Marilyn's Picks

Favorite books of Marilyn.

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Lilac Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101883075
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - April 5th, 2016

The compelling stories of three very different women living during WWII. Caroline is an unmarried socialite who works at the French embassy in NYC. Kasia is a typical teen-aged Polish girl who lives in Lublin, Poland.  Herta is a young German doctor who seeks acknowledgment of her skills in spite of being a female.  Told in alternating chapters, each woman's struggles captivate the reader by "hearing" their different strengths and coping skills needed to survive in the time period.  Caroline and Herta were real women whose marks were left on many, as told in the epilogue. Fascinating read, high on my list of the many others written on this period in history.  -- Marilyn's Staff PIck, November 2016, Redbery Books Cable, Wisonsin

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By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062377012
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 2nd, 2016

Almost thirteen-year-old Peter has a pet fox, named Pax, that he rescued from the wild as a kit. They are BFF. When Peter's dad, a widower, enlists in the military, Peter must go stay with his grandfather and Pax must be returned to the wild. This is very traumatic for Peter. He believes that Pax will not survive in the wild, so Peter decides to sneak away from his grandfather's one night and go in search of Pax. This proves to be a dangerous adventure, especially when Peter falls and breaks a leg. In alternating chapters, Pax's journey is told as he attempts to return to "his boy." Think Charlotte's Web and "Old Yeller" combined. Have the tissue box handy!

-- Marilyn staff pick, April 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin

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Emma: A Modern Retelling Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804197953
Availability: Available for special order
Published: Pantheon Books - April 7th, 2015

An independent-minded girl living at home with her worry wart father imagines herself to be helpful, but oftentimes is more likely to be meddlesome. In the end love truly does conquer all.  -- Marilyn's Picks, February 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin