July 2013

Slow Horses

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ISBN: 9781569476437
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Published: Soho Constable - June 1st, 2010

This is the first in a series of clever, darkly humorous, and cynical modern spy novels featuring the inmates of Slough House, all MI5 agents who have failed spectacularly in some way and are relegated to the most mind numbing tasks in the hope they will resign from the service.  However, ambition, denial and events conspire to put them back in the game again and the result is highly addictive.  Herron is a modern Le Carre from the world of office cubicles, downsizing and wry, obscure British TV.  The second book in the series, Dead Lions, is even better.

Susannah


The President's Daughter

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ISBN: 9780312374884
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - July 22nd, 2008

Meg Powers likes her life just the way it is. This is unfortunate, considering that her mother has just decided to run for president. Worse, Meg is pretty sure her mother is going to win. The President's Daughter is the first installment in one of my favorite under-appreciated young adult series. Readers will discover a smart and savvy heroine in Meg, as well as a nuanced and sympathetic family dynamic set against the backdrop of a national political campaign. Perfect for fans of complex and compelling contemporary young adult fiction.

Rebecca


TransAtlantic

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ISBN: 9781400069590
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Published: Random House - June 4th, 2013

Author of the bestselling Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann weaves three seemingly disparate stories into one:  the visit of Frederick Douglass to Ireland in 1845 where he sees the famine firsthand and meets a young Irish girl who flees her homeland for America; the flight across the Atlantic by two World War I veterans in 1919; and the trials of former Senator George Mitchell, as he tries to broker an Irish peace in 1998.  This book is a brilliant combination of fact and fiction written by a master craftsman.

Nathan

 


Far, Far Away

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ISBN: 9780375849725
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2013

This modern day story of suspense reads like a fairy tale. Jeremy Johnson Johnson (his real name) lives in the town of Never Better and helps to run the Two-Book Bookstore, where there are only two titles for sale. The ghost of Joseph Grimm, one half of the Brothers Grimm, is his closest companion and protector. Meanwhile the nefarious Finder of Occasions watches and waits.

Robin


Zoo Station

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ISBN: 9781616953485
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Published: Soho Crime - May 28th, 2013

Run through all of Alan Furst?  Caught up with Philip Kerr?  Long since read the original Eric Amblers? Despair not - David Downing's British journo/spy John Russell fills the bill nicely. Zoo Station is the first of the "Station" series (the titles reference German train stations).

Gary


Cinnamon & Gunpowder

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ISBN: 9780374123666
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - June 4th, 2013

What Owen really wants is a kitchen worthy of his culinary talents. What he has is the galley of a pirate ship, where he's expected to produce a gourmet meal each week for his captor, Mad Hannah Mabbot. Hannah and Owen spar over piracy, cuisine, and escape attempts in this novel that ranks with the classic pirate stories.

Sarah


Weslandia

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By Paul Fleischman, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763610524
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 1st, 2002

What else is there to do during summer vacation but create a new civilization? Wesley, who's always been a bit of an outsider, does just that -- he grows a staple crop, invents a language, makes his own clothes, and develops a culture, all in his own back yard.

Sarah


The Day the Crayons Quit

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By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399255373
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Published: Philomel Books - June 27th, 2013

What are the crayons in your box thinking? Bet you never considered that question. Did you know, for instance, that yellow and orange are not speaking due to their differences about the color of the sun.  This is a book for anyone who colors, appreciates the work of Oliver Jeffers, or just plain likes to laugh. An original.

Carol


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