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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)



8/6/2014
1Q84 - by Haruki Murakami
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookDefinitely not a quick beach read, 1Q84 is a richly developed story with an array of characters from all walks of life that are both familiar and repulsive at the same time. Fans of the Science Fiction and Magical Realism genres will appreciate this work. Anyone interested in a Japanese perspective on these writing categories will appreciate Murakami's story. This is a book that requires commitment, as the story progresses at a steady, if sometimes slow pace.
Reviewed by: Gordon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/28/2014
30 Days to Taming Your Emotions - by Deborah Smith Pegues
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookThis was one of the books to read for the month of July at our church. It is comprised of daily chapters dealing with stress, anger, envy, jealousy, perfectionism. I liked this book because it gave personal examples, Bible passages with each chapter. There were many strategies to use to help you with the various emotions written about in the book. The older I get, the more I learn about myself. This can be a great thing or not!
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/25/2014
A Bloody Storm - by Richard Castle
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookThis book was the final book on a 3 part eBook series. Each part was quite short. Fast paced and suspenseful.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/8/2014
A Day No Pigs Would Die - by Robert Newton Peck
Two Star Rating       Children -
BookTOO SAD. Poverty, death of a beloved pet, tragic ending. I have heard of this book for years and when I finally got around to reading it I found I didn't miss much. Worse part- true story.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/30/2014
A River Runs Through It - by Norman McLean
Five Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
BookBrilliant memoir - there's a good reason that it wom awards and was made into a movie. Stunning use of language and metaphor.
Reviewed by: Shari from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/3/2014
A Secret Kept - by Tatiana de Rosnay
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookThis book has several twists and turns and a whole lot of "real life" in between. This is a good beach read that will keep your interest. Other than taking place in France, this is nothing like "Sarah's Key".
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/29/2014
A Short History of Nearly Everything - by Bill Bryson
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookHaving read other Bill Bryson books, this was pretty much what I expected: a lot of information condensed and put into accessible language. While I'm not sure I would have been able to get through it in print form, it did make for an excellent audio book for a long road trip. It was nice to walk away feeling like I'd gained both facts and perspective.
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


6/29/2014
A Time to Keep Silence - by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookVery interesting review of three ancient monasteries in Europe. Focuses on the meaning of silence, meditation and solitude.
Reviewed by: Petula from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/30/2014
A Time to Kill - by John Grisham
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookJohn Grisham really knows how to write about the law and about his part of the world. This book is about the rape of a 10 year old black girl by two no-good white red necks and about the anguished father who shoots them both in the court house. Jake, the young white lawyer who defends him by pleading insanity, has his house burned by the KKK. Grisham vividly portrays the desire to profit from this case by the NAACP, the local ministers, and everyone else.
Reviewed by: lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/7/2014
All Fall Down - by Jennifer Weiner
One Star Rating       Fiction -
BookI found myself unsympathetic to the main character, a young mother who becomes addicted to pills in order to handle her life. Subjecting her daughter and the children of her friends to serious trauma by driving while impaired seemed to be her way of coping with her world. Finally she goes into rehab where she lets you know how superior she is to the other addicts. Apparently she is widely read, but not by me again.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/8/2014
All the Flowers in Shanghai - by Duncan Jepson
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
BookInteresting story of women in China. Lots of history, and traditions. Like the ending - was not expecting the way it ended.
Reviewed by: Brenda 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)


7/24/2014
Americanah - by Chimamanda Adiche
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookPart love story, part globalization tale, part social commentary, part personal journey into cultures of family, nations, races and class, Americanah is both insightful and lyrical, humorous and heartfelt...a dense digestible summer read that will leave you with many things to consider.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/8/2014
Amy and Roger's Epic Summer Detour - by Morgan Matson
Four Star Rating       Teens -
BookThis book is only 4 stars because it starts out too slow in the beginning, and moved too fast in the end. This sad road trip turns when Roger looks for his lost love. Maybe this is why they took the detour. But all things come at a price.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/22/2014
An Infamous Army - by Georgette Heyer
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
BookA Regency novel that covers the battle of Waterloo. With lots of actual correspondence and records that Lord Wellington kept. Interesting portrayal of pre-war British citizens in Brussels on the eve of battle.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/3/2014
An Unlikely Match - by Barbara Dunlop
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
BookThis was a quick, fun read. Sometimes it's great to just read a novel without thinking about the character development, theme, etc. An Unlikely Match was one of those books.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/15/2014
Anansi Boys - by Neil Gaiman
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookI heard about this author when an independent bookstore that I like won via a lottery to have the author come and sign books for his newest release. This bookstore has authors come there a lot but this event for them was a big deal. I had never heard of him but found this older book of his on CD. And I now know what the big deal is. It was great; it was a little bit voodoo/fantasy but the story and characters were so well developed that you bought into it. Story of a son with a strained past relationship with his father that leaves England to return to the states for the funeral. He finds he has a brother, but the brother was created by an old lady that cursedly made the brother out of the son. Fun to listen to with all the different accents.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/15/2014
And Then She Was Gone - by Rosalind Noonan
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookA very fast paced story set in Washington state about a child abduction. The story involves an 11 year old girl who is held for 6 years. The book chronicles the endless search efforts put forth by the parents, the effect on a younger sibling, and the subsequent recovery of the now young adult. It also touches base on therapies used to reintegrate the family.
Reviewed by: sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/18/2014
Another Homecoming - by Janette Oke and T David Bunn
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookGood story about adoption and its effect on the family members as well as the child involved.
Reviewed by: Judy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/8/2014
Any Other Name - by Craig Johnson
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Western
BookGreat Western, telling the story of Sheriff Walt Longmire. TV program based on books (11 vols) but book much better.
Reviewed by: Tom from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/5/2014
Bad Luck and Trouble - by Lee Child
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookVery good, like all of his other books. Read in one sitting!!
Reviewed by: Tom from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/31/2014
Be Careful What You Ask For - by Jeffery Archer
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookThis is the third in a series of interactions between two powerful families-sometimes with tragic results. The series does not need to be read in order but it is a smoother read. The next in the series is promised in 2015.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/3/2014
Beat Until Still: A Mary Ryan Mystery - by Claire M Johnson
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
BookLight summer mystery. This is book 1 in the Mary Ryan mystery series. I listened to the audio book from NH Downloadable and am looking forward to listening to the second book in the series. The characters were interesting and the plot had some unexpected turns.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/18/2014
Behind The Beautiful Forever - by Katherine Boo
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookThis book will make you think; it isn't surprising that this was a NY Times top 10 for 2012. Nonfiction that reads like a novel, this book explores the corrupt, dangerous and depressing lives of families living in a slum outside of Mumbai, India. You won't forget this book.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fiction Reviews - Sorted by Title

1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Definitely not a quick beach read, 1Q84 is a richly developed story with an array of characters from all walks of life that are both familiar and repulsive at the same time. Fans of the Science Fiction and Magical Realism genres will appreciate this work. Anyone interested in a Japanese perspective on these writing categories will appreciate Murakami's story. This is a book that requires commitment, as the story progresses at a steady, if sometimes slow pace.
Reviewed by: Gordon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



A Bloody Storm - Richard Castle
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book was the final book on a 3 part eBook series. Each part was quite short. Fast paced and suspenseful.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Secret Kept - Tatiana de Rosnay
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book has several twists and turns and a whole lot of "real life" in between. This is a good beach read that will keep your interest. Other than taking place in France, this is nothing like "Sarah's Key".
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Time to Kill - John Grisham
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- John Grisham really knows how to write about the law and about his part of the world. This book is about the rape of a 10 year old black girl by two no-good white red necks and about the anguished father who shoots them both in the court house. Jake, the young white lawyer who defends him by pleading insanity, has his house burned by the KKK. Grisham vividly portrays the desire to profit from this case by the NAACP, the local ministers, and everyone else.
Reviewed by: lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


