Thrift Store Scores

It’s been awhile since I found any great books for myself at the thrift store. Lately I’ve found lots of great books for the school library, but not so much for my personal library. Today I found not one but 4 great treasures!

I love Because of Winn Dixie more than I can say. I recommend it to both boys and girls in 3rd and 4th grade all the time. I haven’t ever owned my own copy so I was excited to grab this beautiful hard bound copy with a pristine dust jacket for 75¢!

Synopsis: One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie.

The Kitchen Boy is a fabulous Young Adult title by Robert Alexander. I found a perfect paperback copy at Goodwill and I hope someday my daughter will want to read it. Amazon.com says this is soon going to be made into a movie!!

Synopsis: Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, Robert Alexander re-creates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov as seen through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka. Now an ancient Russian immigrant, Leonka claims to be the last living witness to the Romanovs’ brutal murders and sets down the dark secrets of his past with the imperial family. Does he hold the key to the many questions surrounding the family’s murder? Historically vivid and compelling, The Kitchen Boy is also a touching portrait of a loving family that was in many ways similar, yet so different, from any other.

I am nothing if not a zombie fan. I don’t watch The Walking Dead anymore (too much humans killing humans) but I do enjoy Kirkman’s writing. I read his book Rise of the Governor but never got around to this one. Again, it is a hard bound copy with a perfect dust jacket!

Synopsis: The first book explained how the Governor was created; this thrilling sequel to The New York Times bestseller further reveals his ruthless, inhuman conquest of Woodbury.

Plucker written and illustrated by Brom is creepy-cool. I haven’t read it yet but I couldn’t put it down after I flipped through it.

Synopsis: This story takes place in the shadowy land of make-believe, where Jack and his box are stuck beneath the bed with the other castaway toys. When Plucker, a malevolent spirit, is set loose upon the world of make-believe, Jack is thrust into the unlikely role of defending Thomas, the very child who abandoned him.

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