Thursday, November 2, 2017

Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book

By Diane Muldrow

A humorous "guide to life" for grown-ups! One day, Diane Muldrow, a longtime editor of the iconic Little Golden Books, realized that, despite their whimsical appearance, there was hardly a real-life situation that hadn't been covered in the more than 70-year-old line of children's books—from managing money, to the importance of exercise, to finding contentment in the simplest things. In this age of debt, depression, and diabetes, could we adults use a refresher course in the gentle lessons from these adorable books, she wondered—a "Little Golden guide to life"? Yes, we could! Muldrow's humorous yet practical tips for getting the most out of life.


Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between

By Lauren Graham

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.
Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.


Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)

By Eleanor Herman

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.


The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1)

By Roshani Chokshi

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither role is what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion, protection, desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust?


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Little Deaths

By Emma Flint
Audiobook format

A fictionalized version of the true story of a divorced mother of two young children living in Queens, New York, in 1965. Ruth Malone didn't dress like a mother: she wore low-cut blouses, high heels, and red lipstick. She had relations with many men and locked her children in their room while she went out or drank until she passed out.

One hot July morning, Ruth unlocked the door of the children's room to find them missing. After an extensive search, little Cindy was found dead. As the search for little Frankie continued, the police, media, and ladies of the neighborhood all condemned Ruth without any evidence.

This story is fast-paced and is told from many viewpoints, including the rookie staff reporter Pete Wonicke who became obsessed with Ruth.

This story would appeal to readers of true crime and those who enjoy a good mystery.

~ Paula

The Arrangement

By Sarah Dunn
Audiobook format

Lucy and Owen, an upwardly mobile married New York couple, lead a very hectic life. They have just moved into a historic home in the suburbs that needs repairs, have a young autistic son who requires constant supervision, and 17 chickens.

While dining with friends (who all had way too much to drink) Lucy & Owen learn that the other couple has decided to make their marriage "open". While discussing the craziness of this idea after they got home, Lucy suggests that they try an open marriage as a 6 month experiment. She and Owen hammer out the rules and then swear not to talk about whatever happens.

The characters are witty & very humorous at times, but in the end Lucy & Owen must decide what is real and what is worth holding on to.

~ Paula

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

By Katarina Bivald

Translated from the Swedish, this is the story of two pen-pals: Sara from Sweden and Amy from Broken Wheel, Iowa. Their love of reading bonds these two friends together across the miles until Amy invites the lonely and introverted Sara to visit her in the U.S.

This book would appeal to readers who enjoy charming stories about small-town life, bookshops, and awkward romances. Many titles and authors are discussed and recommended throughout the book and, to my pleasant surprise, they are listed by category at the end of the book! This would make a great book club selection.

Read-alikes: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

~ Paula

Shadow and Bone #2 & #3

Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone #2)
By Leigh Bardugo
Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.


Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone #3)
By Leigh Bardugo
The capital has fallen.
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Boy Born Dead

By David Ring with John Driver & David Wideman

Life is full of obstacles and being born dead is unthinkable. That’s how David Ring’s life began in Arkansas in 1953. David’s lifeless body is placed aside for eighteen minutes while the doctor attends to his mother who is near death after his birth. Miraculously, David survives but not without serious consequences.

As a teen, David faces the loss of his beloved mother and his world is shattered. He is bounced between relatives and doesn’t really fit in anywhere. He is angry, rude and unapproachable. He faces bullying at school and horrendous abuse at home, enough to lead him to try suicide.

The local pastor encourages his son to befriend David and he tries - but how do you make friends with someone who won’t even speak? This struggling friendship starts a journey that is remarkable and extraordinary.

~ Dixie


By Bill Crider

I think I may have found a new author to read.

This mystery doesn’t give away the “who done it” till the very end, is sprinkled with humor and suspense. County Sherriff Dan Rhodes has to put up with employees that are long winded and whiney; adding to the frustrations of his job. A wealthy man has fallen to his death and it falls on Sherriff Rhodes to determine if someone helped him to his death. Interviewing suspects is difficult due to the fact that they seem to be covering up something. Like any good mystery the truth comes out in the end.

I hope you will enjoy reading Dead, TO BEGIN WITH as much as I have.

