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He is able to transport all of the others to the meadow in the nick of time since their hospital has been condemned and the kids are going to be split up. Very memorable story. Thank you, thank you. Too bad The Magic Meadow is out of print and hard to find. However, I did find a website to re-read the book online. What a gem. Once there they notice that they develope psychic powers and I think their handicap challenges resolve The stronger maybe older children help the other ones to "come over".

There are a few back and forth visits until finally they decide to stay. The natives of this new place sing to bring up the sun and everyone communicates telepathically. Key, Alexander, The Magic Meadow. Several severely handicapped children in an institution manage to escape by using the power of their minds. They travel to another place earth in the future - the one with the most ability has to make several trips back and forth to bring them all there and he almost doesn't make it. Their nurse caregiver comes with them and they all start on a wonderful new life. The people already there do sing to the sun and are welcoming and kind.

My sister just lent me this book and the details match the poster's memories. There is more information on the solved mystery pages. Alexander Key, The Magic Meadow , This is definitely the book. See the Solved Mysteries M page for more information. A magician gives Millicent a doll instead of a rabbit, and she and her father try to find the magician again. Viking Press, written and illustrated by Turkle. Outwitted by a magician who gives her a doll instead of a promised white rabbit, Millicent and her father travel to Paris and London in pursuit of the trickster.

Was looking at it just before the answer to the "Pot called Peep" stumper was posted. Looking in the store just now, I couldn't find it, meaning it was probably sold, although things around there do have a funny way of disappearing and reappearing. Anyhow, it was called something like The Imp in the Pot and was about an imp that took the form of one of those large black three-legged cooking pots.

It was one of those small cheap hardcover easy readers which appeared in profusion in the '60s. The pot kept jumping around and the imp popping up shouting, "Hucka pucka! Junior Bookshelf review again: Patricia Coombs " The Magic Pot " published by World's Work, , 32 pages "The demon who turns into a black iron pot with a 'Hucka-pucka' and robs the rich to feed the appreciative poor, hucka-puckaing off with the rich man in a fine mystery ending Thank you so much for finding these, your site is priceless!!

Maurice Dolbier, The Magic Shop , This was also anthologized in "Best in Children's Books," Vol. Arnold Lobel Parents' Magazine Press,'65? I have often wondered the same myself. Grandfather Owl wears spectacles and answers questions and solves arguments for all the other animals in the woods. Little Toot aspires to be as knowledgable and attributes this knowledge to Grandfather's Spectacles. One day he gets to try them, but alas, they tell him nothing.


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Grandfather Owl explains "Spectacles are for seeing and not for knowing. Knowing comes with growing and growing. Moore, Lilian. Illustrated by Arnold Lobel. Parents' Magazine Press, Cover slightly soiled and binding worn, otherwise G. There was a boy in his bed, who either couldn't sleep and was told a story about this night train, or dreamed of this train speeding through the countryside at night.

Most of the illustrations were dark and pen-and-ink-like, and I specifically remember a page where the train was out of control and the boy or conductor or both were pulling back hard on the throttle to stop it. I believe the cover was dark, like night. It was a relatively thin hardback. I would love to find this book for my sister, who is now a reading teacher. We read it in the mid- to lates, but I think it was used even then.

Just a suggestion. David M. McPhail, The Train , Could this be it? Ages Lilian Moore, The Magic Spectacles , I was the original requester and I found it! Published by Parents' Magazine Press When I read the description I immediately thought of this book, and went looking for descriptions on the web to confirm. Couldn't find any, but I'll make the suggestion anyway. Farmer Penelope, The magic stone , Farmer, Penelope, The Magic Stone. Yes, this is definitely it. The only good clue I can give you is that the one of the children's cats was named Ozymandias.

I tried looking under Noel, Streatfield and Ozymandias but no luck. I have read a lot of the titles, hoping to recognize my description, but no luck. I did find references to lots of other books I read as a child tho! I have this book. The children stay with an aged great aunt who is extremely eccentric, to say the least. I don't know why this book has become so important for me, but I am getting the strong desire to own the books that were important to me as a kid, and I hope I can find them here.

I can think of no more rewarding collection that the pursuit of books one has loved. Thank you so much for your info!! Magic Summer is out of print and it would be great if you could find a copy for me. The Magic Summer. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. Random House, First edition. Ex-library copy with usual markings. Rudy and Eugene Bahn. Published by Charles E. Merrill Company, , I did not find one about a magic fruit tree and a tortoise.

However, The Straw Ox matches the description. The Rapunzel in this book does kill the witch by cutting her hair at the right moment. And a troll who turns himself into a pig does kidnap three sisters on three separate occasions and the one sister saves them by making the troll bring sacks of wood to the mother, but instead of putting wood in the bag, a sister goes in instead. Illustartions are black and white.

Thanks, I'll assume it is Magic Tales. Now does anyone know how to find the story about the tree and the tortoise? Another detail: the other animals keep trying to find out the magic word but they all forget it on the way home, but the tortoise is more diligent and simply keeps repeating it as he returns.

The downtrodden tortoise is more diligent and simply keeps repeating it as he returns and is lavished with gratitude. I think the word was something like "Bonjo". How about this - The Bojabi Tree , by Edith Rickert , illustrated by Anna Braune, published originally in , reprinted by Doubleday in , 46 pages "This once-popular picture book 'adapted from an African folk tale' will with its satisfying adventure, repetition of action, humor, and precise, colorful details, give fresh delight to kindergarten storytelling.

Four visits to King Leo are required before one of the creatures can remember the name of the fruit. Amusingly illustrated with pencil drawings.

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The first story is Ask Mr. Well, Edith Rickert's version certainly fits the plot - but the one I'm looking for is much less cutesy - the animals have no names, IIRC, and they certainly don't wear clothes. In all, it's more streamlined. I remember that one animal forgets because he bumps his head and another because he falls and rolls and bites his tongue too often to pronounce the word properly. The one picture I remember is that of the tortoise looking sadly at the angry wise man. B96 bonjo: aha! I haven't been able to find a publication date or any more information though.

This sounds a lot like a book I spent years looking for I found a nice description of it online about halfway down the page. Sun-bleached illustrations by Ian Wallace are intended to convey the shimmering heat and noon-day mirage of the African landscape. In this Bantu tale from Africa, a humble tortoise saves his hungry animal friends. Only those who know the name of the tree can reach its fruit. When haughty Gazelle and Elephant fail to bring the tree's name all the way back from the king, Tortoise attempts the task.

On his journey, Tortoise repeats the name over and over until he reaches the foot of the tree, where the branches respond by bending down to the waiting animals. An enjoyable retelling conveying a theme common to folktales - effort and dedication succeed over talent and pride. Charles Keeping's running lion, prancing ox and snapping alligator add to the delight of this collection. The contents are similar to the other identical title, but not quite.

Three tales are from India. The illustrations, unfortunately, are annoyingly generic. Other than that, the collection is unique and quite good. I am not sure about the secret language part, but Ruth Sawyer's Enchanted Schoolhouse has to do with an Irish lad bringing a leprechaun to America! Might be worth a look! I can't identify the book but was wondering if it might be one of Patricia Lynch's many books possibly one of her Brogeen books. It is technically a boggart that stows away with them on the ship, but I remember thinking that the illustrations or description made him sound like a leprechaun.

I don't remember him speaking in code, but that doesn't mean he didn't. I think he travels with them because the woods are being torn down to make a road. He comes to America and is really freaked out. Magic happens when he smokes his pipe. Irish boggart [like a leprechaun] goes to America - secret code - every 10th word gives the message. She's been writing since the early '70s. Thanks for your e-mail. The reply certainly sounds promising and I am keen to find more information about " The Magic Toy Shop " as it could well be the play that I recall.

A search on the internet uncovered a play by Patricia Clapp called something like "T he Toys That Took Over Christmas " about some toys in a toy shop that were brought to life, but was advertised as being a 10th anniversary performance, which dates it to Perhaps Patricia Clapp has written several plays along similiar lines -- the play I recall was performed by us as seven or eight year olds in about or As well as groups of toys having their own songs, I seem to recall a toy train taking all the toys to a location outside the toy shop.

Pinocchio had a leading role, but I am pretty sure that this was not a musical adaptation of the Pinocchio story. Hopefully someone might have details about " The Magic Toy Shop ". Thank You! I have actually found out the answer, which is quite different from what I expected it to be. Eventually I managed to find an e-mail address for my old primary school of 25 years ago, and wrote to ask about the play I remembered.

