Booklists and Reviews



Whether it's an exploration of outer space or one's innermost thoughts, the mysteries of the universe or a classic whodunit, there's something for everyone to read this year during Summer Reading Club. Participants are not required to read any particular books for Summer Reading Club; the only requirement is that you have fun reading! However, if you'd like some suggestions for something entertaining or informative, check out the lists below, grouped by intended audience.

Babymouse:mad scientist / by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Babymouse: Mad Scientist
by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

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Imaginative Babymouse's science partner, Felicia the cat, expects her to do all of the work for their report on microscopic creatures, but Babymouse gets help from a pizza-loving amoeba named Squish.

Boy + Bot / by Ame Dyckman

Boy + Bot
by Ame Dyckman

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One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun. But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick. The usual remedies—applesauce, reading a story—don't help, so Boy tucks the sick Bot in, then falls asleep. Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies: oil, reading an instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor help fix him?

Using the perfect blend of sweetness and humor, this story of an adorable duo will win the hearts of the very youngest readers.

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs / by Judi Barrett

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett

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Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers – until the weather takes a turn for the worse.

The Day-Glo brothers:the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand-new colors / Chris Barton

The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors
by Chris Barton

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Describes the discovery of fluorescent paint by Bob and Joe Switzer, who experimented for years before finding the formula for creating colors which could glow in sunlight, a feature which led to the paint being used for safety items around the world.

Edgar Allan Poe's pie : math puzzlers in classic poems / J. Patrick Lewis

Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems
by J. Patrick Lewis

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Borrows themes from famous poems and flips them on their head to create humorous verses and riddles in a collection of math-based problem-solving parodies.

The elephant scientist / by Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson

The Elephant Scientist
by Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson

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Journey to the Namibian desert with Caitlin O'Connell, an American scientist, and witness one of nature's largest, most complex, and most intelligent mammals living today on this earth.

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

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A girl tries to find her fairy godmother who cursed her with obedience.

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The grouchy ladybug / Eric Carle

The Grouchy Ladybug
by Eric Carle

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A grouchy ladybug, looking for a fight, challenges everyone she meets regardless of their size or strength.

A Gust of Ghosts, by Suzanne Harper

A Gust of Ghosts
by Suzanne Harper

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A tween read for [those] who enjoy a mix of spooky and funny family who are paranormal investigators in Austin, Tx.

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Honey, honey, lion!:a story from Africa / Jan Brett

Honey, Honey, Lion!: A Story from Africa
by Jan Brett

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After working together to obtain honey, the African honey badger always shares it with his partner, the honeyguide bird, until one day when the honey badger becomes greedy and his feathered friend decides to teach him a lesson.

How Rocket learned to read / Tad Hills

How Rocket Learned to Read
by Tad Hills

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A little yellow bird teaches Rocket the dog how to read by first introducing him to the "wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet.

Jo MacDonald saw a pond / by Mary Quattlebaum

Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond
by Mary Quattlebaum

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In this version of the classic song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," the farmer's granddaughter discovers the creatures living at a pond. End notes present facts, outdoor activities, and games related to this lively ecosystem.

Leaf Man / Lois Ehlert

Leaf Man
by Lois Ehlert

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A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him.

Me...Jane / Patrick McDonnell

Me…Jane
by Patrick McDonnell

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Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist.

Monster House

Monster House

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Three kids believe the house across the street is alive. Once the neighbor dies, the house becomes evil and the kids work to stop it.

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Mouse Hunt

Mouse Hunt

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A story of two brothers who inherit a string factory and a house, which are both worthless. One brother wants to sell while the other wants to keep [them].

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Naked eggs and flying potatoes : unforgettable experiments that make science fun / Steve Spangler

Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes: Unforgettable Experiments That Make Science Fun
by Steve Spangler

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A collection of easy and entertaining home science experiments from the creator of the popular "Mentos soda geyser" viral video.

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci / Gene Barretta

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci
by Gene Barretta

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Cleverly shows how Leonardo's ideas foreshadowed modern inventions. At once an artist, inventor, engineer, and scientist, Leonardo da Vinci wrote and drew detailed descriptions of what would later become hang gliders, automobiles, robots, and much more.

