Ancillary Sword
By:
Ann Leckie
May 18, 2015
Reviewed by: Robin

Leckie won every award for the first book in this series, Ancillary Justice. Now she's back with Ancillary Sword and another great read. You don't need to read the first one to read this title in my opinion. If you are a hard SF fan and looking for something wildly inventive and different, this is your book!

Serengeti Spy: Views from a Hidden Camera on the Plains of East Africa
By:
Anup Shah
May 14, 2015
Reviewed by: Tonia

Have you ever wondered what life on the Serengeti plain is really like? Small hidden cameras reveal life on this African savanna across a full year to give you a view of wildlife like you've never seen before. Most are close ups of animals, and some even very close up when they notice the clicking noise of the camera as it takes pictures. The pages of this book are a testimony to the power of nature and the wildlife that roams this vast space. Animal and nature loving adults and older children would both enjoy this book, though fair warning that some photos depict eating habits.

The Carnival at Bray
By:
Jessie Ann Foley
May 13, 2015
Reviewed by: Kris

Maggie Lynch is not only the new girl at her high school, she is in a new country. Her mother falls in and out of relationships with great frequency and takes Maggie and her sister, Ronnie, along for the ride. This time she marries a man from Ireland and moves the family there. The story takes place in 1993 when Kurt Cobain is still alive and his musical influence is everywhere. Maggie has trouble finding friends in her new school. Then she meets Eoin. Eoin is one of those fantastic teen boy characters that young girl readers will fall in love with.

Descent
By:
Tim Johnston
May 12, 2015
Reviewed by: Nancy

Caitlin, a champion runner about to enter college on an athletic scholarship, disappears one day on a run in the mountains. Her family is completely shattered by the loss, splintering apart as each member is driven by grief, guilt, and memories. Descent is a tense page-turner, yet it is also beautifully written, capturing the complexity of the characters and evoking a strong sense of a lonely place.

Motherless Brooklyn
By:
Jonathan Lethem
May 5, 2015
Reviewed by: Chrissie

This comic detective tale follows Lionel Essrog as he tries to find his mentor's killer. Essrog is not a slick private eye; he's a relatively innocent, low-level gangster with Tourette's syndrome. In Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem writes an ode to the familiar trope that's slightly off-kilter.

Rain Reign
By:
Ann M. Martin
April 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Kris

Rose has Aspergers and lives in a small town that does not quite know how to handle her. She loves homophones and the book is filled with them. She names her dog Rain, Reign. This is a beautiful story about a special needs child and her bond with her dog. A hurricane hits, and her dog gets lost, sending Rose’s world into a spiral. I became attached to the characters and missed them when the book ended.

How It Went Down
By:
Kekla Magoon
April 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Kristin

An African American teen leaves a convenience store at a run and is subsequently confronted, shot, and killed. From this seemingly straightforward event, Kekla Magoon spins a story that makes clear the disconnect between perception and reality. An all-too-real rendering that will help readers identify their own biases. This book begs to be read and discussed.

The Iron Trial
By:
Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
March 31, 2015
Reviewed by: Desi

Callum Hunt has been an outcast all of his life due to an injury he sustained at birth. This injury makes walking painful and bars Callum from many of the fun activities other children his age enjoy. Consequently, no one is more shocked than Callum when he gets selected to join the students at the magisterium. The magisterium helps students harness and hone their magic. Callum has been warned against the power of magic his whole life but, life at the magisterium brings challenges and friendships that were impossible in his home town.

Revolution
By:
Deborah Wiles
March 31, 2015
Reviewed by: Kristin

Set in Mississippi during the summer of 1964, this unique mashup of a novel interspersed with first person accounts, song lyrics, and photographs tells the parallel stories of Sunny, a white 12 year old, and Raymond, a black boy of similar age. During the Freedom Summer, college students and activists come to their small Mississippi town to register the African American residents to vote. While Raymond and his friends throw themselves in to challenging the status quo, Sunny must wrestle with the concept of change in many facets of her life.

The Weight of Blood
By:
Laura McHugh
March 31, 2015
Reviewed by: Nancy

Henbane!--even the name suggests toxicity. In a small town in the Ozarks, the devil has plenty of namesakes among the landmarks, and the rough terrain hides untold secrets. Outsiders are never welcome, and Lucy feels the resentment even though she was born here. In fact, it was her mother who was the outsider, who disappeared mysteriously when Lucy was an infant and who still inspires tales of witchcraft sixteen years later. Now the butchered body of Lucy’s friend Cheri has turned up, and Lucy tries to investigate that death as well as her mother’s disappearance.