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By Gail Rock. 1976
In 1949 a special Valentine's Day dance in small-town Nebraska teaches thirteen-year-old Addie about real love Kids in Addie's seventh-grade…class are starting to exchange rings and go steady, but Addie hates all that mush. When she grows up, she plans to be a real artist in New York City and never get married. Addie's best friend is Carla Mae Carter, whose family lives next door. Addie's worst friend, for as long as she can remember, has been annoying Tanya Smithers, who plans on becoming a ballet dancer. She's always twirling around or striking a dramatic pose to remind everyone how talented she is. Addie definitely does not have a crush on Billy Wild, even if he is tall and cute and has dark, curly hair and blue eyes. She's way too busy with her art for such silliness. Anyway, Tanya likes Billy--and they can have each other as far as Addie is concerned. But after Christmas break, the seventh-grade class gets a new teacher, Mr. Davenport, who has movie-star looks and studied art in college and even takes a special interest in Addie's paintings. Addie starts to notice a strange feeling in her stomach when she's around the handsome young teacher. Is this what love feels like? Is this what all the other girls have been giggling about? Addie suddenly starts to care about wearing dresses instead of jeans and getting her hairstyle just right. Will Addie get her moment with Mr. Davenport at the Valentine's Day dance? Or will her true king of hearts be someone in her class--someone she never expected?
By Gail Rock. 1975
The arrival of a famous actress in twelve-year-old Addie's small hometown makes the Easter of 1948 one she will never…forget Pigtailed and bespectacled, Addie lives with her dad and her grandma in Clear River, Nebraska. She dreams of a grown-up life in New York or Paris as a famous artist with famous-artist friends. The most exciting part of Addie's sixth-grade year has been sewing fancy Easter dresses for the school fashion show with her best friend, Carla Mae, and dyeing Easter eggs until their fingers are stained like rainbows. That is, until famous Broadway actress Constance Payne comes to town to attend her mother's funeral. Addie and her friends set off on a mission to meet the most exotic woman their town has ever seen. They even convince Constance to present the grand prize at the school style show! But when something goes awry at the awards presentation, Constance turns out not to be quite the glamorous celebrity Addie expected. Will Addie's dream of getting to know the famous actress come true? Or will she learn the meaning of friendship the hard way?
By Robyn Carr. 2012
Celebrate another Virgin River holiday, only from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr.While the Riordan brothers have a…reputation for being rough-and-tumble, Patrick has always been the gentle, sweet-natured one. But his easygoing manner is tested by his high-octane career as a navy pilot, and for the Riordan men, when the going gets toughthe tough find the love of a good woman. Angie LeCroix wants to spend Christmas in Virgin River relaxing, away from her well-intentioned but hovering mother. Yet instead of freedom, she gets her uncle, Jack Sheridan. If he had his way, she’d never go out at all. And certainly not with Patrick Riordan. But Angie has her own idea of the kind of Christmas she wants and the kind of man. Patrick and Angie thought they wanted to be left alone this Christmas until they met each other. Now they want to be left alone together. But the Sheridan and Riordan families have different plans for Patrick and Angie and for Christmas, Virgin River style!Originally published in 2012
An Anishinaabe child and her grandmother explore the natural wonders of each season in this lyrical, bilingual story-poem. In this…lyrical story-poem, written in Anishinaabemowin and English, a child and grandmother explore their surroundings, taking pleasure in the familiar sights that each new season brings. We accompany them through warm summer days full of wildflowers, bees and blueberries, then fall, when bears feast before hibernation and forest mushrooms are ripe for harvest. Winter mornings begin in darkness as deer, mice and other animals search for food, while spring brings green shoots poking through melting snow and the chirping of peepers. Brittany Luby and Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley have created a book inspired by childhood memories of time spent with Knowledge Keepers, observing and living in relationship with the natural world in the place they call home — the northern reaches of Anishinaabewaking, around the Great Lakes. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
By Susan Mallery. 2021
