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The Alcatraz Escape

Posted on: August 30, 2018 at 8:43 pm, in

The Alcatraz EscapeBy Jennifer Chambliss Bertman Join Emily, James and friends on another adventure.  This time, Garrison Griswold plans to challenge his many fans with Unlock the Rock, a game that takes place entirely in Alcatraz prison.  Participants must solve a puzzle to even qualify for the game.  Once they are on Alcatraz Island, they […]


Posted on: August 26, 2018 at 2:15 pm, in

Uprooted by Naomi Novik had me from the first line: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, not matter what stories they tell outside our valley.” There is something about fairy tales that always grabs the imagination regardless of the reader’s age, especially if there is a dragon involved. Novik takes everything I ever […]

Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Posted on: August 14, 2018 at 2:42 pm, in

By Jamie Ford Love and Other Consolation Prizes is another lovely historical tale from Jamie Ford, author of The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. It is based on the true story of a Chinese boy who was raffled off at the 1909 Seattle’s World’s Fair, when the owner of the charity house […]

The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie

Posted on: August 5, 2018 at 12:55 pm, in

The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie Cecily Ross’ The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie is a fictional and very readable account of the life of Susanna Moodie, a Canadian pioneer and one of Canada’s earliest writers. Lost Diaries begins during Susanna’s youth in 1815 England.  In a home of eight children, including six girls, there […]