Chris's Picks

China Dolls (Hardcover)

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780812992892
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Published: Random House, 6/2014
Chris's July 2014 Staff Pick: Lisa See is one of my favorite authors. She does such a wonderful job of transporting you to another world that is so colorful and full of emotion. She is still true to her writing style in her my recent book China Dolls. China Dolls is the story of three young women in California in the year 1938. Grace who is running away from a difficult family situation, comes to San Francisco to find herself and learns along the way that she knows nothing of her Chinese roots. Helen, who was raised in true Chinese culture, even though she is an American citizen by birth, is longing to see what's outside her family's compound. Ruby, who is more of a free spirit, comes to San Francisco to try to pass. She's Japanese. And with tensions between China and Japan heightening, nobody wants to have anything to do with anyone of Japanese decent. These three girls all happen to cross paths and a friend ship starts to develop, each one seeking something else from the other. The story just flows and is beautifully written.

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062290366
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Published: Harper, 7/2014
Chris's July 2014 Staff Pick: Kelsea Raleigh Glynn was raised to be Queen. She has known this since she was little, but she was raise in exile and has never really seen the outside world. Her world changes the day the soldiers come to bring her back to the castle. Kelsea comes to realize what it means to be Queen the first day she enters her new home. All the things that she has been taught as a child only bring up more questions about her kingdom. This is a great book for fans of George R.R. Martins Song of Fire and Ice

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062223975
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Published: HarperCollins, 6/2014
Chris's July 2014 Staff Pick: Everyone knows that the first day of anything can be hard. A new place, new people, and new things to see and do. So when it’s Chu’s first day of school, he doesn’t know what to expect. This is a great book for kids on their way to any first thing.

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780805099232
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 7/2014
Chris's July 2014 Staff Pick: When Lia decides to run away on her wedding day from a man that she had never met, her friend Pauline comes along. But not only did she run from her family, she ran from her duties as a first Daughter to the king. Now she and Pauline must out smart an assassin and an unknown man sent to hunt them down. How far will they have to go to hide from their pasts.

Dog vs. Cat (Hardcover)

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780316238014
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 5/2014
Chris's June 2014 Staff Pick: What happens when two people each bring home and new pet and they have to share the only room available? And as we all know dogs and cats have a long history of not liking each other. This is their story of how to become friends. The illustrations are so colorful and help tell the story so well.

$28.99
ISBN-13: 9780062218339
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Published: William Morrow & Company, 5/2014
Chris's June 2014 Staff Pick: Just like their other two books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, the author write about economics is such a fun and insightful manner that just about anybody can understand it. Their understanding into how to think outside the box will make you rethink just about any question. This book is wonderfully brainy; will make you think, so take that 5 minutes and do it and see where your mind will take you. This is so worth the read!!

V is for Villain (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781423157496
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Published: Disney-Hyperion, 5/2014
Chris's June 2014 Staff Pick: Brad is a normal kid growing up in the world of super heroes. His dad was one, his brother is one, how can he live up to that pressure when he doesn’t seem to have any super powers. And to make things worse he is transferred to the A-program, he finds that he might fit in after all with this new group of kids that have more of a mind for the political side of super heroes. This book is fun and wonderful, while it still stands by its morals. It is a must read for all teens.

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780763666798
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Published: Candlewick, 4/2014
Chris's June 2014 Staff Pick: This book is so much fun to read, especially aloud. Neigh Neigh Baa Baa Moo Moo Tweet Honk Honk Oink Oink Arf Cheep Eek All the animals sneak out for a day of fun, but have to make it home before the farmer does. The illustrations are wonderful and bright.

Dorothy Must Die (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062280671
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Published: Harper Torch, 4/2014
Chris's April 2014 Staff Pick: Who’d ever thought that the Wizard of Oz was a true story. certainly not Amy. But when her Kansas home was taken way by a tornado and landed in a wield land where things were not what they seemed to be. But this story is already taken by Dorothy. But Dorothy came back and took over. Oz is not what Oz used to be. Now it’s up to Amy to find away to take down Dorothy. I love books where you love to hate the characters. Dorothy has become such a evil character that you have to hate her, and find out id she dies or not.

Salvage (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780062220141
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 4/2014
Chris's April 2014 Staff Pick: Named by the American Booksellers Association as a Spring 2014 Indies Introduce Pick Salvage is a great teen sci-fi. Ava is one of many women aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata. When she finds that she is to be married to another captain, she takes things into her own hands (a first for her) and runs away. She finds herself on Gyre, and floating trash heap in the pacific ocean. Ava now has to learn to stand up for herself. And find away to get of the trash heap. I really loved this book. I thought Alexandra’s characters are wonderful and you just get sucked into the story.

