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Read to the Rhythm with a twist! If we reach our collective Library goal of 1,000 books read, Barrington Bank & Trust has pledged to donate $1,000 to Barrington Township Food Pantry and Cuba Township Food Pantry ($500 each).

Read 5 books and be entered to win a personal MakerLab session. After you complete your first book, you're eligible for Ravinia tickets!
Reviews
Title
Flunked
Author
Jen Calonita
Review
Can villains ever truly change their colors? Would anyone imagine a villain founding a Fairy Tale Reform School? When I first started this book I didn't fully believe that that was possible. Gilly, the main character, isn't a terrible child but she is regularly in trouble and known for theft. Her family is very poor and Gilly is just trying to help them; unfortunately, her efforts are illegal. When she is thrown into the Reform School she isn't very happy about it; however, she soon adjusts and meets some friends. Is this Reform School really what it looks like?

I enjoyed Gilly's character. She was fun and easy to read about. I didn't like her thieving, but I understood how hard it must be to watch your family in poverty. Her friends were interesting and helpful to the plot. I kept a careful watch on the villains. Overall, I really loved the plot and ending of this book. Flunked is ideal for middle grade readers and anyone who is a child at heart.
Rating
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Title
The Bargaining
Author
Carly Anne West
Review
If you're looking for a great blend of horror, slight romance, and a thrilling story then you should grab this book! Penny's parents had a fairly nasty divorce and she has recently been shuffled from her mom to her dad. She lost her friend not too long ago and feels partly responsible. She doesn't feel connected to her step-mom despite her step-mom, April, trying to form a relationship with her. When April takes on a project to restore a house in a small town, Penny is enlisted to help her out. Little do the two know that there are mysteries connected to the town and the house and odd thumps-literally-in the night.

I loved Penny's character. She was sullen and had her pouty moments, but she felt like a real person to me. I liked how she had a bit of an investigative personality and that she doesn't back down from a challenge. April had a sunny personality and I found it sweet that she tried so hard to make things fun for Penny. Miller always had an air of mystery to him and I distrusted him through most of the book.

The book was so fast-paced and had quite a few twists and turns that had me turning the pages far longer into the night than I meant to. This was a wonderful book and perfect for young adult/teen readers.
Rating
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