Welcome to Wishing Tree, where the magic of Christmas in July will bring you home in this heartwarming story by…#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery. Some heartbreaks hit harder than others. For Shaye Harper, the last one was so bad she swore off men for good. Wishing Tree, Washington, was supposed to be a pit stop on the road to a fresh start, but Shaye is swiftly drawn in by the quirky small town&’s celebrations—and a handsome stranger she can&’t resist. After deployments around the world, army vet Lawson Easley knows there&’s no place better than his hometown. And he&’s determined to stay right here, forever. Too bad the first woman who feels like &“the one&” is just passing through. The more time he spends with Shaye, the more he knows that she&’s the piece his heart&’s been missing. Swept up by the joyful summer festivities and Lawson&’s obvious affection, Shaye starts to feel she belongs. Here, with him. She never meant to end up in Wishing Tree. Then again, she never meant to fall in love…
Celebrate the holidays with Amelia Bedelia! Amelia Bedelia, her friends, and her family enjoy some scary (and sweet) fun in…this haunting Halloween edition. This chapter book is an excellent choice for children who are ready to read independently, and is terrific for building vocabulary and social and emotional learning. Includes a recipe, a special Amelia Bedelia mask, and a craft project to make at home!It’s Amelia Bedelia’s new friend Candy’s first Halloween since coming to Oak Tree Elementary. But when Amelia Bedelia tells her new friend how spooktacular it will be—decorations on almost every house and store, the costume parade, the pumpkin carving contest—Candy seems unimpressed. Then Amelia Bedelia tells her about the Haunted Hayride at Seven Gables Farms, and Candy is convinced. But what happens when the Haunted Hayride is cancelled? Will Amelia Bedelia come up with a plan to save Halloween for her friends old and new?A humorous and not-too-scary story, plenty of misunderstandings, tons of thrills, and a festive package make this an ideal gift book for newly independent readers and storytime sharing. Amelia Bedelia has been making readers laugh since 1963, when the first Amelia Bedelia book was published. Now you can meet the young Amelia Bedelia. Come join the fun!
By Joseph Fink. 2021
From New York Times bestselling adult author Joseph Fink comes a wickedly fun middle grade novel about a Halloween-obsessed girl named Esther…Gold, who goes out trick-or-treating for one last year, only to find her town under the thrall of a mysterious presence. Esther Gold loves Halloween more than anything in the world. So she is determined to go trick-or-treating again this year despite the fact that her parents think she is officially too old. Esther has it all planned out, from her costume to her candy-collecting strategy. But when the night rolls around, something feels . . . off. No one is answering their door. The moon is an unnatural shade of orange. Strange children wander the streets, wearing creepy costumes that might not be costumes at all. And it seems like the only people besides Esther who are awake to see it all are her best friend, her school bully, and her grown-up next-door neighbor.Together, this unlikely crew must find a way to lift the curse that has been placed upon their small town before it’s too late. Because someone is out to make sure Halloween never comes to an end. And even Esther doesn’t want to be trapped in this night forever.
By Christine Feehan. 2001
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author this sizzling holiday paranormal romance is now available as an eBook for…the first time ever!Terrified by mysterious threats, Jessica Fitzpatrick takes her twin wards to the island mansion of their estranged father, Dillon Wentworth, a famous musician who became a recluse after a fire claimed his wife's life and left him disfigured. With Christmas approaching, the spark between Dillon and Jessica might light the future, but the evil machinations of those who share his wife's love of the occult may plunge the family into darkness--unless a Christmas miracle occurs.
By Maeve Binchy. 2008
'Make no mistake, there is magic at work' Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday TimesClara Casey has more than enough on her plate:…two difficult daughters, a demanding new job running a heart clinic and an ex-husband who wants something from her . . . For Ania, meeting Clara is a miracle. She never intended to leave Poland - but perhaps a new country will mend her broken heart? Then there's Father Flynn, whose life is turned upside down when his reputation is threatened; and the beautiful, troubled nurse, Fiona, who can't leave the secrets of her past behind . . .
