Jingle: A Fairy Tale by Leslie Uhl & Sage Uhl: “Little Jingle the fairy is blown far from her home by a huge storm. Frightened and wet, she is rescued by Sage-Sophia and Butterball the tiger cub. She cannot speak in anything other than jingles.How will they find her family and get her home again? ” (July 2013)
Out of the Dungeon by Lisa Bell: “Drake wants nothing more than to destroy Charissa’s faith, and he won’t stop at anything, including deception, enticement and using others to break her. After waking, chained in a dungeon, she learns her true shackles aren’t physical. The only way to escape comes from breaking emotional and spiritual bondage. Once free, Charissa must make a decision that will affect her life – and her soul.” (February 2013)
Irish Has Free Time by Iris Smyles: “Whether passed out drunk at The New Yorker where she’s interning; assigning Cliffs Notes when hired to teach humanities at a local college; getting banned from a fleet of Greek Island ferries while on vacation, or trying to piece together the events of yet another puzzling blackout—’I prefer to call them pink-outs, because I’m a girl’—Iris is never short on misadventures. ” (May 2013)
Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball’s Color Line by Tom Dunkel: “When baseball swept America in the years after the Civil War, independent, semipro, and municipal leagues sprouted up everywhere. With civic pride on the line, rivalries were fierce and teams often signed ringers to play alongside the town dentist, insurance salesman, and teen prodigy. In drought-stricken Bismarck, North Dakota during the Great Depression, one of the most improbable teams in the history of baseball was assembled by one of the sport’s most unlikely champions.” (April 2013)
The Star Agency by R.E Weber: “So many of us dream of another life – a life of excitement and danger. What if you were given a chance to live that life? Would you have the courage to chase that dream, even if you had to leave your friends, family and everything you knew behind? Would you take that chance? Theopolis James Logan is about to get that chance.” (July 2013)
Matilda’s Freedom by Téa Cooper: ”His carefree bachelor days over, Christopher Matcham returns to Sydney to take responsibility for his mother, two stepsisters, and the family property. Fortune smiles on him when he is introduced to Matilda Sweet, a woman in need of work. Though unusual, Christopher senses that her fresh ideals and positive outlook can only benefit his sisters, so he hires her as a companion.” (July 2013)
Maya Was Grumpy by Courtney Pippin-Mathur: “Maya was grumpy. She didn’t know why she was grumpy. She was just in a crispy, cranky, grumpy, grouchy mood. She didn’t want to read or color or eat banana slices or wear her favorite shorts or go outside and play. So she GRUMPED, GLUMPED, CLUMPED, and THUMPED around the house. Can Grandma’s patience and humor coax Maya out of her bad mood?” (May 2013)
Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder by Lisa Verge Higgins: “Lenny left his wife, Monique, a bucket list of things they’d dreamed of doing together before cancer took his life. For four years, she ignored it, too busy raising their daughter to consider the painful task of resurrecting shattered dreams. But when her next-door neighbor, Judy, starts a slow slide into a personal crisis, and another friend, Becky, receives shocking news about her future, Monique realizes that Lenny’s legacy could be a gift to three women in desperate need of a new perspective.” (March 2013)
The Dazzling Darkness by Paula Cappa: ”A secret lies buried beneath the haunting statuary in Old Willow Cemetery. In Concord, Massachusetts, the surrounding woods are alive with the spirits of transcendentalists Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, is the last of modern-day transcendentalists. Does he know the secret power buried in Old Willow Cemetery? Would he reveal it?” (April 2013)
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Actor John Lithgow and illustrator Leeza Hernandez have collaborated on a picture book; they will headline a signing event for Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo. Meet them on Tuesday, October 22nd at Books of Wonder from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (New York, NY)