After his friend Michael commits suicide, Charlie must begin his first year of high school alone. He begins to write letters to an anonymous friend. It is through these letters we learn about Charlie, his family, friends, mentor and life. This is a well-written, articulate, funny, and poignant coming-of-age book.
Snow is still on the ground but gardening is blooming in my heart. The month of March finds seed catalogs, gardening books, and over wintered herbs strewn all over my kitchen and dining room. The need is for spring!
My favorite gardening books for Ohio are authored by Tracy Disabato-Aust. Every spring I start a plant list for my garden from Tracy’s book, 50 High-Impact Low Care Garden Plants. The book has a little bit of everything from grasses to shrubs, but all are Ohio hardy and easy care. My favorite stand out plants are Bear’s Breeches, Variegated Aralia, Blue False Indigo, Bleeding Heart, and Hellebore. The Dragon's Eye Pine made the list this year but where to plant, the garden is getting full!
Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, return for their thirteenth adventure (which, chronologically speaking, takes place between seventh and eighth books in the series, The Game and Locked Rooms, respectively). On their way from India to San Francisco in 1924, Russell and Holmes encounter a missing woman on a cruise ship and a nobly-born British blackmailer who had previously escaped Holmes. Soon, they’re working with a family of Japanese ninjas to avoid a major embarrassment—and a serious diplomatic incident—for Prince Hirohito, the heir to the empire of Japan.
Witty and well-paced, fans of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes will find much to enjoy in this novel, which fills in a once-missing gap in the adventures of this detective duo. While Dreaming Spies references other incidents in the series, it can easily be read alone.
After a disturbing encounter with a serial killer, police detective Daniel Carter is ready for the (relatively) quiet life of a private investigator. When he unexpectedly inherits a bookstore from a relative he’s never heard of, though, he finds himself in the middle of an investigation that gets stranger by the minute. People dying in impossible ways, a disturbing community of dead-eyed men and terrifying women, and a rift in reality that a madman calls The Twist … if Carter can’t find some answers soon, it may be the end of the world we know, and the beginning of something horrifying.
Caroline Ferriday, Herta Oberheuser, and Kasia Kuzmerick’s lives couldn’t be more different. Caroline, a New York socialite and former Broadway actress, volunteers at the French consulate in New York. Herta, an ambitious young German doctor, seeks to leave her dreary life by taking a government medical position in northern Germany. Kasia, a Polish teenager, leads a typical carefree teenager’s life focused on boys and her best friend. Their lives change abruptly, however, with Germany’s invasion of Poland and France. Kasia is arrested for being a courier for the underground resistance and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women, where she struggles to survive.
This captivating and powerful novel by a debut author is based on the true story of women subjected to the gruesome reality of the Ravensbrück concentration camp and those who sought to help them.
ACHOOO! Poor Bear has a terrible cold and is tired and grumpy. Bright-eyed, cheerful mouse has come to help his friend get better. Bear and Mouse will make even someone with a bad cold want to laugh. A fantastic read aloud for all ages.
When the Spanish influenza epidemic reaches Portland, Oregon, in 1918, seventeen-year-old Cleo leaves behind the comfort of her boarding school to work for the Red Cross. This is well researched historical fiction based on the real-life pandemic considered to be the most devastating in recorded world history.
The story of Jordan Romero, who at the age of 13 became the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. By age 15, he had reached the summits of the world's seven highest mountains.
In this new book by Cynthia Lord we meet Lily, a young girl who lives with her grandparents near the shore and blueberry barrens of Maine. Lily's summer is just starting and she is feeling a little lost since her and her best friend Hannah have started growing apart. While out walking, her blind dog Lucky slips from his leash and runs across the blueberry barrens and it is a girl named Salma who catches him, using her sandwich as bait. Immediately a friendship begins to bloom between Lily and Salma, the daughter of a migrant family living in town for the blueberry-picking season. Salma and Lily spend the summer painting bee houses in Lily's grandparents' store and are growing even closer when Hannah starts coming around again. Hannah is the reigning Blubbery Queen and sparks an interest in Salma to compete in the local annual pageant. Together the girls help to get Salma ready for the pageant and all learn a few things about friendship and belonging along the way. This is a wonderful summer read for realistic fiction fans! (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)
For fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colastani! A year after losing her boyfriend, Trent, in an unexpected accident, Quinn Sullivan secretly tracks down the recipient of his donated heart in an attempt to heal, but ends up falling for him.