Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Adventures of Anatole by Nancy Willard, David McPhail

Anatole and his cat, Plumpet, have a lot of adventures together.  Some are dangerous.  Most are mind-boggling.  Are you ready for adventuring?

NYRB and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

He's trying to find fennel for his grand mother's asthma and he has a ride on a ghost train,  then he meets a soldier who can't remember his name or where he grew up, he gets to ride a flying horse and more.  He plays a game of checkers with a man that cheats and manages to get him to take off his magic glasses.

His adventures aren't boring and he does his best to help everyone along the way.  His cat helps, too.  

This was a fun read.  Give it a try!


Decked Out for Christmas! by Ethan Long

The Christmas mice are loading up Santa's sleigh with all kinds of decorations...

Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

When the mice are done, the sleigh looks very festive and so does Santa.

The illustrations are lovely and add to the charm of the board book.  This would make a lovely Christmas gift.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Bosch isn't really a cop anymore but he still investigates cases.  When he runs into Ballard, the case he's working intrigues her and she starts working on it in off hours.  They make a good team but it takes a while for trust to develop.  Can they solve a cold case nine years old?

Little, Brown and Company and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 30th.

Bosch has the mother of the dead girl living with him.  She's off drugs and she's still dealing with her daughter's death.  He's trying to help her but she's beyond help.

Ballard is still living with the sting of being shifted to the night crew because she turned her supervisor in for sexual harassment.  He's still got his position.  It doesn't seem fair but who cares except her?

They are going back through 3" x 5" cards the various cops made on cases hoping for clues.  There's boxes and boxes to go through.

Ballard takes Bosch out on some of her calls:  They found three boys on top of a strip club looking through the skylights.  Most of the calls were more serious than that.

There's a Mexican gang member trying to kill Bosch, Ballard is going after the killer and she gets caught in the garage  with the killer.  

Will either one of them be alive at the end of the story?  Read it and see. 

Murder Over Kodiak by Robin Barefield

Jane is standing on the dock awaiting arrival of the float plane.  Her assistant has gone to gather some clams they can test to see if that was what killed a woman who recently died.  The plane is overdue.  The longer it's overdue, the more she worries.  She didn't go because she's afraid to fly but now she feels guilty.  She hopes Craig makes it back safely.  He doesn't...

The author kindly shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

The description of the Kodiak area makes the story a pleasant read even if it's about murder.  That's beautiful country up there.

When Jane and the owner of the charter plane find it, it's apparent it has been blown up.  Who was the target and how did the bomb get on board?

It seems everyone on board except her assistant and the pilot had enemies.  One of the passengers was a Senator.  One owned the cannery.  One made business deals that unemployed a lot of people.  Any of them could have been the chosen victim but why kill them all?

As Jane asks questions, she finds herself getting answers she doesn't like.  She liked the Senator's son but he thinks she has the briefcase his parents had with them.  She tells him no but he doesn't believe her and there are bad men after him.  He gives her name up and now they're after her.

There's plenty of action, lots of danger and enough odd and maybe crazy people to keep your attention.  You can visit Alaska, learn about the flora and fauna and solve a mystery all at the same time...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Black Pearl Dreaming by K. Bird Lincoln

Koi is taking her father back to his homeland of Japan.  She thinks he has dementia and wants to help him.  The closer they get to Japan, the more antsy he gets.  He tells her to stay away from the Black Pearl.  She has no idea what that is...

World Weaver Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

She soon learns there are warring political factions and they are using her father as a hostage to make her do what they want.  The Black Pearl is a dragon and they want to move it.  They want her to wake it enough so they can do that.  She almost loses herself in the dragon's dreams.  Her father comes to help her and he becomes unconscious but he's alive.  She gives the dragon peace which messes up the political factions.

Her boyfriend has lied to her, her father is comatose and she has to talk fast to get to go home.  Home is full of trouble, too.  Hope her dad wakes up soon!

Dig Your Grave by Steven Cooper

Someone is killing people and making them dig their own graves first.  The signs left are cryptic and indicate there will be more deaths.  There is no reason apparent for why they would they would be killed...

Seventh Street Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 30th.

When the next victim shows up, they try to tie the two men together.  They find they were students at the same university and they hung together in spring breaks and the like.  That doesn't mean they need to die.