After making various enquiries, the Principal wrote me and said that the play I recall was written by a group of teachers after they had gathered ideas from the children, and incorporated various popular songs. They called it The Magic Toybox , but it is no longer known if a script exists or ever did exist. It's great to have an answer after wondering about this for so long. I just picked this one up for the store.

It's a Scholastic paperback in G condition well-loved but the title is not that common , copyright Sticker removal mark from spine and homemade? See Solved Mysteries for details the book doesn't cover! Two children enter the New York subway and suddenly find themselves in a time tunnel that takes them back three hundred years to New Amsterdam where they watch history in the making and compare colonial and modern ways of life. This is on the Solved Mysteries page. Caroline Emerson, The Magic Tunnel. Thank you for your comments on TheMagic Tunnel, one of my two favorite childhood stories.

The mysterious adventure of the storybook children transported from then-present day New York to New Amsterdam via the underground system captivated me and in hindsight, greatly contributed to my own move to New York in , to find adventure, mystery, and, of course, magic. I'm pretty sure this is it. It has your Jupiter poem on page 64 , but it's copyright The cover is dark blue with a picture of a man covered in stars.

It has cool deco-ish illustrations by Luxor Price. Roy Rockwood, Great Marvel series , A long shot, but a series running concurrently with Tom Swift was the Great Marvel series. Some of the earlier titles in the series are available in full text at Project Gutenberg, so they can be checked easily. It would appear the mystery is solved - I can't imagine that poem showing up in more than one book!

Now I have to find a copy!! Thanks so much!!! Lewis, The Silver Chair. I think this might be the one you are looking for. Tolkien, Hobbit, Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Has to be too easy. There were 4 books in the original series, published late 's - early 's. A youth gets caught up in a war between the people of his world,including elves, dwarves, etc.

While following the dwarves to safety after a battle, he finds armor and weapons that turn out to be enchanted. His friend is apprenticed to a magician hence the title of the book. Brooks, Terry, The Sword of Shannara, It's a long shot, given the date, but there are elves, dwarves, a magic sword and high adventure! It is neither C S Lewis nor Tolkein. I have just finished reading Sword of Shanarra and can rule that one out. I have acquired the Feist: Magician Apprentice, and this one looks promising. Raymond Feist, Magician: Apprentice , is definitely the one. My thanks for solving this mystery.

The two children in it enter other worlds through a doorway in the attic which connects their houses, and one of the worlds has a red, dying sun. R8 is definetely The Magician's Nephew. The book G5 isn't remotely like The Magician's Nephew. I know the book being refererred to in R It's The Magician's Nephew , the first book in C. Lewis 's Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in the series. Lewis , and is part of the Narnia series. I actually loved these books as a child and recently re-read them, and the plot described in R8 is the same as in The Magician's Nephew.

All the Narnia books are worth a second look. The Chronicles of Narnia. Macmillan, Complete series of seven books. Book Club hardback editions from the sixties see image. Magoose's Grocery , 's. I know this book well. This was a Parent's magazine book club book. H The Magpie's Nest, which shows up in many collections. Here's Joseph Jacobs' edition.

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I'm not sure which edition you're looking for or if indeed you remember one in an anthology, which broadens the scope considerably. But this is certainly the folk story you're looking for. There are some little differnces, but the general plot line is the same The island and the teacher I agree with the person who thought the answer might be " The Magus" by John Fowles. Just to give a few more details that might help, the protagonist is Nicholas Urfe.

The old man is Conchis. The daughters are Lily and Rose. And there is another woman, who is in the end Nicholas's true love, named Alison. This book was made into a film as well. Conchis, a wealthy estate owner. John Fowles, The Magus. The affair gets more serious than Nicholas can stand, so he leaves her to take a position as an English instructor at the Lord Byron School in the Greek island of Phraxos. Bored, depressed, disillusioned, and overwhelmed by the Mediterranean island, Nicholas contemplates suicide, then takes to long solitary walks.

On one of these walks he stumbles upon the wealthy Greek recluse Maurice Conchis, who may or may not have collaborated with the Nazis during the war and apparently lives alone on his island estate. Inez Irwin, Maida's Little Shop. She makes friends in the nieghborhood, one of whom turns out to be her nanny's grandson from Ireland.

Only I think the diamond was in a necklace Emberley, Ed. This sounds like it could be any of the many drawing books by Ed Emberley.

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This definitely matches the description, although there may be others as well. I adored this book--you really could make a whole little world, without any particular drawing talent. Have you looked at the Ed Emberly drawing books? There are many and they are in the right time frame. Ed Emberley, Make a World. From description, most likely this one of his many books. Finally back in print. It's one of my favorite gifts for children in elementary school--this book, a big blank book, and a set of markers, with the invitation to "make a world.

My favorite is a child who made an atlas of his "planet. Not sure who was the solver but, I thank you!!! I saw the inquiry about a book with the saying "hay foot, straw foot, left foot, right foot. The author is Jan Margo. All I remember about this book is a little boy who would march around with a paper hat on his head and chant "hayfoot, strawfoot" as he marched.

One I read around about a little boy who would march around with a paper hat singing "Hayfoot, Strawfoot. His sergeant, also a country fellow, asks him if he can tell hay from straw. Of course he can, any durn fool can do that! So Sarge ties a wisp of hay to one foot and straw to the other, and drills him by calling 'hay-foot, straw-foot' instead of 'left, right, left'.

His only companions are a dog named Brogla an her puppy Rags. I was enquiring about a book my family read 30 years ago. It was about a dog named "Rags" who loves his owner, a rancher, very much but is not appreciated by his owner because he is not pure-bred. At one point, the owner's two dobermans?

Just after Rags runs off, a boy on the ranch runs up to the owner and tells him the other two dogs started the fight and crying tells him how much Rags loves him. The owner is unable to find Rags no matter how much he looks for him. Finally, they meet in a blizzard and Rags almost dies getting the owner to safety. Then while Rags is dying the owner lays down with him and tells him over and over how sorry he is and Rags finally gets better.

Bannon, Laura. Make Room For Rags. Houghton Mifflin, Illustrated by Vee Guthrie. When the small dog Rags appeared at the farmhouse in the middle of a storm, the family knew they would have to make room for her, for a short time, anyway. Danny hoped that the place could be permanent, but the more Rags teased the kittens and chased the chickens, the slimmer the chances seemed to be.

The description sounds exactly like a book that my teacher read to me in 6th grade, approximately, It was about a man kept in a box in Vietnam and I think the local boy helps him escape to a cave. Dunn, Marylois, The Man in the Box, I am enjoying rereading it very much. I read that story over and over in eighth grade ! It made me want to learn fencing, though I never did.

I keep thinking it is Richard or Robert somebody. If anyone can track down the literature textbook it is in, that would help me solve an earlier book stumper I sent in about a boy named P. This description sounds just like a short story I too had to read for an English class in junior high! The point is that he does this so that the other students won't learn to look up to the arrogant, conflict-loving fencer and come to think of him as the "better" fencer, but instead realize that a peace-loving person could still be the better fighter if need be.

The only problem is, Googling "A Man of Peace" coupled with "short story" doesn't yield any results, so perhaps I've got the title wrong. I'm still thinking about that fencing story now it's driving ME crazy! It was about a fencing master dedicated to the art of fencing who has a student who only fences for the brutality he can put into his game. Nimoy played one of Mr. Faulkner's students.

The story was later remade starring James Mason in Mr. Faulkner's role. Faulkner directed the fencing in this one, and doubled for Mason. This time, the bad fencing student was patterned more along the line of James Dean, as Dean was the reigning "delinquent" at the time. It looks like the story I remember may also have been made into a tv drama.

But I don't know if this is related to the solution sought by the stumper poster, or if it will help the detective work. Lawrence Williams, A Man of Peace , The textbook is out of print, but I was able to find numerous used copies. Someone on one of my loops heard about our query and emailed me. They said this is definitely the book. Looks charming! Thanks anyway!! First Edition, Hardcover "A man who lives at the edge of the woods discovers that he need not rely on the store for a supply of good things to eat. F53 food on trees sounds like H6 hungry walk. H6 hunger walk: a bit more on the suggested story by Krasilovksy - "A story about a man and his cat who live at the edge of the woods and buy everything to eat from the store.

When his friends goes on vacation and he runs out of food, he finds he can live on the garden food he finds in the woods. The cover of the book is white, though, not yellow, with a picture of a plump balding man with a hat and apron, flipping pancakes while his cat looks on. He's saved and learns his lesson though when it rains and he puts everything outside to get clean at once. What a great site Illustrated by Barbara Cooney. Scholastic, , 4th paperback printing, Trade paperback size, some wear, but a clean copy.

