Category Archives: Faith-Based/Religious Element

Memoir: Educated

Tara Westover, the author of Educated, grew up in the country, in view of Buck’s Peak, in Idaho. Previous books I’ve read about the ‘heartland’ and its ‘real American’ inhabitants—whatever that is supposed to mean to those that use the … Continue reading

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Adult Fiction: “Skippy Dies”

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray   Skippy Dies has been described by more than one professional reviewer as ‘hilarious and horrifying.’ I would say that it is hilarious for a very long time, and then suddenly horrifying. This is true … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: “A Place at the Table”

A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White   This tale of disparate people coming together to grant one another a bit of peace, the opportunity to find their places at the table, begins with brother and sister James … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: Autobiography: “Lone Survivor”

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson Marcus Luttrell has trained his entire life to arrive at the moment when he and three fellow members of Navy SEAL Team 10 creep along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in search of a … Continue reading

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“Gabi: A Girl in Pieces”

  Gabi: A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero “My mom says, ‘Ojos abiertos, piernas cerradas.’ Eyes open, legs closed.” This advice, the total sum of Gabi’s sex education at home, gets more ironic (and darkly funny) as the book … Continue reading

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Thoughtful Readers: “August”

August by Bernard Beckett    I’ve been looking for books for our deeper thinkers. August is one. Unfortunately, the cover description says it’s a “philosophical thriller” and also gives the reader the impression that it will be a love story. … Continue reading

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The Ontario Teen Book Fest is in March!

  March 21, 2015 9 AM-5 PM Colony High.

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Adult Books for Teens: “A Tale for the Time Being”

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki     Nao, a Japanese American girl, was born in California’s Silicon Valley, her father a successful ‘dot-com’ programmer. But as time passes, her dad and his projects become superfluous. In dire straits, … Continue reading

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Common Core: Nonfiction: “Little Princes”

Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan In 2004, Conor Grennan had no wife or children, and had saved some money. So he decided to take a year off work and … Continue reading

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Teen Book Fest Author: “Where Things Come Back”

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley Cullen Witter must identify the body of Oslo, his teen cousin, who has just died of a drug overdose. The experience in the morgue leads Cullen to reflect on his life in … Continue reading

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