Member Blogs Archive > May 2021

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    Avery's Gift by Jonathan Hoefer, illustrated by Milana Samarskaya

    Mon, 31 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Avery wakes up in the middle of the night.  Nothing looks familiar and she has lost all her colors.  Where did they go?Mascot Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.Avery asks the animals to help find her colors.  They lead her out to the water where she finds a boy.  It doesn't take long before they are friends.  She goes for a ride with him and gets her colors back.There really was an Avery and a Dalton.  Their story is an addendum in the back of the book.  Read More
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    Gerald Needs a Friend by Robin Boyden

    Sun, 30 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gerald has his home and his garden and everything he needs.  He makes jams and other things from his produce so he will good things to eat in the winter.  One day he decides to go to town...Frances Lincoln Children's Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Gerald has a routine at home that works well for him.  He goes to bed at seven.  But when he gets to town there are two mice there selling whatever you might need.  He doesn't like the Read More
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    Life with Lily by Margaret Morgan

    Sat, 29 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dee's mom and dad buy her a grey Welsh pony.  She's thrilled.  The pony needs some work.  She doesn't want to be brushed and she's a bit fat.  The first thing they discover is that she has barbed wire stuck in her neck.  The vet clears that up.This book is self-published and I was allowed to read it for review (thank you).  It's been published and you can get a copy now.This is written for young adults and it's a good read.  Dee loves her pony and her friends want to ride it, too.  She shares the pony with her Read More
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    Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Easy Classics) by adapted for children by Stephanie Baudet

    Fri, 28 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story has been adapted for younger readers but it's still scary.  One man dead and another being set up for murder.  Sherlock sends Watson with the next victim...Sweet Cherry Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 10th.No one is sure if the dog is real or just superstition.  Watson pays close attention to everyone Henry meets and talks to.  He sees nothing suspicious but he does notice that the escaped convict is living on the moor.  He sees another man, too, so he goes to check it Read More
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    Wildflowers TOON Level 2 by Liniers

    Thu, 27 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    The plane they are riding on crashes on an island that has been claimed by wildflowers.  Soon they find the flowers talk!TOON Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has beeen published and you can get a copy now.Then one of them finds a little house at the base of a tree.  She says it's a gorilla's house but they say it's much too small.  They knock and a miniature gorilla comes out and looks at them.  One of them picks him up and puts him in her pocket.All of a sudden, there's Read More
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    Yeah, You Know the Way to San Jose

    Thu, 27 May 2021 07:50:32 Permalink
    Oh, my poor, beloved, dumb-ass country. Let’s get some more guns. What could possibly go wrong?  Continue reading Yeah, You Know the Way to San Jose at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    My Way West: Real Kids Traveling the Oregon and California Trails by Elizabeth Goss

    Wed, 26 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very nicely done educational tool.  It's truthful, has good and bad times, some of it is  sad, but those who survive meet their goals.West Margin Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 29th.Between 1841 and 1884, more than 300,000 people—40,000 of whom were children—moved over land across North America in search for a new start and better life.  They were leaving a not so pleasant life on the east coast by going to the west coast where they could be free.  Some were black, some were European, Read More
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    Detecting Fear by Shannon Hollinger

    Tue, 25 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This was an interesting collection of short stories that are based on fear.  It's a quick read but the stories all have elements of surprise.BookGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy it now.I found the first story was gripping and made me wonder if I wanted to read more, but I did.There are killers that are unexpected and lots of small scares.  I can't tell you about the content of the stories because you need to read it yourself and see if you can figure out Read More
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    The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths

    Mon, 24 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ruth is an archaeologist and while there is an excavation going on at the beach where some Bronze age artifacts are found, they also locate a murdered man.  He's no artifact, he's a current member of the community.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 29th.If that murder is not enough, there is a farm where a man and his wife are dead.  It looks like he shot her and then himself.  There is a small problem, though.  His right hand fingerprints are on the gun and he's left Read More
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    Haven Point by Virginia Hume

    Sun, 23 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Haven Point has a beautiful view of the ocean and the families that live there have been there a long time.  When visitors come, they are ignored, treated with suspicion, but not really welcomed. St. Martin's press sent me an ARC of the book to read for review.  It will be published June 8th.This story concentrates on one or two families and follows them through life.  You watch the children grow up to be adults.  These families are a bit dysfunctional.  Happiness is sprinkled here and there, and grudges are not forgotten.  There are tragedies that no one can forget.  It begins Read More
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    The Captain's Daughter : Essential Stories Alexander Pushkin, Antony Briggs (Translated by) Series: Pushkin Collection

