It’s 1899. Calpurnia is 11 years old and lives in Texas with her six (six!) brothers – three older and three younger. On her report card, Calpurnia gets an “acceptable” grade for “Posture” and an “unsatisfactory” grade for “Use of Hankie and Thimble”. Her Mother is not pleased! Can you imagine having “Use of a Hankie” as a school subject? (A hankie is a square piece of cloth they used in the old days to wipe their eyes or nose – no kleenex back then.)
Calpurnia isn’t the least bit interested in what is known as “woman’s work.” She doesn’t want to cook and sew and knit – she wants to run and swim and explore everything that lives in the woods and river near her house. She likes to study bugs. The dirtier Calpurnia gets, the happier she is.
After observing some curious grasshoppers in her yard, Calpurnia has some questions. Why are some of the grasshoppers large, yellow and slow, and some of the grasshoppers small, green and quick? And why is it that the smaller quick ones are easier to catch? No one is able to answer her questions, in fact, her family seems completely uninterested.
Calpurnia gets up the courage to ask her Granddaddy, a man who lives in the family house but hardly speaks a word to anyone. He shows up for meals and then disappears: out in the woods to collect specimens, into his library or out to his backyard shed/laboratory. Nobody in the family is quite sure what he is up to, but everybody knows to stay out of his way. Except Calpurnia. She steps into the shed to ask her question and a friendship is born. After 11 years of thinking that she is an oddball, Calpurnia finds a kindred spirit in her quiet, cantankerous Granddaddy who shows her that being a girl who loves books and science is OK.
If you have ever wanted something different than you think is expected of you, or if you have ever felt uninterested in the same things as the people around you, maybe you and Calpurnia are kindred spirits too. Sometimes blazing your own way can be pretty exciting. Author: Jacqueline Kelly
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A boy wakes up in a dark cave, confused. He doesn’t know where he is or even who he is. Three people mysteriously appear to lead him to safety. The leader of the three is Lord Umber, an explorer, inventor and adventurer who studies all things mysterious and magical. He gives the boy a name, Happenstance, or Hap for short.
As the group heads to Lord Umber’s home, they discover unusual things about Hap besides his startlingly green eyes. For one, he never sleeps. Ever. He can see in the dark and he can jump high…Superman high.
How did Lord Umber know where to find Hap? Does Lord Umber know who and what Hap is? Lord Umber seems to be trying to solve the mystery of where Hap came from, but at the same time, he keeps deep secrets about himself.
Lord Umber and Hap are only the beginning of the great characters you meet in this book. Try the creepy villain who is after Hap. Naturally this guy’s name is “The Creep.” He has a multitude of eyes. He has stolen them from unsuspecting animals and people. His knees bend in the wrong direction…like a bird. You also meet Nima, captain of the Leviathan Barge, a ship/submarine carried on the back of a huge sea creature. And living in the walls of Lord Umber’s castle is Thimble, a fierce warrior that is only a few inches tall.
All of these mysterous and magical elements begin a really original and exciting new adventure series. There will be more – Happenstance Found is just the beginning.
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Enola is still living undercover determined NOT to let her older brothers Mycroft and Sherlock find her and enroll her in some kind of awful boarding school where she will spend her days tied up in an excrutiatingly uncomfortable corset learning positively boring things like needlework.
Instead, Enola lives in London in a shabby but comfortable boarding house passing herself off as Miss Meshle, the assistant to Dr. Leslie Ragostin, Scientific Perditorian – a finder of lost things. Actually, Enola is ALSO Dr. Leslie, so it is Enola who finds all the lost things…a mystery solver just like her brother Sherlock.
This time, the mystery is too close for comfort when Enola’s boarding house is ransacked and her landlady, old Mrs. Tupper, is kidnapped. Mrs. Tupper is a really nice old lady but doesn’t have a penny to her name. What in the world would anybody want old, deaf Mrs. Tupper for? Author: Nancy Springer
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Other Enola Holmes Mysteries:
#1: The Case of the Missing Marquess on CD or Downloadable eBook
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#2: The Case of the Left Handed Lady
#3: The Case of the Bizarre Bouquests on CD
#4: The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan on CD
#5: The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline on CD or Downloadable eBook
#6: The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye on Downloadable eBook
The three geniuses of STORM (Society to Over-Rule Misery) are back in a third action packed adventure. Will the gadget maker, Gaia the explosives expert and Andrew the computer wizard are hired to investigate the mysterious deaths of scientists who were working on a top secret project. The project is so secret that even STORM’s friend at the CIA, Shute Barrigton, knows nothing about it. STORM uncovers the fact that six scientists in all were working on the project when 5 of them were blown up in an explosion. The sixth scientist is on the run, the only person alive who posses the formula and the knowledge to create a new form of cheap, clean energy – no oil required. Whoever possesses the formula will become very powerful and very wealthy. Countries, powerful individuals, the CIA and MI6 all want the formula, but who should have it? Author: E.L. Young
If you are a fan of Alex Rider, Artemis Fowl, or H.I.V.E. – give STORM a try.
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Stephanie leads a very ordinary life until the death of her novel-writing uncle Gordon. In his will, Uncle Gordon leaves Stephanie his mansion and everything in it. She also inherits Uncle Gordon’s mysterious friend, Skulduggery Pleasant, who just happens to be a wise-cracking, classic car driving detective, an impeccable dresser…and a skeleton with magical abilities!
When a crazed stranger tries to break into Stephanie’s house, it’s Skulduggery who comes to her rescue and reveals a world within her world…a world with magic and vampires and and a slew of creepy villains bent on taking over the world. This is about as perfect a Halloween adventure as you can get – action packed creature combat, a little magic and very funny. Stephanie doesn’t have to worry, Skulduggery’s watching her back…even if he doesn’t have one! The sequel just came out. It’s called Playing with Fire and it’s just as good! Author: Derek Landy
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