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Are grandparents available to share their own memories of the Cold War era? Families can also explore the Western cultural touchstones that meant so much to Sis — the Beach Boys, the Beatles. Ratchet loves her selfish mother but receives little in return. Tilly and Penpen are un-identical twins who are tremendously eccentric; they are also kind and generous. A laugh-aloud, farcical story evolves from this unlikely premise. Find The Canning Season at your local library. Lucky for them they have the author, whose insight into their hilarious misfortunes helps guide them in problem solving.
Find The Pepins and Their Problems at your local library. Tony Baloney is obsessed with David Letterman and is determined to be a guest on his show. This fast-paced, action-packed story is sure to keep the reader amused — top 10 lists and all! Find What Would Joey Do? Matt is a cabin boy on board a luxurious airship, the Aurora. Matt meets Kate, who has arranged for a flight on the Aurora so that she can investigate diary entries her grandfather made regarding large, feline creatures with bat-like wings.
Soon, the Aurora is attacked by pirates and forced by a storm to land on a tropical island. But they are captured by the pirates, whose hideout is on the very same island. Will Matt and Kate be able to escape? Rich with action, the character development does not suffer.
Matt and Kate are likable heroes, the pirates vile and even the airship, Aurora, takes on a personality of its own. Find Airborn at your local library. Find Chasing Vermeer at your local library. Children will enjoy beating Encyclopedia Brown to the solution in each of these 10 short stories. The cases require different knowledge to solve them, so this collection is good for budding history buffs and scientists. Find Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case at your local library. Twelve-year-old Claudia and her younger brother Jamie are running away from the tyranny of unappreciative parents and the drudgery of day-to-day living.
Claudia has carefully hand-picked the beautiful Metropolitan Museum of Art as their new home. There they quite unexpectedly stumble upon an unknown statue by none other than Michelangelo…or is it? Winner of the Newbery Award. Basil E. Frankweiler at your local library. Find The Homework Machine at your local library. Court intrigues and rivalries, swashbucklers, unlikely friends and a mystery in each book make these very lively historical novels. Find The Lady Grace Mysteries at your local library. Her secret-agent stories take on a new reality when she happens upon a real spy ring.
This story is the ultimate thriller for our age. Hermux is a watchmaker who also happens to be a mouse. He is mostly content with his life of order and quiet nights curled up with some cheese and a good book, but that all changes when one Linka Perflinger, aviatrix and daredevil, enters and mysteriously exits the picture.
Find Time Stops for No Mouse at your local library. In the piney woods of south Alabama, year-old Moon Blake has been raised by his survivalist father, a paranoid Vietnam veteran. When his father dies, Moon buries him beside his mother, who had softened their harsh existence while she lived.
Find Alabama Moon at your local library. Naomi Leon Outlaw is many things: a great sister, a kind granddaughter, and an excellent soap carver, but she is having a harder time just being Naomi. Her journey to find her own true voice and reconnect with her father takes her from a trailer park in Lemon Tree, California, to a radish-carving festival in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Find Becoming Naomi Leon at your local library. Set in India, this is a lyrical and compassionate portrait of a survivor. Thirteen-year-old Koly is getting married to someone she has never met. When her new husband turns out to be gravely ill, things take a turn for the worse. Koly finds herself widowed, hopeless and on the streets.
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A homeless orphan becomes a legend in a town divided by racism in this sometimes funny, sometimes moving, always exciting story. Find Maniac Magee at your local library. This is an ear-to-ear-grinningly delightful school story. Parents need to know that there is nothing to be concerned about here and lots to cheer. Families can talk about silence and civil disobedience. Why does the silence seem so powerful? What do you think of the standoff between Dave and the principal? Find No Talking at your local library. A tonic in cynical times, this book offers a philosophy of life that can have a big impact on younger children.
Playing the Glad Game is worth a try for any family. Find Pollyanna at your local library. The other half leaves early for Hebrew School. That leaves Presbyterian Holling alone every Wednesday afternoon with his teacher, Mrs. Neither of them is happy at the prospect, and Holling is sure Mrs. Baker hates him as a result. At first, Mrs. Baker just has Holling clean erasers, but then decides to make better use of the time by introducing him to Shakespeare.
