Daily Deals: The Chaperone and Juminja

The ChaperoneToday Amazon offers The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty for $2.99

Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.

For Cora, the city holds the promise of discovery that might answer the question at the core of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in this strange and bustling place she embarks on a mission of her own. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, she is liberated in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of Cora’s relationship with Louise, her eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.

Drawing on the rich history of the 1920s,’30s, and beyond—from the orphan trains to Prohibition, flappers,  and the onset of the Great Depression to the burgeoning movement for equal rights and new opportunities for women—Laura Moriarty’s TheChaperone illustrates how rapidly everything, from fashion and hemlines to values and attitudes, was changing at this time and what a vast difference it all made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle, and others like them.

Some words about the Author

Laura Moriarty is the author of The Center of Everything, The Rest of Her Life, and While I’m Falling.  She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.


JuminjaJuminja is a game which is offered as free application for Kindle Fire for one day. But be careful – this application lets you purchase digital content using actual money.

Do you love ninjas? Love to watch things predictably moving along a chain, but then moving faster and faster? Love to shoot colorful ninjas out of cannons at other same-colored ninjas so they explode and clear all of the invading ninjas off the map before they reach the end of the chain? You don’t? That’s weird. We all love these things, and think you should, too!

Round and Round They Go

In fact, Ximad–the Ninja and Panda experts–love it so much that they hired real-life Ninjas and Pandas as consultants to build Zuminja, an action-adventure puzzle game based on a (not very) true story filled with gorgeous graphics and sounds. Enjoy 20 unique levels of ninja action, and don’t forget to alternate your tapping finger, as Ximad can’t be held responsible for how quickly you’ll become addicted.

Where They Stop, Only You Know

A chain of little ninjas slowly works its way along a winding path. Your job is to destroy the chain before it reaches the end of the path. To destroy the chain, shoot ninjas from a cannon, matching to create combinations of three or more of the same color. When you do, they disappear, you earn points, and the chain shortens. Simple? It starts out that way, but as you progress deeper into the game, you find far greater challenges.

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