BOOKS

A monkey bakes a cake for a contest, and every possible thing goes wrong. This same monkey is invited to perform a trick at a school, but he has to battle crazy weather and ends up juggling cows.

These stories make up the first two books in the Mr. Monkey series by Northampton, Massachusetts, author and illustrator Jeff Mack. 

The Penderwicks At Last
Courtesy of Jeanne Birdsall / jeannebirdsall.com

Our back-to-school book series for younger readers begins with Northampton, Massachusetts, writer Jeanne Birdsall and her book, "The Penderwicks At Last."

A person walking through the sand.
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The latest book by Florence, Massachusetts, author Robert V.S. Redick is a fantasy tale about two brothers running for their lives through a desert during wartime. 

A Miami traffic jam.
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In most road-trip novels, characters walk or drive or sail as they look for answers to sometimes unanswerable questions.

South Hadley, Massachusetts author Enid Sichel holds her book, "Death And Turtles."
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Our summer fiction series continues with a mystery called "Death and Turtles." It takes place during the Depression -- 1934 -- in England. 

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