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The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. Rowling Year Published: Average J.

Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay. When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone… Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.

Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf. Rowling Note: This book is available in our Library. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith.

Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment.

A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck Year Published: Average To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light—these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.

With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and the unexpected kindness of strangers. The story is of the orphan Oliver Twist, who starts his life in a workhouse and is then sold into apprenticeship with an undertaker. He escapes from there and travels to London, where he meets the Artful Dodger, a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets led by the elderly criminal Fagin.

Oliver Twist is notable for its unromantic portrayal by Dickens of criminals and their sordid lives, as well as for exposing the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the midth century. Zimmerman Year Published: Average A revised edition of the bestselling Robert's Rules in Plain English, which still stands as the most concise, most-user friendly guide to parliamentary procedure on the market today.

If you've ever had to run a meeting according to parliamentary procedures, you know just how difficult it is to keep track of all the rules, much less follow them. Figuring out what to say and how to say it seems an impossible task. Robert's Rules in Plain English, 2nd edition, is the solution to that problem. Not only does it provide you with the essential, basic rules in simple, straightforward English, it also includes summaries, outlines, charts, and sample dialogues so you can see exactly how these rules work in practice. With an extended glossary and new chapters on electronic meetings and internet usage, Robert's Rules in Plain English, 2nd edition, is an authoritative, modern guide to running a meeting successfully and keeping it on track.

Zimmerman Note: This book is available in our Library. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved.

Has she done more harm than good? Bait is both the coloring book debut and the second short story collection for Palahniuk, author of Lullaby and Fight Club. The 8. Each story is paired with pieces of colorable original art, nearly 50 in all! Bait Chuck Palahniuk. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, spending all her free time at a homeless shelter. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret—a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Year Published: Average On November 15, , in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence. What Light by Jay Asher Year Published: Average Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season.

So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other. By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible. By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, the New York Times bestseller City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

Beginning in November , strikes by fast food workers spread across the country, landing in Seattle in May A blueprint for a different and hopeful American future, The Fight for Fifteen offers concrete tools, ideas, and inspiration for anyone interested in real change in our lifetimes. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes Year Published: Average This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.

Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Year Published: Average They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child.

Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation. Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam Year Published: Challenging Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work—but no longer. Until the publication of this groundbreaking work, no one had so deftly diagnosed the harm that these broken bonds have wreaked on our physical and civic health, nor had anyone exalted their fundamental power in creating a society that is happy, healthy, and safe.

Bowling Alone Robert D. Putnam Note: This book is available in our Library. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.

As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RV named the Chateau, and at first their trip feels like a vacation: They see bears and bison, they eat hot dogs cooked on a bonfire, and they spend nights parked along icy cold rivers in dark forests. But as they drive, pushed north by the ubiquitous wildfires, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined, past mistakes pursuing her tiny family, even to the very edge of civilization.

Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

By contrast, in the Supreme Court gave corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Zephyr Teachout shows that Citizens United was both bad law and bad history. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama.

Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message. Rage and grief are destroying her. And her father has determined that accompanying him to Paris for winter break is the solution for everything. But Paris is a city of ghosts for Andi. And when she finds a centuries-old diary, the ghosts begin to walk off the page. Alexandrine, the owner of the journal, lived during the French Revolution.

When I almost died it was just after midday. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, , when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won't last long, the wife has seen to that.

He's back where he started, but this go-round he's got more at stake than his own life. The time has arrived. Rize or Die. His best friend, Alex, is trying to score vicariously through him; his brother is a giant pain; and his father keeps bugging him to get motivated. Needless to say, while Vince's family's connections can be handy for certain things-like when teachers are afraid to give him a bad grade as they can put a serious crimp in his dating life.

How is he supposed to explain to a girl what his father does for a living? But when Vince finally meets one who seems to be worth the trouble, her family turns out to be the biggest problem of all. Because her father is an FBI agent-the one who wants to put his father away for good. In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth Year Published: Average When a small mistake costs sixteen-year-old Eagan her life during a figure-skating competition, she leaves many things unreconciled, including her troubled relationship with her mother.

