Allison Public Library Notes 11/22
“HOLY GHOST” by John Sandford . . . A mayor's half-baked scheme to revive a floundering Minnesota community by turning it into a religious shrine is thrown into chaos by the discovery of a body.
“THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER” by Kate Morton . . . In 1862, Edward Radcliffe and a group of artists descend on Birchwood Manor for an artist's retreat, but the retreat ends in murder and theft, and over a century later a young archivist from London tries to discover the manor's secrets. In honor of Linda Thoreson for service as a Library Trustee.
“WHEN THE MEN WERE GONE” by Marjorie Herrera Lewis . . . When most of the men in her community depart to serve in World War II, Tylene Wilson navigates opposition from the press, her neighbors, rivals, referees, and players to become Texas' first female high school football coach.
“A SPARK OF LIGHT” by Jodi Picoult . . . When a deranged gunman forces his way into the Center, a women's reproductive health services clinic, and takes hostages, the police hostage negotiator discovers his daughter is inside the clinic. In honor of Linda Thoreson for service as a Library Trustee.
“THE FALL OF GONDOLIN” by J.R.R. Tolkien . . . Two of the greatest powers in the world—Morgoth, of the utmost evil, and Ulmo, the Lord of Waters, battle over the city of Gondolin—a beautiful but undiscovered realm peopled by Noldorian Elves. In memory of Richard Melhus.
“THE ACCIDENTAL GUARDIAN” by Mary Connealy . . . Trace Riley has been self-appointed guardian of the trail ever since his own wagon was attacked. When he finds the ruins of a wagon train, he offers shelter to survivor Deborah Harkness and the children she saved. Trace and Deborah grow close working to bring justice to the trail, but what will happen when the attackers return to silence the only witness?
“A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA” by Melody Carlson . . . When a widow and her teenage son inherit a shabby but charming beach house in Maine, they move in with very different hopes. Can the Christmas season bring them the miracle they need?
“ROCKY MOUNTAIN COWBOY CHRISTMAS” by Katie Ruggle . . . When firefighter and single dad Steve Springfield moved his four kids to a Colorado Christmas-tree ranch, he never expected danger to follow them to his childhood home—or that he would come face-to-face with the one girl he could never forget.
“CHRISTMAS AT HOME” by Country Living . . . What makes a Merry Christmas? A blend of the tried and true and the unexpected – beloved traditions along with whimsical surprises. A Country Living collection of holiday decorating tips, craft ideas, and recipes.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“THE WAR WITH GRANDPA” by Robert Kimmel Smith . . . Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves right into Peter’s room, forcing him upstairs. Peter loves his grandpa but wants his room back. He has no choice but to declare war! With the help of his friends, Peter devises outrageous plans to make Grandpa surrender the room.
“THE WONKY DONKEY” by Craig Smith . . . Kids will love this cumulative and hysterical read-aloud that features a free downloadable song! I was walking down the road and I saw a donkey, Hee Haw! And he only had three legs! He was a wonky donkey!
“A HOME IN THE BARN” by Margaret Wise Brown . . . Outside in the cold, hear the wind rattle, come to the barn, keep warm with the cattle. Animals seek shelter in a big, warm barn during a cold, snowy night. In loving memory of Marilee Reiher, forever a teacher.
“PICK A PINE TREE” by Patricia Toht . . . Follow along as a family goes to the Christmas tree lot to pick out their tree, host a decorating day, and celebrate the holiday season. In memory of Bob Shultz.