Since working at The Well~Read Moose, Jinny’s interest and love of reading has really grown. As a former school teacher, she loved reading stories to her students and now she gets to read wonderful new picture books when they arrive at the store. Jinny loves reading about other people’s lives and wants to keep trying new genres & expand her reading horizons.
Kate Warne, a widow in 1856 Chicago, has a few choices of kinds of jobs. A knack for manipulation and a quick mind, Kate decides to convince legendary Allan Pinkerton to hire her as the first woman detective. She immerses herself into a life of swapping identities using dresses to battle criminals and coworkers, but at what cost to Kate. Lots of action, suspense, even a little humor. Really enjoyed the book.
Cat lovers will enjoy this story about Jacob Tibbs, a cat who experiences adventure, brave thunderstorms, survives on an island after being tossed into a longboat with Captain Natick and his 3 shipmates. Why? You'll have to read the story to find out why.
Vasilisa's family lives at the edge of Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year. She spends evening huddled around embers of a fire with siblings. Vasilisa's mom dies, her father goes to Moscow in search of a wife. Demons, spirits, creatures of forest frighten family. Vasilisa must call on dangerous gifts she was given in order to protect her family from threats.
Erika Johansen once again creates a spellbinding, mystery of deception, intrigue, and perseverance of the Queen Kelsea of the Tearling, who is a captive of Evil Red Queen who is set on destroying the Tear.Now as the suspenseful end game begins, fate of Queen Kelsea and the Tearling are revealed in the third book.
Thirteen year old Jack Buckles can find things normal people have long given up on or even seeing again...mysterious, magical things. Jack didn't know he came from a family of trackers with magical skills. Jack learns his mom and dad are missing so his sister, Sadie and Jack decide to go looking for them ending up in danger and chaos as they search the city of London. Gwen, another tracker joins them. Spine-tingling intrigue face them. Great book.
Do you like intrigue and mystery built around a hotel carrying treasures and secrets? Well, this is the book for you. Nora, Ben and their adopted son, Milo, run a smuggler's hotel that sits on the side of a hill overlooking Skidwrack River. It was built around 1850. This was supposed to be Milo's Christmas vacation with his parents, but his vacation takes a different turn.
Wow! What a great story! The character's friendship is tested with encounters with ghosts, a fog bank called the "Boundary," disappearances of loved ones that go into the "Boundary" and don't come out...or do they? Scientists who are studying it to see what makes it tick. Albert Nolie and Bel look for ways to stop the encroaching "Boundary" and that's when they discover an ancient Scottish spell.
This is a wonderful story about values of compassion, acceptance, risk, standing up for what you believe, and accepting the consequences of your choices. Lizzie, Tyler and Karen all leave an impact on the wolves at John Muir Wildlife Park in Lodisto, CA.
I loved this book! I've heard this concept before: "You are what you think." Joel focuses the book on this concept. He offers a life-changing strategy for reprogramming your mind to be able to handle what ever comes your way, tools to delete defective thinking, taking control.
The story opens with the Fitzjohns preparing to sail on their yacht, the "Everlasting" for a day of fun. One of the children, six year old Caroline, is left behind looking for her doll's shoe.Daisy is afraid to leave Brightwood which she inherited from her mother, Caroline. Caroline's mom disappears, turning her world upside down.
Every young reader who has ever faced being teased about how they look, maybe bullied or treated meanly, will feel sympathetic towards two main characters in the story - two girls, as different as night and day, want to be anything but who they are. A heart warming (and seriously funny) exploration of bullying and friendship ending with a lesson and a possible lead in to another book. I loved the story.Also a Susan staff pick!
Story takes place in Ankle Snap Alley where Wild Ones, Fearless and People all live together. Kit looses his parents when Fearless attacks his home. Kit finds himself along, decides to go to Ankle Snap Alley to find his Uncle Rik and here is where Kit's trouble starts. The story is very entertaining. Stresses importance of trust, honesty and love.
How do you refer to you? Are you positive about yourself or negative? Well, after reading Joel's book it'll change how often you change negative comments you make about you to only positive "I AM" affirmations. Did you know the way you talk about you can determine your destiny? Read this awesome book to find out how.
