National Library Week - April 13 - 19

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The Pharaoh's Secret by Marissa Moss

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Talibah, age 14, and her younger brother, Adom, travel with their father on a business trip to his native land of Egypt.  Strange dreams and visions, mysterious carvings, and people with golden snake bracelets begin to trouble Talibah as soon as she arrives.  Visits to museums and Ancient Egyptian temples soon reveal a mystery over 3,500 years in the making.  Talibah learns about Hatshepsut, the Pharaoh Queen and is commissioned beyond the grave to find Senenmut, Hatchepsut's missing advisor and tutor for her daughter, and learns about her own family history as well.  A fascinating read that combines Ancient Egyptian history, legend, and the timeless love of family.  Recommended for Gr. 6 and up.

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

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Grandma Dowdel is back.  It's the 1950's and the country is still working it's way out of the effects of the Great Depression and WWII.  Twelve-year-old Bob and his family move in next door to Mrs. Dowdel.  As they fight bullies and prejudice, they learn that people and things aren't what they seem to be, and the toughest person in town has the biggest heart.  An excellent companion book to A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder.