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7/30/2013
Unlikely Pigrimage of Harold Fry - by Rachel Joyce
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookThe main character is a retired male who suffers from an enormous lack of self-confidence. Yet as he walks over 600 miles to be with a woman he had worked with, who now requires hospice care. Harold believes as long as he walks toward Quennie she will live. During his journey he meets any number of people, many of whom offer Harold their stories, whims and woes. In this process he works out so many difficulties he has had to deal with. The book is a saga dealing with crushing circumstances.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



7/19/2013
10th Anniversary (Women's Murder Club) - by James Patterson
One Star Rating       Fiction -
BookTenth in a series (one needn't read the books in order) of a detective/crime novel that also investigates relationships with co-workers, friends, & spouses.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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


7/11/2013
A Crooked Kind of Perfect - by Linda Urban
Four Star Rating       Children -
BookThis was a wonderful book about a soon to be 11 year old who wants to be a famous piano player. Instead, she received an old scratched up wheeze bag organ. I liked this book because Zoe worked her way up to the top wrung of the ladder, impressing everyone each step of the way.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/9/2013
A Delicate Truth - by John le Carre
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookIt is a pleasure to read this author. His descriptions, flow of narrative are first rate. In addition, the topic is relevant to our current time. It deals with the use of contractors to perform duties that have traditionally been the responsibility of the government and the efforts to cover up their mistakes. I highly recommend this and his other books.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/26/2013
A Game of Thrones - by Martin
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookNever a slow moment. The book telling brutal & bloody clash of old families. A-plus book -- would recommend for lovers of the fantasy genre.
Reviewed by: Kaylee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/2/2013
A Million Miles From Boston - by Karen Day
Five Star Rating       Children -
BookA good summer read for girls. It takes place on the coast of Maine.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/9/2013
A Monster Calls - by Patrick Ness
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookThis book was extremely & utterly awesome! At first when I only saw the title and the cover I thought it was a horror story, but it is actually very educational. It teaches that you always should tell the truth. And, that the truth will haunt you until you tell someone.
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/19/2013
A Promise for Spring - by Kim Vogel Sawyer
One Star Rating       Fiction -
BookA really different sort of story-- historical fiction-- fun to read. You sort of know how it will end, but don't spoil it by looking at the last page early!
Reviewed by: Judy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/9/2013
A Secret Kept - by Tatiana de Rosnay
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
BookA brother and sister discover an old family secret while revisiting a childhood vacation town by the sea. In trying to come to terms with the stunning information, they also confront the truth about themselves, their relationships, and the past. This is an entertaining, easy read.
Reviewed by: Joanna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/24/2013
After - by Amy Efaw
Five Star Rating       Teens -
BookI absolutely loved this book! This book was about a girl who did something really wrong and had to be faced with it by going to a detention center for teen girls. During the book, things got really emotional and I got teary eyed because of just the things she did and had to go through now. I recommend this book to anyone who could deal with a very sad story.
Reviewed by: Brittany from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/12/2013
Airman - by Eoin Colfer
Five Star Rating       Children -
BookImagine the best book you've ever read. Multiply it by 10. You are only 1% of the way to understanding how good this book was! It took man's dream of flying and put it into the character's head. This is the most intricately plotted books that you can't summarize it at all without giving away a major plot twist. Yes, this is how many there were!
Reviewed by: Nicholas from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/10/2013
Alex cross, run - by James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookSerial murderers are killing men , women, and children who have certain characteristics. Alex Cross is also being hunted by a man with a deep grudge. Fascinating! And I hate to think these type of people - demented serial killers - really exist!
Reviewed by: Mary from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/11/2013
Almost a Crime - by Penny Vincenzi
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
BookToo long story of betrayal of a women by her best friend and her husband. Not a very satisfying use of my reading time.
Reviewed by: Gere 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)


7/24/2013
American Fuji - by Sara Backer
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
BookQuick and funny. Would you be able to adapt to another culture?
Reviewed by: Elizabeth from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/16/2013
And The Mountains Echoed - by Khaled Hosseini
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookThe same author as 'The Kite Runner', and 'A Thousand Splendid Suns', the authors' word choices make it a beautifully written book. The characters are relatable. It is a good read!
Reviewed by: Tina from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/14/2013
Angel - by James Paterson
Four Star Rating       Teens -
BookAngel was a very good book. Even though Angel is the second to last book of the Maximum ride series it was very good. In this book Max and her crew have to try and save the world from a group of people who brain wash people into wanting save the planet by killing all the humans. Iggy and his girlfriend Ella were both brain washed, they both wanted to save the world but the rest of the crew wouldn't let them. Through out the rest of the book Angel and Max try and save everybody from a convention that would kill all the humans. Towards the ending Angel and Gazman go down into under the convention and try to make sure the bombs wont go off. Angel ends up being left behind after the bomb goes off. Everybody is devastated and leaves.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/10/2013
Are you there Vodka, it's me Chelsea - by Chelsea Handler
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookHilarious memoir. Read it in a day down at the beach. Quick witted and smart.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/16/2013
Ascend - by Amanda Hocking
Four Star Rating       Teens -
BookPart three of a Troll Trilogy. Good vs. evil, love conquers all, etc., etc. however a fun read.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/23/2013
Ascend (Trylle Trilogy) - by Amanda Hocking
Four Star Rating       Teens -
BookThe final book of the trilogy! Wendy has to fight a war, save her friends, family and her mystical village. I have to say I think this one keep me reading because I needed to see how everything was going to turn out. Who wins the war, who ends up together, how does she handle the war?
Reviewed by: tammy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/3/2013
Back to Blood - by Tom Wolfe
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookYou just can't put Tom Wolfe's books down. The action starts on page 1 and doesn't stop until the last page. In between you'll find larger than life characters operating heroically (or not) in a contemporary urban setting (this one is Miami). Wolfe comments on Cuban immigrants' lives, police operations, shady psychiatrists, orgies, modern art fakeries and forgers, all with his signature WHAM BAM descriptors and with lots of sex. What's not to like?
Reviewed by: Peg from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/16/2013
Bad Blood - by John Sanford
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookOne murder investigation leads to another and connects to a religious cult. adult content/ sexual language
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/26/2013
Bad Blood - by John Sanford
One Star Rating       Fiction -
BookOne murder investigation leads to another and connects to a religious cult. *Adult content/ sexual language*
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/24/2013
Bad Monkey - by Carl Hiaasen
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookCarl Hiassen is a crazy, funny author and yet always focuses on serious issues concerning Florida, such as medicare fraud and erecting large buildings not up to code while degrading Florida's natural beauty. Hiaasen can be identified by his strange and wonderful group doing nasty and illegal things but in the end having to pay for their horrid deeds, not always within the law.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fiction Reviews - Sorted by Title

Unlikely Pigrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- The main character is a retired male who suffers from an enormous lack of self-confidence. Yet as he walks over 600 miles to be with a woman he had worked with, who now requires hospice care. Harold believes as long as he walks toward Quennie she will live. During his journey he meets any number of people, many of whom offer Harold their stories, whims and woes. In this process he works out so many difficulties he has had to deal with. The book is a saga dealing with crushing circumstances.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



10th Anniversary (Women's Murder Club) - James Patterson
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- Tenth in a series (one needn't read the books in order) of a detective/crime novel that also investigates relationships with co-workers, friends, & spouses.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Delicate Truth - John le Carre
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- It is a pleasure to read this author. His descriptions, flow of narrative are first rate. In addition, the topic is relevant to our current time. It deals with the use of contractors to perform duties that have traditionally been the responsibility of the government and the efforts to cover up their mistakes. I highly recommend this and his other books.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Game of Thrones - Martin
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Never a slow moment. The book telling brutal & bloody clash of old families. A-plus book -- would recommend for lovers of the fantasy genre.
Reviewed by: Kaylee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book was extremely & utterly awesome! At first when I only saw the title and the cover I thought it was a horror story, but it is actually very educational. It teaches that you always should tell the truth. And, that the truth will haunt you until you tell someone.
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Promise for Spring - Kim Vogel Sawyer
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- A really different sort of story-- historical fiction-- fun to read. You sort of know how it will end, but don't spoil it by looking at the last page early!
Reviewed by: Judy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


