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Nancy's Notes - June 14, 2012

“Crystal Gardens” by Amanda Quick, “Calico Joe” by John Grisham

Remember to mark the calendar with our next summer reading program.   Youngsters will enjoy Dan Wardell, of IPTV’s Reading Roadtrip. He will presenting at the library on Monday, June 18 at 1:00 p.m. All children are welcome to attend, however those younger than school age must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver. There is no pre-registration required.

Amanda Quick has now written, “Crystal Gardens”, the latest in her Ladies of Lantern Street series. Novelist and professional companion Evangeline Ames has rented a cottage in Little Dixby, far form the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she finds diversion in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. When her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety. Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lady in danger. Quickly disposing of her would-be assassin, he insists they keep the matter private. There is plenty of whispering about him already, with rumors of treasure buried under his garden and occult botanical experiments performed by his uncle, who died of mysterious causes. Sensing each other’s psychic talents, Lucas and Evangeline find themselves with an even more pressing concern. Whoever tried to have her killed will try again. But who would want her dead?

John Grisham’s new novel, “Calico Joe”, is filled with exciting baseball. It begins in the summer of 1973 when the first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a twenty-one-year-old named Joe Castle. Just a kid from Calico Rock Arkansas, he was the hottest player in AA and the greatest rookie baseball had ever seen. Fans are dazzled when he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat as he shatters all rookie records. He quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America.

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