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  1. Orphan Train: A Novel

    Every once in a while a book comes along that you say to yourself when finished reading, what a story.  After reading this book, I felt this way.  The story is about a family that immigrates to the United States from Ireland.  The family lives in New York City encountering many hardships.  One night a tragedy happens, and one little girl's life changes forever.  She becomes an orphan in New York City.  She is put on a train with many other orphans and travels to the Midwest with having a chance to be adopted.  Vivian tells her story to a gal that has been

  2. The Birchbark House

    The Birchbark House

    November has been designated National Native American Heritage Month.  Even if it weren’t, I would still sing the praises of this wonderful book and its sequels.  The Birchbark House introduces the reader to Omakayas (“Little Frog”), a young Ojibwa girl living on what is now known as Madeline Island, Wisconsin, on Lake Superior in the 1840’s.

  3. Defending Jacob

    Expectations of trust, loyalty, and unconditional love between parent and child are put to the ultimate test in William Landay's "Defending Jacob." The comfortable, suburban lives enjoyed by Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber, his wife Laurie, and 14 year old son Jacob are shattered when the lifeless body of Jacob's middle school classmate Ben Rifkin is discovered in a Newton, Massachusetts park.  Evidence implicating Jacob Barber as the suspected killer continues to mount, and it isn't long before his father is removed from his role as prosecuto

  4. Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd you go, Bernadette

    My attention caught by the retro cover, I read the first few pages and was hooked.

  5. Double Vision

    Bookcover for Double Vision

    This story is about a boy named Linc, who becomes a spy because his look-alike was a missing agent from a top secret operation team named “Pandora”.  Lincoln Baker, a 12-year-old, is one of those kids who means well but is constantly in trouble.  On a field trip to a chicken farm, Linc feels bad for the chickens all cooped up so he decides to let them loose.  Now the school wants to expel him, the farmer wants to sue his family for damages, and his best friend puts his picture with bird poop on his head on YouTube.  This is how he is noticed

  6. Who is AC?

    Who is AC?

    Is your best never good enough? Do you keep trying and trying and still the people you are trying to help trash your efforts? Then you might find accidental superhero Lin fascinating as she brings her writings to life with the push of a button when she becomes the hero from her books. With flash photography as her superhero weakness, Lin a.k.a. AC makes an interesting if unsure teen champion whose cell phone uses binary code to transform her into a superhero.

     

  7. Fortunately, the Milk

    Fortunately, the Milk

     

      Milk is good for me. I know this and I try to drink it once in awhile, but I can’t say that I really enjoy it.   The only time I find milk indispensable is when I am eating breakfast cereal. Once, being out of milk, I tried water. In case you were wondering, water is not a good substitute for milk on cereal.

  8. Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park are two high school misfits living in 1986, Omaha, Nebraska. Park is half-Asian, his mom is Korean and his dad American, and looks just different enough to stand out in his white bread community. Eleanor has long, frizzy red hair, is full-figured and lives in one of the saddest situations you can possibly imagine. She has recently come home to her 4 siblings, mother and no-good stepfather after having been away for over a year.

  9. This is the Rope

    This is the Rope

     

    I learned from the author's note of this book that the time period between the early 1900s until the mid 1970s was considered "the Great Migration" where more than 6 million African Americans moved from the south to Northern cities such as New York City.  The book is dedicated to those who left the South to move to the North.

     

  10. Only a Witch Can Fly

    Only a Witch Can Fly

    No tricks, just treats!  There are many great books with Halloween stories and poems, and many are currently on display at the library.  One of my favorites is Alison McGhee’s Only a Witch Can Fly.  The author uses a beautiful old form of poetry with a mesmerizing rhythm, to relate the feelings of a young girl who longs to fly on a chilly but enchanted Halloween night, even if it means leaving the warmth of home, familiar things, and doubts and fears behind.

