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The Pursuit of Cool

Rating: 5
Lance Rally is the type of guy who does not know how to fit in with any particular group. So as a freshman when he stumbles and fumbles into one of Langford College’s most popular crews, he is quite surprised.
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Plowed In: More Switchblade Stories

Rating: 4
These twenty-five short stories are snapshots into human emotions, thoughts, which reveal macabre darkness in human interaction and psyche, twists of fate and irreverent, tongue-in-cheek examinations of cultural icons.
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The Last Paradise

Rating: 5
The Last Paradise is panoramic in its description of a grand city—Galveston, Texas—and a country that is still seething with racial strife. But despite the turmoil, born anew, the city bustles with a growing population, industry, culture, money and an elegance and optimism that looks toward a limitless future.
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Bengali Girls Don't

Rating: 4
L. A. Sherman's first novel, "Bengali Girls Don't," is a true and heart-wrenching tale of culture, conflict and a spirited young girl who must grow up in the midst of strict Muslim tradition and find her way to a freedom that is denied all woman.
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Love and War

Rating: 4
Two young people from wildly different backgrounds meet by chance while traveling along a desolate Arizona highway in the year 1970.
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Following My Toes

Rating: 4
Faith Emerson has some serious intuition. In fact, she thinks that she is psychic.
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Here, Home, Hope

Rating: 4
Author, Kaira Rouda has written a simple tale that touches on many complex issues so close to women; from self esteem to social pressure, from eating disorders to familial discord and the search for self fulfillment, with warmth and humor.
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A Family Institution

Rating: 4
"A Family Institution" centers on a man's quest to discover what happened to his Aunt Eva, who, at age twelve was sent to an asylum. Eva died there, and his mother and aunt had kept that secret from him all these years..
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Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot

Rating: 4
Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot is actually two books. The first part of the story traces author Guy Magar’s roller-coaster career in the movie and tv business; the second recounts his wife's battle with leukemia.
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Slammed

Rating: 4
Colleen Hoover’s debut novel is a coming-of-age story about eighteen-year-old Layken who is forced, after the death of her father, to move from her childhood home in Texas house to Michigan.
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Farsighted

Rating: 4
High school sophomore Alex Kosmitoras is blind. And just when he thinks his loser life isn’t hard enough, he can see - into the future.
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The Day No One Played Together

Rating: 4
The Day No One Played Together is a winner of the Mom’s Choice Award and is concise but descriptive and teaches children about how to work together and make compromises.
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Vikram and the Enchanted Seals

Rating: 4
After the death of his grandmother, 11-year old Vikram and his family leave their home in California and head to a small village in India to see Vikram’s grandfather. Here, instead of the boring trip that Vikram expected, Vikram discovers magic, creatures and the richness and value of his life and culture.
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Sandcastles Last Forever

Rating: 4
Sandcastles Last Forever is a sweet and nostalgic story of youth, disappointment and the power of love.
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Aggie’s Nine Heroes

Rating: 4
Aggie’s Nine Heroes takes us on the journey from a fourth grade girl doodling in a notebook about her dream to someday establish a crack team of special agents, all the way to actually seeing her plan to fruition. Just as her vision becomes reality, her team’s greatest rescue may be a matter of life and death for one of their own.
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Vaults of Power

Rating: 4
Our story opens on a boat off the Florida coast where Robyn Gabriel is jolted out of sleep on hearing that her estranged twin, Sybil, has been injured in a bizarre accident in the south of France.
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The Haunting of Wolfe Haven

Rating: 4
Three years ago Riley Russell fled her life with her husband Tristan. Now, she returns to Wolfe Haven, and to the mysteries and manipulation that continue to haunt the sinister ancestral home.
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Devil in a Diaper

Rating: 4
Eric Lohla has written a hilarious stream of consciousness, or rather semi-consciousness, about his first three months with Jack: his newborn son, the son he has always wanted, the colicky son, the son in desperate need of an exorcist.
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Here’s to Not Catching our Hair on Fire

Rating: 4
Reading Here’s to not Catching our Hair on Fire feels like you have just met up with an old friend who has just gulped down a high caffeine drink and is catching you up on her whole sometimes ordinary and other times zany life with all its ups and down which are at times made more difficult, crazy and humorous because of author Stacey Turis’s “unreliable brain” that is battling with ADHD and giftedness.
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An Agoraphobic's Guide to Hollywood

Rating: 4
The year is 1990 and, though there are already rumors of strange goings-on, Michael Jackson is at the height of his power.
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St. Louis Hustle

Rating: 4
In “St. Louis Hustle”, the second book in Claire Applewhite’s ‘Nam noir series, Elvin Suggs, Cobra Glynes and Diamond “Di” Redding are hired to shadow a philandering husband and the plot quickly turns deadly as the investigation intensifies.
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The Parachutist's Daughter

Rating: 5
Gabriella is a skilled member of Nokmim, a secret Israeli organization tasked with hunting down and exterminating Nazi war criminals. During a trip to Nicaragua to hunt down war criminal, Friedrich Guderian, Gabriella discovers Father Christian, a missionary priest.
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The Tesla Formula

Rating: 4
Nicolas Kublicki weaves a complicated thriller about greed, international politics and petro terrorism in The Tesla Formula, his second book in the Patrick Carlton Adventure series.
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Neiko's Five Land Adventure

Rating: 4
Amanda Hawk is an eighteen year old girl from Loganville, Georgia who becomes brave warrior Captain Neiko Kidd in the make-believe land of Quari, where she leads her action figures against the evil Crackedskulls.