Book reviews

Chubster: A Hipster’s Guide to Losing Weight While Staying Cool by Martin Cizmar

Chubster book cover

“There’s no cool way to lose weight,” she said. Ha! Challenge accepted. Enter Martin Cizmar’s Chubster: A Hipster’s Guide to Losing Weight While Staying Cool.

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya's Ghost

Think graphic novels aren’t for you? With its smooth, quick pace and compelling story of a teenage Russian immigrant who makes an otherworldly friend, Anya’s Ghost may change your mind about the medium.

Teen Book Reviews - Manga

Reviewed by Tamara, age 16, of the Waldo Branch Library.

Review for Library Wars: Love & War Vol. 1
by Kiiro Yumi


This manga takes place in the near future the government has decided to rid the society of books that it labels as inappropriate. These books are seized from bookstores and any people found carrying them by strict MBC (the Media Betterment Committee) officers. The libraries vowed to protect their books from the corrupt government and established their own military task force called the Library Defense Forces. Iku Kasahara is a new recruit on the Library Forces and is excited to finally have the job of her dreams. But will she lose her enthusiasm as her perfect job turns sour when her drill instructor seems to have it out for her?

5 Frivolous April Fools' Day Reads

King Dork

If April be the month of fools, laugh on, especially if your March Madness bracket is nothing to smile about. These five books bring the funny in a myriad of punchlines delivered by the most unlikely of jokesters.

7 Reads for Savvy Mad Men and Women

Then We Came to the End

If you were among the 3.5 million people who tuned into the season five premiere of Mad Men this past Sunday, you're probably used to long waits between moments of joy. To tide you over until the next episode, check out these books inspired by the world of advertising.

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