The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christine Uss. A foundling, an order of Mostly Silent Monks, a bike, a cycling hero, a "parenting" dilemma - and a girl who knows her own mind. This is a lighthearted cross country adventure with a ghost, wonderful food, a mysterious woman in black and lots of fine friends on the way. I read the ARC. 💕
The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet. Gusta's father puts her on a bus to Springdale, ME, where Gusta's grandmother runs a home for orphans. With Europe at war, and the USA considering joining in, Gusta's German last name causes some strife. Her French horn, her love of music, and her habit of righting what she sees as wrong, result in a quick middle grade read.
Like Vanessa by Tami Charles. In 1983, Vanessa, her PopPop and her cousin, watch as the Miss America crown goes to an African American for the very first time - Vanessa Williams. 13-year-old Vanessa dreams of singing on a stage. The music teacher at school decides to start a pageant for the students. While preparing for it, Vanessa finds her voice, her confidence, her courage and the answers to her father's pain and family secrets.
CHILES' PLAY NEWS!!!
Dan and I are rehearsing for our second ever Skype show at a local library. If it goes well, we may try to do something Skype-ish at a more public venue. The library program is just for Summer Readers at that library. (The program is at 10:30 am here, which is 11:30 pm in Japan! The world is round.)
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ALSO, if you haven't purchased the CD or a song from the CD, know this. 10% of every sale from Bandcamp or Amazon from now until August 15, will go to ASAP, the Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project. We hope this small effort will get families back together. ASAP is a team of lawyers and social workers who help people seeking asylum in the US. Since many of the families separated at our southern border are people LEGALLY seeking asylum, Dan and I hope that ASAP can help them stay together or be reunited. That's 10% of the PURCHASE PRICE, not our "net proceeds". Spread the word.