One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale / Demi

One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
by Demi

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A reward of one grain of rice doubles day by day into millions of grains of rice when a selfish raja is outwitted by a clever village girl.

Pop! : the invention of bubble gum / Meghan McCarthy

Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum
by Meghan McCarthy

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Full of fun historical facts, this book is the true story of how bubble gum was invented.

Red sings from treetops : a year in colors / by Joyce Sidman

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors
by Joyce Sidman

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The names of colors are woven into unrhymed poems that celebrate the seasons.

Robot Zot! / Jon Scieszka

Robot Zot!
by Jon Scieszka

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On a mission to conquer planet Earth, tiny but fearless Robot Zot and his mechanical sidekick leave a path of destruction as they battle kitchen appliances.

Rules, by Cynthia Lord

Rules
by Cynthia Lord

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Amazing book for kids – shows how to deal with difficult situations and the consequences of your actions. I read it every year.

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The secret science project that almost ate the school / by Judy Sierra

The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School
by Judy Sierra

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A boy sends off for "Professor Swami's Super Slime" to use as his science fair project and then has to cope with the funny disaster that follows.

Snowflake Bentley / Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Snowflake Bentley
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

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A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.

The very hungry caterpillar / by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle

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Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep and wakes up a butterfly.

Viking ships at sunrise / by Mary Pope Osborne

Viking Ships at Sunrise
by Mary Pope Osborne

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Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to a monastery in medieval Ireland, where they try to retrieve a lost book while being menaced by Viking raiders.

The watcher : Jane Goodall's life with the chimps / Jeanette Winter

The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps
by Jeanette Winter

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This book traces out the life and career of Jane Goodall as a watcher of English fauna to her adult work as scholar of animal behavior in Africa.

We are in a book! / by Mo Willems

We Are in a Book!
by Mo Willems

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Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

The Wright 3 / by Blue Balliett

The Wright 3
by Blue Balliett

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In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished.

You're a bad man, Mr. Gum! / Andy Stanton

You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum!
by Andy Stanton

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Brave-hearted young Polly attempts to stop mean old Mr. Gum from poisoning Jake, a huge dog adopted by the town of Lamonic Bibber that keeps destroying Mr. Gum's garden, and thus provoking the angry fairy who lives there. Includes a glossary of such English terms as gob and trouserface.

97 things to do before you finish high school / Steven Jenkins and Erika Stalder

97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School
by Steven Jenkins and Erika Stalder

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Discover new places, new people, new hobbies, and open your eyes to the world. Learn about the stuff they don't teach you in high school like how to host a film festival, plan your first road trip, make a podcast, spend a day in silence, or shut down a house party before the police do. Interest, amuse and educate youself – because your life doesn't stop at 3 PM each day, it just gets started.

Athletic shorts : six short stories / by Chris Crutcher

Athletic Shorts
by Chris Crutcher

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A collection of short stories featuring characters from earlier books by Chris Crutcher.

Catching fire / Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins

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By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

The chocolate war : a novel / Robert Cormier

The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier

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A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

Cinder / by Marissa Meyer

Cinder
by Marissa Meyer

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As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Divergent / Veronica Roth

Divergent
by Veronica Roth

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In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Ender's Game / Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card

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Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who? Ender Wiggin is a brilliant, ruthless, cunning, a tactical and strategic master, and a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game. Isn't it?

Ender's Game

Ender's Game

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Very interesting, however, I am still sort of confused as to the ending.

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Enna burning / Shannon Hale

Enna Burning
by Shannon Hale

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Enna hopes that her new knowledge of how to wield fire will help protect her good friend Isi – the Princess Anidori – and all of Bayern against their enemies, but the need to burn is uncontrollable and puts Enna and her loved ones in grave danger. Enna and Princess Isi became fast friends in The Goose Girl, but after Isi married Prince Geric, Enna returned to the forest. Enna's simple life changes forever when she learns to wield fire and burn anything at will.

