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Today's Free Fridays book selection is Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson - a novel about the challenges and joys of writing a novel, with a mystical twist.
Miss Buncle's bank account has seen better days, and so she decides to write a novel to bring in some extra cash. Her inspiration is her small English town, a place she knows like the back of her hand. But strange things start happening after the book is published: not only is the book a rip-roaring success, but events in the novel start occurring to her real-life family and friends, yielding weird and hilarious results.
This delightful and utterly original novel begs the question of whether life truly does imitate art.
Today's Free Fridays app selection is Wubbzy's Fire Engine Adventure - an educational game app that provides fun activities to kids while teaching them the importance of fire safety.
Wuzzleburg is in trouble when the local spaghetti and meatball factory has an accident and meatballs start raining down on the city - but Wubbzy comes to the rescue, helping out where he can while learning to leave the real emergencies to the firefighters. Count falling meatballs with Wubbzy, and he'll help your kids learn to read, do sing-alongs, color, and much more!
Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since D.E. Stevenson passed away in 1973, Sourcebooks managing editor Shana Drehs picks one of her favorites to share this week:
I recommend The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure, heralded as an up-and-coming Ken Follett. This World War II novel, set in occupied Paris, is a gripping exploration into how far you’d go to help a stranger. Talented architect Lucien Bernard is offered a ludicrous sum of money to design hiding places so clever that even the most suspicious Nazi can’t discover them, and despite Bernard’s fear of being captured himself, he can’t turn down the challenge. But when one of his hiding places fails to conceal its occupants, Bernard must face the increasingly personal price of freedom. It’s a gem of a novel, blurring good and evil into confusing shades of gray, and asking us just what we might do in his place.
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