A Secret Kept - Tatiana de Rosnay
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- A brother and sister discover an old family secret while revisiting a childhood vacation town by the sea. In trying to come to terms with the stunning information, they also confront the truth about themselves, their relationships, and the past. This is an entertaining, easy read.
Reviewed by: Joanna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Alex cross, run - James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Serial murderers are killing men , women, and children who have certain characteristics. Alex Cross is also being hunted by a man with a deep grudge. Fascinating! And I hate to think these type of people - demented serial killers - really exist!
Reviewed by: Mary from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Almost a Crime - Penny Vincenzi
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Too long story of betrayal of a women by her best friend and her husband. Not a very satisfying use of my reading time.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


American Fuji - Sara Backer
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Quick and funny. Would you be able to adapt to another culture?
Reviewed by: Elizabeth from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


And The Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- The same author as 'The Kite Runner', and 'A Thousand Splendid Suns', the authors' word choices make it a beautifully written book. The characters are relatable. It is a good read!
Reviewed by: Tina from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Back to Blood - Tom Wolfe
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- You just can't put Tom Wolfe's books down. The action starts on page 1 and doesn't stop until the last page. In between you'll find larger than life characters operating heroically (or not) in a contemporary urban setting (this one is Miami). Wolfe comments on Cuban immigrants' lives, police operations, shady psychiatrists, orgies, modern art fakeries and forgers, all with his signature WHAM BAM descriptors and with lots of sex. What's not to like?
Reviewed by: Peg from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bad Blood - John Sanford
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- One murder investigation leads to another and connects to a religious cult. adult content/ sexual language
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bad Blood - John Sanford
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- One murder investigation leads to another and connects to a religious cult. *Adult content/ sexual language*
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bad Monkey - Carl Hiaasen
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- The author has written another extremely amusing book about Florida and its people. The characters are excellent. Although it is a mystery, it is more an amusing book.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bad Monkey - Carl Hiaasen
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Carl Hiassen is a crazy, funny author and yet always focuses on serious issues concerning Florida, such as medicare fraud and erecting large buildings not up to code while degrading Florida's natural beauty. Hiaasen can be identified by his strange and wonderful group doing nasty and illegal things but in the end having to pay for their horrid deeds, not always within the law.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bared to You - Sylvia Day
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was a great book! More of a faster paced love story than 50 Shades of Gray. Can't wait to read the third book. Highly recommend.
Reviewed by: Kim from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Best Kept Secret - Jeffrey Archer
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Very suspenseful. Stayed up late several nights because I just had to find out what was in the next chapter. Ending has me waiting for the next book.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bridesmaid Lotto - Rachel Astor
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was a free download for my Kindle and well, glad I didn't buy it to read. I must say that it was very funny and very lighthearted, but predictable. I enjoyed the characters but didn't like that the cliffhanger will not be revealed unless you read the next book.
Reviewed by: Nancy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Brother Odd - Dean Koontz
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This the third book in 'Odd Thomas' series. Odd has been living as a guest at St. Bartholomew's Abbey, in an attempt to relax and take a break from the world. Odd soon finds out that you can't run away from your destiny; it always finds you. Odd must act and try to save the day before anything happens to the children, nuns, and monks of St. Bartholomew's.
Reviewed by: Andrea from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Calling Me Home - Julie Kibler
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- If you liked The Help, you will probably really like this book as well.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Chasing the devil's tail - David fuller
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- Storyville was a vibrant part of New Orleans at the turn of the Twentieth century. It was a red light district, legal, where two thousand scarlet women ply their trade where cocaine is sold over the counter and rye whiskey flows freely. A killer who murders prostitutes is on the loose. Each killing is marked with a black rose. Creole detective St.Cyr unravels the mystery while one encounters historical characters.
Reviewed by: Mary from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Cold Hit - Linda Fairstein
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- I think I may have found a new series of mysteries to read. Alexandra Cooper, the main character in Cold Hit is an Assistant District Attorney in New York City. The book also features two NYPD detectives. The book kept me guessing.
Reviewed by: sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Confessions of a Murder Suspect - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book by James Patterson was by far the most enjoyable I have read this week. It had a great plot, lots of great twists and there was a lot of funny moments. I couldn't put this book down and I read it in about two days. I loved this book and I recommend this book to those who love mysteries.
Reviewed by: Brittany from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Crusoe's Daughter - Jane Gardam
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- A young girl that we follow getting older, moving through life who establishes a mythical relationship with Robinson Crusoe.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Cuckoo's Calling - Rowling
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- A modern day detective story that kept my interest throughout-- a good summer read-- or early fall for that! Nothing like the Harry Potter series!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Cujo - Stephen King
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I enjoyed reading 'Cujo' by Stephen King. This was my first novel written by King, and I plan to read more. The story was so classic, yet so abnormal; a rabid dog who attacks people.This was my favorite read of the summer so far.
Reviewed by: Jeff 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)


Deadly Stakes - JA Jance
Four Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- This book is the 8th book in the Ali Reynolds mystery series. It is a quick easy read with some interesting surprises. The character development was not strong in this book as it is in many of JA Jance's books. However, I still enjoyed it. Having read all the other books in the series I was familiar with many of the people referred to in the book. Jance provides a brief summary when she introduces people from past books in the series so new readers of the series will not be lost.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Deal Breaker - Harlan Coben
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Deal Breaker was a fictional book written by the award winning writer, Harlan Coben. This book is about a one time investigator, now sports agent who is called up by a one time lover for an additional investigation about the lover's missing sister. Was the sister murdered? Is she a runaway? Will the truth ever be discovered? You have to read to find out!
Reviewed by: Jeff from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Dear Life - Alice Munroe
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I hadn't read anything by this author in awhile, but this collection of stories is wonderful. Her characters are people you could know, and might like to.
Reviewed by: Barbara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Death of an Outsider - M C Beaton
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- When in need of a good mystery, go to one who doesn't fail to entertain you with a good mystery filled with different characters. Beaton comes through with a twist and page turner again.
Reviewed by: IRENE from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Desperate Remedies - Thomas Hardy
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- One of Hardy's more plot-oriented novels, this one got me hooked for sure! Though lacking his typical nuggets of wisdom on fate and destiny, the mystery/detective feel was new and interesting. Plus it's one of the few Hardy novels to have a happy ending!
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Elizabeth Captive Princess - Margaret Irwin
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- The second book in a trilogy, tells of the young life of Queen Elizabeth (princess), whose fears and courage during her early twenties when she is imprisoned in the Tower for Conspiracy to overthrow her sister Mary, the current Queen of England.
Reviewed by: Jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


English Country House Murders - Godfrey
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- I always enjoy a good British mystery. This was wonderful. So many great authors and the fact that they were short stories meant that I had a great selection to choose from and I thoroughly enjoyed them.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Family album - Penelope lively
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Alison appears to be a perfect wife and mother. Along with Ingrid, the au pair, she transformed a shabby Edwardian mansion into a picture of togetherness. The children ,all six of them, all thought their home was the perfect place to grow up. But was it? As the adult children return home,they confront the effects of past choices on their current adult lives. As the family mysteries begin to unravel,each must grapple. With new and different truths sometimes hard to swallow.
Reviewed by: Mary from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fever Dream - Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Three Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- A good summer mystery read. A twisting tale of deceit with unexpected plot answers which turn out to be false. I enjoy the characters of Pendergast and D'Agosta and their interactions, and locations of NY and the Southern States, where they follow the trail of murder and lies.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Final Jeopardy - Linda Fairstein
Four Star Rating       Fiction - mystery
- This is the first book in the Alexandra Cooper series. Cooper is an Assistant District Attorney in the sex crimes unit in NYC. This book starts with the murder of an actress who was staying at Cooper's house on Martha's Vineyard. The descriptions of Martha's Vineyard brought back memories for me. The majority of the book is set in Manhattan. The book kept me guessing until the very end.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Forever Odd - Dean Koontz
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- 'Forever Odd' is the second book in Koontz's Odd Thomas series. Odd Thomas' best friend has gone missing, and the only clue he has is a mysterious woman's voice on the phone. Odd must rely on his gift of "psychic magnetism" to guide him to his friend. Will it be reliable, and will he arrive before it's too late?
Reviewed by: Andrea from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


