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The Sun Down Motel

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Something is not right at the rundown Sun Down Motel in the outskirts of Fell in upstate New York.  It is 1982 and Viv Delaney finds herself passing through on her way to NYC and gets a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down to make some extra money.  After dark, the place comes alive with a sinister, haunting presence.  Could this hotel be hiding secrets tied to a possible serial killer who has been abducting women in the area for years?  Viv is determine...

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Fake News Part 2

We've added another entry to our audio Fake News blog on the Public Libraries of Saginaw's website. We'll be discussing the definition of Fake News and a little history of it. Hope you enjoy! Click here to listen to our second installment.

Janie Peters, Branch Head Wickes Library

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Fake News Introduction

Fake news can be tricky to identify, especially as we are bombarded with it everyday. The Public Libraries of Saginaw recognizes that the spread of disinformation can have an impact on us all. We have developed an audio blog to walk you through strategies to evaluate credible sources of news information, and to encourage you to think critically and look skeptically at what's behind the hype. Along with the audio, we will posting links to resources and images. Click here to listen to our first installment.

Janie Peters, Branch ...

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Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving by Mo Rocca

If you are looking for a wonderful, light-hearted work of non fiction to ring in the new year, then Mobituaries by Mo Rocca should be at the top of the list. The author defines a mobituary as “an appreciation for someone who didn’t get the love she or he deserved the first time around.” Throughout the book, Mr. Rocca reminds the reader about people worth remembering who may have been forgotten with the passage of time or circumstance. Did you know that Audrey Hepburn died on the same day as Bill Clinton’s inauguration or tha...

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Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.

The coast of Erie-On-Sea is said to be home to a supernatural creature seen only on a winter night. Herbert Lemon, resident Lost-and-Founder for the Grand Nautilus Hotel, has heard the legend, but who really believes such things? A girl named Violet comes scrambling through his window one evening begging to be hidden, but she also wishes to hire him to help her find her parents (he is after all the resident Lost-and-Founder at the hotel where she was abandoned as an infant). Unfortunately Boat-Hook-Man is al...

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Child of the Dream

Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963 by Sharon Robinson

Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.

This book follows the year Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, turned 13 years old.  The year is 1963 and also a very important year in the history of America.  Sharon Robinson’s journey is documented in a fascinating and telling memoir. The book also contains several photos of the family enjoying time with other famous civil rights heroes. The Robinson family participated in many of the most important events of the era. But as important as...

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The Last Train to London

The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

The Last Train to London is a historical fiction written about a true life World War II heroine Geertruida Wijsmuller also known as Tante (Aunt) Truus. Truus was a Dutch woman that smuggled Jewish children out of Germany and other German occupied countries such as Austria. She would take them to countries such as Britain and have them placed with families. Her mission was called the Kindertransport and she would end up rescuing ten thousand children from the Nazi’s. She never had any biological children, however her tombstone reads “Mo...

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Anhaga by Lisa Henry

Anhaga, by Lisa Henry, is a delicious gay fantasy romance with just the right mix of electric sexual tension and magical adventure. We meet Min, the best thief in Amberwich with the worse reputation. His nephew has gotten in trouble with one of the most powerful families in the city, resulting in a nasty curse. In order to undo the curse he must offer his services to the despised Sabadine family. If Min can return from the dangerous city of Anhaga with something of great value, the curse will be lifted.

Of course, this is nowhere near a straightforwa...

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Lalani of the Distant Sea

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

Recommended for ages 8-12

Twelve year old Lalani Sarita lives on the oppressive island of Sanlagita where everyone fears “the mountain” and life consists of cleaning, cooking, mending and errands. The island has endured a drought and the people are running out of food and water. Lalani’s mother has also taken sick with mender’s disease, an often fatal illness. A mythical creature on “the mountain” grants Lalani one wish and she wishes for rain. It rained for days, then weeks and finally the “the mountain” gave way and destr...

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Truly Devious

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is one of the newest students at the remote mountaintop boarding school that was the scene of one of the most famous kidnapping and murder cases of the 20th Century. Ellingham Academy was founded by an eccentric millionaire as a sanctuary for gifted students – but the educational utopia almost didn’t survive its first term. Shortly after opening, two Ellingham family members disappeared and a student was killed. Though the school eventually reopened, the mysteries swirling around campus have kept amateur detectives...

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Gwendy's Button Box

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

More and more often lately, a little voice inside her head is asking questions she doesn’t have answers for. Why you, Gwendy Peterson? Out of all the people in this round world, why did he choose you?

It is the summer of 1974, and 12-year old Gwendy Peterson is doing her daily climb of the Suicide Stairs in Castle Rock when the man with the black hat she has seen sitting on the bench below all week speaks to her.  Smartly, Gwendy points out that she doesn’t speak to strangers, but after the eccentric man d...

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The Poison Bed

The Poison Bed by Elizabeth Fremantle

The Poison Bed is an intriguing psychological thriller full of history, intrigue, and murder.  It is equal parts historical fiction and true crime.  A Forensic Files for the Jacobean Age.  The book centers around the marriage of Lady Frances Howard and Robert Carr (a favorite of King James I) and the murder of their fellow courtier Thomas Overbury.  Both parties stand accused of the crime and one of them will pay with their life.  But will the true mastermind p...

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D-Day Girls

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose is a page turning work of nonfiction that documents the adventures the women of Winston Churchill’s Special Operations Executive who risked everything to prepare France for the allied invasion on June 6, 1944. During a time when very little was expected of women outside their traditional roles, these women broke barriers and took risks for the cause of freedom. They were the first women in organized combat and the first women in active duty special forces. They trained as paratroopers and infiltrated the war zone i...

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Marriageology: The Art and Science of Staying Together by Belinda Luscombe

Belinda Luscombe is an editor at Time magazine who has written about marriage for over a decade.  With this work, she has written a funny and approachable guide for couples.  Marriageology is an easy read at a little over 200 pages.  (There are 30 pages of footnotes at the end, though, if you really want to check on all of her statistics.)  In general, the takeaway is that people are better off married, as long as it’s not abusive or a “war zone.”  If you can stick it out,...

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Evangeline of the Bayou

Evangeline of the Bayou written by Jan Eldredge and illustrated by Joseph Kuefler

Recommended for ages 8-12

Evangeline Clement is studying to be a haunt huntress like all the women in her line. With only a few weeks before her 13th birthday, she only needs her familiar to appear and choose her for its companion. But with mistake after mistake, and the council watching closely, is she really cut out for such things as banshees and shadow crouchers?

Evangeline and her Grandma are called out of the swamp to New Orleans to help a family with a problem no ...

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