BY DANA REINHARDT
Fourth-grader Odessa Green-Light’s dad is getting remarried, which makes no sense according to Odessa. If the prefix “re” means “to do all over again,” shouldn’t he be remarrying Mom?
When Odessa takes up residence in the attic bedroom of the new home she has moved into with her mother and her toad of a little brother, Oliver, she discovers that there’s something decidedly different about her new room.
One day Odessa gets mad and stomps across the attic floor, finding herself falling through and landing back on the attic floor once again.
Turns out that Odessa has gone back in time a whole day!
With this new power she can fix all sorts of things — embarrassing moments, big mistakes and even help Oliver be less of a toad.
But her biggest goal of all is to reunite Mom and Dad.
‘CUTE & CUTER’
BY MICHAEL TOWNSEND
Janie Jane’s life takes a turn for the cute when she receives an adorable puppy as a birthday present.
She and Sir Yips-a-lot do everything together. But before you know it, it’s Janie’s birthday again and she’s got a new, potentially cuter present to unwrap: Lady Meow-meow, “The World’s Cutest Kitty.”
Sir Yips-a-lot has always been the cute one in Janie Jane’s life.
What if she doesn’t need him anymore?
With “Cute & Cuter,” Michael Townsend has crafted a lighthearted romp that will help children — especially those with new siblings — recognize and overcome feelings of jealousy.
Michael Townsend is the author of “Monkey and Elephant’s Worst Fight Ever!” “Billy Tartle in Say Cheese!” and the Kit Feeney graphic novels. While he may not be as cute as 10 hamsters dancing in a field of flowers while eating cupcakes, he is a reasonably attractive person.
‘OPPOSITE OF HALLELUJAH’
BY ANNA JARZAB
Caro Mitchell considers herself an only child — and she likes it that way. After all, her much older sister, Hannah, left home eight years ago, and Caro barely remembers her.
So when Caro’s parents drop the bombshell news that Hannah is returning to live with them, Caro feels as if an interloper is crashing her family.
To her, Hannah’s a total stranger, someone who haunts their home with her meek and withdrawn presence, and who refuses to talk about her life and why she went away. Caro can’t understand why her parents cut Hannah so much slack, and why they’re not pushing for answers.
Unable to understand Hannah, Caro resorts to telling lies about her mysterious reappearance. But when those lies alienate Caro’s new boyfriend and put her on the outs with her friends and her parents, she seeks solace from an unexpected source.
And as she unearths a clue from Hannah’s past — one that could save Hannah from the dark secret that possesses her — Caro begins to see her in a whole a new light.
Ages 12 up.
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‘MY PEN PAL, SANTA’
BY MELISSA STANTON
What happens when you write to Santa Claus after Christmas? In “My Pen Pal, Santa,” a little girl named Ava is about to find out.
On Christmas morning, Ava is so excited about her presents that she writes a letter to Santa to thank him (and ask why he didn’t eat her Christmas cookies!).
To her surprise, Santa replies, and a yearlong correspondence between Ava and St. Nick is born.
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‘DEEP IN THE SAHARA’
BY KELLY CUNNANE
Kelly Cunnane, the critically acclaimed author of “For You Are a Kenyan Child,” crafts a gentle and accessible picture book with “Deep in the Sahara” that offers a glimpse into the fascinating culture of West Africa and reveals that families are much the same the world over.
Older Oklahomans invited to share poetry
The 39th Annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging is accepting entries for the 2014 Senior Poetry Contest. The contest is a popular event in conjunction with the conference, which is sponsored by DHS Aging Services.
Contestants are encouraged to submit works which reflect the conference’s theme of “Inspired Living.” Winners will be invited to read their poems and be recognized at an awards luncheon on May 20 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center.
11-28 Holiday events listing
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Edmond Sun publishes a listing of Christmas-related events as a service to the public. If you would like to have an event open to the general public listed, send the information to Mark Schlachtenhaufen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACM@UCO faculty member releases album
Clay Withrow, adjunct faculty member at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), recently released the album “Between the Madness” as a member of the progressive metal band Vangough.
“Between the Madness” is Vangough’s third studio effort and follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Kingdom of Ruin” released in 2011. Spread across 12 songs and more than 70 minutes of content, “Between the Madness” has what Withrow describes as a strong, unified sound.
11-27 Good Reads
‘ANNE FRANK’S CHESTNUT TREE’
BY JANE KOHUTH
Jane Kohuth’s “Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree” is the perfect introduction to the inspiring and important legacy of Anne Frank.
Hidden away in their Secret Annex in Amsterdam during World War II, Anne Frank and her family could not breathe fresh air or walk under the blue sky for years.
But through an attic window Anne could see the branches of a tall chestnut tree. This small glimpse of nature gave Anne hope and courage. It inspired her writing, in turn, inspiring the whole world.
FAI kicks off holiday activities Dec. 1
Winter is a busy time of the year for the staff at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond as they plan December’s activities including the second year for “Art for the Holidays at FAI.”
Twitter reacts to the American Music Awards
In addition to being one of the biggest events on the music industry calendar, the American Music Awards also provides plenty of fodder for instant social media commentary. Here is a sampling of reaction on Twitter to Sunday night's show.
Broadway Star Kelli O’Hara to give master class at OCU
Broadway leading lady and four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara will give a master class at Oklahoma City University, her alma mater, from noon to 2 p.m. Monday. The class is free to the public and will be in the Petree Recital Hall of the Bass Music Center at Northwest 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.
Historic day at Heritage Center Saturday
The desk used by a vice president of the first Oklahoma Constitutional Convention will be on display at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center 1-3 p.m. Saturday, for the center’s monthly hands-on history Family Saturday.
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