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Sand Dollar Summer by Kimberly K. Jones

Pub Date: Jun 3, 2006

    Sand Dollar Summer Kimberly K. Jones Margaret K. McElderry Books June 2006 Hardcover/224 pages ISBN: 1-416903-62-3 Buy This Book www.amazon.com     ". . . Jones has written a promising debut novel. . ." ". . . Reminiscent of Judy Blume’s works . . ." “Don’t ever doubt that a mere second can Read more »

How To Succeed in Murder by Margaret Dumas

Pub Date: May 30, 2006

      How To Succeed in Murder Margaret Dumas Poisoned Pen Press May 2006 Hardcover/0 pages ISBN: 1-59058-260-8 Buy This Book www.amazon.com   "If you like your murder mysteries cooked up with a dash of fun, How To Succeed in Murder will be just what you ordered." "Dumas knows her city well… you?ll recognize Read more »

The Night Buffalo by Guillermo Arriaga

Pub Date: May 5, 2006

  The Night Buffalo Guillermo Arriaga: Translated Alan Page Atria Books 5/5/2006 Hardcover/228 pages ISBN: 0-7432-8185-3 Buy This Book www.amazon.com   ". . . a stark and engaging tale of madness." "Arriaga is primarily a film maker and his ventures into fiction showcase his cinematic sensibilities." When the earwigs swim through your blood, the night Read more »

Clair-de-Lune by Cassandra Golds

Pub Date: Apr 15, 2006 | Reviewer: Lisa Lenard-Cook

Contemporary young adult books have become burdened by requirements and expectations no one book can hope to meet. Unless the book is Clair-de-Lune, Cassandra Gold’s remarkable fairy tale about a young, mute ballerina who must learn to face her deepest fears in order to understand the importance of love. Gold manages to not only spin a wholly original tale but to do so in language by turns melodious and downright funny – sometimes both at the same time Read more »

Birds in Fall by Brad Kessler

Pub Date: Apr 11, 2006

  Birds in Fall Brad Kessler Scribner April 11, 2006 Hardcover/256 pages ISBN: 0-7432-8738-X Buy This Book www.authorlink.com   ". . . an atmospheric tale that is to be savored . . ." "The inn is a cocoon, a temporary sanctuary apart from the world…" "Kessler deftly weaves myth and spiritual traditions. . ." In Read more »

Once Upon a Day by Lisa Tucker

Pub Date: Apr 11, 2006 | Reviewer: Lesley Williams

Twenty-three year old Dorothea O’Brien is on a quest to find her older brother, who left the ‘Sanctuary’ where they had lived with their father since early childhood. Sheltered her entire life from the modern world, she is ill-equipped to deal with the challenges facing her. In a twist of fate, she meets Stephen, a cabdriver who has retreated from the world as well, unable to overcome his own loss. Together they will trace the path of Dorothea’s past, uncovering long-held secrets and discovering themselves in the process Read more »

Does Anything Eat Wasps? by New Scientist Magazine

Pub Date: Apr 5, 2006

  Does Anything Eat Wasps? And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questio New Scientist Magazine Free Press April 5, 2006 Trade Paperback/224 pages ISBN: 0-7432-9726-1 Buy This Book www.amazon.com   ". . . the latest in science and technology, both great and trivial . . ." "…explanations that are both erudite and entertaining in Read more »

The Heat of the Moon by Sandra Parshall

Pub Date: Apr 1, 2006

      The Heat of the Moon Sandra Parshall Poisoned Pen Press 4/01/2006 Hardcover/278 pages ISBN: 1-59058-256-x Buy This Book www.amazon.com     "Memory is a storehouse of the real and imagined…" "There are no clear cut villains or evils, just the seamless tapestry of raw human emotion and reality…" The greatest mysteries lie Read more »

The Piano Man by Marcia Preston

Pub Date: Apr 1, 2006

  The Piano Man Marcia Preston Mira Books 04/01/2006 Hardcover/299 pages ISBN: 0-7783-2226-2 Buy This Book www.amazon.com     ". . . a heartwarming story anyone who has ever volunteered to be an organ donor would find enlightening." ?'Let me tell you something, mister,' she lectures him. 'You are not allowed to waste my son?s Read more »

Sharp North by Patrick Cave

Pub Date: Apr 1, 2006

  Sharp North Patrick Cave Atheneum Books for Young Readers 4/01/06 Hardcover/528 pages ISBN: 1-4169-1222-3 Buy This Book www.amazon.com   ". . . an intense, riveting journey . . ." ". . . a frightening story, but also one of strength, love, and most importantly, hope." In Sharp North, Patrick Cave presents a stark, menacing Read more »