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4th September
written by ReedenWright

A new Hercule Poirot novel will be published next year, nearly 40 years after the publication of the final book featuring Agatha Christie‘s famous detective.

Sophie Hannah will write the fully-authorized Poirot novel, and William Morrow will publish the “diabolically clever murder mystery” September 2014. Hanna has written eight crime fiction novels, nine books of poetry and several children’s books.

Christie wrote 66 detective novels, introducing Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple and Tommy and Tuppence. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time, having sold 4 billion copies.

Christie introduces Poirot in her first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

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19th August
written by ReedenWright


Journey (Candlewick Press) by Aaron Becker – in this debut (wordless) storybook a lonely girl escapes the boredom of a sepia-toned world by drawing a doorway to a magical realm. For ages 4-8.










Ike’s Incredible Ink (Candlewick Press) by Brianne Farley – Ike wants to write a story, an incredible story. He’s all ready to go, but even after cleaning his room and calling his best friend, he somehow can’t seem to get started. And then Ike realizes what’s missing — he needs new ink. His very own ink, made from just the right ingredients. Now what can Ike find that is velvety, dark, and sneaky, just like ink? How far will he go to get it? Ages 3-8.









Dinosaur Kisses (Candlewick Press) by David Ezra Stein – Can Dina figure out how to give someone a kiss without whomping, chomping, or stomping them first? Ages 2-5

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22nd May
written by ReedenWright

Real Simple asked renowned authors from every genre to name the book that changed their life. The resulting answers run the gamut from nonfiction to science fiction and everything in-between.

Lily Koppel, author of two nonfiction works, recommended Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. “The story helps us remember that we need to be playful in love, life, and especially words.”

Curtis Sittenfeld, author of four novels, recommended The Best American Short Stories, edited by Tom Perrotta. “To this day, I still consider the anthology the ideal place to discover a new writer or remember why I love one to begin with.”

Max Berry, author of four novels, recommended The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis (Hustler, The Color of Money).  “The story makes you fall in love with the main character, but it also makes moving pawns and rooks nail-bitingly exciting.”

The Queen's Gambit: A Novel

Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder, recommended So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell.

So Long, See You Tomorrow

David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, recommended The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. “It is both inspiring and daunting, and a must-read for people who ever find themselves avoiding what they know in their hearts they should be doing.”

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author of more than 140 YA and kid’s books, recommended Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. “If Huck had turned Jim in to the authorities, he would have satisfied society’s law at the time but betrayed his own conscience. This theme often appears in my own writing.”

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Read the entire list at Real Simple.

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5th May
written by ReedenWright

My Sister’s Books, Pawleys Island, SC turns 10. The article below is from the April – July 2012 Lowcountry Companion.


A decade of good reading


This is a big year for Bess Long and Fran Clarkson, the “sisters” of My Sister’s Books in Pawleys Island. This fall marks the store’s tenth anniversary of providing used paperbacks and audio books to residents and visitors on the Waccamaw Neck.


“Like so many people who love to read, we’d often dreamed of owning a book store,” explains Bess. After Fran and I both retired from the Navy, we decided it was a good as time as any, so in 2002, My Sister’s Books became a reality.’


My Sister’s Books specializes in carrying used paperbacks in a variety of genres – mystery, biographies, science fiction, travel, etc. The store also has a sizeable audio book section that continues to grow.


As times and reading options have changed, Bess and Fran are eager to keep up with what their customers are looking for. Through the web site, customers now can order new titles, hardbacks and e-books.


“In a time when so many small businesses are struggling,” says Fran. “We are fortunate to have weathered these last few years. Ten years is truly a milestone for a store like ours. We are grateful to all of our loyal customers who not only keep coming back, but who also help us keep our store stocked with current and diverse titles.”


Another thing readers will find at My Sister’s Books is a sizeable sampling of books by local and regional authors.


“People are very interested in reading stories from the Lowcountry and other areas of the South,” says Bess. “We enjoy meeting local authors and helping them bring their work to a broader audience. We have a lot of visitors who shop at our store and they like to buy titles they may not find anywhere else.”


My Sister’s Books is conveniently located at 13057 Ocean Hwy. in the Litchfield section of Pawleys Island. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. If you want to check on a title before you come to the store, call 843.235.9618. You also can visit our Web site at to learn about local reading groups and see what we’re saying about what we’re reading. Tell Bess and Fran that Lowcountry Companion sent you – and wish them happy 10th anniversary!

