The Book Bag

A Variety Of Selections For Young Readers

A Variety Of Selections For Young Readers

The UnFROGetable Costume Party (Doing Good Deeds) By Marsha Strong-Smith Available on Amazon .com for $9.95 Santa Cruz County resident Marsha Strong-Smith has authored a series of children’s books designed to empower youngsters to handle problem solving with ease and encourage dialogue with adults on a range of topics from telling the truth to assisting […]






Books For Readers With a Variety of Interests

Books For Readers With a Variety of Interests

Monsoon Summer By Julia Gregson Touchstone/Simon & Schuster. $25.99 Julia Gregson’s historical novels set in exotic settings have garnered readers who seek more than just a captivating story. As with her other award winning fiction, “Monsoon Summer” is about relationships tested by the tensions that often accompany the cultural and personal prejudices experienced when one […]






Books That Will Appeal To Youngsters

Books That Will Appeal To Youngsters

Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole Written by Lewis Carroll • Illustrated by Puybaret • Retold by Joe Rhatigan and Charles Nurnberg Imagine! / Charlesbridge $17.95 With the 150th anniversary of “Alice in Wonderland” there are many interesting editions celebrating the publishing milestone. One of the more attractive volumes is this one that features a retelling of […]






New Fiction For a Wide Range of Tastes …

New Fiction For a Wide Range of Tastes …

The Girl from the Savoy By Hazel Gaynor William Morrow. $15.99 Set during the 1920s in post-war Britain, this new novel from Hazel Gaynor introduces Dolly Lane, a young woman who is attempting to make a better life for herself that will take her beyond the drudgery of being a chambermaid in London. Watching the […]






Here Come the Bears; Get Ready For Fun!

Here Come the Bears; Get Ready For Fun!

A Brave Bear By Sean Taylor Illustrated by Emily Hughes Candlewick Press. $16.99 It is really, really hot in the forest. No doubt the hottest thing in the woods on this very, very warm day are Dad Bear and Little Bear. Now what can this pair do to cool down? The answer is really simple. […]






Fiction Featuring Action, Adventure, and Suspense

Fiction Featuring Action, Adventure, and Suspense

The Black Widow By Daniel Silva Harper. $27.99 Art restorer, assassin and super spy Gabriel Allon must confront an adversary, his equal, in this electrifying thriller that stretches from the violent, terrorist bloodied streets of Paris to the sunny island of Santorini, Greece, Israel, and Washington, D.C. After a detonated deadly car bomb ravages the […]






Children’s Books with Ocean Themes

Children’s Books with Ocean Themes

To the Sea By Cale Atkinson Hyperion. $16.99 One day Sam, a big blue whale, made a wrong turn and ended up far from his home and landlocked. That’s when he met Tim, a little boy who was ignored by all the other children. Although none of the other children noticed Sam or offered to […]






New Legal Thrillers for Summer Reading

New Legal Thrillers for Summer Reading

Violent Crimes: An Amanda Jaffe Novel By Philip Margolin Harper. $26.99 Attorney Amanda Jaffe, the heroine of a series of legal thrillers by Philip Margolin, faces a serious ethical dilemma in this latest adventure. When the senior partner of a Portland, Oregon law firm is found dead and his son confesses to the crime, it […]






New Books For Young Readers

New Books For Young Readers

I Am Henry Finch By Alexis Deacon Illustrated by Viviane Schwarz Candlewick Press. $16.99 When you open this picture book you’ll discover a flock of finches that make a lot of noise no one really appreciates. That situation is suddenly altered when one of the birds named Henry decides to begin thinking for himself and […]






Summer Reading For A Lazy Afternoon …

Summer Reading For A Lazy Afternoon …

A Game for All the Family By Sophie Hannah William Morrow. $26.99 When Justine Merrison relocates to the coast to start a new life with her daughter, she believes the pressures of her former job and life in the city will be a thing of the past. She looks forward to a blissful existence of […]






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