Friday, February 16, 2018

"Off the Shelf" by Emily Thomas

About this book:

  “When the mayor of Blue Hill visits Anne to talk about a new tax proposal that will soon go before the town council, she's excited about the possibilities. The additional funding could provide more library resources and programs, as well as pay some of Anne's dedicated volunteers. But when popular children's books begin vanishing from the shelves, Anne discovers that it is just the tip of an iceberg of political intrigue involving the proposed levy. Can she find out who is behind the scheme and expose their plans before it's too late?
  Meanwhile, Ben befriends Joey, a new boy at school, who spends an increasing amount of time at the library and begins frequently staying overnight with Ben's family. As Anne observes Joey's unkempt appearance, she soon realizes there is more to his story than meets the eye.”

Series: Book #6 in the “Secrets of the Blue Hill Library” series.
Reviews of #1 Here, #2 Here, #3 Here, and #5 Here! (The fourth book has not been reviewed yet.)

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are quoted & talked about; Prayers; Church going & sermons; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many mentions of God & trusting Him; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, a reverend, sermons, & Sunday school classes; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; A few mentions of those in the Bible; A couple mentions of a missionary; A mention of acting like Jesus; A mention of a godsend; A mention of blessing others; A mention of a prayer chain.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including:   A couple mentions of people saying others’ name like a curse; A bit of eye rolling; Many mentions of (possibly) stolen items, stealing, thefts, & thieves; Mentions of WWII, escaping the Nazis, & prejudice; Mentions of car accidents, deaths, & injuries; Mentions of illegal activities; Mentions of threats, being bullied, & bruises; Mentions of falling off a roof & injuries; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of rumors; Mentions of a husband who left his wife & their divorce; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of a suicide threat; A mention of throwing up; A mention of spankings;
             *Note: A mention of a car brand.

Sexual Content- A few mentions of a high school sweetheart & a broken heart; A mention of seeing a couple kiss;
             *Note: A mention of being told to butt out.

-Anne Gibson
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                                        266 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
While this mystery did feel a bit more “adult-ish” than the previous ones only because of the political parts and Anne missing her husband more in this one than in the previous books (which made me want to give her a hug!), it was still a good read. 
I thought it was neat that a new character who is introduced in this book has a sister who lives in China working with orphans.
Overall, it was another good mystery in this series! :)

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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