Good News Is...- Dana Perino
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- While Ms. Perino is relatively young, her time as a presidential press secretary for President Bush gives her insights and experiences far beyond her years. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not only for its optimism, but for the stories about President Bush. It is refreshing to read a book about a happy, grateful person who remains loyal to the people who have been good to her along the way. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bettyville- George Hodgson
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- New York writer returns home to the tiny town in Missouri where he grew up to help his mother in the last stage of her life. Touching and frequently hilarious.
Reviewed by: Barbara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bird by Bird- Anne Lamott
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Annie Lamott is wit and wisdom personified. Reading her work is like mainlining truths large and small. She is relentlessly honest about her own foibles and reliably inspirational about ways to face out own. This particular book focuses on how to live the life of a writer, but it is riddled with insights and laugh out loud lines for anyone who is a less than perfect pursuer of creativity, productivity, or relationships with other less than perfect humans.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Godl at the 1936 Berlin Olympics- Daniel James Brown
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- The true story of Joe Rantz, literally abandoned as a child, rises above his challenges to become part of a team that competes in the 1936 Berlin ally pics. Hugely inspirational.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Dog Songs- Mary Oliver
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - Poetry
- A collection of poems about dogs by poet Mary Oliver. She writes about the every day and the ordinary as she observes her world. She loves her dogs and finds them to be great companions and friends. Summer is a good time to read poetry... Small chunks of words. These poems will amuse you - whether you are a dog person or not.
Reviewed by: Miriam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Dreams of Joy- Lisa See
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- An engrossing look at national identity and idealism from two different generations in China during the Great Leap Forward.
Reviewed by: Isabel from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside his own Body- Martin Pistorious
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I picked this book up at the Freedom Public Library as a "maybe read" as we were expecting some rain. Am I glad I did! I practically read it in one sitting. This is the true story of Martin Pistorious. At age 12, Martin came home with a sore throat and quickly his condition decompensated. He would spend the next ten years, many of those fully aware, with no ability to communicate. In a case of extreme misfortune, those who loved and cared for him (and those who abused him) did not know he was mentally present. While this book is heartbreaking and very difficult to read in parts, it is ultimately a tremendous story of faith and courage and I would highly recommend it. You will be uplifted! Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


God's Bankers- Gerald Posner
Two Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I was expecting the story of the late 2000s bank scandal at the Vatican. The first 200 pages start with the Popes in 700 AD and go forward. The author has trouble focusing on banking but devotes much time to the Holocaust, the Vatican's involvement in the Cold War, etc. I did manage to plod through.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated world- Joey Graceffa
Five Star Rating       NonFiction - Biography
- An amazing read! This is an auto-biography of Joey's life, that talks about his struggles as a child, to his first experiences with love, as well as his Youtube life. After each chapter, he offers tips to help with whatever situation he had spoken of. Overall, it is a great read and it keep you hooked until the end.
Reviewed by: Julia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


