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 The brother writing team put together an interesting book.  Awhile ago I read Irresistibly Irrational which I enjoyed more.  This book was very anecdotal and while it did convey some interesting ideas, I was not entirely captivated by it.  I felt that it did describe how everything from military operations to doctors to factory workers fall under the spell of irrational behavior.  What they did not really talk about was what could be done about it.  I suppose that simply having a higher level of awareness is a good step, but it felt like they were leading us to enlightenment, only to cast us into darkness.  That being said, I did find the premise interesting and the research they did intriguing.  Sometimes chapters kind of peetered out and it felt like they didn’t know how to wrap up some of what they were saying.  I would be curious to hear what others who have read both Irresistibly Irrational and Sway thought of the two.

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Tennyson by Lesley M.M. Blume

 A spooky book, it reminded me a bit of The Others with Nicole Kidman.  Tennyson’s mom runs away and so her dad deposits her and her younger sister at his old home with his sister.  Things are falling down at this old Georgian plantation house.  The aunt is beyond bizarre as are the staff and other family.  Tennyson is pretty miserable and she keeps having weird dreams about what life is like on the plantation when it was prosperous.  She is a writer and that takes a large chunk out of the story.  Set seemingly during the Depression, this is a sad tale that is, however, beautifully written and utterly captivating.

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 Eddie is in 8th grade and his friend introduces him to porn.  It is nothing really raunchy luckily, but his mom catches him and sends him to his uncle’s to stay for his school break.  Things at his uncle’s are a bit odd and Eddie learns some secrets while he is there.  I really loved the characters and the way Woodworth dealt with serious issues.  I read this book to see if it should be moved from our Children’s department to the Young Adult Department and, after reading it, I think it should be moved.  There is nothing too graphic, but it is still something that I think is better off in an older section.  Overall, though I really enjoyed the book.

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This book was a lot darker than I expected.  Looking back on the cover and jacket flap, I am not really sure why I was so surprised.  But I was.  One day, on their way back from a part of town they are not supposed to be in, Ryan, Josh, and Chelle miss their bus.  With no money to spare, Josh comes up with a plan to steal money from a wishing well.  All seems fine, until a few days later when strange things start to happen.  It turns out that by stealing the money from teh well, Ryan, Josh and Chelle have basically indentured themselves to the Well Witch.  With their new found powers, they must grant people’s wishes.  Except it turns out that when you grant someone’s wish, you can actually harm their life not help it.  With plenty of twists and turns, Ryan, Josh, and Chelle must find their way out of the dark and into the light.  A gripping tale with a satisfying ending.

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 So I love chocolate and couldnt’ wait to read this book.  I was shocked to discover it was not something light and fluffy, but rather a historical fiction novel about a Jewish American family right after WWII.  The cover and inside jacket description do not hint in any way at the serious tone of this book.  The book takes place in 1945 and is about a young girl named Dorrie who was to come up with a sweet treat to bring to the end of the school year.  The winner from her class will be photographed and put in the local paper.  However, you soon learn that there is a lot more going on.  Her family is waiting for news of relatives from Europe and fearful that they have died.  Then, they discover a cousin who has survived and he comes to live with them.  Needless to say, this is not a light and fluffy book.  I think the publisher was being deliberately misleading which is unfortunate because it was a wonderful story.  One example that really bothered me on the jacket was that they described the cousin who has just survived the Holocaust as “an immigrant from Europe”.  I think that kids will pick this up not realizing what is inside and be a little turned off.  On the other hand, if they had marketed it properly, they would have had a huge success I feel as good books about the Holocaust are always needed.

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Airhead by Meg Cabot

In this rather bizarre book, Cabot stretches the bounds of the imagination.  Emerson Watts, or Em to her friends, is at the grand opening of an electronics store with her little sister and her bf (and crush) Christopher when tragedy strikes.  Protesters dislodge a TV and it comes crashing down on her.  At the same time,  teen supermodel Nikki Howard has an aneurysm.  So the doctors at this special clinic take Em’s brain and plant it in Nikki’s body.  Now Em is living a nightmare.  A tomboy and video game player, Em now has to wear skimpy clothes and  be a model.  IT is all beyond bizarre.  I am not really sure what to think about this book.  It is so far fetched and weird.  I think I will read the next one just to see if it starts to make more sense to me (or maybe I liked it more than I realized and that is why I am reading it)

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In this interesting fantasy book, we meet Conn, a pickpocket who steals a wizard’s locus magicalicus (a stone used to focus a wizard’s powers).  Instead of killing him, the stone accepts him which makes the wizard NEvery wonder about hte boy.  He takes him on as a servant, but Conn has other ideas.  Soon he is accepted as the wizard’s apprentice, on the condition that he finds his own locus magicalicus.  This is harder than it looks.  Meanwhile, Nevery is trying to figure out where all the magic in the city of going.  If he doesn’t figure it out soon there may not be any magic left.  Conn has some ideas about it, but no one really wants to listen to him.  Luckily, when Conn gets an idea in his head he sticks with it.  In the end, Conn’s theory proves right.  The first in a trilogy, Prineas does a good job of setting the stage, developing the characters, and putting together a well crafted tale. 

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