And as events in the larger world during the school year unfold in the background, Holling begins to learn about himself, his family, friends and the mysterious adult world. Find The Wednesday Wars at your local library. Main characters not only compete in an academic contest contest answers included at the back! Olinski select the children for her team? Olinski, a paraplegic, proves to be an indomitable coach as the foursome wins one victory after another.
Find The View From Saturday at your local library. Children are encouraged to interact with the exciting story. The Bugle Boy models brave steadfast friendship. The toys are animated by the power of imagination, and represent characters from various other stories. Find Davin at your local library. This book transports the reader back to the enchanted land of Oz, but it is a much different Oz than the one to which Dorothy traveled. Two girls named Dori and Em will try to save Oz from yet another wicked witch.
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Find The Five Ancestors: Snake at your local library. In the real world, Rashid Khalifa, the father, has lost his remarkable ability to tell stories, earning the moniker the Shah of Blah. Simultaneously, in the fantasy world, stories are disappearing from the Sea of Stories. He encounters situations and characters of great originality, humor and imagination in a fast-moving tale full of word play and clever dialogue. Find Haroun and the Sea of Stories at your local library. The high-speed novel fascinates readers as the nasty maharaja of Waqt sets about kidnapping Molly at ages 10, 6 and 3, and as a baby.
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Have you read the Brothers Grimm classic book of fairy tales? That is what sisters Sabrina and Daphne Grimm thought until their parents mysteriously disappeared one day. After being shuffled through several foster homes, they end up with a woman named Relda Grimm. Relda claims to be their grandmother and informs the sisters that the fairy tales are actually historical events collected by their ancestors, whose role has always been to maintain the fragile peace between the humans and the Everafters, the proper term for fairy-tale creatures.
This was a ride in watching the two of them find out about each other and themselves. Narration issues about caused me to end the read early. I was aggravated by the fact the it could have been better. The narrators efforts did not match that of the writing. It was trying and the narration was a let down. I was interested enough to listen to the next book. The book was pretty good. It reminded me of an old harlequin novel except with a black woman heroine. There was not a lot of depth to the story but it was sweet, short and a little hot. The narrator was kinda bad and it made it very difficult to get into the story.
I liked the whole book and concept. Carter didn't think to question a twenty year old diagnosis and thought he could never father a child.
What he said to Destiny was heartbreaking and I cried along with her. Great story. Even though I knew the book was short, I can't be shocked by the storyline. I'm hesitant about reading the next book if there is one. I did like the story, but wished it could have been a couple hours longer to develop the second chance part of the love story more, and more detail about the sex scene. I expected more than one sex scene, and I expected the sex scene to be a little more detail.
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I know all the readers are adults, but I read and listen to books for pleasure. So when it gets to sex, I want it explain to me like I know nothing about it. What does his shaft look like, how the kiss, and describe how the the clothes came off. I was suggested this book, and this is my first book from this author. I am not sure if I will purchase another one unless I know there is more that one sex scene and it is detailed.
The author should read one of Delaney Diamond books, she is very good at detailing her sex scenes. I became a fan of her books, when it was suggested to me in another Amazon purchase. And now I am a Delaney Diamond fan. This Mia Caldwell, not so much but if she take her sex scenes to the next level. She will be great.
What disappointed you about Chasing Destiny? It was a boring and drawn out read. No build-up, no chemistry between the characters. I felt there was no point to the book. So often the narrators for BWWM novels have voices that aren't credible and undermine the audio experience. Sasha Taylor does an excellent job with an interesting story by Caldwell. I have found myself listening to this one multiple times.
A heartwarming story, well read. Your audiobook is waiting…. Chasing Destiny Threads of Fate, Book 1. By: Mia Caldwell. Narrated by: Sasha Taylor. Series: Threads of Fate , Book 1. Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins. People who bought this also bought Publisher's Summary When curvy Destiny tells Carter she is accidentally pregnant, she doesn't expect him to be thrilled. What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall. Amazon Reviews. Sort by:. Most Helpful Most Recent. SandraloveDdub6 Very Sweet The book was very short and sweet I hope it be a book 2 this was heartfelt small town story.
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