Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Finds

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Another week - another selection of great books.  Check them out and then stop back soon to read the reviews at Feathered Quill.

Max and Menna tells the story of two siblings surviving a deplorable home life in the South in the early 1980s. Telling the story from each of their viewpoints, Max and Menna outline their reliance on each other and on Nick, their only friend and a Native American, as they cope with growing up in poverty, living with an alcoholic mother, and having no indication of the other half of their parentage. "A haunting tale: the story unfolds as seamlessly as a memory, but winds like a complicated, aching, longing dream. Its grasp leaves a mark, the kind you've been left by Faulkner, Peter Taylor, and Alice Sebold, from the repeated flares of perfect written moments within the steady flame of a solid narrative." Meri Robie-Craven, author of What Happened to the Miracle "Max and Menna is a heart-felt, heart-rending story of abandoned children who must learn, as best they can, to care for each oher and themselves." Madison Smartt Bell, the author of twelve novels including All Soul's Rising, a National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf award for the best book of 1996 dealing with matters of race.

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester Owen Jester wishes his family hadn't moved to his grandfather's house in Carter, Georgia, after his dad lost his job at the hardware store. For one thing, his grandfather's live-in nurse, Earlene, sure know how to ruin anyone's idea of a good time. And then there's Viola, the bossy, know-it-all girl next door, who can't ever keep her nose in her own business. Late one night, Owen hears unusual noised coming from the train track in the woods below his grandfather's house. Something mysterious and wonderful has fallen off the train. But when Owen finally discovers what it is, he realizes he just might need a know-it-all after all...Can Viola keep the most fantastic secret to ever tumble into Carter, Georgia?

Another Whole Nother Story The plan was simple. Ethan Cheeseman, along with his three smart, polite, and relatively odor-free children, would travel back in time to end an ancient family curse and save their mother. Now that the LVR (a super-secret time machine) is in working order, it should be easy peasy. Except they didn't account for one basic rule of science: Murphy's Law, where everything that possibly could go wrong, does. So the Cheeseman family finds themselves on another madcap adventure, this time through stormy seas and haunted castles. And though their narrator, Dr. Soup, has a ton of unsolicited advice to offer young readers, he doesn't have much to say to help the Cheesemans. Just this one thing: Good luck!

17 Christmases I thank God for Jesus and family galore, For seventeen Christmases---never a chore. Christmas is full of adventure when the family decides to go on a holiday road trip. They start in California and travel to North Carolina and then to Colorado. And that's only the beginning! New sights and ways to celebrate the birth of Jesus abound. All this plus the special visits with family and friends turn the holidays into seventeen wonderful Christmases.

One Hand, Two Hands Written in rhyming text and illustrated with the charming art of Gaby Hansen, this simple message of God's blessing of hands not only entertains . . . as it teaches what wonderful things our hands can do from scratching, latching, and petting a pup to washing dishes with mommy and putting toys in a box . . . but it also conveys the important message: We can use God's gift of hands to show our love for Him by helping others. The book ends tenderly with a prayer of thanks to God for hands and asks Him to use them again:

One hand, two hands,
Five fingers, ten.
God, thanks, for my hands.
Please, use them again.

Blood Prophecy His name is Jeremiah Fall. A soldier of fortune, he has been fighting his own war for 150 years - ever since the beast in him was born. Shunning daylight and feeding only when he must, he battles the monster who transformed him forever. He can share his deepest secret with no one...not even the beautiful woman he starts to love, the only human who grasps the mysteries of an ebony stone as old as creation itself.

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