Fallingwater

Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright's MasterpieceFallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece by Marc Harshman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dreams of falling water…leads to Fallingwater for architect Frank Lloyd Wright and department store owner Edgar Kaufmann.
“A house like no other,
where sun can shine,
where balconies fly,
where falling water
is heard from every room.”
I had already wanted to visit this remarkable house. Now my desire is more intense!

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The Switch

The SwitchThe Switch by Joseph Finder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Michael Tanner is a regular person, owner of a coffee roasting business, on his way back to Boston from a sales meeting in Los Angeles when he picks up someone else’s laptop in the TSA area at LAX.
Senator Susan Robbins has her eye on a higher office and can’t be bothered with reading classified documents in a SCIF. She has her Chief of Staff, Will Abbott, download these files to her laptop – yes, the same laptop Tanner retrieves from the TSA conveyor belt. The senator has her password on a sticky note on the bottom of her laptop – is she not too bright?? Her Chief of Staff is a cutthroat and malevolent sort and has many resources.
Tanner is already facing some difficulties – his wife left recently; his business is relying on some new, yet unsigned, contracts to keep it afloat.
What the reader doesn’t know at first is that Tanner is smart and enterprising, as well as good and kind. For example, when he is about to steal a car he feels guilty, before he has actually stolen it. His character makes this fast-paced political thriller delightful.

Joplin, Wishing

Joplin, WishingJoplin, Wishing by Diane Stanley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Part magical, part mystery, mostly realistic fiction, this book is a treasure.
Upon returning to school after her grandfather’s funeral, Joplin knows she is facing two tormenting dilemmas – her ongoing friendless state and the certain harassment from her classmates about her famous, eccentric, all-over-the-news grandfather. Kids get suspended, a teacher handles things poorly and Joplin takes a few days off, too.
Joplin brought home a broken antique platter from her grandfather’s house as a memento and has it restored with her aunt’s help. While feeling sad and lonely she longingly looks at the girl in the platter and wishes for the girl to be her friend and to have a friend at school. The next morning she notices a girl in her garden who looks like…the now missing girl from the platter! And Joplin makes a friend at school. Life gets complicated with this friend who has no home of her own and needs food, shelter and truly wants to get back to the mid 1600s. Life gets dangerous when a man from the 1600s wants Joplin’s magic platter.
Author Stanley brings us a main character who grows and develops, strong secondary characters, a good sense of place, and mystery and magic.
Starred review from Booklist is right on target.

Young Jane Young

Young Jane YoungYoung Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you, NetGalley, for this ARC in return for an honest review.
Young Jane Young is a hit for Gabrielle Zevin from start to finish.
Jane’s story is a tough one, after her affair with a handsome, popular, married congressman is exposed and made public. Worse, Jane, really Aviva, kept a blog of the affair. Life went on for the congressman, forgiven by the press and his wife. Aviva found life again only by a legal name change and by fleeing her home town while pregnant.
Zevin tells Jane’s story with humor, tenderness and through the honest wide eyes of young Ruby, Jane’s daughter, whose first word was hilariously, “canapé.”

Beach Lawyer

Beach Lawyer (Beach Lawyer Series)Beach Lawyer by Avery Duff

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lawyer Robert Worth is about to make partner at a prestigious Southern California law firm, after only five years of practice. He studiously stays away from partner Jack Pierce, who is nasty and vindictive. Things change when he discovers a client is being treated strangely unfairly and may have been sexually attacked.
The book opens with a prologue and Robert is in jail.
This book is difficult to read – until about the last third where it seems like the author hits his stride. The plot is what keeps the reader going.

I plan to continue reading this series.  🙂

Turtle Tug to the Rescue

Turtle Tug to the RescueTurtle Tug to the Rescue by Michael Slack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Turtle Tug is a turtle-powered tug boat, who performs daring sea rescues on perilous waters.

This rhyming story is filled with rich vocabulary and vivid illustrations – showing animated facial expressions of the sea creatures he helps.

Turtle Tug is a hero and his adventure is perfect for the preschool crowd!

 

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost (Track, #1)Ghost by Jason Reynolds

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Castle Crenshaw, who calls himself Ghost, is a kid who gets himself into trouble. And that trouble makes this book hard for me to read – I put this slim volume down countless times while cringing as Ghost does something he knows he shouldn’t. Still, I had to finish this compelling story.

Ghost is a kid who can run like the wind, a kid who has caught the eye of a track coach, a kid who has no gym shorts, no gym shoes.

Ghost is a kid who lives in the projects, a kid whose dad tried to kill him and his mom, a kid whose dad is in prison, a kid who has a lot of anger inside of him.

Ghost is a kid with a mom who has ambitions to make their lives better.

First in a series.