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Barrington Area Library
   Staff       Young Adults (Grades 9-12)   
   Adults 2014       Preschoolers (Birth-K)   
   Students (Grades K—8)   
Club Info
After registering, please visit our Adult Reference Desk for a free book of your choice. Read/listen to at least 1 book per month to qualify for monthly prizes; read/listen to at least 6 books to qualify for the GRAND PRIZE. Club ends on August 15.

We are approximately 275 books away from our Read To Feed goal of 1500! Please help us reach our Read To Feed goal by continuing to read and log in your books, so our partner businesses will make a donation to the Barrington and Cuba Township food pantries. Get the details on Read To Feed on the Barrington Area Library website.
Reviews
Title
Heaven is for Real
Author
Todd Burpo
Review
If you do not believe in heaven, this book will encourage you, and if you do believe, Colton Burpo's accounts will fascinate you. Coming from a four year old, the descriptions of heaven are innocent, but they parallel Biblical accounts. This story will renew your faith and change your perspective of death and "the end."
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Divergent
Author
Veronica Roth
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Whether you have seen the movie or not, it is definitely worth reading Divergent. Its characters are fully developed, the dystopian society is captivating, and the conflict is suspenseful. I read it in a day, and it was really fun reading about the different factions and relating it to my own values.
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Voodoo Ridge
Author
David Freed
Review
A fairly entertaining mystery novel. While suspenseful at times, for the most part I was glad it was over in the end. The written dialogue was choppy, awkward, and hard to follow at times, distracting from the plot. Freed has some great ideas, but needs to work on connecting with the audience better.
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Title
Sweet Sanctuary
Review

When Lydia’s father’s machinations bring Micah to their home - worried about an accusation of paternity, I was ready to dislike their whole family. But Nicky is so cute and Lydia is so honest and in love with Micah, it’s easy to like them. The scary situation with Nicky’s real father, Nic, draws you into the story. The future that unfolds for Nic was completely a surprise for me. That mean, degenerate character seemed to be a hopeless case, but Micah would say that all things are possible with God’s help. I liked that Lydia was independent – helping to run her father’s company and making decisions about Nicky. Micah was too busy with his medical clinic and refugee work to always step in and save her. I liked that they could be two strong people together…rather than having the story be all about “super” Micah.
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Title
Bubble World
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A virtual world where you’re popular, beautiful, smart, and rich! What a great concept! I had a hard time putting this book down. The first chapters are so plastic and artificial that although I didn’t want to stop reading…I did skim some pages. The contrasts between the real world and the ideal world are amazing. As Freesia (Francine) reestablishes connections with her real parents and her sister, it is so cool to see the shallow and deep ways that we interact with our family and our friends. How the persona we would like others to see is so important to our self-confidence – yet we don’t want to work on making those appealing qualities real in ourselves.

I was so impressed with the ideas and dialogue, with the deeper meanings. I think young adults and teens will be entertained by Snow’s story; they may also gain some insight into their lives and appreciation for what’s real.

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Title
The Cat that God Sent
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God sends us what we need sometimes. God sent Petey to Jake, the new young pastor of a small country church with a crooked steeple. While I was reading this book, my daughter and I came across a stray cat while we walked in our neighborhood. We’ve been dog people because of allergies, but that cat made a huge impression on both of us. There’s something wise and still about cats; Petey’s range of vocalized meows and his ability to sit and listen help Jake and so many other characters in this story.

I was waiting to see what Jake’s “secret” was. I expected something so much worse than what we finally learn about his secret. And just like most of his congregation, I would have stood up and confessed to the same “sin” if I had been a member of the “Church of the Open Door”. There were so many characters to like – Vern, Eleanor, and Jimbo and Betty for instance – both of them praying that his work would pick up because too much togetherness put them on the verge of a “permanent tussle”. I liked Emma, the vet, but later relegated her to the same status as Jake’s ex-girlfriend. In fact, some of the women characters in this book, Emma, Barbara Ann, and Jake’s mother, remind me of the usual stereotypes about cats: catty, snide, sneaky, self-important, etc… Jake and the men including male Petey (with a few exceptions) seem more like stereotypical dogs: loyal, confused by anything that’s not straightforward, well-meaning, etc…

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