Pixie Tricks

Pixie Tricks by Tracey West

In this series about fairies Violet and her friend Sprite must trick fourteen fairies who have escaped from their world. The fairies are causing a lot of trouble for the humans in  our world. Each book tells of the adventures encountered by the heroes as, one by one, they trick and send back the troublemakers.

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What eight year old doesn’t like stories about fairies? These Scholastic books will have your junior reader reading avidly.

Come in to the library and pick up one or more of these books for your child.

Review by Christine

The Constant Princess

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

This historical novel is one of many on the subect of the British monarchy by bestselling author Philippa Gregory. Published in 2006, this book is about Katherine of Aragon. “She is known as the Queen who was pushed off her throne by Anne Boleyn, 16181here is a Katherine the world has forgotten: the enchanting princess that all England loved. First married to Heny VIII’s older brother, Arthur, Katherine’s passion turns their arranged marriage into a love match; but when Arthur dies, the merciless English court and her ambitious parents – the crusading King and Queen of Spain – have to find a new role for the widow. Ultimately it is Katherine herself who takes control of her own life by telling the most audacious lie in English history, leading her to the very pinnacle of power in England.

Set in the rich beauty of Moorish Spain and the glamour of the Tudor court, The Constant Princess presents a woman whose constancy helps her endure betrayal, poverty, and despair, until the inevitable moment when he steps into the role she has been prepared for all her life: Henry VIII’s Queen, Regent, and commander of the English army intheir greatest victory against Scotland.”

Philippa Gregory brings history to life in an interesting and thought provoking work that will keep you turning pages until the end of the book.

We have many books by this author at LHPL. Come on in and pick one up.

Review by Christine

 

The Franciscan Conspiracy

The Franciscan Conspiracy by John Sack

Set in the 1200’s in medeival Europe John Sack takes us on a journey through the life of Franciscan brother, Conrad, as he follows clues delivered to him in secret by a young woman disguised as a novice. Conrad’s strict adherance to his vow of poverty and celibacy, as dictated by his order of monks, images (2)comes into question many times throughout his quest for the truth about his mentor Fra Francis. He suffers many trials inflicted by those who profess to be Christian brothers.

In this audio book the narrator is a little difficult to listen to for more than an hour or so at a time. He tends to drone on and his repertoire of voices is far exceeded by the number of characters he is to portray. Having said that, the book itself is interesting and gives vivid details of the life of monks in those times as well as social conditions and expectations. As a historical novel it is a success.

I borrowed this historical novel, in audio form, from our library through Overdrive. This is a great service for those who like e books and audio books. The books are downloaded to your device for 14 days and automatically returned to the library after that, thereby not taking up precious space on your reader or phone. If you have not finished, you can reborrow the item and when you open it, it will pick up where you last left off reading or listening. All this for free! If you are not signed up as yet and want to be, just stop into the library and ask one of the clerks to help you set up your account.

Review by Christine

 

Tales for a Winter Night

Tales for a Winter Night: a collection of short stories by the members of the Perth Writers Guild

This book of short stories was published as a fundraiser in 2010 for the Lanark county snowsuit campaign. The authors printed are Lesley Barton, Gene Bassett, Lucinda Dopson, Helen Gamble, Ken McBeath and Suzy Royle.

The stories vary in length and style. I found some of the writers a bit stodgy and unpolished while others had an easy rythmn and practiced voice in their prose. In particular I enjoyed reading the stories by Gene Bassett, author of Stolen Moments and Tall Tales/Short Stories.  (We have both of these books at LHPL)

There is a brief biography for the individual authors complete with black and white photographs.

The collection is well worth reading and gives the reader a chance to sample some of our local writers. I hope that there will be another collection in the future from this guild.

Review by Christine