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BOOK REVIEW: Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz

BOOK REVIEW: Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz

Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers’ waiting room and his dying father’s bedside. It’s a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm’s fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke. What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson—five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twenty-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth. Rudy is all too ready to discount his father’s last words […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Outside In by Karen Romano Young

BOOK REVIEW: Outside In by Karen Romano Young

New from the author of The Beetle and Me comes this fascinating portrait of coming of age in the Sixties. Young introduces an unforgettably spirited heroine–almost-13-year-old Cherie Witkowski–and her equally memorable family. I really liked ‘Outside In’ by Karen Romano Young. I wasn’t so sure about that in the beginning as it took a bit to get into the main character’s head.  But once I found ‘that space’ it was an amazing read from there.  Set in the 60’s, ‘Outside In’ shows the world through the eyes of almost 13 year old Cherie Witkowski.  Cherie learns more about the world, good and bad, than she ever intended when she takes over a friend’s paper route.  Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Robert Kennedy’s assassination, the disappearance of a 13 year old girl from a local community, Apollo 10.  As she tries to figure out how the news affects her world […]

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BOOK REVIEW: No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

BOOK REVIEW: No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

Nobody understands Wallace Wallace. This reluctant school football hero has been suspended from the team for writing an unfavorable book report of Old Shep, My Pal. But Wallace won’t tell a lie — he hated every minute of the book! Why does the dog in every classic novel have to croak at the end?After refusing to do a rewrite, his English teacher, who happens to be directing the school play Old Shep, My Pal, forces him go to the rehearsals as punishment. Although Wallace doesn’t change his mind, he does end up changing the play into a rock-and-roll rendition, complete with Rollerblades and a moped!  Wallace Wallace does not lie. No seriously. He. Does. Not. Lie. Which, besides the point of who names their kid Wallace Wallace?!?, is a problem. When given an assignment to write a book review of Old Shep, My Pal for school, he writes it exactly […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Collision by Jeff Abbott

BOOK REVIEW: The Collision by Jeff Abbott

The international bestseller returns with his most ambitious, multidimensional, and tightly crafted thriller yet, a breakout achievement featuring his hallmark blend of ordinary people in extraordinary danger. Collision is the story of two men living very different lives—Ben Forsberg, a successful corporate consultant who is mourning the murder of his new bride; the other, a former CIA agent known only as “Pilgrim,” whose current assignment for a fringer espionage agency is so treacherous he doesn’t trust even his own boss. When they are thrown together in a violent, unexpected event, Ben and Pilgrim realize that they’ve been framed in an elaborate setup. Unsure who to trust and who may just be trying to draw them into the open, the unlikely partners have no choice but to work together. But with everything at stake, Ben has no idea that Pilgrim is harboring some shocking secrets of his own—secrets that will soon […]

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BOOK REVIEW: 42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

BOOK REVIEW: 42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

JoEllen’s parents divorced when she was very young, so she was used to splitting her time between them, shuttling four blocks from one Cincinnati apartment to another. But when her dad moved to the old family farm last year, her life was suddenly divided. Now on weekdays she’s a city girl, called Ellen, who hangs out with her friends, plays the sax, and loves old movies. And on weekends she’s a country girl, nicknamed Joey, who rides horseback with her cousin, Hayden, goes fishing, and listens to bluegrass. So where do her loyalties lie? Who is the real JoEllen? Linked free-verse poems, illustrated with a quirky array of found objects and mementos, create the vivid, realistic portrait of a young girl at a defining moment in her life. The premise of ’42 Miles’ by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer was good.  The writing was actually very good.  The difficulty is with the […]

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