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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • We Once Had Wings

    by Jennifer Shun
    Eight-year-old Joy wears her brother’s hand-me-downs and her knees skinned. She befriends the neighborhood misfit and together the two climb trees and dream about traveling to the faraway lands they see in National Geographic. Fifteen years later, the misfit returns from serving in the Second World War, and Joy falls headfirst into the repressing role of a 1950s housewife, of marriage and motherhood. When the death of her newborn son thrusts her into a deep depression, she pledges once and for a... more
  • Rough Water Baptism

    by Albert Norton
    Rough Water Baptism is about a dramatic shift in Elise Brinkley’s world. She has grown up in San Francisco, with her brilliant neuroscientist father, absorbing a worldview that insists that the material world is all there is. Her life is in some ways perfect, unperturbed by doubt, but her thinking is challenged as she experiences through her friend Joy a sense that there may be something more to this life. When she is swept up in a romance with the handsome and enigmatic Tino, she finds he is no... more
  • ABC: Robots of the Alphabet Planet

    by Nakia Ngwala
    Created from the imaginative mind of the young scholar Xander Ngwala, ABC: Robots of the Alphabet Planet teaches children ages 05 the letters of the alphabet. This book takes young readers to a place on a fantasy planet where each robot gives the name of who they are and the letter they represent. Each page of this children's book showcases colorful illustrations of a robot associated with a different letter of the alphabet from A to Z. This first ABC book teaches correct uppercase letter and lo... more
  • Broken Chains

    by Emiliya Ahmadova

    Forced to pay for the sins of her parents, Silvana abandons her Muslim faith for a chance at a new life.

    She boards a plane to Kenya with the man of her dreams and never looks back. She thinks she's found her haven.

    Feeling the warmth of the sun and traveling to different countries, Silvana discovers what it means to be free from stigmatization and gossips…

    But when she learns his dark secrets, and sees his other side, thoughts of death born from her misery rest o... more

  • Can We Watch?

    by S.A. Dymond

    GOLD METAL WINNER at the 2017 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS in the CHILDREN--SOCIAL ISSUES category

    Isabelle and Joe love to watch TV, but when the power goes out and the TV doesn't work, will they find other fun activities to do?

  • Vegetable Kids in the Garden

    by Nancy J. Miller
    Cousins Lucas and Emma love to spend time in their grandparents’ garden. One day, with the help of Grandpa and Nona (their grandmother), Lucas helps plant various vegetable seeds while learning about the uniqueness of each one. To his dismay, the plants aren’t ready by dinnertime, but he and Emma find plenty of fresh, scrumptious vegetables at the store. On another day, the two ride their bikes to Nona’s house again, but this time their friends Dylan and Zoe tag along, and the garden as a whole ... more
  • Elephant Wind

    by Heather L. Beal

    2018 Silver Medal Readers' Favorite Children's Social Issues

    Mom's Choice Award

    Lily and Niko Rabbit’s childcare class is at the elementary school science fair when a tornado warning happens. They learn how a tornado looks like an elephant trunk and sounds like a train. They also learn where they can go to be safe. When they find out the tornado damaged a neighbor’s house, they come together to help in their own charming wa... more

  • Loreless

    by P J Whittlesea
    Part quest, part ghost story and part contemporary fable, author P J Whittlesea combines magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery. Have you lost your lore? Billy has. He's loreless. Indigenous urbanite Billy doesn't know much about his heritage and he's quite content to let it stay that way. One late night out changes all that. When Billy finds himself marooned in Central Australia on an outback highway, with only the stars and mosquitoes for compa... more
  • Uncle Otto

    by Winfred Cook

    Uncle Otto, written in memoir style tells the story of a black family escape from rural Beaumont Arkansas, around the turn of the century. Otto, the protagonist, reaches puberty in their new home St. Louis at the beginning of probation, and is pulled into a life of vice and crime. He manages to come away from that only to be struck down by a demented lover with poison, resulting in a stroke.

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    by susan richard
  • People of the Sea: A Novel of The Promised Land

    by Jack Dempsey

    A fierce and loving family of mountain rebels struggle to rise from the ruins of their long-civilized Minoan Crete. If they and their Dionysian priest-chief Deucalion feel the time is right for vengeance, escape and new life---what then?

    How do these ancient island women, men and children come face to face in Palestine with the Israelites? What happens when their hopes for very different “promised lands” collide?

    Discover the surprisingly human beings who lived all aro... more

  • Hello my Friend

    by Tania Giguere
    Angel's story of torment from being bullied. A story that never seems to be told. A crime that never gets much attention. "I don't ever want to be like you. I don't ever want to hurt the people in this world that I love the most. I don't want your hate or your anger. I don't want to be the beast in your jungle."
  • Understanding the Alacran

    by Jonathan LaPoma
    Trying to escape the oppression leading him to crime, drugs, and despair, 22-year-old William James rejects a teaching position offer at a prestigious Buffalo high school and moves to Mexico to find freedom in its beaches, mountains, and culture. But soon, this freedom becomes oppressive as well as William finds himself unable to avoid the pull of the dark underbelly of the small town that, while beautiful, is ravaged by drug trafficking. He continues a downward spiral until he meets a comple... more
  • Beyond Chains

    by MARKANTHONY NZE
  • The Perfect Dream

    by Jim Matthews
    Jim. Linsa. Geri. Gideon. The summer between high school graduation and college, sometime after the Millennium, in a mythical, mid-Atlantic suburb. Making love on the beach by moonlight. Driving a hundred miles an hour. Dancing until you can’t stand up. Vodka. Margaritas. Spliffs and blunts. Past lives, mushrooms, crazy sex. And somebody gets somebody pregnant. One summer. Four teenagers. In love. The perfect dream.
  • The Sapphire Prism Cave (A Journey Through the Space Vortex Book 1)

    by Peter Leschner
    The Sapphire Prism Cave takes you on a soaring journey of the heart and imagination. James and Julia, spirited, fun loving 11-year-old twins, stumble upon an incredible cave filled with multi-colored, magic crystals which endow them with special powers that touch and transform their childhood in wonderful ways. Everything changes when James is mysteriously drawn through a hole in the cave's ceiling and transported through a space vortex to a planet in a distant galaxy. There he uses his newfound... more

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