The Rest of the Story

July 20, 2019 by


I am a life-long Sarah Dessen fan. I have always enjoyed her thoughtful and romantic YA stories and her newest is no disappointment.

The Rest of the Story is about a girl named Emma Saylor who returns for the Summer to her dead mother’s childhood home on the lake to reconnect with her family. When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her. Emma also finally begins to uncover her mother’s troubled past and how important it is to her to connect the dots between her past and her present.

Sprinkled in with some romance, and, as always for Sarah Dessen, a cast of quirky and insightful characters, this story is heartwarming and a good solid read.

50 Years Ago: The Moon

July 18, 2019 by

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11   If you’re looking for a great introductory book to share with someone describing the first human journey and landing on the moon, check out Brian Floca’s “Moonshot.”   This 56 page picture book tells the story while mixing in the facts for an audience of ages 4 and up.  The excitement builds towards blast-off and the reader goes along on the journey.  

Cover image for The first men who went to the moon  Rhonda Gowler Greene’s newer title is also perfect for first time readers and children who are being introduced to the topic.

Cover image for Destination : Moon  Another best pick for early readers is reliable Seymour Simon’s “Moon.”

10    9    8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1   BLASTOFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Escape the Room!

July 16, 2019 by

Have you heard about our escape room?! Sign up for the remaining dates (July 20th, 23rd, and 30th), just give us a call!

Great for groups or families -escape the room and win candy!

The Bridge Across the Ocean

July 13, 2019 by

indexDo you believe in ghosts? Brette has “The Sight”, or the ability to see spirits in the thin space between this world and the next. Her grandmother and aunts have had the ability as well, but Brette has always struggled with the disbelief of others if she mentions it. Susan Meissner has written a novel that takes place in different eras: present day, and various times during WWII, between 1936 – 1946.  The ship RMS Queen Mary plays a major role in the story, since it was utilized during WWII to transport troops abroad and wartime brides back to the U.S. after the war ended. Annaliese would do anything to escape her cruel Nazi husband, and seizes the opportunity when her best friend dies in an auto accident. Brette is drawn to visit the Queen Mary (in present day) and is “approached ” by a spirit she believes to be Annaliese, after some careful research. The novel features an interesting time in history, but it is also a sober reminder of the horrors of war. A great historical fiction read.

A book a day for Cielo

July 11, 2019 by

Zurbo gets some writing done during a break at the oyster farm.  Down under in Tasmania, oyster fisherman Matt Zurbo is finding time to write one children’s book a day in honor of his four year-old daughter, Cielo. If you visit his web site you’ll be able to read the stories he’s completed so far (none have been officially published beyond this although he has several other published children’s books).  With about 40 days left to go to meet his 365 book goal, Zurbo finds the time to write his daily homage.

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