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THE OCTOPUPPY

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780545751407
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 31st, 2015

Who wouldn't want a cephalopod for a pet? Apparently Edgar.  Jarvis the octopus does every thing he can to please Edgar while still uniquely being himself, but all Edgar can see is what Jarvis is not: a puppy. It's not until Jarvis flushes himself back to the ocean that Edgar realizes what he's lost and what he has to do to bring Jarvis home. Gorgeous illustrations!

Robin


STAY WHERE YOU ARE & THEN LEAVE

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By John Boyne, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627790314
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 25th, 2014

As with all John Boyne’s writing, I was quite taken with this book. He tells good stories of historical circumstances and through the perspective of his characters provides an intimate look of the times. This story is a good introduction to the First World War, of how the war affects a soldier, his loved ones, conscientious objectors, and of the public’s dawning recognition of what then was called “shell shock.”

Robin


A History of Loneliness

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374171339
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 3rd, 2015

In the priesthood Ordan Yates seeks a refuge from the world. This story of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church of Ireland, told through Father Ordan’s naïve and unworldly eyes, is also about the stories we tell ourselves, in order to make peace with our lives.

Robin


The War That Saved My Life

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ISBN: 9780803740815
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Published: Dial Books - January 8th, 2015

This is a most remarkable story, and though a middle grade book I would recommend to any reader. World War II historical fiction, it tells of two children sent from London to the countryside to spend the duration of the war with a single woman living on the outskirts of town. Sound predicable? With Bradley’s storytelling of great nuance, it is anything but.

Robin

 


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