Saturday, June 24, 2017

DumbHeart by Darby Conley, 128 pages

Get Fuzzy is always snarky, sarcastic and hilarious.

Lumberjanes: Sink or Swim by Watters, Leyh, Pietsch and Laiho, 112 pages

A crazy storm is coming and the Lumberjanes have to help their counselor Seafarin’ Karen get her boat back from some renegade selkies.

Knot On Your Life!

Camp is about more than just crafts and acquiring badges when you’re a Lumberjane. When April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley all decide to learn more about the mysterious Seafarin’ Karen, things take a turn for the strange. Shapeshifters, strange portals, and friendship to the max make for one summer camp that never gets boring!

This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award-winning series is a story of friendship, hardcore lady-types and kicking a lot of butt. Don’t miss out on these brand-new adventures written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and illustrated by Carey Pietsch (Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift).

The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan, 309 pages

From the multiple-award-winning, critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and The Curiosity comes a dazzling novel of World War II—a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day.
On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small town on the Normandy coast of France, Emmanuelle is making the bread that has sustained her fellow villagers in the dark days since the Germans invaded her country.
Only twenty-two, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at thirteen, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.
In the years that her sleepy coastal village has suffered under the enemy, Emma has silently, stealthily fought back. Each day, she receives an extra ration of flour to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying troops. And each day, she mixes that precious flour with ground straw to create enough dough for two extra loaves—contraband bread she shares with the hungry villagers. Under the cold, watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers.
But her gift to the village is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma gives the people a taste of hope—the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them.

Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran, 354 pages

When Britain sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest. After all, India is fractured and divided into kingdoms, each independent and wary of the rest, seemingly no match for the night of the Empire. But when English soldiers arrive in the kingdom of Jhansi, they've met with a surprising challenge.
Instead of quietly surrending, Jhansi's ruler, Queen Lakshmi, raises two armies-one male and one female-and rides into battle, determined to protect her country and her people. Although at first her soldiers may not appear formidable against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi refuses to back down from an empire that is trying to take away the land she loves.
Told from the unique perspective of Sita-Queen Lakshmi's closest confidante and most-trusted soldier in her all-female army- shines a light on a time and place rarely explored in historical fiction.
Rebel Queen

RT, Margaret and the Rats of NIMH by J.L. Conly, 260 pages

I have to say this was my least favorite of the three NIMH books. It didn't really seem to advance the storyline much, was more just filler. But I'm still glad that I discovered the two sequels written by the original author's daughter.

Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest No. 82, 194 pages

Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest No. 71, 194 pages