From her vantage point in the afterlife, Eagan reflects back on her memories, and what she could have done differently, through her still-beating heart. When fourteen-year-old Amelia learns she will be getting a heart transplant, her fear and guilt battle with her joy at this new chance at life. And afterwards when she starts to feel different? Told in alternating viewpoints, In a Heartbeat tells the emotional and compelling story of two girls sharing one heart.

But What If We're Wrong? Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown or—weirder still—widely known, but entirely disrespected?

Chuck Klosterman Note: This book is available in our Library. Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick Year Published: Average Nanette O'Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper--a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic--the rebel within Nanette awakens. As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young but troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion sometimes comes at a high price.

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He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached age All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

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But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit. It is also the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P pistol. Maybe one day he'll believe that being different is okay, important even.

But not today. Quidditch Through the Ages by J. This invaluable volume is consulted by young Quidditch fans on an almost daily basis. Quidditch Through the Ages J. The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon Year Published: Average For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish.

But now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end.

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Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. And in the cheap hotel where Landsman has washed up, someone has just committed a murder—right under his nose. When he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, and Landsman finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil, and salvation that are his heritage.

At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written. In , the ratio of pay between the top CEOs and the average worker was 45 to 1. Today it is a shocking to one!

During that time a new economic philosophy set in that cut taxes, deregulated finance, and trimmed social spending. Those policies set in motion a process that greatly expanded the power of financial interests to accelerate inequality. But how exactly does that happen? Using easy-to-understand charts and graphs, Runaway Inequality explains the process by which corporation after corporation falls victim to systematic wealth extraction by banks, private equity firms, and hedge funds. It reveals how financial strip-mining puts enormous downward pressure on jobs, wages, benefits, and working conditions, while boosting the incomes of financial elites.

But Runaway Inequality does more than make sense of our economic plight. It also shows why virtually all the key issues that we face? Most importantly, Runaway Inequality calls upon us to build a common movement to tackle the sources of increasing income and wealth inequality. As the author makes clear, the problem will not cure itself. It will take enormous energy and dedication to bring economic justice and fairness back to American society.

The discovery of an ancient amulet leads to globe trotting intrigue and the unveiling of long kept secrets. This thinking man's thriller will send adventure seekers and conspiracy theorists alike racing to the explosive conclusion. They will appeal to readers at every age and level. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy Year Published: Challenging An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west.

In this story, three orphan girls vow to make a name for themselves and find their own special talents. With hard work, fame just may be in the stars! Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie's house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia.

One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jess to be able to deal with his grief. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach—and himself—before he can get on with life, the stakes are especially high.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens Year Published: Challenging David Copperfield is the story of a young man's adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately unworthy school-friend James Steerforth; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble, yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous, enchanting Dora Spenlow; and the magnificently impecunious Wilkins Micawber, one of literature's great comic creations.

In David Copperfield - the novel he described as his 'favorite child' - Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of the most exuberant and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure. The Neversink Chronicles by John Dwaine McKenna Year Published: Average The Neversink Chronicles is seventeen linked fictional stories that outline, define and cover the conflict between water needs, property rights and human rights in an enjoyable and highly readable manner by illustrating the lives of ordinary citizens caught in the conflict as New York City takes their property in its relentless quest for water.

It's powerful, provocative, and impossible to put down. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom.

Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience. But the thirteen chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy. Short Short Stories by Dave Eggers Year Published: Average Dave Eggers has been partly responsible for a rejuvenation of short fiction in the USA, and these short short stories are as original and witty as any of his longer works.

