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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

By: Nadia Hashimi
Published: ©2014
Pages: 450 (Includes Questions for Discussion)
Total Copies: 11
Genre: Fiction | Historical FictionCultural, Muslim | Regional, Middle East

Description: Kabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can rarely leave the house or attend school. Their only hope lies in the ancient Afghan custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a son until she is of marriageable age. As a boy, she has the kind of freedom that was previously unimaginable … freedom that will transform her forever. But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great-grandmother Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life in the same way — the changes took her on a journey from the deprivation of life in a rural village to the opulence of a king’s palace in the bustling metropolis of Kabul. Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell interweaves the stories of these two remarkable women who are separated by a century but share the same courage and dreams.

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The Anybodies

By: N.E. Bode
Published: ©2004
Pages: 276
Total Copies: 11
Genre: Fiction | Young Adult |  Science Fiction & Fantasy 

Description: Once there was a wonderfully imaginative girl named Fern who was switched at birth and raised by a tragically dull couple, the Drudgers. Fern learns of the mix-up one evening when the Bone (er, her real father) and his “son” show up at her front door. The families decide to unswap the kids for the summer, and Fern sets off on a wild adventure involving thousands of books, giant peaches, lickable wallpaper, and a magical organization called the Anybodies. Who are the Anybodies? Just what is The Art of Being Anybody? And why is a sinister man named the Miser following Fern? In order to find out, you’ll have to read this book!

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The Prince Who Fell from the Sky

By: John Claude Bemis
Published: ©2012
Pages: 259
Total Copies: 13
Genre:  FictionYoung Adult | Science Fiction & Fantasy

Description: In Casseomae’s world, the wolves rule the Forest, and the Forest is everywhere. The animals tell stories of the Skinless Ones, whose cities and roads once covered the earth, but the Skinless disappeared long ago. Casseomae is content to live alone, apart from the other bears in her tribe, until one of the ancients’ sky vehicles crashes to the ground, and from it emerges a Skinless One, a child. Rather than turn him over to the wolves, Casseomae chooses to protect this human cub, to find someplace safe for him to live. But where among the animals will a human child be safe? And is Casseomae threatening the safety of the Forest and all its tribes by protecting him?

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Under the Egg

By: Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Published: ©2014
Pages: 243
Total Copies: 11
Genre:  Fiction | Young Adult | Mysteries & Thrillers

Description: Only two people know about the masterpiece hidden in the Tenpenny home—and one of them is dead. The other is Theodora Tenpenny. When Theo spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what looks like a priceless masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang on to her family’s two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable mother on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. T Here’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and if the painting is as valuable as she thinks it is, then her grandfather wasn’t who she thought he was.

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Carnegie’s Maid

By: Marie Benedict
Published: ©2018
Pages: 281 (Includes Reading Group Guide)
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Historical Fiction

Description: Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. Shen’s not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households. She’s a poor farmer’s daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other Clara Kelley has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home. If she can keep up the ruse, that is. Serving as a lady’s maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills she doesn’t have, answering to the icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh will become famous for, coupled with an uncanny understanding of business, and Andrew begins to rely on her. But Clara can’t let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future—and her family’s.

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By: Marcus Sedgwick
Published: ©2013
Pages: 262
Total Copies: 9
Genre: Fiction | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Ghost & Horror | Young Adult

Description: He recognized Merle’s face. RECOGNIZED. But that’s not possible, because he has never seen her before. In 2073 on the remote and secretive island of Blessed, where rumor has it that no one ages and no children are born, a visitor arrives. He is greeted warmly but something is wrong. Something is hidden on the far side of the island. Something that, as if in a dream, he cannot reach. And so it is that under the light of the waxing and waning moon, seven stories unfold: the story of an archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifacts, of an airman who finds himself far from home, of a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking. And the story of a love so primal and passionate, it slips the bonds of time. This is the story of Midwinterblood.

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By: Sarah Beth Durst
Published: ©2012
Pages: 424
Total Copies: 11
Genre: FictionYoung Adult | Science Fiction & Fantasy

Description: Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. On the chosen day, she dances to summon her tribe’s deity, who will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring the rain. But her goddess never comes. Believing it to be Liyana’s fault, her furious tribe abandons her in the desert where she expects to die, until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her. Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off on a dangerous journey in search of the other forsaken vessels. Not everyone is willing to the believe the trickster god’s tale, but the closer Liyana grows to Korbyn, the less she wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice: she must die so that her tribe can live … unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate—or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

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The Berlin Boxing Club

By: Robert Sharenow
Published: ©2011
Pages: 405
Total Copies: 12
Genre:  FictionYoung Adult | Historical Fiction | War, WWII | Cultural Identity, Jewish | Regional, Europe

Description: Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew; after all, he’s never even been in a synagogue. But the bullies at his school in Nazi-era Berlin don’t care that Karl’s family doesn’t practice religion. Demoralized by their attacks against a heritage he doesn’t accept as his own, Karl longs to prove his worth. Then Max Schmeling, champion boxer and German hero, makes a deal with Karl’s father to give Karl boxing lessons. A skilled cartoonist, Karl has never had an interest in boxing, but now it seems like the perfect chance to reinvent himself. But when Nazi violence against Jews escalates, Karl must take on a new role: family protector. And as Max’s fame forces him to associate with Nazi elites, Karl begins to wonder where his hero’s sympathies truly lie. Can Karl balance his boxing dreams with his obligation to keep his family out of harm’s way?

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The Replacement

By: Brenna Yovanoff
Published: ©2010
Pages: 343
Total Copies: 12
Genre:  FictionScience Fiction & Fantasy | Ghost & HorrorYoung Adult

Description: Mackie is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement—left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, he is slowly dying in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live a normal life, play his bass, and find out more about an oddly intriguing girl named Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, he is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world—or theirs.

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The Girl with Seven Names: Escape From North Korea

By: Hyeonseo Lee
Published: ©2015, 2016
Pages: 304
Total Copies: 15
Genre: Nonfiction | Biographies & MemoirsSocial Issues | Regional, Asia | Cultural, Asian

Description: As a child Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions indoctrinated in North Korea by the world’s most secretive and brutal regime. And yet, having survived the chaos, starvation and repression of the Great Famine, she dared to escape to China in 1997, aged just seventeen. Knowing reprisals for herself and her family would be lethal if she returned, this lonely, vulnerable teenage immigrant tried to make a life for herself on the run. She discovered that a life with no identity, no reason to exist, was no easier than life inside North Korea. Now an acclaimed international campaigner, her brave and remarkable voice testifies to past horrors, and offers the most truthful account of ordinary life in North Korea.

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