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Samantha Spinner and the super-secret plans
(Ginns, Russell )
Recommended for Grades 4-6. Samantha's uncle mysteriously disappears, leaving behind extravagant gifts for her siblings and an old, rusty, red umbrella for Samantha that may contain clues to his whereabouts.
Genre(s):
Mystery fiction
Missing persons
Adventure stories

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Sarah Canary
(Fowler, Karen Joy)
Chin Ah Kin is the reluctant hero of this search across Washington Territory for Sarah Canary. The year is 1873, one that holds promise for the emancipation of women, yet things couldn't be worse for Sarah. Chin first encounters her when she suddenly appears on the periphery of his camp. Because Sarah only speaks nonsense, Chin decides she is crazy and sets off with her to an asylum in Stellacoom. But because of her inability to communicate, Sarah soon becomes separated from Chin. Without her to justify his presence in the wilderness, Chin becomes the scapegoat for all the evil deeds around him.--From Library Journal
Genre(s):
Chinese Americans Northwest, Pacific History 19th century -- Fiction
Western fiction

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Say nothing: a true story of murder and memory in Northern Ireland
(Keefe, Patrick Radden)
"A stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions. In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress."-- Provided by publisher
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Nonfiction
Abduction Northern Ireland History
Murder Northern Ireland History
Abduction
Murder

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441

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Sea of Tranquility
(Mandel, Emily St. John)
"The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from an island off Vancouver in 1912 to a dark colony of the moon three hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and planets. Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal--an experience that shocks him to his core. Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. She's traveling all over Earth, but her home is the second moon colony, a place of white stone, spired towers, and artificial beauty. Within the text of Olive's best-selling pandemic novel lies a strange passage: a man plays his violin for change in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him. When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the black-skied Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: The exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe. "-- Provided by publisher
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Space and time -- Fiction
Space colonies -- Fiction
Women authors -- Fiction
Epidemics -- Fiction
Epidemics

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255 p.

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Searching for Sylvie Lee: a novel
(Kwok, Jean)
Sylvie, the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother--and then vanishes. Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn't rejoin her family in America until age nine. Timid and shy, Amy has always looked up to her sister, the fierce and fearless protector who showered her with unconditional love. But what happened to Sylvie? Amy and her parents are distraught and desperate for answers. Sylvie has always looked out for them. Now, it's Amy's turn to help. Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sister's movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen. But instead of simple answers, she discovers something much more valuable: the truth. Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secrets . . . secrets that will reveal more about Amy's complicated family--and herself--than she ever could have imagined.
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Chinese American women -- Fiction
Immigrants United States -- Fiction
Missing persons Investigation -- Fiction

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She would be king: a novel
(Moore, Wayetu )
Wayetu Moore's powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia's early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them.
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Outcasts -- Fiction
Liberia History Fiction
Historical fiction

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Silent patient, The
(Michaelides, Alex)
Alicia Berenson is a famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, living in a posh area of London. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late. Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word
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Family violence -- Fiction
Married people -- Fiction
Husbands Crimes against -- Fiction
Murder -- Fiction

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Sing, unburied, sing: a novel
(Ward, Jesmyn)
Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.
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African American children -- Fiction
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction
Drug addicts -- Fiction
Children of prisoners -- Fiction

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Smoke gets in your eyes: and other lessons from the crematory
(Doughty, Caitlin, )
The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes.
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Nonfiction; Undertakers and undertaking United States -- Biography
Undertakers and undertaking -- Anecdotes
Cremation

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241 p

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Snapdragon
(Leyh, Kat)
Recommended for grades: 4-6. "Snap's town had a witch. At least, that's how the rumor goes. But in reality, Jacks is just a crocks-wearing, internet-savvy old lady who sells roadkill skeletons online--after doing a little ritual to put their spirits to rest. It's creepy, sure, but Snap thinks it's kind of cool, too. They make a deal: Jacks will teach Snap how to take care of the baby opossums that Snap rescued, and Snap will help Jacks with her work. But as Snap starts to get to know Jacks, she realizes that Jacks may in fact have real magic--and a connection with Snap's family's past."--Provided by publisher
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Girls -- Comic books, strips, etc
Witches -- Comic books, strips, etc
Magic -- Comic books, strips, etc
Interpersonal relations -- Comic books, strips, etc
Single-parent families -- Comic books, strips, etc

