Learn more about samurai artist Musashi Miyamoto, the Oni, and how they may relate to climate change at Margaret Dilloway’s launch party for her middle grade adventure, Momotaro Book One: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters. Xander and his friends will discover that the Lost Island of Monsters and the tales of Momotaro, the warrior born from a peach, and his avian and simian companions, are more than a folk tale. Margaret’s event will include a special appearance by Gatsby the Goldendoodle, and cupcakes! See Maryelizabeth’s review.
Twelve-year-old Xander discovers and learns to use the fantastic powers that are his birthright in order to save his father. Based on Japanese mythology.
Rachel and Drew Snow might be sisters, but their lives have followed completely different paths. Rachel is happily married but hasn t returned to her childhood home since her strict father kicked her out after an act of careless teenage rebellion. Drew, her younger sister, pursued a passion for music but longs for the stability that has always eluded her.
But when their deferential Japanese mother, Hikari, is diagnosed with dementia, the sisters come together to locate a particular book she asks for in a rare moment of lucidity. The book an epic saga of female samurai in twelfth-century Japan reveals truths about Drew and Rachel s relationship that ends up connecting them in ways that turn their differences into assets.
Roses are Galilee Garner s passion. An amateur breeder, she painstakingly cross-pollinates her plants to coax out new, better traits, striving to create a perfect strain of her favorite flower, the Hulthemia. Her dream is to win a major rose competition and one day have her version of the bloom sold in the commercial market.
Gal carefully calibrates the rest of her time to manage the kidney failure she s had since childhood, going to dialysis every other night, and teaching high school biology, where she is known for her exacting standards. The routine leaves little room for relationships, and Gal prefers it that way. Her roses never disappoint her the way people have.
Then one afternoon, Riley, the teenaged daughter of Gal s estranged sister, arrives unannounced to live with her, turning Gal s orderly existence upside down. Suddenly forced to adjust to each other s worlds, both will discover a resilience they never knew they had and a bond they never knew they needed.