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Too Much Is Not Enough – Andrew Rannells

★★★★ ½ But here is something I discovered quickly about ambition and achieving your dreams: Once you taste it, you want more. Andrew Rannells - star of The Book of Morman and Girls - writes an atypical memoir about his life and struggles in his pre-famous years. In his memoir, he wanted to emphasize this time in his life because: These missing… Continue reading Too Much Is Not Enough – Andrew Rannells

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Ethan and the Key – Dennis Canfield

★★★★ "I need to speak with you about something important. And it has to be secret." Ethan has spent his entire life...in a perfectly average world. He has friends and a loving family. He plays baseball and does decent in school, and while he does get bullied a bit, it's nothing major. And then...one day...something decidedly not-average happens. A… Continue reading Ethan and the Key – Dennis Canfield

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The Secret of Clouds – Alyson Richman

★★★ Deep down, I believed a story could change us, and that if we read it deeply enough, a good book could transform our souls. Maggie, a passionate and zealous English language arts teacher, has been given the assignment of her life - to home-tutor a sick child (Yuri). Yuri, child of Ukrainian immigrants Sasha and Katya,… Continue reading The Secret of Clouds – Alyson Richman

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Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey – Mark Dery

★★★ ½ But did anyone really know him? Did he even want to be known. Edward Gorey is famously infamous. His work provided the scaffolding and inspiration for Neil Gaiman's Coraline, for Tim Burton's creeptacular movies, for Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and so much more. And yet, surprisingly little is known about him. Being nil, Gorey… Continue reading Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey – Mark Dery

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If You Were Me and Lived in… Renaissance Italy – Carole P. Roman

★★★★ Life was fun, and there was plenty to do...There were sporting events, festivals, and dances. Roman does it again!  In this delightful little story, "you" are transported back to Renaissance Italy to learn all sorts of cool facts about everyday life back then. Exploration of places in the world brought back undiscovered spices, plants, and animals.… Continue reading If You Were Me and Lived in… Renaissance Italy – Carole P. Roman

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Captain No Beard – Carole P. Roman

★★★★ ½ "Swab the decks, pump the bilges, climb the mast, and shiver me timbers!" Captain No Beard and Hallie (his first mate + cousin) run a tight ship with their pirate crew. They're about to leave their island and sail off into the great big ocean...only things don't exactly go to plan. "Mongo," he called back,… Continue reading Captain No Beard – Carole P. Roman