The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Book
Score: 4
From 26 Ratings

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep


  • Author : Joanna Cannon
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2016-01-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780008132187

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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Excerpt :

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door’ RACHEL JOYCE ‘Cannon is so attuned to other people’s stories... a chronicler both of the human condition and the quotidian details which speak to who we are’ GUARDIAN

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Book
Score: 4
From 28 Ratings

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep


  • Author : Joanna Cannon
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-07-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501121913

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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Excerpt :

“I loved this book. It's one of those books that you just want to give to everybody.” —Nancy Pearl on NPR’s Morning Edition “An astute, engaging debut” (Publishers Weekly), The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming tale of a community in need of reconciliation and two girls learning what it means to belong. England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren’t convinced, and decide to take matters into their own hands. Spunky, spirited Grace and quiet, thoughtful Tilly go door to door in search of clues. The cul-de-sac starts to give up its secrets, and the amateur detectives uncover more than they ever imagined. A complicated history of deception begins to emerge—everyone on the Avenue has something to hide. During that sweltering summer, the lives of all the neighbors begin to unravel. The girls come to realize that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs. Creasy was starting to peel back just before she disappeared... “A thoughtful tale of loyalty and friendship, family dynamics and human nature” (Kirkus Reviews), this glorious debut is part coming-of-age story, part mystery. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep radiates an unmistakable warmth and intelligence and is “rife with tiny extraordinaries” (The New York Times Book Review). “Joanna Cannon is an author to watch” (Booklist, starred review).

Three Things About Elsie Book
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

Three Things About Elsie


  • Author : Joanna Cannon
  • Publisher : Scribner
  • Release Date : 2019-07-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501187391

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Three Things About Elsie Excerpt :

The bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep delivers a suspenseful and emotionally satisfying novel “infused with warmth and humor” (People) about a lifelong friendship, a devastating secret, and the small acts of kindness that bring people together. There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing…might take a bit more explaining. Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago? From the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Three Things About Elsie “breathes with suspense, providing along the way piercing, poetic descriptions, countless tiny mysteries, and breathtaking little reveals…a rich portrait of old age and friendship stretched over a fascinating frame” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). This is an “amusing and heartbreaking” (Publishers Weekly) story about forever friends on the twisting path of life who come to understand how the fine threads of humanity connect us all.

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Book
Score: 4
From 26 Ratings

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep


  • Author : Joanna Cannon
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-06-20
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501121906

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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Excerpt :

Part coming-of-age story, part mystery, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming debut about a community in need of absolution and two girls learning what it means to belong.

Breaking   Mending Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Breaking Mending


  • Author : Joanna Cannon
  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release Date : 2019-09-26
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781782834526

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Breaking Mending Excerpt :

'One of the most beautiful books you will ever read' Kate Mosse In this powerful memoir, Joanna Cannon tells her story as a junior doctor in visceral, heart-rending snapshots. We walk with her through the wards, facing extraordinary and daunting moments: from attending her first post-mortem, sitting with a patient through their final moments, to learning the power of a well- or badly chosen word. These moments, and the small sustaining acts of kindness and connection that punctuate hospital life, teach her that emotional care and mental health can be just as critical as restoring a heartbeat. In a profession where weakness remains a taboo, this moving, beautifully written book brings to life the vivid, human stories of doctors and patients - and shows us why we need to take better care of those who care for us.

A Tidy Ending Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

A Tidy Ending


  • Author : Joanna Cannon
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2022-04-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780008255046

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A Tidy Ending Excerpt :

Amazon readers are LOVING this book: ‘Dark, claustrophobic, compelling, shocking and very funny indeed’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A very dark black comedy, with a murder investigation coming ever closer’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Left me speechless with disbelief and giddy with delight’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A very intriguing and rewarding thriller, and such brutal fun’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Loner Book
Score: 3.5
From 11 Ratings

Loner


  • Author : Teddy Wayne
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-09-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501107917

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Loner Excerpt :

“Powerful.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air Named a best book of the year by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, and BookPage David Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. Initially, however, his social prospects seem unlikely to change, sentencing him to a lifetime of anonymity. Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells. Struck by her beauty, wit, and sophisticated Manhattan upbringing, David becomes instantly infatuated. Determined to win her attention and an invite into her glamorous world, he begins compromising his moral standards for this one, great shot at happiness. But both Veronica and David, it turns out, are not exactly as they seem. Loner turns the traditional campus novel on its head as it explores ambition, class, and gender politics. It is a stunning and timely literary achievement from one of the rising stars of American fiction.

