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Second Chances by Leigh Brown and Victoria Corliss

Ages 18+

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Pashmina is an author who left her family long ago in order to make a fresh start for herself. Amelia, Pashmina’s young editor is ecstatic to be working for her on her successful mystery series. She and her boyfriend Tim become a big part of Pashmina’s life, and soon all three of their lives become intertwined and secrets are revealed that they never thought would surface.

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The Pie Sisters by Leigh Brown and Victoria Corliss

Ages 18+

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Sisters Shelby, Yeardley and Lily Lane are beginning to feel that their every day lives are mundane, so when they get invited to their aunt Nola’s cottage by the lake for a birthday celebration, they jump at the chance to get away. It has been a long while since they’ve traveled there, and to them it feels like a homecoming. They are looking forward to reconnecting with family¬†and each other.

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Lost by Jacqueline Davies

 

Grades 9-12

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Seventeen-year-old Essie is a Jewish girl living in Manhattan in 1911. She is unable to take care of her six-year-old sister, Zelda, because she has a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. At the factory, she befriends the new girl, Harriet. She relates to her on a deeper level, because she realizes that Harriet is sad, lonely and lost. We see Essie navigate through her own loss and tragedy as the author alternates between the past and the present, weaving the story together like an intricate web.

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Devil In a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

Ages 18+

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It’s Los Angeles in the 1940s and black war veteran Easy Rawlins has just been fired from his defense plant job. He is drinking his problems away at his friend’s bar when a white man walks in. The man offers Easy money if he can find Daphne Monet, a woman who is known to hang around jazz clubs. To Easy, it seems simple enough, but is there a catch? Find out in this first book of Mosley’s series featuring Easy Rawlins.

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Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life by Jeff Wisler

Ages 14+

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Wisler chronicles Hamilton’s life by taking lessons and advice that we can learn from everything he did and the way he lived his own life. Hamilton was a scrappy orphan who had an insatiable hunger for learning. He read everything he could get his hands on, and then he wrote as much as he could. Helping win the Revolutionary War, ratifying the Constitution and creating the country’s financial system were just some of the things that Alexander Hamilton accomplished. Wisler explains Hamilton’s basic maxims, as Hamilton liked to say, for anyone who wants success in money, romance or a good fight. Hamilton was a man before his time, and people of all generations will learn from him for years to come.

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Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson

Grades 3-6

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Students remember their teachers – the good ones, the bad ones and the so-so ones, but it’s the great ones that they remember the most. For her students, Ms. Bixby is one of the great ones. Topher, Brand and Steve are devastated when Ms. Bixby announces that she won’t be able to finish out the school year because she is very sick. When they learn this, they hatch a plan. Each student narrates part of the story, and we learn just how special Ms. Bixby is to them.

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Moo by Sharon Creech

Grades 3-6

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From the author who wrote Love That Dog and Hate That Cat¬†comes Moo, her newest novel in a mix of poetry and prose. When Reena’s family moves from the city to rural Maine, at first, she doesn’t know what to expect. Instead of exploring all Maine has to offer, including delicious lobster and blueberries, Reena and her brother Luke are forced to work for their neighbor Mrs. Falala and care for her farm animals, including her stubborn Cow, Zora. This story teaches us that our lives can change for the better if we’re open to it.