~ Beckie H.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Manny the Frenchies Art of Happiness

By Manny the Frenchie

In 2011, Manny was the runt of the litter and on his way to a shelter. But when his parents scooped him up, named him after the world famous boxer, Manny Pacquiao, and began posting photos of him sleeping in their sink accompanied by humorous, optimistic captions, Manny went viral.


Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)

By Cassandra Clare

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty, constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone #1)

By Leigh Bardugo

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything, but when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Witch's Daughter

Image result for witch's daughter brackstonby Paula Brackston

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn't know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.
In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself, tending her garden and selling herbs and oils at the local farmers' market. But her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl called Tegan starts hanging around. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth begins teaching Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process awakening memories—and demons—long thought forgotten.


Friday, July 21, 2017


Image result for awkward the science of why we're sociallyThe Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome
By Ty Tashiro

Interweaving the latest research with personal tales and real world examples, Awkward offers reassurance and provides valuable insights into how we can embrace our personal quirks and unique talents to harness our awesome potential—and more comfortably navigate our complex world.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Happy Little Accidents

Image result for wit and wisdom of bob rossThe Wit & Wisdom of Bob Ross
By Michelle Witte

“Anything we don't like, we'll turn it into a happy little tree or something; we don't make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.”
Bob Ross, the soft-spoken artist painting happy clouds, mountains, and trees has captivated us for years with the magic that takes place on his canvas in twenty-six television minutes—all while dispensing little branches of wisdom. His style and encouraging words are a form of therapy for the weary, but with Bob it is always about more than painting. There is a hidden depth within his easy chatter, another layer to everything he says. When he talks about painting, he's using it as a metaphor for life!


Monday, July 17, 2017

The Little French Bistro

by Nina George

I picked up this book because of the title – little French bistro, and found a delightful read. It’s about love and loss, aging and sorrow, sexuality and finding yourself.

Marianne is married to a man who never showed any sign of appreciating her. While on vacation in Paris, she runs away from him. She ends up in Brittany, where she finds people who help her blossom. Her husband tracks her down , and she has to decide whether to stay or return to her former life.


Saturday, July 15, 2017


Image result for textbook amy krouse rosenthalby Amy Krouse Rosenthal

If you’re looking for a book that will make you think about life from different angles, then this is the book for you. In her book, Rosenthal redefines the idea of the standard college textbook and uses this theme to create a book that encourages readers to think about their own life, the idea of serendipity, coincidence, how we are all connected in interesting ways, and the strange, odd, and exotic world we all live in.

Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of this book is the way in which the author enables the reader to interact with the book through text messaging, email, and the book’s website. For example, Rosenthal encourages readers to submit their own stories of serendipity, to text pictures of rainbows for the online rainbow map, to post self-portraits, and more.

As a side note, sadly, Rosenthal has recently passed away. Knowing this information may make you feel more emotional about the subjects she writes about in the book; however the connection the author provides through texting and the website feature is still active. A book that will make you laugh, cry, and ponder life and the world around you—definitely worth the read.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Dog's Purpose

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A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

This is a wonderful movie, but a tearjerker throughout its entirety.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Every Dog: A book of Over 450 Breeds

Image result for Every Dog: A book of Over 450 Breedsby Nancy Hajeski

The breeds are thoroughly researched and represent canines from around the world. They range from rare breeds for the dog lover that wants something different, to the favorite breeds that make for a reliable choice. There are ancient breeds and modern breeds, including the "designer dogs" that have become so popular in recent years.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Still Missing

by Chevy Stevens
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I don’t mind telling you that this author was recommended to me by a patron. Her comment was that this author has such an impressive style of writing that you realize great empathy for the main character and she is eagerly waiting for Chevy Stevens next book. Because of this patron’s claims, I continued to read this novel despite the fact that this is not my usual type of book. The story really grabs you; very hard to put down.

The story is by Annie as she is in session with her shrink. She is holding an open house for her client; the last prospective buyer shows up just as she was getting ready to close up on what had been a very slow day. After letting him look around for a while, she is just about to wrap up the viewing, the guy sticks a gun in her back and forces her into the back of his van. He forces her to lay down on her stomach then injects a knock-out drug into the back of her thigh. This book has an ending that you would never be able to imagine.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Manners & Mutiny: Finishing School #4

By Gail Carriger

Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine's floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia's sootie Soap nearby. She would rather thwart dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored.
Who can she trust? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way. Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster.


Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

By Jennifer Donnelly

We follow Belle as she finds an enchanted book in the Beast’s library called Nevermore that carries her into a glittering new world. There, Belle is befriended by a mysterious countess who offers her the life she’s always dreamed of.

But Nevermore is not what it seems, and the more time Belle spends there, the harder it is to leave. Good stories take hold of us and never let us go, and once Belle becomes lost in this book, she may never find her way out again.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Waistcoats and Weaponry (Finishing School #3)

By Gail Carriger

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style - with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Which comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what - or who - they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Miss Julia Weathers a Storm

By Ann B. Ross

Fans of Miss Julia will not be disappointed with her latest adventure. Her husband Sam has the great idea to take family and friends to the beach for an end of summer vacation. He rents a fantastic house that sleeps about 10 people on a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina. Being the hurricane season (and given the title) you know that they are going to be effected by a storm, they have to flee for their lives. But there is something else that they are fleeing from, read and find out what has them threatened.

Every Miss Julia book that Ann Ross has written has be a page turner and a joy to read. If you are not currently a fan, give her a try, you won’t be let down.

~ Beckie H.

The Kingmaker's Daughter

By Philippa Gregory

At the court of King Edward IV and Queen Elizabeth, Anne Neville, daughter of the Earl of Warwick, grows from a delightful child to become fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family and will cost the lives of those she loves most in the world.


Any Day Now

By Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr has written several different series of books. She started with Grace Valley, Virgin River, Thunder Point and now is writing Sullivan’s Crossing. Any Day Now is book two of the Sullivan’s Crossing series (What We Find was the first book). If you want a story that has the best ending with the appropriate amount of conflict and in a setting/community that you would move to in a minute, these are the books for you. Sullivan’s Crossing is a campground and store/cafĂ© in the mountains of Colorado. The heroine of this book is Sierra, Cal’s thirty year old baby sister (Cal and Maggie are the focus of the first Sullivan’s Crossing novel). She has had an extremely hard year by the time she decides to move to California and live near her brother. Slowly she reveals her past year to her brother, Sully (Cal’s father-in-law and the owner of Sullivan’s Crossing; Sierra lives at Sullivan’s Crossing) and her new boyfriend Conrad (aka: Connie). I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by Robyn Carr (I’m pretty sure I read them all); if you are a fan, you will love this one. If she is a new author for you to try, you will not be disappointed.

~ Beckie H.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Magnolia Story

By Chip and Joanna Gaines

Chip and Joanna Gaines have put Waco Texas on the map, in a good way, with their hit show Fixer Upper. This book tells how the ordinary work of renovating and reselling houses turned into something much bigger. It also shares some of each of their childhoods and how they met, dated and then married. If you think Chip is funny on the show you need to read this book.

~ Dixie

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Black Book

By James Patterson & David Ellis

I find Patterson an entertaining read, but every once in a while a book goes from entertaining to really good suspense. This is one of them.

Billy Harney and his partner are Chicago PD homicide cops. While shadowing a murder suspect, they realize he seems to be frequenting a brothel on a regular basic. They figure that raiding the place and capturing him with his pants down might give them an edge when questioning him. Billy makes the decision to raid the place, without Vice's help. Turns out they also bagged the mayor, an archbishop, and other major players in Chicago. The political storm that erupts is beyond what any of them imagined. Patterson and Ellis craft a story with twists and turns that keeps you guessing to the end. You may have your suspicions of the culprit, but you start second guessing yourself.

I couldn't wait to find out the who was behind it all.

~ Rochelle

Monday, April 10, 2017

All Summer Long

By Dorothea Benton Frank

Olivia promised her husband Nick that she would go with him to the Lowcountry of South Carolina when it was time to retire. She is a born and bred New Yorker and worries about acclimating to their new life. Their finances are also a worry that she only shares with her co-worker Roni. Olivia and Nick are invited to travel with her billionaire clients and friends where they really experience life like the ultra rich. While traveling on a yacht in Spain, one of the passengers goes missing and that causes the relationships of all the other passengers to change. I never read this author before and was disappointed in the story line and the slow speed of the plot.

