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Liana’s Literary Commentary – The Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy By Rick Beyer

Liana Teixeira May 2, 2012

What if I told you George Washington was not the first president of the United States? "Impossible!"  "How can that be?" "History is wrong?!" Well, almost wrong.  George Washington was the first president...

Liana’s Literary Commentary: Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Liana Teixeira April 11, 2012

Fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is killed when her bike collides with an oncoming taxi.  However, Liz wakes up moments later on a boat named the SS Nile, feeling perfectly alive.  At first she believes this...

Liana’s Literary Commentary – The Summer I Turned Pretty by: Jenny Han

Liana Teixeira March 21, 2012

Isabel (Belly) Conklin is ready for summer.  Since she and her brother Steven were little, they would travel with their mother to Cousins Beach, where they reunited with long-time family friend Susannah...

Liana’s Literary Commentary – A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Liana Teixeira February 15, 2012

Mia Winchell may seem like a normal 13-year-old girl, but she has been harboring a secret her entire life.  Mia has synesthesia, a condition in which sounds, words, tastes, and numbers appear in colors...

Liana’s Literary Commentary – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Liana Teixeira February 1, 2012

What makes The Book Thief a truly amazing novel is the fact that it is narrated by Death.  And frankly, Death needs a vacation.  Death has travelled the world, collecting the souls of those departed,...

Massive Chaos After

Liana Teixeira March 2, 2011

In the novel After, by Francine Prose, after nearby Pleasant Valley High School experienced a fatal gun shooting, which was later compared to the Columbine shooting, student Tom Bishop began noticing some...

Hacking Harvard: You Don’t Need to be Brilliant You Just Need a Plan

Liana Teixeira February 23, 2011

Who deserves to get into the Ivy League? More importantly, how do you outsmart the Ivy League? In Hacking Harvard by Robin Wasserman, Eric Roth faces this ultimate moral dilemma as he attempts to beat...

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Liana Teixeira February 9, 2011

Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has a knack for creating alternate storylines. In his latest novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Grahame-Smith reconstructs the life of...

Going Bovine

Liana Teixeira February 2, 2011

Author Libba Bray’s striking yet distinctive metamorphosis from the Victorian-era Gemma Doyle Trilogy introduces readers to an entirely new character: Cameron…and boy, does he have a story to...

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

Liana Teixeira January 26, 2011

In this fascinating novel by Erik Larson, a magical yet terrifying tale is told, one that involves the bustling streets of Chicago, Illinois during the 1893 World Fair. First held in London in 1851,...

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