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By Kelly Regan Barnhill. 2016
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the… forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her. Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal. Grades 5-8. 2016.
By Donna Tartt. 2013
Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise… tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. Bestseller. Pulitzer Prize winner. 2013.
By Anna Pitoniak. 2017
Falling in love as Yale students and moving to New York City in 2008, hedge fund employee Evan is embroiled… in a deal that risks everything he has worked for, while nonprofit employee Julia reconnects with someone from her past who represents a different kind of life. 2017.
By David Rotenberg. 2014
Decker Roberts was born with a gift: he always knows when you’re telling the truth. Over time, however, that gift… has become a burden. Struggling to find his way, Decker has retreated into isolation in Namibia. But a man like Decker can only live off the grid for so long before someone comes looking. When Decker’s estranged son, Seth, is kidnapped, it sets in motion a chain of events as unstoppable as it is mysterious. Yslan Hicks of the NSA desperately needs to find Seth and Decker, so he turns to Decker’s old friends for help. Soon they find themselves confronting an ancient conspiracy as they are inescapably drawn towards a conclusion that will change both themselves and the world around them. Sequel to "A murder of crows". 2014.
By Melodie Campbell. 2013
When jewellery-store owner Gina Gallo and her boyfriend Pete take a week's vacation, she leaves the store in the hands… of her cousin from New York. After all, cousin Carmine is a certified gemologist—but Carmine is also in the Mob. When Gina gets back, she discovers that her cousin has spent his time switching real gems for fakes in the jewellery of some of her best customers. With her reputation on the line, what's a Mob goddaughter to do? Sequel to "The goddaughter". 2013.
By H. J Hutchins. 2013
The summer is off to a lousy start when Levi's bike is stolen from outside the corner store. But when… his best friend Riley's locked bike is stolen the very next day, the boys are determined to get both bikes back. Upon discovering there have been a string of bike thefts in the area, the friends hatch several plans to find the culprit. There are so many potential suspects - Steve Morrow and his gang, the tattooed guy who sits at the bus stop, the owners of the secondhand bike store. There's also Emily Grimshaw, Levi's childhood nemesis, who keeps popping up and showing a peculiar interest in the thefts. Does she really want to help or is she involved somehow? Grades 2-4. 2013.
By Philippa Dowding, Allister Thompson. 2012
Christopher has a problem. He has just moved to Toronto; he’s now in a new school and has no friends.… But even worse, the park next door is creepy: voices whisper in the bushes, and something throws apples at his window and howls at the moon. But what? Gargoyles! Grades 3-6. 2012.
By Iain Lawrence. 2010
When her eight-year-old neighbour is stricken with polio in 1955, eleven-year-old Laurie discovers that there is power in her imagination… as she weaves a story during her visits with him and other patients confined to iron lung machines. Grades 3-6. 2010.
By Elmer Kelton. 2007
Cowboy Hewey Calloway loves to ride the open range like a solitary sailor on an endless sea. So when barbed… wire and newfangled contraptions threaten his world, he's dead-set against progress--until he meets a pretty little teacher. Sequel to “Six bits a day". Followed by "The smiling country". Spur Award. 2007.
By Chelsea Bolan. 2016
Just shy of her fifteenth birthday, Gabriela is cast out of the house for tarnishing the family honour. Furious at… her father and desperate to find Gabriela, her older sister Lucy leaves their small Mexican town, coming face to face with the dark underbelly of Mexico City. Back home, Lucy's parents, brothers, and devious brother-in-law struggle with their own complicity in Gabi's fate. Winner of the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction. 2016.
