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Rebecca is a long-time Saturn customer who has returned home after college to, well, READ!  She's a full-time teacher at Joburg HS, and is pretty knowledgeable about kid-lit, so come in, look down (she'a a tiny one), and ask her what she's reading now!


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ISBN: 9781619635906
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - June 2nd, 2015

Ollie has epileptic seizures when exposed to electricity, so he and his mother live in the middle of the woods in Northern Michigan.  Moritz lives in Germany, and has a weak heart and was born with no eyes.  The two boys have never met, but they begin a unexpected friendship when they become pen pals.  

The connection that Ollie and Moritz form gives them the hope and encouragement that both desperately need, and with that encouragement they each start to really live their lives.

Told all in letters, Because You'll Never Meet Me is a captivating book by new Michigan author Leah Thomas. 

ISBN: 9780316376570
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2015

When this book came into Saturn, I had to look at it just because of the title.  Before reading the story, I already had lots of ideas about why it would be a bad idea to bring an alligator to school, but the girl in the story, Magnolia, had several examples that I wouldn't have thought of such as the alligator will throw paper airplanes and twirl gum.  All of this causes Magnolia to get into trouble with her teacher, and she regrets bringing in the alligator for show-and-tell.  

Magnolia's narration really makes this story because her reactions to the alligator's antics are perfect.  The illustrations are wonderful too, making this a fun and hilarious book that children and adults alike will love.

ISBN: 9780062343628
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 2nd, 2015

During WWII, German POWs were put to work on farms in the United States to help replace the workers that were fighting in Europe or the Pacific.  Charlotte Chrisiansen knows that the farmers in her small Wisconsin town need the extra help in order to get the cherries harvested to make a profit and support their families, and convinces her town council of this.  With her son, Ben, in Italy fighting the Nazis, Charlotte welcomes the help that will bring their harvest in.

However, Charlotte doesn't plan on falling in love with one of the German prisoners, Karl.  When Ben returns home from the war wounded and suffering from PTSD, Charlotte's secret relationship threatens the fragile peace in her home.

The Cherry Harvest is a very emotional and engaging novel. I know there's a lot of historical fiction novels about WWII, but this is definitely one that you should read if you are a fan of fictional books about that era. 

ISBN: 9781250032805
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 30th, 2015

Reeve LeClaire was held captive for four years by Daryl Wayne Flint, but was rescued after they were involved in a car accident.  In the seven years since then, Reeve has worked hard to put her life back together, while Daryl has been in a mental hospital.  

However, Flint has been hard at work planning his next move, and manages to make a clean escape from the hospital.  Even though Reeve would rather forget all about Flint, she understands him better than anyone and he is still obsessed with her, making Reeve the perfect person to help in the efforts to recapture him.

What Doesn't Kill Her is exciting and suspenseful, with plenty of surprises that will prevent you from putting it down until the end.

ISBN: 9780062330598
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Published: Harper Teen - June 23rd, 2015

Emmy and Oliver were best friends in second grade, until one day when Oliver’s father kidnapped him and disappeared.  Ten years later, Emmy is still dealing with the effects of Oliver’s disappearance; mostly in the fact that her parents wouldn’t give her the freedom she wants as a high school senior.  

Then, Oliver is discovered in New York City and is returned home to his mother.  When he comes back to town, nobody knows how to react, especially Emmy, who has wondered for most of her life what it would be like to have Oliver back home. 

This is a cute romance and coming-of-age story that I would recommend for young adults who love Sarah Dessen or John Green.

ISBN: 9780142423660
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Published: Puffin Books - June 16th, 2015

An interesting and unique tale, The Glass Sentence describes a world that has been torn into different time zones.  The surviving civilizations call this the Great Disruption, and have tried to adapt to this new life the best they can. 

Many people became mapmakers, mapping the various corners of the globe and assisting in stabilizing this new world.  Sophia’s parents and her Uncle Shadrack did this, but her uncle stopped traveling to care for his niece when Sophia’s parents disappear during a trip.  

