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Red Rising, by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce BrownThis young adult(teen) book is the first in a series about a brutal futuristic world.  Society is divided into levels or classes of underprivileged and privileged with extreme variation between least to most.   There is no changing rank, where you are born you stay, unless you happen to be Darrow.  Darrow undergoes extreme changes in service to anarchists and rebellion, however he struggles to uphold his personal goals.  Some of the twists and turns are unrealistic and alternately wonderful or terrible.  The plot quality has an unevenness to it that shakes the reader’s emotions from love to hate.  Ultimately, readers who enjoy the Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Lord of the Flies will enjoy this one.


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National Book Foundation Announces Longists for Awards this Week

announcementsThe 2014 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature was announced today. You can view the list at  http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2014_ypl_longlist_pr.pdf. The longlist announcements for Poetry, Non-Fiction and Fiction will be made this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively.


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Small Blessings, by Martha Woodroof

Small Blessing by Martha WoodroofTom Putnam is a singularly kind man working through life with an extremely difficult marriage.  Things begin to look up when his wife Marjory, surprises him by inviting a new friend, Rose, into their lives.  The story takes shape quickly after several life-changing events occur.  Tom’s life is forever altered by Marjory’s sudden death and the arrival of an unknown son, Henry.  He begins to realize deeper relationships with friends and the possibility of a fuller happier life.  Strong love and connection bring the lives of Tom, Henry and Rose together in ways that surprise them all.  Overall, this is a lovely feel good book.


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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

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Do you have a library card? Do all the children you know have library cards? Stop in to the library, at 34 West Water Street, to get a library card if you don’t already have one or if your old one has expired, and celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month. All children ages 5 and up are eligible for their very own library card. For more information, call (631)725-0049.


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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle ZevinThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry takes us on a journey of healing that begins when a bad-humored, widowed independent bookseller finds himself in possession of an abandoned baby.  The baby inexplicable connects with him and A.J. finds that he is unwilling to give her up.  He begins the process of adoption and creating a meaningful life for the two of them.  This is an endearing story that is very well written and enjoyable for bibliophiles.  The audio version of the book had a fitting narrator who was good to listen to.


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Oxford Dictionaries announced the most recent additions to their online database last week

ScrabbleWhat do adorbs, amazeballs, bing-watch, bro hug, clickbait, ICYMI, listicle, SMH and humblebrag all have in common? They’ve all been recently added to the Oxford Dictionaries’ online database. To see other new additions and their definitions visit http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/08/oxford-dictionaries-update-august-2014/


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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert GalbraithCormoran Strike is a Private Investigator with little business and less money, a spectacularly failed relationship, and is sleeping on a cot in the office.  Robin is an efficient temp, newly engaged to her upstanding fiancee and is filling in as Mr Strike’s secretary while searching for a permanent position.  Both characters are remarkably likeable and have good back-stories that help set the scene for this quirky murder mystery.  The sibling of famed super-model Lula Landry is convinced that she wasn’t a suicide and was murdered.  Cormoran is skeptical about murder when he first takes the job, but as he delves into the twisted lives of those who loved Lula, he sees a pattern of deception and malice.  This story takes a bit of time to build, but the characters are interesting enough to keep your attention riveted.  Fun for crime aficionados and far better than Rowling’s first adult book, The Casual Vacancy.

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