The Gallery

What fascinates me is how author Laura Marx Fitzgerald can write such compelling books and interest me in art at the same time. I thought Blue Balliett did a fairly good job merging art and plot in her books Chasing Vermeer, etc. Laura Marx Fitzgerald takes it to another level. I enjoyed Under the Egg,... Continue Reading →

Pax: Journey Home

At the end of Pax, Peter and his pet fox, Pax, were separated. Pax, Journey Home picks up a year later. Pax is living in the wild with his mate, Bristle, and her brother, Runt. Peter is living with Vola, lonely and unwilling to let anyone into his heart. He’s grieving his father’s death in... Continue Reading →

Williwaw!

September and Ivan have a lot of responsibilities - more than most children their age. Their dad travels a lot, fishing on different boats around the Alaskan coast. That leaves September and Ivan at home, alone, to tend to their property. Their mother died on the bay in a huge storm that wrecked their boat.... Continue Reading →

My Side of the Mountain

I guess I’m on a bit of a survivalist streak. I’ve run across several great books at the thrift shop that I recognize, but hadn’t read - I guess that’s the best explanation as to why now. Sam feels confined and unhappy sharing the small New York City apartment with his large family. When his... Continue Reading →

Hatchet

Brian is alone. Really alone. He was on his way to visit his dad when the single engine airplane he’s flying in crashes in the Canadian wilderness. All he has is his tattered windbreaker and the hatchet his mom gave him right before he left. And he realizes that the plane was probably very off... Continue Reading →

Black Radishes

Gustave loves living in Paris and hanging out with his best friends, his cousin Jean-Paul and their friend Marcel. They almost won the synagogue Boy Scout scavenger hunt! They couldn’t find a yellow feather, which caused them to lose to the other team by just a few points. But Gustave’s life is about to change.... Continue Reading →

Trouble the Water

Callie has found a stray dog and she is determined to figure out his owner. Her investigation causes her to collide with Wendell, a white boy from town. She reluctantly joins forces with Wendell to find out who owns the wandering yellow dog. As they investigate, they find themselves getting closer and closer to a... Continue Reading →

Half Magic

Jane finds a strange coin on the sidewalk and sticks it in her pocket. She and her siblings are bored stiff that summer - all their friends are away in the country while they’re stuck at home. So she wishes something exciting will happen. And surprisingly, something exciting does happen - her wish is granted!... Continue Reading →

The Magic Mirror

Maggie doesn’t know who her parents are. She only knows widow Minka, who took her in and continually threatens to send her away to beg on the streets. That seems a fate too difficult to bear, so Maggie continually tries to please widow Minka. Until one day, widow Minka announces to Maggie that she’s arranged... Continue Reading →

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