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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 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 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 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.
By Robert Flynn. 2009
Sheriff Timpson Smith is the reluctant Korean War hero for the small Texas town of Five Mills, the only survivor… of its Second Platoon. The town has glorified the Platoon, built a statue of Timp, and made him Sheriff; he, in return, has told the town what they wanted to hear about what happened in Korea. But just as he is ready to retire, the truth starts to come out. 2009.
By Michael Ondaatje. 2007
California, 1970s. A man who lost his wife in childbirth is raising his two daughters, Anna and Claire, and tending… his farm with the help of a young man, Coop, who he has more or less adopted. When the older Anna, and Coop fall into a sexual relationship and are discovered, the man becomes violent and Anna and Coop flee forever. The force of this event on how these three individuals lead the rest of their lives is the tripartite tale followed over the course of the next several years. Winner of the 2007 Governor General's Award for Fiction. 2007.
By Sigmund Brouwer. 2014
On a remote island in Washington's Puget Sound that houses a federal prison where his father works, high school senior… King sets out alone to unravel a dark conspiracy after receiving a "fail safe" email from his best friend, who drowned in a boating accident two weeks earlier. Winner of the 2015 Arthur Ellis Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book Award. For senior high readers. 2014.
By Beverly Cleary. 1983
In his letters to his favourite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the… new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world. Newbery Medal winner. Grades 4-7. 1983.
By Laurence Yep. 1975
Eight-year-old Moon Shadow sails from China in 1903 to join his father in San Francisco, in the Land of the… Golden Mountain. The two endure poverty and ridicule while making the father's dream of a flying machine come true. Grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 1975. (Golden Mountain chronicles ; 1903)
By Lee J Hindle. 1984
By J. M Coetzee. 1999
A divorced, middle-aged professor finds himself increasingly unable to resist affairs with his female students. When discovered by the college… authorities he is expected to apologize to save his job, but instead he refuses and resigns, retiring to live with his daughter on her remote farm. 1999 Man Booker Prize. 1999.
By Madeleine Thien. 2016
The author takes us inside two talented families of musicians in China and the lives of two entwined generations -… those who weathered Mao's Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century; and their children, who became the 1989 Tiananmen Square protesters during one of the most important political moments of the past century. Bestseller. Winner of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Fiction. 2016.
By Gary Paulsen. 1985
After listening to stories from Oogruk about the traditional way of life, Russell takes Oogruk's dogsled on a 1400 mile… journey across the tundra and mountains. Junior and senior high. 1986 Newbery Honor book. 1985.
By Tim Winton. 2002
Georgie Jutland is a mess. At forty, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with… a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Her days have fallen into domestic tedium and social isolation. Her nights are a blur of vodka and pointless loitering in cyberspace. Leached of all confidence, Georgie has lost her way; she barely recognizes herself. Strong language. 2002.
By Timothy Findley. 1984
The stories range from the powerful, haunting "Lemonade", where a young boy's world is shattered by his mother's self-destruction, to… the title story, an unusual journey into the complexities of modern relationships. 1984. (Penguin short fiction)
By Joan Hess. 1992
Claire Malloy and her daughter, Caron, are caught in the middle of an ill-tempered gathering at the Louisiana mansion of… Claire's late husband. When the family matriarch is found drowned in the bayou, they must sort through lies and dark family secrets. Winner of both the Agatha and American Mystery Awards. 1992.
By Sarah Strohmeyer. 2003