Esme created a delightful sequel to her book, Girl with the Glass Bird. The story picks up with girls returning to Knight's Haddon after a holiday break. A new comer, Janet, joins the girls: Edie, Anastasia and Penny in their dorm room. These 4 girls manage to keep life interesting with all their antics they get themselves into.
A spellbinding, fascinating story with time travel between Joss and Queen Kelsea's era. The ensuing war between Red Queen's army-Mort and Queen Kelsea's Army-the Tearlings cause much strife among all parties involved. Lily Machem (2058) and Queen Kelsea's lives converge each woman with their own issues. What happens? Will the Tearling out flank the mort? Read inspiring sequel and find out what happens.
This is a story about adventure, adversity, the magic possibilities of a forest path leading into Everwood Forest. Finley, lonely, sad and blue, created stories about her adventures in Everwood, her beloved forest. Her life changes after spending the summer with grandparents and cousins she doesn't know. Fascinating story within a story.
Tom takes his readers on a journey through all the seasons and stages of the surprise diagnosis of "multiple myeloma," a treatable but incurable blood cancer. Written from his journal he kept on this journey. Great read!
I really enjoyed Dana's book, learning about her life, lessons she learned from family, friends, colleagues preparing her for her eventual position as Press Secretary for President George Bush Jr. and ending up as cohost on Fox Five Show. Highly recommend this!
Do you believe in 'Time Travel'? If you could 'Time Travel' where and when in history would you like to go? Two best friends Charlotte and Kitty living in England during WW2 dream about Time Traveling to cool places away from war. When Charlotte's dad, Charlotte, and Kitty are kidnapped because of Charlotte's dad's research into Time Travel, Charlotte escapes through Time Portal to 2003 Sutton, Wisconsin. What happens after her arrival? What happens to Kitty and Charlotte's dad? Cool story!
Intrigue, suspense, well-written story about the dangers of the world in which we live. This is a great political thriller. Our author takes the reader inside the secret club of international diplomacy. Main characters go through political tightropes and thrilling encounters.
Sophie loves books, it made her unique but also dangerous. She's a 12-year-old book mender whose dull life finally changes when a blindfolded boy and his talking cat-horse show up with a rare and mysterious book that leads her on a dangerous adventure. Great story, action packed, mysterious.
The Cawston family is moving to Santa Monica, CA from Denver, CO. Kara Cawston's inseparable friend Quinn, comes with. Quinn begins hearing a humming sound while driving through the Mojave Desert - No one else hear this sound. Hunger attacks strike everyone and stop at Not-Norm's diner in the middle of nowhere. It was late enough stopping for the night was next. All of a sudden a white flash of light comes toward them. You're never going to guess the twist at the end.
I loved this book! A story of love, loss and found. Two sisters testing limits of parental authority, one suffering consequence of bad choice, other having to deal with it. Enter a fox, enters into human world, making ultimate sacrifice.
An action-packed and suspenseful story set in a sleepy little town of Sidwell Massachusettes. People's items are disappearing, strange messages are painted on store fronts and road signs. Something is flying around and through the town during the night. Read this book to uncover the mystery!
An adventure filled, never a dull moment story about a young apprentice chipmunk in a guild of crafts animals. He's always in trouble, picked on by other crafters and his teachers. His goal is to be a master craftsman, but things aren't going his way until he strikes up an unusual relationship with a dragon who teaches him the meaning of true friendship. I loved the pictures too.
How would you and your family /friends react to waking up one morning to no heat or electricity? Harmony, New Hampshire and the world experiences this massive disruption of Earth's magnetic field New Years Eve. With no way to contact anyone, panic happens. Author does a great job showing humanity at its best and worst.
Story opens at the circus audience watching two sisters, Charlotte and Sonja, perform their talents which to all appearances have some kind of magic happening. Rest of Circus Troop doesn't like them as a result. Girls take on a series of dangerous adventures making for a mystical, exciting story.
An interesting tale bursting with invention of a young boy, Stephen Drosselmeyer, who has dreams of being an apprentice journeyman in clock making. His plans are sidetracked when his dad is kidnapped by a mice queen, held for a special magic nut. Uncle Christian and Stephen embark on a wild journey.
