Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Vol. 1, Squirrel Power

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As a trade hardcover, Squirrel Power—volume 1 of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl—collects issues 1-5 in which mutant Doreen Green and her sidekick Tippy-Toe begin college, best Kraven the Hunter, and save Earth from Galactus. Ostensibly, our heroine is attempting to blend in with non-superhero society and become a computer scientist, following in the footsteps of her idol Tony Stark. Unfortunately, she has more than a little trouble acclimating to student life. Set in the Avenger corner of the Marvel universe, Squirrel Power is chock full of not-so-casual, casual references to Iron Man, the Avengers, Stark Tower, Doctor Doom, and Thanos as well as allusions to Green’s possibly more suitable partners the X-men, Wolverine, and Deadpool. Written by Ryan North, creator of the fourteen-year running webcomic Dinosaur Comics (, this series is laden with the punny humor and zany commentary fans have come to expect from him. Squirrel Girl is a fast-paced, silly, self-aware romp that is full of wordplay and light on fan-service. Because its artwork is appealing but not overtly sexy, this title is easily appropriate for middle grade readers and beyond. The light-hearted references to itself and the conventions of its genre will find an audience in readers who likes having the “comic” in their comics. Moreover, allusions to other members of the Marvel universe strike the right balance between arcane and insipid in order to appeal to cannon heads and newcomers alike. In short, you would like this book if you like…Marvel’s Deadpool, Lumberjanes, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, and The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton.

- Christina Taylor, RRHS Librarian

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Review: Doomed by Tracy Deebs

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Feeling unwanted by the mother she’s always known, Pandora Walker can’t resist opening an email from the father she doesn’t remember—unwittingly unleashing cyber Armageddon and sending the entire world into panic. There is suddenly no Internet, no cellular service, no utilities, and no law enforcement. So, Pandora teams up with stepbrothers Eli and Theo to close the box that she has opened by besting her namesake, an allegorical MMO of her father’s making. Simultaneously, they’re forced to track down clues both online and in real life if they want to level up, beat the game, and save the world from a very literal self-destruction. Doomed is a high-energy page turner that will keep readers asking “what next?!” You would like this book if you like… sci-fi, cyberpunk, dystopian, and romance; Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, or Crewel by Gennifer Albin.

- Christina Taylor, DragonLibrary Staff

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Maddy is a girl who has SCID- a disease in which she is allergic to everything. Olly and his family move in across the street from Maddy and her mom. Maddy and Olly strike up an email relationship. Carla, Maddy's nurse, allows Olly into the house for a visit without her mom's knowledge. Maddy wants to know what it's like to live IN the world and takes steps to make it happen. How things turn out will surprise you. I definitely recommend this book; it is a great story of love, both familial and romantic. You would like this book if you like romance and adventure.

- Becky Seitsinger, DragonLibrary Staff