~ Dixie


By Peter Heller

Celine is an aristocratic private eye who has a better record of finding people than the FBI. She specializes in reuniting broken families. A young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help finding her father who was a photographer and disappeared near Yellowstone National Park. His body was never found and it was thought that he was attacked by a Grizzly bear. Gabriela thinks something more was going on and wants Celine’s help. Celine and her husband/partner discover early on that they are being followed and that someone must not want this case solved. I enjoyed the book.

~ Dixie

Friday, March 17, 2017

Renegade Amish Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers

By Donald B. Kraybill

A very detailed, descriptive account of the Bergholz community and the trial of the people involved in what came to be known as hate crimes against their own Amish people. Kraybill details the Amish-on-Amish beard and hair cutting attacks, the perceived impetus behind them, the changes within the Bergholz community, and the actions of other Amish communities in response to changes in Bergholz. Kraybill follows with complete details of the trial from both the prosecution and the defense teams. He researched and interviewed many people for this book and does an excellent job documenting the events, his findings, and the legal proceedings.

The use of legal system vocabulary makes this more difficult to read than Johnny Mast’s Break Away Amish Growing Up with the Bergholz Beard Cutters but is a great complement to Mast’s book. Between the two books, one can gain an understanding of how Bergholz operated, how the crimes originated, and how people were transformed through the teachings of their Bishop.

~ Miss Deb

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Break Away Amish Growing Up with the Bergholz Beard Cutters

By Johnny Mast

This book, written from the perspective of the grandson of the Bishop in charge of the Bergholz community, details Bergholz turning from a loving, Amish community to an isolated, cult-like community. The grandson explains how he saw small changes enacted Bishop Sam Mullet escalate to bigger changes. When he witnessed some stark situations that shook him to the core, he realized just how far “across the line” the community had travelled.

Johnny Mast’s willingness to testify against family members and loved ones in court attests to his own emotional compass. The actions of the community were comparable to that of hate crimes in society. Knowing the Amish steer away from traditional courts and law enforced punishment, it was intriguing to read how the group had to answer for their crimes. This was an educational and enlightening read. It was much easier to read and understand than Renegade Amish by Donald B. Kraybill.

~ Miss Deb

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Why I Left the Amish: A Memoir

By Saloma Miller Furlong

Having been acquainted with a few people who have left the Amish, this title piqued my interest. I had read a brief review that this author had made in another Amish-related book and read with interest of her family struggles, ties, and relationships.

This author relays the reasons she found it necessary to leave home. Despite being Amish, her reasons seem to mimic those of other “runaways”: family members, rules, expectations, dysfunction, illness, abuse, and dynamics. The desire for freedom and education forced Saloma to explore the world. The call to come “home” for her father’s funeral created a flood of memories, thoughts, and emotions. The reader can appreciate the detailed discussion of societal norms prevalent with the Amish from this particular church community. The book seems to stop too soon though—perhaps leading to the other work: Bonnet Strings.

~ Miss Deb

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bonnet Strings

 By Saloma Miller Furlong

This memoir of a former Amish woman wan an interesting read.  I especially enjoyed the references to places currently and formerly around the Burton, Ohio area.  It explains many customs of the Amish in the area pertaining to hair, dress, behavior, and shunning.  It is a story of true love, home influences and how maturity allows one to make different decisions. It was quick, enjoyable read that was a great follow up to another of Furlong’s works:  Why I Left the Amish:  A Memoir.

~ Miss Deb

Eliminate Chaos

By Laura Leist

The fun part of this book was having before and after pictures for each area of the home to address. Only want to address how to organize the garage?  Read only that chapter. Want to organize the kitchen?  Read only that chapter.  This book uses the same 10 steps to address several different areas of the home. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining those strategies that work for the individual reader.  Like other home organizing books, the reader should take away those tips that work for them.  Some ideas are easy to implement, others a bit more difficult.

~ Miss Deb


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Wonder

By Emma Donoghue
Audiobook format

Lib Wright is a nurse that receives an unusual assignment. She is to travel from England to Ireland to watch an eleven year old girl who claims to have not eaten since her birthday four months earlier. Lib is very skeptical for obvious reasons; people cannot survive without food for four months. During her stay with Anna O’Donnell she discovers many secrets. An expected discovery is that Anna is dying a very slow death.