G0DS and BEASTS - Denise Mina
Three Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This is the second book I have read by Mina and chose it because I was impressed by "The End of the Wasp Season". The Gods and Beasts is not nearly as well planned. There were difficult and awkward connections from one group of characters to the next. However, when she started to integrate these themes (in the final 100 pages)it was an excellent suspense novel. Alex Morrow, the main character, and her fellow policemen/women are thorough and cagey, with success in solving the complicated crimes.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Guilt - Jonathan Kellerman
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- Typical Kellerman mystery: weird people, convoluted mystery, satisfying solution.
Reviewed by: Alan from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Guilt - Jonathan Kellerman
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- The latest in the many Alex Delaware series, it is not up to his usual writing. Alex and Milo Sturgis are the main characters and well developed. The plot is average with a somewhat surprising conclusion. Worth reading.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Home to the Big Stone Gap - Adriana Trigiani
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This must be the second in the series and it would have been better to start with the first one. Easy reading. Nice characters. Would be especially interesting to those of Italian descent who are interested in the Italian migration to America.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Young sisters living in a falling down castle in England struggling with poverty. All turns out well in the the end with some entertaining parts.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


In Search of Eden - Linda Nichols
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A fascinating, true-to-modern-day-life story about people & events we all may know of. I really enjoyed reading this one & want to read more by this author.
Reviewed by: Judy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Inferno - Dan Brown
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Dan Brown is an excellent author. This book is strong in three ways. Its description of Florence, Venice and Istanbul make the book worthwhile just for that. The plot with its many variations and characters who seem to switch from friend to enemy to friend keeps you involved to the point of losing sleep. The third way is the issue of the world population growth that is a key motivating point of the book. It makes one think.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Instructions for a Heatwave - Maggie OFarrell
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- When Dad goes out for a paper and doesn't come back the family reactions begin an unusual tale. Secrets, denials, twisted stories as told by the three siblings and their mother. A good read with twists and turns that make it a worthwhile read.
Reviewed by: Irene 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)


Judgement Call - JA Jance
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This book is #15 is the Joanna Brady mystery series. Reading it felt like catching up with an old friend. One of the things I like about JA Jance is her ability to create interesting characters. She makes me want to know them and their families while seeing how the main character solves the mystery. The end of this book was surprising as there was an added family mystery at the end.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Knockdown - Sarah Graves
Three Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This was an audio book downloaded from NH Downloadable. The book is part of the Home Repair mystery series set in Eastport, ME. There are better mysteries, but these are often available for check out and are entertaining. The main characters a displaced New Yorker who moved to ME and bought an old house that always needs repairs.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Ladies Night - Andrews
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A quick read. Funny and light-hearted. Some insight every now and then on divorce and human emotions.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- She is a good but difficult writer-- judged "brilliant" and splendid by the critics-- she moves back and forth in time and space and I found it frustrating!
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Likely to Die - Linda Fairstein
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This is the second book in the Alexandra Cooper mystery series. As with the other books in the series the mystery is set in NYC and involves the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorneys office. Feinstein is herself a DA in the unit and she includes education about sex crimes in the novel. There are references to rapes, but the book is really a murder mystery. The murder occurred in a large city hospital. There are twist and turns and I was surprised by the ending.
Reviewed by: sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Looking For Me - Beth Hoffman
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book is written by the author of Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. A story about loss and looking. Lots of quirky characters.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- If you like paranormal time travel, WWII, a little romance, and creepy pictures, this is for you! While this is a 'young adult' selection, adults will find it very intriguing-- so happy there will be a sequel (and a movie by Tim Burton)!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- If you enjoy time travel this may be a good choice-- kept me interested but the ending was disappointing.
Reviewed by: Jackie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Mountaneer Dreams - Lauralee Bliss
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Three short romances set in West Virginia. Fun, light reading!
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Northern Borders - Howard Frank Mosher
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I selected this book as I was planning to go to the NH movie premiere of this film at the Barnstormers on June 13. The movie was a film project of a group of college students with a producer and director from Marlboro College in VT. One Tamworth student worked on the film; she and the director were there to discuss the project. The book reads like a collection of short stories with the same characters living in stark VT territory on the border of Canada. If you only get to read one story from it, I recommend "Hannibel Rex". The movie, starring Bruce Dern and Genevieve Bujold, was great and I recommend that the library get it. This book is in Freedom's collection. I enjoyed the writing so much that I am selecting another of his books.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Nothing To Lose - Lee Child
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Another Jack Reacher story. I do read one of these books a year. This one was good but his 61 Hours book, my last read of his, was much better as a mystery. This one is based on Reacher again using his military knowledge to solve a compound plot of an Underground Railroad to get deserters out of the country and into Canada as well as an End Times pastor who controls a town, by owning the plant that recycles war salvage, and plans to create an end times event. I do find that his military/war writings are political and this one is timely based on the war in Iraq and for that reason I would recommend it if you are a Reacher fan and enjoy an infusion of military commentary on things that probably occur that you don't hear much about.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Odd Hours - Dean Koontz
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book is the fourth book in the 'Odd Thomas' series. After leaving the monastery, Odd has settled in Magic Beach, CA. A mysterious girl and an ominous dream lead Odd to stumble upon an intricate plan of evil and destruction. Odd must piece everything together before it's too late; the fate of millions will depend on his actions.
Reviewed by: Andrea from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- From the beginning, Odd Thomas informs you that he will be an "unreliable narrator." This claim kept me guessing until the very last chapter. Odd Thomas is as much of a love story as it is a thriller. This is by far my favorite Koontz book, and I was excited to find out that there is an "odd" series by Koontz.
Reviewed by: Andrea from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Out of Range - C J Box
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- I have read most of his previous books and was disappointed in this one. The plot and characters were not as well developed as previously. He has introduced an anti-big government tone into his books with the EPA as a major villain. He could spend more time on the plot and less on the politics.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Pope Joan - Donna Woolfolk Jones
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Ever think there was a female Pope? This lady who disguises herself is elevated to this position. The book examines the trepidations she encounters as she moves up the ranks of priesthood. Interesting .
Reviewed by: Mary from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Remarkable Creatures - Tracey Chevalier
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- I found this story disappointing after having read & enjoyed two other novels ('Girl With a Pearl Earring' & 'The Lady and the Unicorn') by Chevalier.
Reviewed by: Pietie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Room - Emma Donoghue
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- To 5 year old jack, Room is the world. It's where he and his ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe where jack is meant to be asleep when Old Nick arrives. Room is home to Jack but to ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. This 11 foot space has been his life for seven years! Jack's curiosity builds along with his mother's desperation and she knows that this Room cannot contain either of them much longer. In our present world, we've all heard of kidnappings with subsequent bondage. Read this book to discover the life inside!
Reviewed by: Mary from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A Holocaust story with historical value as it references events that probably really did happen in France. The historical truth was presented as an American reporter digging into the event for a touristy newspaper. From there she found out things about her French husband's family that were never talked about. The family had taken over an apartment from which a Jewish family had been rounded up and taken off to the camps. The little girl had locked her brother in a secret closet, intending to come back for him. She did return but only much later after she escaped and the reporter's family was there when the child's remains were revealed. A good story although extremely sad. Not sure I want to see the movie. Book on CD at Freedom's library.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Snobbery wirh Violence - Marion Chesney
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- A great Edwardian mystery taking place in early 20th century. If you like Downton Abbey, you'll love this one. A wounded vet from Boer war teams up with a naive teenage daughter of an aristocrat to solve murder mysteries with a bit of dry humor thrown in.
Reviewed by: Tom from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Song of the Silent Harp - BJ Hoff
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- The first in a series about the Irish Horrors (famine, etc.) in the 1800's & leading into immigration to the U.S. A fascinating story about a family, their friends, & people who terrorized and hurt them, and others who helped them. Now I just have to read the others in the series!
Reviewed by: Judy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


South of Superior - Ellen Airgood
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- The story arc is familiar, but after a few chapters, I found the charm in these particular characters, and in the books' setting, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I'd recommend it as a friendly read.
Reviewed by: Barbara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


