Jessica Brockmole

The Luck of the Buttons

By Anne Ylvisaker - Published 2011


Children/Young Adult

Twelve-year-old Tugs wishes she wasn’t a part of the hapless and disaster-prone Button family. From Great Granddaddy Ike, who accidentally set fire ...Read Review

In Zanesville

By Jo Ann Beard - Published 2011


Children/Young Adult

The unnamed narrator in Jo Ann Beard’s coming-of-age story is just trying to make it through ninth grade.  Mom says she and ...Read Review

The Daughter’s Walk

By Jane Kirkpatrick - Published 2011


Biographical Fiction

In 1896 Norwegian-American Helga Etsby accepts a challenge from the New York World and the fashion industry to walk 3500 miles from Spokane to New ...Read Review

Selling Hope

By Kristin O'Donnell Tubb - Published 2010


Children/Young Adult

Thirteen-year-old Hope McDaniels is tired of playing vaudeville houses. Her magician father has been dragging her around the country since her mother’s ...Read Review

The Sojourn

By Andrew Krivak - Published 2011



The Sojourn is a beautiful sliver of a literary novel.  A story about fathers, brothers, and finding inner strength, it is set against ...Read Review

The Quest for Anna Klein

By Thomas H. Cook - Published 2011



I have to admit, I found this book slow-going at first.  But knowing the author and his credentials, I trusted that it would ...Read Review

Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905-1935

By Arnold Arluke - By Robert Bogdan - Published 2010



The first third of the 20th century was a time of change in America. Industrialization meant greater wealth and more time in the ...Read Review

When We Were Strangers

By Pamela Schoenewaldt - Published 2010



When Irma Vitale leaves her Italian mountain village with her sewing box and a dream to become a dressmaker in the late 19th ...Read Review

13, Rue Therese

By Elena Mauli Shapiro - Published 2011



The box that author ­­­­­­Elena Mauli Shapiro inherited contains more than just mementos of Louise Brunet’s life; it contains a story. Not ...Read Review

Maps and Shadows

By Krysia Jopek - Published 2010



In early 1940, Russia invaded and occupied eastern Poland. One and a half million Polish citizens, many of them veterans of the previous war, ...Read Review