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By Catriona Ward. 2017
1910. Eleven-year-old Iris Villarca lives with her father at Rawblood, a lonely house on Dartmoor. Iris and her father are… the last of their name. The Villarcas always die young, bloodily, because of a congenital disease, which means she must be strictly isolated. But one sunlit autumn day, beside her mother's grave, she forces the truth from her father. The disease is a lie, to cover a darker secret - the Villarcas are haunted, through the generations, by her. She is white, skeletal, covered with scars. Her origins are a mystery but her purpose is clear. When a Villarca marries, when they love, when they have a child - she comes and death follows. 2017.
By Karen Rivers. 2016
Kammie Summers has fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into a popular club; now trapped in the dark,… waiting to be rescued, Kammie thinks about the best and worst moments of her life so far in this unforgettable story about a bullied girl. Grades 4-7. 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 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 Billy Lee Brammer. 2006
Brammer, who served on Lyndon Johnson's staff, uses his knowledge as a political insider to show the good and the… bad of politics. Three interlocking tales each feature a different protagonist - a state legislator, a junior senator, and the governor's press secretary - and illuminate the figure of Arthur "Goddam" Fenstemaker, a master politician and the governor of Texas. Considered a ruthless, exuberant politician, Fenstemaker works for the ultimate good of the people, even though he often employs questionable methods. 2006.
By Frank Turner Hollon. 2003
Gabriel has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for a murder he did not commit. While jailed, he… reads about a man who has been cured of cancer, supposedly proving God's existence. Gabriel is unimpressed. If God exists, why doesn't He make Himself known in a vile place like prison? With nothing but time on his hands, Gabriel begins filing away any and all evidence he can find that God might be real. 2003.
By Simon Mawer. 2009
High on a Czechoslovak hill, the Landauer House shines as a wonder of steel and glass and onyx built specially… for newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile. But the radiant honesty of 1930 that the house, with its unique Glass Room, seems to engender quickly tarnishes as the storm clouds of WW2 gather, and eventually the family must flee, accompanied by Viktor's lover and her child. But the house's story is far from over, and as it passes from hand to hand, from Czech to Russian. 2009.
By Rosemary Aitken. 2007
Victoria Flower, motherless and nearing womanhood, is beginning to chafe against the restrictions of her life as the vicar's only… daughter in a remote Cornish mining town. Her well-meaning father thinks he has found a suitable companion for her when he introduces a gentle, musical young curate into the parish. Sequel to "The silent shore". Followed by "The Fregenza girls". 2007. (Cornish sagas ; 6)
By Kent Harrington. 2008
Mexico City. Dr. Collin Reeves has found a semi-comfortable niche performing occasional chores for the CIA, acting as a go… to doctor for the U.S. embassy when American tourists need medical attention, and pursuing his avocation of painting. When CIA veterans Alex Law and Butch Nickels get wind of a possible terrorist bombing plot, they use any means to extract information that might prevent it. Reeves, pressed to keep alive suspects who are being tortured, faces both a moral dilemma and personal danger. Some strong language, some descriptions of violence, and some descriptions of sex. c2008.
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 J. P Donleavy. 1963
A bawdy comic novel centring on Sebastian Dangerfield, an ex-G.I. living in post-war Dublin with his wife and child, and… who occasionally studies at Trinity College. The author uses his main character to express "the sheer ache of living". Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1963.
By Gordon D Shirreffs. 1986
When a notorious band of Mexican outlaws hunt scalps for bounty and murder for fun, they encounter a new and… powerful enemy. Major Alec Kershaw, a man of rawhide and steel, faces them with a steady gun and two strong allies -- Baishan, an Apache chief and warrior, and Anne Sinclair, fiancée of Kershaw's commanding officer and long-time rival. Some strong language and violence. 1986.
By Amy Goldman Koss. 2000
Candace, popular leader of a middle school clique, manipulates and ostracizes other kids. Her former friends (each telling her story)… are hurt and embarrassed, but gradually realize that there are more important issues than being cool. For grades 5-8. 2000.
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 Sam Hanna Bell. 1974
Sarah Gomartin, the servant girl on Andrew Echlin's farm, bears a child to one of Andrew's sons. But which one?… Her steadfast refusal to "bend and contrive things" by choosing one of the brothers reverberates through theitan Ulster community, alienating clergy and neighbours, hastening her mother's death,and casting a shadow on her son. 1974.
By Chad Henry. 1999
Tim Threlfall is the lead of an alternative Seattle rock group named DogBreath. With Phoebe, a singer, they join a… battle-of-the-bands contest hoping to clinch a record contract. Tim is humiliated, however, when his mom's secret band, The Angry Housewives, wins instead. For junior and senior high readers. 1999.
By Richard Peck. 1999
Carol Peterson, middle daughter of a single mother, gets the responsibilities while her older sister enjoys freedom and popularity. But… Carol's difficulties also mature her so she is better able to help and understand her family. Basis for the movie Gas Food Lodging. For junior and senior high readers. Some strong language. 1999.
By Joan Barfoot. 1985