On the Move: A Life- Oliver Sacks
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - memoir
- An autobiography of the famous neurologist whose books about his patients have made him famous. His brilliance, as well as that of many of his relatives(Al Capp, Abba Eben,etc), and his work with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro while making the film of "Awakening" make for very interesting reading.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir- Wednesday Martin
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- An interesting takedown of Manhattan's Upper East Side done with a great deal of humor. She also uses Jane Goodall's research to study her neighbors and friends. Very amusing and funny, especially if you are familiar with this sub-culture of NYC.
Reviewed by: Susan from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga- Pamela Newkirk
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I read a review on this recent release and was immediately astonished and intrigued. I was amazed that this could happen, and even more so that I had never heard about it. This is a true story! This is a story of a young Congolese man stolen from Africa for display in the 1904 St Louis World's Fair and then later placed on display in the monkey house in 1906 at the Bronx Zoo. A thought provoking story that will leave you thinking and likely disturbed that this is not too far in the past. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Stiff. Curious LIves of Human Cadavers- Mary Roach
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This quirky book is not for the squeamish and is full of 'did I really need/want to know that?' Moments, nonetheless, I found it interesting and I appreciated the author's humor which she injects throughout. This book has very distinct/separate topics in each chapter, so it is the type of book you can easily read while also reading something 'lighter.' Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Boys in the Boat- Daniel James Brown
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This book offers intersting information as well as "edge of your seat" approach when the 1936 Olympics results are inch by inch revealed. The next Olympics I shall be sure to watch the team rowers.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Boys In the Boat- Daniel James Brown
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This is an excellent story about the Univ of Washington rowing team. The team goes east and competes against against Harvard, Yale, etc. and wins. They go to the 1936 Berlin Olympics and win the gold medal. Excellent story of each member and the coach.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Boys in the Boat- Daniel James Brown
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Fascinating book. It lived up to all the raves I have heard. The book is non-fiction, but reads like a novel. There are many facets of the story. The main story chronicles the University of Washington's 8 man crew team's quest for gold at the 1936 Olympics. Joe's family life, living through the depression, the rise of Germany prior to WWII, the stories of travel in the 1930's make the book much more than a story about boys who row crew.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Center of the Universe- Nancy Bachrach
Five Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- Excellent memoir. Well written. Almost unbelievable. Humorous, poignant, moving.
Reviewed by: Nancy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Northern Lights- Lucy Jago
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Really interesting. Reads like fiction but very informative.
Reviewed by: Sarah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Wright Brothers- David McCullough
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Historian David McCullough (Truman, John Adams), has written another highly readable biography. Wilbur and Orville Wright grew up in a normal, midwestern family. Neither brother was highly educated; instead their parents encouraged their curiosity. Both brothers were perfectionists when it came to tackling the concept of flying. In spite of their lack of formal education, they also had an excellent business sense. And when the U.S. Initially did not take their success seriously, they took their plane to France to get more backing there. Both men were confident and focused on the end result of all their hard work. Any of David amcCullough's books are terrific and this one is no exception.
Reviewed by: Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Wright Brothers- David McCullough
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A fascinating history of the early days of aviation. I had assumed that the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, the world went crazy and they were recognized. As this book points out, it was several years before Americans recognized their flight. They were recognized in France and then Europe before here. The author also develops the Wright Brothers and their father and sister as solid, hard working people. When one recognizes the engineering and theory involved in the design of wings, controls, etc. one must be amazed at the Wright Brothers
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Watch Me- Anjelica huston
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- This is a beautifully written memoir. She shares the people, places and times that helped form her as a person, actress, daughter and wife. Her famous father John Huston, life partners, acting roles and life's surprises as shared in this book, shows how she indeed became a complex and interesting soul.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


We Wish to Inform you that Tomorrow we will be Killed with our Families- Philip Gourevitch
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Every time someone asked me what I was reading, I always dreaded the question. It is a depressing title that always generated a conversation. This book is about the 1994 Rwanda genocide in which the government ordered 800,000 Tutsis killed by their Hutu neighbors, teachers, friends etc. The majority of this loss occurred over a 3 month period but obviously the effects last to this day. A difficult, but important book. I recommend if you read it, that you perhaps have a lighter book that you can read between sittings. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Welfare Brat- Mary Childers
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- Very readable real-life story about growing up in the Bronx in a family on welfare and the author's determination to better herself and get out of the neighborhood and circumstances in which she grew up.
Reviewed by: Nancy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


When a Crocodile Eats the Sun- Peter Godwin
Five Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- Memoir about growing up in Zimbabwe- family connections, revelations. Fascinating, as I have read several books about growing up in Africa. Africa seems to produce good writers and people who feel a blood connection to the land, its people and its flora and fauna.
Reviewed by: Nancy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


When Boston Won the World Series- Bob Ryan
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I liked this book because I love my baseball. I also liked this because it has all the great baseball players, like Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Ted Williams. I recommend this book to all baseball lovers.
Reviewed by: Liam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Yes Please- Amy Poehler
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- Funny memoir type book. An interesting look into a comedy actor's life.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Teen Reviews - Sorted by Title

13 Little Blue Envelopes - by Maureen Johnson
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- In 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Ginny receives mysterious envelopes with instructions to fly from her New Jersey home to England from her Aunt Peg...who died 3 months ago. When she opens one envelope she must follow the instructions before opening the next one. Struggling to find herself and come to terms with her eccentric Aunt's death, Ginny takes a journey all around Europe, following the path her Aunt took while finding herself, coming to terms with her own illness. With no idea where Ginny is headed next Ginny learns about her true self and learns to trust others. This book was exciting to read and hard to put down. The adventure Ginny took was exciting and emotional and the reader can really feel it. I greatly recommend this book.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)



