Saturday, December 13, 2014

Reading - Bombs on Aunt Dainty

Bombs on Aunt Dainty by Judith Kerr

A Junior Fiction

It is hard enough being a teenager in London during the Blitz, finding yourself in love and wondering every night whether you will survive the bombs. But it is even harder for Anna, who is still officially classified as an “enemy alien”. Those bombs are coming from Germany – the country that was once her own. If Hitler invades, can she and her beloved refugee family possibly survive?

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Reading - Murder Melts in Your Mouth

Murder Melts in Your Mouth by Nancy Martin

Down-to-earth debutante Nora Blackbird is having a meltdown.  Her sister Libby got herself run over by a Rolls-Rouce and is recuperating at the Ritz, leaving her five kids in Nora's charge.  And sis Emma Blackbird is on the brink of another bender.
Fortunately Nora has some time on her hands to deal with these mishaps - until noted Philly philanthropist Hoyt Cavendish takes a swan dive from an office balcony and Nora's friend Lexie stands accused of the murder.  Then her scheming parents suddenly reappear, sending all three Blackbird sisters in to a panic.  Now Nora must uncover her parents' scandalous high jinks before she winds up taking the heat .... and strangling her father with his own ascot.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Reading - Boy Overboard

Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman

A Junior Fiction

Jamal loves playing football, which isn't easy if your goalie only has one leg and you keep having to dodge landmines to get your ball back. Jamal's stubborn little sister Bibi is even better at football than Jamal. But girls playing football is against the law in Afganistan. When it is discovered that Jamal's mother has been secretly running a school, the family must leave their home immediately and begin a long and dangerous journey to Australia. The children survive separation from their parents, hunger, and violent smugglers only to find that Australia isn't as welcoming as they had thought but, even though they face an uncertain future, Jamal, Bibi and their parents know that as long as they are together, that is all that matters.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Reading - Once

Once by Morris Gleitzman

A Junior Fiction

Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn't know anything about the war, and thinks he's only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them--straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland.

To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? It must be sign that his parents are coming to get him. Why are the Nazis burning books? They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage's outdated library. But as Felix's journey gets increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that not even stories can explain.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Reading - Daisy and the Trouble with Burglars

Daisy and the Trouble with Burglars by Kes Gray

A Junior Fiction

No matter the occasion, Daisy just can't help getting into trouble! When a series of burglaries baffle Daisy's neighborhood, Daisy wants to help. Along with Gabby and Dylan, she turns detective and sets out to catch the culprit. Trouble is, detective work is hard when you're not allowed to go further than the end of the road.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Reading - The Good Little Devil and Other Tales

The Good Little Devil and Other Tales by Pierre Gripari

A Junior Fiction

There once was a good little devil - did you read that right? Yes you did: not a wicked little devil but a good one, and boy, was he in a fix!

Instead of doing bad things like forgetting his homework and playing tricks on his teachers, this little devil kept trying to be good. He did all his homework - and sometimes enjoyed it! He was never rude and he even encouraged sinners to say sorry. His parents were at their wits' end. So the little devil struck out on his own.

On his quest to learn to be good, our little devil meets all kinds of people, from priests to police and from the Pope in Rome to Little Jesus himself. But will the angels let a little red devil with black horns into Heaven?

In these thirteen tales, clever young people find nifty ways to overcome greedy kings, wicked witches, unlucky spells and even silly names. And there's a big dash of magic to help them on the way!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Reading - The Vicar of Nibbleswicke

The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl

A Junior Fiction