State of Wonder - Ann Patchett
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- I thought it was a bit wordy and I did not like the ending, although it does leave itself open for a sequel.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Stoner - John Williams
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Stoner is one of the most wrenching novels I have read for some time. Characters are presented honestly and clearly, exhibiting an array of human frailities. Williams has honed in on the academic setting with all the issues, quarrels, controversies and pettines. Stoner is a book that stays with you for a very long time.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Sunday at Tiffany's - James Patterson
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- Not his typical murder "who-dunnit". This is a love story that displays the growth and development of the main character. Quick & easy read.
Reviewed by: Gay from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Sweet Tooth - Ian McEwan
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- Loved Any OK setting - book reviews seemed to spoil the reading. Knowing Serena was going to fail made me more intolerant of her stupidity, but the "ultimate twist" was fun.
Reviewed by: Sue from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Tapestry of Fortunes - Elizabeth Berg
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A great read about women's friendships. She wrote "The best things in life have no hard evidence to support them. Hope. Faith. Love."
Reviewed by: Robin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Alchemyst - Michael Scott
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is an awesome book! It takes modern characters & throws them in with legendary characters. It is an interesting mix! I would recommend this book to people who enjoy fantasy & adventure. Also for people who like a story that continues in a series.
Reviewed by: Kathryn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Apple Orchard - Susan Wiggs
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A young woman discovers a family and home she never knew existed. Some romance mixed in, enjoyable!
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Art Forger - Shapiro
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Clare Roth is an artist who is able to duplicate famous artists paintings using sophisticated art methods. She is asked to duplicate one of Degas' famous paintings that has been stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner's museum and discover that this painting, too, is a sophisticated replication. Interesting!
Reviewed by: Mary from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Art Forger - B A Shapiro
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A great suspense read based on one of the greatest museum art thefts in history. Although the work is fiction, it contains interesting detail about how masterpieces are forged with background on the works of Edward Degas and the precarious world of undiscovered artists trying to exhibit their work in a gallery.
Reviewed by: Joanna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Bartender's Tale - Ivan Doig
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Another Montana story by Doig. Great story, and lots of Montana history and ambience.
Reviewed by: Alan from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Best of Us - Sarah Pekkanen
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- A fun, quick beach read-- definitely a 'chick book'. Kind of 'The Big Chill' meets 'The Housewives'.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Blossom Sisters - Fern Michaels
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- Light enjoyable short story involving some elderly sisters, a younger nephew/grandson and his sudden divorce. The business the older ladies start and brings him surprise after surprise.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Bone Garden - Tess Gerritsen
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- An interesting historical mystery that is set in the present, but focuses on a mystery from the 1800's. The mystery is set in and around Boston. I listened it the audio book, but reading the book itself would have allowed me to look back more easily when at times I had trouble keeping all the characters and their connections straight.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Breadwinner - Deborah Ellis
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- I loved that the book took place in Afghanistan and i got to learn about they types of clothes they wear. I liked how I got to see what kinds of food they eat like type of breads and rice. I also liked the whole plot of the story and it was amazing that a girl had to become a boy to support her family.
Reviewed by: Alivia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Burgess Boys - Elizabeth Strout
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A sad novel showing the demise of a family.
Reviewed by: Kathryn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Burgess Boys - Elizabeth Strout
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- After reading "Olive Kittridge" I knew I would read any book by this author. "The Burgess Boys" is a poignant story of a Maine family marred by tragedy. The characters are so beautifully drawn that they could be any of us; you know them instantly, and are familiar with their surroundings, and share their pain during their trials. Somehow things turn out right as time goes on. Just like life.
Reviewed by: Peg from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Confessor - Daniel Silva
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Interesting book plot and characters. The newly elected Pope in the book is strikingly similar to the current Pope although the book was written nine years ago. I plan to read others by this same author.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This was a great book! Nice to see that JK Rowling is back writing exciting and thrilling fiction books for adults, even if it is under a pen name!
Reviewed by: kim from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The End of the Wasp Season - Denise Mina
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A very good but complicated suspence that is cleverly knitted together in the end.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The End of the Wasp Season - Denise Mina
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- First book of this author I have read but I enjoyed it. Characters are well developed and in the end it all ties together.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The False Friend - Mylar Goldberg
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Celia and Dejuna were the ringleaders of a highly competitive group of girls who experienced something horrendous on the way home from school. Celia blocked out what happened but 20 years later her memory of that terrible afternoon returned to haunt her. She is forced to confront the part she played in her best friend's disappearance and returns to her hometown to confess. Her search for the truth has startling and powerful consequences that keeps one reading.
Reviewed by: Mary 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 Harbor - Carla Neggers
One Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- Don't recommend. I stuck with it because I was in a situation where I had nothing else to read. It misses the mark for mystery and is so off in some ways it's comical.
Reviewed by: raetha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was the perfect summer read-- and a pretty quick one at that! It's not long into the story that you may figure out the husband's secret, but you will still enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa 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 Language Of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Loved this book. I must admit that I had to skip to the ending to find out what happened. I never do that. Once I found out the ending, I happily returned to where I left off. Great Book!
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Last Boyfriend - Nora Roberts
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is the second book in the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy. It was typical Nora Roberts. As with the first book in the trilogy it is a romance with a hint of mystery. In this book the Inn that was being renovated, opens and the brother from the first book in the trilogy get married.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Last Song - Nicholas Sparks
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Great Book. A heart-warming story, better than the movie!
Reviewed by: kim from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Lost Husband - Katherine Center
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Great summer beach read. It will make you smile at the end.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Memory Keepers Daughter - Kim Edwards
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Tear jerker! Have tissues nearby. Moving story of the hard truth.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Merry Misogynist - Colin Cotterill
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This book is #6 is the Dr. Siri Pauibaun mystery series. Dr. Pauibuan, is an older (70+ year old)physician who was educated in French, but spent many years in the jungles of Laos. When he was getting read to retire he found himself appoint the national corner of Laos. The series is set in Laos in the mid 1970. This is the second book in the series to which I've listened. I never know what to expect and all the cultural differences, make me want to learn more about Laos and it's history. Dr. Pauibaun and his friends are interesting characters.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Next Always - Nora Roberts
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is the first book in the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy. It was typical Nora Roberts. It is a pleasant, somewhat predictable, light romance with a hint of mystery. The main characters are good looking successful people. The story revolves around the Montgomery family (mother and 3 sons) who are renovating and decorating a historic hotel.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Obituary Writer - Ann Hood
One Star Rating       Fiction -
- I almost passed over this book until I saw the recommendation by author Andre Dubus III on back (House of Sand & Fog, Townie). So glad I took this suggestion! This book kept my interest and I enjoyed the back & forth between 1961 and the earlier part of the century. Good historical perspectives & outright family drama!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Painted Girls - Cathy Buchanan
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book read very well. I liked that it was very much a true story with a few liberties taken by the author.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Perfect Hope - Nora Roberts
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- "The Last Hope" is the third book in the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy. In this book the third Montgomery boy finds love and the identity of the ghost Lizzy's lover is discovered. Like the other books in the trilogy this is a typical light Nora Roberts romance. A pleasant summer read.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Queen of the Big Time - Adriana Trigiani
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- An engaging story about family and love based on the life of a girl living in a small rural town settled by Italian immigrants.
Reviewed by: Joanna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Redbreast - Jo Nesbo
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Very complex story with many characters sometimes making it difficult to keep them straight because of the Norwegian names. Plot does tie together at the end.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Resurrectionist - Matthew Guinn
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- In his first novel Guinn takes us to two times. The 1850s and current time. Set in the South in Georgia at a medical college. He brings us to the practice of grave robbing for medical instruction. How this practice effects both time frames is shown in a gripping tale. I love his writing style and I'm looking forward to his next novel.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The River Swimmer - Jim Harrison
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Two novellas -- the title story involves a young man who is most at home in the water, and sets out to swim from his home in northern Michigan to Chicago via Lake Michigan. This book made me seek out others by this author ('The English Major' is also wonderful). His stories are usually set, in part, in the small towns of northern Michigan and feature characters who mess up in small ways and recover themselves nicely. A wonderful writer!
Reviewed by: Barbara from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley
One Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- Delightful! Tongue-in-cheek mystery solved by the unique eleven year-old sleuth Flavia Sabina De-Luce. Unbelievable fun, but freshen up on your chemistry & vocabulary!
Reviewed by: Sue from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Tiger's Wife - Tea Albright
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is an amazing book. A young doctor, in an unidentified Balkan country, accompanied by a friend goes on a trip to inoculate children in an orphanage. Her grandfather, also a doctor, dies while she is on this mission and this opens up a journey - both physical and emotional- an effort to understand and decipher the secrets and superstitions of her country and her family.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. - Nichole Bernier
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is the author's first novel; I heard her talk about it at a small bookstore. Not an action story. More about the subtleties of relationships with best friends and spouses. Plot line is that a young mother dies suddenly and all her years of journals are left by her will to her BFF not her spouse. By reading them she is found to be someone quite different that her friend knew her to be; and the BFF must decide what is to happen to all her journals. Of course, her time spent going through the journals and agonizing over them puts a strain on her marriage.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Woodlanders - Thomas Hardy
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is my favorite Hardy book so far, and now I read that it was also his. It has the best of all Hardy characteristics: detailed descriptions of scenery, well-developed characters and amazingly insightful "gems" of wisdom scattered throughout.
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Think Twice - Lisa Scottoline
Three Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- A mystery by a prolific author that was not on my must read list until I heard the author speak to a sold out crowd of 400 last winter in FL. She was so entertaining, smart and funny that I decided to give her a try. One of her fans suggested that I try her earlier work where she writes about Bennie Risotto, a lawyer who heads her own firm. This is one of those earlier books. Think Twice is about Bennie and her bad girl twin. From listening to the author, I know that she pulls part of her real life into each book; and she was a lawyer. Not great literature but a well developed and written mystery.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Time Between Us - tamara ireland stone
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was a fantastic book. Time-traveling teenager and a love story. I couldn't put the book down!
Reviewed by: kim from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


