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Picture Book Saturday: Hey, Charleston!

The Deets:

Genre: picture book, nonfiction
Pages: 32
Publisher: November 1st 2013 by Carolrhoda Books
ISBN: 9780761355656
Source: eARC from the publisher via Netgalley




What happened when a former slave took beat-up old instruments and gave them to a bunch of orphans? Thousands of futures got a little brighter and a great American art form was born. In 1891, Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins opened his orphanage in Charleston, South Carolina. He soon had hundreds of children and needed a way to support them. Jenkins asked townspeople to donate old band instruments, some of which had last played in the hands of Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. He found teachers to show the kids how to play. Soon the orphanage had a band. And what a band it was.

The Jenkins Orphanage Band caused a sensation on the streets of Charleston. People called the band's style of music ""rag," a rhythm inspired by the African-American people who lived on the South Carolina and Georgia …

Review: The Cutting Room Floor (Dawn Klehr)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 305
Publisher: October 8th 2013 by Flux            
ISBN: 9780738738048
Genre: mystery
Source: eARC from publisher via Netgalley

Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley

Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she's publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.

Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn't know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez's web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives.


I am not a huge fan of contemporary books so I was not expecting much from The Cutting Room Floor. I was expecting a weird murde…

Review: Never Fade (Alexandra Bracken)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 512
Publisher: October 15th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 9781423157519
Genre: paranormal, dystopian
Source: eARC from publisher via NetGalley


Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As R…

Review: Westward to Strange (Ray Litt)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 212
Publisher: Castleberry, Inc
ISBN: 9780615879246
Genre: mystery, mermaid
Source: copy provided by author in exchange for a review




When Lula meets Morgan, the peculiar boy swimming in the cove, her dream life quickly spirals into dangerous waters. Her family’s nebulous history comes to clear, and with it a cornucopia of mysteries. Moon-worshipping cannibal tribes? Killer mermaids? Primal need to explore the forbidden jetties? Sudden nightmares lead Lula to believe that her father’s death might not have been an accident. And to fear that she might very well be the next family member in line.





How do you like your mermaid stories? Do you prefer them to be Disney-esque? Or do you prefer them to teeter on the edge of creepy? If you prefer the latter, Westward to Strange is for you!
The mermaids in Westward to Strange are not friendly. In fact, they are downright terrifying. I have to give the author props for coming up with an original take on a siren. There …