Viva, at 19, has rarely been allowed outside the gates of the Venetian orphanage where she has been raised. Yet she has been trained in music by the great Antonio Vivaldi himself and her beautiful... More > voice lures the rich and famous from around the world to come hear the girls' choir and orchestra of the Ospedale de Maria della Pieta. Viva longs to be free, to sail through the world like the merchant ships in the bay. More secretly, she longs to compose great music. But girls aren't allowed to compose for the coro. Then one day, Jean Jacques Rousseau comes to hear the choir girls sing. And Viva's life and music are changed forever.
Winner of the 2006 Tassy Walden Award for Best Young Adult Novel.
For a taste of the book's historical setting, see the BBC's 2008 documentary, "Vivaldi's Women," on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYpSTlN9n-w< Less
Jones has just moved into the village of Rocky Creek. But this quiet little village is full of secrets -- and most of them are known only to the squirrels. When Jones eats a magic hickory nut, he... More > discovers just what it's like to race around trees, creep into attics, score a leaf-dive, run from owls, and speak to trees. But most importantly, he learns what holds the past and present of this little town together.< Less
Match, a particularly whiny young dragon, has accidentally changed a prince into a frog. The Magician's Union is not pleased. The only way for Match to undo his little magical mistake, however, is... More > to find a princess willing to kiss the frog. And that's not as easy as it sounds. Winner of the 2003 Tassy Walden Award for best middle grade novel.< Less
When April's beloved Cheyenne grandmother dies, all her cousins receive rights to a rich oil deposit on the farm where April lived with her Granny. But April herself inherits only a recipe box. Her... More > scheming Aunt Lily wants to overturn Granny's will and drag April off to Kansas City. The oil company wants to drain the marsh that nurtures April's cherished migrant bird visitors. And April herself misses Granny. The recipe box, however, has a special magic of its own, a magic that is deeply connected to April's own Native American family history and to the land. When April makes loaves of Disappearing Whole Wheat Bread, the wild magic of the recipe box leads her into a friendship with the Gonzales children, whose parents have been detained by immigration authorities. Together, the four children mix up a brew of hospitality that brings the colorful characters of this small town back to the same table.< Less
From the Prologue: "There’s nothing in here that could possibly be of interest to you. This story, you see, involves a library. A real one. Yep. Books made out of leather and paper. ... More > Been in one? Well, you might have seen pictures.
It also involves a murder, an extremely complicated mystery, three rather remarkable teenagers, some crazy gargoyles and deep philosophical questions. Most likely not your kind of thing. Really, you should feel perfectly free to stop right here."< Less