Alex asks Gus to help.  Gus has visions but he doesn't always understand them.  He helps as much as he can, but the Spanish music he hears and the woman he sees falling don't make much sense at the moment.

Not only that:  Gus is being stalked by a rabid fan of his girlfriend.  Trying to solve a crime is hard to do when you have somebody after you.

In the meantime, Alex is trying to talk to a senator who might be the next victim.  The senator won't speak to him.  However, he changes his mind when he gets face-to-face with the killer.  That's where Alex finds the reason for the deaths...

Monday, October 15, 2018

Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler

Haley goes to the Caribbean over Christmas so she can ignore the holiday.  She works with a client, her parents hang out on the beach.  Now her boss wants her go to a Christmas Camp.  She has to participate in all the activities, too. She's not enthused...

William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published October 16th.

She's hoping to come up with a good campaign idea for Tyler dolls that will guarantee her a partner's slot.  No ideas are coming.  And they take away their cellphones and laptops until evenings after the day's activities.

They put her in the angel room and the first thing she does is hide them in drawers and the closet.  She's "Bah Humbug", the man in charge of the camp just works on her slowly.  He's full of the Christmas spirit!

She finds his son fascinating and is hoping that their relationship will develop.  Then he finds out she's trying to help his dad keep the lodge.  He wants him to sell and move closer to him and he thinks she only did it for her commission.  He won't listen to her.  Will they ever get back together again?

Ted the Friendly Frog and the Tale of the Diamond by Scott McCall, Autumn Brook

Ted's grandfather leaves him in charge of a beautiful diamond while he's away.  He tells him to keep it safe.  Ted doesn't listen.

Brown Books Kids and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published Oct. 16th.

He's not supposed to show it to anyone.  He ignores that and takes it to show his friends.  Then a bird steals it and it ends up in the pond.  He and his friends can't find it so he has to confess to his grandfather.  His grandfather finds it and then talks about the lesson Ted learned:  Listen to your family members and do what you're told...  

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Kathleen Van Cleve

Ona was born a slave on George Washington's farm.  Her mother taught her how to behave and how to hide her emotions.  Martha liked her manner and took her as personal slave.  That was a combination of luck, some good and some bad.

Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 8th.

This is a nonfiction account written in narrative form.  What you learn is that the slaves worked very hard with no reward.  There are long days, hard work, and those who don't keep up or talk back get punished.  It's hard for me to imagine in this day and age but there are signs this attitude still exists...

She creates Martha's clothes, repairs them when necessary and and keeps them clean and pressed.  It's a busy job.  They are lucky if they get one day off a week.  The food isn't the best but it keeps them alive.  

I have to admit I never thought about Washington owning slaves.  He was a Colonel, then he was our President.  To me, he'd should be above all that.  But you didn't pay slaves and they took care of your crops for you.  You made more money in the south than they did in the north.  He had no intention to let them go.  He did free his personal slave upon his death.  But Ona did not wait.

She found out the laws were different in Philadelphia and she used the freed slave network to get away.  She even had some white men go against Washington because they didn't believe in slavery anymore.

This gives you a good background on slavery and how they were treated.  The Washingtons weren't bad owners but slavery is not a good thing.  Sometimes you have to fight for what is right.

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

She's working at the lodge as a cook for the summer.  She never intended to fall in love.  Then he proposes the day before she heads for home.  She has to tell him no.  She has a job waiting for her and it's a good one.  But it hurts to leave him...

Ballantine Books and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so grab a copy now.

Her job is not what she thought it would be.  The big chef is never there and she's doing the whole job.  He won't let her do any new dishes or try any different spices.  She's ready to quit.  Then her love and Jack, an eating machine, show up.  That's enough to inspire her to quit.

This time when Palmer proposes, she says yes.

All Aboard! The Christmas Train By Nichole Mara and Illustrator Andrew Kolb

How would you like to take a ride on the Christmas train with Santa Claus and his elves?

Abrams Appleseed shared a copy of this board book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 16th.

This book opens up accordion style and each page has activities for little ones.  Find all the things beginning with the letter "b".  Lift the flaps and see what you find behind them.  Help Santa find his boot.

It's great fun and resembles a small train when it's all stretched out.  This would make a great gift!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Home Sweet Homicide by Craig Rice, Otto Penzler

The children heard two gunshots next door.  They watched two cars drive away and then they saw a woman screaming about a dead body.  This is their opportunity.  If they can solve this crime, it will give their mother some needed publicity and will help her books sell better.