To Be Sung Underwater - Tom McNeal
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Interesting reading about if you could go back to your first love.
Reviewed by: Dot from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Trains and Lovers - Alexander McCall Smith
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Four strangers on a train traveling from Edinburgh to London converse about love and their own experiences. He's a wonderful writer and I'm sure this will become a movie.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


TransAtlantic - Colum McCann
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Excellent writer. Very interesting concept following Frederick Douglass, two fliers who are the first to fly across the Atlantic, and George Mitchell, all of whom visit Ireland. The twist is following the stories of several remarkable women that are connected with these men.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


TransAtlantic - Colum McCann
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Excellent!! The author writes so very beautifully that you will reread several portions of the text over and over. Rich characters and a compelling tale.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Travels with Charlie - John Steinbeck
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Read it every couple of years. Always enjoyable. Steinbeck was disillusioned by America at this time, due to his age and the significant transition of the times. Many of his observations seem ahead of the curve which makes much of it pertinent today. Worth reading at least once if not a dozen times, as I've done!
Reviewed by: raetha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Two on a Tower - Thomas Hardy
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- After many Hardy novels, I found the plot twists in this book a bit predictable. The characters were less developed than in some of his other works, especially Swithin, who was just too innocent to be true. However, I still fully enjoyed the tragic story line and hilarious dialect of the locals. Once again, Hardy impressed me with his immense background knowledge (this time of astronomy) which makes the basis of the book so much more believable.
Reviewed by: Jess from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


V is for Vengeance - Sue Grafton
Three Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This was a Kinsey Millhone mystery set in 1988. I listened to the audio book over several weeks and found myself sometimes losing track of the plot. There were a number of story lines that eventuality all came together. The book seemed longer than Grafton's usual books. The book was okay. I note the year the book was set because the lack of cell phones and other technology make the book feel dated.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


We Bought a Zoo - Benjamin Mee
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- We Bought a Zoo is about this family that has father two kids - one's a boy and one's a girl. Well the children's mother died from cancer. So, now they have to manage without their mother. The girl's name is Rosie Mee and the boy's name is Dylan Mee. The father's name is Benjamin Mee and the mother's name is Katherine. Then, about ten years later they look for a new house and they look at like three houses. Then, they find the perfect one, but they don't know that it is a zoo in till they heard a tiger in the backyard. So, they run to the backyard and they decided to buy the house but Dylan is not happy because that is where they grew up. But, they still moved in. When they got there they got settled and Ben met this nice girl who works at the zoo.
Reviewed by: Chelsey from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Wedding Night - Kinsella
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Fun summer read. If you liked her Shopaholic series, check out her newest novel. Funny, quick, and the perfect beach read.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


When it Happens to You - Molly Ringwald
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This kept my interest - a quick beach read. The stories all "connect" to the characters in the opening chapter - a family in turmoil as a result of the husband's infidelity.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Where'd You Go Bernadette - Maria Semple
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Rather slow but funny start yet once I got into the book, I had a hard time putting it down. Screwball mother, privileged neighbors, dysfunctional families, mysterious disappearance makes for an exciting and at times hilarious read.
Reviewed by: Donna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Winter of the World - Ken Follett
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Follett at his best. This is book two of a trilogy. Big book but a great read. Hard to put the book down. Story follows a group of families during the time period of World War Two. Great fiction but the historical information is very accurate. Looking forward to the next book. I highly recommend this book.
Reviewed by: Francis from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Young Bess - Margaret Irwin
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is the story about 16th century Queen Elizabeth I. The story is about her childhood and teen years, and is a combination of of fact and fiction while providing fascinating insight on historical events which took place in Great Britain (as well as other parts of Europe, which is equally as entertaining.
Reviewed by: Jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Z - Teresa Fowler
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Interesting how Zelda changed over the many years included in the book.
Reviewed by: Kate from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Z - A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald - Therese Ann Fowler
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This novel is written from Zelda's point of view. We all know the story of the fabulous "Golden Couple" of the 20's, their beauty, and their excesses. What I didn't know was that there is a lot more to Zelda. She was a writer, a dancer, and a painter. (Look up her work;it's wonderful) According to this interesting and heartbreaking book, Scott undermined, discouraged, and dismissed her work. Not only that, he took credit for some of it! Read this. It's eye-opening.
Reviewed by: Peg from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald - Therese Anne Fowler
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- An unflinching and thoroughly researched portrayal of the woman behind the man, during a period of tremendous change not only for women, but for literature and the popular fiction novel. It is part love story, part tragedy, and a deeply personal retelling of F. Scott and Zelda's relationship - one that leaves the reader in a constant struggle between adoring and hating them both!
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Zoo - James Paterson
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Not the usual James Paterson. No cops or murders. Involves changes in animal behavior and the need for humans to change their behavior to save mankind.
Reviewed by: Michael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


NonFiction Reviews - Sorted by Title

Are you there Vodka, it's me Chelsea- Chelsea Handler
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Hilarious memoir. Read it in a day down at the beach. Quick witted and smart.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



Bloom- Kelle Hampton
Five Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- A beautiful story about a mom and her new baby with Down Syndrome. Kellie has a blog that also tells her story. She is an awesome photographer.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Currency Wars - James Rickards
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Author brought title into mainstream language, but I don't think we the people get the consequences on our savings, wealth, & future. Governments, led by the U.S.A., are cheapening the currency intentionally to increase our exports. More + more dollars printed "out of this air", backed by nothing tangible (like gold) will always, and have always, in the past, led to monetary disaster for you and me.
Reviewed by: Kevin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim- David Sedaris
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- One of my favorite authors; exceptionally witty. I experienced this book on CD as read by the author which, in my option, is the only way to "read" his works as his delivery and tone add so much to his work; not all authors can read their work well. This book is now my favorite of his as it is so personal; all the tales are about his growing up, his parents and siblings, personal experiences and his life in France with his partner. I especially liked how he imitated his father and brother. This book in CD version is available in Freedom's library.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fry Chronicles- Stephen Fry
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - biography
- Stephen Fry is an accomplished actor. But I didn't know of his other talents. Such as his award winning play "Me and My Gal" which he wrote for the London stage as well as Broadway. This is an honest no holds bared biography. I enjoyed this book and would recommend to any of his fans.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


journalution- sandy grason
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I read the book to learn more about journaling which i do not do. I would imagine the book would be very helpful for those interested in starting to journal or those who might want to explore ways to get more out of journaling. It did not inspire me to start journaling right now, but if I did I think my journal would be more helpful than when I've tried to use them in the past.
Reviewed by: sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Lady at the OK Corral- Ann Kirschner
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A very interesting biography of Josephine Marcus Earp, who was married to Wyatt Earp for almost 50 years. It's the story of a very flamboyant, adventurous woman who dared to live outside the social confines for women during the late 1800's. The book also relates some interesting detail about the wild west & the alaskan gold rush.
Reviewed by: Joanna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


