Category Archives: gentle reader

Or What You Will – Jo Walton

He has had an amazing life. He can be anyone, do anything. He can be a boy or a god, play anyone. It’s hard to believe he is just a figment of Sylvia’s imagination. But it’s true, and he has … Continue reading

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To The Land of Long Lost Friends: No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (20) – Alexander McCall Smith

Oh My! It was so nice to be back in Botswana, feeling the hot dry wind blowing in from the Kalahari, appreciating the lacy shade of an acacia tree, and listening to the musings of Mma Ramotswe. When she happens … Continue reading

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Maximillian Fly – Angie Sage

Maximillian Fly is a roach of sorts, with human characteristics and quite tall at over six feet.  He’s actually much kinder than the humans.  Thoughtful, keeps to himself.  Until he witnesses two children, Kaitlin and Jonno, desperately running in the … Continue reading

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The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted – Robert Hillman

It is 1968 in rural Australia. Tom Hope is trying to understand just why his wife left him. Her note didn’t help: I’m leaving. Don’t know what to say, Love Trudy. Tom has never known what to say to people. … Continue reading

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Where the Heart Is – Jo Knowles

From the publisher: “If home is where the heart is, what would happen if you lost it? Compassion and humor infuse the story of a family caught in financial crisis and a girl struggling to form her own identity. It’s … Continue reading

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Lovely War – Julie Berry

From the publisher, “It’s 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She’s a shy and talented pianist; he’s a newly minted soldier with dreams … Continue reading

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Pay Attention, Carter Jones – Gary D. Schmidt

Sixth grader Carter Jones, opens the door to find a portly butler during a frantic first day of school morning for the four children.  In the vein of Mary Poppins, sans magic, he arrives at the most needed time.  Carter’s … Continue reading

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Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield

There was a tradition at the Swan, an ancient inn on the banks of the Thames. It was a tradition of storytelling. Joe Bliss was very good at storytelling. His wife ran the inn. Joe told the stories. And it … Continue reading

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Love à la Mode – Stephanie Kate Strohm

From the publisher, “Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . . Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. … Continue reading

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Saving Winslow – Sharon Creech

From the publisher, “Louie doesn’t have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures. So when his father brings home a sickly newborn mini donkey, he’s determined to save him. He names him Winslow. Taking care of him … Continue reading

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Three Things About Elsie – Joanna Cannon

Eighty-four-year-old Florence was quite happy living in her own flat. But the council decided that she needed help coping and now she finds herself at Cherry Tree, an assisted living facility. Unfortunately, Florence, considered difficult, stubborn, far too independent, has … Continue reading

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Bob – Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

Livy and her mom return to Australia to visit her grandmother. The last time she was there was five years ago, when she was just five.  She had met an odd creature near her grandmother’s well, took him back to … Continue reading

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Winterfolk – Janel Kolby

At one time, when Rain was a little child, she had a home and a mother.  Then she and her father lived in a car.  Now, they live in a tent in the woods outside of Seattle where they have … Continue reading

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A Time of Love and Tartan: A 44 Scotland Street Novel – Alexander McCall Smith

It was lovely to be back in Edinburgh among the folk of Scotland Street, and to catch up on what has been happening. Let’s see . . . Pat is tempted to get involved with Bruce again, Matthew and Elspeth … Continue reading

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Slider – Pete Hautman

From the publisher: David can eat an entire sixteen-inch pepperoni pizza in four minutes and thirty-six seconds. Not bad. But he knows he can do better. In fact, he’ll have to do better: he’s going to compete in the Super … Continue reading

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