American Mystery Classics and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.

The children are what add life to this story.  I found myself laughing at the various antics.  They draw the cops off so they can sneak in the house, they play dumb when they're not, they are setting Mom up with a cop, and they are solving the killing.  How could you not have a good time reading this story?  I sure did!

Nantucket Counterfeit: A Henry Kennis Mystery #5 by Steven Axelrod

Henry likes living on Nantucket.  It's quiet, there's not much crime, and everybody knows everybody else.  Then there's a murder...

Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 16th.

The first surprise is that the man who was killed was using a false name.  Just who is he?

The more people he visits with, the more suspects spring up.  It seems this fellow likes to sleep with wives and then blackmail the couple.  The more Kennis finds out about him, the more apparent it becomes that he's a slimeball.  Nobody feels bad that he's dead, but murder is still a crime.

Kennis centers on a suspect and then figures out he's been framed.  When he goes to brace the real killer, he goes alone which was a big mistake.  If he's not real careful, he could die before he solves this case...

Friday, October 12, 2018

The So Blue Marble by Dorothy B. Hughes, Otto Penzler

Griselda doesn't even know who they are, but they know her.  And they are trouble, right from the get-go.  First her landlord ends up dead. Then her little sister is mixed up with them...

American Mystery Classics and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you)  It has been published and you can purchase a copy now.

They want a small blue marble and they think she has it.  She does, but she hides it.  It's her ex-husband's and she's protecting it.

These two men are deadly.  It seems there are bodies everywhere.  Even her little sister appears to be deadly which is odd at sixteen...

It's a good thing her ex-husband comes home in time to save her.  Or she might have been another victim...

Porcupine's Pie by Laura Renauld, Jennie Poh

Porcupine is going down to the creek to wash her cranberries for the pie she's making for a party.  On the way, she visits with her neighbors.

PR by the Book and the author shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has just been published and you can buy a copy now.

Ms. Poh's illustrations are whimsical and cute and add to the tales charm.  This is a lovely book for sharing for Thanksgiving with little ones.

Each neighbor says they can't make their traditional dishes because they are lacking an ingredient.  She tells them all to go what they need from her pantry.  I was afraid she'd end with nothing to make her pie but no.  What happened was she lost her cranberries!

She's still debating over what she might make when the friends show up with their baked goods.  They also bring her bits and pieces of various ingredients so that she can put them together in a pie.  So she makes a friendship pie instead of cranberry.  And it tastes good, too!

There's a recipe for the friendship pie at the back of the book.  What more could you want?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan by Stuart Palmer, Otto Penzler

Hildegarde is working as a technical advisor on a Lizzie Borden film in Los Angeles.  She didn't expect the guy across the hall to get killed.  She also didn't expect the cop on the lot to call it an accident.

American Mystery Classics and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.

Hildegarde calls her cop back home and tells him what's going on.  She even runs across a name that is familiar to him and he's anxious to stop the bad guy, so he's on the next flight out.  But the bad guy is smoke and mirrors.  So who is really breaking necks on the lot?  And why?

I really enjoy Hildegarde.  She's all common sense, never jumps to conclusions, and she always ends up solving the case.  What more could you want?

This Is a Whoopsie! by Andrew Cangelose, Josh Shipley

This is a story about a clumsy moose.  A moose is athletic, agile, and able to do a lot of physical athletic things.  Not Whoopsie.

Lion Forge and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 16th.

Whoopsie is clumsy.  He can hardly walk without trouble and you should see him run!

He manages to knock the text down off a page and tries to put it back together.  His nonsensical sentences will make you laugh!

This is a funny story about a silly moose that will make you smile and keep you smiling even after you've read it.  Check it out. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Cow Said Neigh! A Farm Story by Rory Feek

Who ever heard a cow go neigh?  Wait until you meet all the animals on this farm.  Not one makes the right kind of noise!

Thomas Nelson's Children's 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.

The cutest is watching the dog meow.  And if that's not enough for you, the farmer moos...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens

Daisy and Hazel are getting to spend Christmas is in Cambridge.  The boy's hall is much more exciting but they're not allowed in very often.  When one of the twin boys dies, they are determined to find out why.

Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.

The boy who died was not the one expected.  They thought the other one was being endangered.  Then the second one died.  Who killed them?  Who thought they would get the inheritance?  And when they know the answer, will they survive?

