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Edgar and Lucy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250096982
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 7th, 2017

The impact of grief, the twists and turns of life, and the bonds of love are all parts of Lucy and her son, Edgar's sometimes sad, sometimes dark, but always hopeful story. You will not soon forget these characters.

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Not Quite Narwhal Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481469098
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

A wonderful picture book with charming illustrations and a sweet story about finding out who you are that is a perfect read aloud!

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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455563937
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 7th, 2017

This thought provoking family saga follows the lives of members of a Korean family from 1910 to the late 1980's as they leave Korea to seek a better life in Japan. They will deal with poverty, prejudice and question their place in their new country. Wonderful writing, well developed characters and great descriptive settings make this a book that you can settle into.

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778319801
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Published: Mira Books - January 31st, 2017

Arthur Pepper has finally gotten around to cleaning out his deceased wife’s clothes when he comes across her charm bracelet. He doesn’t remember seeing it before, and the charms pique his curiosity about the life his wife led before they met. Thus begins an adventure that will have Arthur learning to embrace life more fully and becoming more present in the lives of those he cares about. Grab a seat and get lost in this charming read with characters you will cheer on, laugh with, and perhaps shed a tear for.

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Faithful Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476799209
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2016

Two friends, an icy road and a tragic accident leave one friend, Helene, comatose and the other, Shelby, the driver, trying to live with the aftermath.  Alice Hoffman has created an emotional read that will have you rooting for Shelby as she finds a way to forgive herself. 

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Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316337540
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 18th, 2016

Perfect for fans of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and those that like a well researched read, a story that deals with a mother's search for her sons, circus history, and, race, povery and inequality in the Jim Crow South.  

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The Storybook Knight Cover Image
By Helen Docherty, Thomas Docherty (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781492638148
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - September 6th, 2016

You cannot help but be charmed by Leo, a gentle knight, who goes to battle brandishing books instead of swords.  Wonderful illustrations and a catchy rhyming text make this a book that just begs to be read aloud over and over again!

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The Poet's Dog Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062292629
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 13th, 2016

Two children lost in a storm are found by an Irish wolfhound grieving since the loss of his caretaker. Patricia MacLachlan's wonderfully lyrical writing makes this a heartfelt read.

Soldier Sister, Fly Home Cover Image
By Nancy Bo Flood, Shonto Begay (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580897020
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - August 23rd, 2016

When her sister enlists in the army shortly after the first Native American women dies in combat, Tess starts to wonder where she fits in.  Is it  at the track at school in Flagstaff or at home on the Rez?  Tending to her sister's horse Blue, spending time with her grandmother at sheep camp in the canyon, and experiencing tragedy during a summer storm help her to grow and understand.

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They All Saw a Cat Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452150130
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 30th, 2016

Is the cat cute?  Are you afraid of the cat?  Do you have a clear view of the cat?  A great introduction into the concept of perspective and how we each view things with different eyes.

The Seventh Wish Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619633766
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - June 7th, 2016

A magical fish, Irish step dancing and a family in crisis make for a touching and timely story. Charlie feels like her needs are always put behind her older sister, Abby's. With Abby away at college, she sets her sights on moving up in Irish step dancing and purchasing a new dress but when her sister unexpectedly comes home from college, her needs are once again put on the back burner. However, this time, her sister really needs help battling an addiction and even making a wish might not fix things.

Imagine Me Gone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316261357
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 3rd, 2016

What happens to a family when a parent or sibling suffers from mental illness? What if both a parent and a sibling are afflicted? How does it shape the family dynamics? This wonderfully written novel will at times have you in tears but will also fill you with hope.

The Night Gardener Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419715310
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Published: Amulet Books - May 5th, 2015

Kip and his older sister, Molly, a gifted storyteller, are hired as servants by the Windsor family.  They soon realize that  things are not right at the Windsor Estate. Does it have something to do with the huge menacing tree whose roots seem to permeate every inch of the property?  This spooky and creepy novel serves as a reminder of the dangers of greed.

An a from Miss Keller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399166914
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2015

Patricia Polacco has done it again. Have tissues handy as this wonderful story is sure to bring a tear to your eye. "An A from Miss Keller" is a reminder that sometimes our toughest teachers are just what we need to learn the most important lessons.

A Handful of Stars Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545700276
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 26th, 2015

Lily, who lives with her grandparents in a small town in Maine, and Salma, whose migrant family never stays in the same place long, meet after a chance encounter. Through caring for Lily's blind dog, painting bee houses and preparing to participate in the local Blueberry Queen contest, both girls grow and their friendship blossoms. You will enjoy this sweet read that will have you dreaming of blueberry season!

Echo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439874021
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015

What a great blend of fairy tale, historical fiction and the arts... What lovable, earnest characters who I could not help but hope for all things wonderful to happen to...What a rich well told story that grabbed my attention and did not let go until the last page. I so loved this story and the journey it took me on. I shed more than a few tears out of sadness, shook my head in anger quite a bit, felt my heart beat swifter in anticipation and ultimately, shed tears again but due to happiness. Pam Munoz Ryan's ability to weave music and the shared thread of a harmonica to connect all the story lines is magical.

Fish in a Tree Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399162596
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 5th, 2015

Ally is a very clever girl, so clever that she has been able to hide her inability to read from her teachers. Mr. Daniels is that perfect teacher who sees the possibilities in all his students and helps them find their talents. When Mr. Daniels meets Ally, will he discover her secret? A wonderfully touching story that highlights the fact that we all have our own unique gifts.

Gabriel Finley & the Raven's Riddle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385371032
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - August 26th, 2014

As Gabriel unravels the mystery of what happened when his father disappeared without a trace, he encounters ravens who riddle, a magical writing desk, owls who enjoy puns and an underground city. The word play and puzzles make this a clever, magical story.

I Kill the Mockingbird Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596437425
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 20th, 2014

The book lover/seller in me enjoyed all the book references as well as the bookstore tidbits.  But, the interpersonal relationships, the nuggets of wisdom and the humor sprinkled throughout the book made for a wonderful novel.  There are many touching moments with just the right touch of humor that will make you laugh/cry.  This is a great read!  

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