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    The Windmill Cafe: Christmas Trees by Poppy Blake

    Another Willerby Whodunnit The Windmill Café: Christmas Trees by Poppy Blake is another delightful escape to Willerby as we join the residents battling to solve a crime before a Christmas wedding. This is my third trip to the small Norfolk village and once again, I was both enchanted and perplexed by village life. The crime […]

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    The Windmill Cafe: Autumn Leaves by Poppy Blake

    A Whirlwind Of Chaos The Windmill Café: Autumn Leaves by Poppy Blake is a delightful contemporary mystery that will entertain whilst having the reader glued and guessing. For anyone who knows the BBC series Death In Paradise, Autumn Leaves has a similar format and atmosphere. It is very much a light-hearted read whilst characters bond […]

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    Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher

    Limitless Love Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a delightful contemporary Amish novel about healing and new beginnings. It is the first book in a new series, The Deacon’s Family and I cannot wait for the subsequent books. Broken people are at the heart of the story. Some are broken due to poor choices, […]

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    Sunday Sales and Two Free Books

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    Saturday Sale Books plus the First Three are Free

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    Friday Four Free Books and Sales

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    Thursday’s Kindle Sales plus the First Three are Free

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    Prognosticating the Newberys, 2019 Edition

    It’s the time of year when librarians and other kidlit nerds like ourselves get antsy. The ALA will announce this year’s Youth Media Awards live on Monday from its Mid-Winter Conference (held this year in Seattle). The awards include more than the Newbery Award although it is the oldest and most well known (and announced at the very end!). The awards committees have been reading and having secret discussions all year. None of us on the outside even knows what books have risen to the top, but we love to prognosticate anyway! We’ve been discussing various books we think have possibilities already. Here are our team’s final predictions: Janie:  I…

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    Newbery Buzz #7: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman

    The Girl Who Drew Butterflies is a truly beautiful work of art, isn’t it, Megan? For readers who haven’t seen this gem yet, the book chronicles Maria Merian’s life and her contributions to the fields of biology and botany in the 1600s. Maria’s love of insects and plants coupled with her skill as an engraver uniquely situated her for her ground-breaking work in science. Read our review of The Girl Who Drew Butterflies for more details! Betsy: Megan, you and I both had the same initial reaction to this book: it is truly stunning. From the visuals to the text, the book is well designed. What did you enjoy most about…