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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury

    by Kinley Bryan
    Three sisters. Two Great Lakes. One furious storm. It's 1913 and Great Lakes galley cook Sunny Colvin has her hands full feeding a freighter crew seven days a week, nine months a year. She also has a dream—to open a restaurant back home—but knows she'd never convince her husband, the steward, to leave the seafaring life he loves. In Sunny’s Lake Huron hometown, her sister, Agnes Inby, mourns her husband, a U.S. Life-Saving Serviceman who died in an accident she believes she could have prev... more
  • The Trouble with Belonging

    by Magdalena Stanhoff

    If you fell in love as a child, will your love grow up together with you?

    New city, again. New language, new school, new people. Another place where he doesn't belong. Chen Kehuan is a boy adrift: he has no friends and no family to speak of, and he doesn't care much for anyone. Until he meets that little girl, and then everything changes. Niki roams the city streets, talking to strangers and making things out of nothing, and since she has no choice, she takes c... more

  • Build Me A City

    by Nancy Joaquim
    Secrecy. Deceit. A grieving man. A young orphan. A compulsive Baron. An unforgivable truth. Paris, 1853. The gloomy, centuries-old city is undergoing the most important and splendid redevelopment in the history of modern urban planning. An explosive powerhouse is directing the massive task. He is Baron Georges Haussmann, an experienced municipal administrator ap-pointed by Emperor Louis Napoleon III to rid the centuries-old city of its soot and squalor and beautify its every corner. It i... more
  • Rare Encounter: A War Novel

    by J.K. Hall

    Roger Lincoln Shinn is an esteemed professor of social ethics at a prestigious New York institution. Known only to his wife, he had faced the unspeakable as a combat infantryman in the Second World War. But two decades later during the Vietnam War, Shinn reveals to stunned students his astounding story as a soldier and prisoner of war, and those of a defiant captain in his outfit who ruptures the boundaries of conventional warfare. On a converted ocean liner en route to fight the Nazi army in... more

  • Finish the Story! Harriet Tubman's Secret Raid

    by Jeffrey Bensam
    Finish the Story! Harriet Tubman’s Secret Raid is an interactive adventure that takes middle-grade readers on a mission with Harriet Tubman! The fast-moving, illustrated story blends a true historical backstory about the American heroine’s little-known military victory with puzzles to solve, mazes to complete, and even a budget to beat. Finally, readers help Harriet choose one of three paths to finish the story!
  • Can We Be Friends?

    by Jessica Lee
    In this unique bilingual children's picture book, Leon is an excitable and lively five-year-old. Leon has an adorable pet guinea pig named Panda. However, Panda doesn't like some of the ways Leon plays with her, and she is often afraid to play with Leon. Panda's rejection makes Leon sad and frustrated. He really wants to be Panda's friend and play games with her! This playful story is a great way to create important discussions with children ages 2-8 about why they should play nicely ... more
  • The Tree in the Town Square: And Other Short Stories

    by Sam Calvo
    THE TREE IN THE TOWN SQUARE will not only expedite the world's understanding of those living with a perpetually plagued mind, but will also open a door for you to step inside of one. With unconventional, but elegant prose, Calvo delivers a striking embodiment into his deepest and darkest thoughts through this collection of immersive short stories. A first date at a restaurant, an afternoon lunch with grandparents, a late-night phone call; the beauty of the narrative and Calvo's brilliance bring ... more
  • Fun for Anyone!

    by Erin Alon Brain
    Weston loves to have fun! Everyone's idea of fun isn't the same though. Sometimes, people think that it's okay to try to force their likes and dislikes onto others. It might hurt, but you have to be resilient and stand up for what you believe in. Will new friends and inclusion help Weston be confident again? Find out in, Fun for Anyone!
  • Indigo Skye: The Lost Rose

    by Natalie Harris
    Set in the small town of Indigo Beach, a few miles from Miami, FL, Indigo Skye centers around the teenage life of Skye Livingston, an aspiring writer. Skye has always managed to fly under the radar. She's never been apart of the popular cliques at Indigo High, and she avoids trouble at all costs --- until she makes one bad decision that nearly takes her life, and sends the town reeling with suspicions. What do you do when the perfect night goes wrong? When Skye decides to fake a sleepover to ... more
  • The Charlottesville Diaries: Love, Literature and Life at Uva: 1976-81

    by Peter Gunter
    Chris Merton began college at the University of Virginia in the late 1970s with typical concerns: earn good grades, find the right girlfriend, and possibly join a fraternity. But Chris's real dream is to become a great writer—a goal that commits him to recording his entire life as truthfully as possible. His commitment to honesty causes him to explore his relationships with his family and girlfriends, his prejudices and shortcomings, and his childhood in his racially divided hometown of Charlott... more
  • Boychik

    by Laurie Boris
    In 1930s Brooklyn, in the depths of the Great Depression, the son of a deli man dreams of making it big in Hollywood. A rich girl with family secrets fantasizes about a life in service to the unfortunate. When their worlds collide, they’re tempted by an unlikely and forbidden romance that could cast dark shadows over their bright futures.
  • Broken

    by Erica Noble
    When Ezra discovers that his much-loved daughter Sadie moves about with weakness and twisted legs, he does everything possible to keep away the institutions that wish to claim her, so that can live a normal life. But when you are broken and abnormal, how much of a normal life can be lived? This is a question Sadie must wrestle with for her entire life, leading to a bitter hatred and rejection of herself. Kieran is a boy with white eyes and a kind soul. Having aided a disabled girl at a soiree... more
  • The Harpers' Holiday Horror

    by Elena Southworth
    A smothering mother, an alien brother, TV-stealing grandmas, a purple puppy—is anyone normal in rascally nine-year-old Aaliyah’s family? From bestselling teenage author Elena Southworth. Sibling rivalry has met its match with the hilarious hijinks from this big brother-little sister duo, sure to delight readers with one ridiculous situation after the next. She doesn’t mean it but whenever nine-year-old Aaliyah Harper does anything, utter madness ensues. Couple that with a stifling mother... more
  • Greetings from Asbury Park

    by Luigina Vecchione
    Fifteen-year-old Mariella yearns for a new life. Since the Germans arrived in Rome, food has been scarce, and danger lurks around every corner. On top of that, she’s haunted by a childhood tragedy and weighed down with the responsibility of caring for her siblings. Everything feels impossible. But when she meets Jack, a handsome American soldier with a crooked smile, her future doesn’t seem so dark. She gives him a tour of the famed Colosseum, then takes him to dinner with her family. Despite th... more
  • The Runaway

    by Marianne Cooper
    A sad and frustrated boy runs away from home on a magical journey to find inner peace. Fighting parents. A pestering sister. Making mistakes. For this frustrated boy, trying to be good all the time is exhausting. When he tries to get away from it all by running away, will he find the peace he is looking for? Artfully written by Marianne Cooper and featuring her dreamlike and painterly illustrations, picture book The Runaway conveys that running away from our big feelings is never the answer... more
  • Two Truths And A Guy

    by Jeannine Henvey
    High school is hard enough. Imagine having to keep a secret that can change your twin’s life. Sixteen-year-old twins, Stella and Peter, move cross-country with their parents to start fresh and leave their former life behind. Will the past determine their future, or will they finally get their happy ending? Peter and Stella may be twins, but individually their struggles are one of a kind. From the outside, they seem like two kids just trying to find their way at a new school, but behind clo... more