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Murder at the Brightwell

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Murder at the Brightwell: A Mystery (An Amory Ames Mystery #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250046369
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Minotaur Books - October 14th, 2014

Lose yourself in this charming murder mystery set at an English seaside hotel in the 1930s. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie's work, this witty and elegant debut novel features a strong, independent female protagonist, an engaging mystery and a bit of tasteful romance as befits its upper crust cast of characters. This is the first in what seems will be a series, and I suspect that, like me, you will be anxiously anticipating the second installment as you turn the final pages of this one. ~ Reviewed by Gail King


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Revolution (Sixties Trilogy #2) (The Sixties Trilogy #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545106078
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 27th, 2014

The second installment in Wiles's "The Sixties Trilogy," this novel is set during Freedom Summer in Greenwood, Mississippi, 1964. The fictional stories of two young teens, Sunny Fairchild, a white girl, and Raymond Bullis, a black boy, are interspersed with actual words and images from that tumultuous time when Freedom Riders risked their lives to encourage Southern black citizens to vote.
A powerful and important work of historical fiction for Middle Readers. ~ Reviewed by Gail King

Somebody on This Bus Is Going to Be Famous

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ISBN: 9781492609483
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - July 7th, 2015

This unique middle reader novel opens with a school bus accident during a torrential rainstorm. It then flashes back to the previous nine months of the school year, each month/chapter featuring one of the young bus riders. As personalities emerge, back stories unfold and heroes are discovered, a mystery develops, and the promise that "somebody on this bus is going to be famous" is fulfilled. A great back-to-school read! ~ Reviewed by Gail King

Everything I Never Told You

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ISBN: 9781594205712
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Published: Penguin Press - June 26th, 2014

As this novel opens, sixteen year old Lydia Lee, daughter of Chinese American James Lee and his Caucasian wife Marilyn, is dead. What follows is a complex tale about families and the tragedies that can befall them, about dreams and high expectations and what happens when thing don't work out. Don't miss this beautifully written, powerful debut novel. ~ Reviewed by Gail King

The Girls of August

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ISBN: 9780446527958
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 8th, 2014

Put this novel at the top of your "beach reads" pile. Three best friends, whose husbands were in medical school together, spend two weeks at a luxurious, isolated beach house with the fourth doctor's new, young, beautiful third wife. The snarkiness alone kept me chuckling throughout. But it also drives home themes of long-standing friendship, loyalty and acceptance. A quick and enjoyable read. ~ Reviewed by Gail King

The Competition

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ISBN: 9780316220972
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 8th, 2014

This is the newest in Clark's Rachel Knight series. Rachel, LA Special Teams prosecutor, and her best friend, LAPD Detective Bailey Keller, are called to a school shooting at a Los Angeles high school. But Clark takes us a step beyond what we've come to expect in school shootings. Suspenseful and horrifying, this novel plays on our worst fears. I couldn't put it down - and was continually surprised by what happened next. ~ Reviewed by Gail King


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