Beyond the Bright Sea, Lauren Wolk, Dutton, out now In the 1920s, twelve-year-old Crow lives on the isolated Elizabeth Islands, off the coast of Massachussetts. All she knows about her own history is that the man who raised her, Osh, an artist who lives alone, found her in a small boat on the beach. She… Continue reading Excellent middle grade historical mystery
If you’re looking for more ideas for great books for your kids to read this summer, check out our website, http://www.thebookies.com Click on the ‘Summer Reading’ tab on the top of our home page and you’ll find lists, set up by grade level, suggesting some of the best new books (in both paperback and hard… Continue reading Summer Reading
One of Us is Lying, Karen McManus, Delacorte, out May 30th An interesting YA book about manipulation. Five teens and one teacher are in detention when one boy dies and it’s quickly established that it’s murder. Everyone protests their innocence, but somebody killed him and everyone on that room has a secret that the victim… Continue reading Murder and Lies
The Evening Road, Laird Hunt, Little Brown, February 2017, on our shelves now This is one for readers of fine literature. Hunt’s attention to writing left me amazed at his skill. Set in Indiana of 1920, this is the story of two women and a lynching. Most of the story is about Ottie Lee Henshaw… Continue reading Larry’s quick reviews for all ages—new in February!
All The Ugly and Wonderful Things, Bryn Greenwood, Thomas Dunne Books, August, 2016 This is a book that I could not put down, other than to work or sleep. Greenwood draws her characters truthfully and deeply, so much so that I feel like I know the characters, their society and culture, from my work in… Continue reading Two August Titles Not to Miss!
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, Scott Stambach, St Martin’s Press, Aug 16 Startlingly original and heartfelt. Stunted on the outside, brilliant on the inside, 17-year-old Ivan, who was born severely deformed, has only known the miserable and restricted life of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. He is the master of… Continue reading A Glimpse into the Invisible
Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet, Norton – on our shelves now In some ways the perfect novel for this year of election! Anna is married to Ned, a businessman and aspiring politician who wants her to look perfect for the camera. But behind the scenes, he is cold and manipulative and has no real feeling for her or their six-year-old… Continue reading Psychological Thriller