02/23/2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
"Sometimes a story comes along that just plain makes you want to hug the world. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise is Dan Gemeinhart’s finest book yet — and that’s saying something. Your heart needs this joyful miracle of a book." — Katherine Applegate, acclaimed author of The One and Only Ivan Five years. That's how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation. It's also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash. Coyote hasn’t been home in all that time, but when she learns that the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished—the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box—she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days...without him realizing it. Along the way, they'll pick up a strange crew of misfit travelers. Lester has a lady love to meet. Salvador and his mom are looking to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself. And then there's Gladys... Over the course of thousands of miles, Coyote will learn that going home can sometimes be the hardest journey of all...but that with friends by her side, she just might be able to turn her “once upon a time” into a “happily ever after.” “Narrator Coyote is legendary: wise, thoughtful, and perceptive…The narrative is beautifully paced and ranges easily from comic to bittersweet.” —Booklist, starred review “Every mile of the road trip inexorably brings Coyote closer to confronting her past, and its inevitable sadness, but Gemeinhart avoids any sense of mawkishness. He tempers Coyote’s grief with her triumphant growth from a girl whose sole purpose is keeping her father on an even keel to one who realizes that she alone must find, and even fight for, her own happiness.” —Horn Book
02/23/2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
"If you loved Downton Abbey, you'll devour Invisible by Day. Teri Fink recreates World War I era England with vivid details, but while she paints the era with love, she doesn't sentimentalize it. Instead, she captures much of the brutality, sexism and class warfare that defined the times. A detailed, sweeping novel that explores three of the most compelling facets of human life: love, war, and redemption." -- A.C. Fuller Born into the Scottish working class, Kate McLaren is a servant. She is wooed by wealthy Lord Des McGregor, and falls in love with him, but marries James Casey, a young man from her village. They live in London, where James' career thrives, and start a family. But Des is still obsessed with Kate. Then the Great War comes along and changes everything. As Kate struggles to make a new life for herself with James away at war, she suffers a grief too great to bear--a dark night of the soul--and stumbles upon a secret that threatens her very existence. A glance into Great Britain of the early 1900s, where the lives of the working class and the wealthy elite intertwine. Vanish into this historical novel, and share the love, pain, agony, and delight of those trying to make their lives against the backdrop of the Great War.