Don't Wake the Tiger! (A Changing Faces Book) By Nathan Thoms and Illustrator Carles Ballesteros

This is a fun book to read.  Each page you turn wakes the animal up!

Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

There's a tiger, panda, lion and elephant and they all wake up as you turn the pages.  What fun for a little one!  Who do you have around your house that you don't want to wake up?  At home, it was Daddy.  He worked nights and slept during the day.  He was almost as bad as a lion if you woke him up early...

Monday, October 8, 2018

Death on the Edge by Sara Paretsky

V I is going back to school to help solve a problem with essays entered in a contest.  When she goes to speak to the teacher with concerns, she finds her dead...

Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

The winning story is about sitting at a stop sign and seeing your uncle killed by a stray bullet in a gang shooting.  The only problem is the essay is her cousin's and it was about her father.  While V I tries to straighten out teen jealousies and what's fair, she suddenly knows who the killer is.  But can she stop them without them stopping her?

Kat Wolfe Investigates: A Wolfe & Lamb Mystery by Lauren St. John

Kat and her mother move to a small town in a cove who needs a veterinarian.  Thy are lucky enough that housing is included.  Soon, Kat decides to take on pet sitting so she can earn enough to buy her own laptop.  She has no idea what trouble that will lead her to...

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 9th.

Her first customer is a man with a parrot.  He has to go on trip and wants her to care for his bird.  She agrees.  But when she goes to the house the next day, the door isn't shut and she finds his suitcase on the floor only partially packed.  She waits the 24 hours needed to turn it in.  The suitcase is missing and the cop thinks she may be lying to him.  He tends to ignore her.

She's made a new friend (she's taking care of her horse) and they decide to investigate themselves.  It's a plot thirty years old with Russians involved and her estranged grandfather in the middle.

It's a good mystery and I liked the interaction between the two girls and the animals.  I'd read another in this series. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure by Torben Kuhlmann

When they find a map to a treasure beneath the sea, the first thing they must to is make something to take them below the sea...

NorthSouth Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

It takes them some experimenting to come up with a workable unit to go beneath the sea.  As they go to look, they find the shipwreck fairly easily.  They run across the human treasure but they have to look further for the mouse treasure.  You'll never guess what it is... 

The Monastery Murders: A Stanton and Barling Mystery by E.M. Powell


Barling is sent to a monastery that has had a horrendous killing.  He takes Stanton with him because they do well on solving murder mysteries together.  He has no idea what he will be facing when he gets there...

Thomas Mercer and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.

Winter is setting in when they arrive and it's a dangerous trek to the isolated monastery but they make it safely.  Barling is unpleasantly surprised by the abbot who is an old enemy of his.  But he intends to find the murderer.  He's told no one in the monastery can be guilty, they've all been questioned already.  But he's not so sure...

When there are more murders even while they are there, it becomes a more frantic search for the killer.  When they find the killings are following a text in the library, it becomes even more scary because there are more to come...

This is a nasty killer who has no feelings for those he destroys.  His greed is driving him.  And I never would have guessed who it was.  This is a well written mystery that sent a chill down my spine.  What do you think of it?

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Luke and Lottie: It's Halloween! by Ruth Wielockx

Luke's a ghost and Lottie is a witch for Halloween.  They are the cutest little things and they are ready to trick or treat.

Clavis and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

You can see them go from home to home gathering treats.  Everyone is having a good time, just like Halloween should be.

The illustrations are colorful and full of whimsy.  

This is great book to introduce your child to Halloween.

Fish-Boy: An Inuit Folk Tale by Vanita Oelschlager

He is part fish and part boy, and he asks the fisherman to be his father.  The fisherman is hesitant about that but when the fish boy shows him where the big fish are, he agrees.

Vanita Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

When they venture to another island to fish, they are met with scorn.  They are especially mean to fish boy.  So he turns them into sea parrots.  When they leave, he reverses the spell but the ones that were mean don't change back.  After that, people treated him with kindness, which they should have done in the beginning.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Sloppy Takes the Plunge by Sean Julian

Sloppy would like to have a hug but he's covered in mud.  She tells him he needs to clean up first.  He tells her tree dragons love mud baths.  So, no hug until he's clean.

NorthSouth Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.

