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Book Reviews

Heartless by Anne E. Stengl

Beauty by Lauren Conrad

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This book is a definite page turner! I simply could not put it down! Mixed with humor, romance, adventure, and suspense, this will be one fantasy book you’ll be sure to remember. I liked how after I was done I thought, “Now THAT’S a fairy tale!”
Rogue River Library

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In this book, Lauren Conrad takes you through a journey explaining through detailed pictures and script everything you need to know about beauty. From eating well to which foundation matches your skin, you’re bound to find a style that fits you best. I liked her detailed explanations and photographs – it really helped!
Ashland Library


Without Tess by Marcella Pixley

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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Lizzie Cohen is 15. Her sister, Tess, died four years ago, and Lizzie feels responsible for it. Tess’ Pegasus journal is the only ting left from Tess’ belongings. Through various entries in the journal, you find out about her psychosis…and how she died. I loved the way the story was told: through flashbacks and journal entries.
Ashland Library

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I really liked this book. I thought it was interesting to look into how foster care works. I liked how Carley was able to make an enemy into a friend and how she learned to really love the family. I thought that this book might have been better with an older main character, though. I did not like the end of the book.
Ashland Library


Wildwood Imperium by Colin Meloy

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

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The Wildwood series quenched my thirst for a good novel. The ever-changing plot makes for amazing twists and turns in the story that make the book and series very interesting!
Ashland Library

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Edward Tulane is a china rabbit doll loved by a little girl named Abilene. Abilene loves Edward more than anything, but Edward has never really stopped to think about love. When Edward is thrown from Abilene’s hands into the ocean, he is soon discovered by a manner of different folk. Edward soon discovers what it is to love and to be loved. I liked the intensity of emotion in this book. I always felt just what Edward was feeling. This is now my favorite book.
Ashland Library


The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Mason led a fairly normal life in his small town. His mom gets drunk a lot, money is tight, there’s no dad to help out, but still fairly normal. Until the day he wakes up a beautiful girl from a coma. A girl who begs him to help her, to save her from the Gardener. A girl that changes his life. It kept me interested. I had a feel for the characters’ personalities, but it was hard to picture some of them.
Medford Library

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This book was about a boy named Miles who goes to a school and meets new friends. Then he meets Alaska. He falls in love with her, but she has a boyfriend. That all happens before. Then Alaska dies in a car accident. They try to figure out why she did what she did and why she “decided” to die. It has a little bit of everything.
Medford Library


The Secret in the Old Attic by Carolyn Keene

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

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This book is about when Nancy Drew receives an invitation to find some lost music in an old mansion. They mystery seems to be going well when Nancy’s father has a mystery for her, also. Now Nancy has two mysteries to solve. I liked that there were two different mysteries that lead into one.
Medford Library

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I was instantaneously hooked. The main character Andi is extremely relatable. Although her “adventures” in Paris are highly unbelievable, it was nice to have so much realism mixed with a hint of unlikely fantasy. And the history of the French Revolution mixed in was quite enlightening. I got a bit worn out of the diary entries mixed in with Andi’s story.
Medford Library

Graphic Novel Reviews

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Bleach 46 by Tite Kubo

Sati sends Yoh to hell to train, but while Yoh is out Safi gets attacked by some guys. Also a short book about racing cars. I liked the cars in the short book.
Medford Branch

After the battle with Aizen Ichigo lost his powers. But a man tells him that he will help him get his powers back. I like the part where Ichigo gets taken by his boss.
Medford Branch

The Tarot Café #1 by Sang Son Park

My Cat Loki #1 by Bettina Kurkoski

A fortune teller by the name of Pamela can predict the future using her cards of fortune. She gets strange clients with supernatural abilities or supernatural beings. She reads a “cat guy’s,” a blind vampire’s, a fairy’s, and an alchemist’s fortune all based around love. I like how much is written detail in the feelings of the characters.
Rogue River Branch

Ameya is an artist in a little town called Cattail Grove. He found a cat named Loki when he was running, because of an agent. Loki is a big ball of mischief, so much that something terrible happens to Ameya. I liked that Ameya looks at all cats like people with ears and a tail.
Rogue River Branch

 

 

Cirque Du Freak, Book 1 by Darren Shan

 

 

 

 

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This book is about two friends, Darren and Steve. Steve is fascinated with monsters, Darren with spiders. When they find a flier to a freak show, they have to go. There was a lot of action in this book and that’s the kind of stuff I like in a book.
Talent Branch

Program Reviews

Brushstrokers Artists Group

Mondrian Art Bookmarks

We drew lines to show where to paint and then painted. We painted the balloon part of the painting, as well as the baskets. Then we wrote our names and took pictures. I liked the painting part.
Rogue River Branch

Making Mondrian Art bookmarks is a fun activity for kids of all ages. Based on the famous artist, Piet Mondrian, kids have fun making bookmarks that are entered into a competition. One bookmark is selected to be shown as a bookmark for the Medford Teen Library. It was really fun!
Medford Branch

Ender’s Game

African Drumming with Laura Rich

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An amazingly clever movie that I thoroughly enjoyed! A great choice for one of the first movies shown at the library. I liked that it was really clever and funny.
Medford Branch

We learned some beats, then a story, then some more beats. After that we did another story and then a story with beats. I like the sound of the drums.
Rogue River Branch

Sharpie Tie Dye Book Bags

Sharpie Tie Dye Book Bags

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Kids and adults made their own book bags using cups, sharpies, and rubbing alcohol. AWESOME!!! It was really easy and the finished product was pretty, no matter how many mistakes I made.
Medford Branch

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This was a really fun program. You get a cup and a rubber band and a book bag. Then you create your own cool design. All the people there were really nice and helpful. I liked that you are able to do at home also.
Medford Branch

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