Learning about death and regrowth of the forest from her grandfather, Ella is saddened by the death of her best friend. Yet, she knows grandpa would tLearning about death and regrowth of the forest from her grandfather, Ella is saddened by the death of her best friend. Yet, she knows grandpa would tell her that everything has their time. Although grief has engulfed her, she is heartened by the fact that her grandfather gave her many memories to remember him. ...more
Are those parts supposed to fall out? Hair, teeth, gloppy stuff from nose and ears? Humorous, rhyming story that will certainly take you back to childAre those parts supposed to fall out? Hair, teeth, gloppy stuff from nose and ears? Humorous, rhyming story that will certainly take you back to childhood and its fears. ...more
With their father working in Italy for a few months, 11-year-old Kate and her brothers are enjoying the Italian way of life. Their mother makes sure tWith their father working in Italy for a few months, 11-year-old Kate and her brothers are enjoying the Italian way of life. Their mother makes sure they see every historical and tourist sight. Kate is full of stories and her journal is full of magical people, places, and things. So, when Kate and her little brother, Michael is an odd creature out in the garden, they are not sure what to think. Was is something out of Kate's imagination?
Slowly, the creature, who resembles a baby griffin, acclimates himself. Kate and Michael find a way to communicate with the friendly creature. Their older brother, Stephen doesn't believe anything they say, so their attempts to fill him in are fraught with frustration.
Quickly their days in Italy are coming to a close and they as a family will head back to Minnesota. But, whether being careless or trusting, Kate and Michael let the griffin be seen by adults. Now they are fearful for his life and must find a way to get him back to the magical world where he belongs.
Saving the Griffin is full of wonderment and curiousity. Slipping back and forth between fantasy and realism, the siblings catch a glimpse of something only imagination can conjure...or is it? ...more
Nic Calva, a slave to the mines, is ordered by his master to enter a cave and retrieve a lost treasure of Julius Caesar. Many slaves have tried and alNic Calva, a slave to the mines, is ordered by his master to enter a cave and retrieve a lost treasure of Julius Caesar. Many slaves have tried and all have failed. But, Nic finds more than mere earthly treasures, he finds an ancient bulla belonging to Caesar. Within this amulet, powerful magic resides, waiting for the one that will tap into it.
Nic meets a griffin in the cave and through a conflict while defending the treasure, the griffin imparts a mark, a Divine Star. Feeling magic coursing throughout his body, Nic now knows he is much more than a mere slave. Of course, both good men and evil men want that magic for themselves. The problem for Nic is, trying to figure which of these men is worthy of the magic. Knowing that his choices will affect the empire of Rome and keep it from destruction, he must align his allegiance wisely.
Mark of the Thief is a book of courage in the face of evil, loyalty without compromise, and a spellbinding thrill of magic. Wonderfully well-written with more to come in future books, this series will surely appeal to tween fans of adventure and historical fantasy. ...more
Nick, Alexis, and Ruby team up once again in this second book in the Point Last Seen series. This time, a young woman named Lucy is found dead in a vaNick, Alexis, and Ruby team up once again in this second book in the Point Last Seen series. This time, a young woman named Lucy is found dead in a vacant lot near Nick's house. The SAR team is called in to help with the investigation. But, things turn ugly as one of the trio suspected as her murderer.
Each of them is aware that a mistake has been made and the evidence the detectives are relying on is false in some way, but how? Isn't DNA a fool-proof indication of guilt? The pieces to the puzzle are right in from of them, but somehow they are not adding up. Can DNA be transferred second-hand? Why was this young woman killed? Everyone saw the fight she had with her boyfriend at a popular bar. Why isn't he being held as a suspect?
