Ana's Silver Flip

In Sara Novic’s harrowing and beautiful Girl at War, we witness the rupture of Yugoslavia through the eyes of 10-year-old Ana.  To acknowledge the rich Croatian history she leaves behind when she flees, I updated a classic cocktail, the Flip, by introducing Rakija to its mix.  Rakija (Slivovitz) is a plum brandy her friends will use to toast her return - you can use it to salute this wonderful debut.

Ana’s Silver Flip
2 oz. Slivovitz
1 oz. simple syrup
White of one egg
3 dashes plum bitters

Shake the first four ingredients without ice.  Add ice and shake again to ensure the egg is emulsified.  Strain into a chilled flip glass.  Dust with nutmeg.

Current Obsession - Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Nest by Kenneth Oppel, Illus. by Jon Klassen
Expected Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 256 pages

Steve just wants to save his baby brother--but what will he lose in the bargain?
This is a haunting gothic tale for fans of "Coraline," from acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel ("Silverwing," "The Boundless") with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.
For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it's just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp's nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to "fix" the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.
All he has to do is say "Yes." But "yes" is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?
Celebrated author Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family. Includes illustrations from celebrated artist Jon Klassen.

Current Obsession - Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Page count: 368 pages

Bone Gap is the story of Roza, a beautiful girl who is taken from a quiet midwestern town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and Finn, the only witness,
who cannot forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper.

As we follow them through their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss,
magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness--a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

Bone Gap is something we've been pushing on people since it came out and we'll continue pushing it on people until everyone in the world loves it as much as we do.
We're not the only ones who feel this way either, we know PLENTY of people who are also obsessed! READ IT NOW OKAY!

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