A man wakes up one day without his head. He carves out substitutes from vegetables - I remember a parsnip and perhaps a pumpkin. But everyone laughs, so he rejects the vegetables. He carves a head out of wood, and that's better, but he still wants his head back. So a young boy, who is making a ball out of tightly wound rags says he can get the head back. He hits the man with the ball, and the man wakes up with his head back. Story is about a man who wakes up without his head, tries a bunch of things as substitutes including a parsnip, which for whatever reason is etched in my memory.

Possibly published by Bobbs-Merrill, since my dad used to work for them and get books through them. More on the Solved Mysteries page. Paul Gallico, The Man who was Magic, The title isn't "Adam", but the protagonist's name is, and the plot fits. Searching on Google will get you several synopses. I'm pretty sure about this one. Adam appears in the heroine's life and goes to a magicians' convention or similar.

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He scrambles and unscrambles an egg, and makes a wooden staff burst into bloom white roses. The other magicians turn him away About a writer who's being sued because of the similarity of one of his characters to a woman named Bibbsy Dibbs. It's written in the form of letters.

Bethany House A long-running series with Christian values. The first book is set in , when Mandie is 12 and her father has just died. She runs away to the city and finds her Uncle John, discovering that he and her father are half-Indian. Her father's friend, Uncle Ned, is full Indian. Lois Gladys Leppard, Mandie series. These sound like the Mandie series, published by Bethany House. Probably more than 30 titles in the series by now, and still in print as far as I know.

They're sort of Nancy Drew-type mysteries with an inspirational twist. Set in the NC mountains, although Mandie travels a lot in her adventures. Lois Leppard, Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. I am positive that you're looking for the Mandie books. The series starts with Mandie and the Secret Tunnel.

In that book, Mandie's father dies and she leaves her stepmother and stepsister to find her father's brother. Her Uncle John a Native American who was a friend of her father's, helps her.

She eventually finds her uncle and her birth mother, whose name is Elizabeth. Mandie also has a boyfriend-type character whose name is Joe. This is a mystery series. In later books, Mandie does go to boarding school and eventually, on a trip to Europe. There are twenty-some books in the series. Julie Edwards, Mandy. Could this be Mandy? It sound a lot like it. I'm sure you'll get several other responses to this one, but O20 definitely sounds like Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards. Edwards, Julie Andrews, Mandy , , reprinted Really, what does Mandy have to worry about?

So it comes as a surprise even to Mandy when a small restlessness begins to grow in her. This lonely ache sets her to wandering farther afield, and leads her to a startling and wonderful discovery over the orphanage wall--a very old, very small, seemingly abandoned cottage. Embarking on a clandestine domestic fantasy involving gardening tools and soap flakes, Mandy finds herself being less than honest about where and how she's spending her days. Holding her secret closer and closer to her heart, this imaginative dreamer inadvertently endangers her reputation--and her life.

There isn't a cottage, but she does get into an off-limits garden and lovingly fixes it up. And she is orphaned. Julie Andrews may be under Julie Edwards , Mandy. The story is similar to that of "The Secret Garden" but without so much death. I haven't looked at it lately, but it was a favorite of both mine and my sister's.

Her 10 year-old daughter also loved it. Julie Edwards , aka Julie Andrews, Mandy. Wow, a stumper I actually know, and a book I love! You're describing Julie Andrews's first book for children. Hope you enjoy it now as much as you did as a child. This reminds me of a book that I have been looking for too.

Is there some kind of windowseat with old curtains that she curls up in and reads while she looks out over the delapidated yard? Edwards, Julie, Mandy. I think she wrote it for her daughter. I just unpacked my copy from childhood books. Julie Edwards, Mandy, This is a wonderful book, written by the actress Julie Andrews writing under her real name Edwards husband is Blake Edwards. Mandy the orphan finds a deserted cottage in the woods with one room covered in seashells all over the walls and ceiling.

She fixes up the house and restores the neglected garden, and ultimately is adopted by the family who owns the land and cottage. It's a wonderful story. This fits the description, but I seem to recall from another stumper here or elsewhere that there was another book with a similiar theme. Worth taking a look at Mandy, though. Mandy is rescued from her cottage when she falls ill, and eventually is adopted by the family whose estate it's on. From the flyleaf: "For ten-year-old Mandy, the old stone orphanage on the outskirts of the pretty village was the only home she remembered Then one day, when Mandy climbed over the high orphanage wall to explore, there it was--a tiny deserted cottage in a clearing in the woods.

Here at last was her very own, very secret home. She would tidy it up and plant a garden. All through the spring, summer and fall, Mandy worked for--and sometimes "borrowed"--the little things she needed for it. And to guard her secret, she even lied A girl goes exploring and finds an abandoned cottage.

She cuts overgrown folliage back and starts tending to the garden. She steals some soap to clean the dusty place. The fireplace or maybe all the walls in one room are decorated with shells. See Solved Mysteries. Dandelion Cottage. This is a book about a little girl who fixes up an old house. Don't know if it's the same one or not. I am not positive that this is the right book, but the part about the deserted cottage is correct, and I believe I remember a room lined with shells. Julie Edwards aka actress Julie Andrews , Mandy. This is of course Mandy, by the actress Julie Andrews writing under her pen name.

It's on the Solved pages with more descriptions. A great book. Julie Edwards Andrews , Mandy, s. My favorite book of all time! Mandy climbs over the wall of the orphanage and finds this cottage. Lucky for her, it is owned by a wonderfully nice rich couple who discover her one stormy night when she is tending to her cottage but falls very ill. They take her in and eventually surprise!

This one is also a previously solved stumper that i noticed a few days ago. This could be the book Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards. Mandy is a girl who lives in an orphanage. She goes exploring on the property next door and finds an abandoned cottage. I believe it has been reissued. Julie Andrews Edwards, Mandy. I have the book on tape read by Julie Andrews Edwards. I believe the book was published in See entry in Solved Mysteries page.

She discovers a secret little house and a secret garden and spends time re-doing them both. I'm almost sure the name Marnie is involved somewhere because that is my middle name. This book was probably not published after because I read it before that date. If you can help, I'd be really grateful! Andrews, Julie, Mandy. How about Mandy instead of Marnie. Ten-year-old Mandy feels lost among the thirty children who live in the old stone orphange.

She dreams of a home of her own, a place where she belongs. When Mandy climbs over the high orphanage wall to explore the outside, she is lucky enough to find a tiny deserted cottage hidden in the forest. With a few "borrowed" items, the cottage becomes a refuge. To guard her secret, Mandy even lies — but when she falls terribly sick, no one knows where she is.

No one, that is, except for a special admirer she didn't know she had. This is probably the book you're looking for Robinson's book "When Marnie Was There," about a lonesome little girl who meets a girl named Marnie, whose real nature remains unexplained? Mandy is an orphan who finds an abandoned cottage in the woods.

She cleans up the cottage and brings tools to work on the garden. Julie Edwards, Mandy A wonderful book about a ten-year-old orphan who one day climbs over the wall and discovers a small cottage and garden. She keeps them a secret, cleaning them and creating a private refuge from the orphanage. Edwards, Julie Andrews, Mandy. Description: "Longing for a place of her own, a ten-year-old orphan creates a secret home in a deserted cottage in the village of St. Martin's Green. All through the spring, summer and fall, Mandy worked for--and sometimes 'borrowed'--the little things she needed for it Sounds very similar "Longing for a place of her own, a ten-year-old orphan creates a secret home in a deserted cottage in the village of St.

Perhaps you've read them both and are remembering bits of each as one book? When Marnie Was There , maybe? Originally published in , and republished several times since. I think that M is on your Solved Mysteries page. Could you be thinking of Mandy, by Julie Edwards Andrews where orphan Mandy discovers an abandoned cottage and spends a lot of time there? Plot line sounds like the book you are thinking of.

Except for the name, this sounds a lot like Mandy It was about a lonely and unhappy girl that climbs over a stone wall and into a forest area where she finds an abandoned cottage. She spends each day sneaking away over the wall to it, and cleans and sweeps it up and plants a garden, I think they were roses. I can't remember much more than that about it. I hope you can help me because it is driving me crazy. Edwards, Julie Andrews , Mandy.

Mandy is an orphan who discovers the cottage in the woods and sneaks away to fix it up. Too obvious, but still. If, instead of climbing over the wall, she might have found a key and gone through a doorway, this could be the one you're looking for. Mary, with the help of her sickly cousin, Colin, and new friend, Dickon, restores the overgrown garden hidden behind a wall on her uncle's estate, at the same time transforming herself and Colin from miserable, lonely, spoiled children to happy, healthy ones. John, Rainbow Garden. This wouldn't be Rainbow Garden , would it? A very slightly edgy Christian novel.

