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One Soldier Hillier, Dillon 04.03.2017

Dillon Hillier, a corporal with the Princess Patricia Light Infantry and son of Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington MPP Randy Hillier, was the first Canadian soldier to sign up to fight ISIS in Iraq. And he lived to tell about it. Library user Ed was pulled in by One Soldier, Hillier’s first-hand account, and highly recommends it.

Devil in Spring Kleypas, Lisa 03.27.2017

When Lady Pandora accepted Lord St. Vincent’s proposal to wed, little did she know that her heavenly marriage of convenience would end up becoming a bargain with the devil. Devil in Spring is the third book in the series, The Ravenels, by Lisa Kleypas. Library user Fay found it tense, believable and, all in all, a great read.

The Lost Book of the Grail Lovett, Charlie 03.20.2017

Fans of historical mysteries, and especially of King Arthur mythology, will enjoy The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett. This tale blends two storylines that alternate between a modern day treasure hunt and a 1500-year-old pact to save a priceless Christian relic. Library user Clark found it riveting.

The Family Romanov Fleming, Candace 03.13.2017

The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming is a historical account of Russia’s last royal family and their tragic end. Ketsia thought this book was not only well-written but also made learning history interesting and accessible.

Eragon Paolini, Christopher 03.06.2017

Eragon, a simple farm boy, finds a dragon egg—a discovery that reveals his true destiny. He becomes a Dragon Rider and with only an ancient sword and advice from a local storyteller, he sets out to find his allies and conquer the king. Library user Fern recommends reading all three books in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.

Longbourn Baker, Jo 02.27.2017

Longbourn by Jo Baker is a retelling of the classic, Pride and Prejudice, through the eyes of the servants in the Bennet household. Baker paints the drudgery of their hard lives with compassion. Library user Jaroslav believes that Jane Austen would approve.

Nickel & Dimed Ehrenreich, Barbara 02.20.2017

In Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in boom-time America, writer Barbara Ehrenreich goes undercover in the early 2000s to explore the world of minimum-wage jobs across the United States. Rachel calls this book ‘a great read’ and helps you understand the decline of the American middle class.

The Maze Runner (Dashner, James) 02.13.2017

This film adaptation of James Dashner’s sci-fi book The Maze Runner is, in a way, like Lord of the Flies but more sedate, orderly and filled with cyborg monsters. Andrew liked the film because it’s thick with action and suspense. Worth a look.

Chill of Fear Hooper, Kay 02.06.2017

In Kay Hooper’s latest book, FBI agent Quentin Hayes teams up with a psychic to track down a killer who can only be described as pure evil. Library user Muriel was so caught up in Chill of Fear, she simply couldn’t put the book down.

Treachery at Lancaster Gate Perry, Anne 01.23.2017

Another in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, Treachery at Lancaster Gate follows Thomas Pitt’s investigation of a bombing that kills two police officers and his discovery that things are not what they appear to be. Library user Florence says that author Anne Perry keeps you at bay until the very last word.

Be Frank With Me Claiborne Johnson, Julia 01.16.2017

If you’re looking for a story that, while thoughtful, isn’t too heavy, Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson strikes just the right balance. Reclusive author M.M. “Mimi” Banning hires an assistant, Alice, to ensure the writing of her new novel is uninterrupted by her son Frank. What ensues is a relationship between Alice and Frank, a relationship that Julie promises you’ll be charmed by.

Wenjack Boyden, Joseph 01.09.2017

In 1969 a young Ojibwe boy Chanie Wenjack ran away from a residential school in Northern Ontario. He wanted to go home. He never made it. Joseph Boyden’s book follows the boy’s journey through the eyes and ears of forest creatures. Jill found Wenjack sadly, yet profoundly, beautiful.

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
~ Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

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