|The Bone Tree, Greg Iles
Based on a real series of unsolved murders from the civil rights era in Louisiana, and the crusading journalist who uncovered the story, Iles’ novel shines a bright light of truth upon one of America’s darkest secrets.
|Heir to the Jedi, Kevin Hearne
Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke Skywalker plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit.
|Tiffany Girl, Deeanne Gist
The impetuous Flossie Jayne — a beautiful, budding artist who is handpicked by Louis Tiffany to help complete the Tiffany chapel — takes on a colorful cast of characters to transform her Chicago boarding house into a home while making a name for herself in the art world.
|All the Answers, Kate Messner
Twelve-year-old Ava finds an old pencil in her family’s junk drawer and discovers, during a math test, that it will answer factual questions, so she and her best friend Sophie have a great time–and Ava grows in self-confidence–until the pencil reveals a truth about her family that Ava would rather not know.
|A Handful of Stars, Cynthia Lord
When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily’s grandfather–but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.
|Princess in Disguise, E.D. Baker
When everything starts going wrong on Annie and Liam’s wedding day, Queen Karolina decides that they need the help of her fairy godmother, Moonbeam, but a magical fog keeps messengers from leaving so Annie and Liam themselves set out discover who ruined the wedding, and why.
|Chocolate: Sweet Science and Dark Secrets of the World’s Favorite Treat, Kay Frydenborg
A fascinating account for teen readers that captures the history, science, and economic and cultural implications of the harvesting of cacao and creation of chocolate.
|Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary, Gail Jarrow
Chronicles the story of the early 1900s typhoid fever epidemic in New York, providing details as to how its infamous carrier was ultimately tracked down and stopped.
|Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens, Nina Nolan
A picture-book introduction to the gospel singer’s life and career.