  11. Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl

    Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl

    This book was far outside my normal reading, and that novelty may be a large contributing factor towards how much I enjoyed it.  Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl is a Steampunk novel, set, of course, in Victorian England – specifically 1890.  The author, David Barnett, presents an alternate history that includes Pulp-Adventurers, Bram Stoker, Elizabeth Bathory, Frog-man M

  12. Necessary Lies

    Newly graduated Jane Forrester, is eager to begin her career as a case worker for the Department of Welfare. It is the 1960’s and times are changing in North Carolina and Jane is eager to make a difference. Jane is assigned to an area in rural Grace County and her clientele are poor laborers who live and work on the local tobacco farms. It becomes obvious that Jane is too tender-hearted for this job and she quickly becomes emotionally involved with one of her clients, Ivy Hart. Fifteen-year-old Ivy cares for her declining grandmother, her mentally ill older sister and her infant nephew.

  13. The Kindling

    bookcover for the Kindling

    Book 1 of the Middle School Magic Series

  14. The Woman Upstairs

    Nora Eldridge dwells upon what she perceives as her unhappy, spinster life while she grieves the death of her beloved mother and teaches third grade at Appleton Elementary School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  15. Freakling

    Which brother in this future dystopia is the” true son” or messiah of a society split between those who have psi (the telekinetic power to move objects with the mind) and those who have none?  Who will the true son save or liberate?  One brother, a 12-year-old named Taemon , discovers that his psi includes remote viewing and other gifts but he loses his psi abilities after he hears a vo

  16. Divide and Conquer

    book cover for Divide and Conquer

    Infinity Ring; Book 2

    In this second book of time travelers, we find our Hystorians, Dak. Sera, and Riq traveling to 885 A.D. to fix the break in history.  They land in Paris during the 9th century where thousands of Viking warriors are trying to capture the city. Their old enemies the SQ are also there and they are helping the Vikings.  The time travelers need to find the Hystorian and fix the break before it’s too late.

  17. Doll Bones

    Twelve-years-old Zach tells his lifelong friends Poppy and Alice that he is giving up playing fantasy games with their dolls and action figures, telling them that “you can’t play pretend forever”.   Poppy and Alice don’t know that Zach’s father has thrown his action figures out and told him that “it’s time you grew up”.   However, Poppy tells Zach and Alice that their game can

  18. My name is Parvana

    My name is Parvana

    I’ve been very interested in Afghanistan since the 1980s and I eagerly devour as much non-fiction as I can on the diverse cultures, complex history and natural beauty of the country. Ellis’s My name is Parvana was created to be a realistic fiction novel  based on the lives of multiple children that the author met during her time in Afghanistan.  The importance of education and its positive impact on the lives of girls is readily apparent throughout the book.

  19. Binky Takes Charge

    Binky Takes Charge

    Binky is no ordinary cat; unbeknownst to his owners, he is a certified space cat, and their home is a space station!  After several adventures featuring space travel (going outdoors), battles with aliens (bugs), a daring rescue of Binky’s beloved toy mouse, Ted, and a challenge from a superior officer (foster cat Gracie), Binky has been promoted to lieutenant by F.U.R.S.T.

  20. The Flame of Olympus

    The Flame of Olympus

     

    Home alone during a fierce thunderstorm; Emily hears a loud thud on the roof of her top-floor Manhattan apartment. Bravely investigating, she finds a badly wounded Pegasus and learns not only that Olympus is real, but that something terrible has been happening there. Enlisting the help of surly schoolmate Joel, Emily tries desperately to keep Pegasus a secret and still get him the help he needs to heal.

  21. Hide and Seek

    Hide and Seek

     

    Japanese author/illustrator Taro Gomi has hidden all sorts of normal objects such as gloves, hearts, socks, scooters, and flags inside pictures for a look and find experience for the very young.  The pictures are challenging but not too challenging for a young toddler or preschool child.  A wonderful book to share as a lap book, or during storytime to see who can spot the item first.

     

  22. The Other Typist

    The Other Typist, by Suzanne Rindell

    If you like musing over a book's not-so-clear-cut ending for days afterward, you may love The Other Typist, too.  The entire story is presented from Rose’s first-person perspective.  Rose works as a typist at a New York City police precinct during Prohibition, transcribing criminals’ confessions.  Alone for most of her life, she eventually begins a surprising and close friendship with the appealing and attractive new hire, Odalie.