The Winter Horses (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385755436
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 3/2014
Chris's April 2014 Staff Pick: In the mists of World War II, Kalinka, a Ukrainian Jewish girl on the run from the Nazis, finds unlikely help from two rare Przewalski horses. She meets Max and with his help and the help of her new friends (two horses and a dog) she has to cross the Ukraine in the middle of winter. Philip Kerr is best known for his Bernie Gunther Novels, which are set in World War II also, Philip is able to take his history and make a wonderful teen story. If you have read Book Thief and Between the Shades of Grey you will like this too!

Into the Still Blue (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062072092
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers, 1/2014
Chris's April 2014 Staff Pick: This is book 3 in the Under the Never Sky Trilogy. Aria and Perry have to find a way to make it work, with the sky falling apart, and the Tides in limbo, and Hess and Sable out to destroy most of the world. Will love last, if the world stops? Veronica Rossi has created a wonderful series of books. I couldn’t put any of them down.

While Beauty Slept (Hardcover)

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780399166235
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 2/2014
Chris's March 2014 Staff Pick: This is a fantastic read. I couldn’t put it down. This is Elizabeth Blackwell’s debut novel of Sleeping Beauty from the point of view of a servant, Elise. She comes to the castle as young girl who is destitute and becomes friends with the Queen. She lives a good life, though she is always looking over her shoulder for the “evil” Millicent. It has all the makings of a great fairy tale, romance, an evil villain, and a happily ever after.

$9.00
ISBN-13: 9780316125970
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2/2014
Chris's March 2014 Staff Pick: Young Rendi has seen many things change in his home of Village of Clear Sky, so he runs away to try and find the answers to the changes. He finds guidance from an elderly lady who is a storyteller. Starry River of the Sky is so heartfelt and wonderful that it is a must read not only for young readers, but is a great read a loud book for adults and children to share. Included are wonderful pictures that help tell the story.

The Shadow Throne (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780545284172
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Published: Scholastic Press, 2/2014
Chris's March 2014 Staff Pick: This is the conclusion to Ascendance Trilogy. Jaron has to go to war to save his country. With all this friends at different ends of the country will they come back in time to help him save himself and Imogen. I love Jennifer’s writing. This is a fast paced, great action/adventure series. Great for preteen boys.

Independent Study (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780547959207
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1/2014
Chris's February 2014 Staff Pick: Independent Study is the second book in the in the “The Testing series”. Cia now has to come to terms with the actions that she had to take to pass and how to use them to pass the next test at the university. Who are her friends and how far will she be able to take her relationship with Thomas. This is a great second book and keeps you reading and wanting more from books three.

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780812981605
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1/2014
Chris's February 2014 Staff Pick: There are so many things that we have ingrained into our daily lives, that we never stop to think where that habit came from. There are some habits that are good, exercising regularly, types of food that we eat, to what time we get up and go to sleep. All these things can help us in achieving success at work. Duhigg also address all those other habits that might need to change or go away to help improve our lives. This a great read for everyone. Duhigg makes it easy to understand and thought provoking to keep you interested all through the book.

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780385536493
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Published: Doubleday, 2/2014
Chris's February 2014 Staff Pick: When Alice runs away from her family’s farm to work as a mill girl in the cotton factories of Lowell, she finds friendships that she has never had. She also steps up for what is the beginning of workers rights at the start of the industrial revolution. If you love Sandra Dallas you will love Kate Alcott too!!

$29.99
ISBN-13: 9780062107312
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Published: Ecco Press, 11/2013
Chris's February 2014 Staff Pick: Amy Tan does a wonderful job of taking you to all the fantastic places in her books. This one is the story of Violet, a young girl exposed to the courtesan world at a early age and Magic Gourd, a courtesan. They form a bound tighter than sisterhood. They cross many mountains and many years, before the story comes full circle. Valley of Amazement is so moving and beautifully written.

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780670786152
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 9/2013
Chris's February 2014 Staff Pick: Judith was a young girl in colonial America, in the small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago she disappeared. When she returns her whole world is very different. She has no way to tell her story, until one day Maria befriends Judith, again. Maria teaches Judith how to talk again. In her struggles to communicate, Judith has to come face to face with her past and hope that is saves Roswell Station from attack. I loved this book! I loved the way that it is written. There are no true chapters, but Judith’s thoughts. It is gripping and very well written.

Allegiant (Hardcover)

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9780062024060
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 10/2013
Chris's November 2013 Staff Pick: This is the final installment in the Divergent Series. I loved this series!! I loved the morals and the dilemmas of the characters: not who is evil but which is the lesser of two evils. This book made me feel an array of emotion as I read it. The ups and downs of Tris and Four. It has a heartfelt ending, albeit not all that happy. It is a must read!!!

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781250037756
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Published: Picador, 9/2013
Chris's November 2013 Staff Pick: When Clay is getting to the desperation point of finding a job, he just happens to walk by the 24 hour bookstore. With very few questions asked by Mr. Penumbra, he is given the job of “bookseller...” sort of. Not all the books are for sale, some are just for lone. Clay then finds that he has to solve the mystery of the Unbroken Spine too using modern technology, such as searching Google for anything and everything… Or can you? This book is so much fun; the characters are so real and life-like; and their quest just makes the book one that I couldn’t put down.

