The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin.
August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler's forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and drawn curtains that she finds on her arrival are not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she'd wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London. Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed--a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war.
New Charity Blues by Camille Griep.
After a devastating plague, two communities emerge as bastions of survival. One is called the City, and its people scrabble for scraps in the wasteland. The other, New Charity, enjoys the bounty of its hydroelectric dam and refuses City denizens so much as a drop of precious water. When City-dweller Cressyda inherits her father's ranch within New Charity, she becomes intent on opening the dam to all--no matter the cost. But when Syd reunites with her old best friend, Casandra, a born seer and religious acolyte, she realizes that her plans could destroy the fragile lives they've built in order to survive. What's more, the strange magic securing the dam's operations could prove deadly if disturbed. Yet when Syd discovers evidence that her father might have been murdered, she is more determined than ever to exact revenge on New Charity's corrupt. Pitted against Cas, as well as her own family, Syd must decide how to secure the survival of both settlements without tipping them over the brink to utter annihilation.
The Red Cross Orphans by Glynis Peters.
Orphan Kitty Pattison is young, naïve and ready to do her bit for the war effort when she volunteers with the Red Cross and pledges to help those most in need. It's one of the most nerve-wracking moments of her life, but then she meets fellow volunteers Joan Norfolk and Trixie Dunn, and a bond of friendship is forged in the fire of life on the wards during the Blitz. Days are spent nursing injured soldiers back to life and nights are spent anticipating bombs falling from the sky and then trawling through the wreckage to save who she can, but the light and laughter she finds with Jo and Trix see Kitty through the darkest hours. And when Kitty starts growing closer to handsome Canadian doctor Michael McCarthy, it's her friends who help her to find the courage to realize that no matter what has happened or what is to come, we all deserve love...
What Are the Risks of Vaping? by Bev Crawford.
Vaping has become widely popular among teens, but what are its risks? This book explores that question, looking at the history of vaping, how it affects the health of individuals, and the impact it has had on society.
Suicide by Bonnie Szumski.
When someone you know--when someone you love--dies from suicide the sense of loss and guilt can be overwhelming and it is natural to wonder how you can ever come back from that pain. Suicide: When It Happens to Someone You Know offers a deeply personal look at the thoughts, feelings, and grieving process in the aftermath of suicide. It shows that there is no magic elixir, no ideal path to feeling okay again but that the way back includes accepting how you feel, talking to people you trust, and taking care of yourself.
Easy/Juvenile/Young Adult/Graphic Novel
The Menagerie by Tui T. Sutherland. YA
Logan Wilde is in for the shock of a lifetime when he finds a baby griffin hiding under his bed, and it leads him straight to the door of his weird classmate, Zoe Kahn. Turns out Zoe's family are the guardians of a top-secret menagerie filled with unicorns, dragons, phoenixes, and more. Even though it breaks every rule in the book, Zoe agrees to let Logan help her track down the missing griffins. But with each cub they find, the real mystery remains: Is someone trying to sabotage the Menagerie Who let the griffins out...and why?
The Rainbow People by Laurence Yep. J NF
A collection of twenty Chinese folk tales that were passed on by word of mouth for generations, as told by some oldtimers newly settled in the United States.
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