Come Rain or Come Shine (A Mitford Novel) by Jan Karon. During ten Mitford novels, readers kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh. Now Father Kavanagh’s adopted son has graduated from vet school and has returned home to open his own animal clinic .Since money is tight, he and Lace Harper decide to keep their wedding simple – pot luck instead of catering, music from an assembly of friends, all in a spruced up barn with a few creatures great and small. This is the story Karon fans have been waiting for.
Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton. In this dynamic World War II novel two female American journalists and an Englishman race with the Allied troops to occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives. In Normandy 1944, June, a reporter, and Liv, a photographer, have skirted danger and military regulations to hook up with their guardian angel Fletcher, a British military photographer . This novel is based on real-life women reporters of the time like Margaret Bourke-White, Lee Miller and Martha Gelhorn.
Pretending to Dance: a novel by Diane Chamberlain. Molly Arnette, who has been good at keeping secrets, lives with her husband in San Diego where they hope to adopt a baby. She is terrified that the background check will reveal details of her North Carolina childhood, including the shocking death of her father . Now she tries to make peace with her past but finds she doesn’t know the truth of what happened in her family of pretenders.
House of Thieves: a novel by Charles Belfoure. This new novel by the author of “The Paris Architect” takes the reader to 1886 New York City . Respected architect John Cross finds himself responsible for his son’s huge gambling debt to a notorious gang of thieves and murderers known as Kent’s Gents. All he has to do is pass along his inside knowledge of the city’s museums and mansions to plan robberies that even the smartest detectives can’t solve. He is so adept at this game that he becomes invaluable to the gang and is trapped by his own success.
Jackson and his family are homeless again and may be forced to live in their mini-van. Crenshaw is an imaginary friend who helps Jackson deal with the troubles he and his family are facing. Applegate’s treatment of homelessness and its effect on families is sensitive and compassionate. This book will shed light on a serious problem facing many families. While serious, the book manages to find the humor and joy in life and in friendships both real and imaginary. Grades 4 through 6.
Rick Riordan is back with another series sure to delight his young fans. The Sword of Summer is the first book in a new trilogy by this perennial favorite author among middle grade readers. Magnus Chase, orphaned and alone lives on the streets of Boston. When a distant uncle tracks him down to tell him he is the son of a Norse God his adventure begins. Filled with humor, trolls, giants, monsters, villains and heroes this book will have readers wanting more. Grades 4 through 6.
Fannie Lou Hammer was the youngest of 20 children born to sharecroppers in Mississippi. She became a champion of the Civil Rights movement and the Freedom Summer of 1964. She even spoke at the Democratic National Convention. This richly illustrated picture book introduces readers to an amazing and unforgettable woman and celebrates the spirit of the Civil Rights movement. All ages.
When a squirrel finds an acorn in the woods he claims it for himself calling out “‘Finder Keepers!” He marks the spot with his red hat. When the wind blows the hat away where will it land? Each page in this delightful picture book shows a new woodland animal with the red hat. And the hat has many uses. Will the squirrel find his acorn again? And his hat? With a twist at the end, this book is sure to become a favorite. Ages 2-6
What do you do when your best friend moves far away? In this charming picture book, Maine author and illustrator Russ Cox shows readers how to channel sadness and boredom into something out of this world. Sheldon and his dog Jet decide to build a rocket ship. Young readers will delight in their adventures. A fun read-aloud best for children ages 4-8.
By: John C. Mutter
In Disaster Profiteers, John C. Mutter writes about a hidden tragedy that accompanies natural disasters. This tragedy does not happen during the disasters themselves or within the weeks following the disasters. The tragedy happens after the aid workers leave, and after the hype has died down. That is when the elite intervene and keep the survivors impoverished.