|The Orphan Keeper, Camron Wright with Dave Pliler
Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life–and his destiny–is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America. Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can’t tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single, impossible question: How do I get home? But after more than a decade, home becomes a much more complicated idea as the Indian boy eventually sheds his past and receives a new name: Taj Khyber Rowland. It isn’t until Taj meets an Indian family who helps him rediscover his roots, as well as marrying Priya, his wife, who helps him unveil the secrets of his past, that he begins to discover the truth he has all but forgotten.
|The Hamilton Affair, Elizabeth Cobbs
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of iconic characters such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Marquis de Lafayette, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from tremulous beginning to bittersweet ending – his at a dueling ground on the shores of the Hudson River, hers more than half a century later after a brave, successful life.
|Nutshell, A Novel, Ian McEwan
Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home–a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse–but John’s not here. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world’s master storytellers.
|The Scourge, Jennifer A. Nielsen
When the lethal plague known as the Scourge returns to Keldan the victims are sent to Attic Island, and Ani Mells of the River People is among them–but Ani does not feel sick, and with the help of her best friend, Weevil, she sets out to uncover the truth of what is happening and expose the lies the people of Keldan have been told.
|The Trouble with Twins, Kathryn Siebel
Twins Arabella and Henrietta are nearly identical yet have nothing in common. They’re the best of friends… until one day they aren’t. Plain and quiet Henrietta has a secret plan to settle the score, and she does something outrageous she can’t take it back. Sent to live with her eccentric great-aunt Priscilla on Chillington Lane, where black cats roam the dark rooms and tonight’s menu is fish-head stew, Henrietta finds that life with Arabella doesn’t seem so awful. Is there any way they can reunite?
|More than Magic, Kathryn Lasky
Ryder always thought something special would happen when she turned eleven, and this year she misses her mom, who died several years ago, more than ever. Ryder’s parents created a cartoon show featuring an eleven-year-old hero named Rory. Then on Ryder’s eleventh birthday, Rory steps out of the screen–Rory needs help!
|The Shallows, AD 19168
Nancy is surfing on a secluded beach, and finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.
|Free State of Jones, HB 19181
The story of a defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.
|Central Intelligence, AD 19170
After he reunites with an old school pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.