Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Leaving – Tara Altebrando

Six kindergarteners don’t return home from school.  They are missing for eleven years.  Then one night, five are returned.  Blindfolded, they are dropped off in a playground in town with a map to their home in their pocket with no … Continue reading

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When Friendship Followed Me Home – Paul Griffin

Ben was in the foster care system since he was an infant.  When he was around 10, he was adopted by his speech therapist.  It was a wonderful fit for both of them.  However, she was elderly and had health … Continue reading

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Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s Book One – Jodi Taylor

“History is just one damned thing after another” Arnold Toynbee Well, this was fun! The eccentric Brits at St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research are very secretly traveling back in time to better understand historical events, but it’s not such … Continue reading

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Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold – edited by Paula Guran

These fairy tales are definitely not for children.  They would be shocked to learn the real story of Cinderella, and The Three Bears, and yes, Goldilocks was a little snit. And don’t get me started on the rewrite of “The … Continue reading

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Barkskins – Annie Proulx

I hate to use clichés, but there is no other way to put it.  This is a sweeping novel, an epic covering two families and three hundred years. It all begins in the 17th century, with Rene Sel and Charles … Continue reading

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Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game -Erica Westly

762 wins, 88 losses, 162 no hitters, 45 perfect games, and 7,000 strikeouts – Bertha Tickey was a very special softball player. Most of her records still stand. And she taught Lana Turner to swing a bat for a movie … Continue reading

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Amy Snow – Tracy Rees

Amy’s life began on a cold day in January, 1831. If eight-year-old Aurelia had not slipped out when no one was watching it might have ended that day. The sky was a bright blue, the snow deep and white, and … Continue reading

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Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler

Kate seems to always be in trouble at school. Well, she just can’t help telling it like it is, even with four-year- olds. She likes her job and tries really hard, but the words just come out. At home things … Continue reading

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