Ingrid's dad's job is in jeopardy and her brother, Ty, is getting buff—really buff—but his moodiness is making Ingrid start to wonder. Meanwhile, Ingrid's beloved soccer coach is replaced by an icy newcomer who seems a little too savvy to be in it for the postgame pizza. True to her hero, Sherlock Holmes, Ingrid begins fishing around to find out who's really pulling the strings in Echo Falls. But one morning, while en route to the dreaded MathFest, Ingrid is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a car.

Even if she escapes, will anyone believe her story? Lidstrom's achievements throughout his season career in Detroit could fill a book. He became the first European-born winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He was also the first European-born captain of a Stanley Cup championship team when he guided the Red Wings to the title in Five: A Salute to Nicklas Lidstrom is a page publication produced by Olympia Entertainment that chronicles his illustrious pro and international career both with the Red Wings and Team Sweden.

Through unique photographs and words, this book captures what Nicklas Lidstrom has meant to a storied franchise, teammates, a legion of loyal fans and the entire hockey world. Delivering 1. The system, so pivotal to the development of the nation's largest city and its northern suburbs, was realized over the past century and a half, and indeed is still being built beneath New York City's subways and skyscrapers.

This is the first comprehensive history of that system from colonial times to the present. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

But their paths cross in the most unexpected way, taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure…. One that will change both their lives forever. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle Year Published: Average It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in , is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school. They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the Newbery Medal. No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay Year Published: Average Following the success of her breakout poem, "B", Sarah Kay, in collaboration with illustrator Sophia Janowitz, releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay's talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and unlikely romance between inanimate objects "The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire".

Both fresh and wise, Kay's poetry allows readers to join her on the journey of discovering herself and the world around her. It is an honest and powerful collection. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new and very old answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food.

Not too much. Mostly plants. But that all changes when both friends fall in love for the first time. She's pretty, sassy, and on her way to Harvard. Meanwhile, Augie realizes that he's got a crush on a boy. It's not so clear to him, but to his family and friends, it's totally obvious! Told in alternating perspectives, this is the hilarious and touching story of their most excellent year, where these three friends discover love, themselves, and how a little magic and Mary Poppins can go a long way.

It is evident from listening to what Palahniuk has said about himself and other subjects that he is more than just an author; he is a philosopher in in own right. This book brings together some of the best quotes from this literary wonder. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom Year Published: Average Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable fictional character—Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist to ever walk the earth—in this magical novel about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives.

In his most stunning novel yet, the voice of Music narrates the tale of its most beloved disciple, young Frankie Presto, a war orphan raised by a blind music teacher in a small Spanish town. At nine years old, Frankie is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. Frankie becomes a pop star himself. He makes records. He is adored. At the height of his popularity, Frankie Presto vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later, does he reappear—just before his spectacular death—to change one last life. Simon vs. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.

Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met. Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith J. Rowling Year Published: Average When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible--and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men.

But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. Career of Evil Robert Galbraith J. In this provocative, unfailingly intelligent, thoroughly researched, and surprisingly convincing big idea book, Steven Johnson draws from fields as diverse as neuroscience, economics, and media theory to argue that the pop culture we soak in every day—from Lord of the Rings to Grand Theft Auto to The Simpsons—has been growing more sophisticated with each passing year, and, far from rotting our brains, is actually posing new cognitive challenges that are actually making our minds measurably sharper.

After reading Everything Bad is Good for You, you will never regard the glow of the video game or television screen the same way again. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of.

As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. The Liberation of Gabriel King by K. The Liberation of Gabriel King K. Going Note: This book is available in our Library. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan.

Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all. Examining the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, and often corrupt struggle to survive in an urban war zone, Gang Leader for a Day also tells the story of the complicated friendship that develops between Venkatesh and JT--two young and ambitious men a universe apart. Her name is Lupe, and she thinks she sees what's coming—specifically, her own future and her brother's.

