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Chronicle Books Haulidays Contest!

What a fun contest!  Chronicle Books is running their holiday contest again.  This year, not only does the winner get 500 for them and $500 for a commenter but also $500 for a charity.  If I win I will be giving to Library Build, Inc.  Chronicle publishes plenty of children's books which will be great for the charity to receive.  And, if i win, i also pick a winner from the comments!  Fun for everyone!

so, to the list!
For me:
Girl in the Kitchen by Stephanie IzardGarden Anywhere by Alys FowlerAlice's Adventures in Wonderland, an Illustrated ClassicPeter Pan, an Illustrated ClassicScary Stories Illustrated by Barry MoserEmily the StrangeEmily's Book of StrangeDead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie ApocalypseFor B:
The Writer's Toolbox by Jamie Cat CallanThe Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites Ready, Set, Novel! By Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, and Tavia Stewart-Streit of National Novel Writing Month  for my niece, 5 months:
Little Owl Finger Puppet BookSnow Baby Finger…

More Flavia

I was so wonderfully excited when i found out we were getting TWO Flavia books in one year.  A Red Herring Without Mustard in the spring thenI Am Half-Sick of Shadows in the fall.

For readers of the series, this novel is a bit different as takes place entirely at Buckshaw. There's no Flavia zooming about on Gladys but there is plenty of chemistry and experiments in the lab.  Flavia manages to do a bit of sneaking out even.  Due to their dire financial situation, Flavia's father rents out Buckshaw to a film company over Christmas.  A famous actress arrives with the film crew and almost immediately makes friends with Flavia.  The local vicar gets the idea to have the actress and her costar enact a scene from Romeo and Juliet which they are famous for, all to help fund the church roof.  So half the village gathers at Buckshaw on Christmas Eve, then can't leave due to a blizzard.  Of course, that's the night someone gets murdered.

The snowed in situation gives the book …

Order of the Phoenix

OK, this book is my least favorite of the series.  Umbridge is just so awful and Snape so mean.  There's the death which always makes me cry even though i know it's coming.  I'm glad i relistened though; the series isn't complete without it.