‘Karolina’s Twins’ by Ronald H. Balson is a beautiful tribute to love and survival

"Karolina's Twins" by Ronald H. Balson is a beautifully told story about an older woman trying to fulfill a promise she made to her best friend during the years they were in a Nazi camp during World War II. Lena is currently a well-to-do woman living in Chicago. She has, in her late eighties, decided … Continue reading ‘Karolina’s Twins’ by Ronald H. Balson is a beautiful tribute to love and survival

‘The Hammer of Thor’ is Book Two in the ‘Magnus Chase’ series by Rick Riordan

"The Hammer of Thor," the second book in the new series, "Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard," proves once again that Rick Riordan is a genius. His books are virtually addictive for kids (and many adults). His "Lightning Thief" series with Percy Jackson, for example, is still beloved by kids twelve years after its … Continue reading ‘The Hammer of Thor’ is Book Two in the ‘Magnus Chase’ series by Rick Riordan

‘Dragon Springs Road’ by Janie Chang is a tale of survival and a fascinating peek into old China

“Dragon Springs Road” by Janie Chang is historical fiction about turbulent times in China right after the turn of the last century. Jialing, the main character, begins the story as a seven-year-old child whose mother leaves her in their home, a residence attached to a large home near Shanghai. Jialing’s mother was the concubine of … Continue reading ‘Dragon Springs Road’ by Janie Chang is a tale of survival and a fascinating peek into old China

Dumped at the shelter when the family got a puppy — Rocky is desperately in need of a home

His family decided to get a puppy. Instead of slowing introducing the puppy to the resident dog, Rocky, the family just threw them together. Rocky, who had been with the family for four years, did not accept the puppy. His family gave him no time to adjust. They took Rocky to the shelter and left … Continue reading Dumped at the shelter when the family got a puppy — Rocky is desperately in need of a home