River Readers

  • It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

    Zomorod Yousefzadeh and her parents have moved from Iran and are living in California where her father works for an American company building an oil refinery. Zomorod decides after they move from Compton to Newport Beach to reinvent herself as Cindy and become more American. This is difficult when her parents don't speak a lot of English and her mom insists on giving the neighbors traditional Iranian food. Cindy makes a friend during the summer who turns out not to be a great friend, but once school starts she does make friends and start to assimilate into American life.

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  • Lowriders Blast from the Past

    This was awesome! It was a look at how the Lowriders came to be friends. They look so cute as little kids. I loved how they came together and overcame bullies and created awesome art. Fantastico!

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  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 10: Parents' Day

    Parents are coming to Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types and is it going to be fun. There are scavenger hunt shenanigans and aww worthy meetings. I loved all the parents and how they interacted with the kids and how they reacted to the shenanigans. Awesome story as always.

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  • Bird Box

    Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

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  • Sex Criminals, Vol. 5, Five Fingered Discount

    Suzie and Jon have that special something—when they have sex, they freeze time and do crimes. Well—they HAD that special something. In the aftermath of what would appear to be a breakup, where do our two love-crazy time-freezing sex-having bank robbers go? REBOUND AHOY! Also everything gets more dangerous and complicated? But it's okay. Collects SEX CRIMINALS #21-25


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  • The Wendy Project

    16 year old Wendy, crashes her car into a lake, and witnesses a boy fly her younger brother Michael away. Adults tell her to grieve over the death of her brother Michael, but she and her other brother John, know better, they say him carried away. People in "real life" start to resemble the cast of Peter Pan. Her therapist Dr Barrie(!) suggests Wendy use a sketch book to draw her feelings. The sketchbook turns into a portal that allows Wendy to reconnect with The Lost Boys.
    I loved the bright colors, this is one of the few Graphic Novels that doesn't use sepia tones!

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  • Elevation

    The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.

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  • The Book Jumper

    This book was not quite what I expected but I liked it anyway. With my love of books, it would be amazing to have the ability to enter any story at any point and see and experience the story first hand. This story shows how important the smallest things and the basic story ideas are important to the finished product. It would be dangerous to think that one small change would make every copy of the story, no matter where or when, become different or maybe not exist at all. This would be a huge job and maybe not as glorious as it seems at the beginning.

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  • Searching for You

    Despite years on the run, Sophie Neumann is determined to care for two young children. She won't abandon them the way she thinks her older sisters abandoned her. But times are growing desperate, and when she falls in with the wrong crowd and witnesses a crime, she realizes fleeing 1850s New York is her only option.

    Disappearing with her two young charges into a group of orphans heading west by train, Sophie hopes to find safety and a happy life. When the train stops in Illinois for the first placement of orphans, Sophie faces the most difficult choice of her life.

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  • The Orphan's Tale

    A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival

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  • The Night Diary

    This book is set in India just prior to the exit of British rule in 1947. Nisha is a twelve year old who's deceased mother was Muslim and her father is Hindu. With the exit of the British, the religious factions are quarreling over representation and who will settle well. It is decided that they will partition India with the Muslims in part and the Hindu's in the other part. Thus is born India and Pakistan. Nisha's family, who practice Hinduism, will need to leave and travel to the "new India" in order to be safe.

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  • The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2)

    This was a fun sequel and I really wish there would be more. I loved how Felicity was fearless and resourceful. I would love to know what happens to Felicity and her two best friends. Females of much more substance than normal and full of force, humor and understanding. Making a life of their own, these three chart a path most men couldn't follow.

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  • Little White Lies (Debutantes #1)

    I liked this teen novel about becoming a Southern belle debutante. I have to admit that when I was of a certain age, the idea of being a debutante would have been a dream come true. Now however, I have to admit that it would not be a very fun situation. On the other hand, these four girls are no wilting blossoms and can stir up trouble with the best of them. Sawyer is looking for her father, but finds a hornets nest. When she does find the truth, she doesn't know what to do with it. Can't wait to see what happens next!

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