All Fall Down - Jennifer Weiner
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- I found myself unsympathetic to the main character, a young mother who becomes addicted to pills in order to handle her life. Subjecting her daughter and the children of her friends to serious trauma by driving while impaired seemed to be her way of coping with her world. Finally she goes into rehab where she lets you know how superior she is to the other addicts. Apparently she is widely read, but not by me again.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


All the Flowers in Shanghai - Duncan Jepson
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Interesting story of women in China. Lots of history, and traditions. Like the ending - was not expecting the way it ended.
Reviewed by: Brenda from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Americanah - Chimamanda Adiche
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Part love story, part globalization tale, part social commentary, part personal journey into cultures of family, nations, races and class, Americanah is both insightful and lyrical, humorous and heartfelt...a dense digestible summer read that will leave you with many things to consider.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


An Infamous Army - Georgette Heyer
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- A Regency novel that covers the battle of Waterloo. With lots of actual correspondence and records that Lord Wellington kept. Interesting portrayal of pre-war British citizens in Brussels on the eve of battle.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


An Unlikely Match - Barbara Dunlop
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was a quick, fun read. Sometimes it's great to just read a novel without thinking about the character development, theme, etc. An Unlikely Match was one of those books.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I heard about this author when an independent bookstore that I like won via a lottery to have the author come and sign books for his newest release. This bookstore has authors come there a lot but this event for them was a big deal. I had never heard of him but found this older book of his on CD. And I now know what the big deal is. It was great; it was a little bit voodoo/fantasy but the story and characters were so well developed that you bought into it. Story of a son with a strained past relationship with his father that leaves England to return to the states for the funeral. He finds he has a brother, but the brother was created by an old lady that cursedly made the brother out of the son. Fun to listen to with all the different accents.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


And Then She Was Gone - Rosalind Noonan
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A very fast paced story set in Washington state about a child abduction. The story involves an 11 year old girl who is held for 6 years. The book chronicles the endless search efforts put forth by the parents, the effect on a younger sibling, and the subsequent recovery of the now young adult. It also touches base on therapies used to reintegrate the family.
Reviewed by: sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Another Homecoming - Janette Oke and T David Bunn
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Good story about adoption and its effect on the family members as well as the child involved.
Reviewed by: Judy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Any Other Name - Craig Johnson
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Western
- Great Western, telling the story of Sheriff Walt Longmire. TV program based on books (11 vols) but book much better.
Reviewed by: Tom from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bad Luck and Trouble - Lee Child
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Very good, like all of his other books. Read in one sitting!!
Reviewed by: Tom from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Be Careful What You Ask For - Jeffery Archer
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is the third in a series of interactions between two powerful families-sometimes with tragic results. The series does not need to be read in order but it is a smoother read. The next in the series is promised in 2015.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Beat Until Still: A Mary Ryan Mystery - Claire M Johnson
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- Light summer mystery. This is book 1 in the Mary Ryan mystery series. I listened to the audio book from NH Downloadable and am looking forward to listening to the second book in the series. The characters were interesting and the plot had some unexpected turns.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Kate Atkinson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I loved the format of this book, similar to Life After Life, in that it skipped around, telling parts of the stories of four generations of (mostly) women. The pieces were filled in slowly until the larger story of the multi-generational family was complete at the end. I found the writing witty and clever, laughing and gasping at alternate times.
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bleeding Edge - Thomas Pynchon
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- I started to read this book because it had been reviewed positively on PR and PTV--what a disappointment---I did finish it, though it was a struggle at times--it could be me because the street/21 century/computer slang that peppered the story I found very confusing---as my brain tried to decipher what was real and what was imaginary---if you have time on your hands and plenty of time to read, pick it up because it does have some interesting insights---but if you don't skip it.
Reviewed by: jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Book of the Dead - Douglas Preston
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Another ride with the same characters from the author's previous works. Twisty and surprises galore!
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


By Its Cover - Donna Leon
Three Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- The book is the most recent for Donna Leon, she usually has a mystery that holds you just hanging on. However this was not her best book, still a reasonable read. She has a group of characters who are interesting in and of themselves.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Cemetery Dance - Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I really enjoy this series. Well written and a good mystery. Loss of a character in this book drew me in to see the solution and retribution. Always looking for one of their new books.
Reviewed by: Irene 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)


Dark Torr - Diane Mott Davidson
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- A Goldy Schultz mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. This is an older (2006)Goldy Schultz mystery that was fun to revisit.
Reviewed by: sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Devil's Corner - Lisa Scottoline
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- An entertaining murder mystery involving drugs, cops and lawyers. Set in a bad Philly neighborhood that after all the murders are solved, the residents take back and clean up. Not all the cops and lawyers are good guys as deals are struck to further their careers and put framed unfortunates in lock up. Listened to this on CD whilst driving and it made the time pass quickly.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Don't Call it Night - Amos Oz
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Oz is described as Israel's foremost living writer. The book is about Tel-kedar, a small Israeli settlement in the Negev desert. It takes place in 1989 and describes the relationship of Theo and Noa, long time lovers, as well as the odd assortment of people who live there. You feel the desert -the climate- the complications of building a nation out of the desert.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Earthly Possessions - Anne Tyler
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- I was so disappointed with this book because usually I love Anne Tyler books. This book is about a woman taken as a hostage during a robbery. Great plot, however it read like a bad lifetime movie. The main character wasn't likeable and the robber was not threatening. Very slow read.
Reviewed by: Tina from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fall Of Giants - Ken follett
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- World War I through the eyes of characters from England, Germany, France, & Russia.
Reviewed by: Andi from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fine Just The Way It Is - Annie Proulx
Five Star Rating       Fiction - short stories
- Wyoming Stories 3. I have read her 1st and 2nd collections of stories and have loved them all. Listened to this on CD; it is read by a man who sounds a lot like Sam Shepard so they sound as if they are told to you right on a front porch in Wyoming. Two of the stories were a very different departure for her dealing with the subject of the devil. The devil working with his interior decorator getting ready for the influx of people coming; making a special room for a particular shoe designer; bring back Pterodactyls making them out of sparrows with dentists in hell outfitting them with teeth. Very creative storytelling. This is a new book on CD in Freedom's collection.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor - Patrick Taylor
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Light summer reading and as always very relaxing---even though this is a series, you do not have to read them in order, because of the author, going back and forth between the past and present--one of the things that makes these books more interesting is the historical lessons, especially on medical practices.
Reviewed by: jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fourth of July Creek - Smith Henderson
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Social work and survivalists in rural Montana. A good story - events spin right along. Although the unrelieved dysfunctionality of virtually every character can wear a little. I also found the ending a bit haphazard - as if the author got tired and figured "let's wrap this up." I'd recommend it though.
Reviewed by: Barbara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Full of Grace - Dorothea Benton Frank
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Captures all the funny tension of an Italian "Daddy's Girl" who falls in love with - Oh, No - an Irishman. Setting of fabulous islands of coastal Charleston, SC and Hilton Head. Funny and revealing portrait of family life.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Gods Without Men - Hari Kunzru
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- The subject of this book was slightly too far-fetched for me, but most of the time it sucked me in. I really enjoyed the way multiple threads of the story, occurring in different decades and even centuries, were woven together by the end. Seemingly unrelated events were actually linked, though not seamlessly (at least to me), and I wonder what more I would have picked up on if I had read it through again.
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Heat - Stuart Woods
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Another action packed thriller by Woods. I enjoyed this novel and find Stuart Woods' books to be fast reads. This one was no exception and I stayed up late one evening because I couldn't put it down. A great beach read or a rainy day read. I liked the character, Jesse.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


