Saw Mrs. B and her husband and younger son at Costco today. Not so awkward a meeting, though I am curious as to what she told them after she returned to them.
The Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett - a 'sexist' book, even though the heroine figures out a way to trick the trolls at the end? Up to that point she saves her dog by appeasing the trolls, giving them something else in order to get her dog back. A book about a boy who did that would be abhorrent - he should be fighting the trolls instead to save his dog.