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The Long Beach Public Library Summer Reading Club runs June 13 through August 2, 2014.
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Book Reviews
Title
The Family that Couldn't Sleep
Author
DT Max
Review
Somewhat frightening. Very informative about the history of prion diseases- fascinating.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Rocky Road
Author
Rose Kent
Rating
4
Title
The Wednesday Sisters
Author
Clayton, Meg Waite
Review
Good read, but not a book you can rush through. Not a great book but enjoyable.  Library Catalog
Rating
3
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Title
Maybe Someday
Author
Colleen Hoover
Review
Sydney's roommate Tori and boyfriend are cheating on her. With no money Sydney moves in with Ridge, a guy she doesn't know. A friendship develops, but Ridge has a girlfriend and Sydney doesn't want to be like Tori. You can listen to the songs on the internet.   Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
The Giver
Author
Lois Lowry
Review
A chilling tale of where our country might be heading. There are no choices- everything is the same and if you don't fit in, you are released.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
City of Ashes
Author
Cassandra Clare
Review
As Clary Fray travels to Idris the land of the shadow hunters to find a cute for her sleeping mother.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Author
Mildred D Taylor
Review
Black and white people have always been separate that's the way it has been for a while. Rich people are high while black people are nothing and meaningless.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty
Author
Jane Yolen
Review
Interesting, it was a good book.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Author
Rifka Brunt, Carol
Review
Excellent coming of age/adult novel. Dealing with multiple issues.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Yarn over Murder
Author
Maggie Sefton
Review
Sefton's books are modern cozies taking place in and around a Colorado yarn shop. They aren't great mysteries, but you get to know the players and enjoy the continuation of their stories.  Library Catalog
Rating
3
Title
Delilah's Daughter's
Author
Angela Benson
Review
This novel is about a singing group called Delilah's daughter's. They are sisters Veronica, Roxanne, and Alisha. It tells of their individual struggles of being independent within themselves.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
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Title
Delirium
Author
Lauren Oliver
Review
YA dystopian novel of a society where love or amor deliria nervosa is considered a disease so every member of society must be given a cure at 18. Of course, there are Invalids who move to the Wilds rather than take the cure. Well written but very predictable, so not as engaging to me. It may just be that I've read too many dystopian novels.   Library Catalog
Rating
3
Title
Monster High
Author
Lisi Harrison
Review
I can see why it's in the teen area. I think it's a great book with good storytelling.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
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Title
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells
Author
Sebastian Faulks
Review
Bertie Wooster and his gentleman's personal gentleman, Jeeves, are back in an homage to P. G. Wodehouse. The plot is predictable but veers wildly along with surprises and twists to the very happy ending. A fun summer read for anyone and especially for fans of Jeeves.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Unveiled
Author
Laurie Falduto-Huspen
Review
The story of a woman with cystic fibrosis. Very interesting!  Library Catalog
Rating
4
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Title
Shanghai Girls
Author
Lisa See
Review
Excellent book about two sisters who are forced into arranged marriages in the 1930's and live through wars and unmentionable horrors. They keep a strong bond of sisterhood strong throughout. I read the book in two sittings, couldn't put it down,. I highly recommend it!  Library Catalog
Rating
5
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Title
Engaged To Die!
Author
Carolyn Hart
Review
A great mystery!  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Forcing the Spring
Author
Jo Becker
Review
Behind-the-scene blow-by-blow account of legal battles for same sex marriage.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
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Title
Pirate King
Author
Laurie R. King
Review
Absurdly delightful--Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes (the Sherlock Holmes made famous by Sir A. C. Doyle) met Pirates of Penzance. This is one of a series of Mary Russell's novels, the first, The Beekeeper"s Apprentice, explains how the real Sherlock Holmes meets and marries a much younger woman, Mary Russell.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Children are Wet Cement
Author
Anne Ortlund
Review
Excellent book. Teaches how to treat children with positive words and make the right impression in their lives.  Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Girlology
Author
Melissa Holmes and Trish Hutchison
Review
A guide about relationships, body talk, and girl power.   Library Catalog
Rating
5
Title
Murder on the Mediterranean
Author
Alexander Campion
Review
Great murder mystery woven with good culinary adventures.  Library Catalog
Rating
4
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Title
Alchemy and Meggy Swann
Author
Karen Cushman
Review
This short historical novel moved very slowly plot-wise. I appreciated the way that Meggy, even though crippled from birth, became more sure of herself and her gifts as the story went along. The ending was really abrupt!  Library Catalog
Rating
3
Title
All Fall Down
Author
Weiner, Jennifer
Review
Deeper than the typical chick-lit-about a mom who gets addicted to pain killers. Good Read  Library Catalog
Rating
4
Title
Black Bird Volume 2
Author
Kanako Sakurakoji
Review
The manga is developing well and is showing their progress and love story  Library Catalog
Rating
5