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Dancing on Rocks

By Rose Senehi

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Georgie Haydock requests a four-month leave of absence to take care of her mom who is injured in a motorcycle accident, little does she know returning to her hometown of Chimney Rock, North Carolina would set off a sequence of events that will force her to face her fears once and for all.

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Young Soldiers, Amazing Warriors.

By Robert Sholly

Rating:  star star star star star 

An officer who served with, and finally commanded, a rifle battalion in Vietnam tells the story of his time there and of the bravery and sacrifices of his men.

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Red Sand

By Ronan Cray

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Ronan Cray fully engages the reader from the start with a curious letter to the reader that explains why he wrote the book, confessing that it gave him nightmares and asking for a moment of silence for “all those lost souls and the horror of their end”.

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The Strange Birth, Short Life And Sudden Death Of Justice Girl

By Julian David Stone

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE STRANGE BIRTH, SHORT LIFE AND SUDDEN DEATH OF JUSTICE GIRL is, on first glance, a history of the birth of live television in the mid-50s. Beneath this veneer, it is also the history of America dealing with World War II, Communism and the true meaning of justice in this new society.

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Crazy for Italian Food

By Joe Famularo

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this assortment of stories, Famularo takes us back to the west side of Manhattan during the World War II era. The strength and traditions of his close-knit Italian family are evident in his recollection of growing up in the city.

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Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer

By Will Summerhouse

Rating:  star star star star star 

Orion Poe is an inquisitive young boy of eleven living on the coast of Maine with his crotchety but loving grandfather who keeps the lighthouse. The night of a hurricane-type storm, Orion notices a ship being swept toward the rocks by monstrous waves,. He finds a ship called Lady Jane and a man with a purple nose.

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Bloom

By Martin Kee

Rating:  star star star star star 

BLOOM relates the respective stories of Tennyson Middlebrook and his best friend, Allison, young children living in a world that is on the brink of collapse thanks to a parasitic fungus called “bloom” and that of Lil’it, a feh considered less than human who is passed around like an abused puppy bought on a whim.

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To Keep My Body Safe, I Have A Plan

By Katherine Eskovitz

Rating:  star star star star star 

TO KEEP MY BODY SAFE, I HAVE A PLAN equips children with tools for thinking through a dangerous environment, with logical steps for personal safety. It lays the groundwork for a child’s healthy self-esteem by helping the child to know that his or her feelings are valid.

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Pie Rats

By Cameron Stelzer

Rating:  star star star star star 

PIE RATS: THE FORGOTTEN MAP, by Cameron Stelzer, is a delight from start to finish. A children’s book with an artist’s touch; it is a treasure worth seeking.

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The Christmas Tree Elf

By Valentine D’Arcy Sheldon

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Mr. and Mrs. Claus stroll through the Christmas tree forest with their dog Blazer, they are awestruck by its magnificence. When Santa explains that legend has it that the forest owes its beauty to the Magical Christmas Tree Elves, Mrs. Claus scoffs. Still, she can’t help but want a tree of her own.

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The Millenial Sword

By Shannon Phillips

Rating:  star star star star star 

Recently graduated, Viveca Janssen moves from her parent’s Ohio home to San Francisco. On her very first day, she is shaken by a strange face appearing outside her window. Hours later, a middle aged “hippie lady” tells Viveca that she is the new “Lady of the Lake” and gives her a sword claimed to be the Excalibur.

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The Bank Holiday Murders

By Tom Wescott

Rating:  star star star star star 

Jack the Ripper terrorized the Whitechapel district of London’s East End in 1888. That hasn’t ever been in question. What has been in question are two major topics: Who was Jack the Ripper and which murders belong to him?