The Forgotten Room

index.aspxA novel written by three co-authors, Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig, The Forgotten Room is a three generational story, using flashbacks to relate the lives of Kate, Olive and Lucy. A gilded mansion on East Sixty-Ninth Street in Manhattan is the setting common to all three stories. Kate is a doctor in 1944, working in a hospital into which the mansion has been converted; Olive is a housemaid living in the dwelling in 1892; and Lucy works as a legal secretary in 1920 and lives in the mansion, now a boardinghouse for young women. The plot thickens as all three interact with three generations of men who are also related. The key is the “forgotten room” on the top floor, which holds many secrets that must be solved in order for each character to understand their ancestors involvement. A bit heavy on characterization, this novel requires quite a bit of concentration on the reader’s part to keep tabs on all the players and their relationship to each other.


As a fan of anything Peter Pan I can highly recommend Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell. Unhooked is about Gwendolyn Allister, who has just moved with her eccentric mother to London. Gwen has been moving from place to place with her mother her entire life, running from the “monsters” that her mother insists are following them.

Gwen ha21518344.jpgs always chalked up her mother’s crazy rantings about monsters to her being an artist. But when they move to an odd house with paintings of fairies on the outskirts of London, Gwen can tell that something about the place is not right.

But when Gwen is kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

This story is exciting and scary all the same time – a fun read!

Books to plays

Potter fans get ready for the next installment of the boy wizard’s adventures.  Author J.K. Rowling has announced that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be published as both a book and a play in July.  Set 19 years after the final book in the series, the play will have its world premiere on London’s West End this summer.  The book and e-book will be released by Scholastic at the same time.9781338099133_p0_v1_s192x300.jpg

Harper Lee’s beloved Pulitzer Prize winning classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” is headed to the Broadway stage for the 2017-2018 season.  Aaron Sorkin of the 9780061120084_p0_v3_s118x184.jpg“West Wing” and “The Social Network” fame will adapt the book.  Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher will direct.

Special interest board books

Two new board books will appeal to young “readers” three and up.  Everyone loves Dalmatians.  Our new book entitled “Let’s Go to the Firehouse” will appeal to young dog lovers as well as those interested in everything connected to firefighting.9780545766340_p0_v1_s118x184.jpgIncorporating vivid pictures of firefighters sliding down a pole, riding on fire trucks and manning their hoses, this board book has the added bonus of a 20 minute DVD featuring a visit to a real firehouse.  This is a very appealing book for both boys and girls.

“A Day With Cinderella” accomplishes a two-fold purpose.  It tells the well-known story of Cinderella and incorporates a clock with moveable hands that enables the “reader” to follow Cinderella through that eventful day when she visits the palace.9781499800616_p0_v2_s118x184.jpgRichly illustrations with drawings that give a modern-day slant to Cinderella and the other characters, this board book will probably appeal  more to girls ages three and up.  The book affords parents an opportunity to introduce the concept of how to tell time.


Legend by Marie Lu

index.aspxThe first book in a popular YA trilogy, Legend is a futuristic novel where the Republic (originally the western coast of the US) is at war against the neighboring Colonies. The Republic is a military governing body, and fifteen year old June is being trained for a position of importance when her brother Metias is suddenly murdered. The culprit is identified as Daniel Altin Wing or Day, as he is more well known, a fifteen year old “criminal” who is a supporter of the colonies. June is devastated at her brother’s death, and vows to bring Day to justice. However, things are not quite what they seem to be, and June finds herself in a world of confusion as she struggles to do the right thing in avenging her brother’s death. It is a good option for fans of the Divergent series, but for older teens, since the novel contains some violence and cruelty to humans. It is an engaging read, and I plan to read the next title in the series: Prodigy.