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Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

In honor of Valentine's Day, I read this Middle Grade beauty. When I saw it at B&N I knew my 8 year old, whose favorite holiday is "Love's Day," would scoop it right up.
And I'm totally in love, not only with Ollie and 1957 Binder, AK, but also with Tess Hilmo's writing. I'm not surprised by its starred reviews or the multitude of well-deserved awards. Read this beauty, you won't regret it. Oh, Jimmy and his frogs.

From Goodreads:
When Ollie’s daddy, the Reverend Everlasting Love, pulls their travel trailer into Binder to lead a three-day revival, Ollie knows that this town will be like all the others they visit— it is exactly the kind of nothing Ollie has come to expect. But on their first day in town, Ollie meets Jimmy Koppel, whose mother is in jail for murdering his father. Jimmy insists that his mother is innocent, and Ollie believes him. Still, even if Ollie convinces her daddy to stay in town, how can two kids free a grown woman who has signed a confession?  Ollie’s longing for a friend and her daddy’s penchant for searching out lost souls prove to be a formidable force in this tiny town where everyone seems bent on judging and jailing without a trial.

What are your favorite Valentine's reads?

And now, because I can't resist, a few Valentine's from me to you.