He really wants a hug so he goes over to the pond, gathers his strength, and jumps in.  And, guess what?  Feeling clean is great!  And now he can get his hug!

Death of a Rainmaker: A Dust Bowl Mystery by Laurie Loewenstein

Being Sheriff in a small town is usually pretty tame.  He's running for re-election and has someone running against him.  He's concerned but he's not as politically motivated as his opponent.  Then a big dust storm comes through and turns everything black and full of dirt.  It's even worse when the theater manager finds a dead body out his back door.  Initial thought was that the dust storm killed him, but no.  Someone whacked him in the head...

Akashic Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).   It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Since the coroner identifies the weapon as a shovel the CCC workers use, the Sheriff takes a hard look at them.  When a witness tells him one of them got in a fight with the dead man earlier in the day, he asks more questions and then arrests him.  His wife doesn't agree.  She'd met the young man earlier and he wasn't like that.  Her husband knows she associates him with their young son that died and he tells her he has to go by the evidence.  So she starts looking for evidence that will prove he didn't do it.

She finds more suspects, finds a battered wife and attempts to help her and talks to the CCC worker and tells him her progress.  In the meantime, the Sheriff finds more voters are going to vote for his opponent...

This story visits the plains where the wind blows mercilessly and gives old and young dust pneumonia that most don't survive.  It's not an easy life here and finding a murderer isn't easy either.

The historical content is good and the story kept my attention all the way through.  I enjoyed this read.  If you like historical mysteries, this will be a good one for you.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Captive by Donna J. Stoltzfus

He hates Germans.  His father is in the war fighting them and he has no reason to like them.  So why do the people he's working bring them in to work on the farm?

Schiffer Kids and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 28th.

What John discovers is that they are not monsters, they're just people like us.  They didn't join the service because they wanted to, they had to.  Hans even saved his life when the building they were working began burning.  His attitude about the Germans is changing.

But when his father comes home without his feet and lower legs, he has no use for them.  Nor does he like his son's drawings that show the Germans.  He won't let him use any of them for the drawing contest.  So he doesn't win.  But he's invited to visit the artist's studio and it looks like his dad has a job making frames.  Losing is not all bad...

Liza Jane & the Dragon by Laura Lippman, Kate Samworth

Liza gets tired of her parents and her perfect life.  She decides to fire them and hire a new parent and she puts up an ad saying no experience required.

Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.

I'm not sure where her parents went after being fired but her new parent is happy to move in.  Of all things, she's hired a dragon.  That means the house suddenly has burn marks in odd places, the pizza delivery person will no longer come in the house, and even school gets a bit dangerous.  Now what will she do?

I loved this one.  It's silly, funny and a joy to read.  The illustrations are great, too.  Get a copy for your little one, they'll read it more than once!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Adventures of Phatty & Payaso: Central Park by Marie Unanue

Phatty is a nice big thirty-pound cat.  He enjoys living in his apartment with his friend across the hall and the other animals in his home.  Lounging in the sun suits him just fine.  That is until a mean hawk says he's coming for the animals and will take them all out on a certain date.

iUniverse and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can by a copy now.

This is a fun read.  Phatty tries to hide under the couch and his butt and back legs stick out because he's too fat... 

He decides he has to tell the zookeeper about the bird so he can be captured and stop being a menace.  So he hides in the laundry bag and gets out of the building that way.  However, Central Park is big and he's having trouble finding the zoo.  He's befriended by a racoon and a turtle and finds a bird with an injured wing that he rescues instead of eating.

In the meantime Payaso and the rest of the animals of the apartment dress up like a man and try to exit the apartment that way.  They almost get caught but a young boy named Max distracts the doorman.  Max is different.  He can hear what they say.  He goes with them as they go to Central Park to look for Phatty.

There's plenty more adventure and a it has a very interesting ending.  This was a very good read.

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers Book #1 by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts

While the Riveters have been retired for a while, it doesn't mean they've settled down...

Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has just been published so you can get a copy now.

Rosie and her friends are just full of questions and the Riveters have most of the answers.  I knew a woman who was a riveter in my hometown.  She was quite a character.  They didn't become riveters because they were shy.

Rosie likes to do engineering projects, so when they ask her to help out a fellow riveter who broke her wrists, she says yes.  Now how to create a paint machine that will work for her?