A fantastic thriller, full of intrigue, suspense and magic. About a famous female illusionist in late 1800s early 1900s-Amazing Arden. Arden is accused of murdering her husband. Detective Virgil Holt takes her into custody, convinced she's guilty. Arden knows her only chance for getting released is to convince Virgil she's innocent, whatever it takes. It's a spell binding story you'll love.
How would you atone for your sins of bitterness, revenge, anger towards the priest who imprisoned your parents, eventually causing their deaths, took away the life you had at age 14 and the girl of your dreams? Read this spellbinding book which takes place mid 1700s in Lisbon, Portugal and London to learn how Sebastian accomplishes atoning for these sins.
Confused by the death of her friend, Suzy tried to find answers. She decided not to "talk" to anyone until she found out what she needed to know. Suzy had an infatuation with jellyfish and tried to find out as much as she could about them.Also a Derrick staff favorite!
Terrific adventure story about 12 year old Fin, a master thief from Pirate World of Khagnot Quarry and also Merrill 12 years old from Arizona. Both cross paths in a magical world of the pirate stream while on a quest for a mysterious map.
Fascinating presentation comparing evolution vs. science of creation. Bill cleverly compares each sides' beliefs and then let's you decide what you'll believe after hearing what is presented.
Bren has dreams of adventures at sea on the Albatross, searching for lost treasure. Magical mysteries lead the read through Bren's unbelievable, dangerous adventures seeking his dreams.
If you loved Gone with the Wind, you'll enjoy reading about Scarlett O'Hara's nanny, Ruth. I enjoyed learning about Ruth's life: ups, downs, joys and disappointments. I loved the historical information pre Gone with the Wind that the author presented. Learn what it's like from the perspective of Negros and what their life was like. Great book.
In amongst the cane fields and muck lies the town of Taper, Florida. Charlie's family has just moved here and he isn't happy. But then he meets Cotton, and Charlies life becomes on adventure after another-hair-raising escapades through the muck, sugar cane fields where Cotton introduces Charlie to the grems, Mother, black panther and Lio. Oh my!
The story opens several decades after The Cats of Tanglewood Forest. Lillian Kindred is now a grandma to Sarah June and her 6 sisters. Pictures are beautiful and mystical, a complimentary companion to the novel. Sarah and her sisters enter an unknown magical world thanks to Apple Tree Man. Will girls be able to get out alive?
If you enjoyed Charlotte's Web you'll love reading about the farm animals in Baxter's Barn who work together to figure out how to escape from the barn before the owner burns it down, and where they'll go to live. This reminds me of a fable. A fun story!
Emily Shepherd's life turned upside down following the explosion of a nuclear plant in Reddington, Vermont. At 17 she's homeless, parents are dead, she has to learn to fend for herself. I loved the story format- she talks to the reader like the reader is there.
I loved this book because of the action, mystery, perseverance Sue created with these characters. Sarah, Hetty and her mother Mauma all strive for freedom in their lives. This is a book you won't want to put down.
Fantastic book full of magic, suspense and intrigue. A fascinating group of characters with a heartwarming storyline. It is a page-turner I could not put down!
Twisting, turning mystery to find the thief at Knight's Haddon School for girls. Edie's cousin enrolls her as a spy (student) to find out who is tormenting his client's daughter. A great story that keeps your interest.
I so enjoyed the story of Kelsey, a 19 year old woman who braved unbelievable challenges to gain her crown as Queen of the Tearling. A strong-willed, determined young woman taken from her home with Carlin & Berty by Fletch whom she didn't know, into a world of deceit and danger. read this spellbinding story of her journey.
Francine Rivers does it again with a riveting tale of redemption, a compelling story of lust, greed, richly detailed, at times disturbing but in the end rewarding. I loved it!
Bo, Graff, Jack and Arvid heard out by canoe for a new mining town ending up at Iditarod. Strong family values help them adjust to their new town, home, new friends. I love the generosity, love, commitment each one has for the other. But...a new addition to their gamily comes along. Read about their new lives.
What a delightful, magical story about a brave and curious little girl Lillian who lives with her aunt on the outskirts of Tanglewood forest. She explores the forest looking for the cats and fairies she believes live there. One day she is bitten by a snake, saved by the cats but turned into a kitten! Now she has to find out how to change back to a little girl. A great ending!