Single mom realizes daughter Elaine isn't having much of a life in London flat, sends her off to North Wales to board with minister's family. She's shy, gruff and somewhat snooty. The minister's younger children Robin and Frances are nice, but the two older ones Peter and Janet are covertly nasty to her -- they don't even realize it themselves -- because she's not Christian. While exploring alone, she finds a beautiful forest and an abandoned cottage with a garden which she undertakes to fix up. And this, as Spike Milligan said, is where the story really starts!

It's been a year and a half since I posted this question regarding a book that I couldn't remember the title of or the author's name. I'm so happy!! I just wanted to thank you sooooo much for helping me figure that out, I couldn't have done it without you. Illustrated by Judith Gwyn Brown. Harper Collins, , , Another suggestion, though the Munro Leaf seems more likely. Robert Louis Stevenson, The Manse.

This book looks likely! Judd, Frances , Mansion of Secrets. A Kay Tracey Mystery. Abandoned house is filled with secret rooms and passages. Manwolf Fantasy novel or set in Middle Ages in Europe. I read the book in or It starts from the POV of a woman in a village where a knight visits. The knight has a facial disfigurement so he keeps his face covered. She leaves with him and ends up sleeping with him.

Rest of book follows their son. Updated: My brother got it from his middle school library so I think it was a young adult book. I went there but they do not have records from that long ago anymore. At one point the son, now a man, gets thrown into a cage and set in the middle of a town. Everyone gathers and starts to throw things at him. I borrowed it from the library and read it and yes it is the book.

Thank you so much for helping me locate it. It has been bugging me for a couple months now. I love the site and now know if I have any more book questions where to go to get them answered. P81 - Think this is Paul Gallico's Manxmouse - potter makes a mouse without a tail by mistake, which comes to life. Gallico, Paul, Manxmouse. Potter overtired and possibly drunk makes mouse with large ears but not enough clay for tale - somehow comes to life and has adventures. Thankyou so much for the reply, you truly are a genius! If you do happen to find a copy I'd definitely be interested.

Could this be Patricia B. Ardley , Mr. Hedgehog London,? I haven't had any luck tracking down info on Mr. Hedgehog , but appreciate the tip. Lifton, Betty Jean, illus. NY Norton This fits for date and is an Asian folktale. The plot is similar, except it is foxes. Perhaps there is another version with hedgehogs, or badgers? However, Chio forgets what animal to be and chooses a chicken instead.

They are happy and again pass on to become people again and live happily ever after, until the next life. Instead several things go wrong and they end up as a rooster and a chicken. I haven't checked in for a while and was thrilled to see a new response. This may very well be the answer. I may have confused that story with Grimms' Hare and Hedgehog tale. I suspect I was eavesdropping, not participating, in the storytelling session! The wife becoming easily confused strikes a familiar note.

Seuss story titled "Marco Comes Late. Marco is the name of the boy in a number of Dr. Didn't find the whole poem online, but enough so that I'm sure it's the one I'm after. I would appreciate it emensely if you could help me locate all these books and i am willing to pay! It's all rhymes! Well, I can certainly help with the "Marco Comes Late" story. Your response to M Marco Comes Late is not correct. I went that route a few years ago when I was searching for "Marco Comes Late" and spent way too much money on the wrong book. I have been searching for this poem for years because I memorized it for a speech contest as a 3rd grader.

A librarian in my family finally got tired of me begging her to help, and used her vast resources to locate the poem. I am about to order this book, to see if it is really there. Dr Seuss, Marco Comes Late. For the full text of Marco Comes Late, go to this website , and then go to page I cant imagine this isn't protected by copyright, but there is is.

I couldn't find any book with the title Marco Comes Late , and and in the Geisel Seuss entry of Something About The Author - which lists a comprehensive list of everything done by an author - this poem is not listed. Yes, Yes! Charles E. Merrill Books, Inc. Janette Sebring Lowrey, Margaret , ? If this is the right one, it is the book upon which the Annette series of the Mickey Mouse Club was based. Margaret Smith, Margy. In this well-written narrative, the protagonist, thirteen-year-old Margy Stratton, lives with her father in Manitoba. Margy's mother has been dead for four years.

When her father is faced with friction between Margy and her stepmother, he contacts Children's Aid to find a home for Margy. Through the intervention of a kindly neighbour, arrangements are made for Margy to live with her two maiden aunts in Bancroft, Ontario. Cavendish fill the pages. Book lovers will relish the lavish sprinkling of book titles and references while puzzle fans will enjoy figuring out the clues. A lighthearted parody of reality survival shows, the book reinvigorates the debate over the Dewey Decimal system and traditional library skills while celebrating teamwork, perseverance, and clever wits.

After all, an impossibly huge and powerful giant is wreaking destruction across the Midwest as he strides toward New York City, which will soon be attacked by an army of Titans and assorted monsters bent on destroying Mount Olympus secret access point: the Empire State Building. Percy and his demigod friends soon engage their enemies in an epic battle that will determine the fate of humanity as well as the gods. Lincoln resembles a doll with an oversized head as he strides through a first-person narrative that stretches the limits of credulity and usefulness.

From childhood, Abe, bearded and sporting a stovepipe hat, loves to read, write and look out for animals. When the Civil War begins, he calls it a struggle to end slavery. Not accurate. Arsenault signals the change by introducing the fragile green of new leaves into her monochromatic landscapes. Subordinate characters are lovingly drawn, and time and place references the McGarrigle Sisters, the Bay department store add piquancy.

More than a few readers will recognize themselves in Helene and find comfort. Fantastic opening and closing notes make this the book for young train enthusiasts. An introduction provides the caveat that approximations differ depending on many factors in the life of the animal. The text is matter-of-fact, and the colors of the mixed-media illustrations subdued, but they complement each other in tone. Thankfully, as part of the back matter, Schaefer adds detailed information about each animal and its life span, how she calculated the estimations she uses throughout the book, two animal math problems to solve, and more.

Fills a clever niche for both animal science and mathematics. Both have done graphic novels in the past; here, though, they use more of a hybrid style, alternating a more traditional picture-book layout with pages divided into panels and featuring speech bubbles. Owly is a delightfully sweet book. To help her deal with this, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love.

Both kids are preternaturally intelligent, and Hazel is fascinated with a novel about cancer called An Imperial Affliction. Most particularly, she longs to know what happened to its characters after an ambiguous ending. What happens when they meet him must be left to readers to discover. Suffice it to say, it is significant. In the process, Green shows his readers what it is like to live with cancer, sometimes no more than a breath or a heartbeat away from death.

But it is life that Green spiritedly celebrates here, even while acknowledging its pain. In its every aspect, this novel is a triumph…. A story with such moribund inevitability could easily become a one-note affair—or, worse, forgettable—but small, surgically precise cuts of humor and eeriness provide a crucial magnifying effect. Moreover, Ness twists out a resolution that is revelatory in its obviousness, beautiful in its execution, and fearless in its honesty. When a mysterious letter arrives, Sookie questions everything she ever knew about her family, and her story soon dovetails with that of a proud Polish family from Wisconsin.

Eldest daughter Fritzi was already a great mechanic, having been a professional stunt plane pilot in the s. Air Force, the story really comes to life. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. But she soon learns that participation in social media is mandatory, not voluntary, and that could soon apply to the general population as well. Eggers brilliantly depicts the Internet binges, torrents of information, and endless loops of feedback that increasingly characterize modern life.

But perhaps most chilling of all is his notion that our ultimate undoing could be something so petty as our desperate desire for affirmation. A lucky break gets him a job in a hospice in a small New England town. Dan is forced to help Abra confront the Knot, and face his own lingering demons. The accused is a computer expert who worked with the victim in an online business.

As a result, Haller is forced to revisit past cases to find a way to defend his client. Fate then delivers Theo to utterly alien Las Vegas, where he meets young outlaw Boris. As Theo becomes a complexly damaged adult, Tartt, in a boa constrictor-like plot, pulls him deeply into the shadow lands of art, lashed to seventeenth-century Dutch artist Carel Fabritius and his exquisite if sinister painting, The Goldfinch. Perrine begins a campaign of assassinations, brazenly murdering powerful individuals across the country.

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The FBI has no clue where Perrine is hiding or how he is orchestrating his attacks. Meanwhile, Wake Forest College senior Sophia Danko is recovering from a broken heart when she meets a cowboy named Luke who promises to turn her life around but what about that secret in his past? Of course, the stories of these two disparate couples eventually intersect.

