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Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
Restoring Harmony

Cathy from Olympia, Washington, November 17, 2010

The year? 2041. 16-year-old Molly McClure and her family are lucky. They have a home, each other and enough to eat. They lead a quiet, self-sufficient life on their own farm in a small island community in British Columbia. When her family is unable to contact relatives in the U.S., they fear the worst may have happened to her estranged grandparents, and Molly is sent to Oregon alone to try and bring them back to the island. She must brave the chaotic world left after global economic Collapse of 2031. The oil-dependent U.S. has been particularly hard hit by massive energy shortages, rampant organized crime, abandoned cities, and wide-spread poverty. After an exhausting trip of several days, Molly finally arrives in Gresham, Oregon (a suburb of Portland), and discovers that her grandparents are alive, though penniless and nearly starving. How can Molly bring her grandparents safely up to B.C. when all she has to offer is farming know-how and a musical gift as a fiddler? A vivid, sometimes disturbing read about an all to possible dystopian future.

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Gideon the Cutpurse: Being the First Part of the Gideon Trilogy (Gideon Trilogy #01) by Linda Buckley-Archer
Gideon the Cutpurse: Being the First Part of the Gideon Trilogy (Gideon Trilogy #01)

Cathy from Olympia, Washington, November 17, 2010

Linda Buckley-Archer brings 18th century London to life in this tale of two children, Peter Schock and Kate Dyer, who inadvertently fall from a 21st century winter into the summer of 1763. Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, is one of two witnesses to the sudden appearance of the children, and befriends the two in their quest to recover the anti-gravity machine that brought them into 1763 so that the children can return to their time. The other witness is the ruthless Tar Man, who stole the machine and will stop at nothing to keep this prize for himself. A well-written tale with danger, adventure and a touch of romance that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. I can't wait to read the next installment of the trilogy!
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Dragons of Ordinary Farm by Deborah Beale
Dragons of Ordinary Farm

Cathy from Olympia, Washington, November 8, 2010

Dragon fans and Fablehaven fans should enjoy this new series about Tyler and Lucinda, a brother and sister who are unwillingly sent to spend the summer at Ordinary Farm while their recently divorced mother attends a singles camp. Ordinary Farm is, naturally, anything but ordinary, housing creatures such as dragons, griffins and basilisks. The book did bog down for me from time to time, notably when old journal fragments were discovered. A sample: " that intersection would be found areas of greater concentration of ... a single medium of unchanging density--the fourth-dimension expressed as a cohered monopole at the center of a fifth-dimensional rolling vortex." But don't let Fibonachi spirals keep you from reading the book, overall, I enjoyed the book very much and look forward to reading more about Ordinary Farm!

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Breath: A Lifetime in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung: A Memoir by Martha Mason
Breath: A Lifetime in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung: A Memoir

Cathy from Olympia, Washington, November 3, 2010

If you are looking for a memoir detailing hardship and suffering, this is NOT the book for you. If, however, you are looking for a book of hope and courage despite seemingly insurmountable odds... well, look no further! Healthy, strong, inquisitive, intelligent Martha Mason had everything she could wish for. But then polio struck, killing her brother at age 13, and landing Martha in the hospital at "nearly 11 years old", and in an iron lung for the rest of her life. If anyone had an excuse to be bitter, Martha and her parents did. But instead, Martha not only survived the polio, she THRIVED, and harnessed her competitiveness to finish school and graduate from college. Her mother in particular was her champion, going above and beyond, acting as nurse and secretary. Through the many challenges faced by Martha and her family, faith (they were Baptist) and strong friendships helped see them through. A fascinating book.
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Animals Up Close: Zoom in on the World's Most Incredible Creatures by DK Publishing
Animals Up Close: Zoom in on the World's Most Incredible Creatures

Cathy from Olympia, Washington, October 20, 2010

WOW! DK has outdone itself with this visually stunning book of animal, insect and spider closeups. From the Goliath bird eater [aka tarantula] and "mantis mealtime" to the ultra-cute spiky hedgehog, there are critters in here to please everyone [though be prepared-- creepy crawly things are particularly well represented-- the squeamish might want to skip the scorpion mother for example!] Not only would this be a great gift for a budding entomologist, or any child who enjoys animal/insect closeups, the book would also be a HUGE hit in an elementary school library and would constantly be checked out.
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