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Age 16

Age 16

Fung, Rosena, author, illustrator
2024

Sixteen-year-old Roz is preoccupied with normal teenage stuff: navigating high school friendships, worrying about college, and figuring out what to wear to prom. When her estranged Por Por abruptly arrives for a seemingly indefinite visit, the already delicate relationship between Roz and her mother is upended. With three generations under one roof, conflicts inevitably arise and long suppressed family secrets rise to the surface. Told in alternating perspectives, Age 16 shifts seamlessly between time and place, exploring how this pivotal year in adolescence affects three women in the same family, from Guangdong in 1954 to Hong Kong in 1972, and Toronto in 2000.

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Always Anthony

Always Anthony

Libenson, Terri, author, illustrator
2024

"The eighth book in the New York Times bestselling 'Emmie & Friends' series, told from the alternating POVs of popular Anthony and timid Leah as they grapple with a bullying incident at school"-- Provided by publisher.

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The ant who needed a transplant

The ant who needed a transplant

Wall, Bill, author.
2023

"Mama Ant, Papa Ant, Russell, and Sophie all live together in a thriving ant community. They love each other very much, and in the winter their favourite activity is to go tobogganing together. But one winter, Papa Ant has trouble climbing the hill. He goes to the doctor and is told that he needs a heart transplant. What will the ant family do? Will anyone be able to save their Papa?"--Back cover.

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The Berlin sisters

The Berlin sisters

Lane, Soraya, author.
2024


The best life book club

The best life book club

Roberts, Sheila, 1951- author.
2024

Leaving Seattle and her cheating husband behind, single mother Karissa moves to Puget Sound where she meets her new neighbors, who are also dealing with their own crises, and together they start a book club as a distraction until it becomes a way to build a better life together.

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Brave girl, quiet girl

Brave girl, quiet girl

Hyde, Catherine Ryan, author.
2021

Brooke is a divorced single mom, financially strapped, living with her mother and holding tight to the one thing that matters most - her two-year-old daughter, Etta. Then, in a matter of seconds, Brooke's life is shattered when she's carjacked. Helpless and terrified, all Brooke can do is watch as Etta, still strapped in her seat, disappears into the Los Angeles night. Miles away, Etta is found by Molly, a homeless teen who is all too used to darkness. Thrown away by her parents and with a future as stable as the wooden crate she calls home, Molly survives day to day by her wits. As unpredictable as her life is, she's stunned to find Etta, abandoned and alone. Shielding the little girl from more than the elements, Molly must put herself in harm's way to protect a child as lost as she is. Out of one terrible moment, Brooke's and Molly's desperate paths converge and an unlikely friendship across generations and circumstances is formed. With it, Brooke and Molly will come to discover that what's lost - and what's found - can change in a heartbeat.

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Cobble hill : a novel

Cobble hill : a novel

Von Ziegesar, Cecily, author
2021

Navigating private spats and embarrassing secrets in their upscale Brooklyn neighborhood, four families seek purpose and meaningful relationships until a raucous party combusts in a maelstrom of ego clashes, taboo desires, and hidden cameras.

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Complete starter guide to needle felting : enchanted forest : fairies, gnomes, unicorns, and other woodland friends

Complete starter guide to needle felting : enchanted forest : fairies, gnomes, unicorns, and other woodland friends

Lenart, Claudia, 1958-, author
2024

"Needle felting is a process that uses barbed needles to mash wool fibers together forming a denser material into an endless range of shapes and forms, a great way to make adorable fully dimensional soft sculptures. The Complete Starter Guide to Needle Felting: Enchanted Forest by artist and author Claudia Lenart features 20 step-by-step beginner needle crafting projects including birds, fairies, unicorns, and many other woodland friends. Learn what needles to use, how to dye custom colors, how to blend colors and shapes, and the materials needed to begin the fulfilling art of needle felting. Claudia's felted artwork has been featured in two children's books and in national commercials"-- Provided by publisher.

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Court of wanderers

Court of wanderers

Chupeco, Rin, author.
2024


Every bird a prince

Every bird a prince

Reese, Jenn, author
2022

After she saves the life of a bird prince and becomes their champion, seventh grader Eren Evers must defend a forest kingdom, save her mom, and keep the friendships she holds dear--if she is brave enough to embrace her inner truths.

