FDL Reads: The Disposables

Cover image for The disposables : a novelThe Disposables by David Putnam

Reviewed by: Diane Soffietti, Adult Services

Genre: Suspense

Suggested Age: Adult

What is the book about?: Set in the ghetto of LA, the title of this debut novel refers to the children of abusive and neglectful parents. The main character, Bruno Johnson, is a paroled convict, but also a former LA County Sheriff’s officer and a member of an elite Violent Crimes Team. Bruno has a plan to disappear with an ER nurse, Marie and the abused kids that they have rescued. He knows the streets and the people who populate the area. However, he is on a collision course with his former partner, Robby Wicks and the Violent Crimes Team, as well as the FBI; because Bruno is committing crimes to gather the money to make his escape with Marie and the kids. He has few friends, but plenty of street smarts. Bruno had been a great detective before his partner shot him and put him in jail. This tells the tale of how Bruno can survive and rescue his family from those mean LA streets.

My Review: Bruno Johnson is a flawed character, who did something wrong, and paid the price. He is also a champion of little children, who are abused and used. He used to be the one to put the bad criminals in jail, but then he ended there, as well. His story is one that the reader wants to see have a happy ending. The children are counting on him. I like this type of fast paced, action thriller. Bruno is worth reading about and cheering for until the very last page. David Putnam has written more novels with these characters: The Replacements and The Squandered under the series title of Bruno Johnson.

Rating: 4/5

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About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at fondulaclibrary.org. If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

FDL Reads: A Curious Tale of the In-Between

Cover image for A curious tale of the in-betweenA Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano

Reviewed by: Sharon Crawford, Youth Services

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Suggested Age: Tweens, Teens

What is the book about?: Pram (short for Pragmatic) Bellamy possess a strange talent: she can see and hear ghosts.  Orphaned at birth, Pram was raised by her aunts in a home for the elderly. Her aunts aren’t exactly the lovey dovey hugs and kisses type, but it is very clear that they cherish Pram and worry about her.   Her best friend is a ghost named Felix, who hangs out down by the pond.  Pram is home-schooled and seems to be much smarter than her peers. However, a social worker comes along and says that Pram must go to school because she is lacking in social skills. There she meets her first real friend, Clarence.  Clarence and Pram form an instant bond because they both lost their mothers. Pram reveals to Clarence that she can talk to ghosts. Clarence, missing his mother so much, decides to ask Pram to help him talk with her again. She accompanies him throughout town to meet with different spiritualists to help but who are all shams.  While this is going on, Pram decides she wants to find her father and receives an invitation from a Lady Savant who promises to help. But Lady Savant knows the true power Pram has and what she wants to do with Pram is scarier than any ghost could be.

My Review: I loved getting to know Pram, seeing how her mind worked, and how she viewed the world around her.  Felix and Clarence also are strong characters, each with his own interesting back story that unfolds as we get to know them. They are so very different yet the one thing that they undoubtedly share is their care for Pram. Felix and Clarence are such great friends and are so protective of Pram which I absolutely loved. Their friendships were portrayed so well and is one of the best things about this book.   This book was a really nice read. It was kind of dark, but never real scary. It was pretty fast paced, which I liked.

Rating: 4/5

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About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at fondulaclibrary.org. If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

FDL Reads: Hidden Bodies

Cover image for Hidden bodies : a novelHidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Reviewed by: Sylvia Shults, Circulation

Genre: Thriller/Horror

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: Joe Goldberg, the seductively psychotic bookstore clerk that we met in Kepnes’ previous book You, is back. He finds a new girlfriend … but she soon runs away to LA. Joe follows, searching for her. With his temper, what will happen when he finds her?

My Review: When a friend of mine at the library told me that Caroline Kepnes had a new book out, and that it looked like a sequel to You (which my friend knew I had read and enjoyed), I knew I had to check it out. At first, I was a little chagrined to find out that it was, indeed, a sequel to You. I was puzzled by this, because I had pretty much figured that the story was over for that character, plus it seemed, at the beginning of the book, that the author was trying to rewrite her first book. But soon — very soon — I realized that the story was NOT over, and that this was most definitely not a rewrite. Hidden Bodies is a much, much different book than its predecessor. I highly recommend both books. (Please, please, read them in order, or the experience will be greatly diminished.) This is a creepy, wonderful read.

Rating: 5/5

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About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at fondulaclibrary.org. If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

New & Upcoming Titles for Summer 2016

A list of New & Upcoming Titles at Fondulac Library has been added to the website! The books on this list are available to check out or place on hold.

Here is a sampling of a few of the latest titles:

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FDL Reads: Gotham Academy vol. 1

Cover image for Gotham Academy. Volume 1, Welcome to Gotham AcademyGotham Academy vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschal

Reviewed by: Dave Gibbons, Library Volunteer

Genre: Graphic Novel, YA

Suggested Age: Teens, Adults

What is the book about?: Olive Silverlock has secrets. Pulling away from her friends, she has become distant. Her classmate “Maps” Mizoguchi takes it upon herself to cheer her up by taking her to explore the creepier wings of prestigious Gotham Academy, ultimately leading them to the ghost of Millie Jane Cobblepot. Following cryptic symbols in the north hallway which lead them to Killer Croc and Batman, the students will uncover much more than they expected about Olive’s past and the connections between the Academy and the greater Gotham City legends.

My Review: If you set Harry Potter in the middle of Gotham City you would be pretty close to the feel of this book. One of the better titles to come out of DC comics “New 52” relaunch this book is refreshingly original. Rocking a unique and quirky art style, it is easy for those new to the DC universe to jump into but also has a few Easter eggs that old school fans will pick up on. I hope that this series both continues and is an indication of the future of DC comics titles.

Rating: 5/5

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About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at fondulaclibrary.org. If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

East Peoria Time Capsule

 

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Those living in the city in 2066 will get a glimpse into life in East Peoria 50 years earlier when they unearth a time capsule being buried on May 21, 2016.

A ceremony dedicating the cornerstone at East Peoria City Hall and placing the time capsule will occur at 1 p.m. May 21 at city hall, 401 W. Washington St. The ceremony will be conducted by the Grand Lodge Masons of Illinois.

The time capsule will contain an 8-inch diameter PVC pipe which will hold the items. It will be sealed and then placed into a 10-inch diameter, 42-inch long PVC pipe. That pipe will have instructions indicating which end to cut when opening the capsule in 2066. The capsule will then be placed in the ground and encased in concrete. A medallion will be set in concrete about four feet from the city hall cornerstone so those planning to open it in 2066 will know where to dig.

Items from 2016 for inclusion in the container are being obtained by members of a time capsule committee comprised of City of East Peoria and Fondulac District Library employees, and officials from the East Peoria Historical Society and Hilton Masonic Lodge 1143. The content is still being finalized, and once all the items are gathered they will be on display at the library.

The time capsule will be painted and those attending the ceremony, which is open to the public, will be invited to sign it.predictions

Due to the ceremony, Richland Street will be closed from Spinder Drive to the roundabout from 8 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. The exit from the Target store onto Clock Tower Drive will also be blocked.

FDL Reads: The Ghost Network

Cover image for The ghost networkThe Ghost Network by Catie Disabato

Reviewed by: Carey Gibbons, Reference and Adult Services

Genre: Fiction

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: International mega superstar Molly Metropolis goes missing in Chicago in the middle of a world tour. She’s disappeared without a trace and not even those closest to her, including her personal assistant Regina Nix or close friend Nicholas Berliner, have a clue. Nix, Berliner, and amateur music critic Caitlyn Taer team up to look for Molly. Told in the form of interviews, journal entries, and recorded conversations, the story follows these three through all of the hidden corners of Chicago. From “trick” houses to secret subway lines, Nix, Berliner, and Taer look for Molly through subtle clues that lead them to French philosophers, secret societies, the sexy side of architecture, and a pair of sinister back-up dancers named Ali and Peaches who do not want Molly to be found.

