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Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel:  Imagine flying in a huge airship way above the ocean.  Add to the scene amazing beautiful creatures, pirates, and swashbuckling adventures.  Printz Honor Award.  YA FIC OPP

Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook, by Cybele Pascal:  Don’t let the “100 vegan recipes” on the cover fool you.  Everything from meaty meals, desserts, and snacks are included.  Wonderful stuff!   641.563.18  P

The Annotated Alice, by Lewis Carroll:  I first met this volume when I was 14 years old and fell in love.  Did you know that Through the Looking Glass is set up on a chess problem?  Who did the whitwe knight represent?  If you love Alice and haven't seen this volume, take a look.     Oversized FIC CAR

The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein:  The story of Denny, told from the point of view of his dog, Enzo.  You may never look at your dog the same way again.   FIC STE

The Automatic Detective, by A. Lee Martinez: Mack Megaton is a robot built by a mad scientist to conquer the world.  A human family who live down the hall is kidnapped by sinister forces.  It's none of his business, but what's a bot to do?              SF  MAR

Birth of Venus, by Sarah Dunant:  A riveting coming-of-age tale set in 15thcentury Florence.  Allesandra Cecchi is an intelligent, artistic and spirited young woman who chooses not to recognize the limitations placed on her—but at what cost to her and her family?  FIC DUN

 Bloody Jack series, by L.A. Meyer:  Adventures on the high seas, stealing, secrets, love, and the toughest crew of sea dogs you've ever met!  Jackie "Bloody Jack" Faber is a tough chick who lives life on her own terms, does what she wants, and gets away with it too!  Wow!       YA MEY

The Book of Spies, by Gayle Lynds:  Fans of The Da Vinci Code will probably like this page-turner of international intrigue.  Eva, Judd, and Tucker are racing to find the missing Book of Spies before the Library of Gold either locates it or murders them first.                   FIC LYN

Book of a Thousand Days, by Shannon Hale:  Based on the Grimm fairytale “The Maid Meleen,”  Dashti and Lady Saren are locked in a tower for seven years.  Will they escape before the food runs out?  Or will Lady Saren end up as the bride of evil Lord Khasar instead of her love Khan Tegas?   YA FIC HAL

The Book on the Bookshelf, by Henry Petroski:  A history of the technology behind books, bookshelves, libraries, cataloging, binding, and printing.  I had many Oh! moments (dare I say Doh!)  That's why they're like that!                            002 P497

The Boy Who Could Fly, by James Norcliffe:  Mixed bag of sad vs. happy with this story.  Thankfully, it's the happy that triumphs in the end.  J FIC NOR

Bright Shiny Morning, by James Frey:  A snapshot of Los Angeles, of the lives of some Angelinos today and yesterday.  Some happy endings and some tragedy and some stuff that just makes you mad.  Don’t let “A Million Little Pieces” fool you—James Frey is an AMAZING writer, and this book is fantastic!                    362.290.92  F 893

Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin:  This male author has obviously spent a good deal of his time around women, catching nuances well in female personalities.  Our heroine is a strong character and may surprise you with her decision at the end of where she’ll find herself.  FIC TOI

Certain Girls, by Jennifer Weiner:  The mother-daughter relationship is excrutiating, joyful, sensitive, delerious, hesitant, magnificent, and mysterious.  Not a light and airy fluff book, but awesome!        FIC WEI

Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell:  This intricately structured tale of six people’s lives spans from the 1800’s to a time well in the future.  At turns funny, thrilling, and mysterious, this is a gorgeously written puzzle of a book.   FIC MIT

Cordelia Underwood, by Van Reid:This Victorian story takes place in our very own back yard--Portland.  Great fun reading about the waterfront, Congress Street, etc., in the summer of 1896.  The Maine characters will make you smile!  FIC REI

Cranford [DVD] by Elizabeth Gaskell:  If you like Jane Austen, then Gaskell will please you.  Set in a small town in Victorian England, its inhabitants are mainly   genteel spinsters whose lives revolve around everyday events.  The characters are sometimes eccentric and often humorous.  DVD CRA

