The Front Porch prints book reviews by librarians in Northeast Denver, rotating to a different library each month. This month, reviews are by Leslie Williams from the Pauline Robinson Library.
The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life by Robin Quivers
Robin Quivers is best known as a radio personality on the Howard Stern Show. In her first book, she recounts her road trip to getting healthy. The book is written in three parts: Part 1 covers the benefits of eating well, Part 2 covers how to get started and Part 3 contains a host of recipes that are not only good for you but easy on your grocery bill.
The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook
If the movie Must Love Dogs rings a bell, then you will like this title. The Wildwater Walking Club is a story of Nora, a sales executive at a small shoe company who unfortunately gets laid off. As Nora is deciding the next chapter of her life, she realizes she has an abundance of free time. She forms a walking club with her neighbors Tess and Rosemarie. Although each woman is in a different stage of her life, all of them learn something from each other that strengthens their bond and their community.
Young Adult Fiction
What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Sophia is a freshman in high school. Like most girls, she likes going to the movies, hanging out with her best friends, Rachel and Grace, and getting to know boys in her class. Sophia or FiFi fantasizes about boys all the time. She sketches their pictures in her sketchbook and even dates cute boy Dylan for a few months. Her mother is withdrawn from what’s going on in Sophia’s life until the Halloween Dance. Sophia wants to wear a little black dress and her mother wants her to wear a dress with enormous pink roses on it. Events following the dance change Sophia and her relationship with her mother forever.
Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
This chapter book tells all about Anna’s adventures with her parents, twin brothers and extended family members in a beautiful country of Africa. Each chapter weaves together the journey the family is preparing to take to Canada, where Anna will see snow for the first time.
Juvenile Picture Book
Maple by Lori Nichols
A fun picture book about a girl named Maple, and the friendship she has with the maple tree in her backyard. Just as Maple is about to tell her mother about something surprising that’s happening in her backyard, her mother has some surprising news to tell Maple too.
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