A classic Sparks tearjerker. They are separated as adults, with Subhash, the elder, choosing an academic career in the United States and the more daring Udayan remaining in Calcutta, committed to correcting the inequities of his country. His plan, however, is not what she anticipates—and neither are the stunningly successful but hilarious results. A brilliant heroine, far too well educated for her sex and her working-class birth, and a jaded, infamous nobleman foil multiple obstacles and end up as unlikely soul mates in a passionate love match he never saw coming.

Tandi is a single mother of two children with a checkered history. At times both sweet and sad, soul-warming and heartbreaking, the accessible writing style and attention to detail serve to enrobe readers in the love poured into weaving together the lives of Iola and Tandi in a meaningful, rich way. Relatable characters and vivid portrayals of events both current and historical create an enchanting, memorable pilgrimage into the fullness of faith and love.

Married to an aging king with a penchant for discarding wives, she must learn to navigate the often perilous intricacies, suspicions, and ambitions of a divided Tudor court. Though passionately in love with dashing courtier Thomas Seymour, Katherine shrewdly adapts to her new role, becoming a positive influence on Henry while arousing the ire of many of his advisors. With her bright mind and expert survival skills, Janna manages to avoid the wandering bands of rogue Utes for six years. Forced to run a gauntlet of misery as the captive of El Cascabel, a murderous renegade, Ty barely escapes with his life.

Someone rescues Ty, gets him to safety, and tends to his wounds. Little does he know that the brave boy who saved him is actually a courageous woman, our Janna. Lowell is an exceptional writer, and her colorful tale of romance, danger, adventure, and mistaken identity, all set against the stunning background of the American West, will satisfy her longtime fans as well as entice a whole new readership.

Virtually every artificially browned page in the book contains the marginal notes of students Jen and Eric, who share details of their lives and remark on the text the notes are in different colors, allowing readers to distinguish between the authors. For those in our online age able to accept the notion of a chat carried out by handwritten exchanges in a printed book, the Talmudic commentary will fascinate, even as clues are dropped early on that the resolution may be ambiguous.

How humble this pronoun is, and what a provocative title it makes. McDermott After This, is a master of hidden intensities, intricate textures, spiked dialogue, and sparkling wit. Down the street, boys play stickball, consulting with dapper Billy, their blind umpire, an injured WWI vet. Tragedies and scandals surge through the enclave, providing rough initiations into sex and death. Gabe becomes a priest. Eventually Marie finds joy as a wife and mother, while Gabe struggles with his faith and sexuality. It seems the fatal curse of the Templars is plaguing the royal house of France.

His son has been enthroned as Louis X; but with his disgraced wife Marguerite imprisoned in the Chateau Gaillard for her adultery, Louis can produce no heir with which to secure the succession. But neither can he marry again while she lives…. The web of scandal, murder and intrigue that once wove itself around the court of the Iron King continues to draw in his descendents, as the destruction of his dynasty continues apace. With the approach of the wedding-set in Connecticut, where same-sex marriage has just been legalized-painful family issues boil to the surface.

Anna, former husband Orion, and the children tell the story in alternating voices. As a young widow, she makes a living by guiding other American heiresses to advantageous marriages. Thirty-year-old Nicholas is desperate to find a rich wife to help end his financial woes.

Belinda longs to turn the sexy, arrogant man away, but when a young family friend shows interest in the Marquess, she decides to save the youngster heartache by agreeing to find a suitable wife for Nicholas. Soon, however, the only woman Belinda wants to see in his arms is herself.

Nicholas is equally attracted, but Belinda is not the super-wealthy wife he imagined—so a happily-ever-after appears elusive. A delicious, sensual read about two good people rediscovering themselves and their belief in love. Hill, and how it impacts several lives in the small town of Arbor Valley, Mich.

Raised by emotionally absent high school principal Joe and his overbearing wife, Dinah whose control issues stem from living with the fear of losing her now teenage special-needs twins , year-old Morgan has always been treated as though she were older than she actually is. Feeling stifled by the idea of having to spend her college years near her family and hurt by being recently rejected by both her ex-boyfriend and a crush who turns out to be gay, Morgan begins confiding in her young, popular math teacher, whose insecurities have been exacerbated by his inability to conceive with his wife.

Riggle shows how the inner turmoil of her characters eventually creates the situation at the heart of this novel. Dinah remains likable, despite frequently making excuses for her kids and always being ready for a fight. Though the author falters with the character of T. At home in Charlotte, N.

Later in Afghanistan, Brennan oversees the exhumation of two unarmed Afghan villagers killed by a U. Marine to determine whether the victims were shot in the back or head-on. And not just any corpse, of course: The victim was a computer whiz who just happened to be involved in a complex lawsuit involving heaps of money and, as it develops, some shadowy connections to the federal government. The takeaway? Stay tuned. The colorful locals are uncooperative. Appreciative of feminine charms, the deeply uxorious Brunetti amply displays the keen intelligence and wry humor that has endeared this series to so many.

Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar. Hired to track down a derelict author, he ends up on the trail of a girl missing in Haight-Ashbury for a decade. On a blustery January day, a prostitute is arrested. In the midst of the gold rush on the coast of New Zealand, this might have gone unnoticed.

Anna Wetherell, the prostitute in question, is connected to all three men. This sequence of apparently coincidental events provokes a secret council of powerful townsmen to investigate. Aged out of the system when she turned 18, she moved in with her abusive boyfriend, Trace Rodriguez, hoping to make a life for herself and the child that they are expecting.

He tells Chloe to wait in the car, but she goes in and interrupts a robbery in progress. Trace kills a customer and the clerk. Although horrified, Chloe is afraid of losing Trace and agrees to help him escape, thereby becoming an accomplice to the crime. As the case progresses, Diana learns that Roy has kept some very dark secrets from her. Then, after her son accidently runs into Chloe on his bicycle, Chloe and Diana connect and discover that their lives are linked in unexpected ways. Claire also tries to volunteer at the Farberville, Ark.

One of the ESL students, elderly Ludmila Grabowski, is found dead in a council storage room, and it appears as though she fell and hit her head against a copying machine, but someone appears to have dragged her body into a corner to try to conceal it. Claire discovers that her fellow board members had plenty to hide as she investigates with her usual humor and panache.

Seems a local college professor stole a valuable artifact from an Israeli archaeological dig, returned home to the States, and then promptly vanished; an Israeli investigator is on her way, determined to track the man down and reclaim the artifact. Kudos to Sandford for taking what could have been an ancient-mystery thriller a la Dan Brown all the ingredients are here, including a secret that could shake the very foundations of Christianity and playing it like a cop novel….

The storyline takes several dramatic turns, even as why Hubbard was so generous to Lang, whom he was not close to, remains a mystery. During the chaos of the storm, mental patient Carolyn Barber aka the Governor goes missing from the Vermont State Hospital. Shortly thereafter, a once-prominent politician is found dead in his retirement home under suspicious circumstances. Joe and his team will stop at nothing to find a resolution to the cases, even if it means uncovering secrets best left in the dark.

While the two different cases could be confusing to readers, Mayor handles each adeptly and shrewdly, bringing them to separate and startling conclusions. The complex relationship and soured political camaraderie between Roosevelt and Taft is beautifully played out over the course of the book in quotes and letters. Women figure largely in both narratives. In addition to journalist Ida Tarbell, both wives, Nellie Taft and Edith Roosevelt appear to have shaped history in their own ways.

By shining a light on a little-discussed President and a much-discussed one, Goodwin manages to make history very much alive and relevant. Better yet—the party politics are explicitly modern. With just the simple tools around you—your imagination, basic art supplies, household objects, and natural materials—you can transform your family life, and have so much more fun!

Game Change leaves the reader with a vivid, visceral sense of the campaign and a keen understanding of the paradoxes and contingencies of history.


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  • Lawrence is as fascinating as the cinematic version in Lawrence of Arabia is to movie fans. For lyrical though Lawrence could be about Arab leaders and desert landscapes, he could also be enigmatically opaque about the truth of his role in events. Accordingly, Anderson embeds Lawrence and Seven Pillars in the wider context of the Arab revolt against Turkey, and that context is the British, French, German, and American diplomacy and espionage intended to influence the postwar disposition of the territories of the Ottoman Empire. Details and anecdotes of the process are told by two of the major players, Sepp Ruschp and Charlie Lord, in their own words.

    Each trail, each building and each lift are chronicled. Through these documents donated to the Stowe Historical Society, we learn how trails were cut by hand, men were carried by horse and wagon, buildings dorms, ski huts, camps, shelters, etc. This is a very compelling story of passion, creativity, engineering, employing state and federal programs available at the time and hard work by a lot of people who came to work and settle in Stowe. There are 35 mini biographies of people who were there.

