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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: The Charming Life of Izzy Malone

Izzy Malone isn't your typical middle schooler.  She's kind of a class outcast, the only girl in her school who isn't interested in clothes or boys.  Instead, she desperately wants to be part of the after school rowing team.  When her temper gets her into trouble, her parents enroll her in Mrs. Whipple's Earn Your Charm School.  She has to complete certain tasks in order to earn “charms” for her charm bracelet.  Unfortunately, her good intentions go vastly awry.  This contemporary realistic novel will leave you with a smile on your face and looking forward to the next book in the series.  Recommended for grades 4-6.

The Expats

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Kate Moore and her husband decide to accept a job offer in Luxemburg.   While her husband begins his new job and Kate spends more time with her children she must learn how to adjust to the daily life in a new country.  Kate begins to notice her husband’s suspicious behavior and also becomes suspicious of another American couple they have befriended.   As she begins to investigate she becomes nervous they are connected to her past.   Mystery lovers will enjoy this novel which keeps them guessing until the very end.

The Distance

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At the intermission of a London opera performance, elegant socialite Charlotte Alton makes eye contact with a mysterious man who hands her a battered Christmas ornament before disappearing. It’s a message for Karla, an underworld fixer who can make information disappear—Charlotte Alton’s powerful and amoral alter ego. The invitation to meet is Charlotte’s first step onto a dark path that will bring together old enemies and new in a twisty puzzle-box of a thriller exploring intersections between the worlds of crime, intelligence gathering, police work, and high society. Elegantly written and tightly plotted, every detail matters in this dark and gripping debut.

Gideon by Alex Gordon

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In the tiny town of Gideon, Illinois, a witch was burned at the stake almost two hundred years ago. Now, following her father’s death, a young woman discovers that she descends from a long line of Gideon witches—and that the dark presence the town tried to destroy in 1836 is back and more dangerous than ever. Hounded by a demonic figure and threatened at every turn by Gideon’s suspicious, grudge-loving townsfolk, Lauren Reardon must unravel the mystery of her father’s past in order to save Gideon’s future—and maybe the world’s.

Tightly plotted and thoroughly imagined, Gideon is packed with unusual characters as well as some genuinely unnerving moments. Recommended for fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, Dan Simmons, and Gillian Flynn.

The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher

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Lurking in a forgotten town in the middle of America, an ancient evil is preparing a new attack on humanity. Our only hope of survival rests in the hands of an unlikely trio: long-haul trucker Jimmy Aussapile; Heck Sinclair, the heir-apparent of a bounty-hunting biker gang; and rogue Louisiana cop Lovina Hewitt. With the help of an ancient order of knights and a certain back-from-the-dead rockstar nicknamed “Helvis” (but don’t call him that to his face), our heroes will fight urban legends brought to fanged-and-clawed life, pagan gods gone bad, and a club of serial killers.

The Brotherhood of the Wheel is an exciting new urban fantasy that breathes diesel fumes and fresh life into the genre.

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

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The Manderley Resort, a new facility with a twenty-story hotel and enormous hedge maze on the California coast, is about to open its doors. It offers opulence and unparalleled security to those who can afford it. Staff move from floor to floor occupied with ensuring the hotel is spotless while electricians concentrate on finishing their work in time for the grand opening. Their every move is monitored from the twentieth floor, where the security team is housed. Little do they suspect that somebody is determined Manderley will never open and they will be killed one by one during the next twelve hours. Intense and shocking, this thriller by a debut author is filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.

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