My Beloved World- Sonia Sotomayor
Four Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- A very candid, thought-provoking memoir of the life of a remarkable woman.
Reviewed by: Peggy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Neurodiversity in the Classroom- Thomas Armstrong
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A book for teachers and parents about looking for and building upon students strengths. It is an easier read than the title implies.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Black Rhinos of Namibia- Rick Bass
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- The books starts slowly with a lot of philosophizing and few facts about Namibia. There are only three chapters (chapter 2 is 120 pages) and an epilogue. The content jumps around a lot. The second half of the book got more interesting when the author talked about the animals they were seeing and the people they were meeting. The library does not own the book and I do not recommend purchasing it.
Reviewed by: Sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Scary States of America- Michael Teitelbaum
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This is a fun but scary book. It's fun because you get to learn about all the 50 states and a scary story that's supposedly real for each state. It's scary because when you read the one from your home state or a state you are staying in, that story gives you the chills.
Reviewed by: Joe from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The World Peace Diet- Will Tuttle
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Read about how the food choices you make impact the world around you. A little dated, but good information.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself- Alan Alda
Two Star Rating       NonFiction -
- A lot of his commencement speeches and as such a little preachy. The best part is that I listened to this on CD and it was read by Alan Alda himself. Some interesting material on his perspective on science and his time hosting a Scientific American TV series. Available at the library.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Wheat Belly- William Davis
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Excellent book! Very helpful and enlightening on the state of wheat today and its impact on our health.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Yankee Drover- Asa Sheldon
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Having lived on a farm during my childhood years, I found this book interesting, partly just because of its history of the 1800's. It covers the entire life of the author, and also gives a lot of interesting personal observations and advice of his.
Reviewed by: Judy 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)



After - by Amy Efaw
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- I absolutely loved this book! This book was about a girl who did something really wrong and had to be faced with it by going to a detention center for teen girls. During the book, things got really emotional and I got teary eyed because of just the things she did and had to go through now. I recommend this book to anyone who could deal with a very sad story.
Reviewed by: Brittany from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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)


Angel - by James Paterson
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- Angel was a very good book. Even though Angel is the second to last book of the Maximum ride series it was very good. In this book Max and her crew have to try and save the world from a group of people who brain wash people into wanting save the planet by killing all the humans. Iggy and his girlfriend Ella were both brain washed, they both wanted to save the world but the rest of the crew wouldn't let them. Through out the rest of the book Angel and Max try and save everybody from a convention that would kill all the humans. Towards the ending Angel and Gazman go down into under the convention and try to make sure the bombs wont go off. Angel ends up being left behind after the bomb goes off. Everybody is devastated and leaves.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Ascend - by Amanda Hocking
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- Part three of a Troll Trilogy. Good vs. evil, love conquers all, etc., etc. however a fun read.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Ascend (Trylle Trilogy) - by Amanda Hocking
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- The final book of the trilogy! Wendy has to fight a war, save her friends, family and her mystical village. I have to say I think this one keep me reading because I needed to see how everything was going to turn out. Who wins the war, who ends up together, how does she handle the war?
Reviewed by: tammy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Beastly - by Alex Flinn
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- This book was a modern version of Beauty and the Beast. Although I haven't seen the movie yet, the book used really good details and made me feel like I was there in the story. It's a very interesting and suspenseful book. If you also like romance, this is a good book to read.
Reviewed by: Bonnie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Belles - by Jen Calonita
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- Belles was about a girl who was taken from her home and put to live with her cousins in a rich town. I loved this book because it really got to me that kids who go through this really have a tough time. The book was a good read because it had comedy, adventure, emotion, and it just made me smile. My favorite part was when Isabelle went shopping for a dress and absolutely looked stunning in the first dress she had worn in years. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. Including people who would love a small romance.
Reviewed by: Brittany from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Betrayal - by Gillian Shields
Three Star Rating       Teens -
- Betrayal was the second book to the book called Immortal. In all honesty, I didn't really like this book. There was too much background and not a lot of action. Don't get me wrong, I love background. But there needs to be action and romance for me to love this book.
Reviewed by: Brittany from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Between Shades of Gray - by Ruta Sepetys
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This was a wonderful book that was an 'easy page turner'. It is on my top-10 list, and I would highly recommend it for people who would love to learn about World War II in different countries. I also loved the author's style of writing, and the way she included frequent flashbacks to the way life used to be. Easy 5-star rating!
Reviewed by: Brianna 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)


Catching Fire - by Suzanne Collins
Three Star Rating       Teens -
- This is part two in the Hunger Games trilogy. This story focuses on a special anniversary hunger game, the Quarter Quell, pitting all former hunger game victors against each other. Alliances are formed and no one knows who to trust as there is an underground forming to rebel against the controlling Capital. The main character, Katniss, still has not decided to state her love for either her hometown love Gale or fellow game victor Peeta. This is a young adult series but I do find the story well developed and interesting. It follows the formula as used in the Twilight series and you can see why they are so popular. Waiting for the second movie to be made of this story. Will continue the series by listening (books on CD) to the conclusion.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


City of Glass - by Cassandra Clare
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- It was dramatic. It had some plot twists, but this was one of the best books I have read this summer. I would suggest this to anyone who likes supernatural things.
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Cloaked - by Alex Flinn
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- A suspenseful and exciting fantasy love story. The main character must decide between a princess and all her money or his best friend, who knows him better than any other girl.
Reviewed by: Bonnie 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)


Divergent - by Veronica Roth
Three Star Rating       Teens -
- This is an interesting start to a somewhat promising trilogy. The setting and early plot concepts presented by the book were very interesting but, unfortunately, some of the subplots and stupidity of the main character in some situations was nearly unbearable. There is a subplot relating to the main character's love of a boy she meets which, during the climax of the plot, distracts her for half a minute from preventing the deaths of about fifty people whose lives would have been saved had she, as she had told herself multiple times, not wasted those valuable seconds to kiss her boyfriend. I confess I saw more hope for the rest of the trilogy while I was under the impression the boyfriend was dead. A good read but with reservations.
Reviewed by: Nathanael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Downsiders - by Neal Shusterman
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- What an interesting theory. That a civilization of people live beneath the sewers. Wonderfully written with fast moving plot.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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)


Etiquette & Espionage - by Gail Carriger
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- Very good book! This book can be a little confusing at times, but has a very interesting plot. When I finished, I couldn't wait to read the next book! I was intrigued!
Reviewed by: Kathryn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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


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


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


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


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


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)


Life Eternal - by Vonne Woon
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This book was the second book to a Dead Beautiful series. It was about this girl who finds love and finds her true self and who her parents were as well. I read this book in two days because I couldn't put this book down. It was just amazing! I was a little shocked by the way the book ended but it left on a hanging note. Which means there is another book to the series and I can't wait to read that book. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Reviewed by: Brittany 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)


My Life Next Door - by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This was a wonderful story about a girl and what she wanted. Looks isn't everything & you definitely see it in this book. I would recommend it for any teen who loves romance tied in with courage.
Reviewed by: Brianna 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)


Orphan Train - by Christina Baker Kline
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- A nice story about friendship between a teenager in foster care and an elderly woman who traveled west on an Orphan Train. They have more in common than they think. Takes place in present day Maine.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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)