Give this compelling book a listen (or read) and discover if Anna survives her four month fast and what could possibly make her decide to stop eating.

~Beckie H.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Turn of Mind

By Alice LaPlante

64 year-old Jennifer White is a widow, a former acclaimed hand surgeon, and Alzheimer victim. We witness her decline first-hand through Jennifer's own experiences. When someone murders Jennifer's best friend, 75-year-old Amanda, who lives three doors down, suspicion falls on Jennifer because the killer surgically removed four fingers from Amanda's hand.

Jennifer herself has no idea whether or not she has committed this heinous crime. We watch on the edge of our seats as Jennifer moves from one uncomfortable situation to the next, with a sense of entitlement, confusion, and sometimes humor.

This is the first literary mystery by Alice LaPlante.

~ Paula

Monday, February 13, 2017

Tying the Knot

By Elizabeth Craig

It’s so great that Burton Library has been a part of the CLEVNET consortium all these years because I can get books by authors that Burton does not own. Tying the Knot by Elizabeth Craig is one of these books and the fifth Southern Quilting Mystery Series. Two of the reasons I started reading these mysteries is the connection with quilting and a Corgi named Noo-noo in each of the books (I quilt and own a Corgi). I really enjoy the way Elizabeth weaves the story and keeps you guessing till the end.

Since Beatrice moved to Dappled Hills a few years ago to be closer to her daughter some murders have occurred. Beatrice often finds the body and has an uncontrollable impulse to find the culprit. She is great friends with her neighbor who happens to be married to the chief of police (very helpful in solving mysteries). In this book the sister of her “boyfriend” and pastor Wyatt is getting married. The murder happens during the reception and goes un-noticed till after the party is over. If you enjoy soft mysteries, you’ll enjoy this author; you might want to start with the first book Quilt or Innocence, they were all great.

~ Beckie

Turbo Twenty-Three

By Janet Evanovich
Audiobook format

I love listening to Lorelei King read Janet Evanovich’s books! This woman is so great at creating distinct voices for each character. And Janet is so great at producing mysteries that have you laughing out loud. The two of them together make any trip in the car shorter and a whole lot more fun. In this story, Stephanie Plum (bail bondswoman) and Lula (her sidekick, co-worker and former ho) are looking for Larry Virgil (FTA) to reschedule his court date. When they find him, he is driving a stolen ice cream truck and discovered in the back is a man frozen solid, covered in chocolate and chopped pecans. If you are a Stephanie Plum fan you will not be disappointed is the latest saga of her life, all your favorites are included: Joe Morelli (her almost fiancĂ©), Ranger (her extremely desirable mentor and occasional lover) and Grandma Mazur. I don’t think blogs should retell the entire story so you’ll have to take my word for it that this is another great one!

~ Beckie H.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Skeleton Tree

By Iain Lawrence

Chris is 12 years old and his Uncle Jack asks him to go on a sailing trip with him. His mom reluctantly lets him go. When Chris boards the boat there is another boy on board, Frank, a little older than he is. They are busy right away getting ready to travel and Uncle Jack says he will introduce them properly the next day, when they have more time. Before tomorrow comes, the boat sinks and Chris and Frank are the only survivors. They find themselves alone on a beach with nothing to help them survive. Frank is clearly the stronger of the two and shows his distain for Chris by bullying him constantly. Chris spends more time with a friendly raven that Frank hates and is clearly afraid of. Chris is persistent in trying to find out why Frank is so unhappy. Eventually they discover an unbelievable bond that explains Frank’s hostile behavior. They realize quickly that they have to work together to survive and last long enough for help to come.

~ Dixie

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Movie Reviews

God’s Not Dead 2
When high school teacher, Grace Wesley, is asked a question in class about Jesus, her response lands her suspended and in the courtroom.

I liked this movie, something like this could definitely happen these days.


Alice through the Looking Glass 
Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter.

I enjoyed this movie, I like going back and seeing how some characters are doing and what’s been resolved.


Ghostbusters (2016)
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbery and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
It was cool to see the female version of a classic male movie.