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Teacher selection: Democracy at Work; Electing Leaders; Voting

Three books in a new series by Wil Mara called A Citizens Guide are just in time for the upcoming election. Democracy at Work, Electing Leaders, and Voting are three relevant books in which readers will learn about a different aspect of American Government, both past and present. Content is intended to help the reader discover the key role that citizens play in the American democracy.  In addition to a glossary and index, each book lists additional books and websites where relevant information can be found. Recommended for grades 4-6

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Wolf Hollow

This WWII story traces the friendship between 11-year old Annabelle and her family and a local  WWI veteran named Toby.  Toby has lived in the town for many years and keeps to himself.  Life is mostly peaceful in the rural town in Pennsylvania where they live, until Betty Glengarry arrives.  Betty is mean and cruel and does everything she can to inflict pain on others. When Betty goes missing, Toby becomes the main suspect.  Annabelle knows that he is innocent and is determined to prove it.  This is a compelling story about prejudice and unjust persecution.  Recommended for grades 5-8

"The Last Chinese Chef" by Nicole Mones

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​Charming book about a food writer who travels to China seeking the truth of a paternity claim against her deceased husband.  In addition she receives an assignment to interview the owner of a new restaurant opening in Beijing.  She soon discovers the restaurant owner is one of ten finalists for the Chinese Cultural Olympics too. These two story lines, the paternity claim and the preparation for the culinary contest, are woven throughout the book.  This will be appealing to lovers of Chinese food, romance, and anyone who enjoys historically accurate cooking.

The Possibilty Dogs: what a handful of "unadoptables" taught me about service, hope, and healing by Susannah Charleson

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The Possibility Dogs, is a fine book about raising, training, and working with search and rescue dogs. In this book, the author explores the realm of psychiatric service dogs; the characteristics and qualities required, and the incredible types of aids/interventions these dogs provide to their human partners. This book is an intriguing look at a little-understood and oft underrated branch of canine service.

In the dark places: an Inspector Banks novel by Peter Robinson

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When DCI Banks and team are investigating a theft of a tractor from a North Yorkshire village, a simple case of rural crime takes a sinister turn. Blood stains, two main suspects vanish without a trace, a stolen gun, a fatal shot, all events prove the investigation is taking on a frightening level of violence.

Robinson writes a great mystery and fans of Louise Penny, Stephen Booth, Ruth Rendell, and Charles Todd will enjoy!

The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita Diamant

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Addie Baum, born to immigrant Jewish parents in 1900 Boston, responds to her granddaughter’s question, “How did you get to be the woman you are today?” with the story that is The Boston Girl.  During her formative years, turn-of-the-century Boston, and America in particular, evoked negative and fearful feelings in Addie’s parents, permeating and poisoning their relationship with her. As she reveals turning points in her life, Addie exhibits the honesty, wit, intelligence, and compassion she has called upon to help see her through her eighty-five years of life.

Simultaneously riveting and comfortable, Addie’s story is part history, part testament to persistence and resilience, and part being true to oneself. It is so comfortable that readers may feel they are sitting cross-legged on the floor at Addie’s feet as her story unfolds.

Queen of the Night, by Alexander Chee

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In this sprawling novel, set during France’s Second Empire, an American orphan transforms herself from circus performer to courtesan to opera sensation. Along the way, Alexander Chee’s lush prose transports the reader into the midst of Napoleon III’s court, revealing the hard work—and heartbreak—behind the opulence. Readers with an interest in French history or opera will delight in Chee’s thoroughly-researched characters and settings, and in cameos by real historical figures such as George Sand and Cora Pearl. Those with a taste for intrigue will devour the twists and turns of the plot as princes, empresses, courtesans, and musicians scheme for power, love, and revenge.

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