These short stories are in turn funny, odd, and heartbreaking. Saunders is original and that's about the best description.
Book Genre: Fiction
Kicked out of school, Dondi stumbles upon his estranged father, "Rage," who has come back to NYC to settle an old score. A legendary graffiti artist, "Rage" revives a network of "ninjas" from New York's glory days to paint the town every imaginable color. ...
After so many years of being called Fat Angie, Angie can only think of herself this way. Years of abuse by classmates and neglect and cruelty by her family, added on to the fact that she's the only one who believes her sister, a soldier taken hostage during the Iraq war, is still alive, lead...
I'm not often drawn to short story collections, but I liked Russell's Swamplandia! so much that I decided to give this collection a try. The stories were creative, fantastical, mind-bending. The audio was enhanced by having a different reader for each story. In one, a massage therapist working...
Gittel is excellent at keeping secrets. She has hidden the fact that she is friends with a gentile (forbidden in her Orthodox Jewish community). She keeps silent when she eats non-kosher candy and when her skirt is an inch too short. She has perfected the art of Chassidim...keeping silent. But...
In Orthodox Jewish life, much is forbidden. Especially any activities that bring you into contact with outsiders and allow you to step outside your box of restriction. 12-year old Ditty has never questioned the path that was chosen for her. Knowing her life was a series of duties to be...
Willa, a master tracker, has been pulled away from working with her beloved wolves in New Mexico in order to help the police find her brother, Zeb, who recently confessed to murder and ran into the mountains of Colorado. Changing viewpoints take the reader both to Willa and Zeb's childhood,...
Enticed by a help wanted sign, an out-of-work 21st century man enters an antiquarian bookstore and gets caught up in the puzzle of a lifetime. Set in San Francisco and New York, this upbeat book is a perfect blending of old and new and a read that technophiles and bibliophiles will find...
Shirley Jackson readers will enjoy this creepy, little book's unapologetically macabre atmosphere. Not for the faint-hearted!
NYPD Detective John Tallow – a traumatized loner, who after witnessing his partner’s gruesome murder stumbles into a crime scene like no other: an apartment loaded with guns – displayed in cascading designs covering the walls and floor.
Bernadette, fifteen-year old Bee's mother, has disappeared. Bee is trying to piece together why her mother has disappeared just before a family trip. Her mother is a recluse who uses a virtual assistant in India to accomplish everyday tasks. Join Bee as she unravels her mother's past and...
In Arras, everything is peaceful due to the work of the Guild. Only Spinsters are able to manipulate the weave of time and reality so that people remain calm and peaceful, and have food and housing. Adelice has the ability to touch the weave of reality, but her family has always cautioned her to...
A bunch of beautifully crafted, wonderful, magical, weird short stories. I would call this more magical realism than fantasy, but there are elements of all that and more in these tales.
If Lillian's been dead for 6 months, why's she still hanging around as a ghost? Hannah's trying to keep it together, but this summer is not helping -- it's HOT and there's a murderer on the loose. Plus, she's a Colorado author.
A new book written by Newberry winning author Clare Vanderpool. It's 1945 and Jack's mother dies before his father returns home from war. Jack's father decides to have him move from Kansas to Maine to attend a boarding school near the base where Jack's father is stationed. At...
It's the 1920s, and Garnet's mom has her life planned out for her. She's no longer allowed to pursue her passion, tromping through the forest looking for birds--she must learn to be a proper lady so that she can get married and take care of her home, husband, and children. Garnet is sent to...
This is a very light rhyming story with many new vocabulary words and pairings that serve to increase phonologic awareness.
The illustrations are very similar to those of the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" series. These similarities help the children connect the two texts to...
This is a touching story about how two people can be so very different but can be wonderful for each other. It teaches children to welcome and embrace differences because all people need each other.
The illustrations are wonderful and can easily be shared with a group...
This is a picture book of the Irish myth of the Children of Lir. As the story goes, a King Lir's jealous second wife, Aoife, changes his four children into swans who are destined to perish through her devilish scheming. Unfortunately for her, the children outsmart her and work with...
This is a great story for read aloud because it supports dialogic reading with your child(ren). The images augment the text by adding more to the story than the words alone.
Sally receives a pair of socks in the mail that are much too small for her. Throughout...
Georgie has to attend the funeral of her older sister but there is a problem. Georgie doesn't believe that her sister, Agatha, is really dead. Join Georgie as she goes on a journey to figure out if her sister is dead. Her journey involves guns, horses, mules, and young...
This is a clever Irish folk tale about a man named Tim O'Toole and the antics that occur as he attempts to support his family. As he is looking for work, he stumbles across some of the 'wee folk.' Since he discovers them in the light, he is allowed to command their treasure from them...
Connolly is a king of calamity - a lyrical master of disaster who stretches the boundaries of the traditional crime novel. His series of Charlie Parker thrillers model seamless psychological suspense. The Wrath of Angels is the 11th in the series, and may just be the grittiest and...
This is a short, simple story that is excellent for younger children who are still experimenting with the world around them. It provides ideas for them (and their parents!) of things they can do with their outdoor-made creations besides eating them. At the end of the story, the...
In this rhyming story, a little boy ties a doughnut to his belt. This doughnut starts an immense parade of creatures and people who all follow him through town. He has no idea that there is anyone following him, and when he suddenly stops, everyone comes crashing down on top of one...
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