High Five - Janet Evanovich
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Janet's novels are fun, quirky and humorous. I like to read them now and then for a relaxing and carefree read. High Five has a cast of unusual characters who will keep you laughing.This is a Stephanie Plum novel and her mother and grandmother are great. Stephanie's co-worker, Lula is my favorite character. These novels are also fast reading.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Hissy Fit - Mary Kay Andrews
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Great Summer Novel: romance & mystery in a Southern setting.
Reviewed by: Judy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


In Paradise - Peter Matthiessen
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Not an easy book to read. 125 people gather for a weeks pilgrimage at Auschwitz to meditate, pray, and testify(guilt from the Jews who survived, from the Germans who perpetrated this monstrosity, from the Catholics who did not intervene, etc.) They see 2000 pairs of little shoes, sweaters made from human hair and feel guilty that they belong to the same human species. We have not as yet "tamed the inner beast even a little."
Reviewed by: Lee 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)


Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- My favorite book by my favorite author/poet. Thomas Hardy's descriptions of characters, landscapes and scenes are so poetic that you roll the phrases over your tongue as you read them, savoring their flavor. This is one of his more plot-oriented books, but still includes many slower moments where you're brought into the minds of the characters. I've always loved the way Hardy addresses the idea of fate. You feel like you are caught right there with the characters in a doomed situation you can't, or shouldn't, escape. Knowing the outcome certainly doesn't stop me from reading this book over and over!
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Lake News - Barbara Delinsky
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This story demonstrates how an unscrupulous news reporter can invent stories and create turmoil in peoples' lives with incorrect and twisted reporting. Luckily the victim in this story finds another news reporter to combat the lies and attacks.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Local Souls - Alan Gurganus
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A very brilliant writer in terms of plot and narrative. Depicts the souls of Falls River, N.C. with wit and wisdom. A territory I am familiar with.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Lost in the Forest - Sue Miller
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was a great read. The author brings to life adolescent behavior, problems and feelings. You really get to know the character of Daisy who struggles with growing up and the loss of her step father and a sense of loss for her of her own parents through divorce. You also get a feeling for the Dad and his life, losses and triumph. A good beach read or rainy day read.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- An incredible book about quality of life vs length of life. This book is dramatic and keeps you wondering about the outcome until the very end. The book is full of characters you can relate to. Great read!
Reviewed by: Tina from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- You simply cannot go on vacation in Savannah, Georgia without reading this book first. It is a story based on an actual murder that occurs in this quaint southern city. The "characters" in the book are colorful and the city and its culture are described in intimate detail. I found myself noting everything mentioned in the book on my tour of the city which of course included the famous (and absolutely gorgeous) Mercer House which is where "the incident" (as the locals call it) took place. It was a fascinating read and provided much more depth to the story and its characters than the movie. However, it is fun to watch the movie while in Savannah so that you can feel like you are part of the story.
Reviewed by: Jen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Moonlight Mile - Dennis Lehane
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I have read everything that Dennis Lehane has written. His books are always great. This one is actually a sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone. This was another winner and I love that he writes about Boston. I always try to figure out exactly the location he is talking about because he sometimes changes the names of streets, cities, etc.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Moving Target - JA Jance
Five Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- J A Jance continues to be one of my favorite authors. This book was the latest book in her Ali Reynolds series. Ali is a former LA investigating reported who now lives in Sedona. This novel is set in England and Texas. This book includes mysteries on each side of the Atlantic. Ali's finance B plays a prominent role in this book.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker - Jennifer Chiaverini
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Historical Fiction
- Based on fact. Many interesting things about Mary Todd Lincoln.
Reviewed by: Pamela from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


No Turning Back - Tiffany Snow
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I loved this book! A terrific summer read---there is suspense, wonderful romance and the storyline has humor. Just loved it! Thank you Elizabeth for recommending this.
Reviewed by: Donna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


No Turning Back - Tiffany Snow
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I loved this book! A terrific summer read - there is suspense, wonderful romance and the storyline has humor. Just loved it! Thank you, Elizabeth, for recommending this.
Reviewed by: Donna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Definitely an entertaining story with great dialogue and deep messages strewn inside the plot. I loved that since the narrator had some form of mental illness himself, the story took on a dream-like, alternate-reality feel.
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


