How to Read a Story by Kate Messner offers step by step suggestions (10 in total) for parents and children to help them enjoy reading! Finding a friend to read to, and finding a story you like, are just two of the suggestions in this picture book celebration of the act of exploring and sharing a book! (Grades K-2).
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.
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.
The Forgotten Garden shifts back and forth through time to solve a mystery about a four year old girl Nell; abandoned and waiting alone on a dock in Australia for parents who never come. The only link to her past is a little white suitcase the child carried when she was found.
Nell embarks on an adventure and attempts to piece together the mystery surrounding her past. Her travels lead her to Blackhurst Manor, delving deep into a family's secrets and purchasing a cottage in Cornwall near the Manor. Before she can solve the mystery of her past, Nell dies but her grandaughter Cassandra takes up the quest. This is a fairytale-like novel with old houses and hidden gardens all containing secrets and surprises.
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.
Americans spend more time working, more time parenting their children, and less time on vacation than the citizens of any other country on the planet—leading to widespread experience of “the overwhelm,” journalist Brigid Schulte’s term for the feeling of being constantly busy and dissatisfied with life. Her search for the underlying causes of America’s great stress-out takes her from the labs of time researchers scrutinizing time diaries in search of “time confetti” to the trapezes of the “Mice at Play,” a group of women who’ve deliberately made time for play in their lives. Her insights into why we’re feeling busier—and lousier—than ever, and how we can reclaim time for meaningful work, closer families, and greater joy, will provoke discussion and laughs of commiseration.
Old Russia meets new Russia as the ever-cynical but ever-curious Moscow police investigator Arkady Renko moves among the two cultures in this latest Martin Cruz Smith book, “Tatiana”. Despite opposition from his superiors, Arkady insists there is a link between a reporter falling to her death and a mobster shot and killed. Throughout his investigation, Arkady fights with his own department while risking his life and reputation to solve this mystery. Within this twisting plot, Smith has added a hint of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code as Arkady must de-code a key aspect to the case. In this eighth international thriller of the Arkady series, Smith has continued to create strong characters, great dialogue, and a plot that keeps the reader’s interest to the last page.
Dragonscale, a spore-induced, virulent plague, leapfrogs from city to city etching magnificent black and gold markings into people’s skin, causing them to combust when they least expect it. Fires erupt and spread with alarming frequency and speed. With Dragonscale so highly contagious and no cure or vaccine in sight, uninfected people are desperate to remain that way. To protect themselves, vigilante Cremation Squads arise to exterminate anybody they believe to be infected.
Harper Grayson, a volunteer nurse helping with infected hospital patients, learns she, too, is infected; she also is pregnant with her first child. And when she least expects it, a man called The Fireman comes to her rescue. Who is this mysterious man and has he really been driven crazy by his Dragonscale? Can Harper keep from bursting into flames? Can they stay ahead of the Cremation Squads? This exciting excursion into the unknown and what fear can do to people is entertaining and thought provoking.
When a boy moves into a new neighborhood he devises a way to meet new people and make new friends. Neville!? Where did he go? A fun read-aloud for ages 4 and up.
Annie Fleet, master scuba diver and history buff, is persuaded by her teacher to seek Cortez's long-lost treasure during a school trip to Mexico. She finds that her plans to get Josh to notice her are not the only thing in danger as rival treasure-hunters try to do away with her.