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  • Northern Oz - Beyond The Yellow Brick Road by V J Kelly

    Sun, 15 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everyone knows the Baum stories, but did you ever hear of Northern Oz?  Things are different there.  Once the lands were connected but an evil sorceress put a spell on the land and now they are separate.The author generously shared his book with me for review.  It has been published and you can get a copy now.  If you enjoy fantasy, you'll enjoy this book.  It's a fun read.Kristi has read all the Oz books and is disappointed there aren't more.  Then she meets a nice man, gets bullied by her female classmates and meets her friend Obo, the clown  Read More
  • Jingle Bells

    Sat, 14 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Want to teach your child how to sing a Christmas Carol?  This is an easy way to do it!Smart Kiz Books sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).This is a board book with the song lyrics on the pages.  You can turn on the music and sing along with the choir.  They can use the book to be sure of the words but it won't be long until they can sing it without the book.The illustrations are fun!  This would make a nice Christmas Eve gift. Read More
  • Up on the Housetop

    Sat, 14 Dec 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Want to teach your child how to sing a Christmas Carol?  This is an easy way to do it!Smart Kiz Books sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).This is a board book with the song lyrics on the pages.  You can turn on the music and sing along with the choir.  They can use the book to be sure of the words but it won't be long until they can sing it without the book.The illustrations are charming.  This would make a nice Christmas Eve gift. Read More
  • Drop Dead Lola by Melissa Bourbon

    Fri, 13 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lola's cousin is getting married and Lola is in the wedding party.  She has plenty of curves herself and this fluffy dress makes her look fat, but her cousin loves it on her and it's her wedding.Henery Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be publisahed January 28th.While the bachelorette party is going on, everyone is embarrassed but having fun.The next day, Lola gets a client that doesn't believe her son committed suicide.  The fun is over...She talks to everyone who knew him.  He had a fiance, was planning on getting married, Read More
  • Claw Enforcement by Sofie Ryan

    Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sarah is at a fundraiser.  She sees two men argue then walk away from each other.  The younger one goes to the bar but the bartender won't serve him any more alcohol.  She gives him a cup of coffee.  He takes one drink and collapses on the floor.  Sarah and run to him and give him CPR but he's gone.  Rose says he was poisoned but Sarah wqaits for the autopsy to be done.  Rose was right...Berkley Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 28th.Sarah feels bad because she Read More
  • How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann

    Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She lost her twin sister when she was 11.  She left her sitting in a field and said she'd be right be right back but she never returned.  All the searches hit a dead end and she had to go on without her...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 14th.Now it's twenty years later and she's living in Alaska with her husband and daughter.  One day, a different mail carrier flies in and when she goes to pick up their mail, he asks her for a place to Read More
  • Harriet and the Hoblins by Gemma J. Weir

    Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harriet is disgusted.  Her Dad and stepmom are going on vacation without her.  They are sending her to Mourne Mountain Summer Camp.  She knows they want some alone time but it just isn't fair.  She doesn't want to go to camp!Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The first thing she does is say something embarrassing at the meet and greet gathering.  She knows she smells, she doesn't like cleaning up.  It doesn't take long until she's by herself most of the time.  Read More
  • A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier

    Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie is working at the hotel as an intern.  Their biggest event is coming:  The  New Year's Eve Ball.  Everyone from all over the world comes for this legendary ball.  Two brothers own the hotel and the crabbiest one is her boss.  He mostly ignores her, which is fine with her.Henry Holt and Company Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 28th.When some rich Russians show up they are given the suite they reserved.  It's a husband and wife with a four year old daughter.  Read More
  • The Protective One by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Mon, 09 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Elizabeth has been seeing David for some time.  He's their neighbor and her parents approve of the match.  But he's not loving, he doesn't think the way she does, and she decides to end it.  He's not willing to, though, and persists in stalking her.Gallery Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this for review (thank you).  It will be published January 21st.Will has been a friend for years and he feels grief from Andy's death just like she does.  Andy was part of the group of eight who were friends for years.  He committed suicide and shocked them all.  David Read More
  • Highfire by Eoin Colfer

    Sun, 08 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    He lives deep in the swamp and he's lonely.  Being the last of your kind is no fun.  Then he hears explosions fairly close and goes to see what is going on.  A man is trying to kill a boy.  He's throwing grenades at him.  He picks up the boy and then hikes the latest grenade back at the man and sinks his boat.Harper Collins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 28th.Vern is a dragon.  He likes to smoke and he drinks Absolut.  He watches Netflix.  He has to Read More
  • Arlo, Mrs. Ogg, and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming, Kathryn Durst