Enna is convinced that she can use her ability for good – to fight Tira, the kingdom threatening the Bayern borders – and goes on secret raids to set fire to the Tiran camps and villages. But as the power of the fire grows stronger, she is less able to control her need to burn. In her recklessness she is captured by the Tiran army and held captive by a handsome, manipulative young captain who drugs her to keep her under his influence. Can Isi and her old friends Finn and Razo rescue her without sacrificing themselves? And with the fire still consuming her, will Enna find a way to manage the gift that threatens to destroy her?

Fallen angels / Walter Dean Myers

Fallen Angels
by Walter Dean Myers

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Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.

Feed / M.T. Anderson

Feed
by M.T. Anderson

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In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

Forever... : a novel / by Judy Blume

Forever…
by Judy Blume

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Two high school seniors believe their love to be so strong that it will last forever.

Frozen

Frozen

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You know you have seen it at least once! GREAT!

reviewed by a Terry Library teen patron

The giver / Lois Lowry

The Giver
by Lois Lowry

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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

Graceling
by Kristin Cashore

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This is an amazing book about love, triumph, adventure, and determination, and trust. I love this book and I can’t wait to finish reading the rest of the series.

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The great fire / Jim Murphy

The Great Fire
by Jim Murphy

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A young reader's account of the Great Chicago Fire combines archival photographs and drawings with personal accounts by its survivors and carefully researched historical documents.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One

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The next to last installment in the Harry Potter franchise where Harry and his friends set out to find Horcruxes to kill he who shall not be named.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us

Injustice: Gods Among Us

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The graphics were awesome.

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Obsidian (book I of Lux series), by Jennifer Armentrout

Lux (Series)
by Jennifer Armentrout

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Excellent read. Also has ebooks that are not published material that work with the books, but can stand alone. Female and male main characters.

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The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena
by Rick Riordan

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The Mark of Athena really has the meaning of teamwork and thought. Even if the demi-gods/goddesses are from different camps!

reviewed by a Terry Library teen patron

The maze runner / James Dashner

The Maze Runner
by James Dashner

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Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

Mick Harte was here / by Barbara Park

Mick Harte Was Here
by Barbara Park

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Thirteen-year-old Phoebe recalls her younger brother Mick and his death in a bicycle accident.

The Muppets

The Muppets

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I loved the movie. It was a good movie about finding your place and your friends. I just want to know how Richman got a head injury from getting hit in the stomach with a bowling ball.

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My brother Sam is dead / by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

My Brother Sam Is Dead
by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

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Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

Open Season

Open Season

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Good movie about friendship and finding your place in the world.

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The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders
by S.E. Hinton

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The plot was really good and I liked the movie also.

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A boy named Ponyboy, parents die lives with his two older brothers twist in segregation the rich kids the Socies and the less fortunate the Greasers who fight all the time and learn to work with each other at the end.

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The perks of being a wallflower / Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

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A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

Rot & ruin / Jonathan Maberry

Rot & Ruin
by Jonathan Maberry

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In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

Seraphina / Rachel Hartman

Seraphina
by Rachel Hartman

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In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

Ship breaker / by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi

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In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

A single shard / Linda Sue Park

A Single Shard
by Linda Sue Park

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Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak
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A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars
by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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Great story that will take you on an adventure.

reviewed by a Terry Library teen patron

Uglies / Scott Westerfeld

Uglies
by Scott Westerfeld

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Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

Under the never sky / Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky
by Veronica Rossi

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Aria and Perry, two teens from radically different societies – one highly advanced, the other primitive – hate being dependent on one another until they overcome their prejudices and fall in love, knowing they can't stay together.

Wake, by Amanda Hocking

Wake
by Amanda Hocking

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It was a good book but very easy to read. I was able to guess exactly what was going to happen before it happened. It also didn’t have much suspense.

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Wither / Lauren DeStefano

Wither
by Lauren DeStefano

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After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion, by Fannie Flagg

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
by Fannie Flagg

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This book made me laugh a lot. Her characterizations and small details were hilarious. Though [it] had serious themes, [this] was good, relaxing book.