The Outcasts (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780316206129
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013
Chris's November 2013 Staff Pick: The Outcasts is the story of Lucinda Carter who seeks a new life away from prostitution and Nate Cannon who is Texas policemen looking to help tame the wild Texas countryside. Along the way there is a hunt for treasure in the bayou. Kathleen Kent writes a wonder cast of charters all so full of life and good old fashioned western values.

Fallen Women (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9781250030931
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Published: St. Martin's Press, 10/2013
Chris's November 2013 Staff Pick: I just love Sandra Dallas’ books. She puts so much of Colorado into them that they just fly by and you cannot put them down. Though she does tackle some very hard subjects, and this is one of them, she puts some much heart and feeling into them that they are great reads. Fallen Women is a story that is so much more than prostitution, it’s the story of sisterhood and friendship that women in hard times build.

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780545284141
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks, 2/2013
Chris's November 2013 Staff Pick: How far would you go to become a prince? When Sage is picked up off the street for steeling and forced to go with Connor, he finds out Connor has a grand scheme to make one the orphan boys prince of Carthya. This is fast book, with an ending that says must read on to books number two!

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545284158
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Published: Scholastic Press, 3/2013
Chris's November 2013 Staff Pick: The Run Away King is the second book in The Ascendance Trilogy. Jennifer continues the story of the “false prince” but now there are pirates and action and more action. I just love the characters, and the voice of “Sage”. This really is a great middle reader series. Book three comes out in February and I can’t wait to read it too.

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442497818
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 8/2013
Chris's October 2013 Staff Pick: This was such a touching story and written so well for children. There are so many things that happened to so many people in WWII that it’s wonderful to read a story that has a happy ending. Leon was able to describe the things he had to survive, without it being too graphic, but still holding onto all the emotions of the events. This is something that shouldn’t be swept under the rug and if it never happened. This really is a must read for everyone!!

Katerina's Wish (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781442433434
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 8/2012
Chris's October 2013 Staff Pick: When Katerina’s family moves to America, her whole world is changed. She is old enough to realize that her father’s dreams may never come true and that he may have to work in the mine forever. But her heart is set on helping him. She must learn along the way who she really is and what strength she has. This is a great coming of age story for middle school girls.

The Fall of Five (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780061974618
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers, 8/2013
Chris's October 2013 Staff Pick: The next chapter in the story of Loren Legacies continues with some new members, and some returning ones. The Garde have finally had a moment to regroup, and then a new member shows up, Five. Now are they ready to defeat the Mogadorians? Pittacus, who is he? Just the author or does he have a bigger part to play in the story?

Scorched (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781402284588
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire, 9/2013
Chris's October 2013 Staff Pick: Trinity has no idea how much her world is about to change when her grandfather brings home a gift for her. What would you do with a dragon egg and two boys who are trying to tell you what to do with that egg? Trinity now has to choose between them and the future of the world as we know it. This is a fast paced, fun action story.

Dark Triumph (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780547628387
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 4/2013
Chris's September 2013 Staff Pick: The adventure of the Fair Assassins continues, this time with Sybellas’ story. She has a much darker past than some of her Assassin sisters. Sybella must overcome her dark ghosts and help keep the Duchess safe. But she must also learn to love... The Fair Assassins Series is based on real people and events in French history. The second book is just as much a page turner as the first one.

Stormbringers (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442476875
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Published: Simon Pulse, 6/2013
Chris's September 2013 Staff Pick: The journey continues for Luca and Isolde, as they come to face with another challenge. This time his name is Johann and he brings an army of children with him on the way to the Holy Land. Isolde now must choose between the two boys and follow her heart. One of the young men may lead her down a dark path...

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780670023660
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books, 8/2013
Chris's September 2013 Staff Pick: Nora’s world is turned upside down when she takes a walk in the woods behind her rented cabin and finds herself in a beautiful world where everything is perfect. But things change fast when magic is involved. Nora must learn to trust this new world and look deeper into herself to make the leap home. If you liked Discovery of Witches, this is the next must read! Emily Croy Barker is a wonderful debut author. I can’t wait to read more by her.

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780061995354
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Published: Ecco Press, 8/2013
Chris's September 2013 Staff Pick: Emil, a strong young bureaucrat in Stockholm, has fallen for the latest craze: fortune telling. He finds himself in Mrs. Sofia Sparrow's gaming house. She reads him his Octavo and this sends him on his quest to find eight people that will change his future. But this may also change the fate of Europe and the French Revolution! What a great read for those who enjoy history with a twist!!

Siege and Storm (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780805094602
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 6/2013
Chris's September 2013 Staff Pick: This is the second book in Grisha Triolgy. Alina in on the run, having overcome the most powerful Darkling. She must learn what the value of life really is and when power is not enough, or when it's too much to save the ones that you love. I loved this book as much as the first one. Leigh Bardugo, the author, gives a wonderul description of the land so that you feel as you are right there.