American Beauty (The A-List) - by Zoey Dean
Four Star Rating       Teens - Series Fiction
- It's graduation time for many kids. That means parties and a lot of goodbyes. Despite the celebrations, Anna isn't in a party mood. Ben has been very distant and secretive and she's worried. Maybe her father's hot tattooed intern, Caine, will take her mind off Ben for awhile. Ever since her kiss with Parker, Sam has been making a big play for Eduardo's heart again. And Cammie? She couldn't care less about graduation if she tried. But when an old secret about her mother's death comes up, she'll stop at nothing to find out the truth. I liked this book because it was funny and relatable. I would recommend this book since it's charming and full of surprises!
Reviewed by: Cosette from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Burnt Orange: Color Me Wasted - by Melody Carlson
Three Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Amber is the local Pastor's daughter so it's her duty to go to parties and 'witness' to those who go and get drunk, right? According to her best friend, Simi, wrong! Eventually Amber learns the danger of what is referred to as "barroom evangelism" as she is faced with the harsh realities of alcoholism in herself as well as friends. This book had a good plot and lots of interesting characters but it seemed to drag on in parts. Okay overall.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Cinder - by Marissa Meyer
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This the classical Cinderella story in a way you never imagined before. Cinder is a cyborg in New Beijing works as a mechanic for her evil stepmother Adri. After meeting the prince at her shop she must decide if her wants and needs are more important then her countries.
Reviewed by: Cora from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Confessions of a Hollywood Star - by Dyan Sheldon
Five Star Rating       Teens - Realistic/Comedy Fiction
- It's the end of senior year for Lola Cep and her Deadwood...er, Dellwood...cohorts. A time to move on with life and put away petty things and prepare for a new step in life away from home--college. Right? Well, you know Lola... Heartbroken about not being able to afford her dream college in England, Lola finds reassurance in her thespianism when she learns that a major Hollywood movie will be shot right in Dellwood over the summer! Everything seems to be going her way when she tells her classmates she's going to have a role in the film, and Carla Santini's scheduled to be out of the country at the time! That is, until Lola opens her big mouth... Out of the series, this one turned out to be my favorite and it was never a boring read.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Cruel Beauty - by Rosamund Hodge
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This is a great book. It takes a story of Beauty and the Beast and twists it, giving an even deeper back story and a charming new villain. Through the book you will question everything that you have already learned from it, and guess at what is real.
Reviewed by: Kathryn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Dangerous Girls - by RL Stine
Four Star Rating       Teens - Horror/Suspense
- This book is about two sisters named Livvy and Destiny that go to summer camp and come back as half vampires. The process was never fully done so if they can't find the restorer or drink the blood of the vampire that bit them they will go crazy. We learn that one of the sisters has been turned fully and that she also had killed their two friends Bree and Courtney. I loved this book and I would recommend it to a friend, it was a good book, no doubt about it.
Reviewed by: Maggie from Parchment Community Library (Michigan)