  23. Sworn to Silence

    Sworn to Silence

    I have found a new favorite mystery writer/series (unless the author tanks it in book 2 of the series...highly unlikely)! Kate Burkholder is the Police Chief in the small town of Painters Mill, Ohio, where she grew up in an Amish family. Some pretty dramatic and traumatizing events (detailed in the book) cause her to leave the Amish culture and join English society.

  24. The Waters of Star Lake

    For the first time since her husband’s death, Natalie Waters is returning to her family’s cabin in the secluded north woods of Wisconsin.  She expects to be surrounded by her memories and solitude, but what she finds is something altogether different.  After her dog is attacked by a wolf, Natalie finds herself in the middle of the heated conflict between local advocates of the Timber Wolf population and local hunters. Her once peaceful retreat is now threatened by violence. Natalie turns to some old friends for support and ends up on another little adventure.

  25. Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great (2013)

    Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

     

     

    By the author of Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and I’m a Shark, Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great is a hilarious and insightful look at friendship.

  26. Jennifer Government

    If you are tired of dystopian tales read no further.

    Still here? Good, I have a book that you may enjoy. Jennifer Government was released in 2004 though I think the content seems more relevant today than it did prior to the 2008 financial meltdown and its subsequent fallout.

  27. TJ Zaps the New Kid

    TJ Zaps the New Kid

     

    The new series TJ Trapper, Bully Zapper, by Lisa Mullarkey published by Magic Wagon is a nice addition to all of the anti-bullying material being published right now.  In TJ Zaps the New Kid, said new kid Livvy is a social bully, who says and does unkind things to her classmates.  When TJ tries to report Livvy's bullying to his teacher he is reprimanded for tattling, and TJ struggles to find another way to end Livvy's bullying. 

  28. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

    A crippled hospital, an orphaned young girl, and two heroic doctors provide the axis for a powerful story set in the war weary Russian province of Chechnya during a decade of tension that begins in 1994.  "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" allows the profound despair saturating the intersecting lives of inhabitants in a small Chechen village to come alive one character, one page at a time.  Author Anthony Marra also weaves a spellbinding, historical narrative to accompany his story of loss, betrayal, love, and hope.  

  29. The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    I have been a Neil Gaiman fan since reading my first Sandman graphic novel many years ago, his book American Gods is the only reason I ever went to House on the Rock and he writes Dr. Who episodes – so enough said, I’m an fan boy. His latest work certainly doesn’t hurt his legacy. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a short book, if you get sucked in like I did you can knock it out in a night.

  30. Joyland

    Joyland

    I loved this book. Joyland is about characters, more than anything. Granted, there are a couple ghosts, but they are incidental characters. Since it is published by Hard Case Crime, there is a murder too, but it happened before the timeframe of the book and is peripheral until near the very end, where action takes over and we find out “whodunit”.

  31. Blue Fire

    Blue Fire book cover

    This story follows where The Shifter ended.  In Blue Fire, our heroine, 15-year-old Nya, begins with the same goal that she had in The Shifter – to keep the people she loves safe.  Unfortunately, because of her unique ability to shift pain from one person to another, this is tougher than it sounds.  Tali, Nya’s sister, and the other takers are hiding in Geveg from the evil invading Duke of Baser.  He is hunting for Nya and the taker

  32. Never Too Young for Jane Austen!

     

     Part of the BabyLit® series, these adorable board books are fun for Austen fans of all ages.

    Pride and Prejudice

  33. Cardboard

    Cardboard

    I found this book on a table near the new book shelves at the library.  I picked it up in order to put it back on the shelf, but the cover caught my eye.  I peeked inside, and before I knew it, I was off on an adventure complete with danger, magic, aliens, robots, monsters, mutants, battles, humor, and a tiny bit of romance (but not too much).

  34. Jane Eyre & Wuthering Heights

    Jane Eyre
    Wuthering Heights

     

    The Little Miss Bronte series, part of the BabyLit book series published by Gibbs Smith, are an elegant way to introduce the youngest child to the world of classical literature.  Jane Eyre is a counting primer, and counts drawings, trees, pearls, and books, with quotes interspersed, such as "this book I had again and again perused with delight".

    Wuthering Heights is a weather primer, so for breezy, the quote is "the weather was sweet and warm" and for stormy we read, "the storm came rattling over the Heights in full fury." 

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