First featured Book Review: Small Steps

smallsteps2The following book review on Small Steps by Louis Sachar was submitted by Willie, an 8th grader.

I give this book  5 stars out of 5 stars (0 being the worst and 5 being the best). 

I would recommend this book:    YES      

Why or why not? Because it was interesting.

Name a favorite scene or character in the book.

When Armpit meets Kaira DeLeon during her concert ’cause Armpit’s friend had a seizure.

Would you read this book again?  YES       

Summary of book:    Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it’s hard when you have a record, and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believes in him is Ginny, his 10-year old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. And he seems to be on the right path, until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. This leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation, Kaira DeLeon, and suddenly his life spins out of control, with only one thing for certain. He’ll never be the same again. Doing the right thing is never a wrong choice–but a small step in the right direction.


Still plenty of time…

to sign up and complete the Teen Winter Reading Program.  Stop by the Information Services Desk to pick up your BINGO sheet and special goodie just for signing up!

The Monday Minutiae

minutia n, pl. minutiae: A small or trivial detail: “the minutiae of experimental and mathematical procedure” (Frederick Turner).   (according to

So now that we have the def. of minutia, I have decided since it is almost Christmas and I will be gone the rest of the week to provide some fun (maybe:) minutiae about yours truly!  Feel free to comment and/or leave some of your own minutiae about yourself:)

1.  My favorite color is blue.

2. I love dogs and have three of them.

3. I grew up where there is more than corn in Indiana.  (If you know the town or Indiana landmark that is near that town, leave it below in comments:)

4.  I have one brother.

5.  My favorite holiday movies are White Christmas, Love Actually, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf and a Christmas Story.

6. My favorite holiday cartoons are The Grinch who stole Christmas, Twas the Night Before Christmas and Santa Claus is coming to town.

7.  My favorite holiday song is Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

8. My favorite author when I was a teen was Madeleine L’Engle and she is still up there on my list, so if you are looking for a good read, I highly recommend her books!

9. I am looking forward to hanging out with my family and playing games!

10.  My favorite ice cream flavor is coffee or chocolate chip cookie dough.

So there you have 10 random facts about me, hope you aren’t bored to tears yet!

A reminder

Just wanted to remind everyone that we are closed on Wednesday and Thursday of this week for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I hope everyone has a very Happy Holiday!