Once Upon a Goat Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Once Upon a Goat


  • Author : Dan Richards
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2019-08-27
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524773748

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Once Upon a Goat Excerpt :

A twisted fairy tale about a king and queen who wish for a child of their own . . . and end up with a baby goat. Perfect for readers of Children Make Terrible Pets and Wolfie the Bunny. Once upon a time, a very prim and proper king and queen begged their fairy godmother for a child. They'd prefer a boy, with glowing skin, bright eyes, and two roses for lips . . . but any kid will do. When they find themselves gifted with a baby goat (also known as a kid) instead, they can't imagine how he'll fit into their lives. But of course, it isn't long before he's part of the royal family. Readers will delight in this story's hilarity, confusion, and celebration of families that come in every shape and size. "A fresh, amusing, kindhearted picture book."--Booklist, Starred review "With its gentle morals of acceptance, not judging by appearances, and being open to outcomes different than expectations, this is a lovely family read-aloud."--Kirkus "The contrast between the royal couple's once-ordered existence and the cheerful mess at book's end is very funny, and the message about acceptance and the expanded definition of family is a bonus."--Horn Book

Flat Broke with Two Goats Book
Score: 3
From 13 Ratings

Flat Broke with Two Goats


  • Author : Jennifer McGaha
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2018-01-23
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781492655398

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Flat Broke with Two Goats Excerpt :

When life gets your goat, bring in the herd Jennifer McGaha never expected to own a goat named Merle. Or to be setting Merle up on dates and naming his doeling Merlene. She didn't expect to be buying organic yogurt for her chickens. She never thought she would be pulling camouflage carpet off her ceiling or rescuing opossums from her barn and calling it "date night." Most importantly, Jennifer never thought she would only have $4.57 in her bank account. When Jennifer discovered that she and her husband owed back taxes—a lot of back taxes—her world changed. Now desperate to save money, they foreclosed on their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a one-hundred-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. Soon enough, Jennifer's life began to more closely resemble her Appalachian ancestors than her upper-middle-class upbringing. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land. Told with bold wit, unflinching honesty, and a firm foot in the traditions of Appalachia, Flat Broke with Two Goats blends stories of homesteading with the journey of two people rediscovering the true meaning of home.

RSPCA  Tiny Goat in Trouble Book

RSPCA Tiny Goat in Trouble


  • Author : Mary Kelly
  • Publisher : Scholastic UK
  • Release Date : 2014-06-05
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781407145129

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RSPCA Tiny Goat in Trouble Excerpt :

Harry is enjoying a seaside walk, when he spots a tiny goat on a cliff ledge. It has been separated from its mother, and the baby goat is stranded. Harry and his aunt call the RSPCA and an exciting rescue ensues. Luckily, thanks to the RSPCA's team work and Harry's eagle eye, the baby goat is safely reunited with its mother.

Sal Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Sal


  • Author : Mick Kitson
  • Publisher : Canongate Books
  • Release Date : 2018-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786891891

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Sal Excerpt :

'Just *wonderful*. A breath of fresh air in a book. Sal is a story with incredible heart, told so beautifully and with such clarity and grace I can hardly believe it's a debut! I loved it' JOANNA CANNON, author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP AN OBSERVER 'NEW FACE OF FICTION 2018' This is a story of something like survival. Sal planned it for almost a year before they ran. She nicked an Ordnance Survey map from the school library. She bought a compass, a Bear Grylls knife, waterproofs and a first aid kit from Amazon using stolen credit cards. She read the SAS Survival Handbook and watched loads of YouTube videos. And now Sal knows a lot of stuff. Like how to build a shelter and start a fire. How to estimate distances, snare rabbits and shoot an airgun. And how to protect her sister, Peppa. Because Peppa is ten, which is how old Sal was when Robert started on her. Told in Sal's distinctive voice, and filled with the silent, dizzying beauty of rural Scotland, Sal is a disturbing, uplifting story of survival, of the kindness of strangers, and the irrepressible power of sisterly love; a love that can lead us to do extraordinary and unimaginable things.

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding


  • Author : Jackie Copleton
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2015-12-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698407329

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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding Excerpt :

In the tradition of Memoirs of a Geisha and The Piano Teacher, a heart-wrenching debut novel of family, forgiveness, and the exquisite pain of love When Amaterasu Takahashi opens the door of her Philadelphia home to a badly scarred man claiming to be her grandson, she doesn’t believe him. Her grandson and her daughter, Yuko, perished nearly forty years ago during the bombing of Nagasaki. But the man carries with him a collection of sealed private letters that open a Pandora’s Box of family secrets Ama had sworn to leave behind when she fled Japan. She is forced to confront her memories of the years before the war: of the daughter she tried too hard to protect and the love affair that would drive them apart, and even further back, to the long, sake-pouring nights at a hostess bar where Ama first learned that a soft heart was a dangerous thing. Will Ama allow herself to believe in a miracle?

Three Things I   d Tell My Younger Self  E Story  Book

Three Things I d Tell My Younger Self E Story


  • Author : Joanna Cannon
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2018-08-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN 10 : 9780008318673

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Three Things I d Tell My Younger Self E Story Excerpt :

A very special FREE collection of advice for our younger selves, compiled by Joanna Cannon – the author of THREE THINGS ABOUT ELSIE and THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP

Disappearing Earth Book
Score: 3.5
From 33 Ratings

Disappearing Earth


  • Author : Julia Phillips
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2019-05-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525520429

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Disappearing Earth Excerpt :

One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year National Book Award Finalist Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize Finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award National Best Seller "Splendidly imagined . . . Thrilling" --Simon Winchester "A genuine masterpiece" --Gary Shteyngart Spellbinding, moving--evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world--this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer. One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls--sisters, eight and eleven--go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women. Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty--densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska--and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused. In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.

What a Goat  Book

What a Goat


  • Author : Errol Broome
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 77
  • ISBN 10 : 1550378694

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What a Goat Excerpt :

Eliza’s pet goat Gerda is always getting into trouble and her father constantly threatens to get rid of the goat until one fateful day.