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27th January
written by ReedenWright

2012 Medal Winner

Dead End in Norvelt cover image
The 2012 Newbery Medal winner is Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, published by Farrar Straus Giroux

The importance of history and reading (so you don’t do the same “stupid stuff” again) is at the heart of this achingly funny romp through a dying New Deal town. While mopping up epic nose bleeds, Jack narrates this screw-ball mystery in an endearing and believable voice.

“Who knew obituaries and old lady death could be this funny and this tender?” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Viki Ash.



2012 Honor Books

Inside Out & Back Again book cover



Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers

Hà and her family flee war-torn Vietnam for the American South. In spare yet vivid verse, she chronicles her year-long struggle to find her place in a new and shifting world.




Breaking Stalin's Nose book cover



Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin, published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

On the eve of his induction into the Young Pioneers, Sasha’s world is overturned when his father is arrested by Stalin’s guard. Yelchin deftly crafts a stark and compelling story of a child’s lost idealism.



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24th February
written by ReedenWright


Charming, quaint bookstore in The Cotton Exchange, a shopper’s mecca of eight graciously restored buildings, featuring 29 specialty boutiques, restaurants and open-air courtyards in beautiful, historic downtown Wilmington, NC. Walking distance to new Convention Center and Riverwalk. Independent bookstore in this same location since 1974. Business includes large inventory with an outstanding variety of titles, children’s books and toys, unique gifts, great greeting cards as well as all fixtures and office equipment. Turnkey operation. Across the street from the Hilton Hotel with excellent tourist traffic as well as a loyal base of local customers. Author book events scheduled through June. Owner retiring to write and spend time with grandchildren. Owner will assist with transition. Landlord very cooperative. Website  Serious buyers call for additional information 910-762-4444.

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27th May
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Forget Harry Potter, even though those movies have made more money than any other movie franchise (the first six adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s books have earned a whopping $5.4 billion worldwide, with no inflation adjustments). Here are some books that should be made into movies.

1. Lurlene McDaniel’s dying-kids books

This author has written over 40 novels about teens facing potentially fatal illnesses. As kids, we couldn’t get enough of reading about girls with leukemia and boys with AIDS (who got the illness through blood transfusions — no unprotected sex here). And despite the fact that they transformed us into hypochondriac adults, we think their heightened sense of drama would translate well on film.

Who should direct? Charlie Kaufman, whose Synecdoche, New York has convinced us he knows from hypochondria.

2. The Hardy Boys Mysteries: Undercover Brothers

The Hardy Boys have produced decades of worthy mystery novels, but we believe this series-within-a-series is especially worthy of the big screen. After all, there’s international intrigue, adventures in Africa, poachers, and big business. If that isn’t a summer blockbuster waiting to happen, we don’t know what is.

Who should direct? Paul Greengrass, whose action-movie resume includes United 93 and two of the three Bourne films.

3. Lowis Lowry’s Anastasia Krupnik books

Weird middle schoolers of the world, unite! This series spanned the late ’70s through the mid-’90s and followed the adventures of a girl beginning to navigate tween social life. But these books weren’t all sugar and spice: To this day, their mentions of alcohol, smut, and suicide attract controversy in classrooms around the country. Since we
don’t think it makes sense to shield kids from harsh realities, we’ll always respect Lowry (who is also the author of YA classics like The Giver trilogy) for telling it like it is.

Who should direct? No one understands awkward girls like Liz Lemon herself, Mean Girls scribe Tina Fey.

4. The Boxcar Children

What began as an elementary school teacher’s book about a family of four orphans living in — you guessed it — an abandoned boxcar has become one of the biggest, most successful kids’ series ever. Aside for their fascinating story lines, we attribute their appeal to the absence of parents — always a popular trope with children.

Who should direct? We wouldn’t mind seeing Pixar animate this one.

5. Judy Blume’s Fudge books

Even the most patient of parents gets frustrated with the slow pace and unforgivable repetition that abounds in most kids’ series. Not so the laugh-out-loud funny Fudge chronicles, beginning with Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing and continuing through Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Superfudge, Fudge-a-mania, and Double Fudge. Blume may be best known for her girls’ coming-of-age novels, but these lighter books about Peter Hatcher and his handful of a younger brother are equally worthy and have only ever seen screen time as short-lived TV series in the mid-’90s.

Who should direct? Judd Apatow. He’s got a great sense of humor, and let’s face it: His average 30-something protagonist is about as mature as Fudge.

Thanks to Kids Read for the original article.

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