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The Charlemagne Pursuit, by Steve Berry

The Charlemagne Pursuit
by Steve Berry

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I love history and historical fiction and all the "history" that was unearthed by the characters was plausible.

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The Color of Magic, by Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic
by Terry Pratchett

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Parody like [those] used with Mark Twain and Douglas Adams. Have fun with reading!

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The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank

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Great, emotional read and reminder not to take life and freedom for granted.

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I loved this book! It is very interesting and shows a lot of insight. I have gained new intellect and knowledge.

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A Dream for Tomorrow, by Melody Carlson

A Dream for Tomorrow
by Melody Carlson

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Elizabeth has two admirers – Will and Eli – but now the time has come for the train to divide, as some travelers head south. Will Elizabeth choose to go with Will or Eli?

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Fortune and Fame, by Victoria Christopher Murray & ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Fortune and Fame
by Victoria Christopher Murray & ReShonda Tate Billingsley

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Jasmine and Rachel found out that they are friends once they need each other to take care of unwanted drama in their lives.

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The Funeral Planner, by Lynn Isenberg

The Funeral Planner
by Lynn Isenberg

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Too many business terms, unless you are into that. [I] didn't enjoy this.

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The Glass Lake, by Maeve Binchy

The Glass Lake
by Maeve Binchy

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Good read. It takes place in Ireland and London. You really get to know the characters, so you’ll be shocked at the end!

reviewed by a Sanders Library adult patron

The Grief Recovery Handbook, by John W. James and Russell Friedman

The Grief Recovery Handbook
by John W. James and Russell Friedman

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Absolutely loved this book for the new information of setting aside myths of grief recovery and adding new solutions. Helped with my grief over divorce.

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The host : a novel / Stephenie Meyer

The Host
by Stephenie Meyer

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The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves--Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

The idea factory : Bell Labs and the great age of American innovation / Jon Gertner

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
by Jon Gertner

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Highlights achievements of Bell Labs as a leading innovator, exploring the role of its highly educated employees in developing new technologies while considering the qualities of companies where innovation and development are most successful.

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells – taken without her knowledge – became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

Longitude : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time / Dava Sobel

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by Dava Sobel

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Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day – and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives, and the increasing fortunes of nations, hung on a resolution.

The scientific establishment of Europe – from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton – had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution – a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

The Naked Detective, by Laurence Shames

The Naked Detective
by Laurence Shames

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A clever story about a reluctant detective. The narrative drags a bit at times but worth the read.

reviewed by a Sanders Library adult patron

Napoleon's buttons : how 17 molecules changed history / Penny Le Couteur, Jay Burreson

Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History
by Penny Le Couteur, Jay Burreson

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Though many factors have been proposed to explain the failure of Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign, it has also been linked to something as small as a button – a tin button, the kind that fastened everything from the greatcoats of Napoleon's officers to the trousers of his foot soldiers. When temperatures drop below 56°F, tin crumbles into powder. Were the soldiers of the Grande Armée fatally weakened by cold because the buttons of their uniforms fell apart? How different our world might be if tin did not disintegrate at low temperatures and the French had continued their eastward expansion!

This fascinating book tells the stories of seventeen molecules that, like the tin of those buttons, greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration and made possible the ensuing voyages of discovery. They resulted in grand feats of engineering and spurred advances in medicine; lie behind changes in gender roles, in law, and in the environment; and have determined what we today eat, drink, and wear.

Oryx and Crake : a novel / Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood

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Snowman may be the last man alive after a killer virus has decimated the world. In flashback, Snowman reveals his pre-plague world and the events leading to its inevitable devastation. In a society whose morality and ethics have fallen to the Great God Science, biotechies tampering with the genetic code have engineered brainless chickens with three breasts; designer babies; BlyssPlus, the Fountain of Youth in a pill; and a grotesque assortment of animals created for organ and tissue transplants.

Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in the void / Mary Roach

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
by Mary Roach

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Describes the weirdness of space travel, answers questions about the long-term effects of living in zero gravity on the human body, and explains how space simulations on Earth can provide a preview to life in space.

The passage : a novel / Justin Cronin

The Passage
by Justin Cronin

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A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.

Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York / Deborah Blum

Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
by Deborah Blum

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Science journalist Deborah Blum shares the untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. She tracks the perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

Drama unfolds case by case as chief medical examiner Charles Norris and toxicologist Alexander Gettler investigate a family mysteriously stricken bald, factory workers with crumbling bones, a diner serving poisoned pies, and many others. Each case presents a deadly new puzzle and Norris and Gettler create revolutionary experiments to tease out even the wiliest compounds from human tissue. From the vantage of their laboratory it also becomes clear that murderers aren't the only toxic threat – modern life has created a kind of poison playground, and danger lurks around every corner.

Regency Brides, by Kimberly Comeaux

Regency Brides
by Anne Frank

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Three friends and three separate story lines about how these English 1800’s men find love and trust God.

reviewed by a Sanders Library adult patron

Robopocalypse : a novel / Daniel H. Wilson

Robopocalypse
by Daniel H. Wilson

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Two decades into the future humans are battling for their very survival when a powerful AI computer goes rogue, and all the machines on earth rebel against their human controllers.

Sycamore Row, by John Grisham

Sycamore Row
by John Grisham

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Though I usually love John Grisham's books and legal thrillers, this one did seem to drag on with lengthier details, so [it] was a little more boring.

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The time traveler's wife : a novel / Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

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This novel explores the perfect marriage, one that is tested by challenges the couple can neither control nor predict. An imaginative extension of everyday life, the story asks: What if two people who loved each other deeply, married, and faced a life in which one person remained constant while the other slipped fluidly in and out of time?

Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe / George Dyson

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
by George Dyson

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Documents the innovations of a group of eccentric geniuses who developed computer code in the mid-20th century as part of mathematician Alan Turin's theoretical universal machine idea, exploring how their ideas led to such developments as digital television, modern genetics and the hydrogen bomb.

Westward Hearts, by Melody Carlson

Westward Hearts
by Melody Carlson

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This book is about a lady named Elizabeth, who has been mourning her husband's death for three years, but now she has decided to take their two children west.

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reviewed by a Main Library adult patron

Deborah Blum shares the untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. She tracks the perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

Drama unfolds case by case as chief medical examiner Charles Norris and toxicologist Alexander Gettler investigate a family mysteriously stricken bald, factory workers with crumbling bones, a diner serving poisoned pies, and many others. Each case presents a deadly new puzzle and Norris and Gettler create revolutionary experiments to tease out even the wiliest compounds from human tissue. From the vantage of their laboratory it also becomes clear that murderers aren't the only toxic threat – modern life has created a kind of poison playground, and danger lurks around every corner.

Regency Brides, by Kimberly Comeaux

Regency Brides
by Anne Frank

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Three friends and three separate story lines about how these English 1800’s men find love and trust God.

reviewed by a Sanders Library adult patron

Robopocalypse : a novel / Daniel H. Wilson

Robopocalypse
by Daniel H. Wilson

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Two decades into the future humans are battling for their very survival when a powerful AI computer goes rogue, and all the machines on earth rebel against their human controllers.

Sycamore Row, by John Grisham

Sycamore Row
by John Grisham

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Though I usually love John Grisham's books and legal thrillers, this one did seem to drag on with lengthier details, so [it] was a little more boring.

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The time traveler's wife : a novel / Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

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This novel explores the perfect marriage, one that is tested by challenges the couple can neither control nor predict. An imaginative extension of everyday life, the story asks: What if two people who loved each other deeply, married, and faced a life in which one person remained constant while the other slipped fluidly in and out of time?

Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe / George Dyson

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
by George Dyson

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Documents the innovations of a group of eccentric geniuses who developed computer code in the mid-20th century as part of mathematician Alan Turin's theoretical universal machine idea, exploring how their ideas led to such developments as digital television, modern genetics and the hydrogen bomb.

Westward Hearts, by Melody Carlson

Westward Hearts
by Melody Carlson

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This book is about a lady named Elizabeth, who has been mourning her husband's death for three years, but now she has decided to take their two children west.

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reviewed by a Main Library adult patron