One Last Dance - Eileen Goudge
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- A story about a dysfunctional family involving murder, suicide and every conceivable occurrence in between.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Historical Fiction
- Orphan Train is a quick read and will make you grateful for all you have in your life, especially family. Although this is fiction, it is based on actual life events. The characters in this book are courageous and I found myself wanting to know everything about them. I won't give it away, but the ending was wonderful and I was sad when I finished reading the book because I wanted more! The section at the end of the book was very interesting and I really enjoyed the short history of the real orphan trains.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
Three Star Rating       Fiction - Historical Fiction
- This book is quite popular right now and reviewed very favorably so perhaps I am missing something. While I liked to learn about the orphan trains of the 1920's, I found much of the novel to be quite bland and predictable. I will go on to see, however, if there is some good non fiction about the topic.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book is about a young Irish immigrant that is put on an orphan train after becoming parent-less. Her journey is filled with tragedy and loss, yet always filled with hope. Amazing book!
Reviewed by: Tina from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Friends had recommended this series for a long time so I finally picked up the first book. The premise is that a woman touches a rock in the Scottish Highlands and it transports her back in time 200 years. I thought the book started off slow and it took me a while to understand the native Scottish dialogue but about 1/3 of the way into the book, I was hooked. There was lots of action/adventure and a sizzling romance that kept me wondering what would happen next. I also enjoyed the Scottish history lesson as my family is of Irish descent so learning about "clan/tribe" life was interesting. The book is 600+ pages but worth the aching arms to read it. Looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
Reviewed by: Jen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Point Of No Return - Tiffany A Snow
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Suspence, Romance
- This is the last book of the Kathleen Turner Series by Tiffany A Snow. I just got done reading the whole series and it was one of the best I've read! It is a Suspense Romance about a women that falls in love with two men and after realizing they're brothers. One man is a lawyer and the other an assassin for hire. The love triangle and the action and suspense makes this book a fast read, you will be hooked right from the beginning! Point Of No Return ends all loose ties and questions and is one of the best of the five books in the series. I suggest to read the entire Kathleen Turner Series!
Reviewed by: Kristi from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Porch Lights - Dorothea Benton Frank
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Recently widowed Jackie and her son leave NYC to recuperate on Sullivan's Island, SC with her mother and the beach and ocean to help them. Great writing ... delightful southern charm and adventure in hurricane season.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Question of Identity - Susan Hill
Five Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- Another book in a series following a family who are all physicians except for one who is a very successful detective and the star of the series.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Reconstructing Amelia - Kimberly McCreight
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Sad story about supposed teen suicide. An o.k. read but plot got a little crazy. There was an emphasis on living with the consequences of our choices that was interesting.
Reviewed by: Brenda from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Red Handed - Gena Showalter
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Aliens have infiltrated earth's communities, and the cops that have to police them have their hands full.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Relic - Doulas Preston and Lincoln Child
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- Creepy! But I did read entire book!! Don't know why!!!
Reviewed by: Beverly from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Reliquary - Doulas Preston and Lincoln Child
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Vincent D'Agosta & Agent Pentergast working together again to solve the mysteries of death in the tunnels of New York. Is it the beast or a homeless person?
Reviewed by: Patricia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Roux Morgue - Claire M Johnson
Four Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- This was the second Mary Ryan mystery. I wish there were more, but there does not seem to be. Mary Ryan is a pastry chef who in this book starts teaching at a culinary school in San Francisco after the restaurant she was working in in the first novel closed. Light summer reading or in my case listening. I download the audiobook from NH downloadable.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Seasons of the Soul - Herman Hesse
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A wonderful companion for Hesse enthusiasts. Provides great insight into Hesse's spiritual and creative predilections and philosophies.
Reviewed by: Shari from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- One of the great classics of Western literature - a great conflation of spirituality, poetry, philosophy, and literature by a Nobel Laureate. This, as well as Hesse's "Steppenwolf" are required reading of the Western Canon.
Reviewed by: Shari from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Skipping Christmas - John Grisham
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- If you've seen Christmas with the Kranks then you already know the story. An older couple decide to skip Christmas and all it entails.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Someone - Alice McDermott
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- The author offers a lifelong story of an Irish Catholic family living in Brooklyn at the end of 1920's. The son is very religious and studious, the daughter questions all that cames her way. There are twists and turns as the family grows dealing with illness,deaths,marrige, children and changes in Booklyn as wellas in the country as a whole.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Songs of Willow Frost - Jamie Ford
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a wonderful book about a Chinese boy who was left at an orphanage, and his hunt for his mother and the truth about the circumstances surrounding his abandonment. It is a work of fiction mingled with historical fact from the late twenties. I have read two other Jamie Ford novels, and they are easy reads, interesting,and they bring you back to that time frame easily.
Reviewed by: sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Star Flight Saga - Ben Bova
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- An interesting saga with a good plot and follow through. I love SciFi and enjoyed this well written tale. Will continue to read his future and past books.
Reviewed by: John from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Strange Bedpersons - Jennifer Crusie
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- 2 stars for the first half although it is completely predictable within the first few pages. 1 star for the rest- just kind of dumb. Cute banter and quick summer read but not much more.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Supreme Macaroni Company - Adriana Trigiani
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- Quit 30 plus pages into the book---reviews had been good, why picked it up, but writing poor---how many times do you have to have a characterization repeated---they were being drummed into me---
Reviewed by: jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Swimming Home - Deborah Levy
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- As prismatic and lyrical as the emotionally undone anti-heroine around whom the story revolves, "Swimming Home" traces the ivy-esque connections that grow and them unravel amongst a group of friends, families and fans on holiday in France.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Sycamore Hill - John Grisham
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Interesting book about a wealthy white man leaving his estate to his black maid who cared for him while he was dying from cancer. He excluded his children from the estate. The family sued to have the will revoked. Expensive legal battle ensues. Young local lawyer is executor. The reason for the will is that the white man's father was responsible for lynching the maid's father and taking his land. Great read.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Sycamore Row - John Grisham
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is the most recent book by Grisham about Jake, the lawyer. Grisham knows his world of the law and Mississippi. This book is about a very wealthy and unattractive white man who dies leaving his money to his black maid and excluding his very unattractive children. Was he of sound mind? Why did he do it? Greed triumphs as all parties retain lawyers at large fees in an effort to declare the will invalid and grab the money. An alcoholic, disbarred and brilliant friend manages to find out the truth of this strange legacy.
Reviewed by: lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Tell Me Lies - Jennifer Crusie
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was better than the last J. Crusie book I read (which was predictable) because I didn't see a lot of things coming but that's because not a lot of it made that much sense.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Tenth of December - George Saunders
Three Star Rating       Fiction - short stories
- I heard of George Saunders after his commencement speech was picked up by the Wall St Journal and went viral. The subject was kindness and it was both funny and poignant. He is a college professor and this book, his latest, is a collection of stories many of which are also poignant but depict society and family members as less than kind. Some of the stories are ADD stream of consciousness ramblings that are not, in my opinion, very good. The book says it is a NYT best seller but that may be an after effect of his speech going viral. There were some good pieces but overall I was disappointed in the collection.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Aviator's Wife - Melanie Benjamin
Four Star Rating       Fiction - historical fiction
- Historical fiction. I heard the author speak through my library in FL and I bought this book. Story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's life. The book is a well written account of her life of which I knew little other than to whom she was married, that her child was kidnapped, and that she was an author. She was way more than that; an aviator herself and served as crew for her husband after his famous first flight across the ocean. The book also brings out the not so charming part of her husband when he was deemed to be a Nazi sympathizer. I plan on reading the author's other historical works.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Book of Life - Deborah Harknesss
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was a fantastic conclusion to the All Souls Trilogy. It's like a grown up version of Harry Potter. Loved it and can't wait to see what Ms. Harkness writes next. I highly recommend that you start with A Discovery of Witches!!!!
Reviewed by: Sarah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Boscombe Valley Mystery - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This story only gets 4 stars because it started out very slow. Other than that, it goes very fast in the middle, with lots of suspense and surprise. This is a good book for teens and adults.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Boy Who Could See Demons - Crolyn Jess Cooke
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- "Shelter Island" meets "Sybil". Interesting novel until the ending. Could have been MUCH better.
Reviewed by: Brenda from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Burgess Boys - Elizabeth Strout
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- An account of the lives and complications of three siblings who are forced to unravel the braided lies and misunderstandings of their relationships when their son/nephew acts out against the Islamic Somalian refugees that have immigrated to their small Maine town.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Just wondering what all the fuss was about, since I wasn't allowed to read this in high school. :) While I found it a quick read, and liked the train- of-thought process of the narrator, I kept expecting more of a plot, or at least something so terrible to justify it being taken off our reading list.
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Circle - Dave Eggers
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Definitely a book to get you thinking about the rights of humans in the digital age. Very interesting story line that is just ominous enough to keep you wondering if it could possibly go further. Also a good unexpected twist at the end!
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- When I started this book, I had no idea that it would end the way it did! I thoroughly enjoyed this BEAUTIFULLY written novel full of sad and funny satire and general observation. The characters try not to be likable, but I found myself rooting for them just the same! Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Enchanted - Rene Denfeld
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book is certainly not for everyone. It takes place in a prison and deals with an effort to find a reason for an appeal from a death sentence. This prisoner wants to die, and you can certainly understand why. The characters all have been horribly abused in the past and the abuse continues in prison with drug use, rape, and beatings being daily events. It is hard to know what is real and what are hallucinations. But it is also beautifully imagined and written. It has received great reviews.
Reviewed by: lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Fiddler - Beverly Lewis
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Not one of my favorite Lewis books. The story started out a little slow for my taste.
Reviewed by: Deidrah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Five Orange Pips - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This was a great short story about superstitions and how Sherlock Holmes can save the day. How can 5 orange pips change a person's life? Read to find out! I would recommend this story to any teenager/adult who wants to be challenged with a good mystery.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Golden Egg - Donna Leon
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- One of a series about Guido Brunetti, a fictional detective in Venice - with maps, meals, and great descriptions of this incredible city. Hard to understand how Venice functions at all with the amount of graft and intrigue that exists.
Reviewed by: lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Goldfinch is a lush rush into the imagery, psychology, and mystery of what it takes to survive a devastating terrorist attack... And go on with a life burdened by secrets and secret guilts while trying to find a path that leads to at least a little lasting light at the end of many twisting tunnels. This is a story and a storyteller not to be missed if you enjoy accompanying wounded protagonists through a cast of compelling characters and challenges as they struggle with their own truths.
Reviewed by: Sylvie 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 House on Tradd Street - Karen White
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- When I first picked this book off the shelf, I was intrigued because it is set in Charleston, SC. I am planning to visit there this winter. Surprisingly, I don't usually read anything about ghosts or paranormal activity, however, I really liked this book. The story blends the ghost line in so well, it didn't feel like a novel about ghosts. I loved the scenery details and house descriptions the vest. The characters were fun and I enjoyed this book.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Lively back-and-forth story of a Southern belle and her slave. Both are independent non-conformists and the story spans the first half of the 19th century.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- As an Austenite,I am puzzled by this book and the idea that the chapters refer to the books of Jane Austen. This is my second time through this; it is enjoyable in its own right, but bears little resemblance to those esteemed novels.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Kingkiller Chronicle: Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A medieval setting, the first in the series, mystery, magic and gripping from the very fist page.
Reviewed by: Mary Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Kingkiller Chronicle: Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- The second in this series, I could not wait to find out more about what was happening to the characters...and had trouble putting it down to go to sleep!
Reviewed by: Mary Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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 Last Original Wife - Dorothea Benton Frank
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Fabulous story of a woman of a certain age who discovers herself, her needs, her soul by leaving the "Barbie" world and living with her brother in historic Charleston, SC. This author draws strong determined, charming, delightful women characters.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Lemon Orchard - Luanne Rice
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a great story. Although this is fiction, it could very likely happen just as Ms. Rice wrote this story. Having lived in Arizona for many years, I am acquainted with the perils the Mexican people face and their desire to come to the U.S. This is a story about documented immigrants, loneliness, loss, and love. I enjoyed this book and think you will too.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Complex interweaving of the post-Ghandi politics of India and the post-adolescent rivalries of siblings as the foundation for a man and his dead brother's widow (now his wife) as they orbit each other's poignant parallel longings for connection and resurrection in Rhode Island.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Matchmaker - Elin Hilderbrand
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A good summer read. The author uses the Massachusetts islands as the book setting so I like reading about life on the island with a good story.
Reviewed by: Dilworth from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- As a former special education teacher, I was intrigued with this book. It was fast reading and fascinating. There are a few subplots which I like. It is a story about grief, family secrets, Down Syndrome, and love. My favorite characters were Phoebe and Caroline. They are both brave, strong characters. Throughout the book, you will be pulled in by them and their strength. This novel was well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Pearl - John Steinbeck
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Having faint memories of this story from high school, I decided to try it again as an audio book. There is a strong lesson in the story and I found myself quite tense the entire time I listened. Not really a great book for keeping at your bedside table, but still worth a read.
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Ranger - Ace Atkins
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Southern Fried Noir as one reviewer described it. Atkins writes a bit in the style of Robert Parker and not surprisingly the Parker estate has chosen him to continue the Spenser novels. Our hero, Quinn, comes home from 6 years in Iran and Iraq to find his home town in Mississippi controlled by drugs. The sheriff, the judge, the whole town seems evil and lost. It's a raucous, violent thriller.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was a wonderfully written book. It was a pleasure to read. The author was very skillful in her description and development of characters in combination with the sensory properties described in her culinary creations.
Reviewed by: Holly from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A very moving story with lots of wonderful themes of finding one's own strength and freedom.
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Serpent of Venice - Christopher Moore
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Vulgar, irreverent, funny, and easily readable, The Serpent of Venice is a solid addition to the collected works of Christopher Moore. Pulling just enough from Shakespeare, Moore winds a tale that is surprising but predictable enough to allow the reader to think they know what is going on just to be fooled on the next page. Fans of Moore will enjoy this, but it is perhaps not the best introduction to his style of storytelling.
Reviewed by: Gordon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I really enjoyed this and the other Cormoran Strike novel. I like that there is very intensive character development. The "twist" is very slowly revealed, and in a way that I didn't guess, but looking back, could have. I'm glad for the news that the series will continue. Note: these are a tiny bit violent and kinda gory.
Reviewed by: Sarah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Sins of the Father - Lawrence Black
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- Good genre writing is never outdated even if the characters are without cell phones. This terse noir mystery novel follows the insightful, gloomy Matther Scudder as he assembles postmortem puzzle pieces into an explanation of the lives and deaths of both victims and murderers.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Sixth Wife (The Wives of Henry VIII) - Jean Plaidy
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Historical Fiction
- This story combined fact with fiction. It was written in the modern dialect, yet it took place over 400 years ago. Somewhat of a romance novel, yet historical. It not only tells the story of Queen Katherine after her husband's death (the king of England) but delves deep into the life of Duchess Catherine (the widow of King Henry's closest friend, Charles) and tells the story through her point of view.
Reviewed by: Jen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Sun and Other Stars - Brigid Pasulka
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- It took me awhile to get into this book. About a quarter of the way through,I really started enjoying it. Not only did I learn about calcio (soccer), I learned Italian phrases and the art of butchery. This is a story about family, loyalty, friendship and love. Lots of interesting characters.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Talisman Ring - Georgette Heyer
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- For a romantic adventure set in Regency England, this is a great book. Engaging characters and witty too. But then, I'm a Georgette Heyer fan.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Talk-Funny Girl - Roland Merullo
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Painful, hopeful, and all too possible. One of those books we read and think, "Oh my God, this is written just for me". The walls that we build to protect ourselves are made of fear... when we take them down, bit by bit, we learn there is much to love.
Reviewed by: Mary Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Third Gate - Doulas Preston and Lincoln Child
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A different style of mystery which kept me in suspense most of the book. Location on body of water with "city" built with floats! Purpose was to find tomb and artifacts buried hundreds of feet underwater!
Reviewed by: Beverly from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Yellow Room - Mary Roberts Rhinehart
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- Great mystery - Kept you guessing till the end. Good story - World War II time period.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Top Secret Twenty-one - Janet Evanovich
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This book is the latest in the Stephanie Plum series. The plot seemed a little more complex than usual and offered a few unexpected turns.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Twelve Years A Slave - Solomon Northrup
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is an incredible story. Many of the accounts of slaves that the author encountered were totally heartbreaking and it was difficult not knowing their fates. The only critique I have is that the end came quickly and felt rushed.
Reviewed by: Katie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Under the Dome - Stephen King
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Not a usual fan of Mr. King's, I picked this up because of the new show. With only names and relationships similar to the show, this is a gripping story of a possible experiment taking place in a small town ... just like ours, and its impact on the people. Do people respond with kindness or greed? Are they fatalistic or optimistic? What happens to us when we face the reality of the end of all we know? Well worth the read!
Reviewed by: Mary Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Vatican Dance - Roland Merullo
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A young Italian/American woman's devout faith in her Church is tested as she is compelled to follow messages she believes she is being given by God. Never questioning God, when she realizes she must face the reality of her Church and the world she lives in face on, it is a life changing event for her. The plan her God has for her will rock the Church, it's followers, and the world at large, to its foundation. Its abrupt ending is exactly as it should be...leaving us with questions of how the future will look.
Reviewed by: Mary Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Vertigo 42 - Martha Grimes
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This is another of her delicious, well written mysteries. It was worth the wait. I love her characters and well written scenes. The plot is a web which leads to the solution and a great ride she gives us.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


W is for Wasted - Sue Grafton
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- A Kinsey Milhone novel with lots of twists and turns. Many of the usual characters found in the Kinsey Milhone books are present.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


What She Left Behind - Ellen Marie Wiseman
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- did not finish the second chapter, before I quit. Vacation is over and I have limited time left to crawl into a book and dwell and this book is not worthy of my precious time. Interesting premise,(I lived close to a state mental hospital and knew people who worked there before it was closed) but poorly executed.
Reviewed by: Jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Whistling Past the Graveyard - Susan Crandall
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book was recommended to me by a fellow patron of the Freedom Public Library as we were looking for a book. I am glad she did! I really enjoyed this novel; the settings, situations and characters were very believable. While the storyline is different, if you enjoyed The Help, you would likely enjoy this book. It takes place in the same period with the same issues and similar writing style.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Winter's Bone - Daniel Woodrell
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- Couldn't finish it. Difficult to read (written in Ozark dialect) and not a whole lot happening. Gave up over 1/2 way through.
Reviewed by: Brenda from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Wonderland - Ace Atkins
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Good summer read, especially if you know the streets of Boston and are aware of the public debate that is still going on gambling and casinos in Massachusetts. Usual Robert Parker stuff nothing mentally challenging but a good excuse to stay on the couch and read.
Reviewed by: jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Historical Fiction
- Year of Wonders is a novel (Historical Fiction) that takes the reader back in time to a small London village in the 1600's, which has been cruelly struck by the black plague. It's a fascinating and imaginative look at the lives of the young and old who have chosen to bravely quarantine themselves and their village, so that they might be able to save their neighboring towns, in the hope of preventing further spread of the deadly and contagious illness.
Reviewed by: Jen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


