Book Review: Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar


The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

From first-time author, Noelle Salazar comes a powerfully stunning tale of The Flight Girls: female WASP pilots during WWII.

Audrey Coltrane loves to fly. It’s why she signed up to train new military pilots in Hawaii when the war began in Europe. It’s why, despite surviving the horrors of Pearl Harbor, she decides to join 1,100 other civilian volunteers in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP for short) program, flying almost every type of military aircraft. They tested newly overhauled aircraft, ferried planes across the country, and towed targets for ground and air gunners to train with live ammunition.

Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Flight Girls is a compelling historical fiction novel that explores the relationships and friendships forged in the uncertainty and horrors of war. While there is some romance in The Flight Girls, the central story is about the strong bonds between these formidable women, a powerful tale of courage, and their determination to serve their country. Salazar’s writing is crisp, her characters memorable, and her novel is full of rich historical detail.

The Flight Girls is an excellent first novel from Noelle Salazar and would be perfect for any book club.

Learn more about women pilots in WWII by reading Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII by P. O’Connell Pearson and Women With Wings: Women Pilots of World War II by Shannon Baker Moore.


Review by Sara McEachern, APL Support Librarian

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: Food as the Main Theme

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.


We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book where food is a main theme.”


Each of these yummy books below features food in some way.  While you’re reading them, you might want to have snacks handy – all the food you’ll read about is sure to make you hungry! Let’s dive in:



With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo


How do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen


Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal


Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel


The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo


Kylie’s Special Treat: a Food Allergy Fairy Tale by Letizia Barbetta


Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King


Chocolat by Joanne Harris


Delicious by Ruth Reichl


The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan


Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno


Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich: and Other Stories You’re Sure to Like, Because They’re All About Monsters, and Some of Them are Also About Food by Adam Rex.


Sweet Love by Sarah Strohmeyer


Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Happy Reading!

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2019 Hugo Award Winners

The Hugo Awards, science fiction’s most prestigious award, announced their 2019 winners last week. We were very excited to see some of our favorites on the list!

Click on the images below to place a copy on hold or see the titles in our catalog here.


Best Novel: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

A feminist, alternate history of the 1950s and the space race, which begins with a huge meteorite obliterating much of the eastern United States, accelerating efforts to colonize space. Also a 2018 Nebula Award Winner.


Best Series: Wayfarers by Becky Chambers

Wayfarers follows the crew of the Wayfarer, a spaceship, which has seen better days, and its mostly alien crew … if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.


Best Graphic Story: Monstress, Volume 3: Haven by Marjorie Liu with art by Sana Takeda

Maika Halfwolf has begun to unlock the mysteries of her past–but the challenges of the present are only growing. As the impending war between humans and Arcanics creeps ever closer, and powerful players fight for the chance to control her future, Maika finds she must work with Zinn, the Monstrum that lives inside her, in order to ensure their mutual survival. 

Find the whole Monstress series here.


Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic, but everything changed the night magic disappeared. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and she must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is determined to eradicate magic for good.


Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Versescreenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman


Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: The Good Place, “Janet(s)” (season 3, episode 9), written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett

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Book Review: Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods


Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods by Tania del Rio, Illustrations by Will Staehle

What begins as a “Sleeping Beauty” tale transforms into an enchanting fantasy. Warren the 13th is not your average twelve-year-old; he is a caring, responsible, and honest orphan. As the naive groundskeeper, bellhop, and manager of the family hotel, he guides the staff as they tend the guests in his cruising hotel, “where every stay is a go!” Indeed, these traveling hotel guests encounter fanciful settings ranging from the Malwoods captivating forest to raging rivers.

Slippery Sid operates a Sundry Shoppe with magical potions, special oils, notions, and assorted products. This old-fashioned haberdashery is complete as a men’s outfitters and tailor; the shopkeeper also serves as a dentist. Read how the elusive Sid becomes Warren’s imposter and calls himself Warrin.

Ordinary animals with magnificent alterations mesmerize readers in grades four through ten. Those who appreciate Tim Burton’s artistic interpretations and stories will enjoy this book. More than a comic book, the literary elements engage the reader with alliteration, simile, metaphor, and onomatopoeia with clever-sounding words and expressions. The descriptive scenes of formidable quicksand, sticky sap, venomous snakes, and supernatural forests leave the reader bewildered and astonished. Stylish fonts and imaginative shading enhance unique drawings.

Learn how Warren faces the obstacles Warrin creates. After continued failed attempts to repair the hotel and redirect the course, can Warren transform the walking hotel into a cruise ship and save the guests and employees? Will Mr. Friggs’ experiences in reading and tutoring aid the passengers? Will the evil tattooed witches plague the course? Will Petula, the perfumier in training, portend the future? Will Warren’s fondness for and knowledge of Jacques Rustybooks piratology properly guide him?

Although the sinister characters in this fable may startle a young reader, the persistence of Warren provide hope that good will prevail over evil. The book is dark without causing nightmares and comical without being preposterous. Read Warren the 13th, solve the riddles, and appreciate the decorative, gothic illustrations. The book is a sequel; nonetheless, books in this series do not need to be read chronologically.

Also check out the first book in the series: Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye.

Guest review by Carmaine Ternes: Kansas Librarian, Researcher, Writer, and Presenter

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