Sylva and the Fairy BallMore Staff Picks +
This book is the first in a series that focuses on Tinker Bell's 5 little sisters. The sisters live on Sheepskerry Island--an island not very far from where you are right now even though grown-up maps call it something different! This series is clever and fun--a great read for new chapter book readers or a fabulous read-aloud for kids not quite ready to read chapter books on their own yet.
The Impossible Knife of MemoryMore Staff Picks +
Hayley Kincain is just your average 17-year-old girl...if average means losing your mother at birth, growing up without your dad who's always deployed, being raised by your grandmother who also dies when you're young and having your step-mom walk out. Hayley manages all of it as she travels in her dad's long-haul rig after he separates from the military. That is until they settle in one place so Hayley can go to school. That's when the PTSD monster catches up with them and threatens to erase the daddy she remembers. Buckle up for a heart-wrenching ride through the kind of normal that affects over eight million people in the U.S. alone.
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and RedemptionMore Staff Picks +
What would cause an eighteen-year-old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because they think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person and didn’t even speak the language? A passion to follow Jesus. Katie Davis Majors left over Christmas break of her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and the needs she saw that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, adopted thirteen children in Uganda and has established a ministry, Amazima, that feeds and sends hundreds more to school while teaching them the Word of Jesus Christ.
Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the BeautifulMore Staff Picks +
When Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda, accidentally founded a booming organization, and later became the mother of thirteen girls through the miracle of adoption, she determined to weave her life together with the people she desired to serve. But joy often gave way to sorrow as she invested her heart fully in walking alongside people in the grip of poverty, addiction, desperation, and disease. After unexpected tragedy shook her family, for the first time Katie began to wonder, Is God really good? Does He really love us? When she turned to Him with her questions, God spoke truth to her heart and drew her even deeper into relationship with Him. Daring to Hope is an invitation to cling to the God of the impossible—the God who whispers His love to us in the quiet, in the mundane, when our prayers are not answered the way we want or the miracle doesn’t come. It’s about a mother discovering the extraordinary strength it takes to be ordinary. It’s about choosing faith no matter the circumstance and about encountering God’s goodness in the least expected places.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost WorldMore Staff Picks +
Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" reveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before.
RobinMore Staff Picks +
Robin by New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff is an intimate incredibly detailed biography of one of Americas most loved and misunderstood entertainers. Born into the affluent family of a Ford executive in Detroit, he was never in one location long, always isolated and lonely. His imagination created a multitude of friends. 500 pages are the result of exhaustive research and a fan like devotion of its author. The biography is much like the man himself-- warm, funny, frenetic with a core of darkness and empathy-------an amazing read!!!!!
Nine Women One DressMore Staff Picks +
The right dress will make you feel fantastic, and make that fellow that you are hoping to catch really "see" you! But the right dress may cost more than you can afford, so "buy" the dress, wear it (hide the price tags) and return it the next day because "you changed your mind." This is the story of one "little black dress," designed by Max Hammer, and sold by Bloomingdale's in New York City which helps nine women have a bit of "happy ever after."
The Magic Strings of Frankie PrestoMore Staff Picks +
Music writes this story, yet it almost reads like a biography of Frankie, or of any great musician. Our lives are influenced by who is in them, and by what happens each day. Being able to communicate "life" through one's music is a talent and skill that connects with everyone that listens. This one is a great book for memorable and quotable sentences, ("Music is in the connection of human souls, speaking a language that needs no words. Everyone joins a band in this life. And what you play always affects someone. Sometimes, it affects the world.") and it moved me to chills and tears at times.
FloatMore Staff Picks +
Emerson can float…he just can’t do it very well. His uncontrollable floating is his RISK factor, which means that he deals with Reoccurring Incidents of the Strange Kind. The last place Emerson wants to be is at a government-mandated summer camp for RISK kids like him, so he’s shocked when he actually starts having fun at camp—and he even makes some new friends. But it’s not all canoeing and capture the flag at Camp Outlier. The summer of fun takes a serious turn when Emerson and his friends discover that one of their own is hiding a deadly secret that puts all of their lives in danger. It’s up to the Red Maple boys to save themselves—and everyone like them.
The Music ShopMore Staff Picks +
Blend the appreciation of music with the skill of suggesting just the right piece of music for your mood and you have Frank who believes that true music appreciation can only be accomplished with vinyl --- no CD's! Throw in a beautiful woman, and Frank becomes totally tongue-tied and shy. This book is an endearing salute to music and romance. Loved the ending!