    Sat, 07 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Arlo's class has trouble keeping a teacher.  Some don't last more than a day.  But their new teacher is different.  She doesn't say much and soon arranges to take them to the zoo.  That's exciting.  Everyone has their favorite exhibit.  But they go right by the zoo...Maverick Arts and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 7th.Mrs. Ogg looks like a cave woman and she takes them to a different zoo.  Arlo loves dinosaurs and he's amazed to find out this zoo actually has some.  Some are scary, some Read More
  • Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin

    Fri, 06 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a thief that lives on the street.  She's one of the nameless.  They have so little value they are not even given a name.  So when the King dies, she doesn't really care.  But then she finds out that the next heir named is not at the palace...Crown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 7th.She has the tattoo they are looking for and they take her to the castle.  She begins her time there in the dungeon while they debate how this could be Read More
  • Fell Murder by E.C.R. Lorac, Martin Edwards

    Thu, 05 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They lived in the old family home on the farm on the fell.  They were a bit of an odd family.  Their father was still alive and working the farm even if he was in his 80's.  He was also still ordering his children around, too.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 6th.The oldest boy was thrown out of the house twenty-five years ago.  He went to Canada with his wife.  When she passed away he took to the seas.  No one on the farm knows where Read More
  • Murder, She Encountered by Peg Cochran

    Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They started out going after a story about a robbery at the World's Fair.  Instead they run into a murder.  A young woman in the water with a nylon stocking around her neck.  Did she drown or did she get strangled?Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has just been published so you can grab a copy now.Elizabeth is the photographer and Kaminsky is the journalist.  They make a good team.  The cops drag off a hot dog seller who paid too much attention to her.  They don't believe he's guilty so they Read More
  • Southern Harm by Caroline Fardig

    Tue, 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are just doing some landscaping in the back yard of Tucker's aunt's house when Quinn digs up a skull.  This is really a cold case, going back thirty-three years.  The girl who said she was leaving never made it.  But when they jail Aunt Lela as murder suspect, the sisters go back into action as detectives.  They know she didn't do it, so who did?Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Quinn and Delilah are running a bed and breakfast with the help Read More
  • In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund

    Mon, 02 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Blackbrook Academy is flooded.  There's no way in or out.  Those still there are staying at the Tudor House because it's on a hill.  Not everyone is friends, but they tolerate each other.  Then the following morning they find the headmaster dead in the conservatory...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This story is much like playing a game of clue.  There's a Mustard, a Peacock, a Scarlet.  Each character is looking out for their own interests.   Mrs. White says it was a looter, Read More
  • The Flash Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow's Perfect Shot by Barry Lyga

    Sun, 01 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    I read about the Flash when I visited my Grandparents.  I also read about Plastic Man.  So this book caught my eye.  The Flash has a lot to do to keep his earth safe and not a lot of time to do it...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Green Arrow needs help tracking down a bomber.  The Flash goes to help him.  Then a breach shows upon the earth's surface and people from the other world begin evacuating.  This causes problems.  Read More
  • Ghoulia and the Mysterious Visitor by Barbara Cantini

    Sat, 30 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ghoulia is in for a surprise.  Her aunt has invited her friends and even an unknown cousin to come for a party.  She didn't know about it and her aunt is nowhere to be found.Amulet Books let me read this book for review (thank you)  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Her cousin is a bit weird.  He's not happy about anything.  Then one of her friends goes missing.  What's going on?  While Dilbert isn't the best guest, he turns out to be useful.  While he grumbles at the overgrowing ivy her aunt was cultivating, it Read More
  • Christmas Is Coming!: Celebrate the Holiday with Art, Stories, Poems, Songs, and Recipes by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Fri, 29 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a beautiful collection of all things Christmassy.  The songs remind me of choir days.  The recipes will make you drool.  The art work and illustrations are luscious.Abrams for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.My favorite of the stories was The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Sherlock Holmes is always fun.Even if you aren't in the Christmas mood, this book will get you that way.  It is full of good cheer and fun to read.  You might Read More
  • Stars and Poppy Seeds by Romana Romanyshyn, Andriy Lesiv