    Sat, 22 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a small collection of Russian stories.  These were set in years long ago so they are not pleasant tales to read.  Those in charge have no remorse about the deaths they caused.  Even when they weren't fighting, people died.Pushkin Collection and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 15th.My Grandfather was a Czech who could speak 8 languages.  He knew Russians and these tales sound a bit like the stories he told.  Long ago, every man was for himself and being nice didn't count.These stories are memorable.  They will Read More
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    The Dead Letter by Seeley Regester, Leslie S. Klinger (Edited by)

    Fri, 21 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eleanor is in love and will soon be married.  Richard loves her, too, but she loves Henry.  Then they find that Henry has been murdered!Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published in June 15th.Someone stabbed him in the back.  Eleanor withdraws into herself and mourns.Richard is not part of the family but he works in the firm and appears to be a successor for Eleanor's father.  After this murder, he gets a cold reception from the old man.  Someone is spreading rumors about him.There's turmoil in the family, no Read More
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    Latest Listings Week Ending 23rd May 2021

    Fri, 21 May 2021 06:50:07 Permalink
    Latest Listings Week Ending 23rd May 2021 Anton Chekhov Short Stories Folio Society 2001 The Great Novels Of George Eliot Folio Society 1999 Journal of the Plague Year Daniel Defoe Folio Society 1992 The Eagle Of The Ninth Rosemary Sutcliff Folio Society 2005 The Stones of Venice John Ruskin Folio Society 2002 The Woman In […]The post Latest Listings Week Ending 23rd May 2021 appeared first on HC Books. Read More
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    The Book No One Wants to Read by Beth Bacon

    Thu, 20 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is tired of sitting on the shelf.  It wants to be read!HarperCollins and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 15th.I've read a lot of books, but I've never had one talk to me.  The person who picked this book didn't know it would talk to them either.Soon the book is telling the reader what to do and how to hide the fact they weren't really reading the book.  Imagine having a book boss you around.The illustrations are colorful and the author gets points for a good imagination! Read More
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    Mermaid Cassandra Encounters a Giant Squid by Antoinette Lawrence

    Wed, 19 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the fifth book of this series.  Mermaid Cassandra is Mermaid Annabella's mom.  She's painting her a special picture but needs to add more color to it.Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.She finds some bioluminescent  creatures.  That would be a nice addition.  But a giant squid wants to take them!There is a quick quiz at the end to help your child remember what they learned. Read More
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    Merman Evan's Curious Creatures by Antoinette Lawrence

    Tue, 18 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's book four of the series.  This time it's a merman, not a woman.  He's excited because Mermaid Antoinette is coming to visit!Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.She asks to see the sharks in his world.  His shark is very different from hers.  Then he shows her a couple more creatures.  This is in another part of the world.The illustrations are fun and the quiz will help your young ones learn. Read More
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    Is this Julia Ward Howe?

    Tue, 18 May 2021 01:55:32 Permalink
    Old friend and customer Curtis Runnels has agreed to contribute one guest blog a month for the next four months. I think you’ll find them vastly more interesting and erudite than the book drivel I pump out each week. So, without Further ado, I give you Professor Runnels. Is this Julia Ward Howe? BY CURTIS RUNNELS – PRISCILLA MURRAY Curtis Runnels, Professor of Archaeology at Boston University and an expert in Palaeolithic archaeology in Greece, and his wife Priscilla Murray, an anthropologist and Classical archaeologist, here contribute to From the Archivist’s Notebook a story about the purchase of a miniature Read More
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    Mermaid Natalie Explores the Coral Reefs by Antionette Lawrence

    Mon, 17 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the third book in the series.  This mermaid has a magnifying glass!Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.She goes to see what creatures she can find on the coral reef.  She finds several and she even has a favorite!  After reading the book, there's a quiz at the back to see what your young one remembers. Read More
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    Mermaid Antoinette and the Sharks by Antoinette Lawrence

    Sun, 16 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the second book in this series and it is just as sweet as the first.  In this one you learn about sea creature, a bit about geography and there is a quiz at the end to let you share what you've learned.Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.This time you get another mermaid as a guide and the sharks are kind instead of cruel.  The illustrations are fun.  This is an easy way for someone young Read More
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    Mermaid Angela Finds a Sunken Shipwreck by Antionette Lawrence

    Sat, 15 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is one of five stories written that will introduce your child to new things.  This one teaches them about seashells, the parts of a boat, and even a bit of geography.Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.The illustrations are fun, you have a mermaid to show you the things you can learn and there's even a quiz in each book to help you retain the knowledge. Read More
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    What Comes Next by Rob Buyea

