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kingdoms of death by Christopher Ruocchio
Hadrian Marlowe is trapped. For nearly a century, he has been a guest of the Emperor, forced into the role of advisor, a prisoner of his own legend. But the war is changing. Mankind is losing. The Cielcin are spilling into human space from the fringes, picking their targets with cunning precision. The Great Prince Syriani Dorayaica is uniting their clans, forging them into an army and threatening the likes of which mankind has never seen. And the Empire stands alone. Now the Emperor has no choice but to give Hadrian Marlowe—once his favorite knight from him—one more impossible task: journey across the galaxy to the Lothrian Commonwealth and convince them to join the war. But not all is as it seems, and Hadrian’s journey will take him far beyond the Empire, beyond the Commonwealth, impossibly deep behind enemy lines.

City Spies by James Ponti
From Laurel: “A mystery and page turner, City Spies is an exciting story about a spy organization based in Scotland. The team is made up of five kids with talents ranging from explosives to hacking. I especially enjoyed this book because of the unique developed characters from around the world and the adventures the spies took. if you love The Mysterious Benedict Society series or the Mo and Dale Mysteriesyou’ll love City Spies! This is a must read!!!”

Honestly Elliott

Honestly Elliott by Gillian McDunn
From Abbe: “It’s hard to be a human, especially if you are a 6th grade boy with ADHD. Elliott’s best friend has moved away, he is failing his first semester in middle school, he feels estranged from his dad and new stepmother, and his friends don’t want him in their school group project. His one outlet for happiness is cooking (and even this hobby is viewed as odd by others). Instantly engaging, realistic, funny and ultimately joyful, I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! “

Good Enough: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection by Kate Bowler
Written gently and with humour, Good Enough is permission for all those who need to hear that there are some things you can fix—and some things you can’t. And it’s okay that life isn’t always better. In these gorgeously written reflections, Bowler and Richie offer fresh imagination for how truth, beauty, and meaning can be discovered amid the chaos of life. Their words celebrate kindness, honesty, and interdependence in a culture that rewards ruthless individualism and blind optimism. Ultimately, in these pages we can rest in the encouragement to strive for what is possible today—while recognizing that though we are finite, the life in front of us can be beautiful.

The Wedding Veil

The Wedding Veil by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Present Day: Julia Baxter’s wedding veil, bequeathed to her great-grandmother by a mysterious woman on a train in the 1930s, has passed through generations of her family as a symbol of a happy marriage. But on the morning of her wedding day, something tells her that even the veil’s good luck is n’t enough to make her marriage de ella last forever.
1914: Socialite Edith Vanderbilt is struggling to manage the luxurious Biltmore Estate after the untimely death of her cherished husband. With 250 rooms to oversee and an entire village dependent on her family to stay afloat, Edith is determined to uphold the Vanderbilt legacy—and prepare her de ella free-spirited daughter Cornelia to inherit it—in spite of her family’s deteriorating financial situation. But Cornelia has dreams of her own.

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol was n’t just Katy’s mom, but her best friend and her first phone call. To make matters worse, their planned mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: to Positano, the magical town where Carol spent the summer right before she met Katy’s father. As soon as she steps foot on the Amalfi Coast, Katy begins to feel her mother’s spirit from her. Buoyed by the stunning waters, beautiful cliffsides, delightful residents, and, of course, delectable food, Katy feels herself coming back to life. And then Carol appears—in the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old. Katy doesn’t understand what is happening, or how—all she can focus on is that she has somehow, impossibly, gotten her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother de ella, but as the young woman before her. She is not exactly who Katy imagined she might be, however, and soon Katy must reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.

If You Ask Me

If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher
Violet Covington thought dear sweetie, the most popular advice column in the state of North Carolina. She has an answer for how to politely handle any difficult situation… until she discovers her husband, Sam, has been cheating on her. Furious and out of sensitive solutions, Violet leaves her filter at the door and turns to her column to air her own frustrations. The new, brutally honest Dear Sweetie goes viral, sending more shock waves through Violet’s life from her. When she burns Sam’s belongings in a front-yard, late-night bonfire, a smoking-hot firefighter named Dez shows up to douse the flames, and an unexpected fling quickly shows potential to become something longer lasting.

Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton & James Patterson
From America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller—a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive.
Every song tells a story. She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. She’s also on the run. Find a future, lose a past. Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny. It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her. Run, Rose, Run is a novel glittering with danger and desire—a story that only America’s #1 beloved entertainer and its #1 bestselling author could have created.

Escape From...Hurricane Katrina

Escape from…Hurricane Katrina by Judy Allen Dodson
From Carol: “Twins Jo Jo and Sophie find their life upended when Katrina blows through their New Orleans neighborhood. As rescue efforts fail, they have no choice but to try to reach safety by raft and swimming. Much has been written about Katrina, but Dodson does an exceptionally fine job of presenting the experience through the eyes of these children. Particularly heart-breaking is the children’s bewilderment upon reaching the Superdome where they have been told to go for shelter. Sadly, it is almost impossible to get food or medical help there. For them, however, there is a happy ending. Very engaging historical fiction ages 7-10 year-olds.”

Subpar Parks by AmberShare
Subpar Parks, both on the popular Instagram page and in this humorous, informative, and collectible book, combine two things that seem like they might not work together yet somehow harmonize perfectly: beautiful illustrations and informative, amusing text celebrating each national park paired with the one- star reviews disappointed tourists have left online. Millions of visitors each year enjoy Glacier National Park, but for one visitor, it was simply “Too cold for me!” Another saw the mind-boggling views of Bryce Canyon as “Too spiky!” Never mind the person who visited the thermal pools at Yellowstone National Park and left thinking, “Save yourself some money, boil some water at home.”

Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings–asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass–offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages ​​of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

truth by Colleen Hoover
Lowen is a struggling writer who accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series, his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines of her, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night her family de ella was forever altered. Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents could devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words from her. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife de ella, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue loving her.

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