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The Summer Reading Club has ended. Thanks to everyone for a fun book filled summer.
   Summer Reading Club   
Congratulations Long Beach you read over 10,000 books this summer
Book Reviews
Title
The Black Ice
Author
Michael Connelly
Review
Harry Bosch series- surprise twists!  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
61 Hours
Author
Lee Child
Review
Jack Reacher thriller, fast moving  Library Catalog
Rating
3
Title
Tattoos on the Heart
Author
Father Gregory Boyle
Review
Inspirational- unconditional love under the most difficult of circumstances  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Obstruction of Justice
Author
Perri O'Shaughnessy
Review
3rd in series, suspenseful, somewhat complex plot   Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Let the Great World Spin
Author
Colum McCann
Review
Well written, intersecting stories around a historical event  Library Catalog
Rating
3
Title
First Sight
Author
Danielle Steel
Review
Trite, predictable and boring  Library Catalog
Rating
2
Title
Queen of the South
Author
Arturo Perez Renerte
Review
Wonderful- different- 2 narrators. beautiful prose  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
American Wife
Author
Curtis Sittenfeld
Review
Great read for a political junkie  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
A Map of Tulsa
Author
Benjamin Lytal
Review
Not my favorite type of writing but readable, easy not too engaging. I wasn't pulled in but if I knew Tulsa I would have enjoyed it more.  Library Catalog
Title
You Are One of Them
Author
Elliot Holt
Review
I didn't love the voice here. Although it did a great job reminding me of middle school! A little unresolved.  Library Catalog
Title
The Enchanged Life of Adam Hope
Author
Rhonda Riley
Review
Surreal and full of metaphors, it still was a pleasant and easy read.  Library Catalog
Title
The Edge of the Earth
Author
Christina Schwarz
Review
Such intense thorough description of life at Lucia, and the life an enterprising woman in 1900s. Great!  Library Catalog
Title
Love Water Memory
Author
Jennie Shortridge
Review
For such a heavy, intense topic, this book was surprisingly sweet and easy to read. Likeable characters too!  Library Catalog
Title
The Search
Author
Nora Roberts
Review
Great characters and fascinating plot- romance and suspense at it's best! Wonderful canine rescue dog info. Having grown up in Seattle, I love the San Juan Island setting!!  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Sea Glass Winter
Author
Joann Ross
Review
Light, charming romance with all the lovely characters- not a villain in the book! would have been helpful to have read other books in the series.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Vanity Fare
Author
Megan Caldwell
Review
Clever, witty
Molly is a hoot! and really was great that she got her happily ever after- even tho it wasn't what she thought. really fast read.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
The Thrill of Victory
Author
Sandra Brown
Review
A nice pleasant summer read with a great heroine. The ending is no surprise, but nice to read.  Library Catalog
Rating
3
Title
Lisa Scottoline
Author
Devil's Corner
Review
Well written fantastic heroine, can't put it down murder and mystery with lots of twists, and a spell-binding unexpected ending.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Calico Joe
Author
John Grisham
Review
Set in a real life situation of baseball, this inspiring book reminds us never to give up with our relationships in love.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Think Big
Author
Ben Carson
Review
Related how he used the values, ideas his mother instilled in him to rise from feelings of not good enough to with gods help- I am good enough. Famous neurosurgeon at John Hopkins  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Inferno
Author
Dan Brown
Review
Discussed the problems of growing population and the difficulty providing resources for their survival. The solution provided was creative, but controversial. Somewhat tedious at time- not his best writing, but outstanding analysis of current problem  Library Catalog
Rating
3
Title
The Boys in the Boat
Author
Daniel James Brown
Review
Nine American's who bonded together in their quest to get the gold medal against seemingly insurmountable odds of the 1936 Berlin Olympics   Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Real Talk for Real Teachers
Author
Rafe Esquith
Review
Tells if how it is in the trenches! Gives good ideas on how to improve every year as a teacher.   Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
The English Girl
Author
Daniel Silva
Review
Lots of action. You think it's over, but things go wrong. very good book  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
A Thriller Kidden Order
Author
Brad Thon
Review
Good thriller, lots of action;months in Boston. Good book.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Night Ranger
Author
Alex Berenson
Review
Book about kidnapper from the terrorist in Asia. good book.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Blld Line
Author
James Rollins
Review
Lots of action and suspense. good book, good author.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Smitten Kitchen
Author
Perelman, Deb
Review
Lots of yummy recipes and a few weird ones too  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Crazy Rich Asians
Author
Kevin Kwan
Review
Confusing and unbelievably in excess at first, but there is a real story here.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
City of the Dead
Author
Sara Gran
Review
First of a series in Claire De Witt is a strange detective who has a sorted background and a knack for detection.   Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Naked