The White Princess (Hardcover)

$27.99
ISBN-13: 9781451626094
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Published: Touchstone, 8/2013
Chris's September 2013 Staff Pick: The Tudors have finally made it the throne and two houses come together, to bring England peace in the series of the Cousins War, or the War of the Roses. The author does a wonderful job of taking you to that time and place so far back in history. The tale of the Tudors is dark and full of lies and deceit, but make great reading.

True Sisters (Paperback)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781250005038
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 5/2013
Chris's July 2013 Staff Pick: Sandra Dallas does such a wonderful job of taking you back in time. True Sisters is the story of four women who become sisters when crossing the vast American wilderness on their way to the “Promisedland” in Utah. Sandra is by far one of my favorite authors of Colorado history.

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780670784899
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 6/2013
Chris's July 2013 Staff Pick: This a great kids story of how far friendship will go. The wonderful illustrations fill each page with such color and warm feelings that you just have to finish the story. Deborah is also the author/illustrator of Blue Chicken.

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780374123666
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 6/2012
Chris's July 2013 Staff Pick: What a great summer fun read. Take an adventure on the high seas from the point of view of a kidnapped chef. Learn to to cook using the most basic of ships food, but watch out for the captain, she will keep you on your toes or you will die. This is so much fun!!!

Throne of Glass (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781619630345
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 5/2013
Chris's June 2013 Staff Pick: Celaena’s adventure is far from the beginning, when she is released from prison to addend the king. He is holding a tournament to find the next Kings Champion. I loved this very strong female character. She not only has to win but she has to find herself along the way.

Shadow and Bone (Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781250027436
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Published: Square Fish, 5/2013
Chris's June 2013 Staff Pick: In the far off land of Ravka, Alina has to become a Grisha and go to court to be trained in magic (with what seems like a Russian twist). She has to leave all she knows behind, especially her best friend Mal. This is a fast paced read and I am eagerly waiting book 2.

The 5th Wave (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780399162411
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 5/2013
Chris's June 2013 Staff Pick:  In a dystopian world like any other, the 5th wave is coming and Cassie is learning to tell the difference between them and the remaining humans. This is an electrifying read. I loved the way Rick Yancey pulls you right in and doesn’t let you go until the very last page.

The Testing (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780547959108
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 6/2013
Chris's June 2013 Staff Pick: If you loved Hunger Games and Divergent…Then this is the next book that you should read. It takes you to new depths in what we can go though to improve our world and the kinds of values that go along with that. How far will you go to keep your memory?

The Dark (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780316187480
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2013
Chris's June 2013 Staff Pick:  This is a great story for those kids that don’t like the dark. Laszlo is given the best gift all by the one thing that he doesn’t like. The illustrations by Jon Klassen are wonderful.

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062110831
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Published: Harper, 4/2013
Chris's May 2013 Staff Pick: What a wonderful debut author. This book is filled with so many intriguing characters that you just want to jump into the book. Golem and the Jinni are two mystic creatures that some how wind up in New York at the turn of the 19th century. Neither one knowing much about what the modern world is like. They have many trails and tribulations before they can find one another.

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9781451617528
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Published: Touchstone, 3/2013
Chris's May 2013 Staff Pick: There are so many aspects of World War II that are never talked about, that any insight is wonderful. The Girls of Atomic City is about all the women that went to work on the Atomic Bomb. These are women that stepped up to help their country at it’s greatest time of need. They moved to Oak Ridge TN, where the government build a city overnight for this project. Denise interviewed many of the women that are still alive for this wonderful book. The things that women can do when they put their mind to it.

Taken (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780062117267
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Published: Harper Teen, 4/2013
Chris's May 2013 Staff Pick: If you liked Maze Runner, you will like this. In a world in which you cannot go past the wall with out dying and having to be slated to some girl, who might get pregant, what are your other options? This book gives a guys point of view of being a teenage father. (There are so few of those.) But also not having the choice to be there to raise the child, for when they turn 18 they are heisted. I can't wait for more.

The Painted Girls (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781594486241
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 1/2013

Chris's February 2013 Staff Pick: This breathtaking novel tells the story of the three van Goethem sisters. In 1878 there isn’t much work for young girls and after the death of their father if figure out that if they want to eat and keep their home they are the ones that have to find work.

Antoinette has to deciede between honest work as a laundress or Parisian demimonde, which is more profitable but not so honest.

Marie, the middle child, goes to the Opera to become a ballerina, where she winds up modeling for Degas. Charlotte, the littlest sister, who wants to help out but isn’t really of an age yet. Cathy describes this era with such passion and detale.


