Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Highland Falcon Thief: Adventures on Trains #1 by M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman, Elisa Paganelli (Illustrated by)

11 year old Harrison Beck is sent on a train ride with his Uncle.  He's not excited about it.  He appears to be the only kid on board...

Feiwel & Friends and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 28th.

The first thing he sees is another child on board.  She's hiding and everyone tells him he's the only child on board but he knows better.  He finally tracks her down and finds she's the engineer's daughter and is a stowaway.  He visits when he can without being seen.

Then jewelry starts being missing on the train.  Harrison makes up his mind he will find the thief.  The first thing that happens is the loudest man on the train accuses Harrison of stealing the jewelry.  His Uncle defends him.  (The man saw him sneaking in to visit the girl and assumed he was doing something else.)

While he keeps blaming Harrison, Harrison is mounting his own investigation.  He first suspects Milo but he eventually realizes he's in love with the actress' maid.

He could even envision his Uncle doing it.  He had opportunity.  But he knew he didn't do it.

Then he has a clue that puts him on the right track and he makes a public accusation.  The lady he accused gets off the train and takes one of her dogs with her.  There is a train coming.  Can anyone save her?

Monday, May 25, 2020

Nicky's Fire by Richard Trotta Sr.

Nicky never saw his Dad much.  He worked two jobs and was never home.  But when they had to write about a family member, he was the one he chose.  Now if he could just come to the presentation with him...

Black Rose Writing and Net Galley shared this book with me (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

I worked for a city and worked with the firemen on budgets and other things.  This story is very accurate, not just about the training but about the actual experiences fighting fire.

Steve takes Nicky down to the fire station.  He gets to participate in fire training and develops a new respect for what his Dad does.  Then they get called out on a real fire.  Steve wants him to stay at the station but the fire captain invites him along...

The fire is bad and when everyone is out, he still doesn't see his Dad.  They go to look for him and find him under a section of roof that fell.  He's not breathing well, so they unzip his coat to get the mask out.  He has a baby on his chest breathing the clean air from his mask.

He's hauled away in an ambulance with his son at his side.  This creates a much stronger bond between them.  Will his Dad survive?  How about the 1 year old?

Read it and see...

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Love & Other Crimes : Stories by Sara Paretsky

There are fourteen short stories in this anthology.  They are collected from stories she wrote for other collections.  I only recognized two, the others were all new to me.

William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 30th.

These stories are about life.  Many are set in Chicago.  These are not happy stories but they have the ring of truth.

From gang shootings to two cousins fighting over one term paper for scholarship, you get the feeling you're living there.  Many of the situations covered reminded me of incidents in my home town.  There, they weren't as big or as public as the ones in the story are.  Small town versus large, I suppose.

Ms. Paretsky's stories stick with you and make you glad that your life isn't that exciting...

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Sunshine by Morrene J. Hauser

This is a sweet story about a girl and her pony.  She loves her pony and her pony loves her.  That doesn't mean they don't have some problems...

Black Rose Writing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published, so you can get a copy now.

Sunshine is a wonderful pony but she only goes straight.  No turns allowed.  When she goes for a ride with her Mom and there's a turn, she won't do it.  Her Mom slaps her in the butt and the poor girl gets to ride a bucking bronc!  After a few more slaps Sunshine gets the message.  And the daughter has learned to ride an angry horse.

This is a cute book.  The daughter can find no fault with her horse but she has to admit it's nice when Sunshine turns...

Friday, May 22, 2020

Legends from Mom’s Closet by Alyona Olsen

Sasha is forced to stay inside this summer due to stormy weather.  She begins by reading and then burns out on that.  Then she asks her mom if she can dress up in her clothes.  She's going to enact some of the stories she's been reading and others she's heard about.

PR by the Books sent me a copy of this book to read (thank you).  It published May 19th. 

She starts out as Frida Kahlo.  She wore very vivid colors and the photos of this little lass make them look alike.

She goes through about a dozen personalities, borrowing from her mom, her grand mother, and getting her little sister to help.

She's Audrey Hepburn and has breakfast at Tiffany's.  She's even did Cleopatra.

This will be a fun book for children.  They'll learn facts about historical figures and will giggle over the pictures.  Why not have a little fun with them as you read this book?

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Little Mole Finds Hope by Glenys Nellist, Sally Garland, (Illustrated by)

Little mole is feeling sad in his dark cave.  It's been a long winter.  His Mom suggests they go on walk.

Beaming Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

As they go out, he sees a bulb hanging above him.  He tells his mother it's dead.  She says no and tells him to remember the daffodils that bloom.  He thinks the trees are dead.  She tells him to picture them with leaves.  He smiles.  Then he finds a chrysalis and thinks that's dead.  No, his mother says.  Soon it will open up and let a butterfly out.  Do you remember butterflies?  He smiles and says yes.  Soon he has spring in mind and he's no longer sad.

This is a very sweet little book that would be good to share with your child at winter's end.  Maybe you could go on a walk like mother mole did.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Mysterious Messenger by Gilbert Ford

Maria is actually a psychic while her mother pretends to be one.  It's when she steals a ring from an old lady that Marie has Edward telling her to help the old woman.  He even gives her hints on how.

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 21st.

Her mother watches her like a hawk.  Her only freedom is to go to the library and bring home some books to read.  She says she's going to the library and follows the old lady home.  She gives her the message from the ghost.  It starts a beautiful friendship.

Then she meets Sebastian in the library and learns he lives above her in the other apartment.  She wouldn't be allowed to play with him, so she keeps him secret.  Then she finds he's following her everywhere.  She gets angry and tells him he's no friend of hers.

Her life gets more difficult when the librarian come to see her.  She gets accused of telling them about her mother's scam.  She also finds out that she isn't really her mother.

She sneaks out the window and hides with Sebastian.  They leave without her so she goes back for the few belongings she had.  Madam Destine is waiting for her.  She tries to force her in the van but the librarian and the police are there.  Who will win this argument?