Posts on June 2018
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Midnight in the Piazza by Tiffany Parks

Cover of Midnight in the Piazza by Tiffany Parks

Midnight in the Piazza is a delightful art mystery written for children ages 8-12, even though anyone can enjoy it. Thirteen-year-old Beatrice Archer moves to Rome when her father gets a job there, and she falls in love with the turtle fountain in the piazza outside her apartment. Then one night she sees someone trying to steal the turtles from the fountain. Beatrice and a new friend, an Italian boy who speaks English, decide to investigate, and they discover a ring of international art...

Appointment in Arezzo by Alan Taylor

Cover of Appointment in Arezzo by Alan Taylor

Scottish journalist Alan Taylor writes about his friendship with Muriel Spark, author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, during the last decade and a half of her life. We learn about her life in rural Tuscany, her estrangement from her only son, her complex feelings about her native Scotland, and the teacher who inspired the character of Miss Brodie.

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library Cover Art

A group of down on their luck characters (a librarian, a teen, and a Wall Street high roller) provide unexpected support and friendship to each other during the summer of 2010 at a small town public library. This is the story in Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern.