|Mistress of the Storm by M.L. Welsh|
A wind-swept, salt-sprayed novel that will whisk you away...
Verity Gallant knows she'll never be as pretty and popular
as Poppy, her perfect little sister - she doesn't quite fit in.
But when a mysterious stranger hands her an ancient
red book, everything changes.
Verity becomes embroiled in a tale of dark magic and intrigue; she
uncovers old rivalries and discovers new friends. Together, she, Henry,
and Martha explore the secrets stirring in the ancient harbour town of Wellow.
But what will it take to stop a powerful witch hell-bent on revenge?
|True Blue by Jane Smiley|
True Blue is a beauty, a dapple gray, and when
Abby Lovitt gets to take him to her family's ranch,
she can hardly believe her luck. The horse needs a
home:his owner - a woman brand-new to the riding
stable - was tragically killed in a car crash, and no one
has claimed him. Daddy is wary, as always. But Abby is
smitten. True Blue is a sweetheart, and whenever Abby calls out
"Blue, Blue, how are you?" He whinnies back.
But sometimes True Blue seems...spooked. He paces, and
always seems to be looking form something. Or someone. Abby
starts to wonder about True Blue's owner. What was she like? What
did she look like? And what are the strange whispers Abby sometimes
hears when she's with True Blue?
|Maggie & Oliver or a Bone of One's Own by Valerie Hobbs|
Maggie is always full of questions. But a young
maid in a fine house isn't supposed to wonder so much,
and one day Maggie is thrown out into the street with only
a tiny heart-shaped locket for a keepsake. Who is
the lady in the locket?
A little dog named Oliver is pushing his nose along an
icy sidewalk searching for his lost mistress, or at least
something to eat. No matter how hard he looks, he can't find
either one, but he does see a girl with round blue eyes and a golden locket.
The girl calls him Lucky.
And perhaps Lucky is the right name after all, for the little dog
helps Maggie find a warm, wonderful home of her own-and one for him, too.
|R My Name is Rachel by Patricia Reilly Giff|
It's 1936, and twelve-year-old Rachel's family doesn't
have two nickels to rub together.
Rachel lives in the city with Pop and her younger
brother and sister, Joey and Cassie. Rachel's mother
died long ago, but the family had a special friend in Miss
Mitzi at the flower shop, and they know everyone on their block.
Pop needs a job. His search for work lands the family on a farm
upstate, in North Lake. But times are hard there, too- the school
and the library are closed. Their isolated house is falling
apart. Still, Rachel loves the farm.
Miss Mitzi and Rachel write to each other constantly, exchanging
letters that sustain Rachel as the three city kids adjust to life
in the country. When Pop's job takes him away from home for
a while, Rachel is determined that she and Joey and Cassie will do just fine on the farm.