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Snow falling on cedars
(Guterson, David)
A "finely wrought, flawlessly written" novel (New York Times Book Review), set on a small island in the Puget Sound, that is "at various moments a courtroom drama, an interracial love story, and a war chronicle" (San Francisco Chronicle). "Guterson has fashioned something haunting and true" (Pico Iyer, Time). Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. A fall 1999 major motion picture.
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Japanese Americans Washington (State) -- Fiction
Trials (Murder) Washington (State) -- Fiction

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So lucky
(Griffith, Nicola)
Mara Tagarelli is, professionally, the head of a multimillion-dollar AIDS foundation; personally, she is a committed martial artist. But her life has turned inside out like a sock. She can't rely on family, her body is letting her down, and friends and colleagues are turning away--they treat her like a victim. She needs to break that narrative: build her own community, learn new strengths, and fight. But what do you do when you find out that the story you've been told, the story you'vetold yourself, is not true? How can you fight if you can't trust your body? Who can you rely on if those around you don't have your best interests at heart, and the systems designed to help do more harm than good? Mara makes a decision and acts, but her actions unleash monsters aimed squarely at the heart of her new community. This is fiction from the front lines, incandescent and urgent, a narrative juggernaut that rips through sentiment to expose the savagery of America's treatment of the disabled and chronically ill. But So Lucky also blazes with hope and a ferocious love of self, of the life that becomes possible when we stop believing lies.
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Health services accessibility United States -- Fiction
Multiple sclerosis Psychological aspects -- Fiction
Life change events -- Fiction
Health services accessibility

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180 p.

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So you want to talk about race
(Oluo, Ijeoma)
A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide. In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor at Large of The Establishment, Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.
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Nonfiction
Intercultural communication
Racism United States
SOCIAL SCIENCE Ethnic Studies African American Studies

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Soul of an octopus: a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness
(Montgomery, Sy)
In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities -- gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food. Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.
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Nonfiction
Octopuses Behavior
Human-animal communication
Human-animal relationships

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Stand up, Yumi Chung
(Kim, Jessica)
Recommended for grades 7-9. When eleven-year-old Yumi Chung stumbles into a kids' comedy camp she is mistaken for another student, so she decides to play the part.
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Juvenile Fiction Korean American youth California Los Angeles -- Juvenile fiction
Immigrant families California Los Angeles -- Juvenile fiction

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Stars are fire: a novel
(Shreve, Anita)
A novel based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history follows the experiences of a pregnant woman who struggles to protect her two young children and watches her home burn while her husband joins the volunteer firefighters.
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Great Fire, Maine, 1947 -- Fiction
Life change events -- Fiction
Single mothers -- Fiction

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Starvation Heights
(Olsen, Gregg)
True story of two wealthy British heiresses who traveled to the Pacific Northwest to undergo the revolutionary "fasting treatment" of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. Within a month of their arrival, they were emaciated and waiting for death, and they were not the first victims of Linda Hazzard.
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Nonfiction
Starvation
Fasting
Medical personnel Malpractice Washington (State) Olalla
Quacks and quackery Washington (State) Olalla

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Stay with me: A novel
(Adebayo, Ayobami)
Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage -- after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures -- Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time -- until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does -- but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.
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Fiction - Nigeria
Polygamy
Infertility
Pregnancy

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Stella by starlight
(Draper, Sharon M. )
Recommended for Grades 4-6. When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.
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Prejudices -- Juvenile fiction
Segregation -- Juvenile fiction
Civil rights -- Juvenile fiction
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction
North Carolina History 20th century Juvenile fiction

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320 p

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Stranger in the woods: the extraordinary story of the last true hermit
(Finkel, Michael)
"For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even in winter, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water, to avoid freezing to death. -- Publisher description
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Nonfiction:
Hermits Maine Smithfield Region -- Biography
Recluses Maine Smithfield Region -- Biography
Thieves Maine Smithfield Region -- Biography

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Such a fun age: a novel
(Reid, Kiley)
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.
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Babysitters -- Fiction
Malicious accusation -- Fiction
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
African American women -- Fiction
Race relations -- Fiction

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