Gateway to Freedom

ISBN: 9780393244076
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 19th, 2015

New York City was a destination point for many blacks escaping from slavery in the decades leading up to the Civil War. The city's economy was closely tied to that of the South, so the reception that they received was not always a welcoming one. This is the story of the area's underground railroad, manned by people who, by refusing to abide by a grossly unjust law, put their own lives in peril. Accessible, meticulously researched history that is, sadly, still topical. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

All the Old Knives

ISBN: 9781250045423
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 10th, 2015

In Olen Steinhauer's All the Old Knives two agents meet for dinner to discuss a terrorist attack they were involved in five years ago. She's now a full time mom, he's still an agent. As the two former lovers talk their discussion pulls the reader into their world. Had they been set up and what role did each person really play. Engaging, entertaining and thought provoking. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Knight


By Matthew Cordell, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484708750
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 3rd, 2015

This is a simple little picture book featuring friendly-looking watercolor elephants, telling a child how much he was wanted and waited for. It turns unexpectedly poignant after the newlyweds decide to make a family. Plans are made, dreams are dreamed. "But you never come. And everything stops." The couple tries to carry on, and reimagine life without a baby elephant to love, but rest assured the story turns joyful with a roar. Every parent who has almost given up hope of a baby will be touched by this tender story. We dare you to read this aloud without a catch in your voice. An ideal gift for Parents At Last. ~ Reviewed by Jennifer Armstrong

Of Things Gone Astray

ISBN: 9780007562473
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Published: Friday Project - February 3rd, 2015

In London, a group of people have lost that which they hold most dear. A girl stands in the airport waiting for her lover while her feet turn to roots and her skin to bark. A recluse loses the front wall of her home, while a workaholic cannot find his office building. Piano keys, a sense of direction, and a boy's relationship with his father all have gone astray. Slowly, each victim adapts, unwittingly helping one another during the briefest encounters. Each loss is heartbreaking and each character's struggle to survive is inspiring. With stunning prose and insight, Matthewson uses magic to illuminate truth in this hauntingly beautiful debut novel. ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks

The Plover

ISBN: 9781250062451
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Published: Picador USA - March 31st, 2015

What an adventure! This amazing personal quest makes for a delightful read, not only for the actual sea journey across the Pacific, but for the fascinating trip through the minds and personal relationships of the characters. I've never read anything quite like it and found it remarkable and enlightening as well as enjoyable. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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