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A case in any case

Ulf Nilsson

jFICTION Nilsson Ulf
Kids, Early Chapter Books, Mystery, Fiction

When Detective Gordon retires and Buffy is left alone at the police station, she hears strange noises and decides to call on Gordon to help her with the mystery.

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Sweet, gentle, yet hilariously funny Swedish frog detective and his deputy mouse solve sweet, gentle mysteries in the forest. -Anne W

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The Westing game

Ellen Raskin

jFICTION Raskin, Ellen
Mystery, Fiction, Kids

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

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Mystery classic that centers on the death of an eccentric millionaire and the unlikely assortment of wacky characters all competing to solve the puzzle of his death to claim their inheritance. Funny, offbeat, weird, creepy! -Anne W

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The view from Saturday

E. L Konigsburg

jFICTION Konigsburg, E. L.
Mystery, Fiction, Picture Books

Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

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The stories of four unique students are told and come together at the end, when they develop a special bond with each other and their teacher, who has chosen them to compete in the 6th grade Academic Bowl. Puzzles are woven throughout the narrative! -Anne W

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The Watsons go to Birmingham-- 1963

Christopher Paul Curtis

jFICTION Curtis, Christopher Paul
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Kids

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

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You will laugh out loud again and again until the end, when you'll cry. A family from Michigan goes to visit relatives down South in Birmingham for the summer. Ten year old Kenny, the protagonist, has a wonderful voice and spirit. -Anne W

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Midnight without a moon

Linda Williams Jackson

jFICTION Jackson Linda
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kids

Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955, but when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between seeking her destiny outside of Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement.

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It's summer in Mississippi in 1955 and one town over from where Rose Lee Carter lives with her grandparents, a boy named Emmett Till is murdered. Unrest begins to build, and Rose Lee is forced to question everything she's ever known and decide whether to join a dangerous movement for change in the South. Complex, multilayered characters dealing with wider social change as well as family events. -Anne W

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The giver

Lois Lowry

Dystopian, Classics, Kids, Fiction, Science Fiction

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

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A dystopian classic about a haunting world of total conformity, in which a 12-year-old boy begins slowly to uncover the secrets of the society with no discontent but also no choice or feelings. -Anne W

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When you reach me

Rebecca Stead

Kids, Fiction, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Mystery

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

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Mix of sci-fi, mystery, and historical fiction (set in the 1970s), a middle-school girl must investigate the source of mysterious notes that appear in her personal belongings and, she realizes, predict the future. Time travel! -Anne W

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The Dutch house : a novel

Ann Patchett


"Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go"--

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Ann Patchett has had a massive library patron following since 2001’s “Bel Canto,” so it is no surprise to see the hold list growing daily for her forthcoming novel “The Dutch house” (September 24). Young Maeve and Danny are left to mostly raise themselves after their father unexpectedly purchases a Philadelphia mansion, causing their mother to flee from the startling excess. The arrival of an uncaring stepfamily and their father’s early death mean expulsion from the grand home and a lifetime of resentment. Told from the perspective of a now-grown Danny, expect an insightful, multi-generational family saga with well developed characters searching for meaning. -Jason

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Red at the Bone : A Novel.

Jacqueline Woodson


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National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, possibly best known for her books for younger audiences, has written a new novel aimed at adult audiences. “Red at the Bone” (released September 17) begins with a girl’s coming of age celebration in a Brooklyn brownstone. Told in alternating chapters, her story, interwoven with those of her parents and grandparents unfurl over the next 200 pages to show the personal struggles they’ve gone through to arrive at this scene and place in history. Woodson’s novels are character-driven and she has a poet’s ability to do a lot with few words, readers will find an emotionally resonant multi-generational story. -Jason

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The institute.

Stephen King

Fiction, Horror

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Can summer be considered over without there being a new Stephen King novel? Fortunately, “The Institute” arrives soon (September 10) so we can safely move into fall at our normally scheduled time. In his most recent supernatural thriller kidnapped children with psychic powers are being held prisoner and exploited for their supernatural gifts. King has had prior success covering similar topics with “Firestarter” (pyrokinetic abilities, kidnapping) and “It” (adolescents teaming up against an enemy) and I could also see this sort of story receiving a popularity bump from the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” This should be another tense, can’t-put-it-down winner from the King of Horror. -Jason