The watchers : a secret history of the reign of Elizabeth I
Aug 11, 2013 - Aug 13, 2013
A gripping account of the unflagging battle by spies, code breakers, ambassadors and confidence-men who sought to protect Elizabeth I from the most powerful rulers of Europe who conspired to destroy her, their plans most fully realized by the Spanish Armada.
Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good family, narrates in diary form the story of her fourteenth year--the year 1290. Birdy's diary is witty and irreverent- a real treat for young readers. A Newbery Honor Book.
Chiaverini illuminates the extraordinary friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who won her freedom by the skill of her needle, and the friendship of the First Lady by her devotion.
Watson's powerful debut is a compelling, fast-paced psychological thriller, in which an amnesiac cannot remember her past or form new memories. She desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is and who she can trust.
Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.
An old man lies dying. Propped up in his living room and surrounded by his children and grandchildren, George Washington Crosby drifts in and out of consciousness, back to the wonder and pain of his impoverished childhood in Maine. As the clock repairer's time winds down, his memories intertwine with those of his father, an epileptic, itinerant peddler and his grandfather, a Methodist preacher beset by madness. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, "Tinkers" is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, illness, faith, and the fierce beauty of nature. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, 15-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. "A gripping thriller in dystopic future Los Angeles. This is no didactic near-future warning of present evils, but a cinematic adventure featuring endearing, compelling heroes." (Kirkus)
Revolutionary summer : the birth of American independence
Ellis, Joseph J.
Aug 3, 2013 - Aug 6, 2013
From an award-winning American historian: a revelatory portrait of a crescendo moment in American history: The summer of 1776, the most dramatic few months in the story of our country's founding. The 13 colonies agreed to secede from the British Empire, while at the same time, the British dispatched the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic.
"Lyndsay Faye's exquisite new novel, The Gods of Gotham, plunges us into the teeming, sordid streets of old New York. But this is no Whartonian idyll--Faye's Manhattan is a raucous underworld of criminals and chiselers, the infamous Five Points, where thieves speak their own argot, the sanitation department consists of free-running pigs, and Tammany-backed 'dead rabbits' rule with an iron fist. In this vivid and impeccably crafted adventure, newly minted 'copper star' Timothy Wilde is the only man who can solve a series of gruesome murders plaguing Gotham. Faye's prose crackles with historical authenticity so cunningly rendered that readers will lose themselves from the very first turn of the page." (Katherine Howe)
Strike up the band! Ready the confetti! Meet Penny--a mouse from Caldecott Medalist Henkes. Penny joins the beloved Lilly, Owen, Chrysanthemum, and Wemberly with her very own picture book series." Penny's jubilant approach to life is somewhat contagious, and many a young reader will identify with her efforts to contain her inner feelings of joy when all she wants to do is sing out loud." (Bulletin of Ctr for Child Books).
The Emerald Mile : the epic story of the fastest ride in history through the heart of the Grand Canyon
Jul 30, 2013 - Aug 2, 2013
From one of Outside magazine's "Literary All-Stars" comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983.
They came from the sky, parachuting out of military helicopters to invade Tucker Pierce's idyllic hometown on Pemberwick Island, Maine. They call themselves SYLO and they are a secret branch of the U.S. Navy. Pemberwick residents are told that the island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined. But Tucker believes there's more to SYLO's story. "I'm not sure anyone does suspense quite like D.J. MacHale. I ripped through the pages of SYLO, a relentlessly fast-paced, intriguing, expertly-written tale that leaves you breathless and satisfied, yet wanting more. Highly recommended." (James Dashner)