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Parents' Book Selection: Good Night Owl

In this delightful picture book, Owl is just settling in for bed when he hears a noise.  Until he finds out where the noise is coming from, he'll never be able to fall asleep!  Children will have fun joining Owl on his humorous journey around the house to locate the source of the noise.  This is the kind of story that makes a great read aloud for parent and child.  You won't be disappointed!  Recommended for grades Prek-2

Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy by Paul Thomas Murphy

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Many historians have made the argument that without Victoria, the British monarchy would have fallen like so many others in the revolutions that swept Europe in 1840s. This text takes the interesting approach in analyzing history through the eight assassination attempts made on the Queen during her 64-year reign. To read about how a few madmen and criminals challenged Victoria and changed Britain, pick up this book about one of Britain’s favorite monarchs.

Half-Resurrection Blues, by Daniel José Older

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Carlos Delacruz is an agent of New York City’s Council of the Dead, charged with protecting the living and maintaining order among New York’s ghosts. He’s also an Inbetweener: after dying and coming back to life, Carlos gained the ability to see and speak with ghosts—and lost all memory of his past. He believes he’s the only Inbetweener in New York until the Council of the Dead orders him to hunt down a rogue sorcerer who turns out to be an Inbetweener, too. Soon, Carlos is untangling the threads of a conspiracy that threatens to bring down the walls between the dead and the living for good—and whose mastermind might be the man responsible for Carlos’s almost-death.

While the plot occasionally meanders, veteran short-story writer Older’s voice crackles with profane and hilarious life in his debut novel. A must-read for fans of urban fantasy.

The Writer's Garden: How Gardens Inspired Our Best-Loved Authors by Jackie Bennett

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Gardens hold a special place in many authors’ lives.

This book examines eighteen gardens owned by poets, writers, and novelists.  Beautiful photos document the authors’ creative spirits that not only thrive in the written word but also in their gardens. From Roald Dahl to Virginia Woolf we follow many authors through difficult times, financial hardships, personal heartbreaks, in addition to joy and professional acclaim from their writing while tending gardens they loved.

In The Garden of Beasts

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No one wanted to be the first US Ambassador to Hitler’s Germany.  It was 1933; Hitler and his Nazi party had risen to power promising a renewed and powerful Germany but stories of the beatings and hatred of Jews and other minorities were beginning to leak out of Berlin.  Newly-elected President Franklin Roosevelt had to personally call William Dodd, an easy-going history professor at the University of Chicago, to convince him to fill the vacancy. Reluctantly, Dodd accepted the job with the caveat that his wife, son and flamboyant daughter accompany him.  Dodd’s daughter, Martha, began to get noticed at Nazi Party functions leading her father to believe she was in over her head.  As the author succinctly stated, “These were complicated people moving through a complicated time, before the monsters declared their true nature.”  This well-written glimpse into the lives and machinations of the Nazi inner circle is an excellent read. 

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