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese:  Sister Mary Joseph Praise dies giving birth to twins.  They are then abandoned by the man people suspect is the father.  The story of Marion and Shive Praise Stone growing up in Ethiopia in a missionary hospital is beautiful and heartbreaking

Dairy Queen, by Catherine Murdock:  This is a coming-of-age story, with a plot line little us.  FIC  VERd.  DJ, the main character, runs her family farm after her dad’s hip surgery.  On top of that she has to/wants to train the quarterback of her town’s rival team.  Talk About drama!  YA FIC MUR

Dark Horse, by Craig Johnson:  Third in a series of mysteries set in present day Wyoming.  Sheriff Walt Longmire does not believe the abused woman in his jail really killed her husband after the husband burned down her barn and horses.  It's a great story with a good twist to the end, humor (a la Robert Parker), and a great setting.            FIC JOH 

Dark River, by John Twelve Hawks:  What happens when the world is fun by bad guys with lots of technology and a bid desire to invade everyone’s privacy. (Book 2 in   the Fourth Realm series)  LP  FIC HAW    

Dead Girls Don't Write Letters, by Gail Giles:  Sunny's sister Jazz died in a fire.  But then she shows up at the door--and this isn't a fantasy.  When you get to the end, you'll shake your head and want to read it again.                      YA GIL

Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris:  Sookie starts an intimate relationship with the former Confederate Civil War soldier turned vampire and gets drawn into the affairs of werewolves, shape-shifters, fairies, and vampires.     FIC HAR

Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson:  This title is a fascinating glimpse into the history of a World's Fair (1893, Chicago) as well as a look into the mind of a notorious serial killer.  Reads like a thriller, very much falls into the "page turner" category.  Great for history buffs or those who enjoy true crime.  364.152.3  L

Dirty Little Secrets, by Cynthia Jaynes Omololu:  Lucy's mom is a hoarder.  Their house is beyond horrible, but this is Lucy's secret...until her mom dies.  She's terrified what will happen if everyone sees how she lives.                       YA OMO

Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Days, & Me, by Jon Katz:  This story chronicles one man’s journey after adopting a border collie (aka Helldog).  A true adventure!  A must read for any dog-lover, funny, touching, and wise!  636.7 K19

Emmeline, by Judith Rossner:  This is historical fiction about a young woman from Fayette, Maine.  Before she was even 14, she was sent to work in the textile mills in Massachusetts.  This novel makes her plight seem all too real—in a good way.  FIC ROS

Enchanted April, DVD:  Four very different women escape dreary London and spend a month at a villa in Italy.  The peace and beauty they find helps them to rekindle feelings of love and appreciation long buried.  Great scenery, great cast, great story.  DVD ENC

Evenings at Five, by Gail Godwin:  In this part memoir-part fiction tale, Christina has lost long time love Rudy.  In dealing with her loss, Christine continues their running “cocktail hour” ritual.  Sensitive and touching.    FIC GOD

Fair blows the Wind, by Louis L’Amour:  A classic tale of a swash-buckling hero in Elizabethan England and the New World.  L’Amour is better known for his westerns, but this sea tale set mostly in Europe is exciting, a little mysterious, and full of really good sword fights.  FIC LAM

Faithful Place, by Tana French:  Suspenseful and complex crime drama set in 1980's and modern-day Dublin, Ireland.  Not a quick read, but very authentic dialogue and an intense winding plot that will keep you interested right up to the last page.  FIC FRE

Finn, by John Clinch:  The story of Huckleberry Finn’s legendary father.  Legendary in all the worst ways, of course.  Wonderfully written, this backstory explores the complicated love of parents and children and families in general.  A great book!  FIC CLI

Fire, by Kristin Cashore:  A prequel to Cashore’s debut novel Graceling, and set in a world of monsters and mayhem.  Fire struggles to find out who she really is, falling in with the Royal family, a dangerous graceling, and other monsters only too willing to destroy her.    YA FIC CAS

$5 Dinner Mom Cookbook, by Erin Chase:  Cooking on a budget?  Little short on time?  This book is the ultimate for both!  Simply written, easy to follow prep instructions and basic ingredients found in every kitchen—I want my own copy!  641.552 C487

