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Wendy Marie - Bookseller in Manchester

Cathy TaylorLong time PreK-12 teacher/administrator, mother of two book devourers, global adventurer, unabashed member of the Jane Austen cult, old house lover, beginning gardener, baker of scones & other delightfully yummy treats.

The air bites shrewdly; it is very cold. William Shakespeare – Hamlet, 1.4.1

Joy, gentle friends! Joy and fresh days of love accompany your hearts! William Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 5.1.29

No, no, let me shift for myself; and, perhaps, if I have very good luck, I may meet with another Mr. Collins in time. - Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice

Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781338275476
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019

Words on Fire is an exciting historical fiction journey full of adventure, friendship, and harrowing escapes. Set during the Russian occupation of Lithuania, this story tells the tale of preserving one’s culture and language. As character Lucas states, “...our weapons today are cleverness, and courage, and words.” These words can easily be applied in the 21st century. They show that passion for a cause can make an impact. ~ Reviewed by Wendy Marie


Make Trouble Young Readers Edition: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead by Cecile Richards - Book Review

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By Cecile Richards, Lauren Peterson (With), Ruby Shamir (Adapted by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534451957
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 15th, 2019

As the daughter of a notable and well-loved Texas Governor, it was already assumed that Cecile would be a tenacious fighter. However, Cecile’s hard work against those that would impinge her rights began long before her mother had risen in the political ranks. Cecile was a young person filled with a burning passion to fight for the rights of all people. In this memoir, we learn that from the beginning she was a conscientious objector in school by not saying the Lord’s Prayer and then chose to wear a black armband to show her distaste for the Vietnam war. Cecile continued to push on in her life’s work and eventually became the head of Planned Parenthood. In this role, she was tested by current political entities that wished to “make a deal” with giving up women’s rights for money. Her strength of character prevailed and the fight continues. What will you do? ~ Reviewed by Wendy Marie


Love and the Rocking Chair by Diane Dillon - Book Review

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By Diane Dillon, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon (Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Text by), Diane Dillon (Text by)
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ISBN: 9781338332650
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Published: The Blue Sky Press - October 15th, 2019

A special tale of enduring love within a family and the fond memories that are shared between those that use the family rocking chair. This heirloom is passed on to new generations, and with it the constant support and love from the family—whether it’s reading stories, having rocking chair races, or welcoming a new baby. ~ Reviewed by Wendy Marie


I Love My Glam-Ma! by Samantha Berger - Book Review

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By Samantha Berger, Sujean Rim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338151831
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Published: Orchard Books - September 3rd, 2019

I Love My Glam Ma brought back memories of hanging out in my grandma’s kitchen and helping her cook fabulous Italian meals. Many folks have a special name for their grandmas, and Berger begins with this premise. Glam-mas do a wide variety of things to help and entertain their grandchildren, and they do it with a style all their own. They can be cake bakers or fiesta makers, karate choppers or concert rockers. Each one brings a unique pizzazz to their role and this book celebrates that diversity. ~ Reviewed by Wendy Marie


Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love - Book Review

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By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763690458
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

A beautiful story that made me smile. It is about a young child exploring gender fluidity. Jessica Love’s colorful illustrations carry a sense of joy that engages children. The acceptance and support that the child receives from their family provides a good springboard for discussions dealing with societal conformity versus embracing who we truly are as individuals.


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