River Readers

  • Heads you win

    Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin. In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander's future.

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  • Aquicorn Cove

    This graphic novel is a lesson in ocean conservation, told in an engaging way that delivers its message with a great story and beautiful artwork.

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  • Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher was intrigued by her voice when he needed some help while in South Dakota, and he has hitchhiked back to Washington, D.C. to meet Susan Turner, who now has his command at the 110th MP unit. What he finds instead is that Turner has been accused of embezzling and he is accused of both beating a man to death and a second case that shocks him even more. In order to clear their names they have to go on the run, but their unknown suspects have vast resources and are tracking their every move.

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  • Redshirts

    Andrew Dahl's assignment to the Intrepid, the flagship of the Universal Union's space fleet, made him feel very fortunate ... at first. But something's not quite right in the 25th Century. There's an unusually high number of casualties on away missions, problems are solved by a mysterious Box, and the laws of physics and common sense often seem to be ignored. The only conclusion he and his friends arrive at is preposterous. And to make things right, they will have to go on a rogue mission of their own to the most unlikeliest of places.

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  • Out Of My Mind

    Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school - but no one knows it. Most people - her teachers and doctors included - don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk.

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  • The Hidden Witch

    This was as intriguing as the first book. I like how the characters are accepting of their differences and find their friendship realistic. They support each other and encourage one another to go after their dreams, be they normal or not. I look forward to following Aster and Charlie as they become better friends.

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  • Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew

    This was an interesting story. The characters are fun and the story entertaining. The mythological characters are intermixed and made for some amusing interactions. I will be on the lookout for another volume.

    Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it's up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it's too late.

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  • Check Please, Book 1: #Hockey

    This is a delightful graphic novel that chronicles a hockey player’s years in school. Told in a series of “vlogs”, I found this book to be creative and inspiring. Any book that can interest me in sports has to be a good one.

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  • Saturdays At Sea

    This is the final installment of the Castle Glower series. In it we find Princess Celine, Rolf, Lilah, Lulath, Pogue and their mother in Grath to visit Lulath’s family. The ship that is being given to Lulath and Lilah for their wedding is being built. On its maiden voyage, they find that like the castle, the ship has a will of its own and takes them on a grand adventure.
    This was a fitting finale to the series. It was engaging and full of adventure. I loved this series and highly recommend it.

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  • Hey, Kiddo

    Jarrett Krosoczka's graphic memoir of his childhood is compelling, sad and joyful all at the same time. He is born to a teen mother addicted to heroin who is in and out of rehab and prison during his childhood. His grandfather gets custody of him and he is raised by his grandparents. Shirley and Joe were not the sweetest grandparents; they liked a drink and a cigarette and had some grueling arguments, but they loved Ja and saw to his needs. They enrolled him in art classes even though they didn't think art was a valuable career.

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  • The Alcatraz Escape

    This was another fun book challenge. I have always wanted to visit Alcatraz and the idea of solving what happened to someone who successfully escaped was a good challenge. I just know I would have been great friends with Emily and James because they are living my childhood dream.

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  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

    This was an amazing book to listen to mainly because the guy reading had the most sexy British accent that it was easy to picture Monty the rogue. The story is very much how I imagine life in Europe during this very prim and proper time would look and sound like. I had to laugh when they encountered the "pirates" who were much nicer than most of the courtly people they had met. I am now ready to follow Felicity's adventures in the next book.

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  • Holidays at Heartbreaker Bay

    This was a nice pair of short stories that gave more insight into a couple of the main character from this group. Sean is trying to be a better person and wants his to brother to have a perfect wedding. Unfortunately the weather throws the whole bridal part for a loop. Success comes with a lot of help, but all ends well. Rory ran away from home, but is now trying to make amends. However, this includes confronting Max which opens old wounds for them both. Getting snowed in for a time allows them to both be honest. In the end, love blooms and family is reunited.

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  • Dead City #1

    This is an interesting story. I have never been a zombie fan, but this is really a story about a mother and daughter. It is a intriguing view of New York City and I liked the places Molly visits. It is definitely not a job I would want to undertake, but it will be an adventure.

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