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Exile

Exile

Salvatore, R. A., 1959- author.
2004


The firefly summer

The firefly summer

Matson, Morgan, author
2023

"For as long as Ryanna Stuart can remember, her summers have been spent with her father and his new wife. Just the three of them, structured, planned, quiet. But this summer is different. This summer, she's received a letter from her grandparents -- grandparents neither she nor her dad have spoken to since her mom's death -- inviting her to stay with them at an old summer camp in the Poconos. Ryanna accepts. She wants to learn about her mom. She wants to uncover the mystery of why her father hasn't spoken to her grandparents all these years. She's even looking forward to a quiet summer by the lake. But what she finds are relatives... SO MANY MORE RELATIVES than she knew she had. Aunts and Uncles and cousins upon cousins -- a motley, rambunctious crew of kids and eccentric, unconventional adults. Lost in the crush of such a tight-knit and boisterous band, Ryanna has never felt more out of place. It's over the course of this utterly astonishing summer that Ryanna will need to learn how to be open to the unexpected, let go of the preconceived, and find where she belongs. And while she's at it, she just may find a way to become part of the Van Camp family camp-for good"-- Provided by publisher.

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Foraging : the complete guide for kids and families

Foraging : the complete guide for kids and families

Mulandiee, Stella De Luca, author
2024

With handy tips and colourful illustrations, this book is a comprehensive guide to nature and foraging, which will allow children to explore the great outdoors with friends and families.

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The girl who fought back : Vladka Meed and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The girl who fought back : Vladka Meed and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Greene, Joshua, 1950-, author
2024

Warsaw, Poland, 1940s: Teenage Vladka and her family are among the thousands of Jews forced to relocate behind the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto, a cramped, oppressive space full of starvation, suffering, and death. When Vladka's family is deported to concentration camps, Vladka joins up with other young people in the ghetto who are part of the Jewish underground: a group determined to fight back against the Nazis, no matter the cost. Vladka's role in the underground? To pass as a non-Jew, sneaking out of the ghetto to blend into Polish society while smuggling secret messages and weapons back over the ghetto wall.

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A haunted girl

A haunted girl

Sacks, Ethan, author
2024

A Haunted Girl is a horror story that explores the real-life terror that comes with the struggles of anxiety and depression. The fate of all life on Earth depends on a girl who doesn’t know if she wants to live. Cleo, a 16-year-old adopted Japanese-American whose anxiety and depression drives her to suicidal thoughts, is fresh out of the hospital and trying unsuccessfully to reintegrate back into her old life. What she doesn't know is that her real struggles are just beginning as she finds herself encountering an increasingly terrifying succession of ghosts. Is she losing her grip on reality...or is the explanation much, much worse. Courtesy of writers Ethan Sacks (Old Man Hawkeye, Star Wars: Bounty Hunters) and his daughter, Naomi Sacks and artist Marco Lorenzana (Hulk), this gripping saga aims to be both a paranormal thriller and an inspiration to those who are battling their own, less literal, demons in real life.

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A house with good bones

A house with good bones

Kingfisher, T., author
2023

As Samantha Montgomery pulls into the driveway of her family home, a vulture is perched on the mailbox, staring at the house. Some might call this a bad omen, but Sam is in her thirties, between jobs, and about to spend an indefinite amount of time crashing at her mom's place. What's left for an omen to say? But once inside, nothing is as Sam expected. The longer Sam stays, the stranger things get. And every day, more vultures circle overhead.

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How to become the Dark Lord and die trying

How to become the Dark Lord and die trying

Wexler, Django, author.
2024

"Davi has done this all before. She's tried to be the hero and take down the all-powerful Dark Lord. A hundred times she's rallied humanity and made the final charge. But the time loop always gets her in the end. Sometimes she's killed quickly. Sometimes it takes a while. But she's been defeated every time. This time? She's done being the hero and done being stuck in this endless time loop. If the Dark Lord always wins, then maybe that's who she needs to be. It's Davi's turn to play on the winning side"-- Provided by publisher.

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The library of borrowed hearts : a novel

The library of borrowed hearts : a novel

Gilmore, Lucy (Romance fiction writer), author.
2024

Librarian Chloe Sampson has been struggling: to take care of her three younger siblings, to find herself, to make ends meet. She's just about at the end of her rope when she stumbles across a rare edition of a book from the 1960s at the local flea market. Deciding it's a sign of her luck turning, she takes it home with her-only to be shocked when her cranky hermit of a neighbor swoops in and offers to buy it for an exorbitant price. Intrigued, Chloe takes a closer look at the book only to find notes scribbled in the margins between two young lovers back when the book was new...one of whom is almost definitely Jasper Holmes, the curmudgeon next door.

