Monthly Archives: March 2013

All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens – Gloria Whelan

This companion to Small Acts of Courage can stand alone.  The author does a wonderful job clueing the reader in on Rosalind’s adventures in India during the time of British Colonization.  Her father is stationed in India and works for … Continue reading

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The Garden Princess – Kristin Kladstrup

A princess, who enjoys gardening, tags along with her best friend when he is invited to attend a mysterious garden party. Turns out the hostess is an evil witch who for decades has been turning pretty young girls into flowers … Continue reading

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Through the Skylight – Ian Baucom

Venice is the setting for many children’s books because of the uniqueness of the canals and the rich history.  An American family has recently arrived in Venice while the father continues his studies.  They take shelter from the rain in … Continue reading

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The Golden Egg – Donna Leon

Davide was quietly in the background, doing simple tasks for the local dry-cleaners in the San Polo area of Venice. Deaf and mildly mentally challenged, he was a sweet boy. No one knew his name; they just called him the … Continue reading

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Quintana of Charyn – Melina Marchetta

I am in awe of the brilliance of the author.  This final book in The Lumatere Chonicles that begins with Finnikin of the Rock and continues in Froi of the Exiles, is everything and more than I hoped it would be.  … Continue reading

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Poison – Bridget Zinn

Kyra is a potions master who also has a bit of a witch’s Seer abilities.  She has mastered the art of potions or poisons and can be a deadly assassin.  Earlier in her youth, she became best friends with the … Continue reading

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Ghoulish Song – William Alexander

This second book in the Goblin Secrets series takes place during the same time frame as Goblin Secrets, but focuses on a character that has just a few lines in the first book.  After Kaile gives the goblin acting troupe … Continue reading

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The Murmurings – Carly Anne West

A psychiatrist in a mental institution may not be a very good guy.  Sophie’s older sister was found dead after escaping from the mental institution where she was being treated for hearing voices or murmurings.  She was found in a rather … Continue reading

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Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond – John Joseph Adams and Doublas Cohen (editors)

Oh boy, this was fun!  What a delightful collection of tales from the Oz I remember, from an Oz that might have been, and from a completely impossible Oz.  Fifteen of today’s best fantasy authors contributed to this anthology, providing all … Continue reading

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Fever: A Novel – Mary Beth Keane

Her grandmother taught her how to make griddle cakes and brown bread, to make salmon with butter and cream, to tuck turnips and potatoes around the meat.  And it was her grandmother who bought her a one way trip to … Continue reading

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The Mapmaker’s War: A Legend – Ronlyn Domingue

Aoife was a wild child.  At least that’s what the nursemaid said.  Her mother tried to tame her, make her into a child of her image.  Her father loved her just as she was. He was the King’s most trusted … Continue reading

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Not Exactly A Love Story – Audrey Couloumbis

In the wake of a breakup and his parents’ divorce, Vinnie Gold and his mom move to Long Island from Queens for a fresh start.  While it seems at first that life is against him, things take a promising turn … Continue reading

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Enchanted – Alethea Kontis

Sunday Woodcutter is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and is in love with an enchanted frog prince.  His curse ends abruptly and painfully.  He makes his way back to his father’s kingdom and calls for a series of … Continue reading

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