Jan 12, 2017

SnowMan

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SNOWMAN
by Diane Stringam Tolley

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I absolutely LOVE snowmen and knew I just had to read this one!
What an amazing tale of a man who loves with all of his heart--
And when the tough times came to him he found a way to turn it around in order to serve someone else-- a whole town even :)
A very heart-warming story amongst the chill of winter!
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BEFORE THE SONG-- THERE WAS THE STORY

Driving a busload of happy, young scouters on rain-slick roads John Benjamin Frosst is faced suddenly with the unimaginable. In a fraction of a moment, he makes a decision, selflessly offering his life in exchange for the lives of innocents. Now confronted with the knowledge that the comfortable existence he had expected is in tatters, Ben realizes that, instead of doing the serving he loves, he must now humbly receive it from others.

Hampered by this new reality, the fine man that is still Ben Frosst discovers the term ‘handicapped’ is only a starting point from which to find new ways to give and to help. That service comes in many forms. And, with enough love and support, anything is possible. 

Sometimes, life simply doesn’t turn out the way you plan. And that’s just fine.

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Jan 11, 2017

Color of Love w/ GIVEAWAY

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A review copy was provided

COLOR OF LOVE
by Anita Stansfield

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I absolutely love the many twists in this story!
So creative and unexpected--making you read far into the night!
Amala, Henry, and Kat will become very close friends that you will want to spend time with-- wishing that their story will never end.
Such a GREAT BOOK! I highly recommend it!
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England, 1857

The British aristocracy is an inflexible judge. And for Amala, a lovely young Indian woman, that judgment is most keenly felt. Raised from a child by the wealthy Hepworth family following the murder of her parents, Amala grew up alongside the Hepworth's own daughter, Katarina, and was loved as both sister and daughter. The family is part of the charmed circle of the upper class, but Amala's place in society is tenuous. As an Indian woman, her life is marked by a sense of otherness and voices of prejudice. So when she embarks upon a sweet acquaintance with Henry Breckenridge, a white Englishman, Amala is both elated and terrified. She knows first-hand the opposition that an interracial couple would face, and courtship with Henry could destroy his standing in society.

Determined to spare the reputations of both Henry and her sister Katarina, Amala flees England with the hope that an extended trip will allow her time to heal her broken heart. But she never imagined the repercussions of that decision, and the heartbreak awaiting her. For when she returns to England, she finds those she holds dear facing unparalleled devastation. And now it is her love that holds the key to healing a broken family . . .

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Jan 5, 2017

The Afterlife Academy

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THE AFTERLIFE ACADEMY
By Frank L. Cole

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What a FUN concept! A young boy dies and instead of joining the heavenly choir he is given the charge to guard another young boy who is in grave danger. Lacking any skill or training he must battle scary things like shades and wraiths and dark omens and demons--
They told him that he was a "natural" at conquering these beings.
Is it true or is something else amiss?
Perfect read for middle-grade readers or any one young at heart.
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TWO TWELVE-YEAR-OLD BOYS IN POSSESSION OF A CREEPY BOOK WITH A HORDE OF ANGRY DEMONS AFTER THEM. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

When Walter Prairie is struck dead by a bolt of lightning, he’s fast-tracked through the Afterlife Academy and assigned as a Guardian Agent to protect a High-Level Target. Walter’s HLT, Charlie Dewdle, isn’t the most popular kid in school. He’s a bit paranormally obsessed. And he has just found an old book that could be used to open the Gateway for demons to wreak havoc on earth. Now, it’s up to Charlie and Walter to fight an eclectic horde of enemies and protect humankind at all costs. But saving the world isn’t so easy. Especially when your protector doesn’t know the first thing about the underworld, bullies like Mo Horvath are trying to hunt you down, pretty and popular Melissa Bittner is suddenly talking to you, and your parents think you’re going crazy.

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Jan 4, 2017

Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure

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A review copy was provided

DRAGONWATCH: 
A FABLEHAVEN ADVENTURE
by Brandon Mull

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What a FUN BOOK!
I love one of the opening scenes where Seth has fun with one of his "non-seeing" cousins-- to the cousins chagrin :)
Then Seth and Kendra are off to become caretakers themselves--
What great adventures and possible doom await ahead!
Can Seth and Kendra keep the world safe from dragons?
Or will the dragons be unleashed to bring unspeakable destruction?
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In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies....

In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

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Dec 13, 2016

Kennedy's Hugs

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KENNEDY'S HUGS
by Jason and Heather Hansen

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What a beautifully told story! 
I am in awe at all that happened to this wonderful girl and the power of her hugs! I am so grateful for this families courage to share her story. 
This is one book everyone needs to read!
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After her terminal diagnosis, Kennedy's life would never be the same. But even as her body broke down, her heart never failed, nor did her ability to love. With each precious passing day, more people witnessed her faith and kindness uniting her community and spreading to millions around the world. Now you can experience firsthand this incredible true story of unfailing optimism, real miracles, and Kennedy's inspiring legacy of love.

Jason and Heather’s daughter Kennedy was diagnosed with Batten disease, a terminal illness, but the story doesn’t begin or end there. Kennedy’s Hugs details the precious moments, miracles, and guidance that Kennedy and her family experienced throughout her life’s journey.

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Dec 12, 2016

Crossing Lines

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CROSSING LINES
by Melanie Mason

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What a FANTASTIC story! We know that the war battlefield is hard, but what happens when your plane crashes and your brother dies and your friend is hurt so badly that you have to find shelter instead of getting to safety? And what about the people who help them, putting their own lives in danger? And what happens if the American Captain falls in love with the Austrian girl and in his attempt to escape he lands in jail with terrible interrogations and the threat of being sent to a POW camp???  So many fascinating details of this story! Couldn't put it down! Captured by every moment and wanting more! Follow Charlie and Sam's journey to get back home in this phenomenal, must-read story!!!
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Moments before their B-17 bomber crashes in German-occupied Austria, two of the three remaining crewmen manage to parachute out of the aircraft. Captain Charlie Banks and Corporal Samuel Aldridge find shelter in a barn, where they are discovered by a beautiful young Austrian woman. Despite the danger to herself and her family, Marianne Leichtner decides to help the two Americans. Her courage and character soon win Charlie’s heart.

When the Nazis come to investigate the plane crash, Charlie and Sam must escape through enemy territory. Just steps from freedom, they are captured by Italian fascists. Survival takes on a new meaning for the airmen, and Charlie begins to question everything, including his faith. Only the hope of seeing Marianne again keeps him going over the long months in prison. But if he survives, will she still care for him? And will Charlie learn to trust in the Lord’s promises?

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