Frozen Five, by Tim Bowler:  A chilling, mysterious phone call sets off a chain of events involving an ethereal boy, a grieving family, and an angry mob in a remote English town.  Horror fiction fans will enjoy a palpable sense of eerie menace.  A memorable thriller with an unsettling but satisfying end.    YA FIC BOW

Gadget Nation, by Steve Greenberg:  Who dreams this stuff up?  Find out about all kinds of strange and/or useful inventions—how much they cost to develop, how much profit they made, and more.  Everything from lighted slippers to a plunger holder.  609 G798

Get Well Soon, by Julie Halpern:  Anne has been consigned by her parents to the psych ward at a hospital.  Unexpectedly funny, this novel chronicles her experience of two weeks spent there, the friends she makes, and new ways she comes to see herself.  YA FIC HAL

The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy:  Beautifully crafted novel about India in the late 60’s.  The caste system, families, politics, tragedy—all interwoven in a complex narrative full of word plays.  Hard to believe it’s her first novel!. FIC ROY

Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett:  A Wild ride through a fantasy world that is all too familiar.  Very clever and amusing!   FIC PRA

Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray:  The first installment of the Emma Doyle trilogy, this is set in a mystical world of 1895 Europe.  Only Emma and her deceased mother can access a different world and prevent dark powers from taking over the world.    YA FIC BRA

Grow Great Grub, by Gayla Trail:  No space?  Live in town?  Got one lousy window?  Well, guess what.  You can still grow your own food.  You CAN be a urban farmer!!!   Go ahead and grow some grub!    635.048.4

The Ha-Ha, by Dave King:  Howard Kapostash was in Vietnam less than one month when he was blown up by a land mine.  He lost the ability to speak and to read, and until he started taking care of 9-year-old Ryan Mohr he had kind of stopped living too.  A great story about life and love, with an ending that makes it all worth it  FIC KIN

Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Red Tape… by Julie Salamon:  The author spent a year studying the inner workings of a hospital so she could take you behind the scenes.  362.11 S159

 How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life, by Mameve Medwed:  Fantastic read in which a floundering under-achieving Cambridge blue-blood manages to turn her life around with the help of a chamber pot, and old branding iron, and some great friends.  Funny, with plenty of cringe-worthy hijinx.   The author has a place in Biddeford Pool.                        FIC MED

How Starbucks Saved My Life, by Michael Gates Gill:  Gill was a high-    powered ad executive leading a wealthy, privileged lifestyle when he was fired at the age of 64.  He was saved from the depths of despair and poverty by getting a ob behind the counter of the Starbucks on the corner of 93rd and Broadway.        Entertaining and thought-provoking.  CD BIOG GIL

 In My Hands, by Irene Opdyke:  The true story of a heroine of the Holocaust. The author risked everything to help Jews in the ghetto, and eventually hid twelveJews until Germany’s defeat.   YA BIOG  940.531.8  O

In the Woods, by Tana French:  In the 1980's outside of Dublin, three kids go to play in the woods and only one of them comes out.  Twenty years later he is a murder detective and ends up investigating a case near his childhood home.  Gothic and engrossing, but be warned about an exceedingly ambiguous ending!    FIC FRE

Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher:  After living in Incarceron, a living prison, Finn takes possession of a key that allows him to communicate with Claudia, the daughter of Incarceron's warden.  Exciting and smart sci fi!    YA FIC FIS

Into the Wilderness, by Sara Donati:  First in a series, set in upstate New York, 1792.  Elizabeth Middleton, spinster, immigrates from England.  She starts a school in colonial New York and falls in love with Nathanial Bonner of Natty Bumpo fame.  FIC DON

It's Kind of a Funny Story, DVD:  I loved this movie.  It made me laugh and cry and I did not want it to end!  DVD ITS

Izzy Willy Nilly, by Cynthia Voigt:  Isobel wakes up after a car accident to find her leg amputated and her whole life changed.   FIC YA

Jam Master Jay, by David Thigpen:  Read about the beginnings of rap in this biography telling about the life and death of one of the members of Run DMC.     YA Biog  789.601.6 J

Jarhead, by Anthony Swofford:  Swofford is a great storyteller, and his memoir of life as a soldier is powerful.  Incredibly insightful and thought-provoking for those of us who have never served in the armed forces and view soldiering from an outsider’s perspective.   956.704.42  S979

