James Bowen was living hand to mouth as a street musician in London when he found an injured cat. The last thing he needed was a cat, but something about the cat captivated him. He named the cat Bob, nursed him back to health and sent him on his way. The cat, however, had other ideas. You’ll love “A Street Cat Named Bob,” a true story originally published in London.
Lottie Moggach’s first novel is “Kiss Me First.” Leila is drawn into a Web-based deceitful scam without truly realizing she’s doing something harmful. It all begins innocently enough when she discovers an online chat forum called Red Pill. As she participates, she impresses the site’s owner who arranges to meet her. When he asks her to become part of Project Tess, she must learn every minute detail of the woman so that she can become her. A scary thriller you won’t want to miss.
Ellen Branford’s grandmother has a dying wish and Ellen is going to do her utmost to fulfill it in “The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café.” Ellen’s job is to find her grandmother’s hometown boyfriend from her younger days and deliver a letter. Easy enough she thinks, as she leaves Manhattan for Beacon, Maine. What she hadn’t counted on though, is falling into Beacon Bay and being saved by the town’s carpenter. Once rescued, she becomes a celebrity and as she starts uncovering her grandmother’s hidden past, she realizes this quick trip is going to have to be extended. Her decision may well change her future as well.
Enjoy “20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street” by Mark Lee with your children. An ice cream truck gets stuck in the street, the mail truck behind him. Add to it moving trucks, a crane, construction vehicles and more, until you have one jammed up mess. No one can move — what to do? You’ll find out in this rhyming story as one young boy relates it.
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Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.