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Welcome to Langley-Adams Library's Reader's Advisory blog! For anyone who doesn't know us, we are a small library in Groveland, Massachusetts. We have a small, dedicated staff with all kinds of favorite books to read!  We will be posting reviews of recommendations of books that we have our library collection! No spoilers, we promise!  Sincerely, The Langley-Adams Library Staff

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki

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" Harleen is a tough, outspoken, rebellious kid who lives in a ramshackle apartment above a karaoke cabaret owned by a drag queen named MAMA. Ever since Harleen's parents split, MAMA has been her only family. When the cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that's taking over the neighborhood, Harleen gets mad. When Harleen decides to turn her anger into action, she is faced with two choices: join Ivy, who's campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or join The Joker, who plans to take down Gotham one corporation at a time.  Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass  is at once a tale of the classic Harley readers know and love, and a heartfelt story about the choices teenagers make and how they can define—or destroy—their lives." (Goodreads.com) Harley Quinn wasn't a favorite character of mine, but the twist Tamaki puts on this character's story helped me to understand her better. The illustrations were amazing and really helpe

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

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In the story  I am the messenger  by Markus Zusak, Ed Kennedy is an underage cab driver who doesn’t have a very good future ahead of him. He is in love with his best friend who does not feel the same way, and his other best friend is his dog who drinks coffee and smells terrible. His life is practically a routine that he is very used to by now. That is until one day when it seemed as if Ed was in the right place at the right time. After he accidentally prevented a bank robber from getting away, he receives a playing card with three addresses written on it. He doesn’t know why, but he knows that there is a message he hast to deliver to the people at these locations. The only writing on the card is those places. There are no directions, and no rules that he has to follow. He doesn’t understand why he was chosen to do this, but nonetheless he follows through. After that card the messages keep coming. Some of the messages are harder than others, some of them are painful, some are enjoyable

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

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" S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®. Then Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn't quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies--from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim's loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis--fail to cure Big Jim's debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity's extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching educat

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz

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" At its heart,  Dearie  is a story about a woman’s search for her own unique expression.  Julia Child was a directionless, gawky young woman who ran off halfway around the world to join a spy agency during World War II.  She eventually settled in Paris, where she learned to cook and collaborated on the writing of what would become  Mastering the Art of French Cooking,  a book that changed the food culture of America.   She was already fifty when  The French Chef  went on the air —  at a time in our history when women weren’t making those leaps.  Julia became the first educational TV star, virtually launching PBS as we know it today; her marriage to Paul Child formed a decades-long love story that was romantic, touching, and quite extraordinary" (Goodreads.com) This is a very in depth look into the life and career of Julia Child and her Husband. The page count is a bit daunting but the audiobook makes the commute fly by. Get ready to put on your apron and start cooking.   Meg

Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee

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" After watching her circle of friends seemingly fade away, Lora is determined to still have fun on her own, so when a tea party leads Lora to discovering Alexa, the ghost that haunts her house, they soon become best friends." *(Goodreads.com) This is an fun-spirited children's graphic novel that addresses the feeling of growing up. I enjoyed the way it addressed self-expression, finding new interests and the way circles of friends change over time. Reading it as an adult didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book because I believe everyone knows how nerve wracking it feels to grow up. The art style and panel designs were also really cool, they definitely added to the story. Kelsey Fitzgerald Library Assistant Available at the Langley-Adams Library 

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

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"For as long as she can remember, it’s been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up in the 1990s as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn’t always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together.  So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation—following her mother’s announcement that she’s getting married—Robin is devastated. Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesn’t understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends at home and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesn’t fit in with her new stepfamily. And worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest to—her mother.  Then one day Robin’s mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined." (Goodreads.com) This is a bittersweet account about how Ha and her mother strugg

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

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" In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?  " (Goodreads.com) This is one of the best books I have read this whole pandemic. It is clever and entertaining! Best of all, it is...a murder mystery! Sue Nakanishi Adult Services & Outreach Coordinator Available at the Langley-Adams Library