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Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book
Jennifer Donnelly
Disney Press, 2017
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Older Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
An original addition to the beloved Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, Lost in a Book follows the lonely, bookish Belle as she finds an enchanted book in the Beast’s library called Nevermore that carries her into a glittering new world. There, Belle is befriended by a mysterious countess who offers her the life she’s always dreamed of.

But Nevermore is not what it seems, and the more time Belle spends there, the harder it is to leave. Good stories take hold of us and never let us go, and once Belle becomes lost in this book, she may never find her way out again.

This deluxe hardcover novel expands upon the beautiful story and world seen in the new Walt Disney Studios' film, Beauty and the Beast.

I had so much fun at the new Beauty and the Beast movie, I started reading Lost in a Book on the same day. Both were delightful. Lost in a …
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Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question

Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question Martha Freeman Simon & Schuster, 2017 Audience: Children Source: E-Galley
From Goodreads:City girl Effie Starr Zook is the opposite of excited about spending the summer on her aunt and uncle’s farm in Nowheresville, Pennsylvania, until she stumbles across a mystery that leads her smack into an old family feud. Luckily, Effie isn’t afraid to ask questions.

A rich girl from New York City, Effie Starr Zook isn’t afraid of much. When her parents go on a dangerous round-the-world adventure in a solar airplane, she’s packed off to her aunt and uncle’s farm for the summer. Expecting boredom, she runs smack dab into a family secret. Why does the neighbor kid want to avoid her? What are her aunt and uncle so worried about? And what does “bad blood” mean, anyway?

Effie’s got a brand-new bicycle, time on her hands, and an unlimited capacity for asking questions. With these, she sets out to uncover whatever it is the grownups are hiding. Along the way, sh…

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
Scribner 2014
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orp…

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman
2014, Atria Books
Source: E-Galley, My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man …

The Best Bear in All the World

The Best Bear in All the World
By A.A. Milne, Kate Saunders, Brian Sibley, Mark Burgess, Paul Bright, Jeanne Willis Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2016 Source: My Own Bookshelf Audience: Children
From Goodreads:The Trustees of the Pooh Properties have commissioned four authors to write in the timeless style of A.A. Milne to create a quartet of charming new adventures for Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall: take a trip back to the Hundred Acre Wood with a collection of tales sure to delight year-round.

One story finds Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet on a quest to discover the "Sauce of the Nile" (they suspect it's apple). And in another, all the animals rally around poor Eeyore when he thinks he sees another donkey eyeing his clover. Readers of all ages will love rediscovering old friends and making new ones in this essential new volume of Pooh stories.

The book feature beautiful color artwork in the style of Ernest H. Shepa…

Home Sweet Motel

Home Sweet Motel
Chris Grabenstein
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2016
Source: E-Galley/Library
Audience: Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Eleven-year-old P.T. Wilkie may be the greatest storyteller alive. But he knows one thing for a fact: the Wonderland Motel is the best place a kid could ever live! All-you-can-eat poolside ice cream! A snack machine in the living room! A frog slide! A giant rampaging alligator! (Okay, that last one may or may not be made up.) There’s only one thing the Wonderland doesn’t have, though—customers. And if the Wonderland doesn’t get them soon, P.T. and his friend Gloria may have to say goodbye to their beloved motel forever. 

They need to think BIG. They need to think BOLD. They need an OUTRAGEOUS plan. Luckily for them, Gloria is a business GENIUS, and OUTRAGEOUS is practically P.T.’s middle name. With Gloria’s smarts and P.T.’s world-famous stories and schemes, there’s got to be a way to save the Wonderland! 

Chris Grabenstein’s newest no…

Diagnosis Murder: The Dead Letter

Diagnosis Murder: The Dead Letter
By Lee Goldberg
Signet, 2006
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

From Goodreads:
A blackmailer, a dead detective, and a mysterious letter that make an unusual request of Dr. Sloan: avenge a murder.

The Dead Letter was slow going. Seriously, it took me forever to read. Normally, I fly through these paperbacks. However, The Dead Letter’s mystery was cumbersome. It had too many characters and too many plot lines. It didn’t capture my interest, but I enjoyed the twist and how Dr. Sloan proved what happened at the end of the book. (I also liked the jab about writing five lame mysteries a year that seemed to be aimed at James Patterson.)