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke:  I like to describe it as “ Harry Potter for grown-ups...” a very cool, beautifully written story of magic and magical lands set in early 19th century England and Europe.  A little romance and a lot of intrigue makes it great for all kinds of readers!!    FIC CLA

The Keepsake, by Tess Gerritsen:  This is the book for anyone who likes both murder mysteries and archeology.  The characters are great, and there are plenty of twists to keep the killer’s identity a secret until the very end.  FIC GER

Killer’s Cousin, by Nancy Werlein:  David moves in with relatives to escape his past, but when his younger cousin Lily behaves very oddly he realizes there are secrets he must uncover for his own good.  YA FIC WER

King’s Court, by Dewey Lambdin:  In the late 18th century, the 17 year old illegitimate son of a disreputable lord is discovered in bed with his half-sister and is offered the opportunity to ship out as a midshipman in the royal Navy.  First in a series of at least 14 novels.  FIC LAM

The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness:  Dystopian science fiction at its best!  In an all-male settlement where everyone's thoughts can be heard out loud, a boy approaching his 13th birthday learns that huge secrets have been kept from him.   YA FIC NES

The Last Voyage of Columbus, by Martin Dugard:  Forget what you learned in high school about Columbus sailing the ocean blue on the Nina, the Pinta, and Santa Maria.  That was just the beginning of the story.  970.015  D866

The Laughing Policeman, by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo: If you like detective fiction, the Martin Beck books by the late Swedish couple are must-reads.  Take a look at them for the writing, the characters, and the terrific stories.    FIC SJO

Liar, by Justine Larbalestier:  Seventeen-year-old Michah’s boyfriend has just been murdered.  Readers will be spurred on by this gripping thriller, even as they doubt every word in this unusual page-turner with a supernatural twist.                                      YA FIC LAR

Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer:  When as asteroid collides with the moon the results are drastic.  This is the harrowing tale of survival of the next year as perceived by 15-year-old Miranda.  YA FIC PFE

Light on Snow, by Anita Shreve:  A  heart-breaking (and warming, thankfully) story of a father, a daughter, and a stranger with a baby.  Will this newcomer help mend this sad and broken family?    FIC SHR

Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow:  Fast-paced and exciting sci-fi thriller, with a decidedly political bent.  After a massive terrorist attack destroys the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, Marcus is held captive by the Department of Homeland Security.    YA FIC DOC

Living Dead Girl, by Elizabeth Scott:  Alice was kidnapped at 10 by Ray.  Now that she’s 15, Ray says she’s too old for him and she needs to find a replacement.  The story is creepy, yet grabs you at the same time.  It’s not graphic, and it’s very believable.   YA FIC SCO

The Luxe, by Anna Godbersen:  The Luxe is an opulent book filled with scandals, lies, and secrets.  It tells the story of the Holland family and their friends in 1899.  If you like this historical Manhattan novel, look for the others in the Luxe series:  Rumors, Envy, and Splendor.   YA FIC GOD

Mad in America, by Robert Whitaker:  Well written and a nice read, which may be weird for a book like this.  Eye-opening and informative history of the treatment of the mentally ill in England and America; very interesting if you want to learn more about the relationships between psychology, drug companies, hospitals, and the mentally ill.    363.2  W578

Master and Commander, by Patrick O’Brian:  First of a series of twenty novels about captain Jack Aubrey and physician Stephen Maturin in the 19th  Century British Royal Navy.  Impeccable naval history, wonderful characters, and an involving story line.  Excellent read!     FIC OBR

Microcosmos, by Brandon Broll:  Check out the beauty in the magnification of small things.  Plants, insects, eyelashes--they're all stunning and colorful.  As someone who hates to dust, even the dust was gorgeous!   502.22

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, by Charles Shields:  She has resisted the spotlight, but Harper Lee has led a fascinating life.  This biography makes lots of connections between the author's background and her most famous work.  BIOG L4784

Modoc: the True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived, by Ralph Helfer: The beautiful true story of a boy and an elephant growing up together.  The many adventures, tragedies, and successes they endure make this an unforgettable and gut-wrenching love story.  791.320.929 H474

Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism:  Take two orphans, a book on hypnotism, toss in a pug along with a trip to New York City, add one bank robbery, and it all totals up to one great adventure!  J FIC BYN

Moonlight in Odessa, by Janet Skeslien Charles:  *5 STAR BOOK!*  Daria, a smart, saucy, and gorgeous "old Maid" by Odessan standards, is an engineer who can't find a job.  If she can just meet a nice American man by becoming a mail order bride, she knows she can make a better life for herself and make her dreams come true.    FIC CHA

Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey:  If you don’t like creepy, you won’t like this book, but if you do…  Vile creatures, sinister unexplained events, grave robbing, and overall sense of evil permeate this book.  Printz Honor Award    YA FIC YAN

The Music of Dolphins, by Karen Hesse:  Mila is a young girl who is raised by dolphins after surviving a plane crash at sea.  The story starts with her rescue and return to the human world where she must find a balance between who she is and who the world thinks she should be.   J FIC HES

The Musician’s Daughter, by Suzanne Dunlap:  A story of murder, endless deceit, and the strength of love, set in 18th century Vienna.  YA FIC DUN

 My Secret, by Frank Warren:  Shhhhh!  Don't tell anyone, but.....  Frank warren started a community art project and blog where anyone can send their innermost secrets.  Take a peek.    701.15   M995

My Stroke of Insight, by Jill Bolte Taylor:  Imagine a famous brain scientist having a stroke when she was just 37.  With her knowledge of the intricacies of brain functioning, she is in a unique position to describe what the astroke was like, how she felt about her treatment, and the road to recovery.  An eye-opener if you know someone who had a stroke, or if you might ever have one.  362.196.81  T243

No!  I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club, by Virginia Ironside:  A very smart and funny look at maturity.  FIC IRO

No Such Thing as Dragons, by Philip Reeve:  Now here is a dragon story with a totally NEW outlook on things!  In keeping with an all too often used theme, this dragon is solitary, hungry, and deadly.  It is the unlikely mute hero who offers both compassion and understanding.  CR  FIC REE

Not as Crazy as I Seem, by George Harrar:  15-year-old Devon has  “tendencies” according to his mother.  But it’s really OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and once he know that, devon can do something about it.  YA FIC HAR

One Thousand White Women, by Jim Fergus:  A truly wonderfultale of sorrow, suspense, and triumph.  A beautiful character study of many original types--you really want to believe that May Dodd was "real."  A Page turner.  FIC FER 

Oryx and Crate, by Margaret Atwood:  A weird, science-fiction-y tale in which three friends untangle their relationships (and rivalries!) in a surreal post-modern society.  Lots of cool creatures and plot twists.  FIC ATW

 The Passion of the Hausfrau: Motherhood Illuminated, by Nicole Chaison:  This graphic memoir captures the true essence of what it means to be a mom.  I laughed until I cried!  The author lives in Portland, Maine.                      CR  817  PS

People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks:  Story of a book, from its creation by a Moorish female artist in Pre-Inquisitional Spain to the present time in a Bosnia museum.  Beautiful writing, and an engrossing story full of artfully crafted complexity.  A lush, gorgeous, and at times tragic read.   FIC BRO

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe:  An   excellent combination of history, mystery, and family secrets.  Follow Connie on her quest not only to find material for her doctoral dissertation, but to also find out who she really is.  A good mix of present day life, and life during the salem witch trials.   Fic HOW

Poison Ink, by Christopher Golden:  Mind control and murder in Covington, Massachusetts.  Riveting tale of five misfit friends trying to be popular.  After this books, here’s one staff member who will not be getting a tattoo any time soon!  YA PBK

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Smith-Grahame:  Ever feel obligated to read “classics” but you just can’t get excited about it?  Enjoy classic literature with some new fun surprises thrown in.  A fun and wacky read with some book-learnin” on the side.  YA PBK

 Ruby Notebook, by Laura Resau: Zeeta and her free-spirited mother travel to Aix-en-Provence, where she struggles through changes with her boyfriend, learns more about her father, and uncovers a secret society.     YA FIC ROS

