Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

Silverwing is a best-selling children's novel, written by Kenneth Oppel. It tells the story of a colony of Silverwing bats. The tone and artistic ambition of this series of bestsellers has been compared to the classic animal novel Watership Down.

Shade is a young Silverwing bat determined to prove himself on the long and dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a storm, Shade is swept out over the ocean, away from his family, his friends, and the only life he has ever known. Alone and frightened as winter quickly approaches and temperatures plunge, Shade sets out on a remarkable journey to rejoin his colony to the south.

This can’t-put-it-down adventures will captivate readers around age 8 all the way to adult. Thankfully, Kenneth Oppel has continued this series with two more following this story, plus a prequel.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Uncontrollable by Shannon Richards

After a tragic accident that takes the lives of Beth’s sister and brother in law, she finds herself thrust into parenthood and trying to find some sort of normalcy. Chaos reigns and Beth feels her patience waning especially with the next-door neighbor and his destructive puppy. Will Beth and Tripp ever find some common ground, grab the seventh book from the Country Roads series at the Morden or Winker branch of the library to find out!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Beatrice Doesn’t Want To by Laura Numeroff

The last place Beatrice wants to be is in the library. Beatrice does not enjoy reading or anything to do with books. She is forced to go to the library with her brother Henry while he works on a school project. Henry unsuccessfully tries to interest her in books. She watches Henry work instead, which drives him crazy. On the third day he sees a story-time advertised and drops her off.  She fights it but when the librarian begins to read, she becomes drawn into the story. By the time the story is finished she doesn’t want to leave the library!

This children’s book shows what can happen when a reluctant reader is matched with the right book. It was not until Beatrice connected to a book that she realized reading is fun. This shows the powerful ability a book has to capture one’s heart. This is a great book that can teach children to appreciate reading. Once you read a book and feel connected to it, it becomes something special and you don't want to leave it.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wolf Lake by John Verdon

Dave Guerney and his wife Madeleine are about to leave on a vacation in Vermont when one of Dave’s contacts drops a juicy mystery in his lap, is it possible that a hypnotherapist caused four different people to have the same nightmare and then commit suicide? Since Dave retired from police work, Madeleine wants him to leave investigation alone, but, oddly, this time she’s encouraging him to take on the case. They travel to a remote resort at Wolf Lake to meet the hypnotherapist and begin investigating. The authorities want them to drop the case, while the weather threatens to strand them in the mountains, and all kinds of secrets, including Madeleine’s, come to the surface.

As always with a John Verdon book, the plot of Wolf Lake is beyond complicated, involving all kinds of plot twists and throwing suspicion on almost everyone at one point or another. On the whole, the characters are intriguing and a brilliant plot made for a book to read in a single sitting. This fifth book is a great addition to the Dave Guerney series.