|The Lady of the Lakes: The Love Story of Sir Walter Scott, Josi S. Kilpack
Young author Walter Scott is desperately in love with Mina, but after she rejects his marriage proposal, Walter travels to England, where he meets and courts a young Frenchwoman, Charlotte Carpenter and discovers there is a difference between a man’s first love and his best love.
|How to Set a Fire and Why, Jesse Ball
A blistering, singular, devastating novel by Jesse Ball about a teenage girl who has lost everything and will burn anything. Lucia has been kicked out of school, again, this time for stabbing a boy in the neck with a pencil. Her father is dead; her mother is in a mental institute; and she’s living in a garage-turned-bedroom with her aunt. Making her way through the world with only a book, a Zippo lighter, and a pocket full of stolen licorice, Lucia spends her days riding the bus to visit her mother in The Home, avoiding the landlord who hates her, and following the only rule that makes any sense: Don’t Do Things You Aren’t Proud Of. When Lucia starts at Whistler High it seems no different from the schools that came before: girls play field hockey, chasing the ball like dogs, the school psychologist has beanbag chairs in her office, and detention means sitting silently surrounded by stupid people (“I am a veteran of detention”). But when Lucia discovers a secret Arson Club, she will do anything to be a part of it. With a biting wit and striking intelligence that she can’t fully hide, Lucia animates her small-town life: the parties at an abandoned water park, visits to the 24-hour donut shop where her friend Lana’s cousin works, the little island in the middle of a medical park where kids go to drink. As Lucia’s fascination with the Arson Club grows, her chronicle becomes a riveting story of family, loss, misguided friendship, and destruction.
|Belgravia, Julian Fellowes
A secret unravels behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond’s new legendary ball, two families’ lives will change forever.
|The Dark Talent, Brandon Sanderson
Having broken the Smedry Talents while saving the kingdom of Mokia from the Evil Librarian army, Alcatraz Smedry infiltrates the Highbrary as part of a desperate plan to save his comatose friend, Batille.
|AbrakaPOW, Isaiah Campbell
A New York City girl moves with her family to a Texas POW camp her father runs during WWII, when, during a magic show she performs, Nazi prisoners escape; she’s the only one who can find and recapture them.
|The Charming Life of Izzy Malone, Jenny Lundquist
Izzy Malone is challenged to participate in unconventional manners-themed exercises after being enrolled in a home-study etiquette school.
|His Royal Majesty of the Mushrooms, Florian and Katherine Ferrier
When autumn comes around at Hotel Strange, a band of talking mushrooms mistake Kiki for their king.
|Break the Siege: Make Your Own Catapults, Rob Ives
Use up spare parts or forgotten items from the garage to build your own miniature siege engine! Step-by-step instructions are used in this book to demonstrate basic engineering and physical skills for kids.
|We Will Not be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler, Russell Freedman
In his signature eloquent prose, backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in. Archival photographs and prints, source notes, bibliography, index.