|Make Me, Lee Child
Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?’ That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal. Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there and there’s something about Chang; so he teams up with her and starts to ask around.
|Alert, James Patterson
New Yorkers aren’t easily intimidated, but someone is doing their best to scare them, badly: why? After two inexplicable high-tech attacks, the city that never sleeps is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett, along with his old pal, the FBI’s Emily Parker, have to catch the shadowy criminals who claim responsibility — but they’re as good at concealing their identities as they are at wreaking havoc.
|Playlist for the Dead, Michelle Falkoff
After his best friend, Hayden, commits, suicide, fifteen-year-old Sam is determined to find out why–using the clues in the playlist Hayden left for him.
|I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011, Lauren Tarshis
A young boy in the middle of one of the deadliest tornados to strike the United States since 1947.
|Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories, R.J. Palacio
Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman: an ordinary boy born with extreme facial abnormalities, whose first year at Beecher Prep school changed the lives and the perspectives of everyone around him. Auggie & Me is a new side to the Wonder story: three new chapters from three different characters– Julian the bully ; Auggie’s oldest friend Christopher ; and, classmate Charlotte, his new friend at school.
|Cast Off: The Strange Adventures of Petra De Winter and Bram Broen, Eve Yohalem
Told in their separate voices, twelve-year-olds Petra, who escaped her abusive father’s Amsterdam house in 1663, and Bram, a half-Javanese/half-Dutch boy, relate their adventures at sea after Petra stows away and Bram, son of the ship’s carpenter, helps her disguise herself as a boy.
|The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club, Phillip Hoose
At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys’ exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance.
|Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir, Margarita Engle
In this poetic memoir Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Her heart was in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lived in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupted at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Engle’s worlds collided in the worst way possible. Would she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?
|Finger Knitting Fun: 18 Cute, Clever, and Creative Projects, Vickie Howell
Learning how to knit with your fingers is the best way to start crafting without cumbersome needles! All you need is some yarn and your hands to create modern and sophisticated knitted strands that you can use in any project around the house or everyday fashion. From jewelry and wearable accessories to wall art, gifts, and room decorations, Howell includes step-by-step instructions for project, which use yarn and other exciting materials such as paracord and leather.