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A Spark of Light

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
 
No author can capture real world problems quite like Jodi Picoult can. In her latest novel, A Spark of Light, Picoult tackles the popular debate of pro-choice versus pro-life. The majority of the novel takes place within the walls of Mississippi's one and only abortion clinic, the Center. Within the first few pages, readers learn that the staff and patients of the Center are being held hostage by a gunman, while the police, SWAT team, and lead negotiator, Hugh McElroy, work from outside.  The situation intensifies when Hugh discover...

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The Trial of Lizzie Borden

The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson

Take a step back into the gilded age with The Trial of Lizzie Borden.  We all know the story of the murder of Andrew and Abby Borden, an elderly couple hacked to death in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts in August 1892.  This book goes beyond the murders and takes a deep dive into the arrest and trial of Lizzie Borden.

Cara Robertson gives the reader a front row seat in the courtroom for one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. We get to know lawyers for the prosecution and defense. The a...

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The Bridge Home

The Bridge Home by Padma Venketraman

Recommended for ages 10 and up

Viji and Rukku are running away from their physically abusive father to the streets of Chennai, India. Alone and afraid with very little money and personal belongings, the girls soon find out how uncaring and dangerous the world can be. The girls take shelter on an abandoned bridge, which is also home to two homeless boys named Muthi and Arul. Together they form a family sharing the money they make scavenging the city’s trash heaps for metal, glass and fabric. These kids share a special bond and find the...

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The Center of the Universe

The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros

Grace is in High School and she really loves astrophysics. Her mother, GG, is a well-known local reporter who always looks “put together.” Grace doesn’t think the two of them have much in common. For one thing, her mother spends a lot of time at work. When she is at home, she is often on her cell phone and not really paying attention. Grace resents that complete strangers act as if they know GG, but they only know the side she shows the camera. One afternoon, GG disappears. At first, it seems she is working...

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Ancestral Night

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear

Haimey Dz works on the “tugboat” Singer, a sentient AI spaceship, along with her shipmate Connla and their two cats. What should have been another routine job towing a derelict spacecraft turns out to be something much stranger. They discover a giant artifact belonging to a long-dead race of aliens called the Koregoi. Deciding to dock with the artifact and investigate, Haimey inadvertently becomes infected with a virus. She soon realizes that the virus allows her to feel the contours of space-time and dark matter, allowing her to navigate thr...

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, written by Heather Morris, is a testament to the strength that the human spirit can endure during times of tragedy. Lale Sokolov is an educated, multi-lingual, Jewish Slovakian man who loves his family. In 1942, he is told that if he wants to keep the rest of his family safe, he must board a train and head for a work camp. He would do anything for his family so he does as he is told and ends up in the concentration camp known as Auschwitz-Birkenau. He is immediately sent to work to help raise other buildings in the camp so that they can house more prisoners and e...

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Home Again

Heartwood Hotel: Home Again by Kallie George

Recommended for ages 7-10

I recently discovered a wonderful book series called Heartwood Hotel. The one I enjoyed most was the recent one, Home Again, by Kallie George.

Mona mouse has had quite a few adventures with the hotel staff where she now resides. She’s a kind and gentle soul with a penchant for bravery. Though the staff has become her family, she still longs for some kind of knowledge of the one she’s never known. During a dry summer, a wedding, and a hotel full of guests, dangerous conditions ...

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Her One Mistake

Her One Mistake
By Heidi Perks

What should have been a fun-filled, carefree day takes a tragic turn for Charlotte when her best friend Harriet’s child goes missing while in her care. Harriet is so devastated that she can’t even look at Charlotte. The police are practically living with Harriet and her husband Brian while they search for any leads on the little girl who seemingly disappeared into thin air. But, as the plot unfolds, dark secrets come to light and things may not be as they seem for Charlotte or Harriet. Harriet may soon need to turn to ...

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Stuck in Manistique

Stuck in Manistique By Dennis Cuesta

A reluctant innkeeper keeps acquiring guests he just can’t get rid of in this warm and funny story set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

When Mark inherits his estranged aunt’s Victorian home in Manistique, he takes what he thinks will be a quick trip north to make arrangements to sell it – but no sooner does he arrive, than people start turning up on his porch looking for rooms for the night.

Unbeknownst to Mark, Aunt Vivian ran her home as a bed and breakfast – and she had booked a season full of guests. Mark knows nothing ab...

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Blended

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Recommended for ages 8-12

Isabella is an 11- year-old bi-racial child that is dealing with many social issues and middle school problems. On top of all that her parents have decided to get a divorce.  She begins to split time between two households which starts to make her wonder where does she really fit in? Isabella begins to uestion her racial identity. Switching between houses to her feels like she has to switch identities. The book ends with a shocking incident that occurs due to a racist encounter.  Isabella and her brothe...

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That Churchill Woman

That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Barron

That Churchill Woman is a deep dive into the society lives of American and English ladies in the late 19th and early 20th century.   Our main character is one Lady Randolph Churchill, the American born socialite mother of Winston Churchill.  Jeanette, or Jennie as she was known was a beautiful and magnetic woman.  This fictionalized account is supported by real events and characters and offers a stunning glimpse into her life, her loves, and her triumphs.  She was much more than a wife and a mother.  The c...

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Lost Lake

Lost Lake written by Emily Littlejohn is a fast paced thriller that is a true whodunit. Four campers decide to camp near the ominous Lost Lake; when the campers wake the next day, one of the campers has vanished. Sari Chesney had a lot going for in life, or so it seemed, so why would she vanish into thin air? Is it foul play or just someone walking away from their past? Detective Gemma Monroe is assigned to the case and as she starts to look for clues to figure out what happened to Sari, a relic at the museum Sari worked at is stolen. Then Sari’s boss, Betty Starbuck, is murdered. Is D...

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Force of Nature

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Force of Nature is about a corporate team-building retreat gone wrong.  Ten employees are signed up with “Executive Adventures” to take a three day hike through the Australian bush. There are two groups of five men and five women going, including the president of the family run company and his sister. The men make it to the ending point half an hour early. Hours later, only four women limp back.  What happened to Alice? 

The chapters alternate between the women’s experiences each day and Federal Agent Aaron Falk, who is inves...

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Devil's Day

Devil’s Day by Andrew Michael Hurley

As he does every year around harvest season, John Pentecost is returning to his hometown of the Endlands, a remote farming community in England. This year, he is drawn home earlier than usual when he gets word that his grandfather, the “old Gaffer,” has passed away. Accompanied by his pregnant wife, Kat (who is seeing his hometown for the first time), he finds himself yearning for the rhythm of small-town life. But the rhythm is strange; the land is cold and cruel, and the people are odd. No one believes in God in the Endlands, but they all bel...

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The Late Bloomers' Club

The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller

Nora Huckleberry has always tried to be responsible. After her parents died, she took over the running of the family diner in Guthrie, Vermont. She keeps watch over her impulsive younger sister and stays friends with her ex-husband. She doesn’t need the burden of taking over a cake baking business or paying off other people’s creditors, but that’s exactly what happens when her former neighbor lady dies unexpectedly and leaves Nora an executor of her estate.

It turns out no one knew Guthrie’s “cake lady,” Peggy Johnson, as well as ...

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