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July/August 2008 Favorites
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Mibs Beaumont is about to turn thirteen, which in the Beaumont family means her "savvy"-her special power-is about to strike. Her brothers' savvies let them create hurricanes and spark electricity, but Mibs has yet to learn what her savvy is. Then, two days before her birthday, her father is in a terrible car accident. He is sent to a hospital two hours from their isolated small town, and Mibs determines that she must get there, adamant that her savvy is going to help save him. She ends up on a traveling bible salesman's pink bus with all her siblings and the preacher's children, including the preacher's son, Will, who has a crush on her. The story chronicles the ups and downs of their journey to the hospital-where, in the end, Mibs's savvy (she can hear the thoughts and feelings of people with ink on their skin) helps her hear Poppa's tattoo speak and, ultimately, save his life.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
(illustrated by Inga Moore)
Then she slipped through the door, and shut it behind her, breathing quite fast with excitement, and wonder, and delight. She was standing inside the secret garden."
First published in 1909, THE SECRET GARDEN has entranced readers with the courage and strength of two unhappy and withered children who become determined to make their lives and the lives of others around them more joyful. In this remarkable new edition, Inga Moore’s beautifully observed illustrations capture the wonder of the secret garden springing to life under the tender care of Mary Lennox; her spoiled invalid cousin, Colin; and Dickon, a Yorkshire boy.
Inga Moore's illustrations in the latest edition of this beloved and classic tale are spectacular!!
New in Paperback
That Girl, Lucy Moon by Amy Timberlake
Lucy Moon is the kind of girl who loudly supports animal rights—during hunting season. She wears a woven cap made of hemp in support of third world workers. Lucy Moon is the kind of girl who spots injustice and isn't afraid to fight it. So when two of her classmates are caught sledding on Wiggins Hill and the local paper refuses to report it—or the role of Ms. Ilene Viola Wiggins, richest woman in town, in the arrest—Lucy begins a campaign to fight against corruption in her hometown—and for sledding rights on Wiggins' hill.