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  • The Lost Boy's gift by Holt, Kimberly Willis,
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    Enchanting story of lonely 9 year old Daniel who moves across country with his mom after his parents' divorce. The quiet neighborhood of While-a-Way Lane, his new street, smells of cotton candy and has an unusual Ferris wheel on library grounds.

    Because  most residents are away on spring break and his mother works outside the home, Daniel, is left to his own devices. He befriends 2 squirrels, Dewey the Postman, Tilda Butter who communicates with animals and insects, Tilda's dog Fred, and a protective host of fireflies. Everyone has a gift, and Daniel must find his.

    This tender blend of realism and fantasy explores themes of separation, loss, divorce, acceptance, intergenerational friendship, and noticing the smallest details that can change a day from ordinary to extraordinary. Lovely! Highly Recommend for Grades 4-6. Marianne Bucci, Head, Children's Depr., Northeast Regional Library. 2/25/22

    Reviewed by Marianne B on Feb 25, 2021

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  • Bigger the Joe Weider story
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Drama. Based On True Events. Determination. Entrepreneurship. Bodybuilding.

    I like this film because it is based on true events. The Weider brothers had a dream and they were not afraid to go for it. Although I am not really familiar with weight lifting and bodybuilding, however,  this story of two brothers push to create a place in the world for this sport is interesting. It took many years, but, the dream came forth.  Their fitness and nutrient magazines for men and women are available worldwide today.

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Feb 25, 2021

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  • Coming to America
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Comedy. Romance. Heart-warming. Memorable Characters. Steady pace. Hilarious. Fun to watch. Awesome Cast.

    I enjoyed watching this movie because it has a lot of funny characters that you can really relate to. The film is predictable, but, it was fun to watch. I like the way Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall plays multiple very funny characters. The costumes and the music were suitable for the film. If you like romantic comedy....you will enjoy this movie.  Don't miss Samuel L. Jackson's quick appearance. Even though the film is rated R ....it is not loaded with lot of foul language

     

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Feb 25, 2021

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  • Detroit
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Based on True Events. Intense Drama. Racial Injustice. Police Brutality. Heartbreaking. Gripping. Violent .Disturbing.

    This film was based on true event which made it hard to watch at times. The same unrest exist today. Racism is still alive and well. Riots all over the US and injustice is still the same.  The movie had a lot of things going on at the same time,  Sometimes it was hard to keep up with what was going on. I didn't like the dark scenes.  The music sound track was good.

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Feb 23, 2021

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  • A Thin line between love & hate
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Romance. Comedy. Nice Music Track. Memorable Characters. Hilarious. Unexpected Ending. Fun To Watch.Love-Hate Relationships.

    I liked watching this movie because it was not only comical but the twist and turns in the plot keeps you interested.   Martin Lawrence is so funny and his face expressions are hilarious.  The actors and actresses (Regina King and Lynn Whitfield)  in this film where on point and convincing. This film was funny from start to finish. A real classic.

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Feb 23, 2021

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  • Assassination vacation by Vowell, Sarah,
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    In Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell examines the first 3 presidential murders: those of Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield and William Mckinley.

    She digs up fascinating, obscure facts about all 3 men and their times. Vowell travels from Alaska to the Dry Tortugas, viisting every landmark, house and museum to shed light on the victims and their killers.

    Lincoln was already regarded as a great leader when he was cut down by John Wilkes Booth.  Garfield, who was loved by the masses, was on his way to becoming a great president by stamping out corruption in government.  When he was killed, he had been in office for less than a year, and today, is largely forgotten.  McKinley was not any kind of great leader.  A war monger and an imperialist, he was assassinated by an immigrant anarchist.

    Even if you are not a history buff or a fan of presidential trivia, you will find this book fascinating and entertaining.  Speaking of entertaining, Sarah Vowell is the voice of sulky teenage Violet in The Incredibles.

    Reviewed by valerie h on Feb 19, 2021

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