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The Great Reckoning

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Fans of Louise Penny be happy, we are back to Three Pines, Gamache, and everything you love about Penny's novels.

I liked this book and if you have not read a Louise Penny I would highly recommend you start at the beginning with Still Life. You could read this book as a stand alone, but it will unfold better if you are familiar with her characters’ history.

Former Chief Inspector of Homicide at the Surete' of Quebec Armande Ganache doesn’t retire but takes a job at their police academy to root out those who have created a culture of fear and dishonesty. But soon someone at the academy is found dead, killed by a single gunshot to the head. Is it murder or suicide?  And a mysterious map plays into the story line adding another layer of mystification.

Louise Penny is a gifted story teller who makes the setting so real you want to pack up and move there!

Picture Book Selection: The Boy and the Moon

A young boy has a nighttime adventure dancing under the moon with his animal friends. They play, they dance, they howl. But, when the moon gets stuck in a tree the boy must find a way to help the moon return to the sky. A beautiful, dreamy, magical story reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. (Recommended ages 4 to 6 years)

Picture Book Selection: Love is My Favorite Thing

Plum, a lively dog, loves everything.  She loves wind, treats, Sam and Gracie, Emma and Rupert, and in fact, she loves everything but rain!  But, what she loves most is being loved.  In her efforts to do things she loves, she sometimes does things she shouldn't.  Several incidents end up with a scolding and Plum feeling really bad. The illustration of Plum, on the page where she truly wonders whether she will be loved again, is truly heartwarming.  This is a fun, heartwarming picture book that just begs to be shared.  Recommended for grades Prek-3.

Young Adult Selection: How to Hang a Witch

Samantha Mather, a descendent of the Puritan minister Cotton Mather, has had her life turned upside down by the mysterious illness of her father. When Sam and her stepmother move into her father's house in Salem, MA, she finds herself shunned by most of the townspeople, including a group of girls who call themselves The Descendents. As strange and unexplainable events start to occur, Samantha realizes there are dark forces at work in Salem. Help comes from an unlikely source, a 324-year-old ghost named Elijah. Recommended for grades 9 up.

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