Peggy G.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Allen, Sarah Addison
The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel

I ordered this charming story on audiobook through MelCat (although Howell Carnegie District library does have the print version).  I wanted to listen to the audio because it was recommended to me by a fellow librarian and the narrator does, indeed do a wonderful job filling the story with her colorful voices.

This is two stories in one.  The first is the story of a recently orphaned teenage girl who comes to Mullaby, North Carolina to live with her maternal grandfather.  The girl soon discovers that the people who knew her mother as a teen paint a very different picture of her than the devoted, charitable woman that the daughter knew growing up.
The second story is of a woman who returns to Mullaby after inheriting her father’s barbecue restaurant.  Her passion is baking and so she adds baked goods to the existing menu with some success but as the story unfolds we discover the reason she is so devoted to her craft is bittersweet.
This book has a small touch of “fairy-tale magic” but it’s not the overlying theme of the story more a thread that touches each of the characters.  The book does seem to be targeted to a younger adult audience – the stories focus on the story of the teen and the adult’s lives when they were teens .
And, while there is not a lot of deep, meaningful character development, there is a lovely story to be told.  I hope you enjoy this nice little summer read.

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La's Orchestra Saves the World

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Alexander McCall Smith
La's Orchestra Saves the World

I picked up this book because I am a fan of “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series also written by Alexander McCall Smith.  This book is a stand-alone work set in England just before and during WWII.  
It tells the story of a woman – La (Lavender) Stone – and her struggle to figure out how she can contribute to the war effort on the home front.  La is well-educated woman who sort of fell into marriage with a college friend.  When her marriage falls apart, she moves from London to Suffolk to get away, making a new life in the country.
When the war begins, La struggles to find a way to help with the war effort and is told to help a local farmer take care of his chickens!
Eventually she is encouraged by a RAF pilot to pull together an orchestra to boost morale. 
This is a sweet tale about ordinary people doing what they can to help others in a time of great crisis.  It’s not a story about heroic people doing outstanding acts but more about how the average person would try to do what they can to help friends and country. 
It’s definitely different than the other books written by Alexander McCall Smith, is a quick read (or listen!) and a nice story.

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Peggy G., Circulation

All the Light We Cannot See: a novel

Monday, November 3, 2014
Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See: a novel

This novel is set in World War II times and tells the stories of a young girl in France who lost her sight at age six and a young boy in Germany whose abilities in electronics and engineering have won him a place in the Hitler youth.  The chapters alternate between the two characters and a third story line involving a rare diamond that belongs to a French museum and which the Nazis are trying to add to their collection.

I liked that, though this book is set during WW II, it is really the stories of these two young people rather than a traditional war tale.  The plot involving the diamond adds a bit of suspense and mystery.  This was a good read and I would recommend it to anyone. Check our Catalog

Peggy G., Circulation

The Duckling Gets a Cookie

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Mo Willems
The Duckling Gets a Cookie

My three year old and I enjoyed reading this book together.  It's a sweet story with a lesson about asking for things politely and a cute ending with a positive message about generosity.  The 3 year old laughed at the clever illustrations and I liked that it was a quick read for a short break during the day.

I confess that I find all of Mo Willems' books to be charming and I really enjoy how his illustrations capture the emotion of the moment.  Perhaps not his best work but thoroughly enjoyable. Check our Catalog

Peggy G. Circulation

The Book of Three

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Lloyd Alexander
The Book of Three

We read this book out loud as a family.  It is the first in a series of 5 books.  The story is about a young boy who is an assistant pig keeper but wants to be out in the world, performing heroic deeds.  My older kids (Boy, age 8 and girl, age 10) really enjoyed this adventure story.  They liked all the action and excitement.  My daughter really picked up on the humor and my son enjoyed a chapter where an entire castle tumbled to the ground.  I liked it because it is a simple, innocent adventure where adults are, generally, depicted as smart, helpful people rather than the current trend of portraying all adults as bumbling fools.

As the reader, I found it difficult to pronounce many of the names and places (I think they are Welsh) but halfway through I downloaded the audio version through the library website and that helped me figure out correct pronunciation! Check our Catalog

Peggy G. Circulation

Best Tent Camping Michigan

Friday, March 28, 2014
Matt Forster
Best Tent Camping Michigan

My family started camping 2 or 3 years ago.  Our first few outings were a little disappointing because the campgrounds where we stayed were for the most part more suited for RV camping.  They were treeless and offered no privacy, some were covered in gravel (not fun for tenting)  I was so relieved when I found this book.  It has been a great help in finding some lesser known, more rustic camping accommodations.

Most of the campsites suggested in this book are "rustic" sites (no electric, no modern showers) but for us it has been really helpful in choosing a campground.  In many cases the author even suggests specific camp sites within the campground and points out which sites offer what features.  Great resource for car camping.

Available on MEL loan. See staff if you need assistance.

Peggy G., Circulation

7 keys to comprehension : how to help your kids read it and get it!

Monday, January 9, 2012
Susan Zimmermann and Chryse Hutchins

This is not a book I would have picked up to read without prompting from one of the teachers at my kids' elementary school.  My daughter is a fabulous reader but she has trouble with comprehension.  This book has helped me to understand the difference and has given me concrete examples of ways to assist my kids in improving comprehension.  It goes hand in hand with tools that teachers in the Howell School District use in the classroom.  The book has ideas for kids of ALL ages - even college students!

Peggy G, Circulation


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