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The Readers’ Services staff can help you find specific materials and can offer reading suggestions. Please phone (847) 448-8620 for assistance. Use Novelist, to find reviews, reading guides, and reading lists for fiction lovers.

The Other Way Around

titleKaufman, Sasha. The Other Way Around. 2014. (YA Fiction Kaufm.S)

Misery is recently divorced parents, being one of the only boys in an all-girl school when your mother is the head mistress, sharing your bed over the Thanksgiving holiday with your odious bed-wetting cousin, and wanting to spend the holiday with your grandmother whom no one has mentioned to you has died. So when, without forethought, Andrew flees his house and hooks up with a group of Freegan circus buskers, no one should be surprised. Except that Andrew surprises himself. He decides to stay with this group of free spirits until he can figure out what he wants and if going home will be a part of that. As for the five Freegans, the vegetarian lesbian is a little too wise to be real and the pretty flirt a bit of a stereotype but each one helps Andrew to grow.

(Nancy E., North Branch)


Darwin's Radio

titleBear, Greg. Darwin's Radio. 1999. (Science Fiction Bear.G)

Charles Darwin was the first naturalist in proposing a solid theory to explain the origin of species in nature. But if species differentiate by their DNA, can individuals from one species give birth to individuals from other species? In a futuristic world a new virus seems to threaten humanity by attacking all the unborn babies and killing them. The detailed descriptions and numerous dialogues give the feeling of watching a movie (Isabel C. - Reader's services).


Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea

title Marcellas, Diana. Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea. 2010. (Science Fiction Marce.D)

Diana Marcellas creates a world in this book were differences are suppressed and magic has no place to be. In a planet called Yarvanett, Brierly needs to find her place, without betraying her identity. This is a book were fantasy and emotions are the dominant elements, but adventure, suspense and genuine characters make this novel an excellent option for those who like to read science fiction and fantasy books. (Isabel C. - Reader's Services)



A Creature of Moonlight

titleHahn, Rebecca. A Creature of Moonlight. 2014. (YA Fiction Hahn.R)

In this enchanting tale of mysterious disappearances, encroaching woods, magical creatures, a young flower seller must decide whether to embrace her royal title and risk being murdered by her uncle the king, or run away to find her unknown father who might be a dragon.  While royal life is romantic, easy and dangerous, the magnetic appeal of the invisible may be equally dangerous but freeing. Told in language rich, lyrical and startling, this story captivated me.

(Nancy E., North Branch)


Ruddy Gore


Ruddy Gore. 2006. (CD Mystery Green.K)

Most of Kerry Greenwood’s 1920s-era mysteries are so light and frothy they could be dessert. This 7th book in the series centers around the theater world. During a production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta Ruddigore several actors are poisoned, a ghost runs rampant, and 2 murders occur – all requiring the investigative skills of the beautiful free-spirited Phryne Fisher. This is also the story where we are introduced to Phryne’s Chinese lover Lin Chung –and get a glimpse of the anti-Chinese sentiment in Melbourne during that time. A lot of characters and subplots will keep you on your toes – but it won’t take away from the book’s appeal. And, if you listen to the audiobook, which I highly recommend, you will have the added pleasure of hearing wonderful narrator Stefanie Daniel sing some of Gilbert & Sullivan’s songs. (Laura, Reader's Services)


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