My Review: This book was so wonderfully weird. There were stories within stories and seemingly unimportant tangents that turn out to be game changers. This book was like reading one of the really good seasons of Lost – full of references that sent me searching down many an internet rabbit hole. I liked this book because it blurred the lines of fantasy and reality both within and without the actual narrative. To say much more would spoil the story, and this is a book that is better if you don’t know much about it going in. This book is great for fans of Twin Peaks, Lost, The X-Files, or any other series or book that invites debate, speculation, and imagination.

Rating: 5/5

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About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at fondulaclibrary.org. If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

FDL Reads: Big Magic

Cover image for Big magic : creative living beyond fearBig Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Reviewed by: Barb Rude, Reference and Adult Services

Genre: Non-Fiction

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear charts the writing life of one very successful author (of Eat Pray Love fame). It’s part essay, part anecdote, and part inspirational self-help.

My Review: I picked up this book because I enjoyed Gilbert’s TED Talk on creativity (Your Elusive Creative Genius), even though I found the premise of her talk fundamentally flawed. Gilbert asserts that creativity and inspiration are supernatural forces in the world (hence the name Big Magic) and that to channel them, you must woo them. I’m not a fan of the idea, but this book still has some solidly practical advice—showing up to do the work, exploring the world around you, and pursuing creativity for enjoyment’s sake. Gilbert asserts that creativity isn’t just for people who want to make art for a career; it’s for everyone, and I really appreciated that.

If you’re looking for a light read to make you feel good about gardening or push you to take up figure skating again, this is the book for you

Rating: 3/5

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About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at fondulaclibrary.org. If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

FDL Reads: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Cover image for Isla and the happily ever afterIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Reviewed by: Dawn Dickey, Reference and Adult Services

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Suggested Age: Teens and Adults

What is the book about?: Isla is bilingual (French and English) and studies at the School of America in Paris. She’s had a HUGE crush on Josh since her freshman year. Josh is a talented graphic artist and often in trouble with the school administration. Isla doesn’t think Josh even knows that she exists. But two chance encounters with Josh – one while they are both home in the U.S. during the summer and one in the principal’s office at the start of the new school year – lead Isla to believe that Josh is “aware” of her. These two encounters mark the start of their romance.

My Review: This sweet romance has lots of twists and turns, bubbly happy moments and heartache. The characters are interesting, the settings are wonderful, and their dilemmas are true-to-life and heart wrenching. Josh’s propensity to bend the rules spells trouble for the budding romance. You’ll be on the edge of your seat wondering whether Isla will find her “happily ever after” with Josh!

Rating: 5/5

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About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at fondulaclibrary.org. If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

National Library Week

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Last week was National Library Week. We invited patrons to share what they love most about the library, and here’s what they had to say:

“It teaches my daughter lots of new things. She can look at books and play and make new friends. We also love all the activities that are offered!!!”

“It is family time together!”

“My daughters and their children visit all of the area libraries. We all love the story times, craft projects, special children’s programs, family days…too much to mention. The availability of movies to borrow has come a long way since my kids were small. Of course, they always go home with a bag full of books. Where else can we go and have so many free resources? Such a great place for young families, seniors, and those in between…”

“Free internet and unlimited source of knowledge.”

“I love books!”

“It provides book, internet access, movies and stuff!”

“I have very fond childhood memories of all our time at the library. Later I used it a great deal during my years teaching preschool. (Our local RSA is completely amazing, btw!) Now that I have children of my own, our lives are basically centered around the programs we attend at all the libraries in this area, sometimes 4 days a week. The teachers are wonderful and we have made many lasting friendships. The kids have benefited socially and academically. The library is a lifeline for us. We appreciate all the time and effort everyone voluntarily puts in to special events as well. My 3 year old still talks about the Tiny Tot Drive in Movie you arranged almost a year ago and Star Wars Day is the highlight of the year! There are just too many reasons that libraries are important, but they sure are wonderful and we will continue and use their resources for the rest of our lives.”

Congratulations to Becky and Andrea on winning library prize packs for their comments!

We’d like to thank everyone who commented about the library and its services during National Library Week. Your support is greatly appreciated as we continue to provide quality programming, services, and resources for the community.

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