The Family Romanov

Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia

 

 

 

 

by Candace Fleming Schwartz and Wade 292 pages

 

 

“Were we all, the whole upper crust of Russian society, so totally insensitive, so horribly obtuse, as to not feel that the charmed life we were leading was in itself an injustice [...]

Forget Me Not

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Nancy Van Laan illustrated by Stephanie Graegin Schwartz and Wade unpaged

 

 

Grandma loves forget-me-nots. They spill all over her garden and are embroidered on her table linens. Julia loves spending time at Grandma’s house – Grandma’s eyes twinkle like candles on a cake. They [...]

West of the Moon

 

 

Margi Preus Amulet Books 213 p.

 

 

West of the Moon is a surprisingly complex but easy to read 5-Star fiction. From Astri’s point of view, her life is intermittently interwoven with thirteen Norwegian folk and fairy tales, including East of the Sun, West of the Moon, which actuates a [...]

Edward Hopper Paints His World

 

Robert Burleigh Paintings by Wendell Minor Henry Holt and Company unpaged

 

 

From a young age, Edward Hopper wanted to be an artist. While other boys played ball or ran races, Edward painted the things he saw. In the early 20th century, he studied in New York and Paris and took a [...]

Ida M. Tarbell

 

The Woman Who Challenged Big Business – and Won!

 

Emily Arnold McCully Clarion Books 279 p.

 

 

Possessing an innate drive to study nature and science and seeking every opportunity to investigate, experiment, extrapolate and postulate, Ida was raised in a Christian family and enjoyed true bliss during most of [...]

If Only books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloomsbury Press

 

 

 

If Only books are true-blue middle grade contemporary romances – or, in modern terms, ultra appealing chick-reads for teenage girls. Readers are taken to a non-typical place for the summer with a typical but rather saucy teenager who [...]

Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Michael D. Bell Alfred A. Knopf 277 p.

 

 

Cats have nine lives. Lantern Sam, a rare male calico, has used eight of his. He’s a regular Sherlock Holmes. He calls home the Lake Erie Shoreliner which travels from New York to Chicago, a [...]

The Hero’s Guides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Christopher Healy Walden Pond Press (HarperCollins)

 

 

In “The Hero’s Guide” series, Cinderella, Rapenzel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White all have one thing in common: they were each saved by a “Prince Charming”. The bards popularize the four Princes in ballads, but [...]

The Tweedles Go Electric

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Monica Kulling pictures by Marie Lafrance Groundwood Books unpaged

 

Readers today can’t remember a time when cars weren’t the normal mode of transportation. Author Monica Kulling’s fiction story, The Tweedles Go Electric, with colorful illustrations by Marie Lafrance, highlights this historical transition.

The Tweedle family [...]

The Summer I saved the World … in 65 Days

 

 

 

 

 

by Michele Weber Hurwitz Wendy Lamb Books Random House Children’s Books 265 pages

 

Author Michele Weber Hurwitz wrote this book in answer to these questions: Can small acts of kindness really change our world? Is electronic communication actually making families and neighborhoods more disconnected than connected?

On the [...]