What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen
By Kate Fagan
Biography, 2017
Reviewed by Kelly McCagg, library director

Madison Holleran was intelligent, popular, athletically gifted and beautiful. She had a relentless work ethic that helped her to succeed in anything she tried. Like many freshmen, she struggled her first semester at an Ivy League college. Once considered one of the best and brightest at her high school, she know felt like a failure, no matter how hard she worked.
Kate Fagan, a columnist for ESPN, examines the degradation of a once vibrant young woman. By poring over thousands of texts, emails and social media posts, Fagan uncovers what Maddy worked so hard to hide. She illuminates how isolated our current communication channels make us. This is a great read for young athletes and parents.


After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again
By Dan Santat
Juvenile Fiction, 2017
Reviewed by Pamela Tallmadge, youth service

“Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.” In this story, Humpty Dumpty gets put back together but feels differently about heights. Although he often passes the wall he fell from, he no longer gets close to it. He can’t even climb the ladder at the grocery to reach his favorite sweet cereal. Humpty Dumpty misses being up high and watching the birds.

Humpty decides to make a paper airplane, and after many attempts, creates one that flies like the bird it resembles. After flying his plane, an accident happens that will test Humpty Dumpty. Will he face his fear and overcome his trepidation of heights? Take this journey with Humpty and find out.