‘CROSS MY HEART’
BY SASHA GOULD
When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve.
Laura’s father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice’s fiancé, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo.
Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadow society of women who deal in only one currency — secrets.
The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura’s prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled.
Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister’s death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder — one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.
Ages 14 and up.
‘THE SMILEY BOOK OF COLORS’
BY RUTH KAISER
Who can resist the wacky, cute smiley faces to be spied in photos of colorful found objects?
Young readers will enjoy learning their colors as they’re identifying what the smileys are made from — an electrical outlet, a hubcap, even a piece of toast — and readers of all ages will appreciate the witty rhyming text and its inspirational message about choosing happiness.
Ruth Kaiser’s Internet-based “Spontaneous Smiley” project is made up of thousands of people photographing and posting smiley faces they find in everyday objects. In August 2009, Spontaneous Smiley began a partnership with the charity Operation Smile, which funds surgeries for children around the globe with facial deformities. A smiley upload earns a $1 donation to Operation Smile.
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles:"Mario Makes a Move” and/or “Baby Faces” and/or “Baseball Mysteries: All-Star Joker.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Sept. 18. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway.