Saturday, September 19, 2015

Books for October

After the silliness of last month, the group has chosen some slightly more serious reading this time. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is categorized as YA, but is supposed to be truly excellent. Dog On It by Spencer Quinn is a mystery novel written from the perspective of a dog . . . how could we NOT choose it?

Both books should now be available on the Nooks.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

It's a small story, about: a girl; an accordionist; some fanatical Germans; a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery.


Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

This fast-paced and funny tale is narrated by the inimitable Chet, Bernie's best friend and canine partner. Bernie's enterprise, the Little Detective Agency, limps along, waiting for the next job to arrive.

During a nighttime stroll through their neighborhood they encounter a panicked neighbor, Cynthia. Waving a wad of bills, she beseeches Bernie to find her daughter, Madison, a 15-year-old who has been missing for several hours. Madison soon returns home on her own, only to disappear again in short order. Intrigued by the young girl's apparent connections to a group of Russian thugs, Bernie and Chet follow a trail of clues that leads them into more danger than they'd bargained for.

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