Author
David Sedaris
Review
I didn't like this as much as Me Talk Pretty One Day- but still very funny  Library Catalog
Rating
2
Title
Blessings of a Skinned Knee
Author
Wendy Mogel
Review
Common sense suggestions to combat the current over protective parenting style.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Smart But Scattered Teens
Author
Richard Guare
Review
Good tips for trying to get your teen to take responsibility for himself.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Author
David Sedaris
Review
One of the funniest book I have ever read!  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Water for Elephants
Author
Sara Given
Review
A fun look at the crazy world of the circus life in the 1930's. Great ending.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
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Title
Insects
Author
Einhorn Kama
Review
Just talks about different types of insects  Library Catalog
Rating
5
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Title
Curious George Car Wash
Author
Ray Margret
Review
After visiting the car wash George and his friends decide to make their own for toy cars  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Rough Country
Author
John Sanford
Review
This was a pretty good book; It was an easy read, something you would take to the beach. I would get another Virgil Flowers novel.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Still Missing
Author
Chevy Stevens
Review
An oh-my-gosh great book! This creepy page-turner kept me up way too late. I'm looking forward to reading something else by this author..I hope it's as good.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Treasure Diver
Author
Julius Goodman
Rating
4
Title
Mountain Survival
Author
Edward Packard
Rating
5
Title
Ender's Game
Author
Orson Scott Card
Rating
4
Title
Red Pryamid
Author
Rick Riordan
Rating
5
Title
Throne of Fire
Author
Rick Riordan
Rating
5
Title
Mark of Athena
Author
Rick Riordan
Rating
5
Title
Mark of Athena
Author
Rick Riordan
Rating
5
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Title
One For The Murphys
Author
Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Review
Very good book  Library Catalog
Rating
5
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Title
junie b. jones and the stupid smelly bus
Author
barbara park
Review
There was Junie B in the book and she didnt like the yellow bus because it smelled bad and someone would spill chocolate milk on her head. I liked it and she was bad because she went in a dangerous place.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
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Title
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Author
Crockett Johnson
Review
Harold likes to draw and make things like pie. He can draw wonderful things with his purple crayons.   Library Catalog
Rating
4
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Title
If you give a pig a party
Author
Laura numeroff
Review
It is nice and it made me laugh a lot. The pig and his friends are funny.   Library Catalog
Rating
5
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Title
Pete the Car and His Four Groovy Button
Author
Eric Litwin
Review
It is a funny book and you can sing along. It also teaches you how to subtract.   Library Catalog
Rating
5
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Title
Little Bear
Author
Else Holmelund Minarik
Review
Birthday Soup was the best because it teach how to make a delicious birthday soup.   Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
hive
Author
Mark Walden
Review
it is about a boy named otto who is handy in building evil devices he has a friend named wing and them and two other friends try to escape from a super villain school  Library Catalog
Rating
5
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Title
superhero school
Author
aaron reynolds
Review
i read this book to my sister and it is better than i thought it would be its about a boy named leonard who is a super hero  Library Catalog
Rating
3
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Title
The Witness
Author
Nora Roberts
Review
Some if the writing was good, and witty. But, all in all, it was a fairly predictable story with predictable characters.  Library Catalog
Rating
2
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Title
The Witness
Author
Nora Roberts
Review
Some if the writing was good, and witty. But, all in all, it was a fairly predictable story with predictable characters.  Library Catalog
Rating
2
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Title
The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse
Author
Beatrix Potter
Review
This is a lovely story about Mrs. Tittlemouse, a very busy little mouse who wants her home to always be spic and span. The illustrations are adorable.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
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Title
The Gruffalo
Author
Julia Donaldson
Review
This is a very cleverly told (and rhymed) tale of a very clever mouse. Another fabulous collaboration by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
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Title
The Nursery Collection: Stories & Rhymes for the Very Young
Author
Caroline Repchuk, Claire Keen and Andrew Charman
Review
This sweet collection has lovely illustrations and fun, original stories interspersed with nursery rhymes and songs. The story we read on this particular night was "Whale Song", a cute tale of a whale who is an excellent dancer but does not have a very good singing voice. When his friends ask him to stop singing, he meets the perfect performing partner.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
And Then You Die
Author
Michael Dibdin
