“The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by Alan Bradley

  Flavia de Luce is a precocious and lonely 11-year-old living in a moldering estate in rural England not long after WWII. Her father ignores her (unless he’s taking her to task over her latest peccadillo), her older sisters either torment her or dismiss her, and her one friend – the family man-of-all-work – is […]

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“Santa Duck” by David Milgrim

Nicholas Duck receives a surprise one day- his very own Santa hat. As he wears it around town, all the other animals start telling him what they want for Christmas, even though he doesn’t understand why (hint: it’s the hat!) Finally, after meeting Santa Claus himself, Nicholas helps to make sure all the animals get […]

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“Arabella of Mars” by David Levine

Arabella loves growing up wild on her family’s plantation on Mars, where she savors the freedom and wonder of the beautiful and stark landscape. So when her mother forces her to travel to Earth to learn to be a proper lady, Arabella is devastated.  When disaster strikes at home and she desperately needs to get […]

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

This award winning young adult novel by Benjamin Alire Saenz follows two teens, Aristotle and Dante, growing up in 1980s El Paso, Texas. They meet each other over summer break at the swimming pool where Dante offers to teach Ari how to swim, and friendship slowly blossoms. The two boys are pretty different from each […]

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“Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places” by Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey explores the haunted history of America in this brand new bestselling book! Dickey traces different avenues in American history and culture through the various “haunted” buildings and towns that encapsulate an aspect of American culture. The ghost story and haunted building is used as a mirror to reflect the triumphs, anxieties, hopes and […]

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