Dangerous Girls 2: The Taste of Night - by RL Stine
Four Star Rating       Teens - Horror/Suspense
- This book is about two sisters, Destiny and Livvy. Livvy is a vampire and Destiny was going to be one but got turned back just in time. Destiny is determined to turn her twin sister back into a human and have Mike, her little brother, normal again. Ever since Livvy "ran away," Mike has acted out, acting like a vampire and not going outside. Livvy turned a guy she liked (Ross) into a vampire so they could be together forever. When he gets staked and dies, Livvy thinks Destiny did it. But Destiny had tried to warn Ross before the attack happened. To get back at Destiny, Livvy is going to turn her boyfriend into a vampire and Patrick (Livvy's new boyfriend) is going to turn Destiny into one. I loved this book and would recommend it.
Reviewed by: Maggie from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Dramarama - by E Lockhart
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Finally away from their boring lives in Ohio, Sadye and Demi attend a performing arts summer camp. Being filled with a plethora of references to songs and musicals any thespian or theatre-goer can relate to and enjoy. Personally, I had picked this book out in a hurry and planned on reading a few chapters after a hectic day but I found the book very hard to put down. So I didn't. And I stayed up til 3:03 a.m. reading it and read the whole thing. Being involved with theatre I could really understand the way Sadye, the narrator, thought and I felt for her. Plus I have always wanted to go to a performing arts camp so I got to go vicariously through the book. Plus, the whole story fits with the theme of expressing yourself. Good hurried choice!
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Faerie Lord - by Herbie Brennan
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- This book was pretty good. At times it could be confusing, as it switched back and forth from different character's perspectives. But overall, it was intriguing and suspenseful. It was a well written conclusion to the series.
Reviewed by: Kathryn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fly on the Wall - by E Lockhart
Three Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Faced with the divorce of her parents, a best friend who is drifting away, and a major crush on a guy who seems to not even notice her, Gretchen Yee has one wish--To be a fly on the wall of the boy's locker room. One day, her wish becomes a reality and the quest to learn about boys commences as she also figures out how to turn back into a human. This book was a quick read with an interesting plot but it left a few loose ends, the most penetrating one being how the heck did she turn into a fly anyways? Also I wish that the author had expanded more in the end. Okay overall.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Geek Girl - by Holly Smale
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- This hilarious comedy tells us about a geek turned model Harriet Manners who battles her own and her family's doubts about her choice of career. She finds herself becoming fashions favorite model and betraying her best friend's trust.
Reviewed by: Cora from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Geek High - by Piper Banks
Three Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- When Miranda Bloom's mother leaves for England to study for a book she's writing, Miranda is forced to live with her father, step-mother, and step-sister (the former two known not so affectionately as "Demon" and "Demon Spawn"). What doesn't help her situation is that Miranda attends a school for the academically talented because she is a math genius (something she finds useless since people have calculators and all) while her step-sister is a walking Barbie Doll. When one of her best friends starts a gossip-blog about the school, Miranda is accused of being the ghostwriter, and she is blackmailed into planning The Snowflake, a dance that is the bane of the student body's social life. It was an okay read, nothing too special or extraordinary.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Girls That Growl - by Mari Mancusi
Four Star Rating       Teens - Horror/Suspense
- I loved this book. It was really good. Rayne has been asked to become a cheerleader. Well not asked really but if she doesn't she is dead. So now Rayne is a cheerleader, a slayer, and a vampire. She gets on with a little help of blackmail. Typical Rayne. The cheerleaders have heard growling and a football player has come up missing. Rayne cheers and as she leaves the locker room the door locks and she hears growling and a whole bunch of chaos. When her boyfriend Jereth comes to help he opens up the doors and the room is a mess. Jereth and Rayne go to England to get an antidote, but not before Rayne gets kidnapped and almost killed.
Reviewed by: Maggie from Parchment Community Library (Michigan)


Girls Under Pressure - by Jacqueline Wilson
Two Star Rating       Teens - Series
- Ellie is tired of the way she looks compared to her friends and begins dieting, which quickly turns into an eating disorder somewhere between anorexia and bulemia. Girls Under Pressure was good to read but I thought Ellie's recovery from the whole ordeal was a little unrealistic, a sort of snap right out of it with no problems unrealistic. I'm not so sure if I will read the other books in the series or not.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


I Know It's Over - by CK Kelly Martin
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- This book is about a boy named Nick who is struggling in life. That is before Sasha steps into the picture. Nick finds himself in a neck-deep relationship with Sasha, but more heartbreak occurs when Sasha breaks up with him. Then weeks later, she turns up and tells Nick that she's pregnant. With his emotions and hopes crashing in around him, Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can't stop caring for, the girl who insists that it's still over. I really liked this book because it warns you that if you're going to have a really physical relationship which includes sex in it, that you need to take it seriously or this could happen to you.
Reviewed by: Cosette from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


I Will Always Write Back - by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Grandaa
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- "I Will Always Write Back" was such an inspiring book. It tells the story of a girl from the USA who gets a pen pal from Zimbabwe. While you read, you see the differences in culture. This is probably one of the best books I have ever read.
Reviewed by: Grace from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


