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  • How Not to Cry in Public & Other Victories

    by Jean Stringam
    When Brenna Walker suffers a devastating emancipation her senior year of high school, she sets off on an undercover search for her missing relatives. Over a series of visits with her mother Brenna asks the name of her birth father and why her uncle raised her. Meanwhile, hoping her mother will help her, Brenna continues the hunt for family members, arranging to meet them incognito so as to ascertain why her uncle didn’t want her to know them, or if he didn’t want them to know her. When the evide... more
  • I Ate a Cicada Today [With CD (Audio)]

    by Jeff Crossan
    Based on a song of outrageous rhymes, I Ate a Cicada Today is a humorous children's picture book illustrated in ink and watercolor with an accompanying CD. Each two-page spread features a verse about a different animal or insect including such fanciful scenarios as "I peppered a leopard today" and "I hid a giant squid today." The CD is a guitar/vocal performance of the song by author/illustrator Jeff Crossan, who interjects each verse with a short spoken aside to provide added comic punch to t... more
  • The Magic of Maxwell and His Tail

    by Maureen Stolar Kanefield
    Maxwell is a young, intelligent mouse. He has a curiosity that draws him into every subject under the rainbow and an imagination that just won't quit. That is, until the day he discovers his tail is growing much too long. Soon he is the target of jeers and snickers from his classmates. Even his best friend, Mason, is unaccepting. "Maxwell, can't you keep track of your tail? I'm always tripping over it." It seems to Maxwell that his life is in ruins. But then he starts to see the magic his tail b... more
  • Yakimali's Gift

    by Linda Covella
    It’s 1775 in Mexico, New Spain, and 15-year-old Fernanda Marquina, of Spanish and Pima Indian ancestry, can’t seem to live up to her mother’s expectations or fit into the limited female roles of her culture. Fernanda grabs any opportunity to ride the horses she loves, racing across the desert, dreaming of adventure in faraway lands. But when a tragic accident presents her with the adventure she longed for, it’s at a greater price than she could ever have imagined. With her family, Fernanda joins... more
  • Rayne Shines

    by Bonnie Ferrante
    Rayne is bored with life, until a new family moves in next door. Why do they look so happy? Rayne wants to know their secret. Rayne Shines is a humorous and thought-provoking picture book for ages 5-7.
  • Only the Good Die Young

    by Douglas Trueman

    Rebecca Lockhart moved to Vancouver to start a new life. What she found felt more like the end.

    Raised with Victorian values and classically trained as a pianist, seventeen-year-old Rebecca takes solace in the prose of Jane Austen and the music of Debussy. But when a virtuoso guitar player exposes her to the free spirit of rock and roll, Rebecca's outlook on the world begins to change. She dares to take risks her old self couldn't imagine.

    Hallway rumors of her new behavio... more

  • Visions of Light: A Christmas Story

    by KristenHausfeld Hawkins
    When young Alice and her kindly old neighbor, Mr. Fredricks (who always reminds Alice of Santa Claus), accidentally collide in the hall of their apartment building, his glasses fall off — and that’s when the magic begins! Alice puts on the glasses out of curiosity and is enchanted to see what Mr. Fredricks sees: the love and light in others. Join Alice and Mr. Fredricks on a magical journey down Main Street, and let Mr. Fredricks show how kindness towards others makes a difference in us al... more
  • The Season of Autumn (Seasons Book 1)

    by Brittany Baker
    Livingston Louisiana native Autumn Lovett has had her fair share of lifetime struggles. At just fourteen years old, she has experienced the unimaginable. Still trying to cope with the loss of her grandparents who died in hurricane Katrina, Autumn must keep it together for her mother and brother Raheem, after the wrongful conviction of her father that sent him to death row. Any ounce of normality in Autumn's life is shattered once Justin Harrison, the son of a prominent athlete moves nearby, caus... more
  • The God of My Art: A Novel

    by Sarah Lane

    What if the muse, aka the goddess of art, was male?

    The God of My Art paints a portrait of the artist as a young woman. Years after running away from home, gifted Helene must wrestle with her childhood if she wants to discover her true calling. She finds a muse in philosophical Matthew, who makes her past feel so far away.... but is it?

    Matthew dreams of escaping the mundane by becoming a humanitarian worker in a war zone, but for now he is fond of quoti... more

  • The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy's Tale

    by Michelle R. Eastman
    This is not a typical fairy tale, and Artie is not a typical fairy. Artie is a misfit. His fellow Dust Fairies have a knack for dirtying people's houses. They fire soot from their slingshots and enter crumb-spitting contests. While we sleep, they spread dust everywhere. Artie doesn't make messes, but he has a unique habit of collecting things. The other Dust Fairies don't appreciate Artie's collection of tidbits, so he spends his nights alone. One cold night, Artie's loneliness leads to inspirat... more
  • Sopa de Verduras

    by Lauren P Bruzonic
    What kind of soup de you like to eat? Vegetable soup is quite tasty, very healthy and the perfect thing to eat on a cold day to warm yourself up. This bilingual book will teach you lots of new vocabulary related to making vegetable soup in English and Spanish.
  • La Noche Oscura

    by Lauren P Bruzonic
    A simple bilingual (English/Spanish) book that teaches about lots of noisy nocturnal creatures. A fun way to learn new vocabulary in two languages.
  • Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

    by Grant Overstake
    Maggie Steele is a gritty farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas who pours her broken heart into the daring, dangerous sport of pole-vaulting. Driven by a secret she cannot share with anyone, Maggie finds herself on a quest to soar waaay higher than critics think a "girl" should ever go. Unflinching in its exploration of teenage grief with brilliant descriptions of a breathtaking, beautiful sport, "Maggie Vaults Over the Moon" is a powerful and rewarding read for mid-grade to adults.
  • The Story of Bill and His House on the Hill

    by Yam Cooper

    The Story of Bill and His House on the Hill is a fun, poignant children's book about anti-bullying, creativity and leadership. It tells the tale of a man with grass hair who is rejected by society because of his different appearance, and his journey of attempting to find friends and overcome the obstacles thrown onto his path by prejudice. Bill reinvents a language that bypasses discrimination and connects people through the heart, and ultimately brings peace to the world through thi... more

  • I Love You to Pieces!

    by Barbara Benson Keith
    I Love You to Pieces! is a love story between animal parents and their babies. Owls, deer, pigs, rabbits, ducks and even whales express their love for each other in this happy mosaic-illustrated book. Includes a page at the end about the mosaic process.
  • Prabuddha: The Clear-sighted

    by Anu Lal
    18 Important Stories of Wit and Wisdom Read these eighteen stories, as they are eighteen steps to achieve the wisdom of Prabuddha. Eighteen stories represent eighteen steps of enlightenment. Eighteen is the number of the rudraksha or beads in a rosary. You can find the eighteen stories in this book as analogous to a rosary. The result of long nine years of investigation and journey into spirituality and human consciousness, PRABUDDHA: THE CLEAR-SIGHTED stands as one of the master works of ... more

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