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Lupe is a mind reader; she doesn't know what everyone is thinking, but she knows what most people are thinking. Regarding what has happened, as opposed to what will, Lupe is usually right about the past; without your telling her, she knows all the worst things that have happened to you. Lupe doesn't know the future as accurately. But consider what a terrible burden it is, if you believe you know the future—especially your own future, or, even worse, the future of someone you love. What might a thirteen-year-old girl be driven to do, if she thought she could change the future?

As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. As we grow older—most of all, in what we remember and what we dream—we live in the past.

Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present. Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past—in Mexico—collides with his future. The Manufactured Crisis by David C. Berliner and Bruce J. It shares the good news about public education. Disputing conventional wisdom, this book ignited debate in Newsweek, The New York Times, and the entire teaching profession. The Manufactured Crisis David C.

Berliner Note: This book is available in our Library. Feed by M. Anderson Year Published: Average Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains. For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge.

But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires.

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But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. But, as the sky darkens over the Adirondacks and a heavy snowfall looms, an escaped murderer with the power to take it all away draws close. In her isolated home in the shadowy woods, Sandy prepares dinner after a fight with her daughter, Ivy. Upstairs, the fifteen-year-old—smart, brave, and with every reason to be angry tonight—keeps her distance from her mother. Nearby, two desperate men on the run make their way through the fading light, bloodstained and determined to leave no loose ends or witnesses.

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But as things in Echo Falls keep getting curiouser and curiouser, Ingrid realizes she must solve the murder on her own -- before it's too late! When to Rob a Bank by Steven W. Levitt and Stephen J. Now Gin not only has to keep out of the hands of the lethal bounty hunters, but she needs to keep her baby sister safe, and finally kill Mab. Even if that means dying herself. Luckily Gin is not alone, and all her friends showed their support and loyalty, reminding her that they were there for her and that the battle with Mab included all of them by her side.

Gin was just as awesome and kickass as always, and her battle with Mab was scary and amazeballs!! There were some very nail-biting moments, and near the end I was so worried that Gin might just not make it out alive. The banter between these two are hilarious and I just love them. And my heart just broke for her. I really hope that Gin will get revenge for Sophia soon. On the romance front Gin is struggling with voicing to Owen how she really feels about him. Owen has definitely become a favorite of mine, and I just adored how he was always there for her, and how much faith he has in her.

These two are so wonderful together, and I am loving their romance. This is definitely my favorite of the series so far!! I just love all the characters and my bloodthirsty heart just loved all the violent scenes :-D A definite must read for all UF fans. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….

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    Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, assassin-for-hire. And I was very good at it. Get A Copy. More Details Original Title. Elemental Assassin 5. Fox , Ruth Gentry , Sydney Bounty hunter Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I read the first two books in November, number 3 and 4 in December, and now book five in February. This was fantastic by accident, because the are set around these months.

    I want to continue this now on purpose, but of course dont wanna be spoilered. Does someone know when any of the other books are set in? Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. The repetition has spiraled out of control. I know Gin is an assassin, I also know that she carries five Silverstone knives.

    I know where Gin carries these knives. I know Mab burnt the spide 1. I cannot tell you how much I know about Gin, about Bria, about the dwarfs, the giants, about Mab, about Owen, about the damn restaurant, about everyone else because frankly, I do not want to relive the story over again. The farther we get into the series, the worse the repetition gets. Not only does Estep repeat information from the previous books but also she repeats information from earlier in the book.

    I swear, towards the end of this book, I was actually on edge because I was afraid that if I heard one more line just one more time, I was going to throw my Mp3 player across the room. The actual length of the actual story is like a short story. If you take out all the repetition, you barely have a book. View all 14 comments. Sep 27, Mrs. Repetition I love Ms. Esteps straight forward writing style. It's descriptive without being flowery. It gives you enough information to keep you turning the pages and move the story along.

