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When two families come together there is conflict. Thirteen-year-old Stewart and his widowed dad move in with fourteen-year-old Ashley and her recently divorced mother, whose husband revealed to wife and daughter that he is gay. There are adjustments to be made all around and Ashley is probably the one with the most work ahead. The characters are wonderfully drawn and you get to know them well. Voiced by Jesse Bernstein and Jorjeana Marie they jump off the page into a well crafted audio rendition of the novel. Smart but awkward Stewart tries so hard and Ashley is a smarmy, selfish young lady you want to put in her place. A moving story with humor and realism. Ages 14+ Audio. Maria E. Gentle
Anastasia is an average eleven-year-old. When her parents die in a "vacuum cleaner" accident she is rescued by two great-aunts, Prudence and Primrose. They bring her to their home which happens to be at the St. Anthony's Asylum for the Criminally Insane. This is the first chapter of this lovely story voiced masterfully by Rosalyn Landor. You feel for Anastasia and want to yell "booooo" for the dastardly aunts- who by the way, have steel teeth. This little story has it all: a spunky innocent protagonist, dastardly crazy steel-teethed aunts, leaches, attack poodles, and portraits of missing children among other things. Thoroughly entertaining. Great for family listening. Ages 12+ Audio Maria E. Gentle
a feisty, independent girl, Julia, finds herself in an orphanage, but she won't be grateful or "good". There is a gangster who "controls" the town and all is not resolved at the conclusion of the book but Julia's independence and spirit inspires others to be strong, independent and kind as well. This is a sweeping story with a character who is memorable and whose personal growth is noteworthy. Edie Ching. Ten to Fourteen
Miles Murphy starts a new school and knows he has one way to set himself apart from everyone else, continuing his life as a prankster. But wait, there is someone who can out prank him.... When he is given the opportunity to "team up" he refuses, until things get way out of hand. A school story, a fitting in story, a story with lots of surprises and fun. Great appeal to boys and girls. Edie Ching. Seven to Ten.
It’s love at first sight when Adam Spencer Ross meets Robyn Plummer in his therapy group. He determines to overcome his OCD so that he can save her. But in addition to normal teenage issues, Adam’s also dealing with a hoarder mom who is receiving threatening letters, and with an anxious younger brother in his dad’s house who relies on Adam to calm his fears. As Robyn and Adam fall in love, his OCD worsens. You feel the pain of the clearing rituals, the counting, and other OCD symptoms as Adam’s world comes crashing down. Told with grace, humor, and hope, this is one of the best OCD stories I’ve read. Fourteen and up. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
A tribute to Paris, to friendship, to adventure (and taking risk so) A tribute to Paris, to friendship, to taking risks, this chapter book is a perfect combination of Mo's humor and artistry with words and Tony's artistry with pen and ink and paint. Unlikely gifts, like a mouse for a dog, and strange definitions add to ththe charm of this story which will delight young and old. Edie Ching. Seven to Ten. (This title will appear on the November agenda.)
A very 21st century version of Cinderella, in rhyme (that works) and about a savy young girl who knows how to fix rockets and that is how she wins her prince (well actually, becomes his mechanic because she recognizes that she's much too young to marry). Fun, empowering. The illustrations are lively, the language includes words like galaxy, a cosmic sos, nebulae. Edie Ching. Up to Seven