    Thu, 28 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here is a girl who loves math and enjoys counting things.  She counts types of animals, grains of sand on the beach and more...Tate sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.She can count most anything but she runs into trouble trying to count the stars in the sky.  There could be trillions of stars in the sky.  Her mother tells her to approach it one step at a time until she reaches her goal.As far as I know, she could still be counting Read More
  • What Will These Hands Make? by Nikki McClure

    Wed, 27 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very interesting look at how much you can accomplish with your hands.  Things for you and things for others...Abrams Books for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 25th 2020.You can make a bicycle to ride, make a sidewalk safe, create a haven for others or a bench to rest on.  I type a lot and use my hands for cooking, too.  What do you do with your hands?  All kinds of things, I bet!Reading this book will offer suggestions.  You might even find things Read More
  • The Hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith,adapted by Peter Bently

    Tue, 26 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This has always been a favorite story of mine.  I love dogs and when I was small having all those dogs sounded wondrous.  It all started with fifteen but Cruella de Vil wants to buy them.  They say no before they find out she wants to make coats out of their hides!Abrams for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.When the adult dogs find the puppies missing, they know who took them.  Now they have to find a way to steal Read More
  • A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan

    Mon, 25 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Set back in the days of segregation, Floyd Cooper's illustrations take you back there.  Here's a look at history.  It's something that shouldn't have happened but did.  This little black girl lives next to a park and wants to ride the carousel.  The owner uses her color as a reason to say no.  But not everyone is happy with that.Abrams Books For Young Readers sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published in January of 2020.In 1963, people began protesting and it wasn't just black people.  This gives you the highlights of their Read More
  • The Magic Hour by Ian Beck

    Sun, 24 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This one touched my imagination and was great fun to read.  Two sisters are always on the go.  When one climbs a tree she thinks she sees a fairy in her neighbor's garden.  Unfortunately that's when her mother calls her in to eat.Tate books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.When the younger sister tells her older sister about it, they decide to sneak at at night and investigate.  Instead of fairies, they find their neighbors carrying lanterns.  When they ask the girls Read More
  • The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper

    Sat, 23 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    A Grandfather explains to his grandson how to treat people.  He says to follow the Golden Rule and he explains how it works.Abrams Books for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska are old fashioned and pleasant to see.  The Grandfather shares the Golden Rule common here in the states and then shares more from other countries.  They all mean the same thing.  Treat other people like you would like to be treated.  The bottom line is Read More
  • Whom Am I? by Tim Flatch

    Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an educational book that is great fun to read.  You look at part of their body, read the hints, and then turn the page to see if you guessed right.  I usually got the animal type right but not the exact species that is going extinct.Abrams Books for Young Readers shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has already been published.The back of the book gives you more info on these animals.  It's so sad to lose an entire species...With lovely photos this is a great book to read. Read More
  • Come Homicide or High Water by Denise Swanson

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Skye is a school psychologist married to the police chief.  She's working part-time right now because she just had twins but she'll be going back to work shortly.  She teaching a younger woman how to do the same work to cover while she's off.  Then there's going to be a conference with one of the parents.  She goes in and finds the worst principal will be in on the meeting, the other is in the hospital.  The parent wants her child moved to a different teacher.  She thinks she's gifted and should be in advanced classes.  The principal shuts her Read More
  • The Shockoe Slip Gang: A Mystery by Patricia Cecil Hass

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sally and Andrew are going into a hot summer, the first one since their father's death a year ago.  Sally just wants to read but Andrew is doing all kinds of little jobs to help with the household income.  He does yard work, feeds and walks animals and anything else he can find that he can handle.The author graciously shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Their mother works at the local museum and is in charge of the antique wooden toys display.  When the Read More
  • Risk It All by Katie Ruggle

    Tue, 19 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cara has always been a researcher in the agency.  Her sisters are the bounty hunters.  But they're busy and the agency needs money.  She goes out after a big ticket man and thinks she can nail him down and sic one of sisters on him.  Unfortunately, he notices her surveillance.Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 31st.When she tries to get away, she almost got hit by a car.  Whoever it may have been, it was no accident.  He grabbed her and moved her out of the way and Read More
  • Cowboy Fever by Joanne Kennedy

    Mon, 18 Nov 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was the Rodeo Queen.  When her dad died, she left town.  She had a cowboy she cared for but he was the local bad boy so she left him, too.  Now she's coming back to make amends with her mom and take over the ranch.  She stops in at the drug store and her bad boy finds her there...Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 31st.She can't believe what he's wearing or driving.  He's gussied up and looking good.  What happened?She's come back to run a school Read More
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