Annette Laing's The Snipesville Chronicles
The Magician’s Elephant
Elementary , Fiction / March 18, 2018

In this whimsical children’s chapter book, ten-year-old Peter Augustus Duchene is an orphan living with an old soldier who is trying to prepare him for a military career. Peter, however, is not inclined to the brutality of war, and dreams of finding the sister he was separated from years before. When he happens upon a fortuneteller’s tent one day, he asks her how to find Adele, and she tells him to follow the elephant. What seemed l...

Alex & Eliza
Fiction , Historical , Teen / March 18, 2018

Set during the American Revolution, this is a story of the meeting and courtship of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler–daughter of the respected General Philip Schuyler and Catherine Van Rensselaer. Eliza, the spirited middle sister of the Schuyler family’s elder trio of girls, is tomboyish, level-headed, and wishes above all else to aid the colonies in the American War of Independence. She moves from her family home in Alban...

Audacity
Fiction , Historical , Teen , Verse / March 18, 2018

Written in free verse, Audacity is a beautifully told story of a poor, young immigrant girl who eventually became a leader in the 1909 Uprising of 20,000 labor movement. Clara Lemlich Shavelson was born to a Jewish family in the Ukraine who were forced out of their home during the Kishinev pogroms – anti-Jewish riots. The only daughter of the family, Clara was stubbornly outspoken and refused to bend to her parents’ will regarding h...

The Lacemaker and the Princess
Fiction , Historical , Middle Grade / March 18, 2018

Isabelle, a lacemaker’s daughter, lives a poor and somewhat miserable life until, delivering lace to a noble at the palace, she is noticed by the queen, Marie Antoinette. It just so happened that Madame Royale, Therese, was in need of a playmate that day — and this Isabelle became, permanently. Isabelle’s brother, George, is a groom in the stable of the Marquis de Lafayette, who was noted for his devotion to the cause of liberty, ...

The Cat in the Hat
Classics , Elementary , Fiction , Learning to Read / March 18, 2018

March celebrates Dr. Seuss and what book is better known as a Seuss classic than the 1957 classic The Cat in the Hat? Although my kids are long past this reading level, we still have a selection of favorite Dr. Seuss books on the shelf–The Best Nest, Dr. Seuss’s ABCs, and The Cat in the Hat! The premise of the book is two kids home alone and bored suddenly find an entertaining cat has walked through the door, much to the cha...