February has had some great new books. If you haven't checked out the post for 2/10/14 - stop by because they are good. This week is no different - wonderful new releases and a 50th Anniversary of one of my Favorite books, The Giving Tree .
The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel by Alice Hoffman. Available February 18, 2014. The E-book edition on Kindle releases March 1, 2014.
Mesmerizing and illuminating, Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.
Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum,” alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.
The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father’s Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as a tailor’s apprentice. When Eddie photographs the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the suspicious mystery behind a young woman’s disappearance and ignites the heart of Coralie. With its colorful crowds of bootleggers, heiresses, thugs, and idealists, New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her trademark magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of young love in tumultuous times.
The book is suggested for ages 4 to 8. But I think the series is excellent for reading to your toddler. Try Biscuit Storybook Collection, What Is Love, Biscuit? and Meet Biscuit!.
Perfect Lies (Mind Games) by Kiersten White. Available February 18, 2014.