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Junior Fiction

the-charmed-children-of-rookskill-castle The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, Janet Fox

In 1940, during the Blitz, Katherine, Robbie and Amelie Bateson are sent north to a private school in Rookskill Castle Scotland, a brooding place, haunted by dark magic from the past–but when some of their classmates disappear Katherine has to find out if the cause is hidden in the past or very much in the present.

a-patron-saint-for-junior-bridesmaids A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids, Shelley Tougas

Mary Margaret Miller is going to be a junior bridesmaid, but she is also having problems with school bully Brent Helzinski, and her cousin Eden, aka The Bride, is clashing with her mother about wedding plans.

patrick-griffins-last Patrick Griffin’s Last Breakfast on Earth, Ned Rust

A 12-year-old boy sets out on a crazy adventure through parallel worlds and learns he and a giant bunny are the key to saving the universe.

Beginner/Intermediate

pedro-goes-buggy Pedro Goes Buggy, Frank Manushkin

Pedro collects a lot of different bugs for a class assignment, but when his brother lets them in the house, their parents are furious and ban any further collecting.

a-woodland-wedding Owl Diaries: A Woodland Wedding, Rebecca Elliott

Eva’s teacher, Miss Featherbottom, is getting married, but when her special necklace disappears, Eva and her friends set out to track down the thief and return the necklace before the wedding.

a-mysterious-egg A Mysterious Egg, Stacy McAnulty

During a summer at his grandparents’ dinosaur museum and dig, the Dinosaur Education Center of Wyoming, Frank, aided by his cousin Sam and cat Saurus, cares for a newly-hatched dinosaur while trying to keep its existence secret, both from his grandparents and from the neighbors.

Fiction

commonwealth Commonwealth: A Novel, Ann Patchett

The acclaimed, bestselling author and winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize, tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives. One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly–thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

the-wrong-side-of-goodbye The Wrong Side of Goodbye, Michael Connelly

California’s newest private investigator, Harry Bosch, searches for a reclusive billionaire’s possible heir, a case with odd links to his own past, and volunteers to find a serial rapist for a small cash-strapped police department.

the-chemist The Chemist, Stephanie Meyer

She used to work for the United States government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. Resolving to meet the threat head on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life, but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

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