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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • 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
  • Casino Cents

    by Gail R DeBole
    It's always fun if you win! But are you really winning? In a world where gambling is becoming more acceptable, Casino Cents is a simply-stated illustrated cautionary tale softened by a humorous poetic tone. The two characters in Casino Cents do not seem to have any Casino sense. Unlike those of us who can have fun at a casino, control our spending and leave with no problem; they are led by their emotional ups and downs. Casino Cents is a quick read that presents a serious topic in an easy-to-dig... more
  • Watch Out Below: An Ant Hill Adventure

    by Tomeko Brown

    “My mounds are high and sometimes low. Hidden in the tall grass, you better watch out below.”

    Written in poetry format, this interactive book gets kids excited about learning more about these small creatures.

  • 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
  • Second Death of E.A. Poe and Other Stories

    by Jack Matthews
    Did Edgar Allen Poe fake his death? That’s what a Baltimore doctor needs to figure out in the title tale for this 11th story collection by Jack Matthews. As one critic wrote, “Matthews stories are like friends from small towns: They are honest, warm, occasionally lyrical and as strange and idiosyncratic as the rest of us.”
  • 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
  • Under the Weeping Willow

    by Jenny Knipfer

    Just as Robin Holcomb settles into married life with her husband, Willis, on his aunt and uncle’s farm in Wisconsin, WWI calls Willis away. With an unknown future and a child on the way, Robin makes the best of life among people she barely knows.

    After the birth of her child, Robin struggles with depression and battles to overcome her inner demons before despair and hopelessness drive her to attempt to take her own life. Will Robin survive her dive into postpartum depression, let ... more

  • Limericks at the Lunch Counter

    by Gail R DeBole
    Limericks at the Lunch Counter contains 32 limericks that will entertain you while you eat lunch or any meal for that matter. O.K. here’s a confession - you do not need a meal to read these limericks. These can be read anytime you have a few minutes to lose yourself in an entertaining book. There are limericks for animal lovers, limericks of fictional characters (that may remind you of not-so-fictional characters), and limericks that are spooky and holiday-related. So enjoy some laughs, sweet th... more
  • Stan the Snail's To Do List

    by Gail R DeBole
    NOWADAYS WHO DOESN'T HAVE A TO DO LIST? EVEN STAN THE SNAIL HAS ONE! Enjoy coloring while learning about the todo's that Stan's day consists of. Whether Stan is sharing a meal with his snail friends or hitching a ride with his girlfriend on a turtle, you will find out that his day is busy and interesting even though he may move slower than most. There are 14 pictures to color. Letters that tell the story can also be colored. A To Do List is included at the end of the coloring book for your child... more
  • Indy and Jenny

    by Charlie Griffin
    Indy and Jenny is a children’s picture book based on the true story of an abused and abandoned pit bull who was discovered and rescued on Independence Day. He only survived because a chain of empathetic and compassionate people did not give up on him. We initially track his journey in parallel to Jenny’s own: she is new to the city and lonely. She is looking for work, surrounded by strangers, and in need of loving friendship. When the two come together, we recognize that Indy has a Jenny-sized h... more
  • Two Degrees

    by Jean Illingworth
    2039 Forced from her home in York by flooding, fifteen-year-old Lexey goes to stay at her Aunt Jenny’s farm, high on the North Yorkshire Moors. Lexey’s father is missing abroad, and when her aunt joins her mother in her search for him, Lexey is left alone with no power, no means of communication and rapidly dwindling food supplies. Lexey will need to grow up fast, learn to live in a new way, redefine what family means and work out who she can trust… and who she can’t. Whilst this sto... more
  • The Everyday Adventures of Fernsnickle Hooves

    by Mary Depner
    We are all connected. Everything we do impacts the whole world. Whenever someone dies somewhere in the world, we all suffer a loss. These are the BIG ideas that fascinate ten-year old Fernsnickle Hooves, the “invisible girl" living happily, and secretly with her grandmother in Paradise Cove for 55 Plus (a trailer park where CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED). Absolutely, smabsolutely NOBODY knows that Fernsnickle lives in Paradise, until one fateful day when a mysterious message arrives, and the secret l... more
  • Jalan Jalan

    by Mike Stoner
    Winner of the Guardian Self-published Book of the Month. A story of travel, loss, reinvention, a little quantum physics and a persistent dead girlfriend. Newbie travels to Indonesia to reinvent himself and forget his past. His girlfriend has died and he wants no more painful reminders, no more memories, no more missing her. The trouble is, she's followed him there. Club-land bosses, prostitutes, shaman, damaged expats, they all help with his reinvention. The local mushrooms, jungle gras... more
  • I Am Book

    by Mike Stoner
    Everyone loves a good book. But what happens when a book returns the feeling? Marco and Filip are about as down as two boys can be. The world to them is a harsh, sad place that gives them no breaks. Then one day, on a very rare visit to the school library, they borrow a book which changes their lives forever. Book is its name, and Book has a wicked sense of humour, a big personality, and a knack for knowing exactly what its reader needs to hear. As the three of them get to know each other and... more
  • The Battle Against Readicide

    by Jessica Martin
    If you're not familiar with the word "readicide", author Kelly Gallagher defines it as "The systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools." His book, Readicide, identifies aspects that contribute to the decline of time spent reading and kill the love of reading.

    One of those aspects is simply choice. Students who have more choice in what ... more