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Flannery's Reviews

Flannery’s life has been about books since before she could read. While she mainly reads mystery, fantasy, and young adult, Flannery also enjoys some good non-fiction and the occasional novel. The Watsonville native worked at Bookshop for years and was our Used Book Manager and mystery section leader. In real life she enjoys fuzzy cats, the wild outdoors, and cupcakes.

 

Chime by Franny Billingsley

As the Industrial Revolution encroaches on Swampsea, the creatures of the swamp rebel and the only one who can bridge the gap is Briony. But Briony is a witch, and witches are hung. And now there’s a new young man around, stirring up ideas she would rather stayed dormant. This National Book Award nominee beautifully blends modern and old English.

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ISBN: 9780803735521
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Published: Dial Books - March 17th, 2011

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

On an island where deadly horses rise from oceans depths every fall, the locals catch and race the beasts. This is the story of one brave, stubborn girl, and one quiet, horse-hearted boy. They have their own reasons for racing, but find themselves slowly drawn together. This is a fantastic, lyrically-written book about family, love, loyalty, and home. I loved it so much

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ISBN: 9780545224901
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 18th, 2011

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. It’s the heart breaking story of one girl’s reasons for taking her own life, played on cassette tapes she recorded. This stunning work in no way glamorizes suicide, but instead makes you reevaluate your role in the lives of the people around you. This book has actually saved lives, and reading it, you can understand why.

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ISBN: 9781595141880
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Published: Razorbill - June 14th, 2011

Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens

Water conservation is a huge issue--luckily for those who want to conserve, this book provides plenty of plants that are as beautiful as they are hardy. With a simple, colorful layout broken down by plant type, it’s easy to use, and full of special facts, related plants, and design ideas. Now, there’s no reason not to save some water and still have a stunning garden!

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ISBN: 9781604691696
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Published: Timber Press - September 6th, 2011

Ghost Wave by Chris Dixon

The quest for the world’s biggest wave has taken surfers many places, from the frigid waters of Mavericks to Maui’s gleaming Jaws. But one of the first, and biggest, is the Cortes Bank. This is book is well researched, intriguing, with plenty of history, and lots of disastrous seafaring and surfing tales to keep you entertained. A good gift for surfers, fans of The Wave, or nautical buffs.

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ISBN: 9780811876285
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 12th, 2011

Plastic Ocean by Charles Moore

While crossing the Pacific, Moore began to notice lots of small scraps of plastic, floating way out between Hawaii and California. This lead to the discovery of one of man’s worst creations: the great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch. This expose of plastic and the story of one man’s quest for conservation is a stirring, passionate plea for the future of our oceans, and indeed, our planet.

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ISBN: 9781583334249
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Published: Avery - October 27th, 2011

Zooborns Cats! by Andrew Bleiman

Having a bad day? Need something to put a smile on your face? Well, look no further, because the cuteness contained in these pages is practically guaranteed to crack a smile on the Grinchy-est of people. This newest collection of the Zooborn books is full of fuzzy, kitty babies. This is the absolute perfect gift for cat lovers, children, and people who loves adorable baby animals!

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ISBN: 9781451651904
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2011

To the Arctic by Florian Schulz

If you think of the Arctic as a barren, lifeless place, this is the book that will prove you wrong. Mind-blowing landscapes and amazing animals are part of the showcase of a rapidly changing world that few will ever see in person. Taken over the span of a year, with the addition of heartfelt stories, this stunning collection contains proof that the Arctic needs, and deserves, our protection.

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ISBN: 9781594854873
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Published: Mountaineers Books - November 1st, 2011

Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales

Ever wonder what it’s like behind the scenes at ESPN? Here’s your chance to find out! This is the first-ever account of how a father and son came up with the idea for one of the most recognized brands in sports. It is both a great business story, chronicling the painstaking effort that went into ESPN’s creation and rise, and a great sports book. Funny and infinitely readable.

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ISBN: 9780316043014
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Published: Back Bay Books - December 1st, 2011

Holy Ghost Girl by Donna Johnson

Donna Johnson grew up amongst the wood chips and giant circus tents of a sawdust preacher and faith healer while her mother played the organ. Years after the movement’s downfall, events inspired her to recount her history and explore the ways that it sparked her struggle with faith. This is an eloquent memoir, both funny and moving, a highly unique perspective on an experience that all but vanished with the advent of megachurches.

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ISBN: 9781592406302
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Published: Gotham - October 13th, 2011

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