Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Murder’s Ape: the odyssey of an ape named Sally Jones, whose owner is accused of killing a  small time crook. This isn’t a fast paced who dunnit, so be prepared to meet many fun, funny and fascinating characters as the story meanders from Portugal to England to London to Egypt  to India. Sally Jones tells the story from her very intelligent point of view, which makes the journey unique and exciting. It’s an award winner in Scandinavia, and I can understand why.

Though listed as YA, it’s appropriate for MG’s.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Between Two Skies
Joanne O’Sullivan

This is a love letter to Louisiana, its bayous, shrimpers and teenagers. You’d expect a hurricane story to focus on the raging storm, but Between Two Skies shares the lives of the Riley family before and after Katrina. 16-year-old Evangeline loves Bayou Perdu, shrimping, and life in general. She meets Tru, son of another fisherman just before Katrina hits.  Then, everything is blown apart by the storm. Between Two Skies shares how life can be changed for the good or for the worse after a disaster. And, if you’ve forgotten, what it’s like to fall in love. While it’s rated  YA, it would be a great read for Middle Graders.