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Adult Contemporary Book Discussion

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Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance.

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Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

After he is dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to find a new direction in life, while trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

Beauty queens by Libba Bray
Eat, brains, love by Jeff Hart

New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.

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These books feature positive GLBTQIA characters and are appropriate for tween and teen readers. 

The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson

David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David's deepest secret gets out, that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them.

The porcupine of truth by Bill Konigsberg

Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years--but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.

George by Alex Gino

Knowing herself to be a girl despite her outwardly male appearance, George is denied a female role in the class play before teaming up with a friend to reveal her true self.

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Don't get too hungry when you read one of these yummy picture books featuring cake!

Ida always has her nose in a book and Alfonso is unable to get her attention until he bakes a very special apple cake for her. Includes cake recipe.

Beverly runs into a problem while making the "caramel candy castle cake" for Oliver's party, but her creativity and her mother's encouragement save the day.

A birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas

Despite the objections of Pig and Mouse, Duck insists on adding a special ingredient to the cake they are making to celebrate Cow's birthday.

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Full court dreams by Jake Maddox

Annie wants nothing more than to get back onto the girls' basketball team, and despite getting a late start to her day, she vows to not let anything get in her way.

Stolen bases by Jake Maddox

Someone is stealing the equipment from Eva and Becca's softball team.

Tennis trouble by Jake Maddox

Even though she's only in seventh grade, Alexis made the varsity tennis team. But some other girls on the team aren't happy she's there.

Storm surfer by Jake Maddox

Jill never thought her week at surf camp would be interrupted by a hurricane, but one is heading for the North Carolina coast. She knows to stay away from the water when a storm is coming. But Abby and Sara think surfing in a hurricane will be amazing. Who will save them when the waves get out of control?.

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Armada : a novel by Ernest Cline
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The new novel from the bestselling author of Ready Player One. It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom--if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer. At first, Zack thinks he's going crazy. A minute later, he's sure of it. Because the UFO he's staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada--in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. But what Zack's seeing is all too real. And his skills--as well as those of millions of gamers across the world--are going to be needed to save the earth from what's about to befall it. Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can't help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn't something about this scenario seem a little too... familiar? Armada is at once a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien-invasion tale like nothing you've ever read before--one whose every page is infused with author Ernest Cline's trademark pop-culture savvy.

The eye of minds by James Dashner
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Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secrets out

Guy in real life by Steven Brezenoff

The lives of two Minnesota teenagers are intertwined through the world of role-playing games

In real life by Cory Doctorow

Immersing herself in an online fantasy game, Anda confronts a difficult choice when she befriends a disadvantaged Chinese child who illegally collects rare items in the game and sells them to other players.

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Looking for laughs? Check out one of these hilarious novels!

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
A confederacy of dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Good omens by Neil Gaiman
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Get ready to get out over all things Star Wars with guide books, behind the scenes looks, and more nonfiction titles about "a galaxy far, far away."

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of "The Empire Strikes Back," this lavish, fully illustrated book offers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the making of arguably the greatest of the "Star Wars" films. Includes never-before-published photos, design sketches, paintings, and more.

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Buddy's a basketball-playing golden retriever who finds a friend in the lonely misfit Josh and teaches him about the game. Bonus feature: Dog-U-Commentary - the Buddies dish about the story that started it all.

The movies feature an animal actor or animated critters that the whole family can enjoy.

A young cat and dog discover the dangers and delights of the outside world when they wander away from the farm.

Foster children Andi and Bruce have been placed with a flaky couple who care more for their aspiring rock careers than their charges. Their mischievous tendencies repeatedly get them into trouble. After a close call with the local pound, the kids end up searching for Friday, their secretly adopted dog, in an abandoned old hotel where they find several other stray dogs seeking shelter. They, along with three other local kids, begin caring for the strays. Bruce is a clever inventor whose innovative gadgets ensure top-notch care and constant entertainment for all the dogs. The police storm the hotel and take all the dogs to the pound. The kids attempt to rescue the dogs and it might just land them in separate group homes. Bernie, their social worker, will have to somehow convince the authorities, and perhaps a loving family, that the children were just doing what was right.

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The making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon

"A novel about an aspiring screenplay writer--full of script ideas but unable to follow through on any of them--who becomes entangled with a Bosnian woman and her violently jealous husband"--.

Island of the sequined love nun by Christopher Moore
Fear of dying by Erica Jong
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