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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Big Sound Temple

    by Ben Stevens
    Hiro’s narrative begins with the death of his father, who is the gardener and caretaker of the town’s Buddhist temple. Hiro has lived at the temple and worked with his father for his entire life, and so it is understood by all that he will basically inherit his father’s job. Thus begins the story of several hectic and uncertain months in Hiro’s life. Almost immediately, the reader is introduced to most of the characters who drive the plot - his uncle, the unscrupulous and unforgiving moneylender... more
  • Gingerly's Bad/Good Day

    by Terri Kelley
    Book 2 of the Gingerly Chapter Book Series is Gingerly's Bad/Good Day. The title gives the reader a peek into how Gingerly's day begins and how it finally ends. Gingerly and Zoey work to pave the road to their strong friendship. Zoey convinces Gingerly to take a more active part in school by joining the Newspaper Club, something that Gingerly never thought she would do. Things are looking up, even with a rough start, for Gingerly.
  • Gingerly Ruffles Some Feathers

    by Terri Kelley
    Book 3 of the four books in the Gingerly series, Gingerly Ruffles Some Feathers finds Gingerly and Zoey, along with a surprise third friend, battling against the injustices of a local turkey farm. The story takes place around Thanksgiving when Zoey is incensed by a documentary she viewed about poultry farming. Though a reluctant participant at first, Gingerly soon becomes a vocal activist in the group's effort to rescue turkeys!
  • Gingerly

    by Terri Kelley
    Gingerly, Book 1 in the chapter book series based on this main character, is about a 5th grade girl who is much taller and heavier than most of her peers. She is extremely shy and lonely. She is bullied by the most popular boy in school. All she wants is to be invisible. Then, one day, she bumps into the new girl in school, Zoey, whose flaming orange hair matches her outgoing personality. She and Gingerly become fast friends despite Gingerly's reservations. Together, they learn that they can ove... more
  • Editing: It's Time for Corrections

    by Terri Kelley
    Editing: It's Time for Corrections is Book 4 of the eight books in the Writing is a Process series. The main character in this story (along with her friends from the other books in this series) learns to use editing marks when looking over the rough draft of her story. The illustrations are familiar to young readers who have experienced the first three books in the series, although, as with each book in this series, readers will enjoy this book even if it is the only one they read. Included ... more
  • Daddy, My Hero

    by Terri Kelley
    Daddy, My Hero is a story told from the point-of-view of a young girl whose father is in the Army. The dad is about to have to be deployed, again, and the girl is sad about missing him. However, she recognizes that he is an honorable man serving his country. She makes herself feel less sad by remembering the great times she and her brother and sister have had with their dad. This is a wonderful story to share with military families as well as with any child whose loved one may be away for lo... more
  • Conferencing: Let's Talk it Over

    by Terri Kelley
    Book 5 of the eight book Writing is a Process series is Conferencing: Let's Talk it Over. In this book, the much misunderstood and under-used step in any writing process is discovered by the main character as she works to create her very own story. As with all of the books in this series, young readers will remain engaged with the subject matter that turns the conferencing step into one that will be enjoyed and practiced by all.
  • Come Fly with Me!

    by Terri Kelley
    A young boy is so excited to be taking his first airplane ride as he travels on vacation with his family. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, readers follow a young boy and his family as they prepare for their trip by packing just the right things all the way through to the time they fly away. This is a fabulous story to share with young flyers as they embark on a new adventure.
  • My Best Friend's Diary

    by Cassandra Leuthold

    Every member of the Mills family has something to hide except Mary Ann, diligent housewife and mother of two. When her mother's illness calls her out of town, she leaves her family wide open to the wiles of her friend Sheila, who has secret desires of her own.

    "My Best Friend's Diary" also contains an excerpt from Cassandra Leuthold's novel, XZA.

  • Harlequin

    by Cassandra Leuthold

    Sylvester is seven years old when he tries on his great-grandfather’s harlequin mask. And he never wants to take it off.

    At thirty, Sylvester is still wearing masks, preferring privacy and anonymity to a normal life. Professional mask makers Carson and Satine are Sylvester’s only friends.

    Then Carson gets an idea: Sylvester should meet Mara. A burlesque dancer, she wears masks in her act and would certainly understand Sylvester’s obsession with covering his face.... more

  • XZA: A Novel

    by Cassandra Leuthold

    Sometimes, you have to let go of the past. Sometimes, you have to let go of the present.

    Xan Alexander likes keeping her private life a secret. She hides her name behind her initials, XZA, when she writes her books. She has never shared the family tragedy that has guided her choices for twenty years – until now. Opening up to book reviewer Michael Singer during an interview was meant to be a door easily shut. But Michael wants more than the fling Xan tries to brush off, and giving... more

  • Octopus' Garden

    by Aaron Mermelstein
    It's 1970 and Beatle fans around the world eagerly comb album covers and listen to Beatle songs forward and backward, trying to find hidden "clues" that might lead to a logical solution or confirmation to the rumor that "Paul is dead." When two radio DJ's join the search, they learn what the clues REALLY mean and begin an odyssey that takes them far beyond their studio, a true "Octopus' Garden." After forty years, Jeff Scott finally confesses the "clues" were actually well-placed guides t... more
  • Into Light and Shadow; A Journey

    by Dave Gordon
    Synopsis of Into Light and Shadow: A Journey Steve Forrest had always put himself first; he had built himself an enviable life, but it wasn’t enough. There was one more prize to claim. Mount Everest is the greatest challenge in high altitude mountaineering, the goal of a lifetime’s preparation. To summit is to conquer. Others see the mountain differently. It is sacred to Sherpas. They call it Chomolungma, Goddess Earth Mother of the World. It would prove to be the start of a journey,... more
  • Bumped

    by Sibylla Nash
    Queen Bee of the Los Angeles social scene, Elle Nixon attends the hottest parties, has a roster of artists that reads like the who's who of Billboard magazine and has definitely met THE ONE. Her upwardly mobile bound boyfriend lavishes her with gifts and attention. Her life seems perfect until he disappears when the FBI launches a high-profile fraud investigation into his investment firm. Elle's left alone with her questions, his deceit and an unexpected pregnancy. Suddenly, it s not so fun anym... more
  • Thieving Forest

    by Martha Conway
    On a humid morning in 1806, seventeen-year-old Susanna Quiner watches helplessly from behind a tree while a band of Potawatomi Indians kidnaps her four older sisters from their cabin. With both her parents dead from Swamp Fever and all the other settlers out in their fields, Susanna rashly decides to pursue them herself. What follows is a young woman's quest to save her sisters and the parallel story of her sisters' new lives. Fast-paced and richly detailed, Thieving Forest explores the transfor... more
  • Coming Home

    by Carol Lee Clippard
    Coming Home evokes memories of a simpler time. Told from the perspective of Carly, a child of the 1940’s who is thrust into self-awareness by the early death of her mother, the tale conveys her understanding of the adult world she must navigate simply to grow up. Her keen-eyed depictions of life on a struggling Missouri farm and observations about small-town society resonate with people who lived in post-war rural America.

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