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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Hill of the Bear

    by James P. Barber

    Fourteen-year-old Clay Beckley comes of age in the Great American West in the 1890s. He joins an expedition to the San Francisco Peaks of Arizona beginning an adventure that battles nature, disease, and man himself.

    While this is a great read for middle and high school students, the adult audience will also enjoy the story.

  • Shadow Soldier

    by T.L. Davis
    J.D. Wilkes is a young man at the end of the Civil War and forced out into the West to build a new life, but is quickly manipulated by criminals and lawmen alike who use him to further their goals until he learns to fight back.
  • Brandon Goes to Beijing (Bĕijīng北京)

    by Eugenia Chu
    Brandon and his cousins are on a trip to visit their grandparents in Beijing, China! While bonding with family, practicing Chinese, touring historic sites and feasting on local dishes, Brandon thinks he sees a tiny panda. However, every time he gets close, the panda disappears! Is Brandon imagining this small creature, or is it real? Will Brandon find out before he has to fly back home? This multicultural, multigenerational chapter book includes some Mandarin Chinese (Simplified) with Pinyin pro... more
  • Unorthodoxy

    by Joshua A.H. Harris
    You Gotta’ Get Your Hands Dirty When You’re Saving the World The surviving son of a germophobic mother, Cecil Reitmeister embraces all forms of bacteria and formulates an elaborate plan to lead humanity out of the Anthropocene and into a new era of interspecies harmony. His idiosyncratic plan requires years of experimentation and precise manipulation of his microbiome, the totality of microorganisms present in or on the human body. His mad-scientist mission leads to extreme social isolation, ... more
  • The Spirit of Fire

    by Susanne Dunlap
    The eagerly anticipated sequel to Listen to the Wind, “A complex, absorbing, and dramatic start to a planned series.” -Kirkus Reviews Azemar—now a knight and Baron of Montpezat—has rescued his childhood friend, Azalais, from the Castel de Belascon, where she was forced to disguise as a noblewoman and become the wife of the baron. But the captivating trobairitz Jordane de la Moux d’Aniort and her damozel Johana have escaped with them, putting them all in grave peril. Will Jordane’s conflicting... more
  • Blackbird Blues

    by Jean K. Carney
    With the help of sixty-year-old black jazz man Lucius, Mary Kaye O'Donnell, an eighteen-year-old Irish-American woman and aspiring jazz singer in Chicago, finds her way toward dealing with an unwanted pregnancy and the death of Sister Michaeline, her voice coach, jazz mentor, and only guide through the bedlam of her childhood. Mary Kaye's neighbor, Judge Engelmann, introduced her to the work of James Baldwin and the nuns exposed her to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but Lucius is the f... more
  • Imminent Threat: A Jonathan Preston Novel

    by Steve Doherty
    World War II has finally ended, but not for Jonathan Preston—the US Army’s most successful covert operative—a new mission is just beginning. The US Navy and Preston and his team of intelligence agents race against time to stop two rogue Japanese submarines from attacking the east coast of the US with biological weapons capable of inflicting unimaginable casualties. While the US Navy frantically attempts to find and destroy the submarines, Jonathan Preston and his team of counterintelligence ag... more
  • Legendary

    by Lisa Kastner
    In the time of Queen Elizabeth II's inauguration, a young gay couple has to hide their relationship from the world around them or be jailed, or worse. At the same time, a dear friend dies and they resign to find out the truth of his mysterious death.
  • Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 3

    by Lisa Kastner
    An eclectic collection of stories that will keep you turning the page. With stories that span styles, genres, and voices. Each one will keep you engaged. Edited by Cecile Sarruf, the authors include Hailey Piper, Dawn DeAnna Wilson, Magaly Garcia, Susan Breall, VT Dorchester, Susan Breall, Robert Allen Lupton, Paul Attmore, Anthony Peters, Andrew Adams, Monique Gagnon German, Jason Zeitler, Gemma L. Brook, Audra Supplee, Lorna Walsh, Debby Huvaere, Desiree Kannel, Molly Byrne, Jenn Powers, Ga... more
  • The Resistors

    by Lisa Kastner
    "Wilson’s (The Kidnapped, 2018, etc.) new volume of historical fiction weaves together 24 short stories to create a remarkable, multihued portrait of America." "Memorable characters and unique historical details illuminate slavery’s complex legacy." -- Kirkus Reviews The Resistors is a parallel sequel to 2018’s The Kidnapped. It focuses on blacks, whites, and Native Americans resisting pre-Civil War oppression while attempting to establish dignified identities. It is also in the voice of Sa... more
  • Christine, Released

    by Lisa Kastner
    This engaging, heart wrenching story of a young woman lost in a society that's not built for her family nor her life, Christine's story will keep you at the edge of your seat and leave you with feelings of hope, relief, and awe.
  • Open My Eyes

    by Lisa Kastner
    Eddie is a broken soul, plagued by grief and unresolved trauma regarding his father’s death and the subsequent effect this has on the relationship he develops with his mother, a controlling and unwell woman in her own right. All of this plays a role in the blooming relationship with the naïve Elizabeth and the relationship's eventual downfall. It is this relationship, with all the passion and excitement of first love, that takes center stage in Eddie’s jumbled memories. As Eddie’s withdrawal... more
  • Dark Corners

    by Lisa Kastner
    “It’s pleasing to see such a diverse array characters be so presented in such a normal way. Each individual is not presented as a token, but rather just another human being who has some real life issues that are often rendered invisible.” -- Wagatwe Wanjuki, feminist writer and activist “The stories in this collection, written before and during the 2016 election, function as a kind of lodestar. They are not explicitly political, but politics hover unmistakeably in and through all of them. The... more
  • Habitan-The Parallel Place

    by Cheryl Skory Suma
    Habitan grew out of the author's bedtime stories for her children, and draws on her multicultural background that includes one-quarter Canadian Cree Aboriginal/Inuit mix. Her grandmother's spirit and grace were inspirational to the creation of this story, and the use of Cree as the basis for the magical language of Habitan. The scenery and animals behind in the story were drawn from the naturally varied and beautiful landscape of Canada. Habitan is a YA fantasy novel, and follows three preteens... more
  • Milly and the Tale from Across the Street

    by Martha Klopp
    Milly is an imaginative 10 year old girl. She is excited when a new girl, Cora, moves into the beautiful, old, and mysterious house across the street. They become fast friends and they discover a secret room. In that room, there is a dramatic journal and magical potion recipes. They waste no time trying out “Canine Communication” and have a ball with Milly’s dog, Angus. It’s not all fun and games when they come across journal entries and old letters hinting at an evil son who is plotting aga... more

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