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Heat Lightning by John Sandford
Heat Lightning by John Sandford
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4.0 out of 5 stars SOLID, Nov. 26 2011
A very good writer w/ a very good main character- much better than the usual police stories. There's so much schlock out there- Harlan Coben, Sandra Brown- yuck-so much cliche. Sandford's dialogue is real and believable. Virgil Flowers is a true personality which puts the author way ahead of the pack. Sandford packs more content and punch tighter than these sprawling,disjointed, ill-thought out opuses filled w/ stock good guys and villains by the likes of James Patterson. All these authors deal out predictable pablum. Sandford's work is for grown-ups looking for a satisfying read concerning authentically engaging characters in unique situations. Memorable.
Not a Nickel to Spare: The Great Depression Diary &hellip by Perry Nodelman
I agree with Emily: this title is misleading. The book is only related to the Great Depression because that is the setting, not the real subject. I appreciate the plight of Jews in Canada pre- and during-World War II, it is an important story, and that is what the title should have represented.

If you want a good story about the Great Depression in Toronto, read Booky by Bernice Thurman Hunter. It's full of the details that make a book come alive, and has a real, lovable girl as the protagonist. Not only is Not a Nickel to Spare dry as a bone, but I can't imagine a 12-year-old girl from then or now writing about what Sally does (and yes, it was written by a man). No details, no… Read more