Monthly Archives: June 2013

Find Waldo Local

WaldoJuly 1st starts our 3rd annual Find Waldo Local event. This event originated in Falmouth and has occurred nationally for the past two summers. Participants can look for Waldo in 25 (!) participating businesses on or near Main Street. Once you’ve found him, you get a ‘stamp’ in your Waldo passport. Find Waldo in 20+ locations and you can be entered into the prize drawing.

Find Waldo Local has been an incredibly popular event for the past couple of years. Families will stop by to pick up the form and then come back a few hours later with a completed sheet. They spend all afternoon walking to every single one of the participating business. Sometimes people play over the course of a few weeks, looking for Waldo as they go about their normal summer plans. Either way, the game is a lot of fun for everybody. For me, however, the fun has been working with the owners, managers, and employees of Main Street businesses. It’s easy to talk about collaborating, but then we all get so busy with our own worlds. Find Waldo Local has provided a great opportunity to visit different shops and chat with the employees there. This week, as I was dropping off the information packets, I had the chance to talk with one of the librarians about a great new book we both loved. Some businesses have participated in past events and staff members welcomed me with, “oh, is it that time again!?” A few employees told anecdotes from previous summers and still had last year’s Waldo on display! Some businesses are participating for the first time and were adorably enthusiastic to hear all about the event and how it works. A couple of people even gave me tours! Everyone has been absolutely amazing about sending information, training all the summer employees, and offering suggestions for ways to make the event even better. A lot of people will be looking for Waldo this summer. I’m starting to feel like I’ve found some friends.

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Customer Review: Seven Wild Sisters

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Seven Wild Sisters

Charles de Lint

Illustrated by Charles Vess

Little, Brown for Young Readers

$18.00

Available February 4, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. The genre was fantasy. This book was about many different things, and holds something for everyone. There is rescuing the main characters sisters, not getting killed, and even a little bit of romance. The author ties all of these plots together to make a really interesting story. The suspense level was also pretty high, although the book was a little slow at first. Something the author could have done to make this book better would be to connect you to the characters a little bit better. In the beginning of the book he includes a little bit about each sister, but he tells you their personalities, and does not really show them. This makes you connect a little less with the sisters. There are seven sisters, but the main character is the sister named Sarah Jane. She helps out an old woman who later becomes her friend – Aunt Lillian. Aunt Lillian tells Sarah Jane tales of fairyland, and the many feuds this place holds. She warns Sarah Jane not to get involved in them. But when Sarah Jane rescues a ‘sangman, Aunt Lillian and Sarah Jane, along with the help of some special creatures must return him to fairyland. Soon, Sarah Jane’s six other sisters have all been captured. Sarah Jane must work quickly to save them. Will she be able to do so? And could her red hair be useful? Read this book to find out!

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

~ Shefali

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Customer Review: The Chaos of Stars

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The Chaos of Stars

Kiersten White

Harper Collins

$17.99

Available August 21, 2013

The story is set partly in Egypt and partly in Las Vegas, California. The book has a good story line and Isadora (the protagonist) is an interesting character. Her family, immortal Egyptian gods, all have very distinct personalities. Her mother has around 100 children, but makes only some of them immortal and Isadora is not one of them. This is why Isadora is mad at her mum and determined to love anyone “since it is not going to last.” After her mother (Isis, Mother of gods and God of childhood) has some disturbing dreams, Isadora gets sent to live with her brother Sirus and his wife in Las Vegas. There is no such thing as a clean break from the family for anyone with her background and she gets haunted with strange dreams too. I did not like the book The Chaos of Stars as much, but that is only because it is not really my type of story. Other people would probably really like it. It is about how Isadora meets Ry and loves him, but does not want to, which gives the story a dramatic turn. I would recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy half the story being about love and the other half about family drama, peppered with ancient Egyptian mythology.

~Helena

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Staff Review: We Are Water

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Wally Lamb

Harper Collins

$29.99

Available October 22, 2013

I have just finished reading the galley of Wally Lamb’s We Are Water coming out this October. I loved it! I love his graceful and complex writing, revealing layers and histories of everything from relationships to child abuse, from immigrants to edgy modern art, all with a careful and compassionate eye to the patterns we human beings can fall into. I love that he lets in the possibility for redemption in the most harrowing and difficult circumstances. His characters are fascinating. The story is told in alternating chapters by a cast of characters mostly related to one another, but not always. It spans many decades and comes to a gorgeous and satisfying conclusion.

~ Cathy

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Customer Review: Sugar

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Jewel Parker Rhodes

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

$16.99

available now

I liked this book. However, since I am not a fan of historical fiction, it was not one of my favorites. I think it is the type you read in school, but not really something that a lot of 12 year olds would read on their own. The characters were great, and that was definitely a highlight. The plot was a little unclear, but I loved the ending and found it very satisfying. Overall this book gets 3 out of 5 stars.

~ Shefali, age 12

Publisher description: In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky 10-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China, in this new work from the award-winning author of “Ninth Ward.”

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Customer Review: Same Sun Here

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Silas House and Neela Vaswani

Candlewick

$15.99

Available now

Same Sun Here is about two kids: one named Meena Joshi, a girl who just moved to New York City, NY from Mussoorie, India and River Dean Justice, and the other a boy who was born out side the town of Black Banks, Kentucky. These two become pen pals and very close friends. They both have good times and bad, but, through it all they sick together. This book was so good until the last page was read out loud that I didn’t want it to end. It was and still is the best book {that wasn’t a horse book} yet and I will read more of these authors’ books as soon as I can!!!

~Trinity, almost 11

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Morse Pond Review: Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood

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Abby McDonald

Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood

Candlewick Press

$17.99

Available now

Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood is a fabulous story! It grabbed my attention right away. This story starts off with Grace and Hallie losing their father. The father’s spouse and the girls’ stepmother, Portia, is left with everything. The girls and their mom are forced to move out of their house which was owned by their father, and move to L.A. and live with a rich uncle they have never met. Hallie, an actress who is trying to make it big, is very excited for the move. But Grace does not want to move, especially after meeting her new crush at the funeral. They move to L.A. and Grace has her heartbroken, while Hallie finds new love. Will Hallie’s heart get broken too? Or will she make it big? And will Grace find love after all? Read this amazing book with lots of twist and turns to find out!

~ Celia, 6th grade

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Customer Review: Gorgeous

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Gorgeous

Scholastic Press

$18.99

Available now

Paul Rudnick’s Gorgeous was an irresistible read filled with many sarcastic lines that had me laughing out loud. Rudnick’s vivid descriptions and all of his characters’ quirks will captivate the reader from the start. While exploring her inner and outer qualities, Becky will have her share of surprises along the way. You’re definitely in for a ride from the minute you start reading. Gorgeous is out in time for a summertime read and if you’re looking for your Prince Charming then this is the book for you!

-Mimi (17)

Eight Cousins Note: Gorgeous is staff approved. One of our members read and loved this book, too!

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