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Junie B Jones One Man Band
by Barbara Park


Loved the lesson in this book about turning lemons into lemonade! We used YouTube to watch actual videos of people juggling lemons and also cheerleading videos to bring this story to life, the kids loved it! We are happy Junie B got to be the star at the end!
 
 


Junie B Jones One Man Band
by Barbara Park


Loved the lesson in this book about turning lemons into lemonade! We used YouTube to watch actual videos of people juggling lemons and also cheerleading videos to bring this story to life, the kids loved it! We are happy Junie B got to be the star at the end!
 
 


Coast Road
by Barbara Delinsky Books


Couldn't put this one down. A tragic accident leads to a father stepping up for his girls and ex wife. He learns things about himself as he steps into the new world they have made for themselves. There were many ups and downs on the two week plus ride this family took. They were all the better for it
 
 


The Safe Place
by Anna Downes


I enjoyed this psychological suspense audio book written and narrated by Anna Downes. Emily has just lost her job as an acting agent. She has fallen on desperate times. Then she meets Scott Denny who offers her a job as a housekeeper. His secluded estate is in France with his wife Nina and daughter Aurelia. Emily falls in love with the estate but starts to question Nina and how she treats Aurelia. Emily discovers some strange secretive things about the property as well.
 
 


Bryant And May The Lonely Hour
by Christopher Fowler


I think I've read every book in the series except the book of short stories. If you like detective fiction with a bit of the supernatural thrown in, you should appreciate Bryant and May. However, I don't know if I would start with this book; I recommend starting with one of the first books. That way, you get accustomed to the characters and their various "quirks." Bryant and May are the ostensible leaders of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. Ergo, most of the murders/crimes in the books are rather bizarre. In The Lonely Hour, the team is on the hunt for a killer after a man is found hanging in a willow tree with several occult/satanic objects around him. Other murders occur and the team is on the hunt for a "serial" killer who preys on his/her victims around 4:00 a.m. Are the victims random? Are they chosen for a specific reason? That is for the reader to figure out and I do not want to reveal too much. The pleasure of these novels is getting to know the characters, learning a great deal about England's/London's landscapes, history, and nightlife. Arthur Bryant is the more eccentric character, while John May is more grounded in reality. They are the elder statesmen of the team. At many points during the book, you may find yourself laughing even though some of the crimes and murderers make you want to cry. I highly recommend this and all the other novels in the series. A note of caution: you may want to have a dictionary of English terms or "google" some of the words (e.g., some of the candies that Bryant keeps on hand).
 
 


The Westing Game
by Ellen Raskin


this was one of the best mystery books i have read.
 
 


Changes for Kaya
by American Girl Kaya Books


In Changes for Kaya, Kaya is looking for her horse Steps High. She finds her horse with a foal, but then a forest fire starts and Kaya needs to escape the forest fire. It's hard with a slow foal who is not as fast as her mother and keeps falling behind. Steps High goes back to save her foal. She is brave. They get out of the fire safely and take care of Steps High and her foal. I'm so glad both the horses were saved. This is my favorite Kaya book. I learned that tawts may-we means good morning. Kaya is a Native American who speaks New Perce.
 
 


Gods And Kings (Chronicles of the Kings #1)
by Lynn Austin


Though born the second son of King Ahaz, Hezekiah is not protected from his father's perverted attempts to gain the favor of the idol Molech. Terrified and powerless at the foot of Molech's altar, Hezekiah encounters for the first time the one true God of his royal ancestry, Yahweh. Wow! Gods and Kings was the first book I read by Lynn Austin and I'm hooked! Already started the second book in this series. The story itself is good, but an unexpected bonus was how fascinating it was for me to read about the broader picture beyond the biblical account (more about the major nations at the time, the politics, the struggles). Lynn Austin was able to put me in the place of the characters. Long after I set the book down after finishing a chapter I would find myself thinking about them and gaining a great understanding of some of the decisions they made. I've recommended this book to friends and look forward to reading more from this author.
 
 


Junie B Jones Dumb Bunny
by Barbara Park


Not our favorite book in the series, as I read this one out loud, I found myself needing to skip over entire parts of conversation because it just wouldn’t make sense to my very young kids. The moral of the story to do good deeds for others and stand up for your friends when someone else is knocking them down, was worth the read, though.
 
 


Junie B Jones Dumb Bunny
by Barbara Park


Not our favorite book in the series, as I read this one out loud, I found myself needing to skip over entire parts of conversation because it just wouldn’t make sense to my very young kids. The moral of the story to do good deeds for others and stand up for your friends when someone else is knocking them down, was worth the read, though.
 
 
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