The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson

Book Description:

The Snow Queen” (Danish: Snedronningen) is an original fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875). The tale was first published 21 December 1844 in New Fairy Tales. First Volume. Second Collection. 1845. (Danish: Nye Eventyr. Første Bind. Anden Samling. 1845.)[1] The story centers on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by Gerda and her friend, Kai.

The story is one of Andersen’s longest and most highly acclaimed stories. It is regularly included in selected tales and collections of his work and is frequently reprinted in illustrated storybook editions for children.

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This was offered free in audio and was just a little over an hour long. It was the first time I’ve heard of it and supposedly the movie,Frozen, is adapted from it.  I didn’t care for the story but I did like the movie.

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Apron Strings by Mary Morony

Book Description

March 14, 2014

When a grown-up tells you not to worry, you had better start—first rule of thumb, Sallee Mackey, age seven. She is already more than a little bit wary of the adults in her Jim Crow era, Southern world with good reason. Sallee’s mother Ginny is flat out dangerous; her father Joe is on his way out the door; and Mr. Dabney the bigoted neighbor seems to be just a little too interested with the goings on at Sallee’s house—like he knows something no one else does. The only adult to be trusted is Ethel, the family maid, who has known Sallee’s mother since Ethel and Ginny were both girls.

That complicated relationship started the day Ethel spied Ginny kissing the black stable boy years ago. While Ginny has conveniently forgotten that she even knew Ethel back then, Sallee has not as she constantly lobs questions at Ethel about her mother’s girlhood.

From Sallee’s oft times humorous and always guileless vantage, grownups have a most mixed up view of the world. What does skin color have to do with learning? Closing schools rather than have black and white children in the same classroom, what’s the sense of that?

Ethel gives her very own biased account of her shared history with Ginny while Sallee hones her vigilance and stealth, skills she and her brother and two sisters have acquired in an attempt to understand the drama that swirls around them. Rocks are thrown through windows, a car filled with angry white men shout racial slurs at the children at play and a tragic poisoning threatens the entire family’s sense of security.

When Joe Mackey asks Ethel to testify on his behalf in a custody suit, her conflicted loyalties throw the entire family into even more turmoil.

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I made it through this one(had my doubts at times) but didn’t care for it at all.
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Burn by Nevada Barr

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Barr’s outstanding 16th Anna Pigeon novel (after Borderline) takes the National Park Service ranger to the urban wilderness of post-Katrina New Orleans, where the Jazz National Heritage Park preserves the Big Easy’s music. Anna comes to believe that a creepy neighbor, Jordan, one of the “gutter punks” who roam the city, is a pedophile. But Jordan turns out to have another side, and his link with Clare Sullivan, a Seattle actress whose family was murdered in a fire Clare is suspected of setting, is a linchpin of Barr’s skillful plot. Anna vividly maneuvers the lurid city jungle, from a Bourbon Street strip joint, where the women have formed a family, to a brothel specializing in children. Anna also learns that appearances can deceive even the most insightful of rangers. Anna’s complex personality continues to elevate the series, and the ranger’s sojourn to New Orleans further energizes this always reliable series. 150,000 first printing.
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This book is very much on the dark side, dealing with children as sex slaves for sleezy men in the post Katrina city of New Orleans.  New Orleans can be dark and creepy all by itself but add the subject matter and the slimy characters that are introduced and you have a very different Anna Pigeon novel.  It was very read written and I listened to it on my Kindle and don’t regret spending the credit.  Not all book are going to be sunshine and roses and  it’s the dark ones that round out a reading experience.  The new book,The Rope,will  be released in 2012 and I can’t wait.