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Nonfiction Selection: Science Comics – Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic – dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, and more. The gorgeous illustrations and the graphic novel form offer an entertaining format to explore the subject and combines fun with in-depth science. In this volume readers take an absorbing look at ocean science covering the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance. (Ages: 3rd – 6th)

Juvenile Book Recommedation: The Quirks: Welcome to Normal

Molly and her family have moved around for years. Every time they think they've found a home, one of the Quirks slips up and sends them packing - because the Quirk family is a bit, well,quirky. Each family member has a magical power that makes them unique, and highly unusual. But, Molly's greatest desire is to fit in, and she's found the perfect spot: Normal, Michigan. But the Quirks aren't known for fitting in - especially in a place like Normal… (Recommended Ages: 3rd - 5th)

Juvenile Selection: A Tale Dark and Grimm

Are you brave enough to venture through the forests of the Grimm Brothers filled with warlocks, dark spells, hunters and witches? This book is not for the faint of heart. You might be familiar with fairytales, but this one is true. In A Tale Dark and Grimm, you will wind through a twisting adventure with Hansel and Gretel to discover the truth behind their story. Grades 5-7.

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Charming Life of Izzy Malone

Izzy Malone isn't your typical middle schooler.  She's kind of a class outcast, the only girl in her school who isn't interested in clothes or boys.  Instead, she desperately wants to be part of the after school rowing team.  When her temper gets her into trouble, her parents enroll her in Mrs. Whipple's Earn Your Charm School.  She has to complete certain tasks in order to earn “charms” for her charm bracelet.  Unfortunately, her good intentions go vastly awry.  This contemporary realistic novel will leave you with a smile on your face and looking forward to the next book in the series.  Recommended for grades 4-6.

Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons

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Mr. Rosenblum is a Jewish refugee who fled to England from Germany before the outbreak of WWII.  He longs to be accepted as a true Englishman.  As a profitable businessman, he buys the correct Savile Row suit, a Jaguar, and shops at Fortnum & Mason.  But his Jewish background prevents his membership into a golf club, for him the ultimate sign of an English gentleman.  In desperation he decides to build his own golf course which proves to be a greater endeavor than anticipated.  The character is exasperating at times, but heartwarming overall, especially when you learn the author is writing about her grandfather.

How to Cook Without a Book

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How to Cook Without a Book is literally changing my life.

Recipes are wonderful, but for years I have been awed by people who can meal-plan and cook from memory without spending hours poring over cookbooks. Most of the time, I don’t trust myself to properly make a pancake, much less prepare a roast, without slavishly finding and following a recipe. I have longed to gain the mysterious knowledge of ingredients and cooking techniques that seem to come so naturally to others.

In How to Cook Without a Book, Pam Anderson provides the answers I’ve been looking for. She equips her readers to cook everything from soups to sautés from heart. She teaches them how to keep a well-stocked fridge and pantry, and even provides memory rhymes that capture the central steps of each cooking technique.

I highly recommend this book to anyone longing for the freedom to cook from the heart instead of from a book. 

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

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Private detective Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, his assistant, return in Galbraith’s (a.k.a. J. K. Rowling) third book in the Cormoran Strike series. Wasting no time with pleasantries, readers are thrown into the action with a package containing a woman’s severed leg delivered to Robin at work. In between arranging her upcoming nuptials and having an on-again off-again relationship with her fiancé, she inadvertently places herself in danger while trying to determine which of the four men from Cormoran’s past is responsible. Meanwhile, believing he is the target of the madman, not Robin, Cormoran follows his own hunches. Action and plot twists abound, making this the best book yet in the series. This well-conceived and -written mystery with likable main characters will keep you coming back for more.

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