Juvenile Fiction Selection: A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

In this new book by Cynthia Lord we meet Lily, a young girl who lives with her grandparents near the shore and blueberry barrens of Maine. Lily's summer is just starting and she is feeling a little lost since her and her best friend Hannah have started growing apart. While out walking, her blind dog Lucky slips from his leash and runs across the blueberry barrens and it is a girl named Salma who catches him, using her sandwich as bait. Immediately a friendship begins to bloom between Lily and Salma, the daughter of a migrant family living in town for the blueberry-picking season. Salma and Lily spend the summer painting bee houses in Lily's grandparents' store and are growing even closer when Hannah starts coming around again. Hannah is the reigning Blubbery Queen and sparks an interest in Salma to compete in the local annual pageant. Together the girls help to get Salma ready for the pageant and all learn a few things about friendship and belonging along the way. This is a wonderful summer read for realistic fiction fans!  (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)

"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.

In the dark places: an Inspector Banks novel by Peter Robinson

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When DCI Banks and team are investigating a theft of a tractor from a North Yorkshire village, a simple case of rural crime takes a sinister turn. Blood stains, two main suspects vanish without a trace, a stolen gun, a fatal shot, all events prove the investigation is taking on a frightening level of violence.

Robinson writes a great mystery and fans of Louise Penny, Stephen Booth, Ruth Rendell, and Charles Todd will enjoy!

The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita Diamant

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Addie Baum, born to immigrant Jewish parents in 1900 Boston, responds to her granddaughter’s question, “How did you get to be the woman you are today?” with the story that is The Boston Girl.  During her formative years, turn-of-the-century Boston, and America in particular, evoked negative and fearful feelings in Addie’s parents, permeating and poisoning their relationship with her. As she reveals turning points in her life, Addie exhibits the honesty, wit, intelligence, and compassion she has called upon to help see her through her eighty-five years of life.

Simultaneously riveting and comfortable, Addie’s story is part history, part testament to persistence and resilience, and part being true to oneself. It is so comfortable that readers may feel they are sitting cross-legged on the floor at Addie’s feet as her story unfolds.


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