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What Were the Twin Towers

by Jim O'Connor

The “Who Was/What Was” Series is very popular and for good reason. The books are easy to understand and offer a quirky cover to draw the kids towards the books. They also have illustrations inside the book, as well as time lines and other great visual treats for children of all ages. I read What Were the Twin Towers because the subject has always interested me. This book goes into intricate details about the designing, planning and building of the Twin Towers which would be perfect for a budding engineer. From the construction to the demise of these iconic Towers, this book does not disappoint. Reviewed by Kelley Welch

Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles

by Kathryn Lasky

Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versaillesis one of the Royal Diaries series. It is written in the form of Marie Antoinette’s diary, or Antonia, as she was called before her marriage to the Dauphin Prince Louis Auguste of France. The diary spans a period of two years covering just before the time of Antonia’s engagement in 1769 through roughly the first year of her marriage in 1771. I found it very interesting to read the details of what life was like at that time and how Antonia needed to be prepared for the intricacies of the French court. The writing was engaging, and I frequently found myself wanting to check details and delve deeper into learning about the time period. The author follows up the story with many historical facts including a family tree, pictures and additional information about Marie Antoinette’s family and her fate. It was a great introduction to this period in history. Reviewed by Sandy Reed

The Secret of Shadow Ranch (audiobook)

by Carolyn Keene (read by Laura Linney)

The Secret of Shadow Ranch, book five in the Nancy Drew mystery series by Carolyn Keene read by Laura Linney, is the latest thrilling adventure of the eighteen-year-old girl sleuth who arrives for vacation at Shadow Ranch only to receive a warning from a mysterious man at the airport. Nancy soon finds herself in the midst of strange happenings and phantom horse sightings. But when cowboy Dave starts his own investigation for the lost treasure Nancy doesn’t know who to trust. She keeps on searching for clues despite being followed by an unknown watcher and falling into several dangerous situations. As the suspense builds Nancy saves the day in an exciting conclusion that leaves the reader breathless yet eager to know how the book ends. Nancy’s adventures are best for middle ages and up and make great reads for the whole family. review by Heather Evert