Running the Books, by Avi Steinberg:  Page turner of a memoir about a guy who falls into a job as a prison librarian, and discovers all the complex issues and contrasts of working amongst the ultimate social outcasts.  Poignant, funny, and incredibly thought-provoking.  BIOG S8196

Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant:  This glimpse into Santa Caterina Convent during the Italian Renaissance, offers an intriguing look at the life of the women who have given up all external freedoms to follow the Benedictine Order, many of them not by their own choice.  Highly recommended!  FIC DUN 

The Secret History, by Donna Tartt:  A sort of mystery-in-reverse, set among an unlikely group of students studying classics at a fictional, exclusive college in Vermont.  While it's hard to like any of the characters, they are fascinating in all their morally bankrupt glory.  FIC TAR

Sex Wars, by Marge Piercy:  New York City after the Civil War—the burgeoning Guilded Age America.  Riveting historical fiction featuring Vanderbilt, Woodhull, Cady Stanton, Anthony, Beecher, Comstock, and more.  FIC PIE

The Shack, by William P. Young:  Against his better judgment, Mack walks into his darkest nightmare, and what he finds out will change his world forever.      FIC YOU

Shining City, by Seth Greenland:  A sexy, fun read about a man whose life does a 180° and he decides to go with it.  A wry, cynical, philosophical, funny, suspenseful, and honest look at the issues of supporting ourselves and our families and what it really means to make an “honest” living.  FIC GRE

Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater:  Grace is in love with the wolves behind her house, Sam in particular.  he wants to stay human, but still feels the need to be a wolf.  A great love story.  YA FIC STI

Sixteen Brides, by Stephanie Grace Whitson:  Action, romance, humor, frontier history...this book has it all!  A group of single ladies makes its way to Nebraska to start new lives as homesteaders,  With the help of people they meet along the way, these women will do what it takes to find some happiness and succeed in their new lives.  Awesome, and no explicit stuff.     FIC WHI 

Skin, DVD:  Based on the true story of a girl caught in the middle of the tragedy of Apartheid in South Africa.  DVD SKI

Slut!  By Leora Tanenbaum:  The title grabs your attention, but the topic is serious.  Teenage girls and young women may be labeled “slut” for all kinds of cruel reasons, and their reputations and self-esteem may suffer long-term damage.        YA 305.235 T

Someone Knows My Name, by Lawrence Hill:  Gripping story of Aminata, who is kidnapped from her home in West Africa when she is 11 years old by British slavers.  Vivid depiction of one of history’s most troubling conditions. FIC HIL

Something’s Wrong With Your Scale, by Van Whitfield:  Loaded with brash humor, and seriously honest looks at life for overweight Sonny Walker, head of the Loose Balls Department at Sports Authority.  Will he lose weight, find love, and move up into the Tents and Outdoors Department?  Read on to find out!  FIC WHI

Song of the Sparrow, by Lisa Ann Sandell:  Written in free verse poetry, from the point of view of Lady Elaine (the Lady of Shalott)this novel brings you back to the era of King Arthur and focuses on the strength of women.  YA FIC SAN

Split Image, by Mel Glenn:  A novel in verse that packs a big wallop.  Laura Li’s life is shaped completely and tragically by her mother, but who is she really?  The voices of the people she knows give us different views of her.  YA 811.54  GLE

The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, by Gail Tsukiyama:  Two brothers and two obsessions: sumo wrestling and Noh masks.  Set in Japan in the years leading up to and including World War II, this novel paints a vivid portrait of the life and times, peopled by compelling characters.  FIC TSU

Stuck in Neutral, by Terry Trueman:  Shawn has such a severe case of cerebral palsy (CP) that he can’t communicate in any way, so no one knows how smart and aware he is.  He realizes the unthinkable: his father wants to end his misery permanently.   YA FIC TRU

Stuff White People Like, by Christi Lander:  Totally tongue-in-cheek look at white middle-upper class culture, especially Gen X and younger.  Get ready to laugh at the collective wackiness of the “Caucasian Persuasion.”   817 L255

Summerland, by Michael Chabon:  Combine baseball, fantasy, the contest between good and evil, and superb writing for a terrific read.  FIC CHA

The Supernaturalist, by Eoin Colfer:  Fourteen year old Cosmo is an orphan. After being nearly killed one night, he is suddenly able to see the small blue creatures that surround people when they are close to death.  YA FIC COL

