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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

#70 - The View from Castle Rock - Alice Munro

Title:  The View from Castle Rock
Author:   Alice Munro
Read by:  Kimberly Farr
Genre:  Fiction
Rating:  B
Published:  2006
Dates:  9/30/16 – 10/12/16
CDs/Hours: 10/11 hours, 49 minutes

Munro always delivers – stories that grip you and encourage you to keep on listening.  In this collection we following the different branches of the same family through the ages from their home in Scotland, crossing to North America and settling in Huron County, around Lake Huron -- Munro territory.  The stories take place “where the past shows through the present like the traces of a glacier on the landscape, and strong emotions stir just beneath the surface of ordinary comings and goings.”  I’ve fallen in love with Munro’s storytelling abilities.

#69 - Meet My Neighbor, the Hip-Hop Dancer - Marc Crabtree

Title:  Meet My Neighbor, the Hip-Hop Dancer
Author/Photographer:   Marc Crabtree
Genre:  Kid Pic Book
Category:  Non-Fiction  E793.3
Rating:  B
Published:  2012
Dates:  10/10/16

I chose a second book by this author, also knowing Porter would love it because she loves to dance.  Porter read it on her own on the way to Jazz dance class on Saturday morning and then I read it a couple days later.  Crabtree does a nice job of arranging the story with the photos he takes. 

#68 - Trixie Belden and the Mystery on Cobbett's Island - Kathryn Kenny

Title:  Trixie Belden and the Mystery on Cobbett’s Island
Author:   Kathryn Kenny
Genre:  Fiction
Rating:  B
Originally Published:  1964  
Dates: 10/2/16 – 10/11/16
Pages:  234

Lucky 13 in the series, Cobbett’s Island, in my estimation is one of the better books.    Honey and Jim’s folks have invited the Bob-Whites to the beach for ten days where they have rented a house.  The Bob-Whites arrive in a rain storm and get settled into The Moorings.    Peter Kimball, a young man who lives next door, invites them to sail with himt.  One evening while on Peter’s boat they notice that a buoy light is out.  Peter reports that someone has been smashing buoy lights lately.  So the search is on to find out who the bad guys are.
Soon after the Bob-Whites arrive, they find a letter in a book.  Trixie reads the letter aloud to the others.  The communique, written by Ed, is addressed to Mr. C and refers to a chart Ed has hidden which when followed will reveal where the money is.  Don’t you just love these types of mysteries?  I do, too.  It’s a great tale in which, of course, the mysteries are solved.
Throughout the story we learn, along with the Bob-Whites, how to sail a Laser, participate in a thrilling sailboat race and experience the joys of body surfing in the waves off the island.  We visit a Whaling Museum and Ethel’s Bakery owned by a woman who is key to solving the mystery of who’s entitled to the $1,000, once it is located!