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Tap Tap Boom Boom

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By Elizabeth Bluemle, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763656966
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Published: Candlewick - March 25th, 2014

As a thunderstorm rolls in, a diverse urban community rushes to the subway to escape the rain, thunder and lightning. Rhythmic verse coupled with lively illustrations make for a fabulous welcome to Spring. ~ Reviewed by Gail King

Half a Chance

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ISBN: 9780545035330
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 25th, 2014

Lord’s latest novel for middle readers conveys the pleasure of summer on a New Hampshire lake, the excitement of new friendships, the power of art to reveal the truth and the pains of loss.

Lucy is an authentic narrator whose story shares some powerful messages. ~ Reviewed by Gail King

I Shall Be Near to You

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ISBN: 9780804137720
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - January 28th, 2014

A haunting and poignant work of historical fiction, this is the story of a young woman who disguises herself as a man and follows her husband to fight in the Civil War. Told in powerful first person narration, Rosetta Wakefield (aka Ross Stone)’s strong, determined voice is transposed over the horrors of war. This novel stayed with me long after I turned the last page. ~ Reviewed by Gail King

While Beauty Slept

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ISBN: 9780399166235
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books - February 20th, 2014

This is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, but it is no Disney version. Told as a flashback by one of the Queen’s attendants, it paints a much darker picture than some of the portrayals we may be used to. In addition to the expected characters, many new ones make their appearances, and there are side stories and a twist at the end, as well.

Those who love fairy tales will not be disappointed. ~ Reviewed by Gail King

The Headmaster's Wife

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ISBN: 9781250038944
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - February 25th, 2014

This novel is set mostly at a boarding school in the fictitious town of Lancaster, Vermont. There is a headmaster. There is a wife. In the opening scene, the headmaster if found walking naked in Central Park in winter.

To tell you more would spoil this surprising, unpredictable, poignant novel. I was hooked from the first page. ~ Reviewed by Gail King

A Circle of Wives

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ISBN: 9780802122346
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 4th, 2014

This novel is part mystery, part commentary on love, loss, passion and secrets.

When plastic surgeon Dr. John Taylor is found dead in his hotel room, the initial cause of death is thought to be heart attack. Soon, though, Palo Alto detective Samantha Adams and her team find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. The plot thickens when it is revealed that the respected and admired surgeon left behind not one but three wives.

Told in alternating chapters by the detective and the wives, this novel had me guessing, and second-guessing, whodunit right up to the end. It is a pageturner! ~ Reviewed by Gail King


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