"The Sorting Room"
by Michael Rose
In Prohibition-era New York City, 10-year-old Eunice Ritter finds work in an industrial laundry sweat shop. When the diminutive girl first enters the sorting room, she encounters Gussie, the largest human being she has ever seen.
Gussie, a powerful, hard-working woman, soon becomes Eunice's sole friend as she finds herself entrapped in the laundry's sorting room by the Great Depression, sentenced to bring her low wages home to her alcoholic parents. Then, on her 16th birthday, Eunice becomes pregnant and her drunken father demands that the culprit marry his daughter, trapping her anew. Within a couple of years, Eunice settles into a lonely life of drudgery and spends decades in virtual solitude before her secret history is revealed to those from whom she has withheld her love. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3litJFc.
"If Not You, Then Who? We're Going Green!"
by David and Emberli Pridham
The Inventor's Fair is finally here, and this year's theme is Going Green! Noah has been tinkering for weeks but he's worried: can one invention make a difference? Join Noah to learn about the different ways we can all go green and make the world a better place.
If you like fun, informative and factual kid's books like "The Magic School Bus," then you'll love the new STEM series "If Not You, Then Who?," a recent Amazon bestseller geared for 4 to 8-year-olds. The books are fun to read for both adults and children and can be read on multiple levels. Purchase at https://bit.ly/3yJZU3M.
"My Sister's Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Stalin's Siberia"
by Donna Solecka Urbikas
In this unforgettable memoir, Donna Solecka Urbikas recounts her family history and her own survivor story as she finally understands the damaged mother who had saved her sister.
While Donna grew up in the U.S., her Polish-born mother and half sister endured dehumanizing conditions during World War II as slave laborers in Siberia. War and exile created a profound bond between mother and older daughter, one that Donna would struggle to find.
In 1940, when Donna's mother and half sister were taken by Soviet secret police and sent to Siberia, so began their odyssey of hunger, disease, cunning survival, desperate escape and new love amidst terrible circumstances. In the 1950s, Donna yearns for a "normal" American family while Janina and Mira are haunted by the past. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3AmCwuj.
"Bartholomew Mills and the January Dawn"
by David Carmalt
The year is 1798 and Bartholomew Mills has never left Plymouth, let alone been to sea. Suddenly orphaned, he joins Captain James Morel aboard the January Dawn and quickly realizes that life on the ocean is fraught with danger…from nature itself as well as from a tyrannical crew.
These are the last years of Atlantic piracy for the Dawn; Morel and his sadistic first mate, Ivor Stanhope, will let nothing stand in the way of their journey toward the fertile hunting grounds of the Caribbean. Adventure ensues as Bartholomew and his small band of mates battle the elements, disease and the relentless threat of attack. But when he learns a terrible secret, Bartholomew's courage, loyalty and life will be tested. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3DlLZ6I.
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