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Lizzie's heart

Lizzie's heart

Simpson, Susan Lantz, author.
2021

Fall in Southern Maryland's Amish country is a time of fiery falling leaves, a bountiful harvest, and bracing, frost-touched days. It's the perfect season for one irrepressible maedel to try an unexpected match ... Good-hearted and impulsive, twenty-year-old Lizzie Fisher has many chores--and secrets. She's caring for kittens abandoned by their mother and practicing her drawing talent away from disapproving eyes. So the last thing she needs is someone like handsome Stephen Zimmerman constantly helping her out of trouble. But when she discovers they both have lovelorn siblings, she has an idea: why can't she and Stephen bring his older brother and her older sister together? After all, how hard could matchmaking be? Even though he's the youngest son of an Old Order Mennonite family, Stephen is used to looking out for everyone else. Yet somehow the romantic schemes he and Lizzie cook up keep going awry--in ways that hint they may suit each other. But their deepening bond is both delightful and complicated. For bridging their differences will take bravery, compromise--and faith in their hopes and dreams ...

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Montana territory

Montana territory

West, Charles, author.
2021

Raised among the Blackfoot, John Hawk is a valuable asset to the US Army. As a military scout at Fort Ellis, he is able to cross the line between two worlds'and help keep the peace. But when he disobeys a direct order from his commander, Hawk is immediately dismissed from his post. That was the army's first mistake. The second was losing track of a small mule train en route to Helena. At the request of his former lieutenant, Hawk leaves his cabin on the Boulder River to help find the missing party. The mule train, it appears, was ambushed by a savage gang of outlaws. Most of the travelers were murdered. Only a few survived to tell the tale. And now it's up to Hawk to stalk the killers across the lawless Montana territory--alone. No backup. No calvary. No mercy ...

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Musical chairs : a novel

Musical chairs : a novel

Poeppel, Amy, author.
2021

Bridget and Will have the kind of relationship that people envy: they're loving, compatible, and completely devoted to each other. The fact that they're strictly friends seems to get lost on nearly everyone; after all, they're as good as married in (almost) every way. For three decades, they've nurtured their baby, the Forsyth Trio - a chamber group they created as college students - but now their beloved trio is missing its violinist and floundering. Bridget has been dreaming of spending the summer at her rustic Connecticut country home with her boyfriend, Sterling. But her plans are suddenly upended when he breaks up with her over email, and then her twin twenty-something children arrive unannounced, filling her empty nest with their big dogs, dirty laundry, and respective crises.

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Natural soaps : indulge yourself with 16 eco-friendly recipes to make at home

Natural soaps : indulge yourself with 16 eco-friendly recipes to make at home

Boué, Amélie, author
2024

Whether you're a seasoned soap maker or a complete beginner, learn to create stunning and sustainable soaps to keep or to gift. Delve into the science behind soap making and gain a deep understanding of the chemistry involved; learn about the properties of different oils and additives and discover how to formulate recipes that result in 16 luxurious, skin-friendly soaps.

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A promise of ankles

A promise of ankles

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-, author
2020

The winds of change are blowing through Scotland Street. Though Bertie is getting older, he can't resist an adventure to escape his domineering mother, and Bruce, ever the navel-gazer, will have to bring his best self to navigate the complexities of the pas de deux. While Alexander McCall Smith's delightfully warm and witty comedy takes some surprising turns, the improbable adventures of this quirky cast of Scots will affirm the heart and joy in Edinburgh's New Town.

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Sojourn

Sojourn

Salvatore, R. A., 1959- author.
2004


Starling and the Cavern of Light

Starling and the Cavern of Light

Fowler, Aisling, author
2024

"Following the shocking events at Icegaard, Phoenix and her friends gather with the Hunters, desperate to unite the warring clans before their enemy, the Master, launches his attack on Ember. The Cavern of Light offers hope in the form of a legendary weapon, but the friends must brave the unknown, facing down new and deadly creatures in search of the artifact that could save their world. As an epic final showdown draws near, Phoenix is determined not to lose anyone else that she loves. But the Master is more brutal and powerful than she ever imagined, and as Phoenix's past and present collide, unthinkable sacrifices will have to be made to defeat him"-- Provided by publisher.

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