    But geezus please, please, please, please stop with the repetition. If I had to read about how Gin was an assassin, former assassin, retired assassin or how she hadn't killed anyone for money in a while, was working pro-bono or how Mab had killed her family, how everything was always her fault I think I was going to throw up!! Seriously, for crying out loud write some new material. Stop just recycling the same shit every book. As to the final showdown, it was pretty cool. And gross. I'm glad that it's over and done with though. I just hope that the next book doesn't constantly tell me about how Mab went down in flames.

    View all 16 comments. This is the book were shit goes down and stuff really starts to happen. But finally we are here. Now if the momentum can just keep going on. View all 9 comments. Man, I'd hate to get on the Spider's bad side! Mab's obsession with that prophecy kind of made it self-fulfilling, and I'm completely okay with that. Looking forward to seeing where the story goes now.

    It's like Supernatural Can't wait to see Gin helping people for a living. I love the great characters! View all 4 comments. Possible spoilers ahead. It never had been. And I love you too.

    Cassandra Cain

    Every time I start a new Elemental Assassin book, it's like visiting an old friend. Not that I'm tight with any killers. But these books are so familiar, inviting, exciting and fun. What's more They are consistent. The series has a tone, a voice, that never wavers. And from the first page of each installment, I am back in Gin's world, like I never left.

    Fans of the series have been waiting for this book from the beginning. We've known for a long time that Mab Monroe is the woman who killed Gin Every time I start a new Elemental Assassin book, it's like visiting an old friend. We've known for a long time that Mab Monroe is the woman who killed Gin's family; the woman who set in motion the life-changing events that turned her into an assassin. Now Gin is finally poised to have her revenge and kill her nemesis. One of the things that surprised me, though, is that Gin's efforts begin on page 1. From the start, our Spider has her crossbow in hand, ready to fire.

    But, as Gin likes to remind us, luck is rarely on her side. The hit doesn't go according to plan --and her attempts only ratchet things up another notch. Ashland is crawling with bounty hunters, targeting not only Gin, but her baby sister Bria too. And with that risk, there can be no more waiting. Gin has to step up her game and finally strike down Mab before she loses the last living member of her family.

    There were so many things I loved about this book. The action is awesome. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out. Their voices are so clear, I feel like I know them. We're treated to more great nuggets of backstory Including the recounting of what happened to Sophia all those years ago. We've got more progression in Gin's relationship with the amazing Owen. And of course, the big showdown There are only two things that keep me from shouting from the rooftops. One, Estep does tend to repeat details. Like the fact Mab is "the most powerful elemental born in years. Granted, I read an advanced copy and perhaps all those references won't exist in the final copy.

    But it bears a mention. The second issue: what I'll refer to as Bria and Finn's "big mistake. Their lapse felt out of character for both of them, given the circumstances they were in. It felt more like a plot device than a natural progression, and it bothered me. But and this is a big BUT neither issue would keep me from recommending this book.

    Gin is such a great character. She is smart, brave, loyal and strong. Estep never shies away from the fact that she is a killer but there is never any doubt that she is also a heroine. Even though I know there are more installments in the works, this book could have easily served as an end for the series. I felt so good when I finished And I loved reading that last line: "My name is Gin.

    And I kill people. View all 6 comments. Sep 28, Mlpmom Book Reviewer rated it really liked it Shelves: kindle-books. I already knew I liked this series but I think after this fifth installment, it is safe to say that I completely love it now. Without giving too many spoilers away for the book nor the series I would like to say that the closeness this tight group of friends has, truly is what makes this series so great. These bunch of friends turned family are just so memorable and lovable that it is hard not to get wrapped up in them at all times.

    They are the type of people that everyone wants by their side an I already knew I liked this series but I think after this fifth installment, it is safe to say that I completely love it now. They are the type of people that everyone wants by their side and I truly couldn't love them more than if they were very much real and very much my own. And trust me, things were amped up in this installment. The friends, the battles, the feelings, the danger, all of it. It was hard not to forget about everything else I had to do that day and not want to spend every single minute reading instead.

