Saturday, October 19, 2019

One Snowy Morning by Kevin Tseng, Dana Wulfekotte (Illustrated by)

The animals wander out in the morning and find a snowman but they don't know what he is.  They see a pile of snow with weird things on him...

Dial Books and Edelweiss shared a copy of this book with me (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.

They think the top hat is a tall rowboat; the carrot nose is a rare dragon’s tooth; and the mittens are fish puppets.  They gather up his accessories and head back home with them.  They are very inventive with what they've taken.  The tall rowboat makes a perfect table; the rare dragon’s tooth makes a delicious soup; and the fish puppets make amazing hats! 

They have a party and invite everyone.  Then they decide to return what they have left.  It's worth the price on this book to see how they decorated it.  It made me smile.  Young readers will love it! 

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Beadworkers by Beth Piatote

This book is filled with tales of the Native Americans of the Northwest.  There are mixed-genres here.  A poem here, a play there, and thoughts and stories in between.  I have Indian relatives that could add their stories about the past...

Counterpoint Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 22nd.

The stories will make you think about the past.  White men did not treat the Indians very well.  The Indians fought for their rights and many died.  The stories in this book share some of that history.

The story that resounded with me was Beading Lesson.  The woman wants to teach everyone to bead but not everyone wants to do that.  It's probably becoming a lost art.  I crochet but not many young people do any more.  I buy beaded goods when I find them, they are lovely work.

You learn about the fishing wars and other parts of history.  Reading this will stick with you for a while.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The House of Brides by Jane Cockram

Miranda has been a rising star but when she offers an unusual solution to a problem on her blog, she gets shot down.  The human favor she'd been courting turns against her.  She goes home to recover and begin again where no one knows her.  Her father calls in a favor and finds her job.

Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 22nd.

When she sees a letter to her dead mother, she takes it to read it.  It's from the family home and a young teenage girl (her cousin) is writing asking for help.  She decides to go see what kind of help the girl needs instead of going to the new job.  She has to lie to her father to get enough money to buy an airline ticket to her destination.  Needless to say, he's angry when he finds out what she's done.   But more importantly, he tells her staying in the house isn't safe for her and to be careful.

When she arrives the person answering the door assumes she's the new nanny.  That's OK, she gives them another last name and takes the job.

What she finds is a real mess.  The girl who wrote the letter is the oldest.  The middle child is a boy and the youngest is another girl but this one is in a wheelchair.  It seems Mom was in a car accident and injured herself and the child but no one wants to talk about it.

Her uncle invites his sister over to tell her how to care for the children.  These are relatives she's never met.  She finds herself growing fond of the children but she doesn't trust the adults.  This is a very dysfunctional family with dark family secrets.

Will Miranda survive or become another victim?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld

Naomi is still searching for her lost sister.  She managed to get away from the predator who took her and her little sister but she couldn't take her with her.  She told her she'd be back.  She can help other people find their missing children.  It's heartbreaking not to be able to find her sister...

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

This story is sad.  It's about homeless girls and boys and what they have to do to eat and clothe themselves.  It's not nice things.  When Naomi wanders among the street people, she meets young Celia.  She's 12 and she's just the age that a predator has been stealing from the streets.  He abuses them and kills them.  Celia has already been abused by her stepfather so she's very cautious.

Naomi works with her favorite detective, who tells her to talk to the FBI.  She finds out who the suspected predators were in her case.  When she visits the adoption home they were in, they send her to visit an old woman.  That woman tells her her name and her sister's name.  She's getting closer.

Celia lives in a world of butterflies.  She escapes to them when bad things happen.  Naomi takes her to a butterfly museum and she's entranced.  They return home and each go their own way.

Then Celia goes missing.  She talked about a house that scared her, but Naomi doesn't know where it is.  She finds a map in her book at the library.  Will she be in time?

Despite the look at an ugly part of life nowadays, the ending is uplifting.  There's hope for a new beginning.  This not an easy book to read but it was worth it.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Below the Moon by Alexis Marie Chute

Ella has cancer and she has lost her words.  She can make noises but no one can understand her.  She has pain.  Sometimes it makes her weak, but she's strong in her own way.  Her mother wants them to find the star.  She thinks it will cure her.

The author and Spark Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

To access the star, they have gone to another world.  She's with her mother, Tessa, her grandpa Archie, and her magical boyfriend.  On this world they find her father.  He has changed into one of the different creatures on this world.  Her mother brought along her boyfriend and now she's not sure who loves the most.  

The star might cure Ella but it's evil, too.  It's influencing the world they are on and not in a good way.

The different people on this planet fight.  One group will try to take over another.  The people are a variety of aliens.  The story is very busy with war plots and the humans trying to stay alive.  You won't be bored.

The leaders pushing for war are killed.  Things should settle down a bit.   Ella finds out she's not all human, which could be a good thing.

The last paragraph lets you know there will be more to the story later.  This is a very interesting series.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Blind Search by Paula Munier

A little boy likes to go for walks in the woods.  He's not supposed to go alone but he sneaks out one day.  He doesn't follow the  path, he goes where the bird noises are or where it smells good.  He hears hunters so he puts trees between him and them.  Then he meets a pretty lady he knows.  They visit a bit and then she tells him to run...

Minotaur books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this bok for review (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.

When Mercy and Elvis, her service dog from the war, go in the woods to find him, they find the lady's dead body first.  She's worried about Henry, she can tell he was there.  Is he dead, too?

 Troy, the game warden, shows up with his dog.  They find him hiding in a hunter's hut under the butcher table.  He can't tell then what he saw because he's autistic.  But he saw something so he's in danger.

The game warden is looking for night poachers, stopping bear slaughters during the day, and asking Mercy to go on a date with him.

Mercy is dealing with rich man who owns the forest and working to try to find the killer.  The local cop arrests the man the woman was dating because she was breaking up with him.  He likes the easy answer even if it's wrong.

Mercy finds that her death is related to her birth and several people were involved.  This is a complex mystery that includes the very rich as well as the poor.  It's a sad tale because the woman who died was killed by greed.  This is another "follow the money" tale.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Light Over London by Julia Kelly

Cara is working for an antique dealer and learning a lot about how to identify them.  When she finds an old diary, he lets her take it home to read.  He doesn't plan on selling it so he gives her permission to return it to the family if she can locate them.

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

She's reading about a woman during WW II and she thinks she might learn more about her grandmother this way.  Grandma doesn't want to talk about those days.

Louise's diary shows how she was all swept up by Paul in a young romance.  She even marries him when he comes home on leave.  Then she hears of his death and wonders why no one told her, she was his wife.  She finds out he was already married.  She goes to visit his first wife and finds she's not the only one fooled.  He's married others. 

Then Cara looks through other papers she found of Grandmother's and finds her secret...

Times of war heighten emotions.  You never know how long you will live, so you take your joy where you can find it.  Paul was a bigamist and that's not common but other consequences were.

This is a good historical read.  Louise and Paul would never had made it in marriage.  He wanted her home, having babies.  She wanted to work.  They fought about it before he left.  Now she's free to live her life as she chooses.  So was Cara's Grandmother.