Maple and Willow have always been inseparable. So what happens when Maple starts big-girl school and Willow stays behind? Well, of course, both girls have marvelous adventures of their own, but the truth is, they miss each other. And when they see that the missing is mutual, they find a unique way to feel connected even when they have to be apart.
Prue McKeel's life is ordinary. That is, until her baby brother is kidnapped by crows and Prue discovers that the Impassable Wilderness behind her home in misty Oregon is actually a world all its own. Prue and her friend Curtis have quite the adventure ahead of them. Read-aloud, ages 7+.
Garvey's father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, like he was when he was a kid. Garvey is more interested in science and reading than sports. He finds comfort in food and is teased at home and bullied at school about his weight. With the help of his only good friend, Garvey is able to join the school chorus which becomes a way for Garvey to accept himself, and for his father to finally begin to accept his son.
Mr. Rosenblum is a Jewish refugee who fled to England from Germany before the outbreak of WWII. He longs to be accepted as a true Englishman. As a profitable businessman, he buys the correct Savile Row suit, a Jaguar, and shops at Fortnum & Mason. But his Jewish background prevents his membership into a golf club, for him the ultimate sign of an English gentleman. In desperation he decides to build his own golf course which proves to be a greater endeavor than anticipated. The character is exasperating at times, but heartwarming overall, especially when you learn the author is writing about her grandfather.
Long Shadow is broad but rich in historical perspective, specifically in reference to the First World War shaping the 20th century. Informative, insightful, and certainly well worth looking through since August 2014 will mark the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
How to Cook Without a Book is literally changing my life.
Recipes are wonderful, but for years I have been awed by people who can meal-plan and cook from memory without spending hours poring over cookbooks. Most of the time, I don’t trust myself to properly make a pancake, much less prepare a roast, without slavishly finding and following a recipe. I have longed to gain the mysterious knowledge of ingredients and cooking techniques that seem to come so naturally to others.
In How to Cook Without a Book, Pam Anderson provides the answers I’ve been looking for. She equips her readers to cook everything from soups to sautés from heart. She teaches them how to keep a well-stocked fridge and pantry, and even provides memory rhymes that capture the central steps of each cooking technique.
I highly recommend this book to anyone longing for the freedom to cook from the heart instead of from a book.
Private detective Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, his assistant, return in Galbraith’s (a.k.a. J. K. Rowling) third book in the Cormoran Strike series. Wasting no time with pleasantries, readers are thrown into the action with a package containing a woman’s severed leg delivered to Robin at work. In between arranging her upcoming nuptials and having an on-again off-again relationship with her fiancé, she inadvertently places herself in danger while trying to determine which of the four men from Cormoran’s past is responsible. Meanwhile, believing he is the target of the madman, not Robin, Cormoran follows his own hunches. Action and plot twists abound, making this the best book yet in the series. This well-conceived and -written mystery with likable main characters will keep you coming back for more.
Isaiah “IQ” Quintabe is a high school dropout in East Long Beach, one of LA’s roughest neighborhoods; he’s also a brilliant investigator driven to apply his talents to cases the police won’t touch. His grateful clients are more likely to pay him in casseroles than cash, so when a childhood frenemy contacts IQ about a paranoid rapper offering $50,000 to find out who wants him dead, IQ reluctantly takes the case. His investigation leads him to a devious diva, a megalomaniac manager, a pair of braindead bodyguards, and a hired killer whose dog could send Cujo running.
Filled with colorful characters and a switchback plot, IQ is a page-turning mystery that will leave you eagerly awaiting the sequel (to be released in fall 2017).
Mama, Is It Summer Yet by Nikki McClure is for those kids who love to ask questions, sometimes the same question again and again! The Mama gently answers her child's questions by pointing out the beautiful things that the seasons bring. A seasonal favorite for ages 3-6.
Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. Uncle Mort is not a farmer, but actually a Grim Reaper and he's going to teach Lex the family business.