Charlotte and Charles



Anyone remember this Children’s picture book? Charlotte and Charles by Ann Tompert was published in 1988 and I remember reading it as a child. Recently it was briefly mentioned in an adult novel that I was reading so I decided to re-read it. The book is about two Giants who live on an island and what happens when Humans come to inhabit the land. Clever and sad yet hopeful- this is a good one to re-read.

J. R. R. Tolkien at the Morgan Library

 If you are a Hobbit fan then check out the new exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum featuring author J. R. R. Tolkien.  The museum is displaying material from Oxford as well as private collections, original illustrations, photographs, drafts, maps and memorabilia. “Tolkien: Maker of Middle- earth” is being shown though May 10th.  Lectures, discussions and family events are being offered.  Remember, if you have a NYPL card admission is free with Culture Pass.

The Queen of Hearts

indexZadie and Emma met two summers before college at a camp for students interested in medicine, and they have been best friends ever since. Zadie is a pediatric cardiologist with three kids, and Emma is a trauma surgeon with one son. They both live in Charlotte, North Carolina and speak almost every day. However, a handsome “Dr. X” joins Emma’s practice and she discovers he is a blast from the past — both hers and Zadie’s. Emma  hasn’t been completely honest with her best friend, and the secret that she is keeping back is now much harder for her to hide. This novel is Kimmery Martin’s first, and it is blessed with well developed characters and a heart warming plot. Ms. Martin is an ER doc who decided to develop a medical based drama on what she knows firsthand. I enjoyed it, hope you do as well.

CCBC Canadian Book Awards

 Now that the children’s book award list has been announced, I am always curious to learn what titles are in the running or won in other countries.

Let’s take a look at the Canadian children’s book awards.

For ages 5-9 the 2018 winner was “Town by the Sea” by Joanne Schwartz

For ages 4-9 the 2018 winner was “When the Moon Comes” by Paul Harbridge

The non-fiction Norma Fleck Award for ages 14 and up went to “#notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women” edited by Lisa Charleyboy

For ages 10-14 the 2018 winner was “The Assassin’s Curse” a Blackthorn Key book by Kevin Sands

For ages 12 and up the best mystery went to “The Hanging Girl” by Eileen Cook

For ages 13 and up the Amy Mather Award went to “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline

These titles are all available to borrow from our library system. Happy reading!



indexWhen Maggie finds out her daughter has died in a plane crash, she is shocked and devastated. She hasn’t had a close relationship with her daughter Allison since Maggie’s husband, Charles died, but she loves her nonetheless. The reader finds out in the first chapter that Allison has survived the crash, but also that her life is in danger. Someone knows that she knows too much about the problems her husband’s drug company is experiencing and needs to silence her. The author, Jessica Barry, writes a taut paced novel with alternating chapters told in Allison’s and Maggie’s voices. I thought this was a great read, and look forward to more titles by this author. This is her debut novel.