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Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston
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Life as we know it, but with dragons.

Johnston has imagined what the world would be like were dragons real, wild creatures. Not super intelligent, magical beasts as is often portrayed in fantasies, but wild animals that are fiery and feed on carbon em...more
Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
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Perhaps not the most captivating writing ever, but full of wisdom. Decent as literature; essential as message. It's okay to be human. We all are, after all. Accept it, go with it, be it.


Love and belonging are irreducible needs of all men, women,...more
Chris rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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I'm late to this party, so I won't say much except to confirm everyone else. This is good. Very good.
Chris rated a book 3 of 5 stars
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
And We Stay
by Jenny Hubbard (Goodreads Author)
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A good story, but told through a writing style that didn't connect with me. Since leaving high school I've found some poetry that I've really fallen in love with, but this was a strong reminder of why I thought poetry wasn't for me when I was a stude...more
Chris rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
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This is a mystery book. But is it a fantasy book? That's the mystery. It's certainly a bit horror, creepy and gripping. Someone bad is out there, coming for children, someone called the Riverman. So is the Riverman a magical predator invading a magic...more
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
" When a book has worked its way into your cranium and is making a home for itself within the darker recesses of your very soul, the natural inclination is to talk to somebody about it. And when that book was ostensibly written for kids, all the mor... " Read more of this review »
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Chris rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Refresh, Refresh by Danica Novgorodoff
Refresh, Refresh
by Danica Novgorodoff (Goodreads Author)
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War is destructive and leaves ruins in its wake. This is a story of war making ruins of the lives of the families that soldiers have left behind as those families struggle to deal with the emptiness--both practical (empty bank accounts) and emotional...more
Chris rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Slow Storm by Danica Novgorodoff
Slow Storm
by Danica Novgorodoff (Goodreads Author)
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This just didn't work for me. I really wanted to like it, but I couldn't connect with it. Though attractive, the art confused me as often as it communicated information to me, so I felt I was missing a lot of what I was supposed to be getting. I coul...more
Chris and 6 other people liked Seth Hahne's review of Slow Storm:
Slow Storm by Danica Novgorodoff
" Danica Novgorodoff has created something that was worth picking up but maybe not worth picking up instead of something else. Slow Storm is a pretty even blend of good and bad elements—and this elemental counterpoint so strongly governs the book th... " Read more of this review »
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“Jiichan looked surprised. "Nothing wrong with gullible. How you be happy if not gullible?”
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Fiction Is As Essential As Nonfiction (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Not my actual writing, just a compilation and synthesis of other people's thoughts.
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Summer Reading for Teens has moved! Join us at our new home to win great prizes like a Kindle Fire HD and jump passes to Skyzone!
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This is an experimental group for staff from the Johnson County Library!
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The Kansas City Public Library is dedicated to building and serving a community of readers. Join us in the Great War | Great Read during August throug...more
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I made this so there would be a group made specifically for guys who don't want to hear girls chatter on about which fictional character they would ra...more
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