Dr. Mütter’s Marvels
By Christin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Non-Fiction, 2014
Reviewed by Kelly McCagg, Library Director

Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter was an American surgeon during the mid-19th century. He was known for his ostentatious dress and his amicable personality. But it is his weird collection of medical oddities, now housed in the Mütter Museum of Philadelphia, for which he is most well-known. Aptowicz shines a light on the many contributions Mütter made to modern medicine in his abbreviated lifetime. From anesthesia, to plastic surgery, to profound compassion for his patients, Mütter trained a generation of young doctors at the Jefferson Medical School in proper infection control and pre and post-operative care. He was a truly remarkable man and readers will not be disappointed by his narrative.

 

Star Scouts
By Mike Lawrence
Juvenile Graphic Novel, 2017
Reviewed by Hannah Peacock, Youth Services Librarian

This action-packed graphic novel has it all: inter-planetary travel, holograms and a bitter rivalry between the oxygen and methane breathing scouts. Will Avani, the new camper from Earth help her new buddies in Troop Z98 win the contest and prove that she is worthy of membership at Camp Andromeda? What badges will you sign up for this summer? Your choices include Xenoscatology and Quantum Entanglement. Grab a bowl of Gerblorkian Goulash or Triple Tentacle Surprise, and join Avani as she teleports into the adventure of a lifetime.

This is the first in the series. Star Scouts: The League of Lasers will be released soon.