‘MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH’
BY ANNE ISAACS
When widow Tulip Jones of Greater Bore, England, inherits a ranch in By-Golly Gully, Texas, and moves in with two trunks of tea, twelve pet tortoises, and three servants, hilarity ensues.
The peaceful life suits the wealthy widow fine until word gets out and every unmarried man in Texas lines up to marry her.
Widow Tulip and her small staff of three can’t possibly run the farm and manage all the suitors, so she devises a plan — and it just might work.
This story filled with giant tortoises, 1,000 brides, bad guys, a smart widow, and even a little romance is sure to get kids laughing.
‘LUNCH LADY AND THE SCHOOLWIDE SCUFFLE’
BY JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA
Inspired by his own childhood school lunch superhero, picture book author and artist Jarrett J. Korsoczka created an entertaining graphic novel series, Lunch Lady.
With the hilarious premise — the adventures of a school lunch lady who fights crime when she’s not serving up sloppy joes and the ragtag group of kids called the Breakfast Bunch who become embroiled in her crusade — Krosoczka’s 10-book series serves up a picture-perfect combination of humor and adventure with smart yet silly plot lines, funky gadgets, and a comical cast of characters.
In the 10th and final installment, “Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle,” Lunch Lady and Betty have been unceremoniously cut from the school budget, and the timing couldn’t be worse — the villains from all nine of her previous adventures are worming their way back into Thompson Brook Elementary with a masterfully devious plan.
Will the Breakfast Bunch still be able to count on Lunch Lady’s superhero gadgets and abilities to save the school, or are they on their own?
‘PIECES OF ME’
BY AMBER KIZER
When high school oddball and introvert Jessica Chai is killed in a car accident, her parents decide that Jessica would have wanted her organs donated to those who so desperately need these gifts of life.
But Jessica is angry about dying and being dismembered. Taking the idea of cell memory to the next level, not only do the recipients get pieces of Jessica, but Jessica gets pieces of their memories and lives moving forward — she knows what they know and keeps tabs on their growth, recovery, and development.
Thus begins her journey to learn her purpose as she begins to grasp that her ties to these teenagers goes beyond random weirdness. It’s through their lives that Jessica learns about herself, as she watches the lives she literally touched continue to interlock.
Readers of Lurlene McDaniel’s books will be moved by this heartfelt story of an unwilling teenage organ donor, four of her organ recipients, and the choice each person makes to live each day as if it’s their last.
Ages 12 up.
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch” and/or “Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle” and/or “Pieces of Me.” Deadline is 10 a.m. March 17. 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.