Falling Kingdoms (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781595145840
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Published: Razorbill, 12/2012
Chris's February 2013 Staff Pick: In a kingdom that is at peace with it neighbors because magic has been banned, magic has started to creep in over the boarders. Cleo has gone against her family’s wishes and gone across the board. She now finds herself on a quest to find magic. Jonas has taken a stance against his countries injustices. He now finds himself at the start of a revolution. Lucia has started to suspect that she has magic in her blood. Magnus has to come to terms about who he is. This is a gripping tale of four young people that have the will power to change everybody’s lives.

Pirate Latitudes (Hardcover)

$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780061929373
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Published: Harper, 12/2009
Chris's February 2013 Staff Pick: Unlike all of Michael Crichton’s other books, there is no science, no far out or lost creatures, nothing out of the ordinary. Only pirates, sword fights, buried treasure, and of course damsels in distress. It’s a fast paced, fun adventure book, for those moments when you just need to get away.

Finding Camlann (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780393240153
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 1/2013
Chris's February 2013 Staff Pick: There is so much mystery around the tale of King Author and the Knights of the Round Table, that how can it really be true? Donald Gladstone has set his sights on trying to prove that Author was real. Julia Llewellyn who works for the Oxford English Dictionary, is pulled into the search with Donald. They have a chance meeting again after many years of separation. And find clues that lead them on the adventure of their lives.

Black City (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399159435
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 11/2012
Chris's February 2013 Staff Pick: Natalie lives in a world that has a combination of people and non people called Darklings. They are not quit vampires but blood plays a big part in their lives. Natalie now has to come to grips with her privilege world changing. Her father was just murdered by Darkling (the things from the other side of the tracks). And she has also fallen in love with one named Ash. Now, Ash has to choose too. Does he keep to his world or step into Natalie’s.

The Ruins of Lace (Paperback)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781402268038
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark, 10/2012
Chris's February 2013 Staff Pick: This is a compelling tale of the legacy of lace, from its making to its role in the hierarchy of Europe. Katharina is given to a nunnery at a young age to make lace. Her sister tries for years to buy her freedom. Lisette uses lace to outwit the nobles. And the Dog smuggles it in.

City of Dark Magic (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780143122685
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Published: Penguin Books, 11/2012
Chris's February 2013 Staff Pick: Sarah Weston has taken a summer job in Prague with the Lobkowicz family. They are trying to acquire all their old treasures that either the Nazi’s or the Communists stole over the years and put them in a museum. Sarah is a classical music student but truly in love with music of Beethoven. Prague is an old city filled with culture and history. It is also rumored to have gate ways to both magic and hell. I fell in love with the way the author uses her passion for music.

The Ruins of Lace (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781402268038
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark, 10/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): The Ruins of Lace is a fascinating historical fiction story about the not only the hardships of making the lace, but of all the political intrigue behind its black market sales. The characters all have such depth and their stories come together so well. My favorite character is the lace smuggling dog.

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780316125956
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 10/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): Young Rendi has seen many things change in his home of Village of Clear Sky, so he runs away to try and find the answers to the changes. He finds guidance from an elderly lady who is a storyteller. Starry River of the Sky is so heartfelt and wonderful that it is a must read not only for young readers, but is a great read a loud book for adults and children to share. Included are wonderful pictures that help tell the story.

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399257858
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 5/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): Eggburt is the young child that lives on an island with only his father, older siblings and pirates. When Eggs' father takes them to the other island and then disappears with his sibling, Egg is left alone. He finds himself in a mansion with a new family that seems perfect. He soon learns that wants him dead, and to claim his home island of Deadweather. Egg takes off on a journey to not only save himself but this home. Along the way he meets Millicent and a one handed cabin boy that help him conquer pirates, bad weather and villainous businessmen. This book is a great adventure read and is going to be a series. So look for more books coming soon.

Shadow of Night (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780670023486
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Published: Viking Adult, 7/2012
T Chris's Staff Pick (2012): he tale of Diana Bishop and Matthew continue in 1590. After the time walk Diana finds herself in a whole new world. No matter how much she has read about the past, nothing compares to living in it. She finds all new challenges with just trying to fit in with her husband's old friends, The School of Night. One of the obstacles that Diana has to overcome is how to control her powers; especially in a time where witches are hunted. And the mystery of Ashmore 782 is still unsolved. Deborah brings the famous characters of the School of Night to life in her second book; along with keeping the love story of Diana and Matthew alive.

The Mirrored World (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780061231452
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Published: Harper, 8/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): Xenia is coming of age in the court of Catherine the Great. She watches as her sister and cousin are married off to older men that they do not love. She is fortunate to marry the man that she loves. But as tragedy strikes, Xenia finds herself trudging through life in her husbands old closes and helping the poor. This is a very moving story of the patron saint of St. Petersburg.

False Memory (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781423149767
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Published: Disney-Hyperion, 8/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): What would you do if you woke up in a strange place and new nothing about what's going on around you? How far would you search to find the answers to your past? Dan puts a new twist on the dystopian society and the possible side effects of cloning. This is a fast pasted action story with characters that you just love, and some that make it so easy to hate. But they offset each other so nicely.

