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I’LL FOLLOW THE MOON by Stephanie Lisa Tara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"Regrettably, it's just not enough to save this one—the relationship between mother and offspring is never detailed enough for readers to celebrate their reunion, and the scientific facts are poorly worded and missing important details. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gorgeous watercolors chronicle the journey of a baby sea turtle from its hatching to its first swim in the sea. Read full book review >

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LISA CAREY
by Megan Labrise

The Stolen Child may be set on a fairy-filled Irish island, but it is “Magical realism of the best kind, utterly devoid of whimsy,” according to Kirkus’ starred review.

“My friends loved that quote, ‘utterly devoid of whimsy,’ ” says author Lisa Carey, who was recently abroad in Turkey, where we reached her by phone. “They said that ...


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LISA BUNKER
by Megan Labrise

Some of the best advice Lisa Bunker received for writing a book had nothing to do with writing a book.

“The best advice I ever got for naming a child was ‘use all the names you love,’ ” says Bunker, author of Felix Yz. “By the time the next kid comes along, you’ll love different names—don’t hold one for ...


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STEPHANIE POWELL WATTS
by Maya Payne Smart

Ominous and timely, No One Is Coming to Save Us explores the sense of displacement and dispossession that burrows within communities—and individuals—when work vanishes. The novel follows residents of Pinewood, a declining North Carolina factory town, as they ponder the twin perils of staying stuck in the stubborn red clay beneath them or moving earth to cut their own new ...


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FOR VALENTINE’S WEEK, A HAPPY READING SIGH
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I’ve been waiting to read Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring since I heard it was coming. Combining her current Ravenel series with the Wallflowers is a stroke of brilliance—and since one of my all-time favorite romance couples is Sebastian and Evie – and this one matches their son Gabriel with the quirky entrepreneur Pandora Ravenel – I simply ...


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THE STARS OF SUMMER by Tara Dairman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"How Gladys rises to these and other challenges is the fun of the story, and despite the novel's flaws, middle-grade girls should enjoy the ride. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old girl who freelances as a restaurant reviewer (her employer doesn't know her age) finds it increasingly difficult to keep her job secret from her parents while dealing with the problems of being a first-time camper and counselor-in-training. Read full book review >

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THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR (PATHETIC) LIFE by Tara Altebrando
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2012

"Funny and nostalgic, a highly contemporary riff on a timeless rite of passage. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
It's the week before high school graduation, time for the annual Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. Over a long day, Mary and the three other members of her team will bond one last time, settle old scores with rival teams, and pursue the elusive prize: a giant lawn-ornament Yeti. Read full book review >

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AM I THE LAST VIRGIN? by Tara Roberts
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"These reflections are as mesmerizing as the revelations offered on talk shows, and just as earnest, but do not withstand scrutiny on the page. (Anthology. 12+)"
Subtitled African American Reflections on Sex and Love, this is an uneven collection of personal accounts of rape, child abuse, incest, AIDS, abortion, homosexuality, and failed relationships (with men, with mothers). Read full book review >

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THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET by Tara  Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A tender, harrowing story of family, friendship, and the pursuit of freedom. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Forced to labor on an Ivory Coast cacao plantation, Amadou risks everything for freedom. Read full book review >

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THE LEAVING by Tara Altebrando
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 7, 2016

"A twisting and turning mystery that will grip readers even if it is at times a bit difficult to follow. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Five teens who were part of a group of six that vanished as kindergartners reappear as mysteriously as they went missing in this thriller. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A book that should have wide appeal, not only to those fighting the battle of the bulge."
Americans spend more money on the war against fat than the war against terror. As Tara writes, "we are indeed a nation at war with a body part." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2016

"A significant work of social history bound to please serious readers and scholars."
The story of more than 55 million people who succumbed to "America fever" and emigrated from Eastern Europe in the century before World War II. Read full book review >