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growing up

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Author: William Kent Krueger

I enjoyed being drawn into the life of this young boy at a certain place and time as he ascertains the events and circumstances around him. We judge his family, friends and neighbors with the information he doles out to us. But we also grow in knowledge whilst he grows in knowledge. The sermon that his minister/father does after a relative's death is poignant. This sweet book values faith and family but not in a preachy way. It affirms that life is a struggle for everyone and that little acts of goodness makes it bearable, even wonderful!

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Author: Barbara O'Neal

Ramona Gallagher never expected to have a teenage girl staying with her after her own daughter rushes to be with her recently injured military husband.  Katie is thirteen and has lived a difficult life-both of herparents are soldiers and her mom came back from the war with a drug dependency she just can't shake, which led to a divorce and several stints in rehab.  Katie is afraid to rely on anyone until Ramona opens her heart and her home to the troubled teenager.  Ramona knows a lot about trust issues-she was pregnant at fifteen and felt lost in the world, until her aunt Poppy introduced her to the magic of baking.  While neither Katie or Ramona was prepared for what life has thrown at them, they somehow manage to come together in a wonderful story about love, loss, growing up, and the magic recipe we all have inside of our kitchens-and inside of ourselves.