Clara is a lonely only child growing up in a grief-filled house. Her parents are overwhelmed with sadness after the deaths of all of brothers and sisters. Not just one. ALL of them. Every holiday, every Sunday even, the family walks to the cemetery and remembers “the Others”. It’s very hard for Clara to have so many days of her life taken up with mourning. And it isn’t that she doesn’t miss her brothers and sisters. She does. But she is having trouble figuring out how to LIVE now that they are gone.
For her 12th birthday Clara begs to have a puppet show. She longs for something fun because there is just so much sadness in her house. She pleads. She cries. She gets her way! And when Grisini and his assistants, two orphans named Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, come to perform they are SO good the show seems like MAGIC! It’s like the marionettes have no strings. They move just like people!
When Clara disappears after the puppet show Grisini is suspect #1, but no one can find him. Lizzie Rose and Parsefal can’t even find him…but they do notice a new puppet, one that looks really, really familiar. Can you guess where this is going? Lizzie Rose and Parsefal are tough and street wise and know how to take care of business, even when the business gets a little creepy. And in this book, it sure DOES.
Lizzie Rose and Parsefal follow this mystery to a creepy old country house as well as the creepy old lady who lives there. Again, I mean CREEPY. They need to be brave and smart and resourceful. They also have to know how to be a good friend. Author: Laura Amy Schlitz
This is a great read for lovers of Coraline or The Graveyard Book. Spooky. Spooky wonderful! It has a creepy old mansion like The Secret Garden, and ghostly characters like The Aviary and The Shadows. If you like to read stories with just a little bit of shiver in them…try Splendors & Glooms or one of these:
Today, February 8, 2013 is National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Girl Scouts selling cookies are all over town. Find one and stock up on some thin mints. The best kind. Obviously.
In honor of this day, here is a new biography of Juliette Gordon Low (otherwise known as “Daisy”). Juliette knew how to make things happen.
Daisy is ready for adventure and when she grows up she goes and gets it. She rides an elephant. She rides in an airplane. And when she’s done she goes home and teaches girls how to have adventures too. Daisy is Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. She held the first meeting of the Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912 and together they discovered they could do anything!
When Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in 1912, the first uniforms were blue and their handbook was “How Girls Can Help Their Country.” The Girl Scouts were organized around a set of principles known as the “Girl Scout Law”: honor, loyalty, friendliness, courtesy, befriending animals, obeying orders, cheerfulness, thriftiness and cleanliness. This first aid kit and game handbook was used in 1929 one year after the group adopted a green uniform. IndyPL Digital Collections: Artifacts from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Juliette Gordon Low began the Girl Scouts based upon Sir Robert Baden-Powell’s Boy Scouts and Girl Guides program in England. Now in 90 countries, 3.6 million Girl Scouts explore the world around them developing important life skills. Beginning in 1935 any Senior Scout troop could choose to be a Mariner troop. These troops devoted time to outdoor activities including boating and camping to explore recreational and vocational activities. Much like the Boy Scout’s Sea Scouts, the program ended when girls could join the coed Sea Scouts in 1971. Instead of wearing the traditional green uniform, Mariners wore this blue uniform worn by Peoria, Illinois scout Colleen Cowan in the 1960s. IndyPL Digital Collections: Artifacts from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
It is picture day and Hector, Terrence and Dee aren’t very excited about it. Especially Terrence who has had a zit breakout and is seriously thinking about coughing up $15 to have his picture airbrushed to perfection.
The school photographer is more than happy to collect the extra money from Terrence and a whole bunch of other kids who suddenly have more blemishes than they’ve ever had before.
Lunch lady knows her kids and when she notices all the blemishes and some odd behavior by the hot shot photographer she decides to find out what the crispy crackers is going on. Oh my goulash, it’s another case for the Lunch Lady, her exploding chicken nuggets and her gadget making sidekick Bett. They are still committed to keeping order in the cafeteria…and in the world. Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Amazon Look Inside: Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril
Hal and his crew on the Heron team survived Brotherband training in Brotherband Chronicles #1 The Outcasts. In #2 The Invaders the boys sailed off in Hal’s boat The Heron in pursuit of the pirates who stole the Andomal. In #3: The Hunters, Hal and his crew are still in pursuit of the pirates and the andomal. They need the andomal to restore the respect of their countrymen…they let it get stolen in the first place.
If you like Hal and Stig and their friends, don’t miss the first two Brotherband Books #1:The Outcasts and #2: The Invaders or John Flanagan’s other series The Ranger’s Apprentice that begins with #1: The Ruins of Gorlan. The other books below are also about friends who are in warrior training and have to rely on their skills as well as their loyalty to each other and their cause. Lots of action in these as well as a lot of funny parts and even some romance.
Max McDaniels is a student of mystical and magical combat at the Rowan Academy. The Academy sits within the Demon Kingdom. Laws have been issued to govern the life of the people living in Rowan. In this fourth adventure, the fortress Gravenmuir, where the demons hold court and oversee Rowan’s obedience, has been magically destroyed by the mysterious and powerful sorcerer Elias Bram.
But all is still not well. If Rowan is to keep its new found independence it will have to find a way to take on the Demons. The Academy’s director, Ms. Richter, Max and his warrior friends in The Red Branch, the mysterious Elias Bram and his grandson David, the ogre Bob, a ragtag refugee army and a very puzzling little girl…all of them will have to cooperate. It will take all of them working together to take on the powerful Astaroth.
A mighty battle is brewing and Max isn’t at all sure who to trust.
The Demons are fighting amongst themselves vying for power…who is the most dangerous enemy?
Elias and David hold powers Max can’t begin to understand.
Max’s best friend Cooper is missing in action.
Legendary assassins have been sent to kill Max – assassins who are magically bound to relentlessly hunt their target.
Max has been put in charge of a ragtag group of refugees who are to be Rowan’s first line of defense against an advancing Demon army.
And to make matters even worse…his former girlfriend is not happy with him. Not happy. At. All. Annnnnd she has a good reason not to be. That reason keeps popping into Max’s head. Who can even guess how that might turn out!
Another fast moving adventure with a complex network of people who need to trust each other when trusting is a very difficult thing to do. Loyalty vs Concern for Self, Trust vs Betrayal, Strength vs Weakness…it’s all in there. Looking forward to #5 The Red Winter, Available Fall 2013. Author: Henry H. Neff