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Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

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This is Ivan Doig's last novel. Sad to say that he passed away in April of this year. Though with this book he leaves us on a very good note, we will miss his wonderful stories.
Last Bus to Wisdom is a coming of age story based in the 1950s. It is full of the hopes, dreams and adventure of an eleven year old Montana boy, Donal, who lost his parents in a car crash and lives with his grandmother. He is shipped off to his Grandmother's sister in Wisconsin for the summer while his grandmother has an operation. He does not get along with his great aunt, the Kate, but does find a friend in Herman, who he thinks is her husband. Together they end up on the adventure of their lives traveling west using the dog buses (Greyhound) as transportation.
I recommend this book and also recommend Doig's "The Whistling Season".

My Summer Reading

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Well, here it is almost September. Another Summer flew by and this Summer my intended reading list basically was ignored. Busy weekends at family reunions, gardening, helping folks move, etc. ... You know how it goes. I hope you all got more accomplished than I did.

I did however, have time for three quick-to-read kids books. A couple of my favorite children's authors, DeCamillo and Sachar, had recent books come out that I had to try and then the book "Rain Reign" came across my desk and I just had to take it home.

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DeCamillo
This is a silly story about a little girl and a squirrel. The squirrel, Ulysses,  gets sucked up by the neighbor lady's new vacuum cleaner which results in the squirrel gaining super powers.  Flora comes to his rescue and they become friends helping each other out.


Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
This was a very good story about a boy and a girl trying to "fit in" at a private school. They happen upon some toxic mud in…

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Yeah, my turn finally came for this book. I can see why there are sooo many holds on it. It is a real who-done-it page turner. Better than Gone Girl. Very Good!

August Library Reads List

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Announcing the August 2015 LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and August's LibraryReads Favorite is: Best Boy: A Novel by Eli Gottlieb
(Liveright) “What happens when someone on the autism spectrum grows up, and they aren't a cute little boy anymore? Gottlieb's novel follows the story of Todd Aaron, a man in his fifties who has spent most of his life a resident of the Payton Living Center. Todd begins to wonder what lies beyond the gates of his institution. A funny and deeply affecting work.” Elizabeth Olesh, Baldwin Public Library, Baldwin, NY Like this list? Download the handouts on our website to start planning displays and driving holds! And now, the rest of the LibraryReads August Top 10: The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel