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Beautiful Scars by Kilee Brookbank

Ages 16+

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16-year-old Kilee Brookbank’s life changed forever when she lit a candle in her home and an explosion left her homeless and with 3rd and 4th degree burns. Beautiful Scars is her story of strength, perseverance and her amazing road to recovery.

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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

Grades 3-6

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Perry’s mom is an inmate at Blue River Co-Ed Correctional Facility in Surprise, Nebraska. He was born and raised there, and he knows all the rules and all the inmates. The new district attorney, however, finds out about Perry’s living arrangements, and forces Perry to live “on the outside” in a foster home. Perry is determined to find answers about his mom’s crime and discover the truth about why she’s really behind bars.

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The Black Book by James Patterson

Ages 18+

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Billy Harney is the son of Chicago’s Chief of Detectives, and he followed in his father’s footsteps. His twin sister Patty is also a cop. Billy is involved in a shootout and left for dead, but amazingly survives. Now he’s charged with a double homicide and desperately wants to clear his good name. The problem is, he has no recollection of what went down in the hours preceding the events. He puts his detective work to good use, and finds a little black book that everyone in Chicago wants to get their hands on. He is happy he found the book because it will help him solve the case, but at the same time he is afraid that the truth might not set him free.

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It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

Grades 9-12

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Sixteen-year-old Tatum isn’t looking forward to her summer whatsoever. She has recently been falsely accused of a crime and has been grounded by her step-mother until the end of time. Now that she has a lot more free time, she starts completing her required community service by day, and works on her secret graphic design business by night. Amid emails flying back and forth between her and her uber-cute new client, Tatum realizes she’s not the only one whose hiding secrets and tries desperately to amend things with her family.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Grades 9-12

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Claudia overhears a conversation at a party at the end of the summer, and now she’s on the bad side of the meanest girl in school. What’s more, Claudia and she are assigned to write a paper together, and they’re both auditioning for a part in the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Along the way, Claudia gains an unexpected friendship, meets an adorable new guy, and starts to think that things aren’t so bad after all.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

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The Real McCoys by Matthew Swanson

Grades 3-5

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Fourth grader Moxie McCoy is a confident detective who is determined to catch whoever stole her school mascot, Eddie the Owl. Usually, she works together with her best friend who has recently moved away. She calls on her little brother Milton instead, and together the two of them interview Moxie’s classmates, who are all potential suspects. Can the two rival siblings come together and solve the case?

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

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Sugar and Spice by Debbie Macomber

Ages 18+

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Jayne is a 27-year-old virgin children’s librarian who’s looking for a date for her upcoming high school reunion. She is shy and reads all kinds of books including one called How to Get A Man Interested In You.  She’s still single and needs a date for the reunion so she isn’t made fun of just like she was in high school. 

She met a guy at an art gallery recently but isn’t quite sure she’ll recognize him the next time she sees him because she wasn’t wearing her glasses the first time they met. 

Now, being a glasses-wearing children’s librarian myself I can relate quite a bit to Jayne. However, this character makes me mad because she is ashamed of who she is! I love my job and I love the fact that I always have my nose in a book. Should I socialize more? Sure. But curling up with a book is just about my favorite thing to do. 

Sugar and Spice is so cliche it’s crazy and it just bothers me to no end. I love Debbie Macomber’s books but this one just infuriated me. I loved the story, it’s just that this character needs to get her stuff together and read a book on confidence.