Ralph Compton: The Too-Late Trail by Matthew P. Mayo.
"After struggling for years to work a raw-patch ranch in the arid flatlands of Texas, young Mitchell Newland learns that his herd of scrubby range cattle will fetch ten times their local price if they're driven to Montana. He strikes a one-sided deal with the devil, neighbouring rancher Corliss Bilks, to back his play with cattle, men, and horses. The trail brims with hellish hardship: prairie fire, stampede, flooded rivers, hailstorms, rattlers, sickness, long, broiling days and frigid nights. Halfway to Montana, range pirates and a rogue Apache war party close in. Mitch and the boys fight, grim and helpless, watching as their herd is driven westward in a cloud of dust and cackling laughter. Cut down to two bloodied men, Mitch collapses, far too late, and admits the old man has won the bet. But salvation in the form of a Basque sheepherder revives Mitch and his pal, Drover Joe, and Mitch realizes he isn't done. Not by a long shot. And now he has nothing to lose."-- Provided by publisher
Murder at an Irish Castle by Ellie Brannigan.
Rodeo Drive bridalwear designer Rayne McGrath expected her thirtieth birthday to start with a power lunch and end with champagne, lobster, and a diamond engagement ring from her fiancé. Instead, flat-broke and busted, she's on a plane to Ireland where she discovers that she's inherited a run-down family castle. Uncle Nevin's will contains a few caveats--for example, if Rayne doesn't turn McGrath Castle around within a year, the entire village will be financially destroyed. With the fate of the town in her hands, and rumors that Rayne's uncle's death wasn't actually an accident, she can't possibly go back to her old life in L.A. As the devastating truth about her uncle dawns on Rayne, it's not just her reputation that's on the line, it's her life.
Wyoming Wild by Sarah M. Eden.
US Marshal John "Hawk" Hawking is one of the most respected lawmen in the West, so when a telegram arrives from the small town of Sand Creek warning him of a death threat against him, he immediately begins an investigation. Posing as a farmer, Hawk heads to Sand Creek, a town ruled by a violent and corrupt sheriff. Only one person is trying to stop him--Liesl, the sheriff's own daughter. When she meets the self-assured and attractive new farmer, John, she hopes he might help her in the fight for justice. John is completely unfazed by Sheriff Hodges's attempts at intimidation, and Liesl is quickly swept up by Hawk's courage and integrity. Just as quickly, Hawk finds himself falling for Liesl's strength and bravery, as well as her grace and beauty. When Liesl discovers John's true identity, she feels betrayed. Despite her lingering distrust of him, Liesl agrees to work with him to enact a dangerous plan that will put the criminals away forever. Liesl must put her life, and her heart, in the hands of his lawman if she has any hope of saving her family and her town.
Empathy by David Johnston & Brian Hanington.
As the world stumbles through the most severe pandemic of the last century, threatened by teetering economies, torn by political division, separated by unequal access to resources, and wrestling with issues as diverse as racism, gender, cybercrime, and climate change, the nations that best adapt and prosper are those in which empathy is fully alive and widely active. Written for a post-pandemic world, Empathy is a book about learning to be empathetic and then turning that empathy into action. Based on the personal experiences of author David Johnston, the book explores how awakening to the transformative power of listening and caring permanently changes individuals, families, communities, and nations.
More Than You Can See by Barbara Rubin.
At seventeen, Barbara's daughter Jennifer is in a horrific car accident and sustains a traumatic brain injury that sends her into a two-week coma. Once she awakens, a unique disability presents itself: Jenn lacks any traditional method of communication. Unable to speak or function on her own, Jenn must relearn basic life skills in a rehabilitation facility while Barbara and her family struggle to piece together their lives, now forever changed. When it becomes clear that Barbara and her husband cannot care for Jenn on their own, they move her to a group home. Over time, three creative, lighthearted women become Jenn's caregivers, and with their support Jenn reenters the community and experiences travel and adventure, all while capturing the hearts of those around her with her engaging and quirky personality. Despite her disability, Jenn connects with everyone in her life. And Barbara ultimately realizes that Jenn's lack of language doesn't stop her from having a voice.
Easy/Juvenile/Young Adult/Graphic Novel
Don’t Feed the Bear by Kathleen Doherty. E
Mac and cheese, carrot cake, meatball stew: Bear loves when campers leave him grub. The park ranger does not. Ranger pounds a sign into the ground: DON'T FEED THE BEAR! No more chewy cookies? No more juicy burgers? Bear quickly crosses out the "don't." Now, it's war in the park! But when both Bear and Ranger end up losing out, will the two antagonists finally call a truce?
Treasure Hunters: The Greatest Treasure Hunt by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein. J
Bick, Beck, Storm, and Tommy Kidd have uncovered and rescued some of the world's greatest treasure, without ever seeking out fame and glory. So they aren't happy when the Collier Kids (as in Nathan Collier, the Kidds's nemesis) start treasure hunting for the camera, more focused on looking good and selling ads for their streaming show than actually recovering treasure. When the Kidds are invited to compete with the Colliers for the title of "The World's Greatest Treasure Hunting Kids," they jump at the chance to show the world what real treasure hunting looks like. But with rumors swirling of a family mistake made by the Kidds' great-grandfather years ago, the Kidds discover that fame and glory aren't the only things on the line. Will they be able to solve the mystery, restore their family name, and recover their biggest treasure haul yet?
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