Allison Public Library Notes 9/05
“THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD” by Claire Lombardo . . . A multi-generational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple--still madly in love after forty years--match wits, harbor grudges, and recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they've built.
“SHAMED” by Linda Castillo . . . Investigating the kidnapping of a girl and the murder of her grandmother in an Amish community, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder uncovers an isolated Old Order settlement that hides a tragic secret.
“WHISPER NETWORK” by Chandler Baker . . . Follows four women who speak out when their ill-reputed boss is slated to become CEO, a decision that triggers catastrophic shifts throughout every department of their company.
“HOME FOR ERRING AND OUTCAST GIRLS” by Julie Kibler . . . Follows the deep friendship between two women at an early twentieth-century rehabilitation home for cast-out single mothers, and the reclusive librarian who discovers their story a century later.
“THE GONE DEAD” by Chanelle Benz . . . Returning to her ramshackle home in the Mississippi Delta after thirty years, Billie James investigates the accident that killed her famous poet father as well as rumors that she went missing the day he died.
“UNLEASHED” by Diana Palmer . . . Texas Ranger Colter Banks finds himself struggling to let go in the aftermath of his best friend's death while discovering his unexpected feelings for his pretty assistant, Clancey Lang.
“REASON TO BREATHE” by Deborah Raney . . . At twenty-nine, Phylicia Chandler put her life on hold to care for her dying mother with her sisters, Joanna and Brit. Now Mom is gone and their father stuns them all by running off with a woman young enough to be their sister. Life is moving forward all around her, but Phylicia feels stuck until her father's protege, Quinn Mitchell, presents the sisters with an intriguing business opportunity.
“ANYTHING BUT A DUKE” by Christy Carlyle . . . Resorting to marriage to enter in to high society, self-made man Aidan Iverson turns to Lady Diana Ashby for help in securing a proper bride in exchange for funding her invention — a deal that results in a passion they cannot deny.
“SHOOT FOR THE MOON” by James Donovan . . . An account of the Apollo 11 mission discusses the astronauts, flight controllers, and engineers who made it possible, as well as the dangers, challenges, and determination that defined the Apollo program and the Mercury and Gemini missions that made it possible.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“BREAKOUT” by Kate Messner . . . From multiple perspectives, tells of a time capsule project and the middle schoolers who contribute, including future journalist Nora Tucker and newcomer Elidee Jones, whose brother is in the local prison.
“SEA GLASS SUMMER” by Michelle Houts . . . Exploring the beach using his late grandfather's magnifying glass, young Thomas is transfixed by a beautiful piece of sea glass and begins collecting the pieces he finds throughout the summer, discovering how they link people through time. In memory of Marilee Reiher.
“THE PIGEON HAS TO GO TO SCHOOL” by Mo Willems . . . Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn't like it? What if the teacher doesn't like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH! In memory of Marilee Reiher, forever a teacher.
“THE SCHOOL BOOK” by Todd Parr . . . Introduces young readers to all the different things that can happen in school, from meeting new people to learning and playing with classmates. Given in memory of Marilee Reiher.