By Maeve Binchy. 2007
'There's nobody like Binchy for warming the cockles, and this collection of Christmas stories warms them to white heat' Kate…Saunders, The TimesChristmas: a time of year when emotions run high and long-held secrets can unexpectedly surface...This Year It Will Be Different powerfully evokes the lives of wives, husbands, children, friends and lovers. As the festivities take hold, there are step-families grappling with exes; long-married couples faced with in-law problems; a wandering husband choosing between the other woman and his wife; a child caught up in a grown-up tug-of-war.'We are all in her pages, all of us: mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, husbands, wives, children, friends, lovers . . . It is this combination of Maeve's understanding of what it is to be human, and how to cope with life, that makes her so popular' Veronica Henry, bestselling author of Christmas at the Beach Hut
By Nicky Pellegrino. 2009
Two feuding families, two love stories - and a lot of delicious Italian food.Pieta Martinelli's sister is getting married. Since…she is a bridal designer it falls to her to make the wedding gown. But Pieta is distracted by a series of unanswered questions. Why is her father feuding with another Italian in the neighbourhood? Why is her mother so faded and sad? And could the man she's always held a torch for really be getting married to someone else? As Pieta stitches and beads her sister's wedding gown she uncovers the secrets that have made her family what it is and that stand between her and happiness.THE ITALIAN WEDDING is a feast of food and love. It's about discovering who your parents really are. And who you really want to be.
'A very 21st Century blockbuster, this has all the classic elements - nailbiting narrative, absorbing relationships, glamorous locations - with…an extra shot of intelligence' COSMOPOLITANTake four friends... Rianne: beautiful, wealthy and thoroughly spoilt, she has the world at her feet but is about to risk everything. Gabrielle: intelligent, loyal and always worrying about everyone else, now it's time for her to start looking after No.1. Nathalie: petite, pretty and with a shrewd eye for business, she uses her work to help her forget the one man she can't have. Charmaine: flirty and outrageous, she knows all about the good life. She just needs someone to pay for it... Then a chance encounter changes everything - and for Rianne and her friends, nothing is going to be the same again...The perfect thrilling story for fans of Jilly Cooper, Jackie Collins, Tasmina Perry and Lauren Weisberger to escape with this summer!
By Maeve Binchy. 1996
'Warm, witty and with a deep understanding of what makes us tick, it's little wonder that Maeve Binchy's bewitching stories…have become world-beaters' OK MagazineThe Italian evening class at Mountainview School is like hundreds of others starting up all over the city. But this class has its own special quality - as the focus for the varied hopes and dreams of teacher and pupils alike.Aidan Dunne needs his new evening class project to succeed almost as much as his pupils do. They too are looking for something more: Bill to find a way to keep spendthrift Lizzie at his side, and Fran to make sure that young Kathy finds her way out from behind the kitchen sink. The key to their success lies with the Signora. Her passion has drawn her from Ireland to Italy and back home again with a burning desire to share her love of all things Italian - and a secret hidden in her heart...
By Maureen Lee. 2009
A warm-hearted story of one idyllic summer and four very different women - from the bestselling author of MOTHER OF…PEARL.Brodie Logan's seemingly idyllic life with her once-loving husband is suddenly turned upside down - so she moves to a big shared house in Liverpool, and there meets a remarkable group of people.Twenty-five-year-old Diana seems so innocent and childlike, yet she was responsible for raising her three younger brothers. But suddenly there is no place for her in the only home she has ever known. Vanessa, once a successful career woman, still can't get over the shock of an unexpected rejection. And Rachel, barely fifteen, with her baby daughter, Poppy, is determined to keep the child some people seem set on taking away from her. As they while away the brilliant summer under the trees in the lovely garden of the big house, friendships form that will last a lifetime - but there are troubles on the horizon; after all, nothing lasts forever...
By Maeve Binchy. 1999
'Heart-felt stories of life and love' Woman & Home from the No. 1 bestselling author'Maeve Binchy's work continues to inspire…. . . thought-provoking, warm and funny in equal measure' WomanA pair of star-crossed travellers pick up each other's bags, and then learn that when you unlock a stranger's suitcase, you enter a stranger's life. An unspoken office passion meets the acid test on a business trip. A man and a woman's mutual disdain at first sight shows how deceptive appearances can be. And an insecure wife clings to the illusion of order, only to discover chaos at the hands of a house-sitter who opens the wrong doors.These and many more poignant, often humorous, unforgettable slices of life show why Maeve Binchy is one of the world's favourite storytellers.
