Orphan Train

Orphan Train

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
William Morrow, 2013, 278 pages
Reviewed by: Katie Bava

A sweet story of two orphans, separated by time, but brought together by circumstance. Molly is an orphan in foster care, required to help an elderly lady, Vivian, clean out her attic. Little does Molly know that Vivian herself was an orphan and rode an orphan train in the early twentieth century to find a new home. As the story progresses, both Vivian and Molly must confront their past, growing together as they do.

Kline does a wonderful job creating primary and supporting characters that were relatable and realistic. Readers will be able to feel the emotional turmoil for those on the orphan trains and for those in foster homes today. This is one of those books that will keep you thinking long after you finish it! 5 stars.

We Were Liars

We Were Liars

We Were Liars
Delacorte Press, 2014, 225 pages
Reviewed by: Katie Bava

This is one of the books that I can’t say anything about without giving something away. In short, there are four “liars”. One “liar”, Cady, can’t remember anything about a summer after a terrible accident and no one will tell her what happened. She spends most of the story slowly discovering what really occurred that summer. A mystery, a romance, and a drama. All mixed into a captivating and heartbreaking story. Adults and teens alike will enjoy it!

Food: A Love Story

Food A Love Story

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
Crown Archetype, 2014, 340 Pages
Reviewed by: Katie Bava

Jim Gaffigan is a funny man and his book made me chuckle. I will never eat fish again (just bugs on the bottom of the ocean)! Expecting all new material, I was disappointed that many of his jokes are recycled from older comedy routines. I didn’t mind listening to the same jokes again, but I wish Gaffigan had been more original with his material.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 1926, 288 pages
Reviewed by: Katie Bava

Another exciting mystery with the famous Hercule Poirot! Agatha Christie manages to once again create an almost unsolvable mystery. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd involves murder and blackmail. The number of suspects and frequent plot twists will have readers eager to finish. I have read several Agatha Christie novels and this ending was one of her best. I highly recommend this book!

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Paper Towns

Paper Towns
Paper Towns by John Green
Speak, 2009, 305 pages
Reviewed by: Katie Bava

I found John Green’s newest film adaptation, Paper Towns, disappointing. The Fault in Our Stars did not impress me, but I thought I would give Green another try. However, Paper Towns was worse. The characters were boring (Q) or annoying (Margo), and the book dragged on. It wasn’t believable that Q would spend so much time looking for the runaway Margo, missing important events in his own life, when he wasn’t even good friends with her. The book’s message was good (we all have unrealistic ideas about people we don’t really know), but the overall book (especially the ending) was a letdown.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Quirk, 2011, 352 pages
Reviewed by: Sheryl Walters

Jacob, a young man who has lost his grandfather, travels with his father to a remote island in Wales in order to find out the mystery of his grandfather’s life. He meets a group of strange children and quickly learns they have fascinating secrets. He becomes involved in their world and learns about their unique gifts as well as those possessed by his grandfather that were passed along to him. He finally feels normal and decides to live in this new world with people for which he can relate.

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Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
Penguin, 1999, 242 pages
Reviewed by: Rebecca van Kniest

I liked this one. I actually had decided not to finish it about 100 pages in because it’s not really my kind of book. Virtually anything is forgivable with sufficient character development, and Vreeland’s form – a series of loosely linked vignettes – doesn’t exactly lend itself to the art. I had it in my bag when I needed something to read, however, so I picked it back up and got sucked into the story with “Morningshine,”; it’s really all downhill from there. Girl in Hyacinth Blue is beautifully written, and Vreeland captures characters and scenes like you might with a competent brush and a unerring eye for what really matters. I might even look for another.