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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

#RandomReview - Of Blood and Bone

Book Title: Of Blood and Bone

Author: Nora Roberts

Reviewed By: Laraine P.

The second book in a series by Roberts does not fail to take the reader's imagination straight into a different world. One continues the journey with the survivors as they await the coming of THE ONE. It's a little slow at the start but picks up as it moves along the way. It does not disappoint!

Why you picked it up: I read Year One and couldn't wait for the second book to see what would happen to the people who suffered through so much. As people patiently await the coming of THE ONE who is to save them, many stories come out about their experiences. You will want more by the end of this one!

Why you finished it: Once I got to the last 50 pages I couldn't put the book down. What would happen? Would THE ONE be accepted as a leader? Would they be successful in their quest of light against dark?

Who you would recommend it to:  Junior high and up would enjoy this book. There are teens in the story that they would identify with and enjoy.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

#RandomReview - The Girl with the Red Balloon

Book Title: The Girl with the Red Balloon

Author: Katherine Locke

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

I was surprised to find this an interesting and engaging story. I wasn't sure I could be onboard with people using magical balloons to escape Soviet oppression in East Berlin but, not only was I onboard, I couldn't put it down. The element of time travel always gets me, but there was a lot more to this novel.

Ellie is a teenager, visiting Berlin on a school trip when she sees a red balloon floating nearby. Touching the balloon she travels back to East Berlin in 1988. She becomes involved with an underground guild that uses magic (and balloons) to transport people over the Berlin wall to freedom - but they cannot figure out how Ellie got there or how to send her home. When more time travelers are found dead in the streets of Berlin, it becomes clear that someone is trying to use the balloon magic to change history, but who?

Why you picked it up: The Girl with the Red Balloon was the featured title for Overdrive's The Big Library Read in October. To be honest, I was between books and decided to download it because it was available.

Why you finished it: This story had it all - time travel, magic realism, mystery, romance, history. I was surprised by how much I learned about East Germany after WWII, the Romani (gypsies) in Europe, the Holocaust and so much more.
I was 30 when the Berlin wall came down in 1989, so this was not history for me, and I knew that people were literally dying trying to escape East Berlin, but this story just brought it all to life for me. In a story about a depressing period of history, this story was all about hope.

Who you would recommend it to:  It is billed as a YA book, so people that like YA, historical fiction, time travel and fantasy, mystery, magic...  you should read it.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

#RandomReviews - Vox

Book Title: Vox

Author: Christina Dalcher

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

In a near future dystopian America, speech is an instrument of control. Women's rights have been gradually repressed for years, but after the election of a conservative president with a strong religious advisor, scripture and politics unite to force women to limit their words to only 100 per day. Without voices, women can no longer hold jobs, have bank accounts, or even read or write - all words count toward their allotment. Jean, a former cognitive linguist studying aphasia, watches in virtual silence and horror as her young sons are indoctrinated and her six-year-old daughter learns not to speak.

When the president's brother is diagnosed with aphasia, Jean's area of expertise, she is asked to help cure him in exchange for a reprieve from the speech limit. Can she use this temporary respite as an opportunity to fight the establishment? It turns out that there is more at stake...

Why you picked it up: I had heard it compared to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale plus it sounded very contemporary.

Why you finished it: I had to find out how it ended.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend it to people who liked The Handmaid's Tale and to anyone concerned with women's rights.

Find Vox in our catalog.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Model Railroad Showcase Returns to the Library!

The trains return on Saturday, November 3 & Sunday, November 4 for Roselle Public Library's Model Railroad Showcase! Enjoy an entire weekend of model railroading at the Library! 

 















View layouts operated by:
Midwest Division of Train Collectors Association
Northwest Trainmasters
British Train Society and
The Illinois Railway Museum

Take in the exhibits and collections from:
Milwaukee Road Historical Association and
Chicago and North Western Historical Society
 














Talk to local hobbyists about building and maintaining layouts.

