Oliver has big dreams of becoming a magician even though he doesn’t know any magic tricks and has stage fright.
When his friends get him a magic gig at a classmate’s birthday party, he decides to visit a magic shop where he hopes to learn some tricks. Instead, he comes away with just a very old top hat. Oliver wonders how he is ever going to pull off an entire magic show with just a top hat, when he meets Eddy- the rabbit that lives inside the hat. Eddy agrees to help Oliver pull off an excellent act.
At the party, a gift goes missing and Oliver is the prime suspect. He needs to solve the mystery and clear his good name so the show can go on!
My family laughed all the way through this book that we read together on a recent road trip.
Generous and eccentric, Miss Pinkeltink fills her huge purse with everything from a toilet plunger to roller skates, then gives it all away.
She offers tape to fix a flat tire and a bone to a kitty. Miss Pinkeltink’s gift never quite hit the mark, but she gives what she has and gives from the heart.
With nothing left to give or to shelter herself, she huddles on a park bench, trying to sleep in the rain. That’s where Zoey sees her from her bedroom window and knows that something must be done to take care of the women who does her best to take care of others.
Women Talking is a novel of fiction based on the real-life event of a colony of Mennonites in Bolivia.
Between 2005 and 2009, the women and girls of the colony would wake, bruised and bloodied, having been attacked the night before as they slept. The men of the colony blamed the women, telling them they were being punished for their sins by ghosts and demons. It was later revealed that the women were being sedated with animal anesthetic and raped by some of the male members of the community.
This is the story of the women – all illiterate, with no knowledge of anything outside their religious community, meeting in secret to figure out how to protect their children and themselves and the choices they must make to do so.
This was a heart wrenching, powerful read that is not to be missed.
Angela Santomero is the producer and co-creator of Blue’s Clues and other programming for children on PBS.
Inspired by the life of Mister Rogers, and his seemingly radical view of how people should be treated, Santomero points out that the world would be a much better place if we all practiced a little more kindness – and tells us exactly how to do so.
I came away from this book with a completely different perspective on how to interact with people on a daily basis and a new-found focus on being kind to myself.
If you are looking for a book that will make you feel good about life and the possibility of living in a gentler world, this is it!
In this adorably illustrated book, we are introduced to “the little guys.” These cute, acorn-hat wearing creatures set out together to find breakfast and find that they can conquer even the biggest tasks when they work together as a team. It’s almost as if NOTHING can stop them…
This sweet book reminds us that even if we are small, when we work together, we are mighty.
Rosa Saur leaves Berlin and moves in with her mother and father-in-law after her husband is sent to the front lines during WWII. She believes she will be out of harms way in their small country village. Her safety is short lived though - as one morning the SS come to their house and inform Rosa that she has been chosen to become a “taster”, one of the nine women who will test all of Hitler’s food for poison before it is served to him.
This is a story about what people must do and the choices they make in order to survive when faced with the unthinkable.
I’ve been reading a lot of books set during WWII lately and this was a completely different take on the horrors forced onto humans during this time.
Life and success coach Jen Sincero transformed her own financial life from (barely) living paycheck to paycheck to earning a seven-figure income.
In this book she shares exactly how she did it. The key, she claims, is all in your mindset: change your mind - change the balance in your bank account.
More than anything, this book encourages you to live life to the fullest, take some chances, even if they scare you, and the rest will all fall into place. I can’t argue with that.
Barrie Ann and her aunt Charlotte live a solitary life together after Barrie Anne's parents die when she is seven.
A strange gift exists in the women of their family- a gift they keep hidden to keep themselves safe.
One day, Barrie Ann finds an abandoned baby - a baby unique in her own ways - who could easily threaten their safety if they choose to keep her.
Together, they must figure out just how far they are willing to go to protect themselves and the mysterious child.
I absolutely loved this novel about Alice Roosevelt.
I admit that I didn't know much about her before I read this book, but her wit and antics quickly made her one of my favorite historical women.
Years ahead of her time, she refused to conform to the expectations of high society. She chewed gum, smoked cigarettes and spoke her mind at a time when women just didn't do that. Especially the daughter of a president.
Americans of the time followed her every move and treated her like royalty.
She lived a life full of adventure and heartache and I could not get enough.
On the Korean island of Jeju, Young-sook and Mi-ja belong to a collective of women divers who are the breadwinners for their families.
The girls become friends as children and the story follows their friendship over decades, from the occupation by Japan to World War II, to the Korean War and after.
This is a fiction novel based on actual divers called Haenyo. I cried happy tears and tears of anguish while reading this book and about the events of their lives. This story about friendship, loss, and connection will fill you with awe and remind you to count your blessings.
I was enthralled with The Age of Light.
This is the story of Lee Miller, a famous fashion model who decides that she would rather be behind the camera and in 1929 moves to France to immerse herself in art.
In France, she catches the eye of artist Man Ray and though he wants Lee to be part of his life as his muse, she rejects the idea and instead requests that she become his assistant while he teaches her about photography.
Theirs is a tumultuous relationship and Lee becomes a world class artist in her own right.
From fashion model to first female war correspondent, Lee Miller was a woman ahead of her time. This story of her pursuit of her passions is not to be missed!
It’s 1938 and Hollywood is bringing The Wizard of Oz to the big screen.
To be sure Hollywood stays true to the vision of her late husband, L. Frank Baum, Maud Baum makes her way to MGM studios to offer the service of her insight.
Told in alternating timelines between the 1880s and 1938, we get a fantastical glimpse “behind the curtain” and into the real situations and people who inspired the book –and eventually one of America’s most iconic movies.
More of a psychological study than a psychological thriller, Looker follows the unnamed narrator amid a divorce after a bout of unsuccessful fertility treatments.
With her life coming apart at the seams, she begins to follow suit. She is depressed. She is angry. Her once innocent interest in her movie star neighbor becomes an obsession- the consequences of which will ripple through her neighborhood.
This is a dark, unsettling story that follows a woman into madness that you see coming before she does.
I read this short novel in one sitting because I just had to know if the narrator was going to make it out with her sanity intact.