The Rise of Nine (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780061974588
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Published: HarperCollins, 8/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): This action packed story continues. But now the story is told by four different people. Lore does such a great job of bringing all the characters together to keep the story rolling. He also loves to throw a new twist in. Lore's story line is so addicting that you just want to keep reading.

Shadow of Night (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780670023486
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Published: Viking Adult, 7/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): The tale of Diana Bishop and Matthew continue in 1590. After the time walk Diana finds herself in a whole new world. No matter how much she has read about the past, nothing compares to living in it. She finds all new challenges with just trying to fit in with her husband’s old friends, The School of Night. One of the obstacles that Diana has to overcome is how to control her powers; especially in a time where witches are hunted. And the mystery of Ashmore 782 is still unsolved. Deborah brings the famous characters of the School of Night to life in her second book; along with keeping the love story of Diana and Matthew alive.

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399257858
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 5/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): Eggburt is the young child that lives on an island with only his father, older siblings and pirates. When Eggs’ father takes them to the other island and then disappears with his sibling, Egg is left alone. He finds himself in a mansion with a new family that seems perfect. He soon learns that wants him dead, and to claim his home island of Deadweather. Egg takes off on a journey to not only save himself but this home. Along the way he meets Millicent and a one handed cabin boy that help him conquer pirates, bad weather and villainous businessmen. This book is a great adventure read and is going to be a series. So look for more books coming soon.

$28.00
ISBN-13: 9781400069286
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Published: Random House, 3/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): The Power of Habit takes a inside look into why people have habits. Whether they are good or bad. Duhigg gives many examples of both personal habits and habits that have been implemented into businesses that have let to change and productivity. There have been hundreds of ways to back habits, but it’s not about backing them but changing them and the mind set that goes with them. It puts into new light everything that a person does and makes them rethink some of their Habits. It is a very intriguing read. Everybody should read it.

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780307389046
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Published: Vintage, 5/2011
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): The grisly rampage of a man-eating Amur, or Siberian, tiger and the effort to trap it frame this suspenseful and majestically narrated introduction to a world that few people, even Russians, are familiar with. Vaillant has filled his story with amazing history and emotions that run deep. The Tiger is also about conservation and animal protection in the 21st century.

Shadow and Bone (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780805094596
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 6/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protg of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold. Other great books that this reader might like are: Great and Terrible Beauty By Libba Bray Grave Mercy By Robin Lafevers

Changeling (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781442453449
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Published: Simon Pulse, 5/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): In 1453, seventeen-year-old Luca Vero, accused of heresy and expelled from his monastery, is recruited to help investigate evil across Europe but frees his first subject, Isolde, from captivity in a nunnery, and together they seek the one who defends the boundaries of Christendom and holds the secrets of the Order of Darkness.

True Sisters (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781250005021
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Published: St. Martin's Press, 4/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): Sandra Dallas does an excellent job to telling the story of four women who come to the United States with the Mormons and travel cross country by handcart with the Martin Company. Each women has her own story of family and how she came to this moment in time. But when the women start to face unspeakable hardships on the trail, they must bond with each other or loose everything.

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062117434
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Published: Walden Pond Press, 5/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): “Prince Charming is afraif of old Ladies.” What a great way to start a book. This is the story of four princes…All named Prince Charming. They are the princes of Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel. They are Liam, Frederic, Duncan and Gustav. These mem now have to go on a quest to save themselves after they have been put aside by their respective princesses. Healy is a wonderful story teller and his book is so much fun to read. Especially aloud to younger readers.

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780547628349
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 4/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): Ismea is coming of age in the fifthteenth century. but because if her station in life she doesn’t have anywhere to go but to her new husbands house. as events start to unfold, her life takes a new path. she is choosen to be a sister of the convent of st. mortain, where she is trained to be an assassin. this book is action packed and a hint of romance and a twist of moral issues.

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ISBN-13: 9780553808124
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Published: Bantam, 12/2011
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): At the tender age of 15, varvara’s father dies and she is then in the employ of the empress elizabeth of russia. she soon learns what’s like to be a lonely servant, and takes the steps needed to move up in the racks. varvara becomes a spy for count bestuzhev, the chancellor, and a friend of sophie who is destined to become the indomitable catherine the great. this is a wonderfully told story of the rise on one of the greatest women leaders of all time, through the eyes of a spy.

Under the Never Sky (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780062072030
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Published: HarperCollins, 1/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): After an explosion in one the pods, aria is exiled to the outside world. away from everything she sees through her smarteye and her realms that she can travel too, aria now has to face life with no handouts. she must learn to except help from perry, who is everything that she fears. In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

The Dressmaker (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385535588
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Published: Doubleday, 2/2012
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): Tess, in her flight from England and maid service, fortunately or unfortunately as the case may be,is hired on at the last minute by Lady Gordon Duff. Who, at the time of 1912 is a famous designer and is about to board the Titanic. Tess has always wanted to be a seamstress, and this is the change of a life time. but after the ship sinks and they do make it to America, Tess is thrown into all the inquires of the sinking. Does she defend her employers actions? And along the way she has met two very different men, the sailor and the rich man. Who should she choose? This book was so much fun to read!