    I loved every minute of this and can truly say without a doubt, this is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I just love all the characters and Estep's writing so much and can't wait for more. Jun 02, Cheryl La Pa rated it really liked it Shelves: elemental-assassin-series , jun.

    From the first page this was non-stop action. Gin finally sorts out her feelings for Owen and she has her showdown with Mab. A lot of things were wrapped up in the heart-stopping conclusion and I was glued to my ebook for the entire journey. I love Gin - she is so tough on the outside yet so vulnerable on the inside. She has finally found her 'family' and will defend them to the death. Their love and support for each is other is strong and unbreakable, and it gives Gin the strength to 4.

    Their love and support for each is other is strong and unbreakable, and it gives Gin the strength to do the seemingly impossible - go after Mab. Each book gets better as I get to know the characters more and this was the best so far. This battle has been a long time coming. The wait has well been worth it. Estep world-building is superb and her kick-ass herion is out of this world bad ass. I love all the secondary characters as well.

    Their is just so much to love and capture you in the Elemental Assassin series. I also love the first person POV writing style and the non-stop action. I have to say that I love the relationship with Owen. He, to me, fits Gin. He accepts who she is, maybe cause he has had to do some not so great things, but also he supports her and if he can will come for her.

    Seeing Gin deal with all her different kinds of emotions towards Owen, family, and friends was a fabulous addition. I will say I did have a few teary eyed moments; one was when all her friends and the people she has helped rally behind her and refuse to let her take on May alone. Watching her realize that she is not alone had me going; awww. Another moment, which I loved, was her near death experience with her mentor, Fletcher Lane.

    It was exhilarating to see her finally get to ask all those burning questions she has. Last, we finally get to find out what happened to Sophia and her mangled voice. Their is still more to come. Rated: 5 Stars View 2 comments. Mar 03, Katie babs rated it really liked it. The main protagonist is Gin Blanco, a semi-retired assassin with the ability to use the elements as weapons, known as the elusive Spider. Gin owns a BBQ joint and moonlights as an assassin whose objective is to take down the nasty Mab Monroe, the mob boss of the Ashland underworld and the one who made Gin an orphan at thirteen by killing her parents and youngest sister.

    The fifth book is what I call the Return of the Jedi book. It brings everything to an explosive conclusion because this is where Gin and Mab finally come face to face with one another. Gin comes across as a solitary character, but through the course of the past four books, that has changed.

    Gin has an extended family and friends. Gin is now in a relationship with Owen, a rich business man with a shady past who understand her and accepts her for all that she is. Gin has come to the conclusion how important Owen is to her.

    Grayson, Volume 2: We All Die At Dawn by Tim Seeley

    The title says it all with this latest by Jennifer Estep. A major story arc has finished here but some things remain open. The fighting scenes are some of the best Jennifer has written and there are a few surprises ad twists. Team Owen and Gin for the win! This book's repetitiveness is Sloppy sloppy sloppy every page screamed danger danger danger and it sounded like crack crack crack. That's how descriptive this book was. I am almost certain some lines were copied word for word from the previous 4 books. One example is Rosco, Jojo's dog.

    I was going to check the other books because I kept having this deja vu feeling as I read it. That detail doesn't have to be mentioned every time. I don't want to read about Rosco the basset hound that just lie This book's repetitiveness is Sloppy sloppy sloppy every page screamed danger danger danger and it sounded like crack crack crack.

    I don't want to read about Rosco the basset hound that just lies there and only pays attention when there's food. We get it already. I thought I had found a new series with this one but I really can't take the receptiveness. It really detracts from the story. Just wow. We got the same awesome cast of characters and thrilling action scenes, but we also saw a vulnerable side to Gin and got the pleasure of watching her and her friends solidify into a solid team.