Swim the Fly, by Don Calame:  Hilarious!  Laugh-out-loud funny!  Matt gets himself into situations that are over the top in so many ways.  You have to read it to believe it!  YA FIC CAL

Take Me to Your Leader, by Ian Harrison:  More tidbits of information that    you ever knew you wanted to know.  From just plain weird to everyday helpful hints, great browsing material.    031.02  H319

Tamar, by Mal Peet:  Two men parachute into the countryside of Holland during WWII, charged with organizing the Dutch Resistance.  Nearly 50 years later, 15-year-old Tamar tries to make sense of her grandfather’s death and the mystery that surrounds his life.  Suspenseful and heart-breaking.  Beautifully told.  YA FIC PEE

Ten Things I  Hate About Me, by Randa Abdel-Fattah: Sixteen year old Jamilah (“Jamie” hides her Lebanese-Muslim background from everyone at school to avoid being picked on the way many of her Muslim classmates are. She strikes up an online friendship with a mystery boy and eventually must decide between him and a popular but racist boy at school who pursues her.  YA FIC ABE

The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien:  Like short stories, but they are all one novel...a platoon of American men from every which place in Vietnam, telling their stories (or story).  It’s deep but it’s also just a really well-written and interesting book.  FIC OBR

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger:  This is a science fiction novel with a bit of a love story.  Henry, the main character, time travels thoughout his life.  He meets his wife Claire  during different ages in her life.  They form a strong bond that shows how love can overcome some of life’s challenges.  FIC NIF

Trouble of Fools, by Linda Barnes:  Set in Boston, Carlotta Carlyle is part-time private investigator, part-time cabbie.  Great sense of Boston and its neighborhoods.  Carlotta is hired to find a missing brother…and the journey begins.  First in a wonderful series.  FIC BAR

Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer:  This book is the first in a series of four novels about a young girl, Bella, who falls in love with a boy named Edward.  FIC YA MEY

Uncheese Cookbook, by Joanne Stepaniak:  If you have ever loved cheese and for some reason or other can no longer eat it, this is your new best friend!  Really simple recipes with ingredients you can buy easily right here in town.  Delicious and nutritious; a fantastic resource!   641.563 S827

The Unnameables, by Ellen Booraem:  A Boy is adopted into a family on a remote island where everyone’s last name signifies their usefulness.  The mystery of the boy’s existence is compounded when he meets a strange character, The    Goatman.  YA FIC BOO

Uprising, by Margaret Peterson Haddix:  In the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 146 garment workers—mostly women—died.  They had been locked in by their   managers so they couldn’t “take breaks” or slack off.  Beautiful and sad.                        YA FIC   HAD

The Vampire’s Beautiful Daughter, by S.P. Somtow:  What a difficult decision:  Should Rebecca remain mortal or become a vampire like her father?                         YA FIC SOM

What I Was, by Meg Rosoff:  A rich, miserable boy desperate to find meaning in  his life is drawn to a mysterious seashore-dwelling misfit in this remarkably lovely coming-og-age story set in 1960’s Britain.  Darkly lush, this first offering for adults by children’s and teen’s author Rosoff is ultimately a gripping and sad mystery.   FIC ROS

Who Killed My Daughter? By Lois Duncan:   A true murder mystery!  Lois Duncan had written lots of mysteries for teens, usually resolved with a clear   solution.  But when her own daughter was killed, no one seemed to be able to catch the murderer, so she decided to find him on her own, using whatever resources she could find.    362.152.3 D

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, by Michael Dorris:  A moving and original story of the intertwining lives of a daughter, mother, and grandmother.  Each woman tells us her tale from her own perspective, and we see how each one has impacted the others.  Very insightful and powerful.  FIC DOR

Zeitoun, by David Eggers:  True story about Hurrican Katrina, and so much more.  From before the storm until its aftermath, we get the inside view of the way the Zetoun family responded and the disaster's impact on them.  Reads like fiction.       976.3  E29

1906, by James Dalessandro:  Set in San Francisco during the great earthquake and fire,  this is a tale of romance, political corruption, and suspense.  FIC DAL