If We Kiss - by Rachel Vail
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic/Romantic Fiction
- This insane book is about a girl named Charlie who finds herself in a crazy situation: she's falling for a boy who is off limits. Why, you may ask? Well, first: her best friend is completely interested in him and soon after, her friend gets up the nerve to ask him out. And he says yes. Second: as if things weren't bad enough, her mother starts dating her crush's dad. But Charlie can't help but wonder, What would happen if we kiss? What I liked about this book was the voice that it had and how I could relate to it. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read at all and not for specific reasons.
Reviewed by: Cosette from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Looks - by Madeleine George
Five Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Meghan Ball and Aimee Zorn seem like polar opposites in appearance. One uses food to escape the daily miseries of school while the other uses the lack of food. One is skeleton thin while the other is morbidly obese. What do they have in common? They are both so obvious they are invisible. Past secrets, a teacher-student scandal, and a poetry contest gone wrong unite the two girls in a scheme to right the wrongs in their lives. The inside leaflet of the book reads "...as elegantly written as a poem and as painfully honest as your own diary." And boy, is that right. No words I could say...or type...could possibly give a review better that could say it better than that. Greatly recommended.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies - by Sonya Sones
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- When Ruby's mother dies she is forced to travel all the way to Los Angeles, California to live with her super-famous movie star father, Whip Logan, (aka the scumbag who divorced her mom before Ruby was even born) away from her best friend and boyfriend. Hollywood seems like a foreign country to her where she's next-door neighbors with Cameron Diaz, has the room of her dreams, and attends a school where they use gongs instead of bells and take classes like "Dream Interpretation" and "The Films of Steven Spielberg". This book was easy and pleasureable (although sad) to read, written uniquely in free-form poetry and e-mails Ruby sent to her friends as well as deceased mother.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Pepperland - by Mark Delaney
Five Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Star must come to terms with the death of her mother while also managing a strained relationship with her step-father and dealing with school bullies alongside her best friend (turned boyfriend). While cleaning out the garage Star comes across two things that give her a clear path to what she must do: her mother's old Gibson guitar and an old letter from her (at the time, teenaged) mother to John Lennon that was never sent. While her therapist suggests Star should write a song for her mother to help things, Star never finds herself able but knows she will be once she 1) fixes the guitar and 2) hand delivers the letter to the former Beatle himself. This is one of the most beautiful, touching books I have ever read. Loved it.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Skin - by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- At the beginning of the book "Skin", Donnie's sister has died as a result of anorexia. He then goes back and recalls the tragic story of his parent's divorce, his life at the extreme bottom of the social ladder, and his sister's contraction of the eating disorder. On top of the distress Donnie feels every day he feels he has to struggle to personally keep what's left of his family together--make sure Karen is eating, stay in contact with his father, etc. A sad but good story.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Some Like it Hot (The A-List) - by Zoey Dean
Four Star Rating       Teens - Series Fiction
- It's prom season in Beverly Hills. Ben is back from Princeton for the summer--just in time to be Anna's date. That is until Maddy, Ben's family's close friend, becomes their houseguest. Anna's convinced she'll burn their plans. Adam finds out a secret that could easily destroy Cammie's world. Sam agrees to take Parker to prom and they do a lot more than dancing. But she gets a big surprise when her boyfriend Eduardo flies in from Paris to surprise her. Will prom turn out to be a night to remember? You bet. I liked this book because it was funny and got my attention in every chapter. I would recommend this book to anyone because it's so good!
Reviewed by: Cosette from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Stake That! - by Mari Mancusi
Four Star Rating       Teens - Horror/Suspense
- This is the sequel to Boys That Bite. It's about twins Sunny and Rayne. Rayne is a typical goth girl. She loves black and wants to be a vampire but her blood mate accidentally bites Sunny instead. To top it all off Rayne is now next in line for the vampire slayer. Trust me she did not want this. Rayne is supposed to slay the evil person who wants to take down Magus (Sunny's boyfriend, who was supposed to be Rayne's blood mate) and become leader of the blood coven. Magus teams her up with his army general Jereth. Rayne takes down the evil vampire but not before her injects her with a virus that will kill her in three days. I loved this book and I have just recommended it to a friend when she walked in the library.
Reviewed by: Maggie from Parchment Community Library (Michigan)


Tall Cool One (The A-List) - by Zoey Dean
Four Star Rating       Teens - Series Fiction
- This book is about a girl named Anna Percy who needs a break from all the guys in her life. And Samantha Sharpe is on the prowl for one true love. After talking, both decide to retreat to Las Castas, Mexico, the super-luxury spa. They spend the week waterskiing, scuba diving, sunning, and yes, snogging with boys. Will Anna be single forever? And will Sam find true love? I liked this book because it was funny and hard to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone really, it's so charming!
Reviewed by: Cosette from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


The Assassin's Blade - by Sarah J Maas
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- The author did an amazing job bringing the characters to life, it felt like I was right their watching. This prequel is made up of intense action, betrayal of closest friends and amazing adventures.
Reviewed by: Cora from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Best Little Girl in the World - by Steven Levenkron
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Pressured from her family life and aspiration to be a ballerina, Kessa develops Obsessive Compulsive tendencies that eventually turn into anorexia nervosa. With her sister away in a California commune, her brother hiding away from his family at Harvard, and the eating disorder trying her parents' relationship, Kessa is sent to the hospital where a near-death experience mixed with the likes of another anorexic girl there send her on the road to recovery. This book was well written and had a fast moving pace to it. Some of the details were quite gruesome but the overall story is moving.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


