Can ‘Little Broken Things’ Ever Truly Be Mended? [REVIEW]

Nicole Baart's LITTLE BROKEN THINGS

A woman is shocked when her sister asks her to take care of a little girl she’s never seen before in Nicole Baart’s Little Broken Things. (Photo by Jay, Flickr)

Two sisters with a tenuous relationship. A mysterious little girl who doesn’t speak. Loads of unanswered questions. All of these ingredients make Nicole Baart’s new novel, Little Broken Things, a story that will tug at your heartstrings and make you examine just how you define “family.” Read more of this post

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‘The Doll Funeral’ Is Strange and Hypnotic [REVIEW]

Doll

Battered and left behind, a young child dreams of something more. (Photo by Jack Lyons, Flickr)

A young girl caught in a nightmare dreams of another life. In some ways she envies Lewis Carroll’s Alice, who disappeared down the rabbit hole to find herself in an enchanted world. Yet there is no magical fall into a land populated by cheshire cats and mad hatters for her. She does have a glimmer of hope, however, when she receives an unexpected revelation on her thirteenth birthday. Find out what happens to her in Kate Hamer’s new novel, The Doll Funeral.  Read more of this post

Jacqueline Winspear’s ‘In This Grave Hour’ Examines the Effects of War on the Human Psyche [REVIEW]

Britain declares war

The day Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announces that Britain is once again at war, Maisie Dobbs is given a cold case to solve in Jacqueline Winspear’s IN THIS GRAVE HOUR. (Photo courtesy Wayne State University)

The last thing anyone wanted after the Great War was to be thrust into another melee. Families had already sacrificed so much, and nations were still recovering from the “last war.” In fact, psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs’ latest case has her investigating killings that occurred during that previous conflict. Will she be able to find the murderer? And what will she do when someone new arrives on her doorstep in need of assistance? Find out in Jacqueline Winspear’s In This Grave Hour. 
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Warning: ‘Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom’ May Captivate Young Readers [REVIEW]

Dr. Fell and Jerry

Although some of the neighborhood children might be fooled by creepy Dr. Fell, Jerry thinks the old man is up to something. (Illustration by Will Terry)

For years, the abandoned old house at the end of the block has been the neighborhood children’s playground. It has also provided fodder for plenty of speculation and more than a little gossip. When an elderly stranger moves in, his presence sends the whole community into a tizzy. Who is he? Why is he here? Where did he come from? And perhaps most important, what is he up to? Find out in David Neilsen’s debut novel, Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom. 
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Make Your Child Pretty As A Princess With Kid Safe Nail Polish

First manicure

Make your child’s first manicure a safe one with edible nail polish. (Photo by Pauline Rosenberg, Flickr)

Little girls love to play dress up, and that oftentimes includes putting on mommy’s nail polish. Now you can indulge your child’s fashion sense by providing a safe alternative to chemical-based products they may be too young to wear. Read more of this post