North of Nowhere

Alex McKnight #4 by Steve Hamilton
Published in:  2003

North of Nowhere

In North of Nowhere, Alex McKnight has turned into a bit of a recluse. He’s been spending a lot of time by himself and it has been noticed by his friend Jackie, who runs the local Glasglow Inn. Instead of letting Alex continue down this path he gives him an ultimatum: Get on a plane to go live in the Yukon territory where Alex would then get the chance to go whole years without seeing anyone – or attend a local poker game and be social. Alex eventually gets the point of what Jackie is trying to say and agrees to go to the poker game.

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Enlightened: Evaline’s Journey

by Lauren Eckhardt
Published on: March 1, 2019

Evaline's Journey“It all started with the lightning bug. Evaline watched it floating in the air, flirting with the wind like its life was the best thing in the world.”

Enligtened: Evaline’s Journey is a book written beautifully – producing images that dance around in your head long after reading.

While the story for Evaline starts with a lightning bug, for the reader it begins with Evaline in a car crash. When she opens her eyes again, she doesn’t remember anything of her past except for impressions left upon her – impressions of ‘pain and heartache.’ We never learn specifically what her past is, but the author provides gentle impressions that perhaps her home was not happy and that she may have been mistreated. However, she meets the Sun who asks her what ‘home’ would be to her. To her a home would be ‘a place with people who care about me and won’t hurt me.’ The Sun tells her he will help her on her journey and to keep an open mind.

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Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse

by K.J. Kruk
Published on:  March 19, 2019

Leo GrayWhat a fun read this book was! I won Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse in a GoodReads Giveaway and was excited to get it because it combined two genre’s I enjoy: middle grade fiction and sci fi.

Leo Gray is the eldest child of two parents who are very ‘unhip’ and do not appreciate the modern things of year 2113 and instead identify more with “old” Earth. Mr. Gray, especially, is very hard on modern life and the government, so that when there is a chance for Leo to enter a government rocket-building contest with the reward of getting a free ticket to go to school in Luna City (on the Moon), Leo’s mom enters him in secretly. Leo does eventually get to Luna City, but not without a few hiccups along the way. Once there he then makes friends with kids from different countries who all have unique talents and together they discover that they must help save Earth and Luna City from those who wish to destroy both.

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