The Book Thief - by Markus Zusak
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- Written in the World War II time period, "The Book Thief", takes us through the life of Liesel Meminger, a foster child in the poor part of Germany. An interesting aspect of the book that separates it from others is that it is written from the point of view of Death. Five out of five, would recommend for all those that enjoy a heart-wrenching story.
Reviewed by: Cora from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Boy Book - by E Lockhart
Two Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Ruby Oliver starts off her sophomore year without her close friends who were lost the year before in the "boyfriend list" fiasco. She makes friends with mysterious Noel, becomes closer with her friend Meghan, and undergoes continued therapy for panic attacks she experiences when faced with the subject of her ex-boyfriend. I was not aware of the fact that this book was a sequel to the book "The Boyfriend List" but the author left enough exposition to piece the story together in case you hadn't read it. The story was interesting enough, I suppose, but I found the way the main character thought shallow and frankly annoying. I have not decided if reading it's prequel will be a waste of time.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


The Darkest Minds - by Alexandra Bracken
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- A dystopian tale, were the government has created nationwide camps made specifically for "special" children. The children are kept in these camps until they are "reformed". The story focuses on a girl named Ruby, who has been in the camp for six years, finally escapes to then be turned into the new terrorists, who called themselves the Children's League. Would recommend, but prepare yourself for the possible tears.
Reviewed by: Cora from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Last Olympian - by Rick Riordan
Five Star Rating       Teens - Adventure
- Percy Jackson is half Greek god and half mortal. The Great Prophecy is drawing close. Percy might make a choice to destroy life as we know it, OR save it. I have really enjoyed this series. Percy is a great character. I love how Greek mythology is woven with normal teenagers to create these awesome adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read five books full of funny comedy, sword fighting, Greek gods, and a ton of adventure. Rating 9 out of 10.
Reviewed by: Hannah from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


The Maze Runner - by James Dashner
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- A bunch of male teens wake up in an elevator with no memories other than their name, they are in the center of a maze. Each boy gets assigned a job to do, whether it is runner, running in the maze, or helping the person who takes care of the animals, the animals also get sent up in the elevator. Thomas is the main character in the book, he gets sent up in the elevator and everything goes awry. A female comes up in the elevator only a couple days later, it's usually every month. He is the only person who stays out in the maze a whole night. The Maze Runner made me want to keep reading. It was such a good book and I can't wait to read the second book.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Perks of Being a Wallflower - by Stephen Chbosky
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This book was awesome! I love that I got to read a sort of diary of Charlie's life, and how his friends help him through freshman year. Overall, a great read!
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The V Club - by Kate Brian
Two Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- A group of 4 friends, all seniors in high school, start a virginity club in order to compete for a scholarship where to qualify the reciever must show "purity of spirit and mind." This book was cliched and dragged on and on. The point of view jumped around from person to person which in some cases can be good but in this case was mostly annoying and too much.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Throne of Glass - by Sarah Maas
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- Although this book could be confusing with the information it gave at different points about Celaena's past, it is still very well written. You know that she has done bad things but you still feel sympathy for her and like her. Her fight to survive is thrilling and emotional.
Reviewed by: Kathryn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Twilight - by Stephenie Meyer
Five Star Rating       Teens - Romantic Fantasy
- There were many expectations for Twilight from the people who hadn't read it. These people had heard it was great! entertaining! intriguing! And so much more. This book fulfilled all those expectations! Once I started to read it I couldn't put it down! I read for hours straight! It is awesome and I would recomend it to anyone looking for a thrilling romance!
Reviewed by: Summer from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Unraveling - by Michelle Baldini and Lynn Biederman
Three Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- In the midst of a failing relationship with her family, Amanda Himmelfarb (known as "Himmelfart" by those at school) faces a complicated situation concerning herself and the used-to-be guy of her dreams. While the storyline was interesting to follow the book overall seemed a bit jumbled. At the beginning of (most) chapters, there would be a fortune cookie fortune as well as randomly dispersed throughout passages. On top of that, Amanda would write poems and those would also be mixed in as well as her mother's e-mails that she was reading. While all counterparts were a good idea to put into a book they stopped the flow of the story altogether. I've read worse, I've read better.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Water Fall - by Lauren Kate
Three Star Rating       Teens -
- I was a little disappointed with how short she kept this series, but it is a good book.
Reviewed by: Sam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Children's Reviews - Sorted by Title

Bear in Love - by Daniel Pinkwater
Five Star Rating       Children -
- it is strange that a bear would eat a carrot. It was funny that the bunny at the honey. I like how they become friends.
Reviewed by: Lorelai from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