By Annie Sanders. 2008
Have you ever wanted to take a holiday from your life?After twenty years of comfortable marriage, and with the kids…finally off her hands, Sarah Lewis realises she has filled the washing machine once too often. Surely there must be more to life than this? What she wants is an adventure - a wild, unpredictable adventure - but her husband, good old reliable David, is very happy with the status quo. Besides, he's got his old car to tinker with, when he eventually gets round to it.What Sarah needs is a gap year for grown-ups - and she wants to do it alone. Confident the grass must be greener elsewhere, she heads for France, leaving behind a devastated and resentful David, faced with an empty house and a freezer full of meals for one.But is life really better on the other side of the fence? With a gorgeous French man demanding her company and a renewed joie de vivre, Sarah certainly seems to think so. But then a catastrophe threatens to derail much more than Sarah's little adventure. Pretty soon, she begins to wonder whether gap years are for grown-ups after all...
By Maeve Binchy. 2002
'Absorbing and delightful' Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times'For anyone who likes good storytelling ... it is like being reunited with old…friends' Sunday ExpressEvery table at Quentins restaurant in Dublin has a thousand stories to tell. The staff and customers all have tales of their own, and the restaurant owners themselves have had more than their fair share of trials to cope with. Now Ella Brady wants to make a documentary about the renowned restaurant but as she uncovers more of what has gone on, she questions the wisdom of bringing it to the screen. And when she is forced to confront a devastating dilemma in her own life, Ella wonders if some stories should not be told . . .Superb fiction from the No.1 bestselling author.
By Maeve Binchy. 2004
'The perfect summer read' Mail on SundayMaeve Binchy at her very best - the superb novel of one summer, and…four people whose lives are irrevocably changed.'The setting is wonderfully seductive . . . Binchy weaves her usual magic . . . Binchy is degrees better than most other novelists and her storytelling ability is second to none' Sunday ExpressFour strangers, with nothing in common but a need to escape, meet in a Greek taverna high above the small village of Aghia Anna. From Ireland, America, Germany and England they have each left behind their homes and their old lives, when a shocking tragedy throws them unexpectedly together.Nights of Rain and Stars is the story of one summer and four people, each with a life in turmoil - and Vonni, the Irish exile who would very much like to help them, but has demons of her own to battle . . .'It's always a treat to read one of Maeve Binchy's novels and this is no exception . . . she introduces us to a group of characters - a random group of holidaymakers thrown together by tragedy - and leaves us caring about them as if they are our friends' Best
By Erica James. 2005
A gorgeous, heart-warming tale set among the gardens of Italy from bestselling author Erica James.The Gardens of Delight brochure promises…the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful gardens in the Lake Como area of Italy. For Lucy, the chance to go to Italy offers more than just gardens. Lake Como is where her father lives, and the last time she saw him was when she was just a teenager. Recently married Helen and her wealthy husband have just moved into the Old Rectory. With her husband spending so much time away from home, Helen throws herself into caring for the garden. But Helen needs help - and friends - and so decides to take the plunge and join the local Garden Club. Conrad isn't the least bit interested in gardening. Widowed for five years, his life revolves around work and humouring Mac, his elderly uncle who lives with him, and who has expressed a desire to go on the Gardens of Delight tour. Reluctantly, Conrad agrees to accompany him. 'Anything for a peaceful life,' he concedes. But a peaceful life is the last thing any of them are in for...
By Erica James. 2001
When Clara gives up her safe, conventional life and takes off with her son on a three-month trip, she is…soon forced to confront problems she thought she would never have to face...In order to spend more time with her four-year-old son Ned, Clara Costello trades in her secure, well-paid job and two-seater sports car for a camper van called Winnie, and the three of them set off on a mystery tour of England. Of course, her friends and family think she's gone mad. But when they arrive in Deaconsbridge, a small market town on the edge of the Peak District, Clara and Ned become drawn into the lives of the locals. Two in particular seem destined to get under Clara's skin: Gabriel Liberty, a cranky widower who terrifies his family; and Archie Merryman, a local dealer in second-hand furniture who possesses a heart of gold.Then Clara finds herself having to confront a problem much closer to home, and one she had hoped she would never have to face...