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The dreaded knock on the door

Alex Kershaw’s new book, Avenue of Spies, is about one of the darkest periods in the long history of the City of Light that began on June 14, 1940 when Hitler’s armies entered Paris.  A place famous for its sparkle and color was systematically sapped of its vibrancy, as if a massive pall had slowly settled down upon it. Cars were a luxury that most residents were denied. The predominant sound on the city’s broad thoroughfares was generated by the boots of soldiers marching in lockstep. Huddled hungry and cold in their homes, residents lived in mortal fear of a knock on their front doors.

The Avenue de Foch was so designated to honor the general who negotiated peace terms with Germany after the First World War. It was the Park Avenue of Paris. The names of the people who resided in the mansions that adorned the broad, tree-lined avenue often appeared in the nation’s history books. The recent history of France and, in particular, General Foch’s imposition of what Germany regarded as suffocating war reparations, made a street named in his honor the perfect setting to establish their various bases of operation. (READ MORE)

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Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804140034
Availability: Special Order
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - August 4th, 2015

Africa, Pirouettes and Family

I picked up a book. Not unusual. But the subject was: an autobiography of ballet dancer, Michaela DePrince. Someone I was unfamiliar with...but I know few dancers, let alone ballet dancers. Yet, the cover photograph of Taking Flight by Michaela and Elaine DePrince said, "Read me!"

Her name was Mabinty Bangura. As a very young child, her parents were killed due to Sierra Leones war and diseases. Her uncle sold her to an orphanage where she became, Number -27. Suffering abuse by the "aunties" who cared for the children and even by the children themselves (until her imagination made her friends), she would try to learn as much as she could. She was already able to read, write and speak many languages (unusual because of her age and gender). Then the soldiers came, (READ MORE)

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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385755115
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 14th, 2014

Loot or How to Stop the Winter Blues

Once upon a time there was a thief named Alfie McQuinn. One night, he and two other thieves stole some jewels. That night one thief was caught. The other plunges to their death and the third saw another death. One that will haunt him for years to come.

Forward almost thirteen years later when Alfie and his son March are in Amsterdam getting ready to pull off another heist. Only, this time, Alfie falls off a rooftop, leaving March the dying clue of: "Find jewels."

Only Alfie doesn't mean, "jewels" he means, Jules...the twin sister March never knew.

But just as the two meet, March and Jules are captured by the police, sent to foster care and then find themselves (READ MORE)

Loot: How to Steal a Fortune Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545468022
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - June 24th, 2014

A fatal day in May

On May 1,1915, the Lusitania, one of the world’s finest and fastest ocean liners, pulled away from Pier 54 in New York and headed out into the Atlantic with 1,959 people on board. The ship’s destination was Liverpool, but it only made it as far as the southern tip of Ireland, where the Lucy, as she was affectionately known, crossed paths with a German submarine. Her destruction was merciless and quickly over, accomplished with one torpedo that was immediately followed by a massive internal explosion. She disappeared beneath the chilly waters of the Irish Sea in only 18 minutes, leaving hundreds of men, women, and children adrift in the ocean, hoping against hope that help would come in time. (READ MORE)

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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780307408860
Availability: In Stock, Click Title for Location
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 10th, 2015

Standing up for Freedom

Two people of Pakistan stood up for freedom and education. They were not politicians or even adults. They were Iqbal and Malala. Two children who wanted the rights given to others.

In Jeanette Winter's newest picture book, Malala A brave Girl from a Pakistan/Iqbal A Brave Boy from Pakistan, we are introduced to these two powerful stories. Open the book on one side: we see Malala Yousafzai. She spoke out so girls could go to school. Flip it over and we see Iqbal Masih. He spoke out against child slavery in the carpet trade. (READ MORE)

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Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery Cover Image
By Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481422949
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - November 4th, 2014

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