Adventures of the Hotel Sisters (Paperback)
Eight Hughes children grow up in a hotel during the 1920s, and along the way, unpredictable and sometimes humorous things happen "Why do we have to move?" "Who stole the silverware?" "Ooh, who's that handsome young man?" "Where's Father?" All these questions and more confront Carrie and her siblings in this short story collection, Adventures of the Hotel Sisters. Now single, Mother and her children struggle to keep their hotel financially afloat after Father mysteriously leaves home. Young readers will be fascinated by hints of history, clothing, and language of the "Roaring Twenties" and will laugh along with Carrie, the youngest, who strives to settle herself into her new hotel surroundings. She's barely four when the family is uprooted, and in the last story, she turns 16. Generally geared for kids about 11-14, older folks who might recall the 1920s will also find this books a hoot. It's a 6x9" paperback with charming black & white illustrations by Colleen Dwire at the beginning of each story. $12.
Sandy's passions are gardening, writing, reading, and traveling. Taking a break from writing children's gardening books, Sandy instead focused on these fictionalized 1920s short stories about her maternal grandmother and eight children. Her interest in this era harkens back to 9th grade when she wrote an extensive term paper on the 1920s' clothing, dances, Prohibition, gangsters, Stock Market Crash, and Women's Suffrage. In between writing and reading, her major gardening project entails removing their front lawn and replacing it with mulch and 24 Provence lavender plants. Sandy has been a Sonoma County Master Gardener for 15 years. She is now president of Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the California Writers Club. Her other books include Mrs. Feeny and the Grubby Garden Gang, Zack's Zany Zucchiniland, The Dead Butterflies Diary, Color My Garden, Colorea Mi Jardin, Howie's Hungabird Dilemma, Three Sisters Garden, Gai's Go-Away-Come Back Garden, and The Tehran Triangle (with Tom Reed).