Legends of the Fall
The final word on good reads from local authors
The Singing Bone
By Beth Hahn (March 2016)
In 1979, Alice Pearson and her friends were brainwashed into joining Jack Wyck’s cult, where they committed heinous crimes. Twenty years later, Alice’s past has come back to haunt her. Debut novelist and New Castle resident Beth Hahn is seductive with her lyrical prose in this chilling psychological thriller. Hahn beautifully intertwines central themes of folklore with the sheer horror of master manipulator Jack Wyck, creating a tense, yet masterful, atmosphere of complexity. Hours will fly off the clock as readers tear through the pages of Hahn’s literary work and uncover layer upon layer of Alice’s traumatic story.
311 pgs, Regan Arts, $26.95 (hrd)
Dani and the Day the Bully Changed Everything
By Donna DiMaio Rooney (June 2016)
After witnessing a popular kid at school fall victim to a bully, 11-year-old Dani dreams of what the friendly animals on her family’s farm would do in her shoes. The result is Donna DiMaio Rooney’s book for young readers, the perfect October complement to National Bullying Prevention Month. Vivid illustrations by Sally Taylor bring Rooney’s story of teamwork, friendship, and kindness to life. Rooney, who was raised in Hawthorne, incorporates meaningful language with playful imagery in this delightful chapter book that will teach all children to stand up to bullying.
90 pgs, Sheepy Press, $11.95 (pbk)