You Should Have Known - Jean Koreltz
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A family therapist who's published her first book (about women who fail to pick up the warning signs emitted by toxic men) finds out there are some things about her own seemingly perfect spouse that she's missed. Absorbing novel.
Reviewed by: Barbara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


You Should Have Known - Jean Hanff Korelitz
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I really enjoyed reading this one. Part mystery and part commentary on contemporary life in New York. The heroine is a marriage counselor who thinks she is happily married to a wonderful pediatrician who cares for children with cancer. When she finds out that isn't quite the case the mystery unfolds.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


NonFiction Reviews - Sorted by Title

30 Days to Taming Your Emotions- Deborah Smith Pegues
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This was one of the books to read for the month of July at our church. It is comprised of daily chapters dealing with stress, anger, envy, jealousy, perfectionism. I liked this book because it gave personal examples, Bible passages with each chapter. There were many strategies to use to help you with the various emotions written about in the book. The older I get, the more I learn about myself. This can be a great thing or not!
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



A River Runs Through It- Norman McLean
Five Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- Brilliant memoir - there's a good reason that it wom awards and was made into a movie. Stunning use of language and metaphor.
Reviewed by: Shari from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Short History of Nearly Everything- Bill Bryson
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Having read other Bill Bryson books, this was pretty much what I expected: a lot of information condensed and put into accessible language. While I'm not sure I would have been able to get through it in print form, it did make for an excellent audio book for a long road trip. It was nice to walk away feeling like I'd gained both facts and perspective.
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Time to Keep Silence- Patrick Leigh Fermor
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Very interesting review of three ancient monasteries in Europe. Focuses on the meaning of silence, meditation and solitude.
Reviewed by: Petula from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Behind The Beautiful Forever- Katherine Boo
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This book will make you think; it isn't surprising that this was a NY Times top 10 for 2012. Nonfiction that reads like a novel, this book explores the corrupt, dangerous and depressing lives of families living in a slum outside of Mumbai, India. You won't forget this book.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bringing Down The House- Ben Meznich
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This book was not written very well, but certainly kept me on the edge of my seat in places.This true story of the MIT card counting team(s) will keep you intrigued regardless of if you are a gambler or not.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bringing Down the House- Ben Mezrich
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A good read about card counting at blackjack. Although billed as non-fiction, there appears to be some fictional elements.
Reviewed by: Dick from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Carsick- John Waters
One Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Let's just say: I will never watch a movie he made or a movie he was in!!!
Reviewed by: Betsy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Dog Songs- Mary Oliver
Five Star Rating       NonFiction - Poetry
- As straight-forward and endearing as a dog's love, this collection of poems celebrates both the playful and the profound moments that make up life with beloved dogs.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Drop Dead Healthy- A Jacobs
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Great overview of fad diets and exercise routines. Funny and inspiring.
Reviewed by: Sarah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Einstein- Walter Isaacson
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I thought this would be more about his life, but it actually focused more on his theories and with who and how he came up with them. Spoiler alert, he did not fail math, but he did drop out of high school.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Following Atticus- Tom Ryan
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This is the best book I've read this summer so far! Tom, the author of the book, tries to climb all of the 4000 footers in New Hampshire twice in one winter. This book told of death, promises and sorrow. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good true story about a dog and his human friend.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Heads and Beds - A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and so Called Hospitality- Jacob Tomsky
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I really enjoyed this book - it is a quick read that will keep you entertained and may get you to think about hotel experiences moving forward. Having spent some time in the restaurant business, I found this completely believable. I don't know that hotel mini bars will be safe if enough people read this book and you might think twice before you book on an internet site! I laughed at myself a couple of times realizing I have fallen for some of the hospitality tricks of the trade. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


How Good Do We Have to Be?- Harold Kushner
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Very well written book from the 1990's. Discusses guilt and shame beginning with the biblical story of Adam and Eve. As usual, Kushner gives his unique but logical perspective about being human and how making mistakes is part of the human experience. He provides reassurance that God's love will not be lost if we are not perfect. Very applicable in this day and age.
Reviewed by: Holly from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


I See You Made An Effort- Annabelle Gurwitch
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A little uneven, but some fun and funny observations about women hitting their fifties. ("I think we're entering the Eileen Fisher years...")
Reviewed by: Barbara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


If You Want To Write- Brenda Ueland
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Classic work on writing. One of the best books on being bold and finding your voice. Highest recommendations.
Reviewed by: Shari from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Killing Kennedy- Bill O Reilly
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Excellent read. Well written and just the facts, rather than the heresay.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Kitchen Privileges- Mary Higgins Clark
Three Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- I was a little disappointed in this book considering it isn't fictional. I suppose it is more difficult to write about your own life. Mary was very brave and I liked how she turned her life around after the death of her first husband.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty- Diane Keaton
One Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I picked up this book because I'd heard her first memoir was good. This one isn't. She really stretched to make what is essentially a little whining and a few anecdotes into a book. Nora Ephron did this better in "I'm Not Crazy About My Neck". Although the middle-aged-woman-whining-about-how-she-no-longer-looks as a genre has about run its course, I think (hope).
Reviewed by: Barbara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Pops- Terry Teachout
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A complete biography of the life of Louise Armstrong. Well-written and very interesting for any fan of early jazz.
Reviewed by: Richard from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Proof of Heaven- Eben Alexander M D
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Dr. Alexander describes his "near death experience" while in a life-threatening coma, and to say the least, it is a compelling story. What makes this description even more interesting is that Dr. Alexander is a man of science and facts. Whatever your spiritual or religious affiliation, this is a fascinating read.
Reviewed by: Sharon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Random Family- Adrian Nicole Leblanc
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- While this nonfiction book read like a novel and kept my interest, by the end I was exhausted. Reading about the generational culture of crime, poverty and neglect I grew both frustrated and amazed by a value system so far from what I am familiar with.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Reality Check- Donald R Prothero
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This book gives excellent evidence against a lot of the anti-science movements, anti-vaccine, creationism, climate change, etc. There are some instances, however, where the author speaks negatively about something without followup.
Reviewed by: Katie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Self Inflicted Wounds- Aisha Tyler
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Not what it sounds like. The autobiography of a poor Californian, Dartmouth-educated child who grew up to be a stand-up comic. It highlights her many humiliating adventures along the way. I especially like the chapter on the bomeless and on getting into Dartmouth. Funny story.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Seriously....I'm Kidding- Ellen DeGeneres
Two Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- One of the "new" books on CD. Light listening. A bit self indulgent on author's part. Not a lot of content. An interesting piece on why she keeps her shows light-hearted. A piece on kindness was good; but that may be more of a takeoff on George Saunders's popular inauguration speech on kindness a few years ago. Some parts were amusing but not really funny as she can be; read by the author so that was a plus.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Stitches- Lamott
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I enjoyed this as much as "Bird By Bird" - there are golden nuggets of wisdom and insight, as well as humor, thoughtful. A Lamott "must read."
Reviewed by: Shari from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


