Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters they come together, fall apart, and build a believable future stronger than either of them thought possible.
A poet is visiting Elinor's school to celebrate National Poetry Month and every student will be sharing one of their pocket poems. Elinor has a hard time writing the “perfect” poem and soon everyone in the class has a poem in their pocket except Elinor. When the visiting poet arrives, Elinor reveals that she could not get her poem right. With the help of the poet, Elinor learns that real poetry comes from the heart. Recommended for Grades 1 and above.
I like Mark Billingham's Thorne series. This stand-alone murder mystery involves three British couples on holiday in Florida. This vacation takes a criminal twist when a young girl goes missing and is later found dead in a lagoon. The six Britons are suspects and Billingham keeps the suspense going. When another young girl is missing in England, the six who have returned from Florida are even more suspect. Great ending.
At the intermission of a London opera performance, elegant socialite Charlotte Alton makes eye contact with a mysterious man who hands her a battered Christmas ornament before disappearing. It’s a message for Karla, an underworld fixer who can make information disappear—Charlotte Alton’s powerful and amoral alter ego. The invitation to meet is Charlotte’s first step onto a dark path that will bring together old enemies and new in a twisty puzzle-box of a thriller exploring intersections between the worlds of crime, intelligence gathering, police work, and high society. Elegantly written and tightly plotted, every detail matters in this dark and gripping debut.
Every member of the Frazzle family is a mess, remembering to wear their winter coats in the summer and to apply their sunscreen in the winter. Aunt Rosemary comes to help organize the frazzled Frazzle family, but with little success. One day Annie Frazzle has an idea that helps everyone, including Aunt Rosemary! A fun, family adventure for ages 4 and up.
It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. Sloane disappears right before an epic summer and all she leaves behind is a to-do list. Quiet Emily, with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, decides to give the list a try. Maybe it will be an epic summer?!
The Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker documented his coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, and through investigating past dates gone wrong, to discover why he was still single.
Mysti Murphy is starting seventh grade and so far nothing is turning out as expected. Her best friend Anibal Gomez has blown her off to become a “hipster” and gain the attention of a pretty girl at school. Meanwhile, Mysti has plenty of problems at home. Her family has a secret; her mother is agoraphobic which means she never leaves the house. Mysti and her sister keep this secret and their father takes care of everything that needs to be done outside of the house. Things take a bad turn when her father falls and suffers an injury that lands him in the hospital for a long stay. Now it is up to Mysti to move beyond her mother's projected fears and find the courage to help herself and her family. With the loss of her best friend Mysti ends up at the “loser island” lunch table and eventually befriends a strong and sassy Rama Khan who helps her find that courage. Mysti is a character that you'll be rooting for from beginning to end! (Grades 5-8 School Library Journal)
Detective Finn MacLeod has been sent to the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides as a consultant to a grim murder that has the same MO as one that was committed in Edinburgh a short while ago. Having been raised on the Isle of Lewis, he is familiar with the Gaelic language, traditions, as well as, the locals and their haunts. Quickly he is at odds with the Detective Chief Inspector who is the lead investigator and he becomes enmeshed in the case which opens forgotten memories and old wounds that could destroy him. Peter May, a Scott, has written a well-crafted, dangerous, and dark mystery for those who like their reads psychologically twisted and deadly. The Black House is the first title in the Isle of Lewis trilogy.
I am a seed bead jewelry making fanatic. This book met my seed bead obsession on many levels. The majority of this book is made for the experienced beader but a creative newbie can find fun and intriguing patterns for their seed bead indulgence. There is an element of motion as a challenge to each beaded piece with excellent instructions and photos to support and fuel your creative confidence. A fun and beautifully illustrated book and I can’t decide which project to do first.