What a great blend of fairy tale, historical fiction and the arts... What lovable, earnest characters who I could not help but hope for all things wonderful to happen to...What a rich well told story that grabbed my attention and did not let go until the last page. I so loved this story and the journey it took me on. I shed more than a few tears out of sadness, shook my head in anger quite a bit, felt my heart beat swifter in anticipation and ultimately, shed tears again but due to happiness. Pam Munoz Ryan's ability to weave music and the shared thread of a harmonica to connect all the story lines is magical
Ally is a very clever girl, so clever that she has been able to hide her inability to read from her teachers. Mr. Daniels is that perfect teacher who sees the possibilities in all his students and helps them find their talents. When Mr. Daniels meets Ally, will he discover her secret? A wonderfully touching story that highlights the fact that we all have our own unique gifts
As Gabriel unravels the mystery of what happened when his father disappeared without a trace, he encounters ravens who riddle, a magical writing desk, owls who enjoy puns and an underground city. The word play and puzzles make this a clever, magical story
Shay Remby is one smart, tough and strong heroine. She is on a mission to find her brother who is in danger due to his involvement with a group of animal rights activists. Great characters, fast paced plotting and a timely story line make for an edge of your seat read
Theodora Tenpenny is a smart, spunky character that you will not soon forget. She finds herself in the middle of a mystery involving a painting and her grandfather's secret stint as a soldier during WW II. History, art and friendship all combine to make a wonderful novel.
The book lover/seller in me enjoyed all the book references as well as the bookstore tidbits. But, the interpersonal relationships, the nuggets of wisdom and the humor sprinkled throughout the book made for a wonderful novel. There are many touching moments with just the right touch of humor that will make you laugh/cry. This is a great read!
Kip and his older sister, Molly, a gifted storyteller, are hired as servants by the Windsor family. They soon realize that things are not right at the Windsor Estate. Does it have something to do with the huge menacing tree whose roots seem to permeate every inch of the property? This spooky and creepy novel serves as a reminder of the dangers of greed.
A lovely collection to take you through the year from "Spring" to "Firefly July" to "November Night", there is a poem to celebrate every season. Amazingly illustrated by Melissa Sweet, this is a wonderful addition to any bookshelf.
A boy on a porch, jelly beans purchased at the local store and shoes on a shelf, make for a moving novel. A young boy named Jacob shows up on John and Marta's porch one day with only a note. He does not speak. Who left him and will they come back for him? This sweet story about loving and letting go will touch your heart.
Babies have much to sing the blues about from waking up soggy to being in the "jail" called a crib. Then, there are also the hugs, kisses and love that easily take it all away. A perfect book for parents to be and new babies!
Have you ever wanted to stay inside the world created by your favorite author? Cather Avery feels more comfortable writing fanfiction about the Simon Snow Series than going out and seeing the world. Now that she is off to college with her twin sister Wren, how will she find the time? A wonderful read that will have you cheering as Cather opens up and begins to see all that life has to offer.
Moxie has just discovered that her Grandfather helped thieves hide the art work stolen during the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist. The problem is, the thieves want it back and her Grandfather has Alzheimer's. Thus it is up to her to find it fast or her family will be in big trouble. With the help of her geo-caching loving friend, Ollie, she is determined to solve the mystery. This suspenseful ride through some of Boston's most famous landmarks, makes for a fun read.
Poppy is very excited to go to the shore for vacation. When her family ties a skull-and-crossbones scarf around her neck, she is ready for life on the ocean as a pirate. That is, until it is time to board a boat! You will cheer Poppy on as she overcomes her fears in this sweet tale.
While in class, Duncan goes to grab his crayons but instead finds a stack of letters. Each letter is from a crayon explaining why it has quit. From red being tired of working all year long, especially during the holidays of Christmas and Valentine's Day, to black being sick of just being an outline color, each crayon has a reasonable and funny argument. What will Duncan do so that he can color? You will never look at a box of crayons the same way after reading this imaginative story.