This was a suspenseful story about certain people who get weekly calls from loved ones who passed away. Is this for real? This event turned Coldwater upside down making people to wonder if they'd get a phone call. Oh, but there's a twist in the plot. If you like intrigue, suspense, twists, read 1st Phone Call from Heaven!
A delightful tale about Kit Bristol, his horse, Midnight, a mysterious princess and lots of magic. The author keeps you hanging from one chapter to another, wondering what's going to happen. I loved it!
I so enjoyed this story about life in a gold rush town in Alaska. Story centers around 2 men who find Bo - an adorable toddler who they adopt and raise. Kirkpatrick weaves a tender story about Bo's life with the adults in her life. I loved the story.
Dallas and Melissa have outlined a 30-day nutritional reset of your life, losing weight is a challenge for all of us and keeping it off is another challenge. If you are suffering from variety of symptoms, diseases, fatigue, etc. answers for illumination of this is in the book. Whole 30 nutritional program is for you.
Daniel Tammet, a mathematical savant, has written an interesting informative book on the world filled with "sets" made up of numbers, fractions, equations and how our lives are influenced by them. The enjoyment of reading about the life of Daniel and how he sees mathematics evolve.
Wow! I'd love to find a man like Noah - loving, charming, funny, romantic. He's a man who makes you feel so special to him, one whose love comes from deep in his soul. This love story is so captivating you won't want to put it down and wish it didn't end like it did.
This is the first novel. Maisie, daughter of a struggling green grocer, was only 13 when she was sent to work as a maid for wealthy aristocrats, later becoming a detective with her own agency.
Great book about Michael's life as a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park. Being an Education Ranger in the park, he even found time to be a basketball coach. His story is told in an entertaining way.
This is an awesome and informational historical account of Jesus' life and times. Bill & Martin's research on the legendary and historical figures was so interesting. The addition of pictures of people and places during and before Jesus' life were helpful too. A great read!
Treasure Hunters SeriesWouldn't it be fun to live on a boat with your family sailing anywhere you'd want and look for treasure left by ships that sank during a storm? The kids in this story live that life. During a hurricane, mom and dad disappear. Read about the exciting adventures that four kids encounter as they look for their parents.
This 28 day journey on how to find "gratitude" for al you've been given is a way to enhance your life. It teaches you how to apply the knowledge you are learning in a meaningful way. I so enjoyed this book & am beginning my journey.
Fear, sadness, joy, humor can be experienced by the reader of this wonderful book about black maids in the south during the 1960s in white homes. Three women join together in secret to write a tell-all book about what it's really like to be a black maid in white people's homes.
Homer, 12 year old orphan, runs away from Pine Swamp, Maine to find his brother who was sold into Union Army illegally. Homer outwits and outruns a colorful variety of Civil War thieves, scallywags and spies. Its funny, full of action. Will Homer Find his brother? Or will he be too late? Ages 10+
This story about Alice was so encompassing, it draws you into this woman. An accomplished Cognitive Psychology Professor at Harvard who in the blink of an eye loses everything she knows to early onset Alzheimers. I loved how Lisa put Alice's story on paper. Read and enjoy.
I loved the character development in this story. The story is so absorbing and defining...a young girl who learns to read by using a book on gravesite preparation. Her friend and loyal supporter, Hans Huberman, patiently and lovingly teachers Liesel. What is really fascinating about this story is the one telling it.Also a Derrick staff pick.
I really enjoyed learning about the "real" Thanksgiving, how it came to be, who was really there, the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of the Plymouth Colony. It's not what I learned as a child in school. Its a fascinating historical journey back in time.
I've taken Dave's two classes, Financial Peace and Financial Peace Revisited, and both have been great resources to use on how to manage your money, pay off debt, set up a budget, prioritize spending money and much more. Also, gives tips on teaching your children how to be responsible with money. Highly recommend books.
This delightful and entertaining parable tells how people deal with change using humor to tell the story using four characters - 2 mice, 2 little people - using cheese as the metaphor for "happiness," the story shows you how to look for it. Navigate the maze of life with these 4 characters.