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‘Before Summer’ by H. Arlo Nimmo

In a time when fantasy and cyberspace rule millions of 21st-century folks, anthropologist and writer H. Arlo Nimmo gives us a book of stories that is as real as life and as admirable as love. The sixteen stories in Before Summer let readers into lead character Lach MacLennan’s life as he grows up in the small town of…

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Reena’s Bollywood Dream by Jewel Kats

Jewel Kats always writes special books addressing the most important needs of children, particularly of young girls. Reena’s Bollywood Dream is unique in that it takes an Indian girl as its central character and shows how her dream of becoming an actress in Bollywood makes her the pick of a sex predator. The story has a…

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Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair

Major accidents, injuries, and illnesses in early life, all have the debilitating potential to run rings of fear around a child and imprison them in a cage of low-self-esteem and negative self-image. Here is one book for children that liberates them from fear and brings them the message of hope and confidence. Winner of the…

Maisie Dobbs (2004)

Jacqueline Winspear Penguin Books, 2004 ISBN-13: 9780142004333 Reviewed by Patricia Wellingham-Jones Synopsis: The Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel 2003, Maisie Dobbs is the beginning of a series about a young woman in post-World War I London who sets herself up in business as a Psychologist and Investigator. Although it seems strange to consider…

The Music Room: A memoir (2009)

The Music Room: A memoir William Fiennes W.W. Norton & Co., 2009 ISBN: 978-0-393-07258-7 Reviewer: Patricia Wellingham-Jones Synopsis: William Fiennes grew up in a 700-year-old castle near Oxford, England, in a loving family, overshadowed by an older brother with epilepsy and brain damage. Richard was 11 years old and already suffering from epilepsy when William…