Archive for December, 2017

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Regan Barnhill

December 14, 2017

[Lesley]

I loved so much about this book. It’s a fairy tale with twists: the witch isn’t a witch, the villagers aren’t as innocent as they seem, the elders aren’t wise so much as conniving, and the spiritual “center” is not at all what you would expect. At the center of it all though, is just what all fairy tales need – a fabulously strong, curious, and magical girl who can change the world. This is a kids book that is not just for kids.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is available on Hoopla.

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Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky

December 11, 2017

[SAM] Look, I am here for all things Rachel Ignotofsky. I loved her women in science art long before it ever became her awesome first book “Women in Science.” So I was pretty sure I was going to like her follow-up “Women in Sports.” Then I opened to the first page and found the story of Madge Syers. Now, I know the story of Madge Syers, but I suspect you dear reader might not. And believe me, you want to know the story of Madge Syers. It might just change your opinion of her entire sport.

Oh, also the rest of the book is very good. You know, just in case you happen to not be as obsessed with Madge Syers as I am (not that I understand why, but hey people like what they like I guess). Filled with fifty stories and illustrations of amazing athletes. Learn a bit more about the awesome lives of Serena Williams and Simone Biles, and discover who Julie Krone and Patti McGee are. With one page of text on each athlete accompanied by an illustration surrounded with fast facts, this book makes it super easy to discover a new story each day! It’s definitely one of my favorite books of 2017. A great book for the whole family.

Available on audio at Hoopla.

Boys in the Trees, Carly Simon

December 8, 2017

[Lesley] I give this 5 stars both for the writing/her story/her honesty and the amazing audio. The audiobook weaves music into the story in a meaningful and moving way. I didn’t know much about Carly Simon’s life – didn’t know her father was the Simon of Simon & Schuster for example. She is so thoughtful and honest and kind about her life and the people in it; wonderful.

The audiobook can be found on Libby/Overdrive.