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780312593698
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Published: Feiwel & Friends, 10/2011
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): This is a wonderful story about a family during World War II and how they acquire a pet elephant. As told by an old women’s point of view…she is sharing her story with an other young man who comes to visit her in the senior center. This book is a joy to read.

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399254123
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Published: Philomel, 3/2011
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): When Stalin invaded the Baltic States during World War II, Lina was just a young girl with her whole world before her. Before long she was shipped out with her Mother and brother to the other side of Russia to work in labor camps. There travels took them all the way to the arctic where she and others lived for years until they were released. This is not an event that is discussed much in history and few people know about now. This was an eye opening book about a young girls determination to survive what ever Soviets threw at her.

$9.00
ISBN-13: 9780316038638
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2011
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): This is a wonderful tale of a young Chinese girl named Minli. She sets off on an adventure to improve not only her families fortune, but the fortune of her village. She goes off to the find the Old Man of the moon who has all the answers. As she travels along she meet some very special friends that help her on her way. Each one brings new meaning to her life.

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780062012098
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Published: Harper, 2/2011
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): When Yakob sets off on an a business trip to Stamboul to sell his rugs, his young prodigy of a daughter stows away on the ship. Books, backgammon, beautiful dresses and shoes, markets swarming with color and life—the imperial capital overflows with elegance, and mystery. For in the narrow streets of Stamboul—a city at the crossroads of the world—intrigue and gossip are currency, and people are not always what they seem. What is to happen with the events of the day when Eleonora meets the Sultan Abdulhamid II. She is destined to change the world.

$12.00
ISBN-13: 9780307589675
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Published: Broadway Books, 3/2010
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): A very empowering story of a young girl who took on a huge challenge when she was wronged. Nujood set in motion events that will make it possible for other young girls to overcome their difficult circumstances of underage marriages. Now after all she’s done, she’s ready to just be a kid again.

Those Who Save Us (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780156031660
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Published: Mariner Books, 5/2005
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): This is a story that takes place in Germany during WWII and the present. Those Who Save Us tells the story of a mother and daughter who survived the war - and the extremes people go to just to survive. As the years pass, the daughter is faced with the facts of what her mother hid from her  - what she did during the war. And now she grapples with how she feels about it.

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780307590701
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Published: Crown Archetype, 5/2010
C Chris's Staff Pick (2012): arolyn Jessop is a very empowering, capable woman.  She managed to get away from one of the most controlling cults in the United States.  For most women this is unheard of. Now she is set to help out the people of the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas as the state comes in and takes all the children away from their parents. She writes to inform people about the FLDS and to help those women who want something different for their lives and the lives of their children.

The Scent of Sake (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780061662379
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 3/2009
 Chris's Staff Pick (2012): She was taught to submit, to obey . . . but she dreamed of an empire. The sole heir to the House of Omura, a venerable family of Kobe sake brewers, nineteen-year-old Rie hears but cannot heed her mother's advice: that in nineteenth-century Japan, a woman must "kill the self" or her life will be too difficult to bear. In this strict, male-dominated society, women may not even enter the brewery—and repressive tradition demands that Rie turn over her family's business to the inept philanderer she's been forced to marry. She is even expected to raise her husband's children by another woman—a geisha—so that they can eventually run the Omura enterprise. An epic and breathtaking saga that spans generations as it sweeps through the heart of a century, Joyce Lebra's The Scent of Sake is a vivid and powerful entry into another world...and an unforgettable portrait of a woman who would not let that world defeat her.

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9781401340902
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Published: Hyperion, 6/2009
Chris's Staff Pick: Sent by her mother to prepare her long-deceased grandmother's home for sale, Connie finds a decrepit dwelling filled with venerable oddities, including a collection of ancient bottles filled with peculiar liquids and powders. On her first night there, Connie chances on a crumbling bit of paper, bearing the words "Deliverance Dane," that has been carefully hidden inside a key tucked between the pages of a 300-year-old family Bible. Combing the local church registry for traces of this mysterious name, Connie strikes up an acquaintance with Sam, a steeplejack engaged in the church's preservation. Together they piece together Deliverance's tragic story and learn of her precious book of spells and recipes for healing potions. When a series of sinister events threaten Sam's life, Connie's search for the book is transformed from scholarly pursuit to a matter of life and death and love.

