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Orphan Train

Orphan Train The Orphan Train was a new term to me when I picked up this great read by Christina Baker Kline.  You will be transported back to a time in history when many children were on their own, and a large number were moved across the country to find new families when their own…

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Orphan Train

The Orphan Train was a new term to me when I picked up this great read by Christina Baker Kline.  You will be transported back to a time in history when many children were on their own, and a large number were moved across the country to find new families when their own family could no longer care for them.  You will meet an orphan train rider as well as a modern day orphan.  I believe you will shed a tear or two, but you will also cheer on the characters in this wonderful story.

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Thank You, Mr. Falker

Thank You, Mr. Falker We are back to a children’s book this week, with Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco.  I love this book, because it is a great reminder to young and old that words can and do hurt.   In her book, Patricia Polacco tells her own story of dealing with an…

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Thank You, Mr. Falker

We are back to a children’s book this week, with Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco.  I love this book, because it is a great reminder to young and old that words can and do hurt.   In her book, Patricia Polacco tells her own story of dealing with an undiagnosed learning block; the bully who made her want to run from school and the teacher who not only encouraged her with love, but was also able to get her the help she needed.  It may be a children’s book, but we can all benefit from the reading.

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One Light Still Shines

One Light Still Shines Many will not forget the morning in October of 2006, when 32 year-old Charlie Roberts walked into an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania, killed five girls, injuring 5 others, then turned the gun on himself.  This is the story of Marie Monville, the then-wife of Charlie Roberts.  Monville talks about the tragedy…

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One Light Still Shines

Many will not forget the morning in October of 2006, when 32 year-old Charlie Roberts walked into an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania, killed five girls, injuring 5 others, then turned the gun on himself.  This is the story of Marie Monville, the then-wife of Charlie Roberts.  Monville talks about the tragedy and how she coped with the horror of having your husband, the father of your children, perform such an unbelievable act. This is a remarkable love story; love bestowed by the Amish, by Christians, and most importantly, by God.

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The Wife, The Maid, and the Mistress

The Wife, The Maid, And The Mistress A re-visit to a 30′s missing person’s case out of New York City has all the pieces of a well-executed mystery and it is a crime that has never been solved.  Joseph Crater was a well-known judge with alleged ties to the gangster crowd, and “disappeared”.  Lawhon takes…

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The Wife, The Maid, And The Mistress

A re-visit to a 30′s missing person’s case out of New York City has all the pieces of a well-executed mystery and it is a crime that has never been solved.  Joseph Crater was a well-known judge with alleged ties to the gangster crowd, and “disappeared”.  Lawhon takes the real known facts and puts together a wonderful read which includes the personalities, problems and possible scenarios of the women in Crater’s life. What comes from that,  is a theory of what might have happened.  Pick it up–you won’t be able to put it down!

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My Amish Boyfriend

My Amish Boyfriend Young and mature readers alike will enjoy the story “My Amish Boyfriend”.  Readers will find Melody Carson’s depiction of the Amish life to be informative and interesting.   Carson allows the reader to see the conflicted emotions young Shannon faces as she wishes to “enjoy teen adventures”, but must take responsibility and…

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My Amish Boyfriend

Young and mature readers alike will enjoy the story “My Amish Boyfriend”.  Readers will find Melody Carson’s depiction of the Amish life to be informative and interesting.   Carson allows the reader to see the conflicted emotions young Shannon faces as she wishes to “enjoy teen adventures”, but must take responsibility and move with her mother to her grandparent’s home.  The story paints a picture of what it might be like to live in a community separated from modern-day conveniences. 

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