I loved Lisa Graff's "Umbrella Summer" and this novel about connections and fate is equally as enjoyable. 11 year old Cady is an orphan who has no knowledge of her background. It is only through her dealings with various interesting characters that she untangles the knots to reveal her past. You will be reminded of Sarah Week's "Pie" as cake recipes dot the pages of the book, Ingrid Law's "Savvy" as most characters are blessed with a special "talent" and Sharon Creech's "The Great Unexpected" as characters who you did not think could be connected are. A magical heartwarming read!
Ivan, a gorilla, has spent most of his life with humans and the other animals at the mall. His memory of life before humans and cages is hazy. That is, until a terrified young elephant joins him and he starts to remember the importance of family and belonging. A wonderful read full of heart.
As New Englanders, we know that winter does not come in all at once, but rather we see the subtle changes from first ice that can be broken with the simplest touch to ice that can form a backyard rink. A perfect winter read accompanied by Barbara McClintock's amazing illustrations.
Blue Jay, the pirate captain has a fondness for eggs. When his latest treasured egg hatches, and produces a rather large bird, the fun has just begun. Wonderfully descriptive language helps readers visualize this avian pirate adventure.
This historical fantasy involves three sisters, suitors, tea parties, a Brotherhood, a Sisterhood, mind magic, and a prophecy. Cate, the eldest Cahill, has been looking after her sisters ever since their mother died. She is about to come of age and must choose either marriage or joining the Sisterhood. All she can think about, though, is trying to keep secret the fact that she and her sisters are witches. When she receives a mysterious note and uncovers her mother's diary, she realizes that her family's future might be tied to an old prophecy. This first of three books will have have you wondering whether the Cahill's have been blessed or cursed.
After speaking with an author at his school, Houdini decides to write a kid's book. He surfs the net, comes up with top ten rules for writing a kid's novel and then uses his experiences with friends,a neighborhood bully, and a war veteran to craft his story. How will it end? Both funny and thoughtful, an enjoyable read.
The author of "Marcelo in the Real World" has created another thought provoking young adult novel. We see sisters Kate and Mary dealing with the aftermath of their father's sudden death. To compound the situation, they must figure out how to continue to care for their mother who was left in a persistent vegetative state after an accident years ealier. How will they continue to care for her? What can they afford? Should dreams of going to college or creating art be abandoned? What are the options? You will be captivated by the complex characters and their struggles to come to terms with these questions.
With her eye on getting into a select music camp, Elsie joins her school's marching band. Who knew marching band was more difficult than studying the french horn? A fun read full of humor and heart!
Mattie Brown and her mom have moved often. This time, they have moved in with Uncle Potluck, the janitor at her new school. Mattie has lots of fears and she is about to deal with her biggest. Will she be able to make a "hound dog true' friend?
If the bear jokes don't grab you, then the hummingbird one will! A humerous look at not being afraid to alter your dreams.
I love Sally Murphy's ability to convey strong emotions and tell amazing stories in verse form. "Toppling" is a wonderful story. John and his group of friends, "the gigglers", are in 5th Grade and this trimester they get to do a project on "anything". When one of "the gigglers" gets sick and ends up in the hospital,they are left wondering what is wrong, what can they do and what will happen. The day the class presents their projects an unlikely classmate shares a story that will help them get some of the answers to their questions
A 300 year-old Indian curse, a white tiger, and a lonely girl named Kelsey Hayes are at the center of this adventure packed fantasy/romance/mystery. Yes, this YA novel has it all!
The cards are stacked against Doug Swieteck -- new kid in town, abusive father and a brother accused of robbery. Yet, he rises above and you will cheer him on as he changes the lives of those around him!
Annie is overly cautious about everything now that her older brother has died. Through the help of those around her, she learns to worry less and enjoy life again. A wonderful, bittersweet story about coming to terms with the unexpected.
When two chicks named Dirt and Sugar ask former rescue dog, J.J. Tully to help locate their missing siblings, a humorous tale ensues.
An engaging novel that touches on the Japanese-American internment camps of WWII, the 1940's Seattle jazz scene, prejudice, the ties to one's country, father and son relationships and love that will never be forgotten.
Shame on me for having passed through my school days without having read this amazing book. I finally took the time to read it when my town chose it for a "One Town, One Book" selection. I so enjoyed everything about this book and wonder how my appreciation would have differed had I read it in my younger days.