Set on an island off the coast of NC, this novel explores the unexpected complications in family lives.

Brother Grace is 17 when he learns that he has a twin. In his efforts to locate him, Brother finds disturbing family secrets mixed in with local political power. Carmichael, a Carrboro resident, writes movingly of Brother's struggle to understand his real family and thus more about himself. For ages 12 and up. 


Brother, Brother By Clay Carmichael (Roaring Brook Press) Recommended by Carol at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC

This children’s book tells the story of 10 women explorers, all of whom were born in the 1800s.

The women in this book explored the Artic, the Outback, the wilderness areas of Canada, the US and Mexico, the Amazon jungle, islands in the South Pacific, the desert in the Middle East and led African safaris. These women made important contributions to science, geography and cultural understanding, but history books have hardly mentioned their stories.

This book is perfect to read to younger elementary studies or for older students to explore on their own.

Women Explorers by Julie Cummins, illustrated by Cheryl Harness (Puffin Books) Recommended by Christina at Blue Ridge Books Waynesville, NC

Wow, just wow!

I had not read the Inspector Gamache mysteries before. I was able to jump into the world of Three Pines with no confusion. And once I entered Gamache's world, I could not leave.

Beast weaves multiple incidents of evil (which may or may not be related) - into a web that happily caught me. Now on to read the earlier books!

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny (Minotaur) Recommended by Rosemary at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC