The Bookshop on the Corner
by Jenny Colgan
narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis
Review by Anonymous
Genre: fiction, contemporary, chick-lit
Would you listen to this book again?
Did you like the reader’s performance?
Yes. I felt transported to England. The performer’s voice was well suited to the main character.
What was your favorite part of this audiobook?
I loved the idea of a mobile bookstore and the thought of taking your “job” with you wherever you go.
Who would you recommend this audiobook to?
This audiobook is very sweet and sentimental. I think it would appeal to any book lover with a romantic side.
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Review by: Anonymous
Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fantasy
What was your favorite part of this book?
I really liked the villain’s true back story. It was nice to see a bad guy in a kids book that wasn’t just generic bad guy #4, but who actually had a reason for taking kids and making them like him. His arc tied in really nicely with the main character as well, and his story was properly sympathetic. I hope we get more time with him in future books.
How was the art? What do you think it added to the story?
The art was gorgeous. The strange characters they used for the witches’ language were so cool, and I loved the characters’ costumes. I think Ostertag’s art really added to the whimsical nature of the book, without making it too superfluous or too scary.
Who would you recommend it to?
I would recommend this to any fan of graphic novels, especially people who like Lumberjanes or Princeless. It would also be a really good read for any kids learning about LGBT culture, since the book has such a powerful message about enforced gender roles woven subtly into its narrative.
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Reviewed by Melanie Cote
This Young Adult novel opens with the line, “Mama died hard, you should know that.” We hear the gritty voice of Melia, the oldest daughter who, at fourteen, is now tasked with keeping her younger brother and sister together. They have no other family, and they do not want to be separated in foster care. The children have a deep loyalty to one another. They each use their unique gifts to better their family as a whole.
Melia has many monumental tasks before her in this Depression era novel. To keep herself and her siblings out of foster care, she schemes up a plan involving a hobo pretending to be her father who has miraculously returned. Melia is also charged with keeping the family business, a gas station, out of the evil clutches of the local gas franchise owner. In addition to this, she works to put food on the table and keep her siblings in school.
The reader is rooting for Melia to succeed despite the odds she faces. This story delves into the realities of poverty, gender and power. The imbalance and ugliness of power over another comes to a climax in an intense scene near the book’s end.
Lucky Strikes show us the guts and grit that can be necessary to make it through life’s challenges. This 2018 DCF book is also available at our library.
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Reviewed by Melanie Cote
Have you ever wondered what your dog was thinking? If so, this is the book for you. It’s the story of two children lost and freezing in a winter storm. They are led to safety by a dog named Teddy. He brings them to his person’s cabin – the Poet’s Cabin – but the poet is not there. The children are able to “talk” with Teddy. Teddy and the children take care of one another while the storm rages on outside. We learn of their past struggles, the whereabouts of the poet, and hope for a brighter future for them all.
This story is told with a gentle tone which Patricia MacLachlan is known for. The kindness of the children and Teddy towards one another tugs at the heart strings. Children will be pulled along by the loving relationship that develops between the children and Teddy. There is a touch of magic and mystery woven throughout the story. The importance of the power of our words and of truly hearing others is a central message.
This book is also on the 2018 DCF reading list!