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Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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Annie Hewitt is out of options. She returns to her mother’s cottage on Maine’s Peregrine Island with a mountain of debt, no real job prospects, and only her amazing puppet skills to sustain her. Going into a harsh winter, both her future and the landscape look bleak.

The forbidding house at the top of the hill houses a man who traumatized her as a teen, a friend in need, and a little girl who has lost her voice among the waves. In this modern Gothic, Annie’s time on the island will be marked with mystery, romance, thrills, love, and the sense of belonging she has always wanted – from the people she thought least likely to provide it.

Contributor: Stephanie

Picture Books Selection: When It Snows

In “When It Snows” by Richard Collingridge, readers join a boy and his teddy bear on a magical adventure that only happens when it snows.  A sweet story with beautiful illustrations, this is a must read for snow lovers of all ages–but especially those ages 3-6.  

A Dystopia Novel Selection: Article 5

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller has perfected the art of keeping a low profile in a future society in which Moral Statutes have replaced the Bill of Rights and offenses carry stiff penalties. When Chase, the only boy she has ever loved, arrests her rebellious mother, Ember must take action, or never see her mother again.

Adventure Pick for Teens: Surrounded By Sharks

On the first day of vacation thirteen-year-old Davey Tsering wakes up early and slips out of his family's hotel room without telling anyone. He heads for the beach to swim in the warm Floridian waters and has a fateful meeting with a shark.

"The Last Chinese Chef" by Nicole Mones

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​Charming book about a food writer who travels to China seeking the truth of a paternity claim against her deceased husband.  In addition she receives an assignment to interview the owner of a new restaurant opening in Beijing.  She soon discovers the restaurant owner is one of ten finalists for the Chinese Cultural Olympics too. These two story lines, the paternity claim and the preparation for the culinary contest, are woven throughout the book.  This will be appealing to lovers of Chinese food, romance, and anyone who enjoys historically accurate cooking.

The Possibilty Dogs: what a handful of "unadoptables" taught me about service, hope, and healing by Susannah Charleson

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The Possibility Dogs, is a fine book about raising, training, and working with search and rescue dogs. In this book, the author explores the realm of psychiatric service dogs; the characteristics and qualities required, and the incredible types of aids/interventions these dogs provide to their human partners. This book is an intriguing look at a little-understood and oft underrated branch of canine service.

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Sunstein

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Great book for anyone in collaborative decision making or management situations. Understandable and actionable, this book is about groups comprised of like-minded thinkers who often amplify, rather than correct, errors in judgment. They become more polarized and adopt more extreme positions than the ones they began with. Great suggestions on how to correct “group think,” and identify vulnerabilities in existing practices.
 
 Anyone involved in making decisions would enjoy this book.

Realisitic Fiction Pick!: Panic

Panic is a secret game that pits player against player in mental and physical challenges designed to push them to the breaking point.  Only one person in the poor town of Carp, New York will win the $67,000 prize.  Heather never planned to play, but nothing is going to keep her from winning.  

A Dystopia Novel Selection: Cinder

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.  See also Scarlet #2 and Cress #3 in the Lunar Chronicles series.  

Picture Book Selection: Doug Unplugged

Doug is a robot who is supposed to be plugged in to download all of the information he needs about the city in which he lives. However, his window looks out into the city and the urge to explore and learn on his own is too great!  All young explorers ages 4 and up join Doug on his adventure through town.

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