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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl

*original stories from an original man* Seven short stories -written for Mr. Dahl’s adult audience- will make readers cry, laugh, ponder, and possibly even comment “how odd” aloud! Henry Sugar’s determination to seeing without using his eyes to the true … Continue reading

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Wars in Toyland by Joe Harris, Adam Pollina, Brent McCarthy, and Nolan Woodward

*war isn’t pretty unless it’s drawn well* A graphic novel aimed at adults but would be equally appropriate for teens, this book has charm, style, wit, and a message (that isn’t too message-y). Younger brother Matthew follows his toy soldiers … Continue reading

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Home Front Girl by Joan Wehlen Morrison

*even war can’t stop teen troubles* Joan Wehlen grew up in the Chicago area in the years leading up to and during World War II. She was encouraged to write by more than one teacher -and she loved doing it- … Continue reading

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News from Heaven by Jennifer Haigh

*coal makes family fires burn bright* A series of stories set into a variety of historical time periods but all featuring the fictional denizens of coaltown Bakerton, Pennsylvania. Some of stories connect through specific characters -or families, some connect in … Continue reading

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Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

*mother brother sisters wife husbands boyfriends* Why this particular story was set in the English heatwave of 1976, I’m still not sure. There are brief mentions of the heat and laws that were enacted to curtail water waste, but it’s … Continue reading

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The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

*twinkle twinkle pretty diamond engagement rings* Built around the central idea of diamond engagement rings and Frances Gerety, the advertising genius behind A Diamond is Forever tagline, this book takes readers into five different stories set into five different time … Continue reading

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Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter

*learn important ideas with easy understanding* Getting right down to business by introducing the idea behind the title in the prologue, it’s impossible not to be intrigued from the get-go. How can you not want to know more about using … Continue reading

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