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The Orphans of Normandy: A True Story of World War II Told Through Drawings by Children
The Orphans of Normandy: A True Story of World War II Told Through Drawings by Children
by Nancy Amis
Edition: Hardcover
19 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring story told in pictures!, June 30 2003
For every girl who ever wanted an adventure about brave girls, this is a real one, it really did happen.
The War has been raging for five long years & when the Allies land in Normandy, one hundred girls are driven out of their orphanage, the only home they have known, by the harried German soldiers & forced to trek on foot to a safer place, some 150 miles away in the south.
Told in pencil crayon drawings, like samplers girls used to stitch, we enter their beloved world: their classrooms, sewing room, kitchen garden, chicken house; their orchard & milk cows, & their dormitory where the girls watch airraids in the sky outside of their windows.
& then their journey begins, into a forest, across a war-torn land & through ruined villages, these brave children walk in their red, white & blue dresses, carrying only a blanket, some bread & little white flags of peace.
RebeccasReads recommends THE ORPHANS OF NORMANDY as a jewel. If how girls draw the world is of any interest to you, you will be enchanted & awed by the picture story they tell. Within each page the girls wrote of what they saw (in French, naturally) & opposite is a clear & simple English translation.

Shitting Pretty: How to Stay Clean and Healthy While Traveling
Shitting Pretty: How to Stay Clean and Healthy While Traveling
by Jane Wilson-Howarth
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "go" in peace!, June 26 2003
Dr. Wilson-Howarth, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, has a finely tuned sense of humor & courtesy of our Victorian ancestors, our language is thick with euphemisms for this most basic of deeds.
Don't dismiss her timely & important information just because she's funny, she has a lot to teach us. You will learn how to:
-- avoid minor & major intestinal disruptions & diseases, as well as symptoms & cures.
-- eat, drink & be safe in a foreign place.
-- tame your bodily functions on those long rides.
-- travel with children & keep them well.
-- make environmentally & hygienically sound deposits
-- cope without toilet paper.
-- identify the critters who thrive in dark & moist areas.
Then set about discovering the amazing variety of foreign toilets...& so much more!
A seriously informative & amusing book with a host of helpful hints from well-traveled world trekkers.

The Fisherman's Son
The Fisherman's Son
by Marilyn Peake
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A boy's journey, June 26 2003
This review is from: The Fisherman's Son (Paperback)
In this children's fantasy adventure set sometime in the past, somewhere near Ireland, 12 year old Wiley sets out to find a priest to take care of his mother's last rites.
Along the way, as he walks through the forest at night a white rabbit shows him a patch of strawberries & soon he is asleep. Upon waking he sees a vision of a beautiful woman who leads him to a lake & bids him quench his thirst from a goblet.
Wiley's life will never be the same as he follows his visions to bright & amazing places, seeking adventure & solace & finding some degree of happiness.

The Descent
The Descent
by Jeff Long
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars one helluva read!, June 26 2003
If you want a really, really hair-raising read about that which is miles beneath our feet, that which has scared us forever, that which curdles the blood & is the stuff of our collective worst nightmares, then THE DESCENT will do it.
Well-written with a ton of details about spelunking, Jeff Long is long on trekking details, imagination & drama!
Absolutely gripping, mind-blowing & marvelous with enough of a redemption to leave you very glad for the life you have! Hard to categorize: science fiction? Horror? Mystery?; Thriller? All of the above & a fantastic adventure too!

Born on a Rotten Day
Born on a Rotten Day
by Hazel Dixon-Cooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.26
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let your Grouch out!, June 24 2003
This review is from: Born on a Rotten Day (Paperback)
Hazel Dixon-Cooper, a member of the American Federation of Astrologers, has whipped-up a witty & telling indictment of just how manipulative & aggressive we all can be - no matter what our sign.
It's rather relieving to find your favorite people's signs & read up on what grouches they can be. After you've laughed at them, take a look at your own!
Each sign has a worst-case headline, followed by some academic data before serving up tasty morsels such as Dream Job & Key Phrases. Onto "Approach with Caution" & "If You Love One - Man...Woman"; "If You Are One..."; "It's All Relative" - family; "Office Party" - work relationships; "Can't We All Get Along?" & "Tips for Emergencies," ending with a list of infamous grouches born under each sign.
The dark side of the Zodiac has long needed such illumination - all monsters become less fearsome in the bright light of humor, & those upbeat booklets we consume at the checkout stands, do need a reality check. BORN ON A ROTTEN DAY fits the bill nicely!

Marriage: A Duet
Marriage: A Duet
by Anne Taylor Fleming
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars the marriage-go-round, June 23 2003
This review is from: Marriage: A Duet (Hardcover)
Two views of what damage infidelity within marriages can do.

For readers who relish the complexities of two people making a life together, the dialogues ring true & the situations are both delicately funny & seriously telling.
Anyone who has been espoused will know of what this author writes, & will find some interesting information to take back to their marriage.

I Love the Night
I Love the Night
by Dar Hosta
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure!, June 23 2003
This review is from: I Love the Night (Hardcover)
I was absolutely entranced by I LOVE THE NIGHT, relishing the cadence & humor of the stories of who comes out in the moonlight.
Ranging from tree tops to sea floor, the creatures of the night come out to play in wonderful full page pictures.
A veritable treasure of a book & perfect for dreamtime.

The Joy of Six!
The Joy of Six!
by Charlene Potterbaum
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holy Hoosier Humor, June 21 2003
This review is from: The Joy of Six! (Paperback)
A delightful, modest recounting of a woman's well lived & thoughtful life. With Midwestern earthiness, Baptist humor & kitchen sink philosophy, Charlene Potterbaum is a mother to a multitude, with a husband who makes an appearance at all the right times, & Jesus as her head coach.

Year Zero
Year Zero
by Jeff Long
Edition: Hardcover
38 used & new from CDN$ 0.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb saga!, June 21 2003
This review is from: Year Zero (Hardcover)
Jeff Long has a Homeric way with a story--immense & strange realities; relationships cast with spectacular masks; tantalizing connections.
The world as we know it is disintegrating at an alarming rate--not the earth--us! A billionaire opens a religious relic & lets loose an invisible virus which transmogrifies everyone into--ah, you've gotta read it to believe it!
One solitary man, an archeaologist who has lost his daughter, his honor & his way, travels the world searching, & winds up in an enclave in the American Southwest where he meets a prodigy of human engineering & a society of extra-ordinary human beings.
Fascinating creations of communities & cultural clashes between the "haves & the have-nots," masters & slaves, prodigies & veterans.
I like both the unique stories Jeff Long tells & how he writes them. Never trite, never easy, always absorbing!
Highly recommended ...

The Protector
The Protector
by David Morrell
Edition: Hardcover
27 used & new from CDN$ 0.37

5.0 out of 5 stars manipulating fear, June 21 2003
This review is from: The Protector (Hardcover)
Recommended ...
THE PROTECTOR is all about fear & adrenaline--with a secretly developed hormone spray that devastates veteran warriors & causes havoc wherever it is let loose.
Global Protective Services agent Cavanaugh not only has to rescue a paranoid client who turns out to be deadly, he has to locate the antidote to the secret weapon.
I've not read a David Morrell before & was transfixed by this author's writing--it is intense, explicit & absolutely fascinating! This author is also ethical about what he will & will not explain.

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