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780425215586
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Published: Berkley Trade, 6/2007
Chris's Staff Pick: A sweeping novel set in war-torn 1928 China, with a star-crossed love story at its center. In a city full of thieves and Communists, danger and death, spirited young Lydia Ivanova has lived a hard life. Always looking over her shoulder, the sixteen-year-old must steal to feed herself and her mother, Valentina, who numbered among the Russian elite until Bolsheviks murdered most of them, including her husband. As exiles, Lydia and Valentina have learned to survive in a foreign land. If you liked Snow Flower and the Secret Fan you will like this Mother / Daughter story as well.

Sacred Hearts (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781400063826
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Published: Random House, 7/2009
Chris's Staff Pick: The year is 1570, and in the convent of Santa Caterina in the Italian city of Ferrara noble women find space to pursue their lives under God's protection. But any community, however smoothly run, suffers tremors when it takes in someone by force. And the arrival of Santa Caterina's new novice sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the convent to its core. The sixteen-year-old daughter of a noble family from Milan, Serafina is willful, emotional, sharp, and defiant—young enough to have a life to look forward to and old enough to know when that life is being cut short. Her first night inside the walls is spent in an incandescent rage so violent that the dispensary mistress, Suora Zuana, is dispatched to the girl's cell to sedate her. Thus begins a complex relationship of trust and betrayal between the young rebel and the clever, scholarly nun, who is old enough to be Serafina's mother.

The Other Queen (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781416549123
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Published: Touchstone, 9/2008
Chris's Staff Pick: The Other Queen is the story of the captive years of Mary Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth’s promise of sanctuary when she fled from the rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the “guest” of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick. The newly married couple welcomed the doomed queen into their home, certain that serving as her hosts and jailors will bring them an advantage in the cutthroat world of the Elizabethan court. To their horror, they find that the task will bankrupt them, and as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Elizabeth, their loyalty to each other and to their sovereign comes into question.

Fallen (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385738934
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Published: Delacorte Press, 12/2009
Chris's Staff Pick: A true love story for the times. Luce is being shipped to a reform school for events that were out of her control. On her first day there she comes face to face with the one person who can explain them to her, but all she feels is Déjà vu. This is a very well written teen read that is good for anyone who just wants to get away with just a fun read.

Prayers for Sale (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780312385194
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 2/2010
Chris's Staff Pick: This novel tells the tale of a friendship between two women, one with surprising twists and turns, and one that is ultimately a revelation of the finest parts of the human spirit. The harsh conditions of life that each has endured help them to create an instant bond, and a friendship is born, one in which the deepest of hardships are shared and the darkest of secrets are confessed. This is the happiest feel good book I’ve read in a while!

Dragonfly (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780761455820
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 10/2009
Chris's Staff Pick: A young adult fantasy about a teenage couple who are forced to marry to join their two kingdoms. But before they can be married, they fall into the rogue kings hands and have to find away to fafill their destiny. If you like Tamora Pierce you will also love this book.

Hush, Hush (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781416989417
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 10/2009
Chris's Staff Pick: When Nora Grey is assigned a new partner in her biology class. Her instincts tell her Patch is trouble, but who doesn't fall for the bad guy, and she doesn't like the way he is already inside her head (“Part of me wanted to run away from him screaming, Fire! A more reckless part was tempted to see how close I could get without... combusting”). Soon she is questioning her sanity. Is he really the one behind all the odd things that have been happening or is the other new kid?

The Amber Room (Mass Market Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780345504388
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Published: Ballantine Books, 11/2007
Chris's Staff Pick: Forged of the exquisite gem, the Amber Room is one of the greatest treasures ever made by man-and the subject of one of history's most intriguing mysteries. German troops invading the Soviet Union seized the Room in 1941. When the Allies bombed, the Room was hidden, and it has never been seen since. Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler loves her job and her kids, and remains civil to her ex-husband, Paul. But everything changes when her father dies under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind clues to a secret about something called the Amber Room. Desperate for the truth, Rachel takes off for Germany with her ex close behind. They find themselves mixed up with history and the need to find answers.

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ISBN-13: 9780812978681
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 12/2007
Chris's Staff Pick: Here the veil is ripped away from modern China--its venerable culture, its teeming economy, its institutionalized cruelty--and the inextricable link between China's fortunes and America's is underscored. In the depths of a Beijing winter, during the waning days of Deng Xiaoping's reign, the U.S. ambassador's son is found dead--his body entombed in a frozen lake. Almost simultaneously, American officials find a ship adrift in the storm-churned waters off Southern California. No one is surprised to find the fetid hold crammed with hundreds of undocumented Chinese immigrants--the latest cargo in the Chinese mafia's burgeoning smuggling trade.

The Friday Society (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780803737617
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Published: Dial, 12/2012
Chris's Staff Pick: I have never encountered three such strong young women. Each one has a different back ground. Cora is a lab assistant and very into things that she can blow up. Michiko is a combat instruction assistant and really wants to finish her samurai training. Nellie is a magician’s assistant and wants to be more than just pretty. They bond together over a dead body and have to solve mystery behind it. This is a great girl power book!