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The Rainbow Fish is an international bestseller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foilstamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child-appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish, who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions, that gives the book its lasting value.
Why I like It: It is a great story about making friends and especially starting out a new school year what could be better to help children.
Ollie and her cat Pumpkin are out frolicking on a beautiful fall day when they come upon a tiny kitten shivering in a pile of fallen leaves. Ollie warms the kitten up and the three become fast friends, but when Ollie sees “Lost Kitten” posters hanging on the trees in the forest, she knows she has to help her new friend get home. As Halloween draws nearer, magic is afoot, and Ollie’s good deed is rewarded in an unexpected way.
Why I like It: Beautifully illustrated, this book is perfect for those who love fall and Halloween. It’s a cute story of getting lost and being found set under swirling leaves.
Jessica: The Spell Thief by Tom Percival
Life for Jack is great ― he’s got a magical talking hen named Betsy, he lives in a town where stories literally grow on trees, and all his best friends live there with him. That is, until Anansi, the new kid in town, arrives…
When Jack sees Anansi having a secret meeting with a troll ― everything changes. Trolls mean trouble and Jack will stop at nothing to prove that Tale Town is in danger. Even if that means using stolen magic!
Why I like It: I picked it because it was an elaboration on fairy tales that I read as a child and I thought it would be a good book to share with my son.
Midnight Sun is a 2020 companion novel to the 2005 book Twilight by author Stephenie Meyer. The work retells the events of Twilight from the perspective of Edward Cullen instead of that of the series’ usual narrating character Bella Swan.
Why I like It: If you liked the original Twilight series, this book gives you new insight into the world of Edward Cullen.
An odd assortment of mystery and crime authors, some of them felons themselves, discover one of their colleagues has been murdered during the fury of a massive hurricane–the perfect crime scene. Since officials are preoccupied with the aftermath of the storm, the authors set out to solve the mystery themselves, in the type of wild but smart caper that Grisham’s readers love.
Why I like it: This is the follow-up to Camino Island and is storytelling at its best. Exciting, descriptive, and intriguing, with a bit of humor thrown in.
Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
Why I like it: One of my favorites — it takes place in summer in the South, and during springtime in Michigan where we are all eager for summer, it’s a nice escape and an intriguing and empowering coming-of-age story.
Abandoned by her young mother, unsure of her father’s identity, and raised by her prominent aunt and uncle near Boston, thirty-year-old Fiona Range has developed a high threshold for emotional pain. Her recklessness, generosity, and poor judgment have landed her in more scrapes than her affluent family-or small-town community-can tolerate. Beautiful, volatile and smart-tongued (or trashy, erratic, and wild, depending on whom you ask), Fiona hits rock bottom after she ends a party with a strange man in her bed. Alienated from relatives and friends but determined to change, Fiona turns to the men in her life-among them, cruel and unstable Patrick Grady, who denies she is his daughter. The arrival home of her gentle cousin Elizabeth with fiance in tow sparks a storm where past mistakes and current passions collide.
Why I like it: It is an enthralling read and you can’t help but want to know what will happen as you follow the main character, who is flawed, impulsive, and proceeds to make increasingly bad decisions–like a train on course for collision, you can’t look away. There is family drama, secret pasts, and a twist that will blow your socks off.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander. A mystery that captures public imagination. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the oppurtunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations – a search for the the truth threatens to consume him…
Dana’s Why I like it: I liked this book because once I started it, I did not want to put it down, the mark of a truly entertaining book for me. The twist in the plot was fascinating, making me want to go back and analyze the characters’ moves and motivations, and twists and turns in in the plot, that tied up the story and made the book end perfectly.
Joans’s Why I like it: A great mystery and psychological thriller.
After staging his own suicide, a crazed scientist uses his power to become invisible to stalk and terrorize his ex-girlfriend. When the police refuse to believe her story, she decides to take matters into her own hands and fight back.
Why I like It: A perfect movie for October in particular. A new take on a psychological horror movie.
In 2005, average in every way private Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) is selected to take part in a secret military experiment to put him in hibernation for a year along with a woman named Rita (Maya Rudolph). The slumbering duo is forgotten when the base they are stored on is closed down and are left in stasis until 2505. When they finally wake up, they discover the average intelligence of humans has decreased so much that Joe is now the smartest man in the world.
Why I like It: I find it to be very timely!
Freddie Mercury — the lead singer of Queen — defies stereotypes and convention to become one of history’s most beloved entertainers. The band’s revolutionary sound and popular songs lead to Queen’s meteoric rise in the 1970s. After leaving the group to pursue a solo career, Mercury reunites with Queen for the benefit concert Live Aid — resulting in one of the greatest performances in rock ‘n’ roll history.
Why I like It: Great real life story of a Rock Legend who on the outside looked like he had it all, but actually lived a lonely life that ended tragically.