Congratulations, Madisyn! You’re the Winter 2020 winner!

Here’s how it worked this round: Everyone who submitted a review this winter had a name placed in a hat (except for Julie because she works here and that is winning enough). Michelle (staff) was asked to blindly select one piece of paper from the hat. She selected Madisyn! Now Madisyn gets to pick a paperback that the library will purchase for her. Great job, everyone!

Feb. 2020 Rhylie’s review of Everything Everything, by Nicola Yoon

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While it was a fantastic plot, the ending left me really disappointed. It was, in fact, underwhelming.

If I were in charge of casting Maddy, I’d go with Halle Bailey.

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If I could pick a theme song that fits the tone of this book it  might be:

Favorite part: Maddy and Olly are planning to snorkel.  Maddy is excited because she’s never been before and she can’t wait to see the humuhumunukunukuapua’a (the state fish for Hawaii). This whole scene just reminds  me of Sharpay in High School Musical.

Favorite quote: “Every ocean deserves to be seen by you.”

Feb. 2020 Mike’s review of The Trials of Apollo, by Rick Riordan

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There was laughing and there was crying/laughing. Plenty of both.

If I could pick an actor to portray the main character, it would be:

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This music is a good fit for the mood of this book:

My favorite part: In the beginning Apollo was shot down to earth in a TRASH CAN! My very favorite part is right after when Meg saved him from two crooks using the full garbage bags. You gotta read this!

Summary: I love this book!  Apollo gets stripped of all of his godly powers and relies on everyone around him for help.  It is very fun watching him transition from being the strongest to the weakest in the room.

Feb. 2020 Madisyn’s review of Anything But Okay, by Sarah Littman

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This book had a theme that could go on repeat, but in a neat way that make you think about the possibilities.

I would set this story to sci-fi music for best effect:

There were 2 main characters in this book and I picture Farida as being portrayed by Rihanna

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Favorite quote: “Besides, I needed time to deal with my own feeling before having to listen to your cluelessness.”

Summary: Stella’s vet brother has finally come home and he has come back different.  He has suffered mental breakdowns and as a result doesn’t leave the house.  When Stella finally gets him out she makes a shocking discovery about the full extent of his mental issues.  Once he gets help and finds someone who cares for him, he can go back to being the brother that Stella remembers.

Feb. 2020 Keegan’s review of Percy Jackson’s Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan

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My mind was blown away!

If I could cast the perfect actor to be Percy, it would be:

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favorite quote:

“How did you die?”
“We er….drowned in a bathtub.”
“All three of you?”
“It was a big bathtub.”

Favorite part: In St. Louis at the Arch when Percy is in an elevator with a large woman and a chihuahua, who turn into the mother of monsters and a chimera.

Feb. 2020 Julie’s review of Otherwood, by Pete Hautman

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This book makes me wanna dance like this:

If I could imagine the main character as a child star it might be:

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This music (30 seconds in) seems like it would make a great movie trailer theme track in case it ever makes it to the big screen:

My Favorite quote for this book is:

“There are many worlds – as many worlds as there are thoughts. My father is playing golf in his world while in my world he is dead and gone. The question is, once one world becomes two, can the two worlds ever be brought back together?”


I liked the writing of this book because I could really identify with the main character, which is saying a lot for this author, because I actually have nothing in common with the main character. The author exposed all the thoughts and feelings of this 8 year-old boy in a way that everyone can relate to. Moreover, the plot was one that makes you certain that there is NO WAY the author can wrap it up. Not only does he wrap it up, but in a way that made me read 200 pages as fast as I possibly could. And it was CRAZY COOL!  I hope you like it, too!