Enjoy train crafts for kids, refreshments and door prizes.

Many thanks to Model Railroad Showcase donors:
America's Best Train & Hobby Shop, Itasca 
2Toots Restaurant, Bartlett 
HobbyTown USA, Schaumburg

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

#RandomReview - News of the World

Book Title: News of the World

Author: Paulette Jiles

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

Janet Maslin wrote in a review for the New York Time (Oct. 1, 2016) "Ms. Jiles writes books that bring the natural world to life and are also agonizingly eventful. Her story in “News of the World” is painfully simple. An old man, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, is content to make his living as an itinerant news reader in Texas until he is charged with a much more difficult mission. A white girl, about 10, has been “rescued” from the Kiowa Indians who kidnapped her and killed her immediate family four years earlier. Would he please take her down to the San Antonio region and return her to her closest living relatives, an aunt and uncle?

This comes at a very bad time for Captain Kidd. It is the winter of 1870, and he is busy spreading the news that the 15th Amendment has just been ratified, extending the right to vote to all men without regard to race or previous condition of servitude. “That means colored gentlemen,” he tells his audiences. “Let us have no vaporings or girlish shrieks.” He would much rather continue with this than take a strange little girl on a long journey."

But he does take her and on the journey they slowly learn to accept each other. We learn a lot about Captain Kidd and his family; a little about Joanna, her history and future; and we wonder how it will end. Will they arrive safely? Will Joanna be accepted by her aunt and uncle? Will Capt. Kidd be reunited with his family? Will there be a happily-ever-after?

Why you picked it up: News of the World is this year's selection for On the Same Page, the community read hosted by the public libraries of Roselle, Bloomingdale and Itasca during the month of October.

Why you finished it: It was very well-written. I needed to find out what happened to Joanna and Captain Kidd in the end.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys westerns (even if you don't usually enjoy westerns), adventure stories, and historical fiction.

Find News of the World in our catalog.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

#RandomReview - Head On

Book Title: Head On

Author: John Scalzi

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

This was a great story - part sports story (really!), part mystery, part FBI procedural (is there such a thing?) and all sci fi. I loved it, and I can't even begin to explain what it was about in a short review.

Suffice it to say that Duane Chapman, a fair but not great player for the Boston Bays Hilketa team dies during a preseason game and 2 FBI agents try to solve the mystery of why, how and who did it. What is Hilketa, you ask? Well, it's kind of like football, but you score points by ripping off the head of the "goat" on the opposing team and throwing, kicking, carrying or otherwise getting it over the goal line. Duane was the goat for the third time in this game when he died. Duane, like all the players on the team had Haden's Syndrome, so it was not his physical body on the playing field, but a "threep" (like a robot body) that he was piloting. Somehow, he died. How, why and who?

All I can say is, it was really good!

Why you picked it up: I saw a short review in passing and it sounded like something I would enjoy.

Why you finished it: It combined some of my favorite elements: mystery, complex plotting, snappy dialogue, and science fiction.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend it to sci-fi fans and mystery fans.

Find Head On in our catalog.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - Beartown

Book Title: Beartown

Author: Fredrik Backman

Reviewed By: Julie J.

Fredrik Backman is known for his endearing and heart-warming stories such as A Man Called Ove. Beartown is a departure from his other novels. Beartown is a thought-provoking story about the repercussions a small hockey town faces after one of its residents commits a crime. If you enjoy Beartown then you will not want to miss the sequel, Us Against You.

Find Beartown in print, audiobook on CD and digital formats in the Library's catalog.

Summer Reading programs are long over for this year, but we still want your reviews!
Did you just read a great book that you can't wait to share? Write a #Random Review! We may publish it in the blog; people may respond; it might start a conversation.

All you have to do is fill out our online form or email a short review (at least 5 thoughtful sentences - without giving away the ending!) to news@roselle.lib.il.us.

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