By Pearl S Buck. 2005
When O-lan, a servant girl, marries the peasant Wang Lung, she toils tirelessly through four pregnancies for their family's survival.… Reward at first is meagre, but there is sustenance in the land - until the famine comes. Half-starved, the family joins thousands of peasants to beg on the city streets. It seems that all is lost, until O-lan's desperate will to survive returns them home with undreamt of wealth. But they have betrayed the earth from which true wealth springs, and the family's money breeds only mistrust, deception - and heartbreak for the woman who had saved them. Followed by "Sons". Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Originally published in 1931, 2005. (Good earth trilogy ; 1)
By Peter Carver, Teresa Toten. 2001
Dani Webster had played the Game with her sister Kelly for as long as she could remember - they had… been on a quest to vanquish evil. But everything is hazy now as she recovers from substance abuse at a psychiatric hospital for 'teens with problems'. Dani must confront a deeper emotional trauma - one which she can neither explain nor recognize - to face her family's deep dysfunctions and eliminate the Game for her life forever. For senior high students. Some strong language. 2003.
By D. F Bailey. 2007
How can a lie possibly be good? This question presses on Paul Wakefield following a kayaking accident on the ocean… surrounding the city of Victoria. His wife and child are threatened by the repercussions that follow the accident, and Paul must decide how to confront the accusations facing him. Knowing the truth will destroy them all, he scrambles for the one thing certain to save a select few: the good lie. Some descriptions of sex, descriptions of violence, and strong language. 2007.
By Anne Enright. 2007
Veronica - once an attention-deprived middle child among 12 siblings, and now an unfulfilled wife and mother - has come… to London to claim the body of her beloved yet estranged brother Liam, who drowned himself at sea. As the nine surviving members of the Hegarty clan converge in Dublin for Liam's wake, Veronica wants to protect the past - and the secret of what transpired in her grandmother's house during the winter of 1968. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007 Man Booker Prize. 2007.
By Julie Lawson. 2000
When Ashley's famous aunt sends her the family goldstone necklace for a birthday present, Ashley is thrilled. She discovers that… if she sleeps while wearing it, she dreams of the future. However, Ashley finds one particular dream disturbing. It is of a boy named Jonathan, whom she sees not only in her dreams, but in real life as well. The dreams grow more frightening until finally, an avalanche brings her face to face with the boy ghost, who has transcended the bounds of time to recover the goldstone and return its magic to the mountain where it was crafted. Grades 5-8. 2000.
By Eric Wilson. 1981
By Lesley Choyce. 1994
Tara and her boyfriend Ron want to write an alternative newspaper about how street kids like Tara's friend Janet are… forced to live on the streets by their parents, teachers, and the police. Suddenly the situation becomes all too real for Tara when her own life falls apart and she finds herself drawn into Janet's world. Junior and Senior High.1994.
By Susin Nielsen-Fernlund. 2010
Violet's TV-director dad has traded a job in Vancouver for one in LA, their old house for a sleek ranch-style… home, and, worst of all, Violet's mother for an actress trophy wife. Violet's younger sister reacts by bed-wetting, her mother dates loser after loser looking for love, and Violet just gets angry. But when her mother takes up with the unfortunately named Dudley Wiener, Violet and her friend Phoebe decide to help her snag George Clooney. Grades 5-8. 2010.
After the harrowing experience of losing his mother while solving a brutal murder in London's East End, young Sherlock Holmes… commits himself to fighting crime. While visiting his father at the magnificent Crystal Palace, Sherlock stops to watch a remarkable and dangerous trapeze performance high above, when suddenly, the troupe's star is dropping toward the floor, landing with a sickening thud just a few feet away. In the mayhem that follows, Sherlock notices something that no one else sees - something is amiss with the trapeze bar! His discovery will put him on a frightening, twisted trail that leads to an entire gang of notorious criminals. Grades 3-6. 2008.
By Cyndi Sand-Eveland. 2008
When sixth-grader Gene Tucks moves south, she dreads being the new kid at school, and her teacher's hundred-day journal-writing assignment… - he wants to lock the journals in the town museum's vault for forty years so future grade-sixers will read them. At first, Gene has trouble writing to someone who isn't even born yet, but little by little, Dear Nobody becomes Dear Somebody, who evolves into Dear Toni. And bit by bit, Toni, a good listener, becomes a best friend to whom Gene tells everything - and there's lots to tell. Grades 5-8. Winner of the Silver Birch Express Award 2010. 2008.