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  • Complete Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Leah Moore, John Reppion

    Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Most everyone has read Alice in Wonderland at some point in their life.  I've read several different editions.  I have to say this graphic novel was one of the most fun ways to do it.  It's great for young ones who haven't met Alice yet, too.Dynamic Entertainment and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so grab a copy now.The graphics make this story come to life.  The story itself is a synopsis of the Lewis Carroll story and it makes it much easier to understand.  The Mad Hatter looks Read More
  • Red's Planet: Book 1: A World Away from Home by Eddie Pittman

    Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a graphic novel that is a fun read.  Red doesn't like her foster home and keeps trying to escape.  When she does it for the third time, the cop tells her that now she's going to have to go to a facility instead of another home.  She tries to break out of the car but can't.  When the aliens come to visit, they pick up the classic cop car and take her into space...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today, so you can grab a Read More
  • Return of the White Deer by Robert Sells

    Mon, 18 Apr 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Pen's father is a farmer and his mother died during his birth.  Pen has the feeling he's something more than a farmer's son but he's not sure why.  He's taking sword and knife lessons for an old knight because he thinks he needs the skills for the future.  Maybe he's to be a soldier?  Just don't tell his quiet farming father about it...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has already been published and you can pick up a copy now.This is set in medieval times Read More
  • The Giant Smugglers by Matt Solomon, Chris Pauls

    Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    How do you hide a giant?  Charlie doesn't know either...Feiwel & Friends and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 17th.This is a tale of a doctor who wants his son to excel at athletics so he'll be a medal winner.  The doctor was one notch down from being a winner and he's going to make sure his son doesn't feel that defeat.  How he decides to do it is evil though.Charlie finds the giant by accident.  He's home alone and bored so he decides to search out the Read More
  • A Morning with Grandpa by Sylvia Liu, Christina Forshay (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's weeding in the garden when Grandpa comes out in the yard and begins doing tai chi.  She watches him until he invites her to try it.Lee & Low Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.She can make the movements her Grandpa does but she does it too exuberantly.  She runs, jumps, dances and wiggles so much that she's not quite doing them.  But she has fun!Then she decides to show Grandpa some yoga moves she's learned in school.  He's a good sport and attempts the Read More
  • Tall Tail: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown

    Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Can actions from the days after the Revolutionary War come back to haunt those of us who live in this day and age?  Yes, they can...Bantam Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published May 17th.Harry is best friends with the granddaughter of the retired governor.  He has leukemia and is elderly.  He's also close to death.  That's why it's so disturbing that the cousin who is running for office is trying to use the governor's popularity for his platform for election.  The governor doesn't like being used and Read More
  • Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus, Paul Galdone (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:41:00 Permalink
    Basil is an unusual mouse.  He hangs out with Sherlock Holmes (unseen, of course) and watches his techniques and his thinking.  He's going to be a great mouse detective.  He's already a good organizer.  He's moved his mouse village to Sherlock's basement!Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published May 17th.When a distraught family comes running to Sherlock's door and tells him their children are missing, he has a case he can use his knowledge on.  He's sure it's a kidnapping and they will be sending their terms soon.  They do.  Read More
  • The Ship of Sight and The Hand of Shadow (The Natnat Adventures Book 2) by Brydie Walker Bain

    Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's the second in this series about young adults in New Zealand and the magic and mysticism that exists there.  The story goes back to the beginning of time and is being swept under the rug.  No one wants to remember the past, they just want to control the future...The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can get a copy on Amazon now.The woman that is after the legacy is determined to get it no matter what it takes.  She owns a very expensive helicopter that can take her anywhere she Read More
  • A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install

    Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What would you do if you saw a robot in your garden sitting next a tree watching horses in the next field?  He can't stand it, he has to go talk to it.  It's not making much sense and it prefers the garden.  It won't stay in the garage.  And his wife is losing her temper with him.  If he wants a robot, she wants an Android, not an antiquated robot.  When she walks out on him, he decides he might as well try to get his robot fixed.  The glass tube that holds the robot's fuel is cracked and Read More
  • Street Magicks by Paula Guran

    Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a nice collection of fantasy tales for the connoisseur of magic tales.  They are varied, most of them have a punch of some kind in them, and they aren't boring.Prime Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.I didn't find one story in this collection that disappointed me.  Some weren't my flavor, but they all were written well.My two favorites were Jim Butcher's Last Call (his stories sound like noir) and Speechless in Seattle by Lisa Silverthorne.  They are not at all Read More
  • Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The school has a routine in place for storm warnings.  When it appears bad weather will hit them, the students are sent to the safest room to weather out a storm.  For these six kids, it happens to be the boy's bathroom.  That's an odd setting for a story.Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.  Five of the boys know each other from classes, the sixth is a new student.  As they ask each other questions, they suddenly realize why some Read More
  • Beltrunner by Sean O'Brien

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's sort of a miner.  He visits unexplored asteroids and searches for valuable minerals.  Gold isn't worth much anymore but there are lots of other metals.  He makes a find and is happy to know he'll be able pay back some on his debt but he forgot about his ex-lover.  She hasn't forgotten about him...Edge and Library Thing gave me an ebook of this story to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Collier is over a million dollars in debt.  He's getting worried about digging himself out of that hole and Read More
  • The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, a Scheming King and a Pickpocket Squirrel by Susan Hill Long

    Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's an abandoned child who has been brought up by a woman who lost her love.  This woman is not loving or kind but she shares her food and buys her clothes in return for the girl running errands for her.  Everything is okay until the woman tells her she's going to marry her to the hunchback in town.  He's dirty, old, ugly, and smells bad.  She refuses to marry him and goes on the run to avoid it.  Running by foot with no money or food, she has a hard time of it.Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss Read More
  • The Obsession by Nora Roberts

    Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Naomi made a horrifying discovery one night when she followed her father down to the creek.  She thought he was going swimming and wanted to join him since it was such a hot humid night.  He didn't go the creek, though.  He went in a root cellar.  Her birthday was coming up and she had asked for a bike.  Maybe he was assembling it down there.  When he comes out he looks different.  He doesn't see her and leaves.  She waits and then goes to check the cellar.  When she hears whimpering she thinks it must be a puppy.  It Read More
  • The Chronicles of Dan Lee O'Brien by David Jordan

    Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very interesting collection of stories about Irish mythology.  It's a bit like fairy tales but they are dealing with gods and goddesses, along with Sidhe and Fir Bolg and dwarves and more.  They're a fun read with lots of action and various challenges for the humans that get involved.The author and Publishing Push sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy at Amazon now.Most of the stories are short and have an other worldly touch.  It's almost like the author has Read More
  • Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding

    Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Imagine living in a car on the beach.  It might be fun for a weekend but all the time?  No...Little Brown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.This has a bit of the feeling I got when reading Boxcar Children stories as a child.  This group of four siblings have parents but they aren't around.  The mom's show up once a month to leave a bit of money for them and they know one dad went to sea and hasn't returned.  The other is an Read More
  • Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon

    Sun, 10 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie and Hope are taking a vacation together.  They are staying at a hotel in Maine where they will take a cooking class.  They are also planning on visiting with Hope's son, a local police officer.  What they aren't planning on is murder...William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.Maggie is an ex-school teacher and she's observant and smart.  She can read between the lines.  Hope has other attributes but neither one of them will stand for murder.There are odd folks in the hotel.  One man Read More
  • Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

    Sat, 09 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Britt-Marie finds out her husband had a girlfriend on the side, she goes down to the unemployment agency and pesters the girl working there until she finds her a job.  It's a temporary job and it doesn't pay much but it's in another town and away from her husband, Kent.  She's moving on!Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.Britt-Marie has been an orderly housewife for forty years.  She doesn't even know how to make coffee because her husband always did it.  She makes lists for Read More
  • Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle, Julie McLaughlin (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    After their thirteenth birthday on a certain day, young girls go up to the willow tree on Willow Hill and make three wishes.  If they believe in magic, those wishes come true.  Natasha believes...Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.This is really a story about people.  You know Natasha's insecurities and fears.  She misses her mother who went away and refuses to believe she might be dead.  Her father is not really there, his mind is elsewhere all the time.  Her aunts are too present.  And her Read More
  • Dreamer's Run by Thomas Owen

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    What do you do when the worst happens?  On a space station in the deep unexplored part of space, losing your power is deadly.  That means the poisonous air will infiltrate the station and with no heat or way to process food, they might as well be dead.  They try to fix the software and get them back to functioning.  The security chief goes after the saboteur...Mr. Owen sent me a copy of this book to read.  It has been published.  It's a short story and it's interesting.Merrill has no idea why the guy scuttled the space station but he Read More
  • Admiral by Sean Danker

