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Washington Black, by Esi Eduyan

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Heather
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$16.95
ISBN: 9780525563242
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2019

Who could imagine an eleven year old field slave, Washington Black, escaping a Barbados sugar plantation to travel with his master's brother to the Arctic, Nova Scotia and eventually to England. A skilled artist, Washington Black produces illustrations that help to record natural history. A strong narrator, an unforgettable character.


Lost Children Archive, by Valeria Luiselli

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Heather
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780525520610
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

A book for our times. Luiselli shows how callousness toward other cultures erodes our own. A family of four leaves NYC with 7 boxes of poems, documents, maps and music in search of Geronimo and the last Apaches (father's quest) and ins search of two lost children who have runaway from a deportation center at the Mexican border (mother's quest). The road trip pulls the couple apart while the son and daughter are intent upon finding the lost children. Creative storytelling that transcends the usual road trip story.


Archer Mayor

Join Archer Mayor for a talk on the newest Joe Gunther mystery, Bomber's Moon. We'll celebrate Bomber's Moon and 30 years of Joe Gunther with light fare (including moon cookies) along with a raffle for totes filled with Joe Gunther accoutrements. We are also giving away Archer Mayor-autographed 2020 Moon Calendars to all attendees, while supplies last.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  The murder of a small-time drug dealer snowballs into the most complex case ever faced by Joe Gunther and his VBI team.

Bomber's Moon: A Joe Gunther Novel (Joe Gunther Series #30) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250113306
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 24th, 2019

A Festival of Ghosts, by William Alexander

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Kristen
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By William Alexander, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481469180
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 7th, 2018

A worthy sequel to A Properly Unhaunted PlaceStart with that book, and you'll be eager to have another clever and adventurous story to enjoy in A Festival of Ghosts.  Both books are great fun but also multi-layered.


A Properly Unhaunted Place, by William Alexander

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Kristen
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By William Alexander, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481469166
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 7th, 2018

Set in the only unhaunted town in a world where hauntings (often friendly) are a part of daily life, this middle grade story is a wonderful adventure for any reader.  It will be especially loved by those who enjoy libraries, Ren faires, and ghost stories.  In addition to being a lot of fun, this book gently and wisely opens the way to conversations about the ways we deal with death, history, and other important issues. I recommend A Properly Unhaunted Place whole-heartedly.


The Guardian Legion

Meet some of your favorite superheroes at this event with The Guardian Legion!  We'll have activities and themed snacks, as well.  The Guardian Legion is a Vermont based Cosplay & Charity group.

ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

The Fighters, by C. J. Chivers

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Kristen
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$18.00
ISBN: 9781451676662
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 21st, 2019

The Fighters is a compelling and thought-provoking look at the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through the experiences of six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant. This book gives the reader a sense of context and of the overall arch of events while always focusing on the personal and specific.


Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer

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Beth
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$25.00
ISBN: 9781948226196
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Published: Catapult - May 7th, 2019

I’m not a horse person, and I’ve never been to Mongolia, but after reading Rough Magic, the debut memoir by Lara Prior-Palmer, I find myself reconsidering my life choices. Prior-Palmer, at the advanced age of 19, vividly brings to life her spur-of-the-moment decision to enter the Mongol Derby, the annual 10-day horse race across the Mongolian steppe. Spoiler alert: she wins, the first woman and the youngest person to do so. How she does it is the real story—Prior-Palmer writes like a dream, capturing the freedom, beauty, and sometimes terror of this 1000-kilometer feat of endurance. Rough Magic is a wild ride from beginning to end, and one you won’t want to miss.


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