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  • Believe

    by Julie Mathison
    A quirky, heartfelt middle-grade novel about grief and the resilience of the human spirit. Full of humor and wonder, Believe explores the power and limits of the imagination – and how love both breaks and heals our hearts. Eleven-year-old Melanie knows she's special. She's never been bored. She understands the secret language of old houses and makes jewels out of broken glass. Her imagination can do anything -- except make friends. It's 1980, and life as a fifth grader at Buckminster Experime... more
  • Ethan's Healthy Mind Express: A Children's First Mental Health Primer

    by Erik Bean

    Ethan’s Healthy Mind Express was created to take readers on a rhyming journey to promote better mental health and embrace Atypical (neurodiverse) socialization and inclusion needs. It also provides tips to avoid areas of the Internet leading to isolation or danger and contains 19 handcrafted brilliant paper illustrations. Selected for presentation at the 2021 Literacy & Language Summer Institute: National Council of Teachers of English. Available at Le... more

  • Ijeoma: A Mother's Journey to Save Her Daughters

    by Richard Sacks
    It's 1986 in Achi, Nigeria. Eighteen-year-old Ijeoma is forced to undergo the brutal act of tribal cutting as a condition marriage to a superstitious and abusive man. Despite her husband's threats, she vows the same will never happen to her daughters. Desperate to prevent their sexual mutilation, Ijeoma escapes to New York, where she is ultimately arrested and detained while she awaits a deportation hearing that could send her and her daughters back to Africa and to her husband. Ijeoma is the... more
  • The Red Virgin

    by Clark McCann
    Probing the World War II death of a legendary French philosopher, a jaded Hollywood screenwriter discovers she might still be alive, on the run, and in grave danger. The Red Virgin is the epic story of one woman's heroism and the universal human quest for meaning.

    by Phil Hutcheon

    "When a young woman discovers an abandoned infant, she enlists the assistance of her four roommates to help care for the child in the winning novel, A Child Left Behind by Phil Hutcheon. Nineteen-year-old Mexican immigrant Alicia is working hard at a local diner to pay her way through college. With the meager earnings she's making, she barely has enough money to pay her bills, stay in college, and still send some cash back home to her family in Mexico. Determined to make it through m... more

  • Long Walks, Short Piers

    by Bob Freville
    Cult author Bob Freville (Battering the Stem; The Network People) has delivered a collection of stories as funny as they are frightening. Plumbing the depths of societal decay, Long Walks, Short Piers offers wry insight into the prejudices and preoccupations of modern man while reaching desperately for something else. A man takes his wife on vacation with the intention of killing her and making it look like an accident. Too bad he didn't bother to do his homework. As he lays the groundwork fo... more
  • Followives

    by Irene Perali
    Have you ever left everything behind to follow a dream...which is not yours? The novel Followives is all about this: five intertwined stories of wives following their husbands who moved from Italy to California to pursue unique career opportunities. Viola, Bianca, Luna, Giada, and Aurora have just started to discover their career paths in vibrant Milan. These five women don’t have a lot in common until the men in their lives decide to chase their dream jobs in the United States. Weighing ... more
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  • Summer in the City

    by Kevin Phelps
    The city is Chicago, the summer is 1966. It’s an eventful time in America and Corey Mack, a delivery boy for the corner drug store, finds himself suffering from teenage angst, sexual discovery, and the responsibilities that come with being self-reliant as two of the 20th century’s greatest crimes reach out to scorch his unsuspecting young life: a notorious bank heist, and the Holocaust. While other 14 year old boys enjoy summer camp or fun at the beach, Corey is busy working at two jobs to prov... more
  • The Fuck Ups

    by Mark Binder
    Seven friends trying to graduate high school get caught up with bullying, climate change, and other dysfunctions… In 2018, Isaac Cohen and his friends in Team Bombshelter got shunted onto a clanking roller coaster of misfortune. The plan was to coast through their final semester: get stoned, play video games, get into college, and get the hell out of town. Instead, the shit kept hitting the fan – over and over and over again. Fights, floods, freezes… total fuck ups. And some of it wasn’t... more
  • The Troika of Osip Teitelbaum

    by Grant Patterson
    The Soviet Union, 1935. Osip Teitelbaum labors to fulfill his work quotas, like any good citizen of Stalin's worker's paradise.Except that Osip Teitelbaum's work is beating, extorting, and blackmailing confessions out of Stalin's enemies. And if he wants to stay off the enemies list, he'd better keep up the good work. Because soon, the terror will reach a fever pitch, and the system will consume it's own. And Osip Teitelbaum will have to choose between loyalty to Stalin and his own survival.
  • Bomber's Moon

    by Grant Patterson

    David "Gnat" Royce has survived 47 trips over Nazi-occupied Europe, as an air gunner on an RCAF bomber. The closer he gets to the end of his tour, the less sure he is that he's going to make it. Throw in a volatile new pilot, a mysterious tail gunner, and Luftwaffe jet fighters, and his chances just got a lot worse. It's a game of odds and luck, under a Bomber's Moon.

  • When Yer Number's Up

    by Grant Patterson

    Kenneth  "Beau" Ross waits in a transit camp in the south of England in June, 1944, with the rest of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. He's not sure exactly where he's going, but he's guessing his days of warm beer and Saturday night dances are over for good. Beau will fight alongside a dwindling group of friends as the final battles against Nazi Germany grind him to his core. He soon learns that there's no point in dwelling on your own survival. Death ha... more

  • Wilder Than Wild Winds The Road

    by Craig Wells
    In a world of Marvel superheroes, Gracie claims freedom from her mother’s breast cancer, her sexual abuse, and enjoys a quaint farm in the mountains. In this fantasy world, she abandons being an orphan on the streets of LA where she becomes invincible. But being vulnerable, she is kidnapped and forced into sex slavery by a suave hip hop wannabe, where she learns to receive men as doors. Whether metal, wood, glass, whether splintered, freshly varnished, peeling, or shiny, they are closed to her... more
  • Do You Think She's a Witch?

    by Judith Ackerman
    It's Halloween, and children's imaginations run wild when they see an old woman all dressed in black, with a mole on her nose and a hump on her back. Do you think she's a witch? Could it possibly be true? She looks just like one, or did she fool you? A wonderful story that keeps the children guessing to the very end!