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May 13, 2013

5-14 Good Reads

Books

EDMOND — ‘THE FITZOSBORNES AT WAR’

BY MICHELLE COOPER

Sophie FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home when the Nazis attacked. But as war breaks out in England and around the world, nowhere is safe.

Sophie fills her journal with tales of a life during wartime. Blackouts and the Blitz. Dancing in nightclubs with soldiers on leave. And endlessly waiting for news of her brother Toby, whose plane was shot down over enemy territory.

But even as bombs rain down on London, hope springs up and love blooms for this most endearing princess. And when the Allies begin to drive their way across Europe, the FitzOsbornes take heart — maybe, just maybe, there will be a way to liberate Montmaray as well.

Filled with drama, danger, intrigue and love, the final book in the Montmaray Journals is ideal for fans of Jane Austen or the Brontes.

Ages 12 up.

‘PRETTY PENNY MAKES ENDS MEET’

BY DEVON KINCH

Pretty Penny is a clever entrepreneur and financial role model for kids, demonstrating the development of a sound relationship with money.

Penny’s adventures take place in the “Small Mall” she creates in her grandmother’s attic, reimagined in each book as the site of a rummage sale, a bookstore, a doggie salon, a jewelry boutique, etc.

There, Penny creatively solves everyday money problems — such as earning and saving, budgeting, and needing versus wanting things, accompanied by her trusty pet pig, Iggy. And Grandma Bunny is always present for a nurturing, supportive, grown-up point of view.

In the latest addition to Devon Kinch’s Pretty Penny series, Grandma Bunny’s basement has flooded in the middle of the night, and her budget for home repairs is already gone!

But Pretty Penny and pet pig, Iggy, waste no time in coming up with a solution to the problem: they will have a jewelry sale to help make ends meet.

Children will love this addition to the Pretty Penny series that focuses on helping others by solving money problems. This story clearly illustrates the concept of “profits,” and that sometimes you have to spend money first to make money.

Kinch is the author-illustrator of the Pretty Penny series. It is her belief that young children can avoid financial trouble by learning how to establish a healthy relationship with money at an early age.

Ages 4-8.

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