Katerina, on a mission to kill the queen, falls in love with Alexander, Prince of Macedonia. Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander's unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters. Multiple main characters twist and turn in this historical fantasy novel.
Each month of the year corresponds with a shape rhyme from January's circle to December's figure eight. The simple rhymes and colorful pictures for each month make this a fun way to celebrate the year. Recommended for ages 3-5.
Lizzie loves school: first pre-school, then kindergarten, and now it's the last day of first grade. While the other children and teachers are excited for summer vacation, Lizzie is sad. But a last minute turn of events makes for a happy ending, as both Lizzie and her teacher become involved in summer school. This book is a nice selection for reading aloud, and timely as the end of the school year approaches. Recommended for grades K-2.
Here come the babies! It's a baby parade! Wave to the babies as they go by in wagons, in backpacks, on foot, and cuddled up with loved ones. This adorable parade will be irresistible to toddlers (and caregivers) everywhere. (Recommended Ages: Baby-PreK)
It's hard to be the new girl. When Annie moves from London to a small town in the midwest, she struggles to fit in. With her funny accent, British reserve, and the school's queen bee as an enemy she worries she'll never fit in. But then she discovers the exciting sport of roller derby and things begin to take a new turn.
Do you have an animal lover in your home, someone who wants to know everything about animals? This is the book for you. Author and illustrator Steve Jenkins compares facts for many animals and answers questions such as, how many species there are in the world, and how far animals can travel. Recommended for Grades 2 and up.
The themes of Gold are love, sacrifice and choices - on an Olympic scale. The author takes on track cycling, one of the toughest of the cycling venues. He wrote this a year before the London Olympics, so it has a very current vibe. The two main characters are Zoe and Kate, competitive cyclists preparing for the Olympics. The underlying story, involves Sophie who has leukemia, the daughter of Kate. Gold is a terrific read for sports enthusiasts who enjoy competitive events.
I was a huge tennis fan during the Connors and Borg era. It was the sport I should have played as a young athlete. The writing feels honest and fresh but not particularly good. Still it is very entertaining and Connors hands out some dirt on tennis folks but what would you expect the author is Jimmy Connors! I liked Connors family stories in East St. Louis. Family was important to what made Connors a tennis star and he gives due homage with no reservations.
Great book for anyone in collaborative decision making or management situations. Understandable and actionable, this book is about groups comprised of like-minded thinkers who often amplify, rather than correct, errors in judgment. They become more polarized and adopt more extreme positions than the ones they began with. Great suggestions on how to correct “group think,” and identify vulnerabilities in existing practices.
Anyone involved in making decisions would enjoy this book.
The photographer. The priest. The cook. The huntsman. The clown. They killed her husband. Now they’ll face her vengeance.
Undertaker Brunhilde Blum has a near-perfect life: a satisfying job with great coworkers, two adorable daughters, and a husband who loves her deeply. When a hit-and-run accident shatters her perfect world, despair threatens to drown her—until she discovers that the “accident” that took her husband’s life was actually murder. Now, she’ll chase down any lead and go to any length to find the men responsible for her husband’s death—unless they find her first.
Chilling and taut, this translated thriller from German bestseller Bernhard Aichner will appeal to fans of Jeffry Lindsey’s Dexter series.