providence of fire by Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley is the second book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series.  I enjoyed the first book, The Emperor’s Blades, and was looking forward to this one. It continues the stories of the three royal siblings, two princes and a princess, whose lives were thrown into chaos when

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ivy takes care by rosemary wells

Ivy Takes Care by Rosemary Wells

It took a bit of looking to find children’s historical fiction on audio that was set in Nevada! Ivy’s summer adventures give readers a close-up look at some of the unique animals and terrain of Nevada and is a perfect summer read for elementary-aged children. Ivy and her best friend Annie live near Carson City,

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two can keep a secret

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

Two Can Keep A Secret is about a twin brother and sister, Ellery and Ezra, who are sent to their mom’s home town, Echo Ridge, for their senior year of high school. It is a very small town where everyone knows everyone else … and their business.  Ellery is into true crime books and movies

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the emperors blades

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

The Emperor’s Blades is the story of three royal siblings, two princes and a princess, whose lives are thrown into chaos when their father, the king, is assassinated.  The eldest, Kaden, the heir to the throne, was sent away to a remote mountain monastery at the far reaches of the kingdom.  There he has endured

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ghetto cowboy by g neri

Ghetto Cowboy by G Neri

Although Ghetto Cowboy is set in the present, there’s a lot of history here. This fast-paced story is set among today’s urban horsemen of North Philadelphia’s Fletcher Street Riding Club, whose history and traditions date back to the black cowboys of the 1800s. Ghetto Cowboy is being made into a film which will star Idris

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out of left field

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages

Out of Left Field is a work of love dedicated to the unsung heroes and history of women’s baseball. If you’re a baseball fan, this book is definitely for you. But here’s the thing: if you, like me, have no interest in baseball or women’s baseball, or for that matter, no interest in sports at

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a snicker of magic

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Tennessee is a state awash in folk tales, legends and tall tales including the well-known stories of Davy Crockett, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind and Casey Jones. A Snicker of Magic is a charming tale filled with magical realism that fits right in with the spirit of Tennessee storytelling. Although this story takes place in

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daughter of smoke and bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the story of a 17 year old art student, Karou, who lives in Prague.  When she gets together with her friends they share the art they have been working on,  Karou has wonderful drawings of fantastical creators in her journal that tell stories about them.  They are wonderful half-animal,

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journey of little charlie

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

I’ve come across many southern pre-Civil War stories about wealthy plantation owners and slaves. I’ve also read a few stories set in the post-Civil War era and that feature sharecroppers, both black and white. This is the first book I’ve read about white sharecroppers living in the pre-Civil War era south. Once again, Christopher Paul

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vanishing acts

Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult’s Vanishing Acts is the story about Delia, her daughter, her father and mother, and her friends.  Delia was raised by her father and since her mother died he did everything he could to give her a good childhood.  She is engaged to Eric, one of her childhood friends, and the two of them

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the fell sword

The Fell Sword by Miles Cameron

The Fell Sword is the second book in Miles Cameron’s five book “The Traitor Son Cycle” series.  It picks up where the first book left off.  The book is about a company of mercenaries and their captain, the Red Knight.  In this installment, the company comes to the rescue of the Emperor’s daughter, who is

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wildlife by fiona wood

Wildlife by Fiona Wood

I really liked Wildlife by Fiona Wood. It is about two 16 year old girls, Sib and Lou, whose school has a “term in the woods” program.  Lou is new.  She just transferred in.  Her boyfriend died in an accident and she is trying to cope with her grief.  Lou is no-nonsense, understandably withdrawn, and

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