Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon but travel for a month each year to California to sell them. It's not easy leaving Oregon every year, but this Christmas Sierra meets Caleb. Caleb has a dark past in which he made a terrible mistake and Sierra is determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe even redemption. If you're looking for a little romance this Christmas this just might be the book for you. (Grades 7 and up, School Library Journal)
Comedian/director Marshall writes very openly on her life experiences growing up in the Bronx, getting pregnant and married young in New Mexico, her marriage to Rob Reiner, friendship with Carrie Fisher, and relationship with Art Garfunkel. Marshall revisits tough subjects like abortion, drugs, lack of mothering skills, and her now fading health. Great stories abound of her time spent on TV shows, movies, and her career as a movie director. Marshall's humor is how she gets through the difficult stuff and lives with a simple motto: “try hard, help your friends, don't get too crazy, and have fun.”
In this devastatingly honest memoir Michael MacDonald, one in a family of ten, recounts his experience growing up in Southie which is one of South Boston’s public housing projects. Described by all the residents as “the best place in the world”, McDonald has the courage to pull back this veil and tell the emotional and powerful true story. MacDonald explores the busing riots of the 1970s, Southie’s “no snitch” culture, the loss of four of his own siblings, and the exploits of Whitey Bulgar (the town’s top gangster and father figure). Through all of this pain and loss McDonald is still able to point out areas of hope and the strong sense of community that is still alive in Southie today.
Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley never knew each other. Mary W. died giving birth to her daughter Mary Shelley. Yet both women similarly defied convention, both became famous writers; both fell in love with brilliant but impossible authors; both were single mothers and had children out of wedlock; both broke out of the rigid conventions of their era and lived in exile; and both played important roles in the Romantic era during which they lived.
Gordon’s book examines each in alternating chapters of the two women's lives. This might sound confusing to the reader but it is not. She presents the facts of each woman's life in a fascinating way that feels as if this biography is a novelization. Highly readable, highly recommended.
In London, England 1855 social and political upheaval abound. Local pubs and churches, once thought of as safe havens, are threatened with murder and mayhem. High-ranking officials in the British Government aren't even safe; a handful have been killed in their own homes. There have even been several failed assassination attempts on Queen Victoria. An anarchist gang or individual is creatively and brutally killing people causing chaos throughout London. These vivid depictions of Victorian England are in David Morrell’s captivating latest mystery, “Inspector of the Dead.” The opium-eater, Thomas De Quincey, his daughter, and a couple of newly assigned detectives return to solve the mystery in Morrell’s second book in this series. They attempt to protect Queen Victoria from any future assassination attempts and find who is causing chaos throughout London before England’s government completely collapses. As the evidence mounts, try to solve the mystery before the detectives piece together the clues!
Mike Noonan is a very successful author who unexpectedly loses his wife. Widowed and grief stricken he returns to their vacation cabin in Maine looking for peace but instead he is haunted by his wife’s memory, voice, and a few ghostly spirits.
Shortly Mike finds himself embroiled in a custody battle with the town's wealthiest resident, Max. Max is fighting against the mother of his three-year-old granddaughter and Mike is drawn to protect both mother and daughter. Even though Mike is over his head in emotional situations, his writing ability returns. But the more time Mike spends writing in the cabin, the further his psyche falls under the power of the ghostly inhabitants.
A deeper read than it appears, Bag of Bones is more than a ghost story but it is a tale of loss, despair, and let us hope, redemption.
Rhyme along to all of the wonderful things about the Fourth of July in Red, White and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw. From the parades in the morning to fireworks at night, all ages will enjoy the colorful scenes of the season.
Who lives over in the hollow? Owls, bats, mummies and werewolves help readers count from one to thirteen for spooky Halloween fun. Read and sing this story to the tune of “Over in the Meadow”. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Winner of the 2015 top teen fiction award, the Printz! A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.
Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures. After the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field. It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident, just as Cole and Greg predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways and those entries start to come true as well. To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end.