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A mystery involving an old house with mysteries, mysterious and unexpected guests at Christmas time, a well loved orphan who longs to know his birth parentns while also feeling love for his adoptive parents. His personality quirks seem assuaged with the friendship of Meddy, who involves him in uncovering the many mysteries created by the guests appearances. Cocoa adds to the warmth of this story as do the well developed and quirky secondary characters and the power of telling stories helps to mvoe this story along. An old fashioned kind of story. Ten to Fourteen
itsu's life changes drastically after Pearl Harbor, first at school and among her friends, and then when her family is relocated to an internment camp and she has to leave behind her beloved Dog. larson focuses on what camp life is like from a child's perspective, especially her longing for her dog who writes to her faithfully. Young readers will emphasize and perhaps learn more charity towards those who may be considered "enemies". Seven to Ten.
This is a sophisticated novel about Aidan, a wealthy Connecticut teen, whose father has left the family and is dealing with not uncommon upper class problems - overbearing parents, alcohol and drugs, school, girls, etc. As the novel unfolds, however, it becomes obvious that Aidan has been abused by Father Greg, who he was sent to for solace after his father left. Using the backdrop of an actual abuse scandal (that in Boston in the early 2000s) adds a layer of interest. Characters are well-drawn and wonderfully flawed, especially many of the adults in Aidan's life. Fourteen and Up. Jamie Watson
Seven intertwined stories will grab you and won’t let you go in this audio rendering of Sedgwick’s Printz winning novel. These short vignettes introduce us to Eric, a reporter, a stranded WWII pilot, two children being told a ghost story, and a Viking king among others. All these stories are told with a foreboding mysterious tone that reflects the island where the stories take place, Blessed Island, Scandinavia. You will thoroughly enjoy this narration which is partly a mystery, partly a romance, partly a horror story but wholly entertaining and captivating. Audio 14+ Maria E. Gentle
Follow a young whale as he swims, explores, and sings through his day. The minimal text is reassuring and reads like an inspirational mantra. Gorgeous illustrations make this book a delight for the eyes. A delightful storytime book or bedtime read-aloud. Up to Seven. Julie Dietzel-Glair
Debut novelist Alsaid follows seventeen-year-old Leila cross country in her quest to see the Northern Lights in Alaska. Along the way, she meets four young people who are changed by Leila's presence. At once familiar and time-honored, but with a structural twist, this road trip novel is full of coming of age characters brimming with possibility. Fourteen and Up. -Todd Krueger
"Without the A the Beast is the Best" and thus begins this zany ride through the alphabet. Each page requires the reader to think about how words change so quickly, just by removing one letter. The humorous illustrations beg for even longer reflection. Let the spelling fun begin! Up to Seven. -Anne Womack