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Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
Binky to the Rescue by Ashley Spires
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer
Castle of Shadows by Ellen Renner
A Cat Named Squeeky by Vic Reskovic
Chi's Sweet Home 01 by Kanata Konami
Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones
Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh
The Days of the King by Filip Florian
The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! by Mo Willems
Fortune Cookies by Albert Bitterman
How to Wash a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
I Don't Want to Take a Bath by Julie Sykes
I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (audio) edited by John Joseph Abrams
Jam & Honey by Melita Morales
Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Mary's Rainbow by Clementia
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl
The Paper Crane by Molly Bang
Pickles to Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett
Prime Cut by Diane Mott Davidson
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
The School for Cats by Esther Averill
The Secret Lives of Princesses by Philippe Lechermeier
Silverlicious by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann
A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Big Stone Gap: 10/07/12

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Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani is both a debut novel and the start of the Big Stone Gap series. Ave Maria Mulligan is a thirty-five-year-old pharmacist, uninterested in marriage but pursued by a local bachelor. The big excitement in this sleepy Appalachian town is the announced arrival of Elizabeth Taylor.

Apparently the one chapter about Elizabeth Taylor, tucked in about two thirds through the book, is based on fact. How though it inspired the rest of this sleepy book, I have no idea.

Removing the actress from the book, the next BIG EXCITEMENT is the weekly arrival of the bookmobile. I like bookmobiles and libraries and librarians — heck, I even am a librarian. But as a riveting plot point, the bookmobile isn't much of a happening.

Near the end of the book — well after Elizabeth Taylor — the lengthy and dull character studies finally end and POOF a family secret appears. I guess the plot missed the bus and arrived on a later one.

Three stars

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