Review
An Aurelio Zen mystery; Italian commissioner. I read this for a book discussion group with an Italian mystery theme. I enjoyed this book in part because it was only 183 pages.   Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
how to cheat a dragons curse
Author
cressida cowell
Rating
5
Title
Kinsey & Me
Author
Sue Grafton
Review
Collection of short stories with an autobiographical part too.   Library Catalog
Rating
3
Title
how to train your dragon
Author
cressida cowell
Rating
5
Title
captian underpants
Author
dav pilkey
Rating
5
Title
The Coming of the Dragon
Author
Rebecca Barnhouse
Rating
5
Title
Emma's secret
Author
Barbara Bradford
Review
passion, and love in this book!  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Mistral's daughter
Author
Judith Krantz
Review
i like this book  Library Catalog
Rating
3
Title
On the road
Author
Jack Kerouac
Review
interesting book  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Les Miserables
Author
Vitctor Hugo
Review
very good book  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Princess Day
Author
Judith Krautz
Review
its a wonderful book  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
And the Mountains Echoed
Author
Khaled Hosseini
Review
I haven't finished the book, but I got to borrow it from the new 3M Cloud ebook service that debuted this week at the LBPL!  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Red River (vol. 10)
Author
Chie Shinohara
Review
(See review of vols. 6-8 on 7/11/2013)  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Fruits Basket
Author
Natsuki Takaya
Review
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy, Adventure, this manga has it all! Should appeal to ... well, everyone!  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Isaac Asimov's Treasury of Humor
Author
Isaac Asimov
Review
Half jokebook, half autobiography. I feel I know him better as a person now, not just as a sci-fi author.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
The Old Horse and the Eagle
Author
Story in "How to Teach your child to read in 100 Easy Lessons"
Rating
3
Title
Umineko,vol. 1: When they cry
Author
Ryukishi07
Review
Entertaining. It had horror and mystery to keep the story moving as well as suspense to keep you on the edge. A goOd story overall.  Library Catalog
Title
Blood lad, vol. 1
Author
Yuuki Kodama
Review
It was okay, but not veryinteresting. The art was dark and so far there's not much going on.  Library Catalog
Title
Erebos
Author
Ursula Poznanski
Review
I liked this one. Full of suspense, a little horror so you don't get bored. It's fast paced, just like I like them.  Library Catalog
Title
The Fox inhritance
Author
Mary E. Pearson
Review
The storyline is good but there was more description than I like.  Library Catalog
Title
Erak's Ransom
Author
John Flanagan
Review
Another great read!  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
The betrayal knows my name
Author
Hotaru Odagiri
Review
I really liked this manga. The art is pretty and the story is touching.  Library Catalog
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Title
Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff
Author
Robert Paul Weston
Review
Robert Paul Weston is a genius! GREAT READ ALOUD!!
This book makes the top of our favorites list!  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Powersat
Author
Ben Bova
Review
Dan Randolph has many hidden talents and new ideas that continue to amaze me throughout this book. His ideas may indeed be part of the future.  Library Catalog
Title
Jupiter
Author
Ben Bova
Review
I really enjoyed the main character, Grant Archer. He developed so like-like to me with each new adventure. Hope he continues in some other books by Bova.  Library Catalog
Title
Mars life
Author
Ben Bova
Review
Mars came to life for me after reading all the discoveries that the scientists made. The characters became real and their struggles became my struggles.  Library Catalog
Title
Titan
Author
Ben Bova
Review
The author continued the story with Holly being the central character. She is amazing as a person and as a politician and will be Titan's first president.  Library Catalog
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Author
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Title
The cat in the hat comes back
Author
Seuss
Review
Good book to help kids know their ABCs.  Library Catalog
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Title
biscuit, storybook collection
Author
alyssa satin capucilli
Rating
5
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Title
favorite fairy tales, rumpelstiltskin
Author
rochelle larkin
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Title
frog and toad together
Author
arnold lobel
Rating
5
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Title
let's count
Author
sterling
Rating
5
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Title
shimmer the sharing princess
Author
kathryn smith
Rating
5
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Title
the tale of peter rabbit
Author
beatrix potter
Rating
5
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Title
bedtime for little bears
Author
david bedford, caroline pedler
Rating
5
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Title
going to the firehouse
Author
mercer mayer
Rating
5
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Title
mouse soup
Author
arnold lobel
Rating
5
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Title
a crack in the track
Author
awdry/stubbs
Rating
5
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Title
frog and toad are friends
Author
arnold lobel
Rating
5
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Title
the berenstain bears and the week at grandma's
Author
stan and jan berenstain
Rating
5