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What was mine : a novel book cover
What was mine : a novel book cover

What was mine : a novel

Helen Klein Ross

FICTION Ross Helen
Suspense

"Simply told but deeply affecting, this urgent novel unravels the heartrending yet unsentimental tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore--and gets away with it for twenty-one years"--

Twenty-one years ago, Lucy did the unthinkable. She took a baby that was not hers and raised the baby as her own. The baby, Mia, had a great childhood. But what about the family she was taken from? What about their lives? Lucy’s actions affected more than her, they affected her more than Mia, and this book tells their stories. I could not stop reading! -Meredith

Bunk 9's guide to growing up : secrets, tips, and expert advice on the good, the bad, & the awkward : all about your changing body from the girls of Camp Silver Moon book cover
Bunk 9's guide to growing up : secrets, tips, and expert advice on the good, the bad, & the awkward : all about your changing body from the girls of Camp Silver Moon book cover

Bunk 9's guide to growing up : secrets, tips, and expert advice on the good, the bad, & the awkward : all about your changing body from the girls of Camp Silver Moon

Adah Nuchi

j612.661 Nuchi
Kids, Nonfiction, Health, Self Help

This girl-powered book about puberty is written in the voice of counselors in training at the fictional Camp Silver Moon. This fictionalized nonfiction diary-style guide follows nine 12-year-old girls at a summer camp is like having a best friend or older sister who shares everything there is to know about being comfortable in your changing body so you can survive and thrive through puberty.

The chatty diary entry vibe of this book about growing up makes the information it contains instantly accessible. Covering the sometimes embarrassing questions girls have about their bodies (and others bodies) this is a great resource to give to any girl heading into puberty. -Morgan

Final girls : a novel book cover
Final girls : a novel book cover

Final girls : a novel

Riley Sager

FICTION Sager Riley
Suspense

Emerging as the lone survivor of a serial killer's massacre a decade earlier, Quincy Carpenter struggles to ignore traumatic memories and move on as one of a group of other survivors who look to her for answers when one of them is found dead in a suspicious suicide.

This was one of those book that grabbed me from the beginning and never let go. Every time I thought I had things figured out, there was a twist and my plan to stop reading and do something else would be tossed aside “for just one more chapter." -Meredith

Frog music : a novel book cover
Frog music : a novel book cover

Frog music : a novel

Emma Donoghue

FICTION Donoghue Emma
Historical Fiction

"Emma Donoghue's explosive new novel, based on an unsolved murder in 1876 San Francisco. Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts. In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other"--

Set during a heatwave in 1876 San Francisco, Blanche, a French emigre, burlesque dancer, lady of the night, and new mother must deal with an inconvenient question put forth by what seems now an inconvenient friend. The question, "do you trust the person caring for your child?," sets forth a series of terrible incidents ultimately leading to Blanche's friend's death. Who is the murderer? Donoghue's book is packed with action, free-love (and not so free-love), a vibrant, growing city, and interesting characters. A good book for the summer. -Anne M

Speak : the graphic novel book cover
Speak : the graphic novel book cover

Speak : the graphic novel

Laurie Halse Anderson

GRAPHIC NOVEL Anderson
Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Fiction

"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless--an outcast--because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her.

Emily Carroll was the perfect artist to adapt Anderson's original novel. Her art has an edgy, raw aesthetic that effectively translates the haunting story of sexual assault, shame and high school life to the graphic novel format. The many wordless panels intensify the painful silences that Melinda endures, making the words she does speak even more powerful. A must read for all comics fans. -Morgan

Revolting rhymes book cover
Revolting rhymes book cover

Revolting rhymes

jDVD FICTION Revolting
Animation, Kids

Revolting Rhymes mixes the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood; Snow White; The Three Little Pigs; Jack and the Beanstalk; and Cinderella, and then serves them with a mischievous twist.

This Oscar-nominated short film is a superb interpretation of Roald Dahl's book of the same name. I loved the intertwining of the stories and the context of the Big Bad Wolf's narration. Children and adults will both enjoy the see-saw between absurd and dark humor. -Morgan

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