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The Snowy Nap
Jan Brett

How does Jan Brett continue to dazzle readers? This book brings back the beloved character, Hedgie. Hedgie needs to head to his home to hibernate. As he is saying his goodbyes to the farm animals, they each remind him of a different aspect of the winter that he will be sleeping through. Read this book to find out how he is able to see the winter sights and the surprise ending for the farm animals. 




Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package
Kate DiCamillo

Kate has brought the favorite characters from her Mercy Watson series and given them their own books in a new series, “Tales from Deckawoo Drive.” In this book we see neighbor Eugenia Lincoln receiving a package. I love the tale of how this package transforms Eugenia’s perspective on life.




Lost in the Pacific, 1942
Tod Olson 

I am an avid history buff and really enjoyed this book. Lost in the Pacific tells the true story of a B-17 bomber and an eight man crew that went down during WWII. The book tells of 24 days at sea and the rescue. I was amazed at the ability and resourcefulness of these men to work together to survive.





A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
Krystal Sutherland

Esther Solar’s family is cursed with crippling phobias. Her father won’t leave the basement, her brother can’t stand to be in the dark, and her mother gambles all their money away because of her fear of bad luck. Esther knows that one day she’ll discover her fear, so she’s been making a list of all the possibilities and actively avoiding them. Esther thinks she has it all figured out until her first crush, Jonah, shows her how fulfilling life can be without fear holding you back. This book expertly tackles mental illness in a magically realistic way.




My Plain Jane
Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton  

Technically the second novel in The Lady Janies series, this standalone retelling of Jane Eyre left me chuckling out loud and wanting to pick up the source material. In this novel, Jane Eyre can see the dead, and not only can she see them, she can speak with and command them. Her talent catches the eye of a supernatural investigator and sparks the main conflict of this story—should she join the investigator’s society or fulfill her dream of becoming a governess? Full of humorous author’s notes and breaking of the fourth wall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a historical romance with a twist.


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