String Too Short to be Saved- Donald Hall
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A true story of a young boy's summer times spent on his grandparent's farm in Wilmot, NH. Nothing was mechanized at the time, and he was a "city boy," but eventually took over the farm as his second home, as a man.
Reviewed by: Sandy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Team of Rivals- Doris Kearns Goodwin
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Fabulous story of Lincoln's Cabinet - on CD's - with an intro by the author - Fascinating to learn about how Lincoln gathered a smart, savvy group to help him rule.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie- Dan Szczesny
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- For the second time in 2 days a book has turned out not to be what I expected. Not a letdown, just not what I was thinking. Hiking adventures of a mountain climber (peak bagger) and his little neighbor. Cute and interesting, but has been done. Each chapter ends with info about the trail they just climbed - that is useful.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Elephant Whisperer- Laurence Anthony
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This is probably one of the best and most profound books I have read in a very long time. This book made my spirit soar...
Reviewed by: Betsy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Girl with No Name- Marina Chapman
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Every chapter is a cliffhanger. This is an amazing true story. I am waiting for the sequel...my fave summer read so far!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Girl with No Name- Marina Chapman
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I thoroughly enjoyed this woman's amazing story. To have survived all she did at such a young age is truly miraculous. This is a quick read that will keep you intrigued and will likely leave you thinking of the countless abandoned children throughout the world.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Reason I Jump- Naoki Higshida
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This book made me think of others, especially with the bright story at the end. I really enjoyed looking into someone else's life for a while, and saw what their struggles were. After reading this book, I find I understand people and their surrounding better. An unbelievable book, worth a million stars.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Reason I Jump- Naoki Higshida
Two Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I wanted to love this book; it has been on my "list" for almost a year. In the end, I was just happy it was such a short book. Billed as a Rosetta Stone, I found this book redundant, vague and I did not gain any real insight to autism. Perhaps something is lost in the translation.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Wild Muir- Lee Stetson
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Amazing and fascinating stories of John Muir's adventures and discoveries in the West, mainly Yosemite. Short stories.
Reviewed by: Petula from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Tuesdays With Morrie- Mitch Albom
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- After hearing so much about this book I'm glad I finally read it. A true tear-jerker but well worth it.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


When Women Were Birds- Terry Tempest Williams
Five Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- Breathtaking. An amazing work of memoir - I love the creative structure and the way "voice" becomes a central theme.
Reviewed by: Shari 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)


Amy and Roger's Epic Summer Detour - by Morgan Matson
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- This book is only 4 stars because it starts out too slow in the beginning, and moved too fast in the end. This sad road trip turns when Roger looks for his lost love. Maybe this is why they took the detour. But all things come at a price.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Between Shades of Gray - by Ruta Sepetys
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- The book makes you sad because you think back to this stuff and realize it really happened. Also you really feel bad for all the people who went through the stuff that happened in the book.
Reviewed by: Caitlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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)


City of Heavenly Fire - by Cassandra Clare
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- Being the last book of The City of Bones series, it was such an intense read. Reading over 700 pages was awesome but also sad and I really didn't want it to end. But it ended good and it left openings for a new series to come which I am very happy about.
Reviewed by: Brittany from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


City of Heavenly Fire - by Cassandra Clare
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- The 6th edition of this demon-slaying, heavenly sent, epic. Great story-telling as always, must read first 5 books to understand the series.
Reviewed by: Sasha 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)


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)


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 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)


Goddess Interrupted - by Aimee Carter
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- An absolutely amazing sequel to the book Goddess Test. It is an emotional roller coaster and will keep you hooked until the very end. Now I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Reviewed by: Julia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Hollow City - by Ransom Riggs
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- I love these books and can't wait for the third installment! The second in the Miss Peregrines series, these young adult books leave this adult reader wanting more! Creative, original and creepy, they will keep your interest and the pictures make the book.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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)


If I Stay - by Gayle Forman
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- If I Stay is a very nice short read. It was well written and I didn't want it to end. I can't wait to see the movie when it comes out in August.
Reviewed by: Dianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


If I Stay - by Gayle Forman
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- "If I Stay", by Gayle Forman, is a tightly-woven tale that is as relentless in sustaining tension as it is heartbreaking in its portrayal of a young girl with musical promise who has (almost) her entire life ripped away from her in one agonizing moment. I really enjoyed how the author fits almost the entirety of the story into a single day punctuated by flashbacks that help the reader to understand a little bit more about the central character. Early on in the story (post-accident but pre-hospital stay) the author has Mia describing the situation in almost a passive fashion, lending authenticity to Mia's current situation as a "disembodied" spirit. I thought the author did a fantastic job.
Reviewed by: Tim 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)


Insurgent - by Veronica Roth
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- This is the second book to "Divergent." It was a good book overall but I had a hard time getting through it. I did it though. It is filled with lots of information but not as much action as the first to get the book to flow a little faster.
Reviewed by: Dianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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)


Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever - by James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This is the type of book when, since the very first page, or even before you open it you know, this is going to change or control the next couple days of your life. And, since it's in a series, you finish it then absolutely need the next one. This is the type of book that throws you everywhere, so many plot-twists!!
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Maximum Ride: the Angel Experment - by James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This book took me through many twists and turns, most of them very shocking. It was extremely hard to put down once I started reading it. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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)


Second Chance Summer - by Morgan Matson
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- Second Chance Summer tells about how distance can make feelings change over time. It also shows how troubles in a family can change those around them. This is great for any teen who loves to read a sad romance.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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)


Something Like Hope - by Shawn Goodman
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This was a wonderful book about how someone's perspective on life can change over time. It made me cry, then laugh, and I stayed up all night to read. I also learned about other people and how they reacted with their feelings.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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 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 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 False Prince - by Jennifer Nielsen
One Star Rating       Teens -
- This book took me a while to read. It was slow in the beginning. The end was confusing.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Fault in Our Stars - by John Green
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- The book was amazing! It had me on my tippy toes throughout the whole book. It made me smile at the romantic parts, but made me cry at the sad parts.
Reviewed by: Emily from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Last Dragonslayer - by Jasper Fford
Three Star Rating       Teens -
- An entertaining romp for teen readers through a modern world where magic and its wielders have been regulated by legislation and waning powers to jobs like electricians and sewer fixers ... until the dragon's death is predicted ... and a mad grab for real estate ensues. Nothing too literary or riveting, but fun.
Reviewed by: Sylvie 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 Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - by Cassandra Clare
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- A really good Sci-Fi novel! If you like vampires, werewolves, warlocks etc., you will love this book. There's a surprising twist at the end that will leave you wanting to read more.
Reviewed by: Kristi from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Perks of Being a Wallflower - by Stephen Chobsky
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- The book itself was very original. It was made up completely in letters that were written by the main character Charlie, which really made the book different than others I have read. The story itself was very moving, and I recommend it for ages 13+ because it does have some inappropriate topics for young children.
Reviewed by: Julia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Summer I Turned Pretty - by Jenny Han
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- It was a great book that takes place at a beach every summer. A young girl's love that blooms over someone that she's known her whole life. It was worth the read.
Reviewed by: Dianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Summer I Turned Pretty - by Jenny Han
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- I thought this book, The Summer I turned Pretty, was a good read. This book is about a girl named Belly who described her present and past experiences she has at her summer home. It is filled with adventure, love, passion, and courage and I thought it was a great book. Even though the book does take a surprising turn, I thought overall it was a good read. I definitely recommend this book to those who love adventure and romance.
Reviewed by: Brittany 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)


Thirteen Reasons Why - by Jay Asher
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This is one of my favorite books because of its suspense, sympathy and honesty. It helped me understand how I can affect people's lives. I recommend this book for high school students and older because of the strong language, romance, teen partying and suicide plot. I would sometimes close the book twenty times because of the beautiful and painful dialogue. Don't be afraid to reread this book or cry.
Reviewed by: Abby 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)


Waiting For You - by Susanne Colsanti
Three Star Rating       Teens -
- Romantic coming of age from the perspective of a teenager with anxiety/depression issues.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Children's Reviews - Sorted by Title

A Day No Pigs Would Die - by Robert Newton Peck
Two Star Rating       Children -
- TOO SAD. Poverty, death of a beloved pet, tragic ending. I have heard of this book for years and when I finally got around to reading it I found I didn't miss much. Worse part- true story.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