Because of Winn- Dixie - by Kate Dicamillo
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I really like the book because it's about a really great dog. The dog's name is Winn-Dixie. He was a stray dog that gave a sad little girl lots of love.
Reviewed by: Moira from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Brown Bear, Brown Bear - by Bill Martin and Eric Carle
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I like Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? because every next page I have to sound the words out. At the last page, I have to say them all over again. I like the end because it shows all the animals and what colors they are.
Reviewed by: Jasper from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Girl Online - by Zoe Sugg
Five Star Rating       Children -
- Such a good read! Hook you in and make you want to read it until the very end! The end was very cute as well, and makes me to forward to the sequel!
Reviewed by: Julia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Green Eggs and Ham - by Dr Seuss
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This book has lots of expression. I like expression. The book is about Sam trying to make someone try green eggs and ham. There are good rhymes.
Reviewed by: Brynn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


I Wish I had Duck Feet - by Theo Lesieg
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I like how the boy tries everything. My favorite part is when the policemen find him. I wish I had my own duck feet!
Reviewed by: Lorelai from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Leonardo the Terrible Monster - by Mo Willems
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I liked Leonardo the Terrible Monster because I liked the page that had a lot of words. I like the book cover of Leonardo the Terrible Monster.
Reviewed by: Jasper from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Pigs Make Me Sneeze - by Mo Willems
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I liked when Elephant found out he had a cold and was not allergic to pigs.
Reviewed by: Dean from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Pippi Longstocking - by Astrid Lindgren
Five Star Rating       Children -
- Pippi's parents died. Pippi lives alone in Villa Villekulla. Pippi is a lifesaver.
Reviewed by: Carissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - by Mildred Taylor
Four Star Rating       Children -
- This book was during the Civil War in the 1930's. I liked how the Logan family did not care what the whites thought of them. I also liked that not all white people felt the same way. Over all, this was a great book.
Reviewed by: Liam from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Tesla's Attic - by Neal Shusterman
Three Star Rating       Children -
- This book was okay but it wasn't exactly what I like to read. It's about kids who find an odd machine that has the power to change their lives. Do they use them for good or bad? Read to find out.
Reviewed by: Grace from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


That is Not a Good Idea - by Mo Willems
Three Star Rating       Children -
- This book ended way different than I thought it would. It was a really funny book. I thought all of the chicks were really cute. I think kids that like surprise endings would like this book.
Reviewed by: Madison from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Enormous Egg - by Oliver Butterworth
Four Star Rating       Children -
- Nice story about Freedom, NH with political undertones. Especially loved the newspaper clipping included with the book talking about naming Laura Bush's dog after the dinosaur in the story. A children's story but link to town is fun.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning - by Chris Colfer
Five Star Rating       Children -
- In the third book of the "Land of Stories", we meet up with Alex and Connor, the fairy godmother's grandchildren, where they battle a two hundred year old army and discover the cause of the war was their own father. This book was a nice and easy read, very enjoyable.
Reviewed by: Cora from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Pointless Book - by Alfie Deyes
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This book may be pointless, but it is tons of fun! Lost of cool things to learn in this book, some of which are very handy! It is perfect for those rainy days when you are stuck inside.
Reviewed by: Julia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


There's a Mouse About the House - by Richard Fowler
Five Star Rating       Children -
- The mouse was looking for food. I like that the mouse goes to the next page. The mouse even went down the clock.
Reviewed by: Wyatt from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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Four Star Rating       Children - Biography
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Reviewed by: Katherine from Gilford Public Library (New Hampshire)


Whatever After Fairest of All - by Sarah Mlynowski
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This book was awesome! Each chapter made me want to keep reading. My favorite part was when Abby and her brother get transported into the fairytale. The author gave great description. I highly recommend this book
Reviewed by: Jaclyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



