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Hungry for dinner at Dave's Diner, breakfast at Persy's Place or lunch at Harry's Bar & Grille? Don't forget, we're giving away gift certificates to these local eating establishments and others in our prize drawing, to be held on Tuesday, August 5. (One prize per participant.)

To be eligible for the drawing, you have to complete at least one "Literary Element" activity from the game card. There are a number of you who have registered but not logged any hours yet. If you're keeping track on paper, keep up the good work, and remember to get those game cards to the library by 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31. (We'll enter your information online for you, once we receive your cards.)

If you’re planning on logging activities online but haven’t done so yet, please note that all Literary Elements activities must be entered by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 to be eligible for the drawing.

Note: you can log activities either online or on the paper game card. You do not have to do both.




Book Reviews
Title
Bedeviled Eggs
Author
Laura Childs
Review
If you enjoy cozy mysteries, you'll find this egg-actly to your taste! Suzanne Dietz, forty-something and hard-working, opened the Cackleberry Club cafe shortly after the death of her husband. With the help of her close friends Toni and Petra, the cafe became a popular spot for breakfast and lunch. Stir in a read dating event, a murder by crossbow, a crooked politician, another murder, Halloween, and yummy recipes. All this, plus a touch of romance, makes a tasty treat for the mystery-lover.
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Title
Calamity Jack
Author
Shannon and Dean Hale
Review
I liked the twist of two classics stories and the main characters being so adventurous, specially Rapunzel with all her fight and clever skills.
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Title
The Devil and Miss Prym
Author
Paulo Coelho
Review
The Devil and Miss Prym is a parable of human nature and the balance between good and evil. A stranger arrives in the isolated village of Viscos with a bag full of gold bars. He makes a deal with the town's barmaid as he seeks to understand the true basis of human nature. Would the townspeople murder someone in order to keep the gold and secure the future of the town for generations? Or would they reject such evil and prove people are basically good.
I found this book far less accessible than others of Coelho's works, which I have enjoyed immensely. I found that too much of the conflict is presented in internal conversation and thought rather than story and action. This more cerebral presentation makes this novel less appealing.
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Title
Clockwork Angel
Author
Cassandra Clare
Review
Orphaned Tessa Gray arrives in England to live with her brother and, instead, finds herself prisoner to The Dark Sisters who force her to find her powers as a Downworlder. On the day she is to be forced into marrying the mysterious Magister she is rescued Will and Henry and taken to the Institute, home of the London Shadowhunters.

This is a prequel to the Mortal Instruments and it is a different book. There are steampunk elements that I don't remember in modern times. The characters are all interesting. There are a couple of "surprises" that I saw coming from a mile away, but I forgive them because I like the overall story and the lead characters. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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