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BFG, The
(Roald Dahl)
Junior Fiction (219 pages) Recommended for Grades 3-4. Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants. [Kit added 09/2009]
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Fiction

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Bad guys, The
(Blabey, Aaron, )
Juvenile Fiction (139 pages) Recommended for Grades 1-4. Mr Wolf. Mr Shark. Mr Snake. Mr Piranha. They're Bad Guys, everybody knows that. They're scary and dangerous an dwell ... just Bad. But these guys wan to be Heroes. And they're going to prove it by doing good deeds ... whether you want them to or not. Buckle up for the funniest, naughtiest and coolest book you'll ever read - it's time to meet the Bad Guys [Kit added 12/2017]
Genre(s):
Fiction

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139

Kit Level: Kids

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Beartown: a novel
(Backman, Fredrik)
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
Genre(s):
Fiction

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Kit Level: Adult

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Before the fall
(Hawley, Noah)
On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs-the painter-and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members--including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot--the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens.
Genre(s):
Aircraft accident victims -- Fiction
Aircraft accidents Investigation -- Fiction
Airplane crash survival -- Fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)

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391 p

Kit Level: Adult

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: [life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity]
(Katherine Boo)
Annawadi is a settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are filled with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees a fortune beyond counting in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal.
Genre(s):
Nonfiction; Urban poor India; Bombay (India) Economic conditions of the 21st century

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256

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Behold the dreamers: a novel
(Mbue, Imbolo)
At the intersection of "Americanah" and "The Help" comes a riveting debut novel about two marriages - one immigrant and working class, the other from the top 1% - both chasing their version of the American Dream. In the fall of 2007, Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Their situation only improves when Jende's son Neni is hired as household help. But in the course of their work, Jende and Neni begin to witness infidelities, skirmishes, and family secrets. Then, with the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, a tragedy changes all four lives forever, and the Jongas must decide whether to continue fighting to stay in a recession-ravaged America or give up and return home to Cameroon.
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Cameroonians United States -- Fiction
Immigrants United States -- Fiction
Upper class United States -- Fiction
Families -- Fiction

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397 p

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Best bad things, The
(Carrasco, Katrina Marie)
It is 1887, and Alma is on the hunt for stolen opium. Trained in espionage by Pinkerton Detective Agency, Alma now works for Delphine Beaumond, the seductive mastermind of a smuggling ring. Alma's enjoying her dangerous game of shifting identities and double crosses as she fights for a promotion and an invitation back into Delphine's bed. But it's getting harder to keep her stories straight and to know whom to trust. One wrong move and she could be unmasked: as a woman, as a traitor, or as a spy.
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Women detectives -- Fiction
Undercover operations -- Fiction
Opium trade -- Fiction
Smuggling -- Fiction
Eighteen eighties -- Fiction

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386 p.

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Big lies in a small town
(Chamberlain, Diane)
From bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel. North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women's Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold-until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.
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Artists -- Fiction
Mural painting and decoration -- Fiction
Prejudices -- Fiction
Mystery fiction

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391 p.

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Bird box
(Malerman, Josh, )
In Bird Box, brilliantly imaginative debut author Josh Malerman captures an apocalyptic near-future world, where a mother and her two small children must make their way down a river, blindfolded. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them -- but is it man, animal, or monster? Within these tracks, Malerman, a professional musician, discusses his love of horror and invokes an ethereal and atmospheric experience in an homage to Orson Welles a la War of the Worlds.
Genre(s):
Apocalyptic literature
Dystopias
Horror fiction

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260 p

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Blended
(Draper, Sharon M.)
Recommended for grades 4-8. Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police.
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Divorce -- Juvenile fiction
Families Ohio -- Juvenile fiction
Race relations -- Juvenile fiction
Racially mixed people -- Juvenile fiction

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Bomb: the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon
(Sheinkin, Steve)
YA Nonfiction (298 pages) Recommended for Grades 5-12. Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos. [Kit added 01/2018]
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Nonfiction

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Boys In the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest For Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, The
(Brown, Daniel, )
Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.
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Nonfiction; Sports & Recreation: Boating
Rowing; United States History

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Braiding sweetgrass
(Kimmerer, Robin Wall)
As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowing together to reveal what it means to see humans as "the younger brothers of creation." As she explores these themes she circles toward a central argument: the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world. Once we begin to listen for the languages of other beings, we can begin to understand the innumerable life-giving gifts the world provides us and learn to offer our thanks, our care, and our own gifts in return--From back cover
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Nonfiction
Indian philosophy
Ethnoecology
Philosophy of nature
Human ecology Philosophy
Nature Effect of human beings on

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390 p.

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Bride test: a novel, The
(Hoang, Helen)
"Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but he doesn't experience big, important emotions like love and grief. Rather than believing he processes emotions differently due to being autistic, he concludes that he's defective and decides to avoid romantic relationships. So his mother, driven to desperation, takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect mail-order bride. As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity to marry an American arises, she leaps at it, thinking that it could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn't go as planned. Esme's lessons in love seem to be working...but only on herself. She's hopelessly smitten with a man who believes he can never return her affection. Esme must convince Khai that there is more than one way to love. And Khai must figure out the inner workings of his heart before Esme goes home and is an ocean away"-- Provided by publisher
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Mail order brides -- Fiction
Autism -- Fiction
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction
Vietnamese Americans -- Fiction
Racially mixed women -- Fiction

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300 p.

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