For DCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla, of Scotland Yard, a tragic accidental death becomes a possible murderous death among the houseboats that line the canals around greater London. Maitland’s interwoven themes and well constructed plot subtly pull one into the story. Good read.
You Were the First by Patricia MacLachlan, celebrates all of the stages of the firstborn baby in a family. There may be other children in the family later, but there is always a first one to teach the parents how to be parents. This will make parents and children of all family sizes smile and remember all of the good first times they each experienced. A beautiful mixture of words and illustrations for all ages.
Finn and Cara live with their family in a village off the western coast of Ireland. One day the children end up castaways landing on Fog Island, a dark and mysterious place. What will happen to the children? Who would believe the story of the island? A timeless story from a classic picture book author will delight readers ages 5 and up.
If Tara French and Gillian Flynn went on vacation in England together to an amusement park (think English Jersey Shore) this would surely be the outcome. Two women who haven't seen each other since they committed a heinous crime together as children cross paths as adults when one, now a reporter, visits the other, an amusement park employee, to investigate the brutal murders that take place in the vacation town. If you're anything like me, you'll most likely peg the killer within the first third of the book, but be warned that things are definitely not what they seem. A perfect beach read for those in denial about the recent wintry weather or an equally creepy Halloween appropriate thriller.
This beautiful and absorbing book follows the life of a bravely determined young woman, Malala, living in the Swat Valley along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Malala publicly supported female education which was a strong defiant act toward the local Taliban. With poise, strength, and courage Malala gives us a first person account of what it is like to live in current Pakistani society. Her detailed narrative of being shot by the Taliban along with her miraculous recovery is truly moving.
Oscar, a cute and friendly dachshund, is constantly being made fun of by all the other dogs at dog school because of his size. On Halloween night Oscar, dressed as a hot dog, ends up bravely rescuing his schoolmates from a mysterious phantom.
As snow falls on Columbus today one might be contemplating an engrossing long winter’s read? Donna Tartt’s first book in ten years, The Goldfinch weighs in at nearly 800 pages, but don’t be daunted. The writing is lovely and deep as a snowdrift. Just plow right in.
A child's simple note about cancelling bedtime ends up on the desk of a newspaper reporter, which then lands on the front page of the newspaper. Everyone reads this and bedtimes are stopped. What will happen to everyone with no bedtimes? A good sleepy-time read-aloud for ages 4-8.
When two pigs have their house destroyed on accident by their much larger friends, a moose and a bear, they decide to make a house that will fit all four of them comfortably. They hire the best builders in the woods, the beavers, to build their new home. This is a sweet story of friends and finding happiness in the woods. This is for picture book lovers of all ages, but especially those in Preschool to Second grade.
Senor Sasquatch is just trying to get somewhere on the bus and not get squished in the process. What happens when the bus driver keeps picking up more passengers? Will Senor Sasquatch be squashed and squished? This is a fun read aloud for all ages, but especially ages 1-5.