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Kelly's Top 10 Books to Read Before You Die

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The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition HC: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328948854
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 10th, 2017

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Outlander: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385319959
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Published: Delta - August 10th, 1998

The Hobbit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547928227
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Published: Mariner Books - September 18th, 2012

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By J.K. Rowling, Kazu Kibuishi (Illustrator), Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$100.00
ISBN: 9780545596275
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 27th, 2013

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By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780142410332
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Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780064404990
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2008

The Secret Garden: The 100th Anniversary Edition with Tasha Tudor Art and Bonus Materials Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780064401883
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Published: HarperCollins - December 21st, 2010

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062684370
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 23rd, 2018

Where the Red Fern Grows Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440412670
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Published: Yearling - September 1st, 1996

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594746031
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Published: Quirk Books - June 4th, 2013

Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland

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ISBN: 9780062570604
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 3rd, 2018

What if all the casualties of the civil war reanimated as ZOMBIES? Slavery is abolished and freed slaves still struggle to find their place in society. Jane was taken from her safe home and forced to learn combat & train as an "attendant" a.k.a. "zombie killer" to rich white women until her inquiries into the Mayor's shady business land her on a settlement out west.  This debut novel will suck you into the past and have you rooting for Jane's future!


Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

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Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524716196
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - May 1st, 2018

Historical fiction for young adults as told by 7 authors of the most famous marriages of all time.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS (In order of appearance):

Katherine of Aragon - Candace Fleming

Henry VIII - M.T. Anderson

Anne Boleyn - Stephanie Hemphill

Anna of Cleves - Jennifer Donnelly

Catherine Howard - Linda Sue Park

Kateryn Parr - Deborah Hopkinson


The Half-Drowned King, by Linnea Hartsuyker

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The Half-Drowned King: A Novel (The Golden Wolf Saga #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062563699
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Published: Harper - August 1st, 2017

If you liked the series Vikings, then you will love this book!  It tells the story of two siblings, a warrior and his little sister, who are separated by life's trials but still connected by their choices and love of each other. Brutal and captivating!


My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand

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ISBN: 9780062391766
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Published: HarperTeen - May 9th, 2017

I eagerly devoured this story about a little known historical character, Jane Gray.  The author adds a mythical and magical sci-fi spin to appeal to young adult readers.  This tale describes Prince Edward and Elizabeth Tudor as heirs to King Henry the 8th and the challenges they faced as teenagers navigating a dangerous time in England.


The Boleyn King, by Laura Andersen

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The Boleyn King: A Novel (The Boleyn Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345534095
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - May 14th, 2013

What if King Henry the 8th had fathered a son who survived?  I read almost exclusively from books based on the royal court of England-past so the idea of a surviving heir kind of rocked my world, but I stayed the course and continued to read as I fell in love with her heroine "Minuette" and her dashing hero as their love story grew and blossomed only to be thwarted by the Bolyen heir. This is book 1 of a trilogy and I've now read them all and am forcing another Phoenix employee to do the same.  A great, light read for lovers of Philippa Gregory.


Wars of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou, by Conn Iggulden

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ISBN: 9780399165375
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 16th, 2015

England's struggle for power between the reigning King suffering from "sleeping sickness" and those he trusted to protect Him.  Tudors, Percys and The deadly Warwick fight to the death to Rule England!

Great reading for lovers of Phillipa Gregory and Joanna Hickson.


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Wars of the Roses: Stormbird Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425275443
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 5th, 2015

The first book in the War of the Roses series.


The Falconer, by Elizabeth May

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ISBN: 9781452114231
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 6th, 2014

This book for young adults holds all the excitement of Hunger Games with a bit of historical lore and fantasy thrown in.  The feisty heroine, Aileana, discovers both her mother being murdered and a world of fearsome faeries bent on destroying mankind.

While trying to hide her battle scars & maintain a proper lady's demeanor, Aileana designs weapons to defeat the banished faeries before they can escape the underworld.  The author, Elizabeth May, can capture her readers and transport them intro her fantasy world from the first chapter until the last gripping moments on the final page.  I can't wait for the next book!


The Counterfeit Heiress, by Tasha Alexander

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The Counterfeit Heiress: A Lady Emily Mystery (Lady Emily Mysteries #9) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250024695
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Minotaur Books - October 14th, 2014

A mystery set in 1890's London, full-time wife and part-time sleuth Lady Emily Hargreaves starts to investigate a murder of a fellow party guest only to uncover a twenty year old missing person.  Her investigator husband, Colin and best friends, Cecile and the dashing Jeremy Bainbridge join her in Paris to follow the clues to uncover the new murder the mystery of the long missing eccentric heiress, Estella Lamar.


The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

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This is a powerful story of love and loss.  The heart-breaking tale of a true genocide that occurred in Syria in 1905 to the Armenian race.  The struggle to survive and resilience of the few that did.  Graphic, poignant and moving. With a twist at the end that will change how you feel about everything!
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ISBN: 9780385534796
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Published: Doubleday - July 17th, 2012

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