Here are a few of the books I have received recently.
Esther the Queen by H.B. Moore
She is a beautiful young Jewess, content in her life of anonymity. He is the most powerful king in the world. When chance brings the two together, the course of history is forever altered. The glittering court of the Persian Empire serves as the backdrop for one of the most poignant tales of courage in the Bible, brought vividly to life in the pages of bestselling author H.B. Moore s sweeping saga. And it begins on a dusty road in the Jewish Quarter. An unexpected meeting between Esther and King Xerxes results in an immediate and unmistakable connection. When Esther is summoned to enter harem the first step toward becoming his wife Esther is torn between her desire to be with Xerxes and the knowledge that they will forever be divided by the secret of her Jewish heritage. Encouraged by her family to do what she must to help her people, she deftly navigates her new position in the palace, quickly becoming beloved by all including Xerxes. But when a treacherous plan threatens to engulf the kingdom in violence, Esther must choose between love and duty. Is she prepared to sacrifice all that she holds dear in order to save her people from certain annihilation?
Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr
“The runes have spoken. We have our champion…Matthew Thorsen.”
Matt hears the words, but he can’t believe them. He’s Thor’s representative? Destined to fight trolls, monstrous wolves and giant serpents…or the world ends? He’s only thirteen.
While Matt knew he was a modern-day descendent of Thor, he’s always lived a normal kid’s life. In fact, most people in the small town of Blackwell, South Dakota, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt’s classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke. No big deal.
But now Ragnarok is coming, and it’s up to the champions to fight in the place of the long-dead gods. Matt, Laurie, and Fen’s lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team, find Thor’s hammer and shield, and prevent the end of the world.
In their middle grade debut, K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr begin the epic Blackwell Pages series with this action-packed adventure, filled with larger-than-life legends, gripping battles, and an engaging cast of characters who bring the myths to life.
The Little Boy Who Didn’t Say “Bless You” by Lisa Katz
This is a story about manners and what it means to be considerate. There is a common phrase that is said after someone sneezes. One day in school, Bobby’s classmate sneezes, but he doesn’t know that it’s polite to say “bless you!”. Who knew you could learn so much from two little words!
Jean Expressions by Lisa Katz
“Wait, let me try them on again after I’ve had a pitcher of Sangria. Maybe then I’ll like them more.” Jeans have become an invaluable staple in everyone’s wardrobe. However, shopping for the perfect jean can truly be a disaster! Women especially love to talk with other women about their dressing room and shopping experiences. This book has captured those (often hilarious) experiences. Here you will find a compilation of comments that either I have made, friends or family have made, or that have been overheard while trying on jeans. It’s always more fun to share your experience with others – especially the funny ones!
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
What If? by Jeffrey M. Daniels
Jeremy Shuttle loves two things: asking questions and drawing. When he receives a sketchbook from a strange shopkeeper at a new art store, he is thrilled. He wishes he paid closer attention to the shopkeeper’s comments, for the very next day Jeremy and his best friend Natalie make an amazing discovery. Anything Jeremy draws in the sketchbook becomes real.
Jeremy decides to use the sketchbook to get answers to his endless “What If?” questions, despite a growing unease from Natalie that there is something very bad about the sketchbook. Jeremy ends up in several fantastic adventures before finally hitting on a brilliant (or so he thinks) idea. Why not use the sketchbook to bring home the Dad he has never seen and has been missing for 13 years.
Except, as Natalie points out, every time he has used the sketchbook, something dangerous has happened. And when this new attempt goes terribly wrong as well, Jeremy needs his Mom, Natalie and help from some unexpected friends as he tries to put an end to the danger.
What If? is the first book in the Jeremy Shuttle Adventures trilogy. The discovery begins here and the quest continues in this brightly imaginative blend of fantasy and fact.