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Convinced that her father has been wrongly convicted, Daisy and her friend Graham hatch a wild plot to break him out of prison. It involves a coin from the year 1919, a miniature horse, a stolen truck, the smelliest dog in the world, and an older cousin who is still loopy from a long-ago head injury. As their improbable plot unfolds, Daisy learns a valuable lesson about taking responsibility for one’s actions. Her family and the others around her are lovingly dysfunctional, but this heartfelt story will leave you with a feeling of hope for Daisy’s future. -- Caitlin, Children's Department School Planning

 

 

 

 

 

The world created in this novel is amazing and the adventure is fun and scary. The main characters enter a video gaming contest that lands them inside the game - a beautiful, crumbling world that needs their help. The world is based on Jamaican culture, written by a Jamaican-born author, allowing for an interesting way to learn some Jamaican mythology. Besides having culturally diverse characters, one of the main characters is wheelchair bound. They read like real kids with real concerns, taken to an extreme. Diverse, real, a must-read! -- Cheenie from Books Inc. Burlingame

Frank Bascombe, from Richard Ford's prize winning trilogy (The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land), is back in a collection of four Ford novellas, Let Me Be Frank With You.

In the first tale, while viewing Hurricane Sandy’s destruction, Frank ruminates on the sonnet, Ozymandias.  My Egyptian history needs brushing up, but I do know that the star of that poem, the pharaoh Ramesses II, enjoyed wine.   So as a nod to the men working hard in Sandy’s wake, I decided to recast the Sangria.

 

 

Ozymandias

3 oz. red wine
1 oz mezcal
.5 oz honey syrup
Club soda

Stir all with ice.  Strain into a rocks-filled glass.  Top with soda and garnish with orange and cherry.

Having read Elizabeth Wein's other novel, Code Name Verity some time ago, I decided to pick up Rose Under Fire and it does not disappoint. Wein is a masterful storyteller and researcher and she uses her skills to tell stories of a different war front: that of the women in World War II. Rose Justice from Pennsylvania is chosen by the RAF (Royal Air Force) to ferry planes across enemy lies to support the Allies' war efforts. Rose's plane is eventually intercepted and shot down--resulting in her becoming a prisoner of the Nazis. She is sent to Ravensbrück, the women's concentration camp. There she meets young women that are under the scrutiny of the Nazi Doctors who conduct expiriments on them. These "Rabbits" are strong women with little to no hope left in them. Together the ladies form a strong bond and trust in one another and foresee an inevitability of their release by Allied forces. This novel is amazing, intellectual and inspiring. Perfect for young historians! -- Reviewed by Books Inc. SFO

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