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  • Life animated a story of sidekicks, heroes, and… by Suskind Ron
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    In Life, Animated,  Ron Suskind tells the story of his son, Owen, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3.  Prior to the diagnosis, Owen appeared to be a normal, outgoing toddler.  Suddenly, his developing speech regresses to the point of mutism.  He'd spin in circles, flap his hands, cry constantly and could not make eye contact.

    The Suskind family finds that there are no established guidelines or protocols to meet Owen's needs.  They do notice one thing:  Owen will stare transfixed by Disney cartoon videos which he loved before his diagnosis.  Eye contact!

    Over time, the "Wonderful World of Disney" bcomes a tool for Owen to connect to his family and the larger world.  However, it is not all fun and games. The book covers 20 years of Owen's life.  We see him kicked out of 2 pricey schools and bullied by classmates.  His older brother both loves and resents him, mortified by his public behaviors.  It's  a heart warming and inspirational read.  I recommend this book

    Reviewed by valerie h on Mar 7, 2021

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  • Bancroft
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    She was very manipulative and folks believed her because of her powerful position but things take a crazy twist in season 2. Its really a psychological thriller season if you ask me...shows how a person's dramatic past can really effect their minds...and folks just snap!!!

    Reviewed by Ashley B on Mar 5, 2021

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  • Scott and Bailey.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Talk about binge watching!The writing and acting are excellent and I feel like I’m there with them.Very realistic situations between the characters... show growth from season to season. Strong female characters. Would give this series a 5+.

    Reviewed by Ashley B on Mar 5, 2021

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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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