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Teen Review: Bite-Sized Magic

Bite Sized Magic book cover

Bite-Sized Magic: A Bliss Novel, Book 2, by Kathryn Littlewood

Teen reviewer: Abigail Borne

Bite-sized Magic is centered on Rosemary Bliss, who won the Gala des Gateaux Grands baking competition, beating her evil aunt Lilly and winning back the Bliss Cookery Booke. Sadly this brings her much unwanted fame. All Rose wants to do is bake sweets with her family at their bakery.

Book Review: The Little Piano Girl by Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald

The Little Piano Girl by Ann Ingalls

Mary Lou Williams is a music legend. We know her as the most famous female composer and pianist who arranged music for big names like Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman. Her jazz music has touched people’s lives all over the world. During her lifetime, Mary traveled to New York, Paris, England, and all over Europe to perform and inspire her fans.

Book Reviews

Ed McBain’s 57th Precinct Series

Ed McBain’s 57th Precinct Series

When it comes to reading mystery series, I generally follow a simple procedure: Start with the third or fourth book in the series and then work back at some later point if the author grabs me.

Teen Review: Changeling

Changeling by Philippa Gregory

Changeling, Order of Darkness series, by Philippa Gregory

Teen Reviewer: Zeke Pedrino

I think that Changeling: The Order of Darkness Book One is a fantastic book. I think this book is fantastic because it is fast paced and has action, which I am fond of. It also has a lot of religious based ways, most are catholic, which is surprising and allows me to learn about other religions.

Summer Reading Is Here!

Win a tablet!

The Summer Reading Program is back and this year we are again giving away a tablet computer at your local branch! Come into the library for all of our awesome events this summer and while you're there register for the Summer Reading Program.

Every book review that you fill out (And they can be short!) wins you a library buck, an entry to win the tablet, and the admiration of your Teen Services Librarian.

Mothers of Mercy

Children’s Mercy Hospital

June 1, 1897: Dr. Alice Berry Graham rescues a crippled child whose mother is trying to give her away, inspiring Graham and sister Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson to found Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Motherland by Maria Hummel

Motherland by Maria Hummel


Maria Hummel’s historical novel, Motherland, tells the tense and turbulent survival tale of a Third Reich family in Germany near the end of the war.

Teen Review: Sea of Shadows

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Sea of Shadows, by Kelley Armstrong

Teen Reviewer: Grace Anne Pedrino

Twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of their small village, Edgewood. The Keeper and Seeker's job is to keep quiet the souls of the Damned - the dead people's souls.

Program Notes: You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man movie poster

You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man brought W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy together on the big screen in 1939. The film isn’t much for plot, but it’s rich in comic inventiveness.

Featured Authors

Remembering Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Angelou died Wednesday at her home in North Carolina, closing an extraordinary life that began in Missouri and yielded what President Obama described as “one of the brightest lights of our time.”

Comics Plus!: Checkout Comic Books From Any Device!

For manga or graphic novel lovers, or any fan of the sequential art form, comes Comics Plus - Library Edition! Through Comics Plus and The Kansas City Public Library, patrons with a library card and email address can checkout free e-comics. With a 10-book maximum for a 7-day checkout, kids, teens, and even adults can access a wide range of comics, classic favorites, and full manga series all from your own personal or public computer, phone, or tablet device.

Program Notes: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex movie poster

The year 1939 was a very good one for actress Bette Davis. The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex shows her at her most magnificent – a monumental, horrifying, and very human performance.

Kidnapped!

Mary McElroy. Photo courtesy The Kansas City Star

May 27, 1933: Mary McElroy, daughter of city manager and member of the Pendergast political machine Henry McElroy, is kidnapped from her Kansas City home, only to be released after 34 hours and a $30,000 ransom is paid.

From Asia with Love

What does it mean to be part of two cultures? Kids who grow up in the United States but who are adopted from other countries ask themselves this often. They navigate the challenges and enjoy the richness of their complex heritages. In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, below are books about international adoption with parents from the United States and babies from Asia. Whether or not your family has experienced cross-cultural adoption, these stories will resound. At their center, they are about the love between parents and their children.

Program Notes: Juarez (1939)

Juarez movie poster

The makers of Juarez went out of their way to ensure the film would be as historically accurate as possible. But this 1939 release is also an inflated bore, a history lesson in which the history smothers all the drama.