Button Soup - by Walt Disney Productions
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I like that Uncle Scrooge turns good. It is fun when she goes in the stage coach and asks for a hotel. I like how Daisy made the soup with only one button.
Reviewed by: Lorelai from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Cattus Petasatus - by Dr Seuss
Four Star Rating       Children -
- Sit amet felis in hat et latine legere librum. Magnum legimus eramus. Durissima pretium, at in fine! The cat in the hat is fun and difficult to read. It was a great read. Very hard, but worth it in the end.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fancy Nancy Sees Stars - by Jane OConnor
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I like how it teaches me new words. The star cookies look SO tasty! I also like how they got to see a star show in the end.
Reviewed by: Lorelai from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Go, Dog, Go! - by P D Eastman
Five Star Rating       Children -
- It is funny when all the dogs go up into the tree. I like how the bird crosses the street in front of all the dog cars. This is one of my favorite books! I also enjoy hearing about hats.
Reviewed by: Lorelai from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Halfmoon Investigations - by Eoin Colfer
Four Star Rating       Children -
- It was a great book for me to read. Fletcher Moon is 12 years old and is already a private detective. One day he finds out that there are crimes that link together. It was a good read, but the big reveal wasn't as good as I expected it to be.
Reviewed by: Rachel from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


I Love My New Toy - by Mo Willems
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I love when the toy broke. I love when Piggie hugged the toy. I love when elephant made a creepy face.
Reviewed by: Elayna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


I'm Not Cute - by Jonathan Allen
Five Star Rating       Children -
- It is an awesome book. I think everyone should read it. It's so funny. It is about a chick that everyone says is cute but he doesn't like hearing that. Read the book to find out what happens next.
Reviewed by: Madison from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Lego Club China - Magazine - by
Three Star Rating       Children -
- I really likes the Lego Club magazine about Fire China versus Ice China. I liked all the different characters. It was basically awesome.
Reviewed by: Jasper from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Lilly's Big Day - by Kevin Henkes
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I like how she wants to be a flower girl, and won't give up. I'm glad that she was happy, and she was really pretty. This is one of my favorite books!
Reviewed by: Lorelai from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Matched - by Ally Condie
Four Star Rating       Children -
- Matched is a dystopian romance. In Calla's world the society gets to choose who you love, when you die, and where you work. If you like The Giver or The Hunger Games then you will definitely love Matched. I recommend this book for 7th graders and up because of the complex vocabulary. I could not stop reading this book. I dare you to read this book.
Reviewed by: Abby from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Parties & Potions - by Sarah Mylnowski
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I could not stop reading this book! It was a perfect combination of magic comedy and the complexity of a teenage girl's life. It was hilarious. Rachel's double life was very amusing to read about. I could read this book again and again.
Reviewed by: Emily from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Savvy - by Ingrid Law
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This book was really really good! You need to read this. One character is just like me!
Reviewed by: Danielle from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Stargirl - by Jerry Spinelli
Four Star Rating       Children -
- This was a great story about how people change others around them. "Stargirl" shows how you could be different, and it's Okay. Stargirl is a great book and should be a must-read for kids and teens everywhere.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Chocolate War - by Robert Cormier
Four Star Rating       Children -
- "The Chocolate War," by Robert Cormier, was a well-written novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was assigned to read it for school, but liked it so much that I read it in a little over a day. It was a well written book with good descriptions of each character, but is a little outdated as it was written nearly 40 years ago. Despite its age, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read.
Reviewed by: Jeff from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Construction Alphabet Book - by Terry Pallotta
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This book is about trucks and tractors. Nicholas's favorite thing about this book is the wrecking ball and the asphalt reclaimer. Nicholas doesn't like the bulldozer because it doesn't pick up dirt. It just pushes it around.
Reviewed by: Nicholas from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The False Prince - by Jennifer Neilson
Five Star Rating       Children -
- Sage, a 15 year old was thought to be killed by pirates when he was 11, but he survived. He was living as an orphan and one day he was needed again. He came back to receive the throne when the rest of his family died.
Reviewed by: Declan from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The False Prince - by Jennifer Nielsen
Five Star Rating       Children -
- Great plot, a bit slow to start. Very excited for the next one!
Reviewed by: Sarah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Giraffe - by Zebra Books
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I like how the giraffes can camouflage with the prairie. I like how the eyes can see so far because of their long necks. It is funny how the giraffe has to drink with its legs split. In the olden days, they thought the giraffe was a cross between a camel and a leopard.
Reviewed by: Lorelai from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Pigeon Wants A Puppy - by Mo Williams
Four Star Rating       Children -
- I like this book because it is a lesson about wanting something that you don't know enough about.
Reviewed by: Nia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Summer Experiment - by Cathie Pelletier
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This book was a great tale about extraterrestrials and revenge. From brothers to crushes, I really enjoyed how dreams turned into reality and then back again. I enjoyed this book mostly because of the setting in Allagash, Maine. I would reccomend this book to older children and young adults.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Summer Experiment - by Cathie Pelletier
Four Star Rating       Children -
- A nice story for young people about the importance of friends and family. UFO sightings and encounters give the story intrigue and I did google Allagash Abductions and found there are stories there of it having happened! Some lines from the book that I may use are "That was a darn good question. So I ignored it" and the author a few times referred to Allagash as "five hours north of Stephen King". Look forward to the trip to Conway Library to hear the author speak.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Tale of Peter Rabbit - by Beatrix Potter
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I like that Peter Rabbit is different from the other rabbits. I also enjoy hearing about Mr. MacGregor. I really like the snowy cat that looks in the pond.
Reviewed by: Lorelai from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Tales of Beedle Bard - by J K Rowling
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This book was amazing! J. K. Rowling is a great author, and makes it feel like the story has come to life. This book makes your imagination roar! I can't wait to read the rest of her books!
Reviewed by: Emily from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


There's an Owl in the Shower - by Jean Craighead George
Three Star Rating       Children -
- This book is about a kid named Bordan who starts out hating owls because they took his father's job away. Toward the end of the book I learned about forgiveness. I would recommend this book to kids who want to learn more about the environment.
Reviewed by: Liam 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)


Tops and Bottoms - by Janet Stevens
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I like how the bunnies get food from Bear's garden. It's funny when he walked up and got mad. Then he goes and works his garden, never sleeping again.
Reviewed by: Lorelei from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


When the Leaf Blew In - by Steve Metzger
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This story is about a barn full of animals, that a leaf blows into. Nicholas' favorite part of this book is when the cow sneezed and blew the spider into the owl. Nicholas didn't like when the leaf blew in because it made the cow sneeze.
Reviewed by: Nicholas from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Wonder Struck - by Brian Selznick
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This book was really good! I think they should make a third book to this. The part that was really good was when Ben went to go and see her Mom and told her that she misses her.
Reviewed by: Danielle from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



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Twelve Years A Slave - by Solomon Northrup - See Fiction tab...
Twilight - by Stephenie Meyer - See Teens tab...
Under the Dome - by Stephen King - See Fiction tab...
Unraveling - by Michelle Baldini and Lynn Biederman - See Teens tab...
Vatican Dance - by Roland Merullo - See Fiction tab...
Vertigo 42 - by Martha Grimes - See Fiction tab...
W is for Wasted - by Sue Grafton - See Fiction tab...
Waiting For You - by Susanne Colsanti - See Teens tab...
What She Left Behind - by Ellen Marie Wiseman - See Fiction tab...
When the Leaf Blew In - by Steve Metzger - See Children tab...
When Women Were Birds - by Terry Tempest Williams - See NonFiction tab...
Whistling Past the Graveyard - by Susan Crandall - See Fiction tab...
Winter's Bone - by Daniel Woodrell - See Fiction tab...
Wonder Struck - by Brian Selznick - See Children tab...
Wonderland - by Ace Atkins - See Fiction tab...
Year of Wonders - by Geraldine Brooks - See Fiction tab...
You Should Have Known - by Jean Koreltz - See Fiction tab...
You Should Have Known - by Jean Hanff Korelitz - See Fiction tab...