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Secret of Magic

The Secret of Magic (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399157721
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 1/2014
Fiction is often thinly disguised true stories. Deborah Johnson has written a captivating lush protrayal of post-WWII life in Mississippi.  In the early days of NAACP, a young woman works in Thurgood Marshall's office & she comes across a file about an African American vet who disappears in Alabama on his way home to his father in Mississippi.  An older (white) published author has sent for an investigation of the death/disappearance of the returning vet; the son of the man whose stories inspired her novel.  At times, Johnson's prose conveys magic & her characters are well-developed.  An unforgettable story.

Anonymous Sources

Anonymous Sources (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781476715551
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery Books, 3/2014
Expensive shoes & good gin; these are two of Reporter Alexandra James' favorite things. She also prefers investigating weighty, complex stories, not the insipid stuff that passes for news.  While checking into the suicide of the POTUS' personal attorney's son, she finds herself enmeshed in a huge conspiracy that encompasses London, Pakistan & the White House.  What she comes to learn is explosive! The 5 Ws of journalism get a workout in this nail biter of a tale. Can't wait for Ms. Kelly's next outing.

ISBN-13: 9781628737721
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing, 3/2014
Ellie McKay is a college professor who has problems - BIG problems! She's an alcoholic who is roadtripping from the East to the West to escape her fear & the man who raped & tortured her.  Her journey is scary & filled with complex characters & situations.  Although it's early in 2014, this is my favorite book thus far. Jill Kelly's writing, in a word, is beautiful.  Highly recommend.

Boy Snow Bird

Boy, Snow, Bird (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781594631399
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 3/2014

This book is a recast Snow White fairytale with a dark, grim bent.  It is an edgy, well-written modern day story of secrets, race & the power of what is seen in the mirror

Boy is a runaway from a cruel father who ends up in a small New England town.  She marries the father of motherless Snow, a beautiful & odd young girl.

When Boy gives birth to her daughter Bird, the plot thickens.  And a surprising plot twist makes for an astonishing finish to this intriguing novel. 

ISBN-13: 9780670024780
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Adult, 1/2014
Based on real characters, this historical fiction takes on early abolitionists & women making their voices heard.  The author bring to life the characters & their hometown of Charleston in the early 1800s.  The story begins with 10 year old Sarah Brimke being given a young slave for her birthday.  When Sarah refuses her gift she is required to write an apology to the town matrons who were guests at the party.  Sarah never gives up her sensibility & becomes an early abolitionist.  This is a thoughtful, well-researched and well-written read.

Nuts to you

 Jed is ignoring Jib who is yelling 'Wolf' although there is not a wolf in sight. Uh Oh something has Jed and it is none other than a HAWK......I think Jib should have been yelling HAWK. Fortunately for Jed, the hawk did not hurt him so he tried to convince the hawk that there were mice below. As Jed falls through the air T'sT's and Chai decide to try to find him. Join them as they try to make their way home. Very cute and even has some footnotes. Footnotes are rare in children's books. -Sue Mason, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, Oregon

Nuts to You (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780060092757
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Greenwillow Books, 8/2014

The Swap

What a feel good book! Jack and Ellie are each facing some tough challenges in middle school. Sassy used to be Ellie's best friend, but now Sassy is just too popular to bother with Ellie. Jack's family is also dealing with the loss of a mother and a father that has become more of a drill sergeant than a father. When Ellie and Jack each have an altercation at school, something very strange happens. Now it is up to them to survive in each other's place until somehow they can be switched back. Definitely recommended for middle school and high students -Sue Mason, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, Oregon

The Swap (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062311696
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 8/2014

The Zoo at the Edge of the World

 The Rackman's have an elite zoo on a jungle island. It has become a destination resort for the rich. When a jaguar is added to the zoo things take a drastic change. Marlin, the youngest son, stutters therefor the tourist seem to feel that is is dumb. While caring for the Jaguar, he decides to give Marlin a gift. Marlin is giving the ability to talk to the animals and understand them. The Jaguar also heals Marlin's arm. With the addition of the jaguar, Marlin's father decides to start a circus. At this point, it is up to Marlin to step forward and try to save the zoo. Recommended for Elementary to Middle School students. -Sue Mason, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, Oregon

ISBN-13: 9780062125163
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 8/2014

The Scavengers

 Maggie's family lives on a hill outside of the Bubble. They scavenge metal, old items, and glass to sell in Nobbern to get BarteringBucks to purchase food and necessities. They live a very simple life without a lot of creature comforts. The peace is broken by the disappearance of her parents one day. In her search, she finds her mother in the Bubble being held until they find her father. Her father was a scientist in the Bubble and something he discovered makes him a wanted man. Not sure I would put elementary in this mix. More Middle school & up. -Sue Mason, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, Oregon

The Scavengers (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062026163
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: HarperCollins, 9/2014


 A classic mermaid that marries a human and has a child. The mermaid decides it is time to return to the sea and leaves the child and husband. In this case, the child is very ill and the father has them living from Wyoming to New Mexico as far away from the ocean as possible. When a job takes him to the Gulf, things change not only for his daughter but for him. You know what is going to happen even before it does......predictable. It would be a potato chip book for young women. -Sue Mason, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, Oregon

Inland (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780525426486
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dutton Juvenile, 6/2014

Rites of Passage

 This was a excellent read! An inside look into a military prep school that has for the first time included females. Sam finds herself at the same academy as her brother Jonathan, but that will not make her life easier. Her strength and determination to complete this could likely be the end of her career. This book shows not only the determination of Sam, but also her commitment to prove that she is more that capable. It is a story of discrimination, physical harassment, and the power to succeed. The Alpha Company proves that working together as a family they can overcome anything. -Sue Mason, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, Oregon

Creature Keepers

 Jordan's parents are taking them on a Spring Break that is off the grid. Jordan and Abbie find themselves in a strange town at their Grandfather's house. Grandfather was a little strange but the neighbors say he was 'crazy'. Eldon, a local boy, shows Jordan his Grandfather's secret. As a Badger Ranger, Eldon shows Jordan just what he and the other kids do. They are Creature Keepers and the adventures for Jordan have just begun. Recommended for elementary to middle school students - Sue Mason, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, Oregon

ISBN-13: 9780062236432
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 9/2014

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