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Sacrifice
(Bolton, S. J.)
In this masterful debut that starts off as a mystery and becomes much more, Tora Hamilton is an outsider at her new home on the rocky, windswept Shetland Islands, a hundred miles from the northeastern tip of Scotland. Though her husband grew up here, it's the first time he's been back in twenty years. Digging in the peat on their new property, Tora unearths a human body, at first glance a centuries-old bog body, interesting but not uncommon. But realizing that the body is in fact much newer, that the woman's heart has been cut out, and that she was killed within a few days of bearing a child, Tora, herself an obstetrician, becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to her―even when the police, her colleagues, and eventually her husband warn her against getting involved. Sacrifice is a bone-chilling, spellbinding debut about secrets worth killing for that will grip readers from its beginning to its startling end.
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Women surgeons -- Fiction
Women Crimes against -- Fiction
Murder Investigation -- Fiction
Legends Scotland Shetland -- Fiction

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379 p.

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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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232 p

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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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290 p

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Sellout, The (Hardback)
(Beatty, Paul )
"Raised in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens--improbably smack in the middle of downtown L.A.--the narrator of The Sellout resigned himself to the fate of all other middle-class Californians: "to die in the same bedroom you'd grown up in, looking up at the crack in the stucco ceiling that had been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist at Riverside Community College, he spent his childhood as the subject in psychological studies, classic experiments revised to include a racially-charged twist. He also grew up believing this pioneering work might result in a memoir that would solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a shoot out with the police, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral and some maudlin what-ifs. Fuelled by this injustice and the general disrepair of his down-trodden hometown, he sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident--the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins, our narrator initiates a course of action--one that includes reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school--destined to bring national attention. These outrageous events land him with a law suit heard by the Supreme Court, the latest in a series of cases revolving around the thorny issue of race in America. The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the most sacred tenets of the U.S. Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality--the black Chinese restaurant"-- Provided by publisher (This kit contains hardback books).
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Fathers and sons -- Fiction
Race relations -- Fiction
FICTION / African American / General THIS KIT CONTAINS HARDBACK BOOKS

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288 p

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She would be king: a novel (Hardback)
(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. Moore's intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just in these three characters but also in the fleeting spirit of the wind, who embodies an ancient wisdom. "If she was not a woman," the wind says of Gbessa, "she would be king." In this vibrant story of the African diaspora, Moore, a talented storyteller and a daring writer, illuminates with radiant and exacting prose the tumultuous roots of a country inextricably bound to the United States. She Would Be King is a novel of profound depth set against a vast canvas and a transcendent debut from a major new author."--Amazon.com (This kit contains hardback books).
Genre(s):
Outcasts -- Fiction
Liberia History Fiction
Historical fiction (THIS KIT CONTAINS HARDBACK BOOKS

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294 p

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Silver Linings Playbook
(Matthew Quick)
After Pat Peoples and his wife Nikki separate, he goes to live with his parents but everything seems changed. No one wants to talk to him about Nikki, his old friends are busy with their families, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as therapy. He meets Tiffany, a clinically depressed widow, who offers to act as a liaison between the couple if Pat will give up watching football, agrees to perform in the Dance Away Depression competition and not tell anyone about their contract.
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Fiction; Divorced Men; Widows; Depression; Denial; Humorous Stories

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289

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Sing, unburied, sing: a novel (Hardback)
(Ward, Jesmyn)
A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward. In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi's past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward is a major American writer, multiply awarded and universally lauded, and in Sing, Unburied, Sing she is at the height of her powers. 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. Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward's distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature"-- Provided by publisher (This kit contains hardback books).
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African American children -- Fiction
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction
Drug addicts -- Fiction
Children of prisoners -- Fiction THIS KIT CONTAINS HARDBACK BOOKS

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289 p

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Sisters brothers
(deWitt, Patrick, )
When a frontier baron known as the Commodore orders Charlie and Eli Sisters, his hired gunslingers, to track down and kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm, the brothers journey from Oregon to San Francisco, and eventually to Warm's claim in the Sierra foothills, running into a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers
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Brothers -- Fiction
Gold miners -- Fiction
Frontier and pioneer life West (U.S.) -- Fiction
Western stories

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Sixth extinction: an unnatural history
(Kolbert, Elizabeth.)
Provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
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Nonfiction

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Skeletons on the Zahara: a true story of survival
(King, Dean, )
A masterpiece of historical adventure, Skeletons on the Zahara chronicles the true story of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the perilous heart of the Sahara.
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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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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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Songs of Willow Frost: a novel
(Ford, Jamie.)
With his friend Charlotte, twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, escapes from a Seattle orphanage determined to find his mother Willow and discover his connection to the exotic film star
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Orphanages -- Fiction
Mother and child -- Fiction
Actress -- Fiction


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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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Non-Fiction
Octopuses Behavior
Human-animal communication
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Speak
(Anderson, Laurie Halse.)
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect of Melinda's freshman year in high school [Kit added 1/2017]
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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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Starvation
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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
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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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Stone Fox
(John Reynolds Gardiner)
Junior Fiction (85 pages) Recommended for Grades 3-5. Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the prize money from a dog sled race he enters. [Kit added 02/2011]
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Fiction

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Storied life of A.J. Fikry, The
(Zevin, Gabrielle.)
When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life
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Fiction


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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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Hermits Maine Smithfield Region -- Biography
Recluses Maine Smithfield Region -- Biography
Thieves Maine Smithfield Region -- Biography

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