About Librarian Laura

I’m an MLS librarian, wife, and mother of two rambunctious, amazing little boys and two sweet dogs: a Fox Red Labrador named Maple and a black Labrador named Diego. I love to read anything and everything Fiction, and especially enjoy blogging reviews. My favorite genres are Romance and Historical Fiction. I review for School Library Journal and Library Journal (in my spare time!). Thanks for reading and please enjoy.

Twitter & Instagram: @laurapedenjones


  1. Hi Laura,

    May I send you a review copy of my YA novel, Black Bottle Man?

    Dr. M. Oziewicz (English, U. of Minnesota) included Black Bottle Man in his 2017 graduate course “Speculative Fiction for the Emerging Citizens of a Global World”.

    Nikki Tate for CBC Radio says: “It’s an extraordinary book. I was completely captivated. You can read it as an adult and be quite moved by a story of profound love, of commitment to family, of humility, of grace under pressure; so rich with metaphor and allegory, depth, complexity. It’s really one of those books you read as a teenager and love it, and then pick it up again thirty years later and have a completely different, equally rewarding reading experience.”

    Other reviewers say:

    “This story is wild, ridiculous, serious fun. But scratch the surface just a little and layers of new meaning begin to emerge.” Karen Ullo, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    “If you are looking for a well-written novel with a classic feel, Black Bottle Man will not disappoint. The Great Gatsby, anyone?” Paul S. Brandt, Louisville, Kentucky.

    “What a treat to be almost at the end of the year and read a book that instantly leapt to the top of my 2017 favorites list. I finished it and wanted to give a copy to everyone I knew who loves a good folk tale, a good deal-with-the-devil tale, good historical fiction, or (most of all) a story that speaks to the reader on several levels.” Julie Davis, Dallas, Texas.

    “Can a novel be both chilling and enjoyable at once? Black Bottle Man, the tale of a young boy caught up in a Faustian bargain, manages that feat. Recommended for high-school age and up.” Barb Szyszkiewicz, Delran, New Jersey.

    “Black Bottle Man: A Novel for Nearly Everyone. This YA novel captures the imagination and makes you consider the nature of evil. The first chapter hooked me in, and the rest was a blur as I curled up to finish it.” Sarah Reinhard, Ohio.

    “Perfect for anyone looking for a novel to escape into on a cold winter day or even to read aloud with teens or older children.” Caitlin Bootsma, Richmond, Virginia.

    “The story is told in a wonderfully plainspoken Midwestern voice, rich in the sounds and smells and the feel of the land. And there is love too – the love of husbands for their wives, the love of the old for the young, and the new, electric love of a teenage boy who knows he can never stay near his girl long enough to form a family of his own.” Cat Hodge, Delaware, Ohio.
    Published by Great Plains: http://www.greatplains.mb.ca/product/black-bottle-man-2/

    Best Wishes,
    Craig Russell, B.A., LLB.
    Brandon, Manitoba, Canada



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s