August 2014

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780385376525
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - July 22nd, 2014

Two dads, four brothers, and a fair bit of chaos keep the Fletcher family going. From school (Eli was excited about his gifted program until he got there) to crotchety neighbors (who have some good stories) to holidays (especially Halloween), join them for a busy year.

 

Sarah


Nightingales

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780345451880
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade - September 13th, 2005

Gill goes beyond a simple biography of Florence Nightingale to take in the whole extended family, part of the wealthy community of reformers that drove England in the 19th century. The story itself is great, but if you're a fan of detail, read to the end: the notes are almost better than the narrative.

Sarah


The Daughters of Mars

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781476734620
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Washington Square Press - May 6th, 2014

The Daughters of Mars is a moving, meaty story of two Australian sisters who volunteer as nurses during World War 1. I was enthralled from page one with its combo of plot, character and rich historical setting. The women travel from Australia to Egypt to Europe and back again and we see the changing, volatile world through their eyes. This book is a strong and satisfying read that I think lots of readers will love.

Marie


Ask the Passengers

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316194686
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2012

Astrid desperately wants to confide in someone, but her parents aren't the sort of people who you can turn to when you might be falling in love. Instead she watches planes fly overhead and asks questions of the passengers: Did you guys know there's a wrong side and a right side? What do I do now? Why does everything come with a strict definition? Fans of John Green will love this complex novel about a girl struggling to break free from societal expectation.

Rebecca


The Pilot and the Little Prince

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By Peter Sis, Peter Sis (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374380694
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 27th, 2014

This is a perfect example of a picture book that is appropriate for older readers. Peter Sis tells the story of the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, both in extraordinary pictures, and text. Get comfortable and spend time with this incredibly interesting book about an incredibly interesting person. You won’t be sorry.

Carol


The Last Dragonslayer

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780544104716
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - July 2nd, 2013

Jennifer Strange, the no nonsense manager of Kazam employment agency for magicians, her burnt orange VW bug, and her pet quarkbeast (equal parts knife drawer, kitchen blender, and Labrador) have to find a way to save the last dragon of the Ununited Kingdoms from the prophesied last dragonslayer...which might just be Jennifer herself. Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams for a younger set.

 

Mackenzie


Conversion

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ISBN: 9780399167775
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Published: Putnam Publishing Group - July 1st, 2014

A compelling mystery that blends contemporary and historical fiction, Conversion draws from true events both recent and far past. Parallel stories of the Salem witch hysteria and a mysterious illness sweeping through high school senior Colleen's prestigious Catholic school combine to form an absorbing narrative that is chilling, satirical, and at times funny, keeping the reader second guessing what's really going on all the way through.

 

Katie


Elephant Company

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Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781400069330
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Random House - July 15th, 2014

‘Somewhere on the border of Burma and India...carved on a giant teak tree, are the words BANDOOLA BORN 1897, KILLED IN ACTION 1944.’ Billy Williams, the war hero known as Elephant Bill, said elephants  made him a better man. He loved and trained  them, worked beside them as they carried supplies, built bridges, and transported the sick through WW1 in Burma, and especially mourned Bandoola’s death as an old friend. ELEPHANT COMPANY  is an inspirational war epic; part history, part wildlife adventure, and part biography – all of it poignant and fascinating.

Megan



The Beekeeper's Apprentice

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780312427368
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Picador USA - October 2nd, 2007

Sherlock Holmes meets his match in the brilliant and bold Mary Russel, a philosophy student with a penchant for detecting. A great historical mystery featuring an unforgettable heroine, an aging Sherlock, and a spot-on Doyle-esque voice. Why read this? It's elementary.

Mackenzie


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