    Each are fascinating, educational, and entertaining. Now he brings the war home, following many of the same men as they try to figure out how to engage again with both family and society, as if nothing had happened-and generally without the thanks so ironically cited in the title. He does for religious history what Bertolt Brecht did for playwriting.

    Aslan rips Jesus out of all the contexts we thought he belonged in and holds him forth as someone entirely new. This is Jesus as a passionate Jew, a violent revolutionary, a fanatical ideologue, an odd and scary and extraordinarily interesting man. Chickadee is a most sympathetic character—small in stature but big in heart.

    A map is appended. Seabold rescues its occupants, three tiny orphan mice, and Pandora nurses them back to health. The lighthouse had a family. Pontsho and Teb are new in school, and Precious hopes to be their friend. By asking just a few careful questions, Precious finds out a lot. She learns that the children are poor and that their father had been killed by lightning. Kosi is endlessly fascinating and very talented, Precious learns.

    Fast-paced action is interspersed with family stories, making this an especially winning story for very young readers. Occasional direct address to readers harkens back to an earlier storytelling style. Stunning black-and-white illustrations, reminiscent of woodcuts and etchings, grace most spreads, adding an old-fashioned feel to the story.

    The map of Africa with Botswana highlighted on the first page provides welcome information. Precious is sensitive and grounded, open and understanding—perfect qualities for the detective she is destined to be. The mystery is easily solved, but it still requires that readers pay attention to the clues left along the way. At 13, he moved to the Bronx, where he gained the nickname Hercules because he grew to be more than six feet tall. He shortened the name to Herc, added Kool, and is credited as a pioneer of hip hop. He created a new art form for his parties when he plugged in two turntables to create longer breaks for dancing and began chanting the names of his friends during the breaks.

    After an opening in which a beekeeper discovers that most of the bees in his hives are gone due to colony collapse disorder CCD , the book describes how healthy honeybees pollinate flowering plants, gather nectar, and raise their young. The next section, which explains bee development, is particularly vivid and informative. Finally, Markle discusses the many possible causes of CCD, such as mites, fungi, pesticides, and the stressful conditions overwork and poor diets sometimes endured by bees in commercial hives.

    She also comments on the work of researchers exploring likely sources of the problem. Throughout the book, excellent color photos illustrate the text. Short sentences offer plenty of intriguing information about the castle, its inhabitants, and their many means of defense.

    The format is slightly larger than a typical book for beginning readers, giving a bit more scope for the illustrations: strong line drawings with color washes. The use of different perspectives and cross sections is particularly fine. Peck and Davis deliver their missive with humor and a touch of snark, but the often self- righteous tone drains much of the fun. Moore grew up reading and hearing stories in an era when children were not welcomed by public libraries; she later became a librarian one of the few jobs open to unmarried women and worked tirelessly to ensure that all children felt welcome at library programs and were able to check out books.

    Complications arise, though, when she develops feelings for cute—and taken—classmate Etienne, even though she remains interested in Toph. Her return home for the holidays brings both surprises, betrayals, unexpected support, and a new perspective on what matters in life—and love. Featuring vivid descriptions of Parisian culture and places, and a cast of diverse, multifaceted characters, including adults, this lively title incorporates plenty of issues that will resonate with teens, from mean girls to the quest for confidence and the complexities of relationships in all their forms.

    How could a smiling boy, who carried a teddy bear and got his nickname from his love of sweets, also be an arsonist, an extortionist, a murderer? Yet as Roger mulls reasons, from absentee parenting to the allure of gang membership, our picture of Yummy only becomes more obscure. Paige Mahoney possesses the illegal and extremely rare power of dreamwalking, using it to serve a criminal syndicate in a London controlled by the organization known as Scion. When Paige is drawn into schemes both political and far-reaching, she must fight for her life.

    The internal mythology is complex and intriguing, the emotional struggle is captivating, and the pace rarely falters as Paige unravels the mysteries and dangers of her new home. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America.

    Susan Turner, the new commanding officer who helped him save the trapped victims in 61 Hours. However, Reacher finds out that Turner is under investigation for corruption and is awaiting trial for conspiracy. The army drafts him back into service to face two trumped-up legal cases—homicide charges for assaulting an L. Both parties are simply after his money. Cambridge, MA. And just when they think things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. She is testy with curmudgeonly Mark, the handyman who procrastinated in putting her rose garden in until too late for it to be ready for her big open house, when every room is filled.

    Mary Smith, frail, weak, and bald from fighting breast cancer, has a secret reason for wanting to be in Cedar Cove. Annie, a party planner getting over a broken engagement, is aghast to run into her teenage nemesis—the first boy she ever kissed. This truly is Star Wars as you like it. Lula Landry was surrounded by rabid paparazzi, a drug-addled social circle, a dysfunctional adopted family, and a shifty, newly found birth mother, making suicidal despair hard to dismiss.

    This debut is instantly absorbing, featuring a detective facing crumbling circumstances with resolve instead of cliched self-destruction and a lovable sidekick with contagious enthusiasm for detection. Still suffering from alcohol-fueled demons and obsessed with hunting for evidence against a clearly dirty cop, Hole grudgingly agrees to help look into the murder of a woman whose finger has been amputated and a red diamond stuck under her eyelid.

    At first the killings appear to be random, but Hole soon discovers an ominous pattern. This would be a worthy plot line in and of itself, but it quickly becomes subsumed in something larger, with repercussions that will be felt all the way up the Provincial hierarchy and beyond. Now an adult, Vic must confront her worst nightmare to save her son before it is too late.

    Displaying, as in Mayflower and The Last Stand , a superior talent for renewing interest in a famed event, Philbrick will again be in high demand from history buffs. Clean cuts through the technical jargon and marketing nonsense to summarize our best knowledge on these topics. The case studies illuminate the challenging process of treatment and the remarkable changes that occur with recovery.

    Clean is a major contribution to our understanding of this disease and how to fight it. Rawson, PH. Atkinson…has written a comprehensive account of the campaign,…As he illustrates with masterful use of primary sources, British and American war planners were deeply divided over the necessity of the campaign. Once launched, Allied attacks were frequently improvised and poorly coordinated. Still, progress was made, ending with the liberation of Rome in June Atkinson conveys the confusion and grinding difficulty of the Allied advance as experienced by ordinary soldiers while also providing interesting insights into the character of some of the top commanders.

    Left unanswered is whether the high cost in men and materials justified the ground gained. Readers of the prior volumes An Army at Dawn, ; The Day of Battle, will discover a thematic continuation in this one, namely, criticism of American generalship. Emphasizing loss, he quotes many last letters from men destined to die. With a mastery of sources that support nearly every sentence, Atkinson achieves a military history with few peers as an overview of the campaigns in Western Europe. His family experiences inspired Gutierrez to pursue the life of a Chicano activist.

    Later still, he was a successful political consultant. To Sin Against Hope brings to light the problems that have prevented the US from honoring the contributions and aspirations of its immigrants. It is a call to remember history and act for the future. Nasaw delves into archives, reconstructing virtually from scratch a multifaceted and ambiguous portrait of a figure who was for decades near the center of power in Hollywood and Washington, finance and diplomacy.

    Ivan is taken in by a gang of children who beg and steal to survive, but soon he joins a pack of street dogs that become his surrogate family for the next two years. Foraging for food and protecting each other, they navigate the dangers of the city in winter and the forest in warmer weather. The opening pages of the first-person narrative, in which Ivan recalls the warmth of his early childhood with his mother and grandmother, provide insight into the emotional base that anchors him in the troubling, sometimes violent times to come.

    As he struggles to remember his routine, the novel flashes back in first person to how he got involved.

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    For Jamie, comedy is serious business. It is electrifying when Jaime wins the next round. This book addresses grief, coping, and first crushes. And then. In a flash the book changes course, and readers will be reaching for their hankies. The family implodes, and it takes many heart-wrenching pages before they are able to find their way back to one another. This is highly recommended for readers dealing with their own grief issues, but any teen can benefit from the reminder that family can be simultaneously humiliating and invaluable.

    The flurry of correspondence continues with more complaint letters, a thank-you note, and, eventually, a written apology. Like big sister Judy Moody, Stink sports a memorable name and a talent for self-expression. His predicaments and triumphs have a childlike air, and the quick-witted dialogue will keep readers entertained. Once the female lays eggs, she wanders off.

