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A Snicker of Magic

When Felicity and her family move back to her mother's hometown of Midnight Gulch, Felicity hopes her luck will change. Having spent her entire life wandering from town-to-town with her mother and sister, Felicity wants nothing more than to settle down and stay in one place. In Midnight Gulch, Felicity finally makes a friend and meets family she never knew before, and while she begins to build roots for herself she also learns of a curse that has driven all of the magic away from the town. Felicity believes there is still a snicker of magic left in Midnight Gulch and she and her new best friend Jonah set out to break the curse, believing that when they do, Felicity and her family might just stay.  

True Tales to be Told For Teens: Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

Maya Van Wagenen, stuck at the bottom of the social ladder, decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950's popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to becoming popular? The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise-meeting and befriending with Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.

"A Light that Never Goes Out: the Enduring Saga of The Smiths" by Tony Fletcher

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This is a detailed story of the band The Smiths by a clearly ardent fan that would certainly be of interest to other fans of the band (like myself), but also to anyone following the history of indie music. They are such an English band, and the author details many locations and subtexts that may not be readily apparent to those who are not native Mancunians or familiar with British pop culture and local history. He talks about all of the band’s influences and shows the reader where they fit into musical history. This is a really thick book of 704 pages covering the span of the band’s life, so there’s a lot of detail here, considering they were only together for 6 years.

Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller

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Ever wonder what it would be like to grow up with hoarders as parents? Kimberly Rae Miller dishes it all in this powerful coming-of-age tale about just that. We’ve all got that spot in our house that’s the place we put things that we’re saving for later because we know we’re actually going to use them. Right? Yes? Then months later we stumble across those same prized objects and pitch or donate them because, well, who has the time to do all the things?

Imagine, if you will, that messy place being your entire house and add in never throwing away anything on top of that and you’ll sort of get the idea what it’s like to walk a day in Kim’s shoes. She wasn’t able to ever have friends over and often had to conceal her parents messes and behaviors for fear of children’s services coming and separating her from them. Even worse, one house she and her parents occupied was so messy that it caught fire and they lost absolutely everything they owned. You’d think this would mean a fresh, clean start in a new, uncluttered home but that’s not case as things quickly start to pile up again.  But don’t just take my word for it, read this engrossing title for yourself to learn all about what it’s like to be the child of hoarders. For tackling such serious stuff, it’s quite an enjoyable read but be warned as there are a few graphic moments (think bugs, messes, and even a suicide attempt) that aren’t for the faint of heart.

If you like this title, you should also check out the nonfiction book Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost and the YA novel Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas

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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, tells the dramatic story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a brilliant young German scholar who finds himself compelled to risk everything to fight against Hitler’s tyranny. During his lifetime Bonhoeffer started the Confessing Church in Germany, taught in underground seminaries, conspired to assassinate Hitler, and aided the escape of Jews by acting as a double agent in the German Secret Service. The author, Eric Metaxas, narrates Bonhoeffer’s suspenseful life by tracing his growth from a young academic aristocrat to a man of steadfast conscience, conviction and courage. The carefully woven account gives insight into the time in which Bonhoeffer lived and provides ample historical detail without losing sight of the central plot. It is a must read for anyone with interests in history, theology, spy stories or the human heart.

Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille

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Is Russia a forgotten enemy of the US – just a remnant from the cold war? Has the “sleeping bear” been awakened and reinvigorated by Russian President Putin? Does this new Russia want to flex its muscles in a way that would be devastating to the U.S.? These are just some of the questions Federal Agent John Corey must answer in Nelson DeMille’s latest book, “Radiant Angel”.  This novel begins with Agent Corey being assigned to follow the Russian U.N. Diplomats in New York in what seems like a routine assignment. A problem quickly rises as Corey loses them and now must find them and figure out what they are scheming.  From page one of this seventh John Corey book, the reader will be captivated by Corey’s detective skills, undercover work, dedication, wit, and questions about US National Security.  An excellent international thriller.

Funny Fiction: Dodger

In an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeney Todd. 

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher is a sweet, year-in-the life tale of the four fletcher boys and their two dads, Dad and Papa.  Sam, Jax, Eli, and Frog are looking forward to a new school year with sports, plays, a new school, and friends but not everything goes as planned.  Then they meet their new neighbor who turns out to be cranky and not thrilled to live next door to a bunch of boys, but can the Fletchers win him over?  This family is smart, funny, and loving and you will love getting to know them.  

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