Raven Rise - by DJ Machale
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- This book was crammed with action ! I enjoy how Machale writes the emotions of the people in the book, the way he writes it seems that the people are real and the scenes are real too.
Reviewed by: Cora from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Reached - by Ally Condie
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This book, Reached, by Ally Condie was an amazing book which included both adventurous and thrill. It was the last book to a trilogy about a fantasy government who tried to control this country but was taken over by the rising. I read this book in about two days and it really sucked me in because there was so much intensity that I just couldn't put this book down. I definitely recommend this book to anyone, including adults.
Reviewed by: Brittany from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Reached - by Allie Condie
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- This was the final book to the Matched Series. It was pretty good but I was expecting much more out of it.
Reviewed by: Dianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Reboot - by Amy Tintera
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- Reboot was the best Science fiction/ book that I have read. It was different. It had a mix of romance and adventure. Usually romance to me isn't that intriguing, but for this book it was, extremely.
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Robin Hood and His Merry Men - by Maude Radford Warren
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- This was a great book telling the real; story of Robin Hood. It was a page-turner, and I couldn't put it down! A great read!
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Seraphina - by Rachel Hartman
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- I love this book! It has a mystery component, but isn't enough mystery to make you crazy! You still want to keep reading. The characters are really interesting and you begin to understand them.
Reviewed by: Kathryn 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)


Soul Thief - by Jana Oliver
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- This is the second book to The Demon Trappers Daughter. This book was really good because it had a lot of action and adventure and that's the type of books I like. The book contains demons and angels and hunters and its just an amazing book. I really recommend this book to anyone who likes demons and angels.
Reviewed by: Brittany 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)


Switched (Trylle Series) - by Amanda Hocking
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- It is a mystery, action, fiction, love story all in one book. This book that will keep you wondering. Wendy was only 6 years old when her mother tried to kill her because she thought she was a monster and not child she gave birth to. Wendy could never understand why her mother thought that, until one day she found out she was as not a typical teenage girl. Wendy finds out that she is not human, but is a troll. Not the troll that everyone reads about, but a troll that has powers that she has yet to even understand. This is not your typical Troll story....
Reviewed by: Tammy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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)


Ten Cents a Dance - by Christine Fletcher
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This was a wonderful book that caught my attention from the first page. It was set in 1949 and told a tale of a girl named Ruby. What I liked most was that it was based on a true story.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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


The 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 Fire - by James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- I was waiting a very long time to read this book and when I had the chance, I couldn't put it down at all! This book was the third book to the Witch and Wizard series and I absolutely loved this book! I recommend reading the series and reading this amazing book! I don't want to give too much away!
Reviewed by: Brittany 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 People of Sparks - by Jeanne Duprau
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- The people of sparks are enjoying life when hundreds of people came. The people say they have been underground in a dying city. The people of sparks help the people of ember and give them food and shelter.
Reviewed by: Matthew from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Scorpio Races - by Maggie Stiefvater
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. It changed narrators between two people which made it quite interesting. It's the type of book where you can predict some of the back story, but the main plot you have no idea what the outcome might be.
Reviewed by: Kathryn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Selection - by Keira Cass
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- The Selection was about a Selection for who would be the next princess. And my mom never thought I would read it but it was a great book. Also I liked the love problems the story had.
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Sorceress - by Michael Scott
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- This was a good book. I didn't feel as compelled to keep reading it as I did during the first book, but it was still very good. However I started to get annoyed at the two main characters. They are being a bit stupid, and not all in a brave stupid way.
Reviewed by: Kathryn 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)


This Is What Happy Looks Like - by Jennifer Smith
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- Great Summer Read for Teen Girls. Takes place in Maine. Fun Summer Read.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Time Between Us - by Tamara Ireland Stone
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- It is a story about 2 teenagers that were never supposed to meet. It is a time traveling love story, I know you're thinking "really a love story?" But it is not a typical love story. There is adventure, mystery and time travel:) You are not going to want to put this book down....
Reviewed by: tammy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Time Quake The Gideon Trilogy - by Linda Buckley Archer
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- The book Time Quake was a very interesting book. Time Quake was a suspenseful book that keeps you guessing. Time quake was very exciting and very adventurous! I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by: rebecca from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Torn (Trylle Series) - by Amanda Hocking
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- Caught between the Human world and the mystical world Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but then things change. She becomes torn between the two worlds and must decide which life she wants. To become a leader of a mystical world or be a every day average human teenager. It is interesting, action filled story that keeps guessing whats going to happen next.
Reviewed by: tammy 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)


Unbreakable - by Kami Garcia
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- Unbreakable was thrilling, romantic, and adventurous. It was one of the best books that I have read this year. This is an extremely good fiction book.
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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)


Unwholly - by Neal Shusterman
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- In the same style of chapter breaks between character viewpoints, Unwholly continues the Unwind trilogy in a way that greatly increases the readers understanding of the futuristic United States in which it takes place. The characters are very well developed but still grow and change over time in a realistic way. New social issues that seem realistic in the context of the book are brought up and developed by this book, and these issues are forced upon the reader who must consider them as the characters do. The reactions of the characters seem to be identical to mine in most aspects, making the characters seem more realistic. Overall, the plot develops nicely and sets the stage for a potentially magnificent conclusion to the series.
Reviewed by: Nathanael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Children's Reviews - Sorted by Title

A Crooked Kind of Perfect - by Linda Urban
Four Star Rating       Children -
- This was a wonderful book about a soon to be 11 year old who wants to be a famous piano player. Instead, she received an old scratched up wheeze bag organ. I liked this book because Zoe worked her way up to the top wrung of the ladder, impressing everyone each step of the way.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



