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A Fine Dessert History Story Time!

Join Miss Megan and Lindsey from the Goodhue County Historical Society for a fun-filled history story time on Friday, December 28 and 10:30 AM!  We’ll read the marvelous A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, and then Lindsey will treat us to a look at some historical kitchen appliances (have you ever tried to whip cream with a twig whisk?  Me either!).  And then, my favorite part – we’ll do a little whisking ourselves and create yummy homemade whipped cream!  Not to worry, we’ll also have non-dairy whipped cream on hand so kiddos who are dairy-free will be able to enjoy the fun of whipping cream and tasting some of our sweet treat.  Books and treats – what could be a better way to wrap up the year?

Registration for this program is recommended so we can be sure to have enough cream on hand – call or stop by the library to sign your kiddos up.  Program attendance is limited to 24 children.

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Cyd definitely knows how to pick a great middle grade read – she totally called all the awards for The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and she’s done it again by loving this book way before it was shortlisted for the National Book Award.  Read on to hear what she has to say about this great book!

One of my favorite fictional characters is Forrest Gump. I have never known anyone as honest, sincere and truly GOOD as Forrest, but I would love to meet someone like him one day.  In this book, The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle, I found Forrest Gump once again.

Meet Mason Buttle, an extremely large, extremely sweaty 7th grader.  Mason also happens to have a severe case of dyslexia and can be a little slow in understanding some things.  He does, however, know how to be a true friend. Loyal, honest and good-natured, Mason is a favorite target of bullying by the neighborhood boys. Grieving over the death of his best friend, Benny Kilmartin, who turned up dead in the Buttle family’s apple orchard, Mason has also been under a cloud of suspicion.  The lead investigator, Lt. Baird, is sure Mason is not being truthful about what he knows about Benny’s death.

There are two bright lights in Mason’s life – his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky and Moonie, his mean neighbor’s sweet dog.  When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in even deeper trouble. He HAS to find out what happened to Calvin…and Benny. Will anyone believe him?

Author Leslie Connor fills this story with intriguing and well developed characters – and many twists and turns as we are led through the back story following Mason’s conversations with the detective and his own journals entries he composes (using a speak-and-write computer program).

A 2018 National Book Award Finalist and Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2018 recipient, this book is a must read – don’t let the “Young Teen” classification dissuade you! I would love to have you to meet Mason Buttle.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

From our guest blogger, my co-story time host extraordinaire Cyd, comes this review of a spooky read perfect for a blustery fall evening!  It’s on my to-read pile too, and now I really can’t wait to give myself the shivers with this ghost story.

Cassidy Blake has a rather unusual life. Cass is a girl who almost (well, actually DID) drown, was rescued by a ghost and now has the ability to see dead people. Her parents are a slightly inept ghost-hunting duo known as The Inspectres and her best friend Jacob IS an actual ghost.  But hold on, folks…..things are going to get even more interesting.

Cass’s family is heading to Edinburgh, Scotland – known as one of the world’s most haunted places – where her parents will be hosting their first episode in their new docuseries – where they investigate haunted locations.   Jacob, of course, will be coming along.  Cass finds herself surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. When Cass meets Lara, another girl with the same “gift”, she realizes that there is much she does not know or understand about the world of the dead. She will have to learn quickly, because she soon finds herself drawn into a dangerous fight with a malevolent spectre – and must draw on her own powers to save herself.

City Of Ghosts is a “just right” middle grade tale packed with history, hauntings and real life locations (like Greyfriars, the most haunted cemetery in Europe). Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab, this book is a spine tingling thriller that will leave you anxiously waiting for more Cassidy Blake adventures!