Floating on Mama’s Song, by Laura Lacamara and illustrated by Yuyi Morales is a picture book about the joy of a mother’s song. One day, when the music...moreFloating on Mama’s Song, by Laura Lacamara and illustrated by Yuyi Morales is a picture book about the joy of a mother’s song. One day, when the music stops, everyone in Mama’s world is saddened.
The story begins when seven-year old Anita comes home from school. As she enters her home listening to her mother’s beautiful voice, she witnesses an astounding site. Dog Tito and Mama are floating. Mama’s song from the opera, Carmen, acts “like a golden staircase.”
Soon Grandma comes for a visit and ends the foolishness. “What would the neighbors think?” she asks. So Mama gives up song and drops into a funk.
Floating on Mama’s Song is written in English and Spanish. Morales’ watercolor art animates the characters. Lacamara bridges three generations and shows young readers how a tiny member of the family can have the opportunity to affect positive changes. I highly recommend this book for children of all ages. (less)
Stone Barrington is at it again. You can always count on Stone making love to several women, solving murder cases, and making tons of money in his law...moreStone Barrington is at it again. You can always count on Stone making love to several women, solving murder cases, and making tons of money in his law practice. This book won't disappoint any fan of this Woods character.(less)
Mallory Gilmartin, uprooted by divorce from her Philadelphia home, is transplanted to rural Virginia. Cedar Creek is a complete bore an...moreA Scary Mystery
Mallory Gilmartin, uprooted by divorce from her Philadelphia home, is transplanted to rural Virginia. Cedar Creek is a complete bore and its middle school doesn’t even have a girls’ baseball team. Everything changes fast when a sports car forces the thirteen-year-old cyclist off the road and into a ditch as it speeds away from the spooky house on the hill.
Soon after, Mallory’s mom tells her about Violet Marlatt, a missing teen who disappeared 50 years ago from that mansion during a party, and was never seen again. That night, Mallory sees a flickering light in the deserted house followed by the silhouette of a girl. Could that be Violet’s ghost?
Anne Loader McGee brings us a fast paced middle school novel, The Mystery at Marlatt Manor, as teen sleuth Mallory uncovers the mystery of the missing girl and the weird people that seem to be hunting for a possible lost treasure.
Along the way, McGee introduces us to a cast of quirky characters. First, there’s Grandma Aggie, who would rather ride a motorcycle, skydive, or delve into forensic science than sit in a rocker and knit. There’s also Kyle, an 8th grade nerd who wears checkered pants; Roger Dunlop, a grumpy banker; and Albert Hampton, Marlatt Manor’s creepy caretaker.
Coupled with all this, Aggie may lose her beloved home and Mallory has strange dreams that may be the key to solving everyone’s problems, including the manor’s mystery.
If you like suspense, psychic ability, and a scary story, The Mystery at Marlatt Manor is for you. Just beware, once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop until you reach the surprising climax.