Rosie's neighbor has been unfriendly and avoids her most of the time, but she helps her with this project and when Rosie gets to know her better she likes her.  Never judge people by how they act until you find out why they act way.

This was a fun read and Rosie will be back again.  I wonder what her next project will be?

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Little Honour by Penny Freedman

Gina is moving into a new flat and has more room for visiting family members now.  Her youngest daughter is in a Shakespeare play and wants her to watch rehearsals.  Her older daughter's four year old son has to have heart surgery for a hole in his heart.  And her old boyfriend is back in her life again.

Troubador Publishing Limited and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 28th.

Gina is a strong-willed stubborn women.  David, her old boyfriend, has the same traits.  That's why they broke up.  But now he's back and asking her to help him with an investigation.  Of course, he doesn't want to tell her anything about the case.  How can she ask questions if she doesn't know what to ask?

In the meantime, she meets a good looking man at the play rehearsals and she's attracted to him.  He seems to be attracted to her, too.  When he and David meet up, they're both decent and pleasant but she's hoping he will make David jealous.

The boy has surgery, his sister is trying to recover a lost dog, and Gina is trying to solve a murder case.  It all gets resolved before the end but parts of it will surprise you.  Nothing is easy in this story.

The Elsewhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

Ellie's father has died and left the Nowhere Emporium to David.  He can feel what's happening in the building and he knows when things aren't right.  He also uses the old man's spell book to set things right.  But this time he doesn't know who was let loose or where the Elsewhere Emporium went...

Kelpies and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

This story is full of magic.  There's a dead woman who is still walking and talking due to a magic pendant.  There are twins who don't speak to each other anymore.  They have to visit a dangerous island.  They find that a girl who visited the emporium has been possessed and the being who got away is getting stronger all the time.

Will they be able to stop him?  Who's strong enough to fight him?  You won't be bored if you read this one.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Postcards From a War by Vanita Oelschlager

When her father went to war, she waited at home for his return and read the postcards he sent.  He never mentioned any danger.  He even sent some illustrations to show her the camp.

VanitaBooka and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

Thia is a collection of postcards the author got from her father.  My father served in the same war but I wasn't born yet so his letters were mostly love letters to my mom.  Vanita's letters are to a family and sweet in their own right.

When men go to war, you never know if they will return.  Letters keep your hope alive...

Balance the Birds by Susie Ghahremani

This book illustrates how you can balance things.  It's a lot like using a scale but in this story, it's a tree.

Abram Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.

The story starts with an equal number of birds on both sides of the tree.  Then some of them leave from both sides.  Finally there is only one left.  And here comes a HUGE bird that is going for the opposite side of the tree.  What's the little bird to do?

This is a very easy way to teach your little one about balance.  It's also fun enough to read more than once!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Tiger's Egg by Nele Brönner

He's a tiger.  What does he do when an egg falls on him?  He protects it and waits for it to hatch.

NorthSouth Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.

This is a sweet story.  When the egg hatches he has this little bird with long legs and feathers that are almost the same color as his fur.  He has to find some insects for the bird which he does.  He even teaches him how to roar, although it's more of a tweet.  That little bird is braver than he should be.  The Tiger has his work cut out for him...

The Train to Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery by P. G. Bell

Imagine a train trolls run with a bear that fills the boiler.  Now imagine that running through your living room...

Feiwel and Friends and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 2nd.

Her parents were asleep on the couch, so she went up to bed by herself.  Then she hears what sounds like a burglar but it's not...

She chats with the engineer, sees the train, and jumps on as a stowaway as it goes by.  She has no idea what kind of adventure she will have.

She's pressed into postal service delivery and her very first delivery is to a wicked woman who has a boy stuck in a snowglobe.  She steals him and runs but the woman follows her trying to recover him.  The boy in the snowglobe lies to her.  In fact, quite a few people lie in this story...

This is a grand adventure with lots of danger and an underlying plot that is not obvious until the end.  It was a very good read with lots of imagination.  I enjoyed it.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Snowy: A Leopard of the High Mountains by Milisava Petkovic, Xuan Loc Xuan

Snowy goes on a walk with Mom and gets lost.  Can he find his way home?

Happy Fox Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you buy a copy now.

The illustrations are sweet and go well with the story.  Snowy has to ask the forest animals to help him home.  They do, each animal teaching him something along the way.  For example, a bunny teaches him how to jump.

It's a cute story and he does make it home.  I enjoyed this read.