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"Me before You: a novel" by Jojo Moyes

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Me before You is the story of Louisa Clark, and Will Traynor. “Lou” is a small town British girl, living with her zany family, and a waitress in a small Tea Shoppe. She answers an ad in the paper for a companion to a young man, and is hired for her likability and cheerfulness. Will, who was once a very active man, had an accident and is now a quadriplegic. His depression and sorrow are understood, but his mother would like him to live life in a different way. What follows is a combining of heart and soul, as these two unlikely people share their lives careening toward an unbelievable ending.

The Knitted Slipper book: Slippers and House Shoes for the Entire Family by Katie Startzman

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I am always looking for a last minute knitted project I can use as a gift.  The beauty of this book is half the patterns are felted making the knitting part fast and the felting part a cover up for any mistakes, perfect!

Fun, functional, and an offering of slipper & shoe options with patterns ranging from whimsical to practical.  Get out that leftover skein of wool, grab your needles, and whip up a quick gift.

The Elephant Keepers' Children

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The setting is the imaginary island of Fino off the coast of Denmark, where the world’s religions live together peacefully.  Father is a vicar and Mother is a fine artist. For the second time in the lives of the three siblings, Hans, Tidle and Peter, their very eccentric parents disappear.  The youngest, fourteen year old Peter is the narrator. From his precocious view point he describes the weird circumstances and incredible adventures they have finding their parents, while the rest of Denmark is trying to corral them to keep them out of harm’s way. There is a lot of satire, laugh out loud moments and a satisfying ending.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Nothing says summer more than a private island, lazy days, and traumatic amnesia. 17 year-old Cadence Sinclair Easton returns to the Sinclair family island after a two-year hiatus, two years in which she was afflicted by debilitating migraines and fragmented memories of an event that happened in the summer of her fifteenth year. The Liars - Cady, her two older cousins, and family friend, Gat – spend the summer piecing together the parts of “Summer 15” that Cady has been missing. What she (and the reader) finds when all the pieces come together is a shocking answer to the mystery and an ending that is as unforgettable for us as it was repellent for her. With luscious storytelling and a poetic sense of memory, Were We Liars will leave you clamoring for the answer from start to finish.

Who is the liar here after all?

Picture Book Selection for Fancy Nancy Readers: Tea Party Rules

Cookies!  Bear cub smells cookies while playing in the woods and finds a tea party set up with cookies to share.  The hostess of the party arrives and has very strict rules about the tea party playing before any cookies can be eaten.  Will bear ever get to eat cookies?  A funny and sweet story for hosts and hostesses of all ages, but especially those aged 4-8. 

A Snicker of Magic

When Felicity and her family move back to her mother's hometown of Midnight Gulch, Felicity hopes her luck will change. Having spent her entire life wandering from town-to-town with her mother and sister, Felicity wants nothing more than to settle down and stay in one place. In Midnight Gulch, Felicity finally makes a friend and meets family she never knew before, and while she begins to build roots for herself she also learns of a curse that has driven all of the magic away from the town. Felicity believes there is still a snicker of magic left in Midnight Gulch and she and her new best friend Jonah set out to break the curse, believing that when they do, Felicity and her family might just stay.  

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