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Comfort and Joy – Kristin Hannah

Title: Comfort and Joy Author: Kristin Hannah Genre: Realistic Fiction, Fantasy Plot: This is Joy Candellario’s first Christmas alone. She’s recently divorced and having trouble with her sister. Desperate for change, Joy buys a last minute plane ticket to go anywhere but home. But the plane crashes and Joys finds a way to walk toContinue reading “Comfort and Joy – Kristin Hannah”

The Attic Child – Lola Jaye

A warning: this book talks a lot about child abuse and neglect. Title: The Attic Child Author: Lola Jaye Genre Historical Fiction Plot: Dikimbe is the youngest child of a family of five kids. He lives outside of a village in Africa, in what is today called Zaire. A rich Englishman named Sir Richard BabbingtonContinue reading “The Attic Child – Lola Jaye”

Kaikeyi – Vaishnavi Patel

Title: Kaikeyi Author: Vaishnavi Patel Genre: Fantasy Plot: Kaikeyi is the only daughter of a raja. She’s also the oldest of eight, the rest are boys. She longs for the freedom her brothers have. After her mother is banished, Kaikeyi looks through the library and learns from them. She learns she has a magic ability.Continue reading “Kaikeyi – Vaishnavi Patel”

City of Time and Magic – Paula Brackston

This is part of the Found Things series. Title: City of Time and Magic Author: Paula Brackston Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction Plot: Xanthe is finding a way to get Liam back. He vanished during their time travel back to the present. Xanthe knows Mistress Flyte took him, but now she needs to find an objectContinue reading “City of Time and Magic – Paula Brackston”

Stellaluna – Janell Cannon

Title: Stellaluna Author and Illustrator: Janell Cannon Genre: Children’s Book, Picture Book Plot: Stellaluna is a baby bat who fell out of her nest one night after an owl attack. She lands in a bird’s nest. The birds accept her only if she forgets how to be a bat and learns to be a bird.Continue reading “Stellaluna – Janell Cannon”

The Personal Librarian – Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray

Title: The Personal Librarian Authors: Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray Genre: Historical Fiction Plot: Belle Marion Greener has moved to New York City with her mother and siblings in the early 1900’s. She’s trying to look for a job for her to help support her family. Belle is colored but has lighter skin. SheContinue reading “The Personal Librarian – Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray”

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – Kevin Henkes

Title: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Author: Kevin Henkes Illustrator: Kevin Henkes Genre: Children’s Book, Picture Book Plot: Lilly loves just about everything, including her baby brother Julius. She’s just gotten a new purple plastic purse. Lilly brings it to school and is showing it off to everyone, and distracting the class, too. So her teacher,Continue reading “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – Kevin Henkes”

The Zealots – G.K. Johnson

Title: The Zealots Author: G.K. Johnson Illustrator: James Dawson Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult Plot: Shi’mon and Yeshua are best friends living in Roman occupied Capernaum, Israel. Shi’mon’s heard of the Zealots movement against the Romans. He wants to join. Yeshua cautions him against it. But when Shi’mon’s father dies at the hands of theContinue reading “The Zealots – G.K. Johnson”

Guest Post – Book of Lost Friends

Thank you Jess of Beauty in Humble Places for this book review. Title: The Book of Lost Friends Author: Lisa Wingate Genre: Historical fiction, women’s fiction Plot: This book is told in parallel narratives: one takes place in Louisiana in 1875 in the years of reconstruction, the other takes place in Louisiana in 1987.  Louisiana, 1875:Continue reading “Guest Post – Book of Lost Friends”