Searching for something new for dinner? Try this delicious recipe for Fairy-ring Mushroon, Prosciutto, and Leek Pizza-- created by Girlichef and inspired by Little Island.
"[Little Island] is the perfect book for those who love Jodi Picoult, Kristin Hannah and Elin Hilderbrand." (Literally Jen)
LITTLE ISLAND: A top read, summer 2014 (Concord Monitor's Livewell Magazine)
Katharine's Book Recommendations:
The Lost Child, by Suzanne McCourt. Readers who like poetic prose, a dark story (this one clocks in somewhere between onyx and jet), and deeply flawed characters will revel in The Lost Child, a quiet, deeply disturbing novel that reveals the generational nature of dysfunction and how secrets can destroy lives. Read entire review here.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley. Everything you want in a murder mystery: a 1950s setting, a crumbling Victorian manor, sparring sisters, magic, stamp collecting, and a murder in the cucumber patch. All narrated by precocious eleven-year old sleuth, Flavia de Luce, who has a prediliction for poison.
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. "An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity." Read my review on the New York Journal of Books
For Middle Grade readers:
Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sacher. Sacher serves up a gripping tale, replete with missing children, mysterious fuzz-covered mud puddles, and an exponentially increasing army of mutant “ergonyms.” - Read more at: New York Journal of Books
Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead. While Goodbye Stranger might not win the hearts of some Rebecca Stead fans, it will get them thinking. - See more at: New York Journal of Books
Flora & Ulysses,by Kate DeCamillo. A clever, entertaining, thoughtful, and wonderfully illustrated children's story about a girl with a very round head and a squirrel with superpowers. May there be a sequel.
The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Kathering Paterson. A moving story about a foster girl who wants to reconnect with her birth mother. If this seems like a story you've read numerous times, think again. Paterson delivers a deep moral lesson in The Great Gilly Hopkins, while telling an engaging coming-of-age story in a wholly unexpected way.
Another Kind of Hurricane, by Tamara Ellis Smith. The stories of two boys, each having suffered a deep tragedy, each facing a difficult road to recovery. Read more at: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/another#sthash.qGlgkgrZ.dpuf
For Young Adult readers:
Seriously Wicked, by Tina Connolly contains all the classic elements of a good commercial novel: a plucky protagonist with a quantifiable goal, friends in peril, an able ally, an antagonist who knows too much, complications aplenty, high stakes, and a ticking clock. This one also has at least one seriously evil witch and a really sympathetic dragon named Moonfire. Read more.
Praise for Little Island
“Acutely rendered details of a beloved natural landscape and
[a] wise understanding of complex human hearts. The tale is
touched with heartbreak but leavened with humor.”
— Reeve Lindbergh, author of Under a Wing and Forward From Here
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