Codes for Reviews

First Initial (Overall Rating):
E = Exceptional
VG = Very Good
G = Good
F = Fair
NR = Not Recommended

Second Initital (Reading Level):
A = Average Reading Level
E = Easy
M = Mature

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Monday, March 31, 2014



G/A  Brockenbrough, Martha.  Finding Bigfoot.  Feiwel, 2013.  978-1-250-04090-9.  14.99.  An absolute, unequivocal truth about the existence of an Asiatic yeti/abominable snowman  or  a  North American sasquatch/bigfoot has not yet been scientifically proven.  Fascination and interest in these "creatures," however, are supported by documented sightings, noises, and trackings.  And there's an ongoing Animal Planet documentary program with which this folio size book is affiliated.  Color tone pages form a backdrop for the text plus photos and illustrations, recipes, jokes, a question/answer section plus lists of movie titles and websites.  Welcome to an inviting source of information for everyone -- for those who believe, for those who doubt and for those who are simply curious.  
E.M. Roublow

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cute Girl Network

New Adult Graphic Novel

G/M  Means, Greg.  The Cute Girl Network.  First Second, 2013. 179p.  978-1-59643-751-7.  17.99.

When Jane falls off her skateboard in the street, the cute, goofy, soup cart salesman, Jack, helps her to her feet. After just a few dates with Jack, Jane is smitten. He’s forgetful and weird, but he’s sweet and he likes her too. But when Jane’s friends find out she is dating Jack, they introduce her to the “Network,” a group of women who help each other by sharing details about their ex-boyfriends to prevent future agony. Everyone has something mean to say about Jack, but it’s up to Jane to make up her own mind about him. This cute graphic novel would appeal to the new adult genre of 20-somethings, more than teens, due to the subject matter, but since there aren’t too many realistic, romantic graphic novels with strong female characters, it’s a good addition to any collection. Loren Spector, LAPL, Memorial

Monday, March 3, 2014



G/A  Henderson, Elisabeth.  100 Questions You'd Never Ask Your Parents.  Roaring Brook, 2013.  978-1-59643-875-0.  12.99.
"What" or "how" is the lead-off word of most questions addressing bullying, drinking and driving, drugs, huffing, self-injury and sex.  Answers range from one to five paragraphs.  Topics can also be approached via the glossary and/or a detailed index.  Useful, hopefully, as a bridge to further information about any of these interests.  As a 5"X7" paperbound item, it will be less likely to get lost if placed in a small rack or trough when purchased for a library.  E.M. Roublow



G/A  Grimes, Nikki.  Words with Wings.  WordSong, 2013.  84p.  978-1-59078-985-8.  15.95.
Daydreaming is Gabby's (short for Gabriel) favorite pastime, especially when it soothes her angst about her parents' separation.  Noticing that Gabby is trying extremely hard not to be distracted from school work, her intuitive teacher allows a daily 15 minute period for all students to daydream and document their dreams as a writing exercise.  Story is presented in verse format -- making it a good candidate for classes studying poetry.  E.M. Roublow


V/A Frost, Helen.  Salt.  Farrar, 2013.  138p.  978-0-374-36387-1.  17.99.
A near battle in 1812 causes misunderstandings and threatens friendships.  Each twelve year old -- Anikwa, a native American, and James, son of a trading post proprietor -- alternate telling their family's side of the story as soldiers arrive to claim land in Indiana Territory.  This historical novel's format is verse.  Intermittent poems about salt -- which literally preserves food -- acts, in this story, as a symbolic ingredient that preserves the relationship of two families.  E.M. Roublow