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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle  David WroblewskiThe Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

“Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar’s lifelong friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar’s paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles’ once peaceful home. When Edgar’s father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm – and into Edgar’s mother’s affections.” Grief-stricken and bewildered, Edgar tries to prove Claude played a role in his father’s death, but his plan backfires – spectacularly. Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his father’s murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward.

Washington Post says “Handicapped kids and pets can make a toxic mix of sentimentality. But Wroblewski writes with such grace and energy that Edgar Sawtelle never succumbs to that danger. Inspired improbably by the plot of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” this Midwestern tale manages to be both tender and suspenseful.”

Is this is book I could read with the the tot? She loves animals and this story seems like one she would adore.

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Highland Fling Amanda ScottHighland Fling by Amanda Scott. $ 1.99

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Forbidden passion has never been more dangerous—or more irresistible—in the first novel of bestselling author Amanda Scott’s spellbinding Highland series
Scotland, 1750. In the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion, Maggie MacDrumin vows to keep fighting to liberate her people. But the intrepid Scotswoman is risking her life for a dangerous cause. When her latest mission lands her in a London courtroom on a trumped-up larceny charge, she has only one hope of survival. Enlisting the aid of Edward Carsley, the powerful fourth Earl of Rothwell, is a two-edged sword. The seductive aristocrat who awakens treacherous desire is her clan’s mortal enemy—a man she can never trust. Edward will do whatever it takes to quell another bloody uprising. But how can he fight his passion for the rebellious Highland beauty in his safekeeping? As their lives come under siege, Maggie lays claim to the one thing Edward vowed never to surrender: his heart.

Originally published by Kensington in 1995, this is being repackaged by Open Road Media

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The Book of Tomorrow  Cecelia AhernThe Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern. $ 1.99

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller P.S. I Love You comes an “engrossing new novel . . . filled with family secrets, intrigue, and magic aplenty” (Booklist).

Born into the lap of luxury and comfortable in the here and now, spoiled, tempestuous Tamara Goodwin has never had to look to the future—until the abrupt death of her father leaves her and her mother a mountain of debt and forces them to move in with Tamara’s peculiar aunt and uncle in a tiny countryside village.

Tamara is lonely and bored, with a traveling library as her only diversion. There she finds a large leather-bound book with a gold clasp and padlock, but no author name or title. Intrigued, she pries open the lock, and what she finds inside takes her breath away.

Tamara sees entries written in her own handwriting, and dated for the following day. When the next day unfolds exactly as recorded, Tamara realizes she may have found a solution to her problems. But in her quest to find answers, Tamara soon learns that some pages are better left unturned and that, try as she may, she mustn’t interfere with fate.

Booklist calls it “A veritable modern-day Gothic, Ahern’s engrossing new novel is filled with family secrets, intrigue, and magic aplenty.”

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Ice Cream Treats by Charity FerreiraIce Cream Treats by Charity Ferreira. $ 1.99.

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Mmmm . . . imagine all that yummy ice cream just waiting to get yummier. All it takes is some store-bought ice cream and this fantastic little book to churn out 65 sweet sensations worthy of dinner parties, birthday celebrations, and unexpectedly fancy treats any day of the week. These cool ideas for layering cakes, filling pies, blending frothy shakes, and stacking sandwiches will have jaws dropping and spoons lifting all around the table. And in the quick-fix category, scoop up some of these scrumptious sundae suggestions – they rival the best ice cream parlor in town. With beautiful photographs and a neapolitan design, this creamy treat is as easy on the eyes as it is deliciously inspiring.

I think it is hot out and that’s why this deal appealed to me. I was at a festival downtown and had an ice cream sandwich from homemade cookies. The quality of the cookie can really affect the flavor of that ice cream sandwich!

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Elyssa Patrick
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 12:12:30

    No, on reading Edgar Sawtelle with the kid. It’s a loose retelling of HAMLET and very literary sooooo that gives you a clue what happens in the book.

    And I used to love Cecilia Ahearn; I wish she’d return to more P.S. I LOVE YOU type of books that the magical realism she’s been delving into.

  2. Maili
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 12:44:00

    If The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is the one I’m remembering, don’t read it with the tot. Not only it has a ghost and some dodgy/creepy moments, the ending is a bit of a downer:

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    The dogs survive, but Edgar doesn’t

    (I hope this spoiler tags work. *fingers crossed*)

  3. Barb in Maryland
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 14:07:15

    Adding a third big NO to reading this with your child.

  4. Jane
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 14:10:23

    You’ve all convinced me. The blurb was so enticing. A boy who has a mystical connection with dogs? SHE WOULD LOVE THAT. Also, she told me that in Pacific Rim she was mad at everyone killing the alien animals. They were just animals. Poor kid.

  5. JenM
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 16:56:59

    Oh no, no, no. The blurb for Edgar Sawtelle is quite misleading. It is emphatically not a coming of age story centering on a boy and his mystical connection to his dogs. It is a modern day Hamlet retelling. If I’m remembering it correctly, the dogs are almost incidental to the story. My book club read it when it was first released. We were sucked in by that blurb. Just the fact that you thought this might be a book you’d enjoy with the tot shows how misleading the description is. I’ll also add that the book itself could have used some serious editing. It was around 500 pages long and honestly 150+ pages could have been cut with no loss to the story.

  6. Elizabeth McCoy
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 17:22:45

    It’s a loose retelling of HAMLET and very literary sooooo that gives you a clue what happens in the book.

    When I saw the Hamlet movie in college, my summary was, “Everybody dies and we all go home.” …I’m going to guess this is even more depressing if the roles of Ophelia, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstein are played by adorable dogs.

    (Apologies for not attribiting properly; on phone & “reply” code doesn’t seem to work. Likewise, if I got Roz&Gu’s names right, I will be amazed.)

  7. John
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 20:10:05

    I’m not sure what Tot’s reading tastes are, but I recently read two very good middle grade books – THE LAURA LINE, which has a younger voice but has a great overweight PoC heroine that loves baseball and modelling, and THE WHOLE STORY OF HALF A GIRL, which is about a girl who struggles with her cultural identity, as she is both half-Indian and half-Jewish, and her father’s depression.

  8. Janine
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 23:49:18

    Oh, I love Hamlet. But I don’t know if I could read a literary retelling. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley’s literary retelling of King Lear, was so dark it almost killed me.

  9. Janine
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 23:50:36

    @John: Those sound really good. I might check one of them out.

  10. Maili
    Jul 14, 2013 @ 11:46:43


    Also, she told me that in Pacific Rim she was mad at everyone killing the alien animals. They were just animals. Poor kid.

    :D I felt the same about King Kong, the Creature from Frankenstein, and Godzilla. I cried during the ending of King Kong (the one with Jessica Lange) so hard that I threw up. I still haven’t learnt as I still get a bit sniffling when I watch a monster / alien invasion film nowadays.

    If your daughter some day feels like trying something different, try Ted Hughes’s The Iron Man. A young boy meets a giant robot with a memory problem. The giant robot doesn’t remember where he comes from or why he exists. As they become friends, they slowly learn the purpose of his existence while the army is on a seek-and-destroy mission for the giant robot. Meanwhile, there is an alien invasion and only the giant robot can save the world, so he does and becomes a hero in process at his expense. My sons loved the story. The animated film adaptation is surprisingly excellent, so this is worth watching if the kid doesn’t want to read.

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