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Romance Novel: All the Bright Places

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another. Grades 8-12.

Parent Recommendation: Erik the Red Sees Green

Exuberant redhead Erik always tries his best, but he just can't understand why he's missing homework questions at school and messing up at soccer practice. Then one day in art class everyone notices that Erik's painted a picture of himself with green hair! It turns out he's not just creative, he's color blind, too. Once Erik is diagnosed, he and his parents, teachers, coach, and classmates figure out solutions that work with his unique way of seeing, and soon he's back on track. 

Picture Book Selection: Just Right for Two

Dog has everything he needs in his big blue suitcase. It is the perfect fit for all the  treasures he has collected. And he is sure that he is happy with just himself and his suitcase. Until one night when Mouse comes along, and Dog discovers that his big blue suitcase is actually just right for two. Recommended for grades Pre-K - 1st.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

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Fans of the Smitten Kitchen blog can rejoice in this cookbook by home cook Perelman. She cooks in a tiny New York City kitchen – although a friend told her upon move in that “ovens are for sweater storage.” Perelman’s love of cooking is apparent, with many photographs of both the process and finished product, with some innovative and some more classic recipes to try in your own kitchen, large or small.

The Deepest Night by Kara Braden

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When security contractor Ray Powell returns to the British Isle of Scilly after a hard mission, he expects to find comfort in staying at his grandmother's home. Instead, he discovers Michelle Cole: gorgeous, kind, funny–and helping out a friend who bought Ray's grandmother's house and turned it into a B&B. Though she's initially wary of the strange man on her doorstep, Michelle soon warms to the determined and sexy ex-Royal Marine. As Ray falls deeper in love, he must convince Michelle that's he's more than just a vacation fling, and Michelle must decide whether to set aside old betrayals–and learn to trust her heart.

Ice Pops!: 50 delicious, fresh and fabulous icy treats

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Don’t be fooled by this book’s run-of-the-mill title. These are no ordinary ice pops. Nope, these are “gourmet artisan ice pops,” and just reading through their tasty names is enough to make your mouth water.

Put together by an aunt and nephew who have sold their pops on the streets of New York and London, the book is bursting with flavorful creativity. The recipes include all kinds of pops from the easy-to-make and delicious-to-eat Milk & Honey, to the classic Sweet Pear & Ginger, to the unique Pistachio & Rose, inspired by an Egyptian milk dessert.

So, if you’re looking for something cool and delicious to get you through the last few hot weeks of summer, or need a fancy dessert to serve for your Labor Day party, Ice Pops is the book for you!

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

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In the sub-Saharan country of Mali, Abdel Kader Haidara was 17 years old when his father died and he became the custodian of the family’s library—a collection of five thousand manuscripts in Timbuktu and about eight times that many in their ancestral home in Bamba. Not long after, the director of the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research in Timbuktu hired him to collect and preserve manuscripts.

Over the years, Haidara located thousands of manuscripts from as early as the 11th century on diverse topics including Islamic jurisprudence, Korans, theological treatises, conflict resolution, contemporary politics, geography, poetry, and astrology. He struggled to save these priceless manuscripts from the devastating effects of mold, termites, and dust because they had been hidden in holes in the ground, caves, secret closets, and storage rooms. Then Al Qaeda’s presence in the area changed everything. It became painfully clear they would need to save as many of the 377,000 manuscripts under his purview from Al Qaeda’s destruction of everything it considered to be sinful.

Readers will be swept into this gripping recounting of a frantic race by ordinary people against time and jihadists.

Picture Book Selection: No Ordinary Family

The parents of a bandit family split up.  The Dad bandit marries a princess and brings all of her royal children into the hideaway, which makes the bandit kids unhappy.  Can they all get along and live together?  This is a fun story about blending families of bandits, prince and princesses, and even dragons for ages 4 and up.  

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