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Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Review by Teresa Schmidt, librarian

When a man named Jack brutally murders his family, a young baby escapes his house and toddles up the hill to the local abandoned graveyard/nature preserve. Realizing that he is all alone, the "residents" of the graveyard take the baby in, giving him their protection and the Freedom of the Graveyard. What follows is the story of Nobody Owens, a child adopted by ghosts and creatures of the night.

Nobody ("Bod" for short) has a series of adventures as he discovers what it is like to walk the borders between the living and the dead. Since Jack is still looking for him, Bod is forbidden to leave the graveyard.

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Book Review: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead - book cover imageWhen You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Review by Teresa Schmidt, librarian

At first, Miranda seems like she's facing what any young teen in New York in the 1970s might deal with: not enough money, too much time on her hands, a single working mom trying to make ends meet, a best friend who's suddenly stopped talking to her, and the homeless man on the corner making her nervous each time she walks by. As her story progresses, however, we find that Miranda is looking at a situation altogether not normal. 

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Book Review: Wild Things by Dave Eggers

The Wild Things by Dave Eggers - book coverThe Wild Things by Dave Eggers

Review by Teresa Schmidt, Mercer Librarian

"Adaped from the illustrated book 'Where the wild things are' by Maurice Sendak, and based on the screenplay 'Where the wild things are' co-written by D.E. and Spike Jonze."

Dave Eggers' version of The Wild Things takes off from Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book and imagines a boy with modern problems and a wild solution.

Max is constantly frustrated from fights with his sister, his overworked divorced mother, and her irritating and embarrassing boyfriend. He finds comfort in the woods in his neighborhood and in creating "mischief of one kind and another." Dressed in his wolf suit and riled up one evening, Max finally pushes too far, and runs out into the woods to escape. He finds a boat and sails "in and out of weeks" to a far-away island, where he finds his Wild Things.

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Book review: Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Review by Teresa Schmidt, Mercer librarian

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie book coverSteven Alper is a typical 13-year-old boy: obsessed with the most beautiful girl in school, annoyed by his 5-year-old brother, Jeffrey, and more interested in playing drums in the All City Jazz Band than in homework. But his uneventful life is about to take a sharp turn into heartbreak, when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia.

Suddenly all that was normal is not, and Steven finds himself immersed in overdue homework, lying to his friend Annette (who may be the only one interested in what's really going on with Steven), and surrounded by bald heads and hospitals.

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