Years later, when Sophia is a teenager, changes start coming to the land, and Shadrack decides it is time for him and Sophia to go and try to find her parents.  However, before they can begin their venture, Shadrack is kidnapped.  Sophia, with the help of a boy named Theo, travel the different lands in an attempt to find her uncle, and by doing so Sophia learns more about the world around her.  She also discovers many dangers that she never could have imagined, and finds out that there is one danger that may be close to destroying the world.   

ISBN: 9780451466716
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Published: New American Library - November 4th, 2014

A historical fiction, What the Lady Wants is based on the story of Marshall Fields and his mistress, Delia.  They first met on the night of the Great Chicago Fire, and Fields impresses Delia as she watches him lead the way in rebuilding the city.  Throughout the years their friendship and mutual attraction eventually turned into a relationship, even though both were married.  However, both of their marriages were unhappy for various reasons, and so they turned to each other.  Their relationship was a huge scandal, but it didn't stop them.  

What the Lady Wants also gives insight into America's "Gilded Age" and how Marshall Fields and other business owners helped shape the modern business world.   

I thought this was a fascinating book, with great information about Chicago, the time period, and the socialites who lived there.

ISBN: 9780316337069
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 5th, 2015

Before the Japanese invaded the rest of Asia during WWII, most of the Asian countries were colonies of European nations.  Great Britain was one such nation, so they had a military presence in Asia.  One of the British ships adopted a dog, Judy, as a mascot.  When the Japanese invaded, she was captured along with many other British soldiers.  

No Better Friend tells the extraordinary and unique story of Judy, the only service animal to ever be held as a prisoner of war.  The courage that Judy and her follow POWs showed in the Japanese prison camps is incredible.  This is a great story for animal lovers and history buffs.

ISBN: 9781401689735
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Published: Thomas Nelson - October 28th, 2014

Elizabeth has always loved to cook, and being the chef at a New York City restaurant is a dream come true for her.  But, lately Elizabeth hasn't gotten the same pleasure from cooking that she used to, and the restaurant's business is suffering because of it.  When the owner brings in a new celebrity chef to help boost business, Elizabeth decides she needs to take a break and try to rediscover her love for food.  Elizabeth has been avoiding going home to Seattle for years because of unresolved issues with her sister, Jane, however she decides this might be the perfect opportunity to use Jane's kitchen and be at her sister's side as Jane is going through chemotherapy.  

I really enjoyed this book.  The characters are easy to relate to, the plot is well developed, and the love of reading is a theme mentioned several times.  This is a great, feel-good story that would be an excellent beach read this summer.

ISBN: 9781250055798
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 5th, 2015

When a bicycle accident puts her into a coma for five days, six-year old Rose spends those five days dreaming of a magical island where she has all sorts of heroic adventures with a boy named Hugo.  From then on, every time Rose falls asleep she dreams of the island and Hugo.  

Years later Rose is married with three children, and her dreams are an escape from what she sees as an ordinary, boring life.  But, everything changes on the day that Rose runs into Hugo in real life and her dream life and real life merge.  Rose isn't sure what person she wants to be, the wife and mother of the real world or the daring hero of her dream world.  But, her questions about her identity and the questions her and Hugo's connection bring up threaten both worlds.

Hugo & Rose was different, and it took me until about halfway through to get into it.  Once the story picked up though, it got really interesting.  Rose and Hugo have "known" each other for most of their lives, so when they became a reality to each other, it was fascinating to see how both of them handled it.  If you are looking for a new psychological thriller, this should be the next one that you read.

ISBN: 9780803734074
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Published: Dial Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2011

Betty Bunny has never had chocolate cake before, but once she tries some, she knows that it's her new favorite food.  She loves it so much that she wants to eat it all the time, but Betty has to learn to be patient and eat a healthy dinner first.  When she doesn't get what she wants, Betty starts to display some bad behavior, even throwing her dinner at her older siblings.  

This funny and charming book shares a scene that most parents are very familiar with.  It's a great story to read aloud because Betty Bunny's antics will make your entire family laugh out loud.