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review 2020-05-23 19:14
The Little Palace
The Little Palace - Jeffrey Erlacher,Mary P. Williams

During World War I on a tiny island in the Seine sits The Little Palace, a restaurant run by master chef and cheese maker, Narcisse.  Narcisse happens to be a cat who believes in equality and service for all.  The stress of the war has allowed for animals and humans to communicate in ways unknown before. With the help of a very special group of animals, Narcisse has made The Little Palace an oasis for good food, company and a refuge for artists.  In the cafe animals and humans work side by side; however, one of the servers at The Little Palace believes that animals and humans should not be equal.  The server hatches a plan that damages the reputation of The Little Palace.  At the same time Narcisse gets word that her father has been injured in the war.  

A creative and charming story that highlights the animals that, without choice, serve alongside of us in the midst of war.  Written for a middle grade and teenage audience, The Little Palace resonates with adults as well as with themes such as equal rights, justice and kindness.  At first I thought the anthropomorphic animals characters were the only characters in the book, however when I learned that humans were also characters, I became very intrigued at their interactions.  I do wish the mechanism for the human and animal communication was brought up earlier in the story, although it made sense once it was finally disclosed.  I loved the camaraderie between the many species of animals and their willingness to help in the war that was decidedly human. 
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
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video 2018-04-21 17:37
One Way or Another - Mary J. Williams
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quote 2018-04-19 14:01
Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission to make the world more open and connected.
Mark Zuckerberg (People in the News) - Mary E. Williams

A website and also my book. I picked this quote because it was the only one I could find but I still feel it is a very good quote. I also picked out this one because ive heard it before and I really like how it talks about keeping the world connected.

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review 2018-02-27 00:56
Brothers in Hope
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan - Mary Williams,R. Gregory Christie

This story is about a boy named Garang who must leave Sudan after his village is attacked during a civil war. Garang and thousands of other boys find safety in a Kenyan refugee camp. Garang tells his story to a refugee worker who shares it with people in other countries. Brothers in Hope:The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan teaches students that everyone experiences challenges and they must continue to fight. My students would write a letter to one of the Lost Boys explaining what they admire about him and how his situation made them feel.


Reading Level: Lexile 670L


Grades: 2-4

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review 2017-04-28 00:00
For a Little While (One Strike Away, #1)
For a Little While (One Strike Away, #1) - Mary J. Williams There's an intenseness to Ms. Williams stories. She never holds anything back. From character flaws to heartache and tragedy, it's all exposed with a rawness and sincerity that is identifiable and emotional. Her gift of humanizing is what keeps me coming back and that quality is put on full display in For a Little While. Young love is a beautiful thing, but when life challenges and human imperfections creep in, it can implode really quickly. Can Blue and Spencer learn to forgive and put their hearts on the line for a second chance?
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