    Thu, 07 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What could be worse than waking up on a dead ship with three trainees staring at you with suspicion?  How about being the only ones on board?  There's also the issue of how much food, water and power they have.  And there's a feeling they are not alone...Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.This book has all my nightmares in one place.  I have irrational fear of the dark.  I'm claustrophobic.  I don't like insects.  And I like to eat.  The folks in this story Read More
  • The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

    Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Don't read this book if you're expecting to sleep well the night you do.  It's creepy, carries the weight of years of families living in Rowan's Glen, and it imbues its mood in you.  If you don't mind being a bit frightened, keep reading.HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.The story starts simply enough.  It's the tale of a girl and her cousin and their life at school and home.  There are tales about things that happen in the woods and they Read More
  • A Bandit's Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket by Deborah Hopkinson

    Wed, 06 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rocco brings shame on his family by refusing to tell who stole the money and taking the blame himself.  His father ends up sending him away with a man who takes him to America.  He'll send the parents some money each year for the boy's service.  The problem is that the service he wants is begging...This post is part of the Bandit Blog Tour that Provato Events is putting on.  Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It was be published April 5th.  For other stops on the Read More
  • Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue by Lauren Oliver, H. C. Chester

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They got away from Rattigan and are working in a show right now where they display their various talents.  Rattigan gave Sam extra strength and the others all kinds of other powers.  They didn't want them, but they may as well use them to make some money.  It also helps with an illusion of family.  Most all of them are orphans.  When one of their very good friends, an old sculpter with the nickname of Freckles is killed, they decide to find the killer on their own.  After all, no one else is following up on it.HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave Read More
  • Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    They always had Christmas with Grandpa and Grandma.  This is the last year, though.  It's too much work for the grandparents so they want the others in the family take turns holding the event.  At the end of the evening, Grandpa reads aloud the letters he sent to Grandma many years ago.  It's a sweet treat that makes the two sisters featured in this story realize that unless they start doing snail mail, there will be no letters to reminisce over later.  They make a vow to be pen pals since one is in Singapore and the other one in Read More
  • The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Quinn is a musician.  Playing his guitar is the only way he feels he connects well with people and he loves music.  He's spent so much time on the road he's lost his marriage and doesn't see much of his son but that's OK.  At least it was until his son died unexpectedly.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.Grief affects people in different ways.  With Quinn, he agrees to finish up his son's Eagle Scout project (helping an old lady) and steals one of his notebooks that Read More
  • Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jo is still mourning the loss of her husband even if it has been three years since he was shot down in enemy territory.  She's acting as a companion for his aunt and she doesn't tolerate grief or offer any sympathy.  Instead, she's actually planning on marrying Jo to her son, Martin.  Too bad neither Martin or Jo want to marry each other.  After all, Jo is still married because no body has been found yet...Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.I've read Ms. St. James' Read More
  • The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

    Sun, 03 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was only three when she lost her parents.  Her mother was dead, stabbed nineteen times.  Her father was missing.  Was her father the killer?Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.They were going out to cut a Christmas tree.  Nobody knows what happened.  She was dropped off at a Walmart and she doesn't know who took her there.  It could have been her father or it could have been someone else.She lived with her grandmother until she died.  Then she bounced in and out Read More
  • Tending to the Past by Jim McGinnis

    Sun, 03 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The subtitle of this book is:  Reflections of an American History Teacher.  I'm not big on non-fiction but this book was interesting.  It's one man's belief in the original values of democracy and the way of the world today.  I find it hard to be optimistic about the way modern life is lived.  Heritages and lessons learned in the past have gone by wayside.  Read this book and you'll understand what I mean.The author sent me a copy of this to read for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy on Amazon now.One of the reasons I related to Read More
  • Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties by Tom Watson

    Sat, 02 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Once their humans go to work, the two cats meet by the bathroom cabinets.  They have created a hole in the wall and Edith can crawl through to hang out with Stick Cat.  Cats like company, so it keeps them quiet and happy while their humans are away...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.Edith is having a hard time getting through the hole and Stick Cat has to help.  He knows she's gaining weight but he tells her it's her thick hair.  (He's a smart cat.)They are Read More
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