Gone Again

Gone Again (Jack Swyteck, #12)Gone Again by James Grippando

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Grippando delivers his readers a page-turner.

As Andie is dealing with preeclampsia and bed rest, Jack stumbles into a death-row/pro-bono case after having moved into his new office at the Freedom Institute.

A kidnapping victim’s mom is insisting that the convicted murderer – whose death warrant was just signed by the governor – in her daughter’s case is innocent because she has just taken a call from her supposedly dead daughter.

It turns out, however, witnesses, including the victim’s family (from the original crime), for the victim are not being honest with Jack – this would make me call a halt to everything – except that a man’s life is on the line and the clock is ticking!

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The Pages Between Us

The Pages Between UsThe Pages Between Us by Lindsey Leavitt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Best friends Piper and Olivia are starting middle school and only – gasp! – have one class together. They decide to keep in touch (52 minutes/day is not enough) by writing journal-like entries in a school notebook as often as possible.

These best friends help each other overcome some big problems while having fun, making new friends and learning things about themselves.

Authors Leavitt and Mellom bring us delightful characters who grow and make us laugh!

Driving

On Friday evening I was driving home listening to my own music when the Doors’ Roadhouse Blues came on – a great driving song!

It’s a little funny, however, to hear Jim Morrison tell us “Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.” Really? Should he have been giving out driving advice? Yes, it’s lyrics…it just struck me as kind of contradictory to what I would imagine as his driving style especially as he sings later “I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer!”

–Ruth Ann

On the Run

On the RunOn the Run by Tristan Bancks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Twelve year old Ben and his seven year old sister Olive are forced to leave their home when their parents go on the run. Set in Australia, the family heads to a cabin in the wild and eludes the police while carrying a bag with one million dollars, part of a banking error. Dad is a bully and mom is not too far behind. Ben has a dilemma: loyalty to his family, or to his goal of becoming a cop?

Author Bancks gives us an unnerving perspective of life through Ben’s honest eyes.

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous BearFinding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This true story of Winnie-the-Pooh is narrated by Harry Coleburn’s great-granddaughter, Lindsay Mattick, who is also the author. Lindsay and Cole have a dialogue while Lindsay is doing her narration. 🙂

Harry was a veterinarian, one of those people who was in the perfect profession for himself, kind of an animal whisperer. While on his way to join the fight during WWI, he found a bear cub on a train with a supposed trapper. Harry bought the bear from the trapper for an outrageous sum of money in 1914 and Winnie instantly charmed the men in Harry’s division who were heading to Europe. While Harry and the soldiers were fighting in Europe, Winnie stayed at the London Zoo.

Winnie loved his life at the zoo. This is where Christopher Robin Milne met the beloved bear and gave Winnie his extended name -the-Pooh. Christopher Robin actually played with Winnie in his pen at the zoo. Christopher Robin made up stories about his stuffed animals and his father wrote books about them. These became the Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Meanwhile, Harry returned to Winnipeg and his life as an animal doctor, after discovering that Winnie was happy at the London Zoo.

A photo album is included at back with pages from Harry’s diary – priceless!