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Trains and Lovers

Posted on: November 30, 2016 at 7:58 pm, in

by Alexander McCall Smith The lovely setting of a train journey between Edinburgh and London lends itself to the tales we hear as we eavesdrop on four travellers who share a compartment in Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith. These travellers are thrown together by way of train tickets and have no other connection […]

Spirit Bear

Posted on: November 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm, in

Spirit BearBy Jennifer Harrington, illustrated by Michael Arnott Annuk is a baby bear, born to a black bear mother.  Deep in the Great Bear Rainforest, Annuk discovers that he is special; unlike his siblings, Annuk is a white “Spirit Bear”.  His mother tells him that one day, he will “catch more salmon than any bear […]

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Posted on: November 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm, in

Serafina and the Black CloakBy Robert Beatty Serafina is a 12-year-old girl who lives in the grand Biltmore Estate in 1899.  Owned by the famous Vanderbilt family, the house itself is beautiful and vast, almost a castle.  The grounds are lovely, manicured, and surrounded by forest.  But Serafina is not a rich girl or even […]

The Swallow: A Ghost Story

Posted on: November 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm, in

The Swallow By Charis Cotter Polly is an awkward and lonely girl with a big family – too big in her estimation.  There are so many kids that her parents barely notice Polly.  Even her own bedroom, which has always been her sanctuary, has now been invaded by baby Sarah, with whom Polly must share […]

Three Day Road

Posted on: November 3, 2016 at 9:03 pm, in

Three Day RoadBy Joseph Boyden The violence and brutality of war are not my idea of enjoyable subject matter.  Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road is indeed a story of war.  But it is also the story of best friends.  Their physical journey from the Ontario bush to the trenches of Europe mirrors their interior journey […]

The Safest Lies

Posted on: November 3, 2016 at 1:54 pm, in

by Megan MirandaKelsey has lived most of her life in the shadow of fear.  17 years ago Kelsey’s mom escaped from kidnappers, with no memory of the year she was held in captivity. Now, terrified that the kidnappers might come back, Kelsey and her mom live in a fortress-like house – complete with electric fence […]

Book of the Month: November – Salt to the Sea

Posted on: November 1, 2016 at 9:00 am, in

by Ruta SepetysIf you’re like me and love historical fiction, you must give this one a try. Salt to the Sea knocks it out of the park with its combination of interesting characters, mystery, suspense and heartbreak within the context of one of the lesser known tragedies of WWII.Have you ever heard of the sinking […]