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Red Handed - by Shelly Bell - See Fiction tab...
Ripped - by Sarah Morgan - See Fiction tab...
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - by Mildred Taylor - See Children tab...
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - by Beth Hoffman - See Fiction tab...
Skin - by Adrienne Maria Vrettos - See Teens tab...
Skin Collector - by Jeffrey Deaver - See Fiction tab...
Some Like it Hot (The A-List) - by Zoey Dean - See Teens tab...
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga - by Pamela Newkirk - See NonFiction tab...
Stake That! - by Mari Mancusi - See Teens tab...
Stiff. Curious LIves of Human Cadavers - by Mary Roach - See NonFiction tab...
Summer Rental - by Mary Kay Andrews - See Fiction tab...
SUPPORT AND DEFEND - by TOM CLANCY - See Fiction tab...
Tall Cool One (The A-List) - by Zoey Dean - See Teens tab...
Tesla's Attic - by Neal Shusterman - See Children tab...
That is Not a Good Idea - by Mo Willems - See Children tab...
The Children Act - by Ian McEwan - See Fiction tab...
The Art of Racing in the Rain - by Garth Stein - See Fiction tab...
The Assassin's Blade - by Sarah J Maas - See Teens tab...
The Best Little Girl in the World - by Steven Levenkron - See Teens tab...
The Book Thief - by Markus Zusak - See Teens tab...
The Boston Girl - by Anita Diamant - See Fiction tab...
The Boy Book - by E Lockhart - See Teens tab...
The Boys in the Boat - by Daniel James Brown - See NonFiction tab...
The Boys in the Boat - by Daniel James Brown - See NonFiction tab...
The Boys In the Boat - by Daniel James Brown - See NonFiction tab...
The Center of the Universe - by Nancy Bachrach - See NonFiction tab...
The Chaperone - by Laura Moriarty - See Fiction tab...
The Children Act - by Ian McEwan - See Fiction tab...
The Darkest Minds - by Alexandra Bracken - See Teens tab...
The Devils Star - by Jo Nesbo - See Fiction tab...
The Enormous Egg - by Oliver Butterworth - See Children tab...
The Golly-Whopper Games - by Jody Feldman - See Fiction tab...
The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning - by Chris Colfer - See Children tab...
The Language of Bees - by Laurie King - See Fiction tab...
The Last Olympian - by Rick Riordan - See Teens tab...
The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy - by Rachel Joyce - See Fiction tab...
The Maze Runner - by James Dashner - See Teens tab...
The Nightingale - by Kristen Hannah - See Fiction tab...
The Northern Lights - by Lucy Jago - See NonFiction tab...
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - by Stephen Chbosky - See Teens tab...
The Pointless Book - by Alfie Deyes - See Children tab...
THE ROSIE PROJECT - by Graeme Simsion - See Fiction tab...
The Signature of All Things - by Elizabeth Gilbert - See Fiction tab...
The Singing Stones - by Phyllis Whitney - See Fiction tab...
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry - by Gabrielle Zevin - See Fiction tab...
The Truth According to Us - by Annie Barrows - See Fiction tab...
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - by Rachel Joyce - See Fiction tab...
The V Club - by Kate Brian - See Teens tab...
The Wright Brothers - by David McCullough - See NonFiction tab...
The Wright Brothers - by David McCullough - See NonFiction tab...
There's a Mouse About the House - by Richard Fowler - See Children tab...
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Throne of Glass - by Sarah Maas - See Teens tab...
To Kill A Mockingbird - by Harper Lee - See Fiction tab...
Top Secret 21 - by Janet Evanovich - See Fiction tab...
Toxic Bachelors - by Danielle Steele - See Fiction tab...
Twice In a Blue Moon - by Patricia Moyes - See Fiction tab...
Twilight - by Stephenie Meyer - See Teens tab...
Unraveling - by Michelle Baldini and Lynn Biederman - See Teens tab...
Watch Me - by Anjelica huston - See NonFiction tab...
Water Fall - by Lauren Kate - See Teens tab...
We Wish to Inform you that Tomorrow we will be Killed with our Families - by Philip Gourevitch - See NonFiction tab...
Welfare Brat - by Mary Childers - See NonFiction tab...
What Alice Forgot - by Liane Moriarty - See Fiction tab...
What Alice Forgot - by Liane Moriarty - See Fiction tab...
Whatever After Fairest of All - by Sarah Mlynowski - See Children tab...
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun - by Peter Godwin - See NonFiction tab...
When Boston Won the World Series - by Bob Ryan - See NonFiction tab...
When I Found You - by Catherine Ryan Hyde - See Fiction tab...
Where They Found Her - by Kmberley McCreight - See Fiction tab...
Where We Belong - by Emily Giffin - See Fiction tab...
Whispers - by Belva Plain - See Fiction tab...
Wicked Charms - by Janet Evanovich - See Fiction tab...
Winter Solstice - by Rosamunde Pilcher - See Fiction tab...
Wool - by Hugh Howey - See Fiction tab...
World Gone By - by Dennis Lehane - See Fiction tab...
Yes Please - by Amy Poehler - See NonFiction tab...