Monday, July 25, 2016

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

I listened to the audio version of this book because I could not find the print copy at any of my local libraries.  The woman who read the book did an excellent job with all of the voices and definitely added character and depth to the book.  The story is set in New York City beginning in the late 1940s where the family lives in a two-family house - one family on the top floor and the other family on the bottom floor.  Abe and Mort are brothers and their wives, Helen and Rose both give birth on the same snowy evening with the help of a midwife who had been nearby when a blizzard did not allow them to go to the hospital.  The story is told alternately by the women, their husbands, and some of the children and is well-written, compelling, and fascinating.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute?: Explaining (sudden) death in words very young children can understand by Elke Barber, Alex Barber

Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute?: Explaining (sudden) death in words very young children can understand by [Barber, Elke, Barber, Alex]
I think this sad, lovely little book is the best picture book that I have seen that explains death to a young child.  It is based on a true story and Alex, who was 3 years old when his father passed away, contributed to the story.  His mother explains that his father can't come back because his body has stopped working and that it is ok to be sad.  The book continues and shows that a year later, Alex is mostly happy, but it is still ok when he is sad sometimes.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis

Happy Families

Justin and his twin sister Ysabel alternate telling the story of their family after they discover that their father is transgender.  He has moved out of their house and they go to stay with him for a week and go to therapy with him.  They meet with other families that include transgender individuals and try to work through some of the issues that they are facing now.

Risuko A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler

Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Teen Historical Adventure) (Seasons of the Sword Book 1) by [Kudler, David]
Set in Japan during the middle ages, Risuko, who is around 12 years old, has been sold to Lady Chiyome and is taken to a school in Mount Fuji where young girls are trained to be Kunoichi, although Risuko has no idea what a Kunoichi is nor why she is training to be one.  She and the two other initiate girls who were brought in with her begin by cleaning and cooking, and learning music, but are also given tasks that seem to have no purpose, like moving rocks from one pile to another and butchering chickens.  There is a mystery and Risuko must be brave to help to solve it.  Her skills at climbing and calligraphy come into play in a few areas of the book.  I have not seen any other middle grade historical fiction books set in Japan during this time period, so that makes this book a bit unique and the historical information is interesting.  It is the first in a series.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Changeling Appalachian Magic Series by Debbie Herbert

This is a paranormal romance in the New Adult category.  Skye is in her first year of college and works at a New Agey psychic store where they sell charms and do psychic and tarot readings.  She is a witch, and when she meets a handsome young man named Kheelan, who she later learns is a changeling - a child stolen by the fae and replaced by one of their own, who is enslaved to the fairies, her life gets more interesting.  Faeries, witches, magic, mystery and romance abound in this novel.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden

I think that middle grade readers will enjoy this story!  Denizen is 13 years old and has lived in an orphanage since he was 2 years old.  He can't remember his parents and knows nothing about them.  When an aunt who he did not know he had sends someone to take him to her for a visit, his whole life changes.  He thought his birthday had already passed, but, he was wrong.  On his thirteenth birthday, spent with his aunt, he learns that he has the power to be part of a group of knights who protect the world from monsters that they don't know about.  Does he wish to join the knights?  Why doesn't his aunt ever spend time with him?  And what is happening to the orphanage while he is away?  This is a fun to read fantasy that I am sure kids will enjoy.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Silver In The Blood by Jessica Day George

Such a great book! It is the 1890's and Lou and her cousin Dacia leave the debutante life in New York City to visit their family in Romania where a dark family secret awaits them.  Shape shifting, romance, mystery and intrigue await in this story.  Draculas, bats, wolves and mist.  High society, scandal, love and loss.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.  Totally fun read!