    The male takes over by fertilizing the eggs, protecting them, and, once the tadpoles hatch, slurping them into his vocal sac, where they develop for two months before they emerge from his mouth as tiny frogs. Open the front cover, however, and readers see a smaller internal page that actually blends its illustrations into the endpapers surrounding it. The pages then become increasingly larger until they are full sized to showcase the butterflies in search of a flower garden. Nailer works light crew; his dirty, dangerous job is to crawl deep into the wrecks of the ancient oil tankers that line the beach, scavenging copper wire and turning it over to his crew boss.

    After a brutal hurricane passes over, Nailer and his friend Pima stumble upon the wreck of a luxurious clipper ship. Amid the wreckage, a girl barely clings to life. If they help her, she tells them, she can show them a world of privilege that they have never known. But can they trust her?

    So begins the third captivating and affecting novel by the internationally best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns We meet twin sisters, one beautiful, one plain; one an invalid, the other a caretaker. Two male cousins, one a charismatic wheeler-dealer; the other a cautious, introverted doctor. A disfigured girl of great valor and a boy destined to become a plastic surgeon. Kabul falls and struggles to rise. A masterful and compassionate storyteller, Hosseini traces the traumas and scarring of tyranny, war, crime, lies, and illness in the intricately interconnected, heartbreaking, and extraordinary lives of his vibrantly realized characters to create a grand and encompassing tree of life.

    In addition to authenticating antique treasures, one of her specialties is locating works of art stolen by Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners. Her professional life is busy, but Tess lacks roots. She has no family except a usually absent mother, and her friendships tend to be superficial. Then the impossible happens. Tess is named heir to one half of an estate in Archangel, a small town in Sonoma County, California.

    The other half goes to a sister Tess never knew she had. The only evidence of death is his arm, which is reeled in by a hapless vacationer. Enter Andrew Yancy, once and future Monroe County detective. He thinks the fraudster was murdered by his wife, and if he can prove it, he can get his old job back and leave restaurant inspections behind. Think of Yancy as a Hiaasenian knight aberrant. He means well, but many of his problems are hilariously self-inflicted. Detials of the botched operation are closely guarded and never released to the media.

    Fast-forward three years, and a couple of the principals find themselves in wildly disparate circumstances: One has been knighted for his foreign service work; the other has fallen on hard times, unable to reconcile his innate goodness with the Gibraltar carnage for which he was at least partly responsible. After a chance meeting in which the two compare notes about their respective parts in the operation, they resolve to pursue the matter further, deciding to go public with graphic evidence if necessary. They enlist the aid of Toby Bell, former personal secretary to the member of Parliament who signed off on the Gibraltar fiasco, and the three undertake an oh-so-covert investigation—one that, if they live through it, may well have the potential to topple governments.

    Line up at the bookstalls for this one, folks: It is le Carre at the top of his game. As Mike struggles with the aftermath and searches for answers, he soon learns that his bad luck has only just begun. Despite an overwhelming share of tragedy, betrayal, and rejection, Mike maintains his unwavering love for his daughter, Emily.

    Verdict This is not your typical Scottoline novel…it is Scottoline on steroids. In her first book featuring a male protagonist, Scottoline spins a compelling drama that reads like the literary lovechild of Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks. Readers will fall in love with this war vet father who fights seemingly insurmountable odds, and his powerfully addictive story will haunt them long after the final page.

    After college, clandestine fieldwork for the CIA filled the void; then she met decent, somewhat nerdy Dexter Moore. Marriage and two young sons convinced her to transfer into intelligence analysis, but she never told Dexter about her CIA employment. But when Dexter is offered a job in Luxembourg with a private bank, Kate abruptly finds herself an expat mom. The Expats is a stunningly assured first novel.

    The juxtaposition of marital deceptions and espionage is brilliantly employed. A must for espionage fans. Written by a freshly minted Reed College grad who names William Burroughs, Bret Easton Ellis, and Lee Child among his favorite authors, this book was bought in partial manuscript about a year ago and caused an uproar a few weeks later at Frankfurt. Rights eventually went to nine countries, and film rights have been sold as well. The title is undoubtedly prophetic. Langdon wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of the last two days.

    The doctor treating him helps him to escape from an assassin, and the chase is on. Verdict Brown delivers an amazing and intense read that arguably is the best Langdon thriller to date. Everything a reader expects from Brown is here, plus a well-written thriller with jaw-dropping twists as well. She drowns, falls off a roof, and is beaten to death by an abusive husband but is always reborn back into the same loving family, sometimes with the knowledge that allows her to escape past poor decisions, sometimes not.

    As Atkinson subtly delineates all the pathways a life or a country might take, she also delivers a harrowing set piece on the Blitz as Ursula, working as a warden on a rescue team, encounters horrifying tableaux encompassing mangled bodies and whole families covered in ash, preserved just like the victims of Pompeii. An audacious, thought-provoking novel from one of our most talented writers. While oppressive propaganda echoes throughout, the tone never slides into caricature; if anything, the story unfolds with astounding empathy for those living in constant fear of imprisonment—or worse—but who manage to maintain their humanity against all odds.

    The book traces the journey of Jun Do, who for years lives according to the violent dictates of the state, as a tunnel expert who can fight in the dark, a kidnapper, radio operator, tenuous hero, and foreign dignitary before eventually taking his fate into his own hands. When Nicole reveals her husband, Julian, is suffering from multiple sclerosis, Charlotte comes clean that she and Julian shared a drunken one-night stand before he married Nicole.

    Never fear; Delinsky knows when a happy ending is in order. Surgeon Grant Cardin is the perfect man, and his family is the perfect antidote to her dysfunctional childhood that led to some wild ways. But Emily has an MBA now, and is all things practical—nothing like the year-old who married on a whim 10 years ago, divorcing a mere five months later. But the week is wreaking havoc on her nerves, with her many-times-married mom on the prowl, her best friend recalling crazier times and the unexpected appearance of her ex.

    How did he get there, and how fast can she get rid of him? But Ryan Lassiter has other ideas. Will Emily be forced to choose between two good men? A romantic comedy with charming characters and laugh-out-loud scenes, this story is perfect for the upcoming wedding season. With a modern-day murder to solve and an intriguing legend of treasure to spice things up, there are plenty of motives and suspects to keep the guesswork going.

    With her superb storytelling skills, Roberts fleshes out the world of Whiskey Beach with realistic secondary characters and chronicles the burgeoning romance between the two leads with a deft hand that will leave book lovers satisfied and smiling. Lindsay Boxer must return to work directly after having a baby. An upcoming football player for the San Francisco 49ers has been accused of a particularly gruesome murder, and a dotty English professor is having nightmares about another gruesome murder that turns out actually to have happened.

    What might these cases have in common? Read the book. Why are the folks who duly mourned or failed to mourn him now targeted for death themselves? With some timely help from his foul-mouthed deputy Vic, Cheyenne barman Henry Standing Bear and new recruit Santiago Saizarbitoria, Walt finally unravels the tragic love story of Mari and Lucien and the violent ruckus her last will and testament has unleashed. Pile on thermal underwear, fire up the four-wheel drive and head for Durant. Walt and his idiosyncratic crew are terrific company-droll, sassy and surprisingly tenderhearted.

    Maisie wonders who would have wanted to kill Usha, by all accounts an exceptionally beautiful, caring, and well-educated woman who comforted others with her touch and remedies. As Maisie looks into the status of Indian women in England, her own desire to travel deepens, leading to further conundrums involving both her would-be fiance, James Compton, and her business.

    A fine historical mystery with broad appeal. Nathan and Ruth befriend the accomplished musician Emil Brandt, a veteran left blinded by his service, who tutors Ariel in her music education. In the aftermath of her disappearance, Karl comes under suspicion, Ruth undergoes a crisis of faith, and dark secrets about New Bremen come to light. The small-town milieu is rendered in picturesque detail, accurate down to period-appropriate TV programs, for what becomes a resonant tale of fury, guilt, and redemption.

    While hitchhiking one winter night in Nebraska with a broken nose that makes him look more than usually disreputable, Reacher is picked up by two men and a woman wearing identical cheap blue shirts. The fun begins when clues suggest that the men in the car are responsible for the brutal murder of another man at an abandoned pump station.

    The role of the woman in the car remains unclear. Sheriff Victor Goodman is quick to call the FBI, which arrives in the person of Julia Sorenson, only the first of many agencies and agents heard from. Board of Education case when he took on an explosive case to save the only survivor of the Groveland Four, young black men wrongfully accused of raping a white woman in central Florida.

    The young woman, estranged from her husband, concocted a rape accusation involving two black men recently returned from military service and two other, unrelated men. One of the accused was killed by a vigilante mob. After a reversal of their convictions, as they faced a retrying of the case, two others were killed by the sheriff charged with protecting them.