A Million Miles From Boston - by Karen Day
Five Star Rating       Children -
- A good summer read for girls. It takes place on the coast of Maine.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Airman - by Eoin Colfer
Five Star Rating       Children -
- Imagine the best book you've ever read. Multiply it by 10. You are only 1% of the way to understanding how good this book was! It took man's dream of flying and put it into the character's head. This is the most intricately plotted books that you can't summarize it at all without giving away a major plot twist. Yes, this is how many there were!
Reviewed by: Nicholas from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Belly Up - by Stuart Gibbs
One Star Rating       Children -
- 'Belly Up' was o.k. It was mostly about a very popular hippo dying. Many think he was murdered, but only one person can solve the mystery. Read to find out!
Reviewed by: Grace from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Blubber - by Judy Blume
Four Star Rating       Children -
- This was a wonderful book about the saying what goes around comes around. I liked that you could get to know two sides of the story by the time you turned the last page. Great for tweens and early teens!
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Chasing Nikki - by Lacey Weatherford
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I don't know what to say about this book but it was amazing! It was amazing because it was a romance so anyone who loves romance should read this book.
Reviewed by: Catherine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Coraline - by Neil Gaiman
Five Star Rating       Children -
- Coraline was a disturbing book. I think the creepiest part was when Coraline was locked in the mirror with all the dead kids. But it was nice how Good defeats Evil and Good lives happily ever after and Evil is stuck.
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Deep and Dark and Dangerous - by Mary Downing Hahn
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This was one of the best horror stories I have read. It had a great plot twist, how Sissy was Teresa. And how the two sisters (or moms) accidentally killed her just because Sissy wanted the doll that Dulcie through into the water to get Sissy and Claire to stop fighting over the doll.
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Double Identity - by Margaret Peterson
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I liked this book because it is mysterious. Ir is a mystery because this girl has four different birth certificates and thousands of dollars in cash. So anyone who loves mysteries should read this.
Reviewed by: Catherine from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Eight Keys - by Suzanne LaFleur
Five Star Rating       Children -
- A story about a little girl and the mystery of eight keys. A good read about a girl and the unique gift her dad gave her.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Every Day After - by Laura Golden
Five Star Rating       Children -
- A children's novel about a girl determined to help her family during the Great Depression. You will cheer for the main character in this book. Good book for introducing elementary aged girls to this time period in America's history.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - by J K Rowling
Four Star Rating       Children -
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was a very well written book, but in my opinion a very lengthy novel. This is compared to other books in the series, such as book one, which contains a mere 300 pages, rather than 900. However, I did very much enjoy reading the book and plan to finish the rest of the series in the near future.
Reviewed by: Jeff from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Keeper - by Mal Pet
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This book is about a boy who lives in a logging town in South America. One day, while wandering through the jungle, the boy finds a clearing with a goal. On the other side of the clearing was a goal keeper. Throughout the book the keeper teaches the boy how to play in the goal. Later on, the boy wins the world cup and brings it back to the keeper.
Reviewed by: Joe from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Keeping Safe The Stars - by Sheila OConnor
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This is a great kid's novel. If you like stories about kids/siblings figuring out ways to overcome obstacles/survive on their own, you will enjoy this book. Reminded me of the book Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. Takes place in rural Minnesota in the 1970's.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Like Bug Juice On A Burger - by Julie Sternberg
Five Star Rating       Children -
- Great little summer read for girls. The setting is a summer camp. Would be a great book to send along for a week at camp. Illustrations are very cute.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Looking For Me - by Betsy Rosenthal
Five Star Rating       Children -
- A story about a little girl growing up in a large family during the Great Depression. The story is told in poems.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Olive's Ocean - by Kevin Henkes
Four Star Rating       Children -
- This was a good book about a girl named Martha & her vacation with her grandmother, Godbey. Just before she gets packed up to leave, a woman arrives at Martha's doorstep, saying she's the mother of Olive, a girl in her class that just died. There was a note in her diary, talking about Martha. Little does she know, Olive was just like Martha, and they would have been best friends forever.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Project June Bug - by Jackie Minniti
Five Star Rating       Children -
- A great little story about a teacher who makes a difference in the life a troubled student.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Rebel McKensie - by Candice Ransom
Five Star Rating       Children -
- A fun summer read for upper elementary aged girls. It is a story about making the best of a situation (summer) that has not turned out as you wished. Lots of quirky characters in this story.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception - by Wendelin Van Draanen
Four Star Rating       Children -
- This was a great book to read because of it's intensity. "We did it" was the main question of the story, but it was also very funny. I would recommend it to children & teens who would love to read a mystery about a skateboarding girl in high-tops!
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Summer At Forsaken Lake - by Michael Beil
Five Star Rating       Children -
- Great summer mystery for elementary aged kids. Both boys and girls will enjoy this summer read.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The City of Ember - by Jeanne Duprau
Three Star Rating       Children -
- The 'People of Ember' are running out of supplies. Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow are going to save the city. The mayor is stashing all of the stuff for himself.
Reviewed by: Matthew from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Eternity Code - by Eoin Colfer
Four Star Rating       Children -
- This was a slightly depressing read for me because this was an exit point for the Artemis Fowl series, a series I did not read avidly for some reason but is still one of my top favorites. I read an "Advance Reading Copy" which meant that at one time it was probably pretty cool to own but now is just a book that is mostly like the published copy except it has a bunch of spelling errors and a few weird line breaks in the middle of words. Publication errors aside, the book chronicles the fight between Artemis and an American nemesis who outwits Artemis, at least for a short time. The book seemed to be the last in the series until I googled it and found that it was not, and that their were 6 more books. This book had a great plot and people.
Reviewed by: Nathanael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Girls - by Amy Goldman Kass
One Star Rating       Children -
- This is a quick read but a good book about a group of girls who are very popular and invite & exclude girls in & out of their group. I would recommend it to 5th grade & up.
Reviewed by: Grace from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Hanging Hill - by Chris Grabenstain
Five Star Rating       Children -
- The Hanging Hill was the best 322 paged book I have read in a while. Then again this is one of the smallest books I've read in a while. But if you like ghosts I suggest this book.
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Librarian - Little Boy Lost - by Eric Hobbs
Five Star Rating       Children -
- In this story Wesley and Taylor went into the land of Oz. They changed the story so they changed the world. And it was a extremely amazing story, and I'm already on the second book.
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Lost Colony - by Eoin Colfer
Four Star Rating       Children -
- Overall a decent book. The plot opened up a lot of previously unexplored questions but some were unanswered. This was somewhat irksome. Despite this, the plans of some of the characters were absolutely brilliant and made me laugh out loud as I read them. The believable ingenuity of Artemis was especially prominent in this book, and I enjoyed that immensely.
Reviewed by: Nathananel from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Opal Deception - by Eoin Colfer
Four Star Rating       Children -
- As the fourth book in a nine book series this book has to both increase the threat magnitude of the climax and conflict while still leaving room for the remaining five books to expand into. This book does not do that. It uses a fairly gigantic plot element as its climax but also opens up a few doors to smaller, less massive climaxes. Frankly, I prefer this change because having a repetitive plot structure is annoying (one reason I can't stand the Magic Treehouse books). The characters that are introduced in this book are very well rounded and predictable, and that is important both inside of the plot and as a reader.
Reviewed by: Nathanael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Time Paradox - by Eoin Colfer
Four Star Rating       Children -
- Much the same as the previous book, the concepts of quantum physics and time travel continue through the series. I understand the concepts but because they cannot be proven some of the theory seem far fetched. The majority of the paradoxes resolve themselves with the exception of one which may lead into the next book. Overall the book is thorough and includes only a few slightly annoying parts.
Reviewed by: Nathanael from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer - by John Grisham
Four Star Rating       Children -
- When I checked the book out from NH Downloadable books, I was surprised it was only 4 parts when I downloaded the audio book. After listening to the book and looking it up on Amazon, I realize the book is aimed at grades 6-8, thus the shorter length. I did not know Grisham had written any children's books. Even though it was a simple mystery that includes a number of lessons good for children, I was entertained. I thought the book was well done and I like the main character Theodore Boone. I probably should not admit that it would be fun to see what other cases Theodore gets involved in. According to Amazon this was the first book in series.
Reviewed by: Sherry 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)


Three Times Lucky - by Sheila Turnage
Five Star Rating       Children -
- A New Newberry Honor Book for kids. Great summer read, a mystery, full of fun characters. Takes place in the South.
Reviewed by: Karin from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Wonder - by Palacio
Five Star Rating       Children -
- 'Wonder' was honestly the best book I read all year! Its main character is unlike any other boy. He had surgeries on his face when he was a little boy and ever since he has had trouble making friends at school. Will his year at school be an amazing experience or will it be a total disaster? Read it to find out!
Reviewed by: Grace from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Wonder - by PJ Palacio
Five Star Rating       Children -
- The book 'Wonder' is a great read! It shows that you shouldn't judge someone from how they look, but for what kind of person they are. It was a heartfelt book that hooked you until the end.
Reviewed by: Julia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



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The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. - by Nichole Bernier - See Fiction tab...
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The World Peace Diet - by Will Tuttle - See NonFiction tab...
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer - by John Grisham - See Children tab...
Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself - by Alan Alda - See NonFiction tab...
Think Twice - by Lisa Scottoline - See Fiction tab...
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This Is What Happy Looks Like - by Jennifer Smith - See Teens tab...
Three Times Lucky - by Sheila Turnage - See Children tab...
Time Between Us - by Tamara Ireland Stone - See Teens tab...
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Time Quake The Gideon Trilogy - by Linda Buckley Archer - See Teens tab...
To Be Sung Underwater - by Tom McNeal - See Fiction tab...
Torn (Trylle Series) - by Amanda Hocking - See Teens tab...
Trains and Lovers - by Alexander McCall Smith - See Fiction tab...
TransAtlantic - by Colum McCann - See Fiction tab...
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Travels with Charlie - by John Steinbeck - See Fiction tab...
Twilight - by Stephenie Meyer - See Teens tab...
Two on a Tower - by Thomas Hardy - See Fiction tab...
Unbreakable - by Kami Garcia - See Teens tab...
Unraveling - by Michelle Baldini and Lynn Biederman - See Teens tab...
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V is for Vengeance - by Sue Grafton - See Fiction tab...
We Bought a Zoo - by Benjamin Mee - See Fiction tab...
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Wheat Belly - by William Davis - See NonFiction tab...
When it Happens to You - by Molly Ringwald - See Fiction tab...
Where'd You Go Bernadette - by Maria Semple - See Fiction tab...
Winter of the World - by Ken Follett - See Fiction tab...
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Yankee Drover - by Asa Sheldon - See NonFiction tab...
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Z - by Teresa Fowler - See Fiction tab...
Z - A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald - by Therese Ann Fowler - See Fiction tab...
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Zoo - by James Paterson - See Fiction tab...