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August 24, 2012

8-25 Books: Good reads

EDMOND — ‘ALICE-MIRANDA ON VACATION’

BY JACQUELINE HARVEY

Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones has survived her first semester at boarding school. Now she’s headed home for break — and she’s invited Jacinta Headlington-Bear, the school’s second-best tantrum thrower, to join her. The two girls are looking forward to a fun mini vacation. Nothing too eventful.

But a cranky boy is causing mischief, a movie star has come to visit and a stranger is snooping around. Add a naughty pony, a hint of romance and a dastardly scheme, and Jacinta and Alice-Miranda might have a more exciting time than they ever expected....

This book in the Alice-Miranda series continues the adventures of a precocious and endearing heroine who doesn’t let anything faze her. Girls 7-10 will admire her can-do spirit, good heartedness and zest for life.

Ages 7-10.

‘BABY LISTENS’

BY Eloise WILKIN

This Little Golden Book reissue features Eloise Wilkin’s chubby-cheeked babies discovering sounds around the house, from the jingle of Mommy’s keys to the buzzing of Daddy’s razor.

This timeless classic, featuring some of Eloise Wilkin’s best artwork, will delight little ones and their families as much as it did when it was originally published in 1960.

Eloise Wilkin (1904-1987) is one of the most beloved and prolific Golden Books illustrators. Wilkin’s loving depiction of the natural world, and her paintings of cherubic, chubby children, helped make Golden Books an icon. Her Little Golden Books “My Little Golden Book About God” and “Prayers for Children” have never been out of print.

Ages 2-5.

‘THE ENCHANTRESS’

BY MICHAEL SCOTT

“The Enchantress” is the final installment in the “The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel” series. This internationally known series introduces readers to legendary historical and mythological figures — weaving together history, myth, folklore and magic.

Before penning the first novel, “The Alchemyst,” Michael Scott devoted nearly a decade to creating his masterful series. Now, in this conclusion, readers once again will be transported to an action-packed adventure filled entirely with characters transplanted from history, mythology, folklore and legend — with the exception of the twins of prophecy, Sophie and Josh Newman.

In “The Enchantress,” the twins have been split and have taken opposing sides. Nicholas Flamel is near death. John Dee possesses the swords of power, and Dany Talis has yet to fall. The future of the human race lies in the balance.

How will the legend end? Weaving iconic historical characters — Nicholas Flamel and Joan of Arc, to name a few — with fiction, Scott delivers a satisfying conclusion that readers will relish.

Ages 12 and up.

NOTE: Email dpeery@edmondsun.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Alice-Miranda on Vacation” and/or “Baby Listens.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Aug. 28. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway.

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