This is a delightful classic written in the format of letters from a lonely, yet feisty and intelligent, orphan girl to her anonymous male benefactor who has generously offered to financially support Jerusha (Judy) Abbott's education at an elite women's college in the early 20th century. Utterly charming!
Josie is the teenage daughter of a prostitute who has grown up in the seedy world of the French Quarter in New Orleans. However, she dreams of going to an elite women's college to escape her underworld life. Josie is a smart, resourceful and determined character that will inspire teen readers.
Diary of a WImpy Kid fans will LOVE this new series! 10 year-old Tom would rather doodle or read comics than pay attention in class, and he comes up uwith very entertaining escuses why he doesn't have his homework. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments. Readers will be begging for the next installment of this series.
Echo brilliantly weaves together the story of Fredrich in Germany, Mike in Philadephia and Ivy in California. What connects them to each other? A magical harmonica. Ms. Ryan leaves the reader at the edge of her seat regarding the fate of each child and follows up with a satisfying and uplifting conclusion that celebrates music, perseverance and happy endings.
The Circus Ship is one of my all-time favorite read-alouds for preschoolers. The rhythm of the rhyming verse paired with the whimsical and bright illustrations will delight both reader and child. This is a title they will beg to read over and over.
Milo is the new kid in town who is very anxious to claim the role of the school “prankster.” However, on first day of school he realizes another kid holds the role of the “prankster” -- someone who is VERY good at it, too! What follows is a hilarious contest of pranks. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will love this new series.
Children who love to read about cars, trucks and things that go will flip for Tom Angelberger’s new picture book. It is quirky, ridiculous and brilliant that features great illustrations filled with clever details. The loveable Mr. McToad certainly has quite the transportation empire!
Set in the early 20th century, Ms. Schlitz tells the story of 14 year-old Joan, who escapes the hardship of farm life and an abusive father when she finds work in the home of the Rosenbachs, a wealthy Jewish family. Inspired by the heroines in novels she loves, Joan is determined to get an education and better herself. Fans of Anne of Green Gables will be cheering for Joan on every page!
Winterfrost is a charming and cozy holiday read featuring 12 year-old, Bettina, searching for her baby sister who has been snatched away by a mischievous nisse. Bettina’s travels to the miniature world of the wee folk combined with the Christmas season setting in Denmark make this a delightful, read-by-the fire winter adventure.
Ms. Haddix provides us with a detailed account of the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 through the eyes of Yetta, a Russian-Jewish immigrant; Belle, an Italian immigrant; and Jane, the daughter of an upper-class American businessman. This is YA historical fiction at it’s very best.
Micah has grown up hearing fantastic stories about Circus Mirandus, a magical circus that Micah’s grandfather visited as a boy. But Grampa Ephraim is very ill, and Micah believes the key to saving his grandfather is finding the circus and following up on a promise that was made by the circus’ great magician, the Lightbender.
Fans of Lois Lowry’s “Number the Stars” will enjoy this marvelous new middle grade historical fiction featuring 9-year-old Ada and her little brother Jamie, who are shipped out of London to escape the bombs and their abusive mother. A moving tale of two children learning to love and be loved.
Fans of The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas will embrace the deeply moving and intense story of Anna and the Swallow Man who are struggling to survive in war torn Poland. While this title is marketed in the YA section, I would highly recommend this exquisitely written novel for adults.
A beautifully written, heartfelt, and poignant tale featuring 12 year old Peter who is forced to release his pet fox into the woods as war approaches their land and they must flee. This is a story about growing up, dealing with pain, learning who you are, and being brave.
Meet Princess Magnolia who wears pink, frilly dresses and always looks prim and perfect. But Princess Magnolia has a secret: She is also a monster-fighting, running-and-jumping Princess in Black! This is a new first chapter series that young readers will love!
Do Your Om Thing is a great resource for reco yogis to get a basic understanding of the principles of yoga as well as a refresher/review for the more experiences yogis. Rebecca Pacheco also takes us through her own personal journey, and invites us all to bring the joys of yoga off the mat and into our daily lives.