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Flannery's Reviews

Flannery’s life has been about books since before she could read. While she mainly reads mystery, fantasy, and young adult, Flannery also enjoys some good non-fiction and the occasional novel. The Watsonville native worked at Bookshop for years and was our Used Book Manager and mystery section leader. In real life she enjoys fuzzy cats, the wild outdoors, and cupcakes.


Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

When suspended cop Bish discovers that his daughter’s bus has been bombed in France, he rushes to her side, not realizing he’s about to be pulled into a complex web that will send him searching for a missing teen girl with links to an old crime. Printz Award–winning author Marchetta has already shown her writing skills in her young adult novels, and now she proves she can write a great adult mystery as well! —Flannery


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ISBN: 9780316349291
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 11th, 2016

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

A rot has spread into the ranks of the Surete, so Armande Gamache takes a position at the Surete training grounds to find and eliminate the cause. Of course, he quickly finds himself dealing with a murder, while an odd map of Three Pines surfaces and adds mystery of its own. This is Louise Penny at her best—a character driven story filled with beloved characters that is also a deftly woven mystery. I loved it.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9781250022134
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 30th, 2016

Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart

Challenging the status quo isn’t easy, and though becoming the first female deputy sheriff is hard as it gets, Constance Kopp isn’t one to back down. When a mistake threatens her new career, she throws every ounce of nerve and grit she has into fixing it—with some advice from her wonderfully eccentric sisters, of course! I loved this great historical mystery, and I’m thrilled that we’ll have Amy Stewart here to talk about it September 28th!  —Flannery

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Hiaasen is known for using a weird Florida story as inspiration for his books, and Razor Girl is no different. Sparked by an incident when a woman shaving her bikini line on the freeway rear-ended the car in front of her, Hiaasen has woven a tale that brings in organized crime, environmental destruction, and one spitfire of a lady. This is the funny, well-crafted mystery one expects from Hiaasen, and it’s a total pleasure.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9780385349741
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Published: Knopf - September 6th, 2016

 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

John Lewis has been a Congressional Representative for the state of Georgia since 1987, but before that, he was a major leader of the Civil Rights Movement. In this stunning graphic novel, he tells his story with the help of his aide, Aydin, and the talented graphic novelist Nate Powell. This is an incredibly powerful book, as well as an excellent example of how good a graphic novel can be.  --Flannery

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By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781603093002
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 13th, 2013

Warriors Don’t Cry
 by Melba Patillo Beals

When the South began integrate their schools in the late 50’s, all attention was on nine black students joining Arkansas’s Little Rock Central High School. The Little Rock Nine became the face of a movement as they battled discrimination and hatred while trying to get an education. Melba Patillo Beals was one of those teenagers, and this searing memoir is one of the classic texts of the Civil Rights Movement. This is an incredible book, and I recommend it to all teens.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780671866396
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Published: Washington Square Press - February 1st, 1995

Stella by Starlight 
by Sharon Draper

Growing up black in the South was a dangerous thing to do. Some people are kind and welcoming to all, some people are not. Stella knows this, but she figures things are okay, as there hasn’t been any trouble in a while. Then one summer, that all changes. Her father wants to take the test to vote. The Klan is becoming active again. And Stella is there, watching, listening, learning, and writing it all down. This is a moving, uplifting story of family, community, and strength in the face of the worst kind of adversity.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9781442494985
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - March 29th, 2016

One Crazy Summer 
by Rita Williams-Garcia

It’s the summer of 1968, and 11-year old Delphine and her two sisters have just been sent off to Oakland, California to live with their estranged mother. However, their mother is busy with her own things, and sends the kids off to a summer camp at the People’s Center, run by the Black Panther Party. Over the summer, Delphine and her sisters learn a lot about the world they live in, the mother who left them, and themselves. Not only does this have a great local setting, but it talks about the Civil Rights Movement on the West Coast, a little tackled subject.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011

I Have Heard of a Land
 by Joyce Carol Thomas

In the late 1880’s, a call went out across America: Free land in Oklahoma, for any who will settle it. Many of those who rushed to claim that land were newly freed slaves, eager for a fresh start in a new place, and filled with the fire and hope required to survive settling the frontier. Based on her family’s own history, Joyce Carol Thomas has written a beautiful book that tells of that call and the hope that came with it. This lovely, lyrical book is perfect for reading out loud.  --Flannery

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By Joyce Carol Thomas, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064436175
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2000

Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told
 by Walter Dean Myers

Long before the Civil Rights Movement, Ida B. Wells stood up and took a stand against discrimination. Growing up during Reconstruction, Wells saw what life could have been like for African Americans, and when it ended, she used the power of the printed press to advocate for change. In addition to fighting for black rights, Wells fought for the women’s right to vote. This wonderful picture book by noted author Walter Dean Myers is a fitting tribute to an incredible woman.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780060544683
Availability: Backordered
Published: Amistad - January 27th, 2015


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