    I had a vague image of her and Finn Wow. I had a vague image of her and Finn spending most of the book plotting, leading up to one big ass confrontation. How it turned out was so much better. There was one final climatic battle, but there were a lot of skirmishes along the way. I loved the uncertainty and vulnerability that Gin experienced after them. Owen and Gin were excellent together. Gin finally opened herself up enough to be honest about her feelings. Their scenes together and his unwavering devotion made me sigh.

    I was thrilled to finally get more information on Jo-Jo and Sophia and their connection to Fletcher. I have wondered about it for a while now and was not disappointed with the truth. Sad and a little horrified, but not disappointed. I think Gin finally got an idea of what she means to everyone and exactly who she can count on when the chips are down. I also enjoyed an assassin team that was hunting Gin. No matter how much of a badass she is—and she is quite a badass—she never loses that core softness.

    She can be as cold and as vicious as they come, but her morals and her humanity will always have me on her side. Finn and Bria were really great here, both individually and together. There came a time when they both royally screwed up, but I have to admire them for owning it. Always in the past nothing had gotten in the way of them staying vigilant and doing their job. But suddenly, in the most inconvenient time possible, they both faltered because of their feelings for each other. It was hard to be angry at them when they never denied how badly they had screwed up.

    Plus, I was thrilled they were finally hooking up. At one point view spoiler [Bria is staying with her when she has a nightmare. She ends up screaming and waking her up. Their shared memories and their guilt and sorrow finally open them up to each other. When Bria climbed in bed with Gin to comfort her, my heart just about melted. Jennifer Estep writes excellent action scenes, and this one was even better because it had been so long in the making. Watching Gin and Mab duke it out had me on the edge of my seat. One word, people.

    View all 10 comments. May 18, Denisa rated it really liked it Shelves: fun , great-female-char , relaxing , great-male-char , giddy , romance , uf-or-paranormal , better-than-i-expected. I've wanted to read this book for ages, I was so curious how it will all turn out! I've wanted to see Gin and Mab fight since the first book and now it's finally happened! And I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. Jun 02, Maria Dimitrova rated it really liked it Shelves: br-bbb , buddy-reads , urban-fantasy , fantasy , br-bbb The time has come!

    A battle to the death, one we have been waiting for for 4 books. And I have to say it was about damn time. This was an action packed instalment from page one to well almost the end. We had a clean up chapter or two in the end. But it was one of those books that you can't let go, "just one more page" turning into "oops I read half the book". Partly it's because of the build up for the story - as I mentioned before we've been waiting awhile for this showdown, but part of it was the writing. Jennifer Estep is getting better with each new book in the series. So it's easier to slip into Gin's world.

    Gin screws up a lot in this book. Personally I think it's because this is the ht of her life, the one kill that matters most because if she botchers it her patchwork family will have to face the deadly consequences. Because she acts like Genevieve Snow, even if she doesn't realise it, instead of the Spider. And it almost cost her everything. Oh on the surface she always knew but not that knowledge is bone deep.

    The same with her confidence in her magic. It's a familiar theme in literature - the whole is stronger than it's parts. And it worked out wonderfully in this story. The "side" characters if you can say that because they're just as important as Gin and without them this series would have been a flop are simply amazing. The little sideplot about Fin and Bria provided most of the comic relief and was pure enjoyment to watch unfold.

    The fact that it was resolved to my satisfaction in the way I wanted it to end just adds to the pleasure. Finally learning what happened to Sophia and how Jo-Jo and Fletcher met? I can't find the words to describe the feelings it invoked. Owen being pissed at being left out in the beginning and demanding for her to have some backup? Just proves that he not only deserves Gin but is strong enough to not let her simply roll over him. Owen Grayson deserves Gin's love. Sure it took her awhile to work herself up to admitting it but it made the moment all the more sweet.

    All of the characters contributed to Gin's strength in the end and all proved that they're ultimately human by making their own mistakes along the way. And as much as I love the blood and gore in these books this little family of misfits is the reason I come back. I'm a bit worried that the next book won't be able to live up to this past few instalments. After all the storyarc is over with just McAllister left off to finish.