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August 27, 2013

8-27 Good Reads

Books

EDMOND — ‘EVERY DAY AFTER’

BY LAURA GOLDEN

“Every Day After,” the first novel from debut author Laura Golden, is the inspiring tale of Lizzie Hawkins, a spunky sixth-grader growing up in depression-era Alabama, who refuses to give up on her family no matter how dire the circumstances get.

Eleven-year-old Lizzie had it all — supportive parents, a loyal best friend named Ben, and great grades in school. But when the depression hit Bittersweet, Alabama, all of that changed.

Her father abandoned their family to find work, her mama is so sad she can’t take care of herself, let alone the mortgage, and the bank is after their house.

That leaves Lizzie, too stubborn and proud to ask for help, to take care of everything.

To make matters worse, Lizzie’s nemesis Erin has stolen her spot at the top of her class, her best friend Ben, and it seems she won’t be satisfied until Lizzie’s mama is hospitalized and Lizzie is packed off to an orphanage.

Lizzie tries to keep her head high and hold on to the hope that her daddy will come home, but as the stakes get higher, she is forced to realize that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is ask for help.

As a child, Laura Golden was a reader, a dreamer, and a listener. She loved to read anything from cereal boxes to C.S. Lewis; she dreamed of becoming everything from a figure skater to a fairy tale princess; and she loved to listen to older generations spin tales about the “good ol’ days.” She was inspired to write this story based in part on her family history.

Ages 9-12.

‘THE NEVER GIRLS: A DANDELION WISH’

BY KIKI THORPE

The third book in the Never Girls series, “A Dandelion Wish” continues the saga of four real girls and their encounters with the fairy world.

Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby are special girls. They know how to travel between their hometown and Never Land — through a broken slat in a backyard fence.

But what happens when the fence is repaired…with one of the girls stuck on the Never Land side?

The Never Girls debuted in early 2013 to popular acclaim with “In a Blink,” which became a “New York Times” best-seller, followed by “The Space Between.”

Ages 6-10.

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