Fortune and Glory: Tantalizing Twenty-Seven by Janet Evanovich

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I’m not a quitter. I have now read all 27 of the Stephanie Plum books. This one is same-old, same-old. Stephanie gets caught in dangerous situations, has at least one car totaled and cannot decide between the two men in her life.

The author has added a new character into the storyline, it didn’t help much, but there is a new book in the works featuring Gabriela.

Evanovich has made her money on this series and I think it’s time for Stephanie to hang up her stun gun and handcuffs, and settle on her man. Enough said.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC EVANOVICH)

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by Lia (Library Patron)

Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old boy who has dyslexia and ADHD. He was always a troubled kid, getting kicked out of many schools, not having many true friends, and seeing things that no one else could. His whole life flipped on its head when he discovers that his father (who he never knew) is a Greek god. In this book, he finds friendship, family, and adventure. Percy and two of his new friends set out on a quest to settle an ongoing battle between the gods. Within the fourteen days he had to complete his quest, he discovers things out of this world. This book has a hint of everything–adventure, mystery, action, and of course Greek and Roman mythology.

I love this book and the whole Percy Jackson and the Olympians series! I have read it once before, but am now reading it again and I still love it! I can appreciate how this book sets up for the other books in the series. The author is one of my favorites because he knows how to hook people in and his foreshadowing skills are amazing! Some parts seem so unexpected but then I remember how the author hinted about it earlier in the book. Connecting the dots is truly a great feeling. I’d like to think that I am well-versed in this genre. I think that teens who are interested in Greek and Roman mythology, or just fantasy in general, would greatly benefit from reading this book.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC RIORDAN)

Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz

Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz, Hardcover | Barnes &  Noble®

Reviewed by Sonia S (Library Patron)

In the story Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz, the main character Michael is the son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany and lives in Berlin with his parents. Like every other boy at his school, Michael is a part of the Hitler Youth. However, he and his family have a huge secret: they are spies. One day, Michael hears about Projekt 1065, a jet being created by one of Michael’s classmates’ fathers, from a downed British pilot he is helping. Michael decides that he needs to become friends with this kid in order to steal his father’s blueprints.

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I had so much fun reading this book. It was full of action and tough decisions, especially for a thirteen year old. If you enjoy reading historical fiction, then I would definitely advise you to read this book.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC GRATZ)

The Circus of Stolen Dreams by Lorelei Savaryn

Reviewed by Taylor H (Library Staff)

The Circus of Stolen Dreams by Lorelei Savaryn was a quick, atmospheric read. Andrea’s brother disappeared three years ago, and she wishes she could just forget about it all. When she discovers Reverie, a magical circus in the woods, she thinks she’s found what she’s looking for. In the circus, children can experience all the dreams and fun they could ever want. However, Reverie turns out to be much more sinister than it initially appears.

I enjoyed this book. The concept was interesting and well-executed. The writing flowed nicely, and the characters learn to grapple with difficult things. I thought I would be able to predict the ending, but the it was better than what I had imagined. I also really enjoyed reading about the different dreams the children experience within the various circus tents. I would definitely recommend this book for middle-grade readers who like fantasy stories, family stories, and a mysterious circus atmosphere.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Daylight by David Baldacci

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

This is book 3 of the Atlee Pine series. Atlee is a FBI agent that is on a personal quest to find her twin sister who was abducted 30 years ago.
She travels to the east coast where her investigation collides with a military operation ferreting out a drug ring at Fort Dix.

She joins forces with John Puller, the military investigator. Every lead they get evaporates when someone higher up in the chain-of-command clamps down. Why?

This was an entertaining read, but I only give it 3 stars. There are unanswered questions at the end so I assume there will be a book 4. I really think the storyline should have been wrapped up with this book.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC BALDACCI)

The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for America by Kathleen Krull

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

You will find this book in the children’s non-fiction section of the library. It’s an excellent find! Besides presenting a wonderful American story, it is a wonderful biography of an influential trailblazer. Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve as a member in a Presidential cabinet. She was the Secretary of Labor. The book tells of her accomplishments and challenges in a concise manner. This book would be best suited for those in Third Grade or above.

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 921 PERKINS)

Cobra Kai

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

The unexpected hit of 2020 for me personally was Cobra Kai. Sure, I enjoyed the original Karate Kid movies from the ’80s (although each subsequent sequel dropped in quality) but I wasn’t a huge fan so I greeted the new show with some hesitancy. I’ve never been more happy to be wrong. The show is a joy from moment one–the soundtrack, the sights and dialogue already mimicking the original tone while also making room for the new characters as well. Yes, the show is steeped in nostalgia, but it doesn’t coast on that fact, making you care both about your original favorites (Daniel and Johnny!) while also caring about the next generation (their children). Highly recommend and so binge-able too!

Located in TV Series (TV SERIES COBRA KAI)

If You Want a Friend in Washington by Erin McGill

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

This is an excellent book. You will find it in the Children’s Dept. It is a non-fiction book. Everyone who loves trivia should check it out. It contains all sorts of facts about U.S. Presidents and their pets. It also gives you a small window into the sign of the times… first I was surprised to read about how many presidents had horses as “pets”. But it was brought out in the book that pet horses were a necessity. They were a primary source of transportation. The presentation and organization of this book made it an easy read. If you are a parent of a 8+ year old this might be a fun read aloud.

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 973.092 MCG)

Fable by Adrienne Young

Reviewed by Taylor H (Library Staff)

Fable by Adrienne Young is a fantastic young adult novel, filled with action, high-seas adventure, and slow-burning romance. After being abandoned by her father on a dangerous island, Fable has to learn to survive among ruthless traders, merchants, and deep-sea divers. Her goal: to make enough money to pay for passage to her father’s headquarters. Along the way, she finds herself trying to fit in with a tiny ship crew, all of whose members are around her age—an odd thing for this world of dangerous deals and violent storms. This was a book I had a hard time putting down. It kept me interested from beginning to end. The side characters were intriguing, and I enjoyed learning every bit of information Fable discovered about them. I also enjoyed watching as the friendships and relationships evolve. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read its sequel!

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC YOUNG)

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

This book explores the scenario of being the underage sole survivor of a plane crash. The author treats the reader to an extraordinary insight and tale of a middle school aged kid who has to adjust to a new life with an aunt and uncle. He has to attend school for the first time vs the home schooling he was used to. The book also tells of the publicity that is thrust upon Edward. While the story tells that Edward is in therapy it doesn’t really say too much about the focus or direction of those sessions. Quite a bit into the book the reader finds out about letters that many people have written to the main character, Edward. The book made me aware of how a seemingly small letter from one person can multiply and impact the life of it’s recipient. The fact that Edward received so many letters was unreal. Having read this book would lead me to either never write a letter like those in the book or write one and never send it. I would like the sole survivor to become the person they should be without exterior pressure. A point of view I may not have realized without reading this book. So in that sense this book was eye opening.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC NAPOLITANO)