Monthly Archives: September 2012

Jepp, Who Defied the Stars – Katherine Marsh

Set during the late 1500s, young Jepp, a dwarf, is much loved by his innkeeper mother.  When a mysterious noble visits the inn, he convinces Jepp and his mother that Jepp should go with him to the court of the … Continue reading

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The Assault – Brian Falkner

Aliens fleeing from a doomed planet wormed their way onto Earth by asking for a small corner of Australian desert for their new homeland.  Nope, they wanted the entire planet.  When the story opens, only the Americas have not been … Continue reading

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Darkwater – Catherine Fisher

Sarah’s ancestors used to be quite wealthy owning a huge estate, lands, and the people.  Her grandfather gambled away all of their wealth and Sarah is reduced to working as the school janitor.  Lord Azrael who won the estates from … Continue reading

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Dodger – Terry Pratchett

Dodger is interrupted from his work in the sewers of Victorian London when he hears the screams of a lady being beaten.  Rescuing the lady, who has escaped from a horrible marriage to a German prince, is the first of … Continue reading

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Monstrous Beauty – Elizabeth Fama

In 1872, budding naturalist Ezra Doyle follows stories of sea demons to the fishing town of Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Ezra comes face to face with Syrenka, a mermaid who has lived for over 1000 years.  Over time, they fall in love, … Continue reading

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Black Fire: The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-Era San Francisco – Robert Graysmith

A firebug some called the Lightkeeper was plaguing San Francisco.  He always struck when the Lightkeeper’s Wind was blowing away from the camps of ex-convicts on Telegraph Hill.  In the course of eighteen months he would burn San Francisco to … Continue reading

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The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel – Alexander McCall Smith

This is the 9th novel in the Isabel Dalhousie series.  As with most series, it helps to read them in order, but can be read randomly.  The books are classified as mysteries.  They are really books of philosophy with a … Continue reading

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Breathe – Sarah Crossan

During the Switch, Earth was devastated when all plant and animal life was destroyed.  With the oceans ruined and the oxygen cycle non-existent, people fled to giant self-contained cities or pods.   Air is the most precious commodity.  Don’t exercise too … Continue reading

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Rebel Heart – Moira Young

Sequel to Blood Red Road – Spoiler Alert if you haven’t read the first book! Saba and Jack separate but promise to reunite at the Big Water, a place they have long heard rumored.  So Saba and her followers head … Continue reading

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The Edge of Nowhere – Elizabeth George

Getting used to her new name, Becca, is the least of her problems when she and her mother escape from her stepfather and seek new identities.  Her mother sees that she boards the ferry to Whidbey Island where she has arranged … Continue reading

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Colin Fischer – Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

Colin Fischer has Asberger’s syndrome (high functioning) and begins high school without the adult specialist who has helped him strive to decode his classmates.   On the first day of school, the school bully shoves his head in the toilet.  Colin … Continue reading

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Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered – Trudi Kanter

Trudi Miller lived in a beautiful building in Vienna.  The ground floor was occupied by a large luxury store.  The other three were each divided into two apartments.  Trudi rented both apartments on the first floor.  The one overlooking the … Continue reading

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When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail – Eric Jay Dolin

The winter had been one of the worst in recent memory.  John Green, captain of the Empress of China, had wanted to sail from New York in early February but river ice had barred his way.  Finally on Sunday, February … Continue reading

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