    Fri, 14 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a story of a good dog who helps people heal.  He's fun, he's likes everyone and Theo shares her dog with her sisters and friends.Delacorte Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 8th.Thea has lost her best friend, he was a victim in a traffic accident.  She feels like she could have saved him by trading him places but it's too late now.  Her parents decide to move to another city where no one would know this sad history.When they are all moved in, Read More
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    Gunshy: An Oliver Redcastle Historical Mystery (Redcastle Mysteries Book 1) by Louise Titchener

    Thu, 13 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Oliver used to work at Pinkerton but he's moving on.  He wants to get into a less dangerous business.  But going home didn't remove any danger...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.He and his cousin fought on different sides during the Civil War.  Oliver made it back in good shape but his cousin didn't.Oliver runs into several versions of trouble at home.  He wants to invest and the sheriff says he can have two days to decide if he would like to join Read More
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    Don't Lose Your Head: Life Lessons from the Six Ex-wives if Henry VIII by Harriet Marsden

    Wed, 12 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Henry VIII might have been King but he was not a nice man...Ulysses Press sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.You learn about Henry's wives (he had six) and each has a chapter devoted to her.Each wife tells you how they were brought up, why they married him and how long their marriage lasted.  He enjoyed having women in his bed, but it didn't take long before he got bored.  His staff helped him find excuses to get rid of them.  Some got Read More
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    Jak Barley Private Inquisitor and the Case of the Cursed Golden Muskrat by Dan Ehl

    Tue, 11 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fantasy tale that is written by a man with lots of imagination.  There are all kinds of enemies in Jak's world but that doesn't make him give up on his quest.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has beeen published, so you can get a copy now.  There are several books in this series and they are all fun to read.He is on a job to find the heir to the throne that went missing as an infant.  When you don't know what he looks like for sure Read More
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    Life with Lily by Margaret Morgan

    Mon, 10 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dee gets a pony that is that is a bit shy and needs to be treated gently.  She can do that but she's a bit impatient.  It doesn't take her long to realize her pony is clever.  She tries to help anyone having a bad day.The author allowed me to read her book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 27th.They have a donkey that soon makes friends with Lily.  Dee enjoys riding her pony.  Life is going well until her dad loses his job.  He has big plans for starting his own business but with no money Read More
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    Death in Daylesford by Kerry Greenwood: Series: Phryne Fisher Mysteries

    Sun, 09 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne gets a letter from a Herbert Spencer asking her to come to his place of business.  He runs a home for soldiers that are shell shocked.  He doesn't say why but Phryne's curiosity makes her go.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.Phryne and Dot go thinking of it as a holiday.  It's no holiday.  There are missing women and murder is done right under their noses!Phryne decides to try to figure who the killer is.  One cop warns her off, the other asks for her Read More
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    "Special Limited Edition"

    Sun, 09 May 2021 08:55:56 Permalink
    Bror Tamm (1890-1981) was born in Sweden and trained in Denmark as a naval architect. In 1912 he moved to Quincy, Mass. and took a job at the George Lawley shipyard in nearby Neponset. There, he worked on many famous yachts, devised and patented dozens of improvements to yacht gear, and befriended men such as Frank C. Paine and L. Francis Herreshoff. In short, he was a man on the ground in the New England yachting scene.Continue reading “Special Limited Edition” at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Found in Books, May 2021

    Sat, 08 May 2021 09:31:00 Permalink
    It's been an entire year since I last posted photos from my "Found in Books" file.  This edition's presentation from May 2020 to May 2021 features a lot of the classic FIB material:  Ticket stubs, boarding passes, photo booth strips, naked guy photo, drawings, travel brochures, letters, receipts, and photocopied book pages.Some of the more unusual findings are a JC Penney full-page color ad for $8 "antifreeze flannel shirts"; a postage-paid postcard to the Washington State Employment Service (a.k.a. "unemployment office") with a doodle and some notes; a yellow index card with two-sided lists of 61 birds seen in July Read More
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    The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

    Sat, 08 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly.  He has no patience...This book has been published so you can get a copy now.He doesn't even know the process for becoming a butterfly.  Another explains it to him and says it will take two weeks.  He can't stand it.  There's nothing to do while he waits.  He breaks out of his chrysalis but it's too soon.He makes another one and waits.  This time he's successful and becomes a butterfly.The part that tickled me was that he kept asking if it was long enough yet until all the other Read More
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    The Little Butterfly That Could by Ross Burach

    Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This little butterfly is supposed to be migrating with the others but he got lost in the fog.  Now he's asking a whale for advice.This book will be published April 6th.When he finds out he has to fly 200 miles, he wants to give up.  It's a good thing the whale acts as cheerleader for him.  He responds positively to anything negative and he finally builds the butterfly's confidence enough to try.Luckily the butterfly makes it and is among his friends once more. Read More
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