Blood Will Tell pulls you in a lot of different directions. Some awful secrets come out about families and the lies they tell to protect one another. Ruby, Alexis, and Nick, aka The Three Muskateers, use the skills they've acquired through their training and life-lessons to catch a killer...is it really one of them? ...more
Three unlikely friends connect through the Search and Rescue program in Portland, OR. Nick, Ruby, and Alexis, all high school students, each have theiThree unlikely friends connect through the Search and Rescue program in Portland, OR. Nick, Ruby, and Alexis, all high school students, each have their own unique issues and eccentricities, and they've joined the program for different reasons. Yet, on one of their SAR missions while searching for an autistic man, they stumble upon the body of a young woman. Suddenly, they are thrust into an investigation they had no reasonable way of knowing how to handle.
While Ruby is keenly attuned to patterns and retains details with accuracy, Luke is trying to let his bravery shine and Alexis is dealing with a mentally ill mom and a homelife that is dismal. Each of them contribute to the investigation with their life lessons engrained in them. Trying to outsmart and outthink the killer, the trio launches into a dark investigation. And, as the detectives on the case are growing weary of their interference, danger is lurking, the likes of which they never dreamed of.
The Body in the Woods is a good introduction into suspense for YA readers that may have not been introduced to this genre already. Not explicitly graphic or sexual, it nonetheless creates that sense of doom and heart-pounding fear that only suspense can conjure. A good introduction in SAR investigations and the details which will eventually lead to a criminal. ...more
An informative, photographic tour of selected wineries all over the globe. Up-to-date and well-researched, Lonely Planet Wine Trails 1st Edition: 52 PAn informative, photographic tour of selected wineries all over the globe. Up-to-date and well-researched, Lonely Planet Wine Trails 1st Edition: 52 Perfect Weekends in Wine Country is full of information on wineries, travel suggestions, eateries, and celebrations in these locales. A fun read for a wine enthusiast. Especially love the section on Napa Valley. ...more
The Letterford family has been in the publishing business for hundreds of years. Yet, today, under the guidance of Mull Letterford, present day head oThe Letterford family has been in the publishing business for hundreds of years. Yet, today, under the guidance of Mull Letterford, present day head of the company, it is facing upheaval from nefarious family members. Mull's cousin Treemont, is questioning his ability to run the company profitably with substantial growth in its future. He, and other relatives, give Mull until Christmas Eve to sign well-known author(s) to publish 3 works. Mull has these potential authors lined up and is traveling to New York to meet with them.
Meanwhile, Mull's children, Colophon and Case are trying to help their father in his quest to keep the company afloat. Colophon and adult cousin, Julian are sure there is some truth to the myth that a treasure is hidden for the current president of the company. They travel between Georgia and England to follow the clues to the treasures. Case accompanies his father to New York ensure that meetings go as planned. They don't. Treemont is doing everything in his power to thwart the success to publishing best-selling novels.
In the nick of time, Julian and Colophon return to the Georgia mansion where Mull is meeting with his no-good relatives. They have news. Is it the news that Mull is hoping for though? Full of mystery and almost seemingly wild goose chases, Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave keeps your interest while interacting with both likeable and despicable characters. Historical references are snuck into the story, so the young reader will actually be learning something about Shakespeare and his time period. A great mystery in an un-put-down-able story.
Clearly, there is another book in the series, as the ending and epilogue hint at more evilness from Treemont. Came close to giving this work 5 stars, but I do not hesitate to give it 4 1/2. ...more
Even at her tender age of 13, Anjali is a talented cook and chef. Every day after school, she helps out at her family's Trinidadian restaurant in NewEven at her tender age of 13, Anjali is a talented cook and chef. Every day after school, she helps out at her family's Trinidadian restaurant in New York. While taking cooking classes with Chef Nyla, she is told about an upcoming audition for Food TV Network's Celebrity Kid Chefs. She gets her friend Linc to help her made a video to submit to the station for review. She gets the call! But, the audition falls at the same date and time of her upcoming exam to get into a prestigious school which her parents want her to attend.
Anjali lies to her parents and goes to the try-outs. What follows is discussion and disappointment on both sides. Will her dream of becoming a food network star come to fruition? Stir It Up is a sweet, simple story without much substance, but gets its point across quickly. A fluffy read for kids who dream of being a chef. ...more