Forever Young by Hayley Mills

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I loved the Disney Hayley Mills movies when I was growing up. Nothing better than Pollyanna, The Parent Trap (the original!), Moonspinners and That Darn Cat!

Hayley gives the background information on how she was selected by Walt Disney and what he was like. She had many wonderful co-stars and she mentions them favorably. She also did stage work and lists a lot of British actors that I have never heard of, that however, dragged the book down a bit.

She had the typical growing up insecurities; growing up in front of a camera was difficult. She attended Hollywood studio school while filming, child actor Kevin Corcoran (aka Moochie) enlightened her with the facts of life during her time there. Otherwise, her parents kept her very sheltered, and when she was not filming she attended a British boarding school and later a Swiss finishing school. She received her juvenile Oscar award via the mail, she was not allowed to attend the Hollywood ceremony.

She married a much older man when she was twenty. At twenty one she petitioned to get her movie earnings released to her, but due to poor financial advice she lost it all.

I enjoyed the insight into the 1960s actress’s life, it was a fun, fluff read.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (921 MILLS)

Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe

Reviewed by Taylor H (Library Staff)

This picture book is hilarious. Pokko is a mischievous little frog who lives in a mushroom with her parents. Her parents often make poor gift-giving decisions (one time they gave her a llama), and this time, they give Pokko a drum. The shenanigans that ensue made me laugh out loud while reading.

The illustrations are also great. The book uses a soft but vibrant color palette. Sometimes you have to look closely, but Forsythe uses the frog family’s eyes to showcase their feelings. We see surprise, mischief, and more. If you are looking for a creative, funny picture book, pick this one up!

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E FORSYTHE)

Digimon by Yuen Wong Yu

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Tai and six other children suddenly find themselves in the digital world: a dangerous world full of monsters. With their trusted Digimon partners, these kids must survive the digital world and unravel the mystery of the black gears.

The Digimon manga follows the adventures laid out in the animated series. This is a great trip down memory lane for older fans and a great introduction to the series for newcomers. It is an older translation, however, so some of the wording is awkward or cut off. All in all, it is a faithful retelling of a wonderful story.

Blue Period by Tsubasa Yamaguchi

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Yatora gets good grades and has a lot of friends, but his life is pretty aimless. A painting done by a fellow classmate catches his eye and he feels a spark in his soul. Yatora becomes consumed with art and begins to understand just how cutthroat the art world can be.

Blue Period has a lot of heart, more than I was expecting. Alongside general art tips, the story is quick and is propelled forward by interesting characters and beautiful artwork. It’s one of the best manga I’ve read this year.

Located in Teen Manga (TEEN MANGA YAMAGUCHI)

Red (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

I’ll admit I always enjoy Taylor Swift’s music, so when I heard she was starting to remake her old albums, and add new songs to them, I was very curious. When I originally heard her album “Red” many years ago, I have to admit it wasn’t my favorite. But after listening to it many times, it really grew on me, so I was excited to listen to Red (Taylor’s Version).

I loved this new version of Red, and while all the additional songs are great, my favorite was the 10 minute version of “All Too Well.” “All Too Well” is probably my favorite song of hers, so when I heard the fabled 10 minute version would be released, I was very excited. It did not disappoint and I will admit I’ve listened to it many times already (I’m currently listening to it while writing this review!) So if you are a fan of Taylor’s music, I would suggest listening to her version of “Red”.

Available through the Bridges Library System

We Know You Remember by Tove Alsterdal

Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

We Know You Remember is the English-language debut novel for popular Swedish crime writer Tove Alsterdal. But don’t be fooled by that word “debut”–this is a well-crafted mystery, by a writer at the top of her game.

We Know You Remember is a complex story, but it begins with a murder. Olof Hagstrom, who has not visited his family in more than 20 years, decides on a whim to stop when he is driving near his father’s home. When he goes inside, he discovers that his father has been murdered. The investigation leads down twisted channels into the past, turning up more crimes–and more suspects–at every turn.

One of the investigators, detective Eira Sjodin, finds she has more than one special connection to the case. She pursues the Hagstrom case determinedly, challenging her superior officers, her skills as an officer, and even her own beliefs. Eira Sjodin reminds me of Thora Gudmundsdottir, the detective in Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s excellent Icelandic crime series. Alsterdal is reported to be working on a sequel to We Know You Remember, and I’m crossing my fingers that it will again star Eira Sjodin.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC ALSTERDAL)