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Parvani's December Book Recommendations

Yes, we have books! Fantasy, fiction, and more to delight you over winter break!

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This month's recommendations:

  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Alice's grandmother is a reclusive author of moral-less fairy tales. Seemingly unlinked to that is the fact that bad luck has been following Alice and her mother Ella for as long as Alice can remember. Because of this, Alice spent most of her life on the road, always one step ahead of the bad luck. When Ella decides to try and stay in New York, Alice isn't so sure that they're free of their worries, especially when Ella disappears and Alice has only a few clues: a ripped-out page from her grandmother's book, a message from Ella to stay away from the Hazel Wood (her grandmother's estate), and a feather, a bone, and a comb. Teaming up with Finch, one of her grandmother's fans, she finds herself submerged in what's not a fairy tale: real life.

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Meg and Charles Wallace don't know where their father is. He just vanished. Poof! Gone. But when they and their friend Calvin are visited by three mysterious women with mysterious names (Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Who), they are told that their father is stuck on another planet with an evil being commonly referred to as "It." It is a pure vile being who controls every person on its planet. It has Meg's father in its clutches, and so the children travel far away to try and save him. It, however, claims to be all-knowing, which really doesn't help the kids on their quest. In the end, it comes down to one thing: love.

  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Anne, as a young orphan has a temper that matches her hair: bright, red, and angry. But still, she's nice and talkative, and has an imagination too! When picked up from the train station by shy old Matthew Cuthbert, she's cheery as can be, talking about all the beauty of Prince Edward Island, not knowing that the Cuthberts had expected to take in a boy instead of a girl. But on the ride there, Matthew develops a liking for the girl, and convinces his sister Marilla to let her stay for the time being. Developing rivalries, friendships, and more, we watch Anne grow up through the years, until she's almost a woman. Of course, that doesn't mean that she'll stop getting into the scrapes that always happen around her.

Hear a tad bit about Melissa Albert here, see Madeleine L'Engle's site here, and read all about everything Anne of Green Gables here.

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