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December 17, 2013

12-17 Good Reads

Books

EDMOND — ‘LOUD AWAKE AND LOST’

BY ADELE GRIFFIN

LOUD. There was an accident. Ember knows at least that much. She was driving. The car was totaled. She suffered back injuries and brain trauma. But she is alive. That’s the only thing left she can cling to.

AWAKE. Eight months later, Ember feels broken. The pieces of her former self no longer fit together. She can’t even remember the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident. Where was she going? Who was she with? And what happened during those six weeks that her friends and family won’t talk about?

LOST. One by one, Ember discovers the answers to these questions, like a twisted game of dominos. And little by little, the person she used to be slips further and further away.

In “loud awake and lost” Adele Griffin’s writing explores themes of identity, belonging and self-definition.

Ages 12 up.

‘CINDERS: A CHICKEN CINDERELLA’

BY JAN BRETT

New York Times No. 1 best-selling and beloved author/artist, Jan Brett brings us “Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella,” a snowy version of a favorite fairy tale with a cast of irresistible chickens and the grand backdrop of 18th-century Russia.

“Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella” is the tale of one magical night when Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the belle of Prince Cockerel’s ball. She is so transformed by her Silkie godmother that even her bossy sisters do not recognize her.

Brett, famous for taking extensive trips to all corners of the globe for her books, traveled to Russia for “Cinders.” Her close study of palaces, dachas, museums, St. Petersburg, the countryside, and Novgorod’s famous wooden structures has resulted in exquisite ball gowns, gold trimmed uniforms and striking historic architecture that will leave readers in awe, making them feel as if they could walk into each page.

Inspiration for the book came from Brett’s very own flock of award-winning chickens.

Ages 3-5.

NOTE: Email dpeery@edmondsun.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella” and/or “Loud Awake and Lost.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Dec. 23. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.

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