    King draws on court documents and FBI archives to offer a compelling chronicle of the accusation, which led to a paroxysm of violence against the black community in Groveland, reminiscent of the destruction of Rosewood, in ; brutal beatings that led to forced confessions; and the dramatic trial. Marshall, physically exhausted and facing threats to his life, was housed, fed, and protected by a black community encouraged by his presence as he battled to save the life of the last remaining member of the Groveland Four.

    Logevall,… leans toward the latter approach—that is, American involvement must be inseparably linked to the doomed French effort to maintain imperial control over Indochina. Of course, American policy makers insisted their goals were different; unlike the French, they wanted an independent South Vietnam free from both colonial and communist control. Yet, as Logevall eloquently illustrates, the U.

    This is a superbly written and well-argued reinterpretation of our tragic experience in Vietnam. All chapters feature how-tos, and the text is complemented by simple illustrations. Included are case studies exemplifying both good and bad experiences with alternative energy use. VERDICT Chock-full of practical advice and realistic assessments of alternative energy, this book is superior to others on the topic due to its accessibility, organization, and balance.

    Homeowners can easily pick and choose from projects without fear of becoming overwhelmed. Her description of her home, where she stores beaver castor glands in her freezer and has a fecal bear plug on display in her living room, prepares the reader for a book that includes pictures of penile bones and other oddities—as well as plenty of natural beauty. Nearly 1, color photographs should help the newbie naturalists learn what to look for and where to find it. Readers will delight in images of a newt and spring peeper attempting to mate; remarkably vibrant robins eggs in a nest; and a loon chick swallowing a fish whole.

    Though Holland begins her calendar year in March, the start of the mating season as dictated by her Vermont home-base, she provides a simple algorithm for readers to adjust according to latitude. For Holland and her readers, treasures abound. Through easy-to-implement, hands-on projects you can engage your child in fun and creative ways that encourage learning and impart the joy of discovery.

    In addition, discover ways to create a space conducive to learning and learn how to build a culture within your family that celebrates learning. Zvirin…has assembled this expert and invaluable collection. Each entry includes bibliographic information and a recommended age range. A final section includes a brief list of titles recommended for beginning readers to read alone. Or sublime. In the novel, Dantes is falsely accused of being a supporter of Napoleon, who has been exiled from France.

    Dantes is imprisoned for 14 years before escaping and enacting revenge on his accusers. Dumas was born in present-day Haiti to a French nobleman and a black slave. Brought to France by his father, the mixed-race Dumas became a general under Napoleon Bonaparte. He was captured in Italy, thrown into a dungeon and left to rot. Though he was finally released, he died impoverished and embittered.

    A magnificent biography of a revolutionary thinker, witness, and writer. Which is Bigger? Crestfallen, she climbs the tree and sulks until her father comes looking for her. They share the delicious fruit, and then Mama joins them on their perch. The lyrical, rhythmic text is rich with a warm, leisurely Southern feeling. The watercolor illustrations radiate an almost beachlike quality of blinding light, as well as offer the shadowy relief of intense and subtle greens, blues, and browns.

    Hetty is a sturdy, charming African American girl with pigtails, ribbons, and overalls. Key masterfully plots the story of home, family, and fate, and readers will race to the conclusion, sensing the trouble to come. An original and satisfying coming-of-age tale. When his father loses his job, seventh-grader Georges moves with his parents from their beloved home in Brooklyn to an apartment.

    There he meets Safer, who makes him a partner in his spying activity on the mysterious Mr. As he becomes involved in the espionage, Georges also struggles with bullies at school, lost friendships, and a strange new life with his father. All of these threads neatly come together. Each character is well-developed and memorable; their problems are not easily solved or trivialized.

    Stead prompts readers to think about reasons for lying, and to understand that there are different kinds of falsehoods. A stray on the streets of the small town of Erthly, little dog Buddy remembers her happy bond with a boy, whose family moved away to a city apartment where there was no room for Buddy. There is Charles Larue, a shy, reclusive caretaker of a mansion. Does he have a dark secret? The town kids want a dog park, and they organize a rally to support their cause, but can Mark confront his mom?

    Great for sharing with pet lovers. This tender tale of friendship and hope is narrated by a silverback gorilla living at The Big Top Mall, a shabby, circus-themed roadside attraction. For years, Ivan was passively content. He had his art, unlimited bananas, and his friends: Stella an elephant , Bob a stray dog , and Julia a human child. Thus, Ivan is inspired to take action. Applegate makes a powerful statement about the treatment of animals—especially those living in captivity—and reminds readers that all creatures deserve a safe place to call home.

    A must-have. Nineteen of these poems are now brought together in this anthology consisting of a delightful range of American and British poets from Ogden Nash and Edward Lear to Rachel Field and Jack Prelutsky. The jaunty selections feature horses, elephants, dancing bears, and wonderfully empowered children. A full-length CD of the recordings is included, making this a feast of enchanting sounds, words, and visuals-a magnificent package for any poetry collection. Back matter includes photographs of the poets included, credits and more information about the poems and the music.

    Blair Christolon. Graphic memoirs are a cornerstone of the graphic-novel format, but rarely are they written with children as the primary audience. In eight short stories, Liu has done just that, giving younger readers a glimpse into her life growing up in China just after the death of Chairman Mao.

    The result is a memoir that reads like a fable, a good story with a moral that resonates. In fact, he is part of a long line of apothecaries who have discovered miraculous secrets— truth serums, invisibility, amazing physical transformations—and he is now working with scientists on an incredible plan that has global ramifications with regard to the escalating tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States.

    Some readers may need to brush up on cold war history to fully appreciate the stakes, but even those with a vague understanding of the times will be quickly swept up in this thoroughly enjoyable adventure, filled with magic, humor, memorable characters, and just a bit of sweet romance. The book begins with Jessica refusing to acknowledge the result: a stump. But she is slowly reintroduced to life, which involves being fitted for a prosthesis, returning to school, and dealing with the usual—tough teachers, mean girls, and one really hot, sensitive, supportive boy.

    Daniel Kraus. Their journey through unsettled wilderness filled with bears and wolves makes an exciting background for sibling rivalry, loyalty, and secrets. Told from the perspective of Anne Lindbergh, wife of the famed aviator Charles, her third novel after The Autobiography of Mrs. And so begins their enthralling journey together. Intimately depicting their marriage of duty and partnership in the air, as well as the horrific kidnapping and murder of first child Charles Jr.

    Unwittingly and unwillingly at the center of the action is Sophie, a nurse and single mom whose charitable instincts toward her patient—the leader of a crime ring—could wind up costing her the thing she values most in life: her teenage son. Soderberg writes exceptionally well-drawn and sympathetic characters, demonstrates an easy familiarity with diverse European locales, and has the chops to move a story along with the best of them.

    All in all, The Andalucian Friend is yet one more compelling reason to read Scandinavian suspense novels, some of the finest in the genre today. When she is finally made a head cook, she is hired by some of the best families in Manhattan but unwittingly leaves a trail of disease in her wake. She is released three years later under the condition that she never cook again. But her inability to understand her condition, her passion for cooking, and the income she had become used to all conspire to lure her back into the kitchen. Keane not only makes of the headstrong Mary a sympathetic figure, she also brings the New York City of the early twentieth century to teeming life, sweeping readers into the crowded apartment buildings, filthy bars, and dangerous sweatshops of Upper Manhattan.

    A fascinating, often heartbreaking novel. Also in the mix are four seemingly random murders modeled on presidential assassinations and a secret spy ring initiated by George Washington. Beecher narrates sections of the story as he races from crime scenes to hospitals and even to Camp David, setting a frantic pace that will leave readers breathless and tense. As the story nears its climax Will there be a fifth presidential assassination? This roller-coaster car should come with a seatbelt!.

    Unconventional sexual practices. Viennese interlude.

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    This bill of particulars could only fit one American author: John Irving. His 13th novel after Last Night in Twisted River tells the oftentimes outrageous story of bisexual novelist Billy Abbott, who comes of age in the uptight s and explores his sexuality through two decadent decades into the plague-ridden s and finally to a more positive present day.

    Faced with an unsympathetic mother and an absent father who might have been gay, Billy travels to Europe, where he has affairs with a transgendered female and an older male poet, an early AIDS activist. In the end, sexual secrets abound in this novel, which intermittently touches the heart as it fitfully illuminates the mutability of human desire. The Iron King can be only as strong as those who serve him, after all. The flavor of the times, the smells, sounds, values, and superstitions give this work a fine readability as well as a sensation of reality. With an introduction by George R.