River Readers

  • Dread Nation

    The Civil War ends when the dead rise up and start eating their fellow soldiers at Gettysburg. Now shamblers are everywhere, but the good folks are fighting back. Slavery has been abolished and the war is over because everyone must focus on surviving. Except everything isn't sunshine and glory. There is an act of Congress that forces all Native and Black people to attend combat schools to fight the shamblers. Of course the white folks don't have to go to these forced boarding schools. The combat schools, like Ms.

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  • Bob

    Livvy hasn't been to see her grandma in Australia in five years and remembers very little about her first visit. She discovers that the reason she can't remember is Bob, a green not-zombie who has hid in the closet since she left five years ago. Livvy made Bob a chicken costume to hide him from everyone else when she was five, but it appears no one but her can see or hear him. 

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  • Lu

    Lu is the final book in Jason Reynolds' Track series. It follows Lu the final "newbie" on the Defenders Track Team. Lu is albino and has to deal with things like sunscreen and vision correction. He also deals with other kids teasing him for his lack of pigment. Lu's dad has a shady past that he has overcome, but it comes to light that part of that past intersects with Coach's past in a tragic way. Lu is trying to do hurdles for the team and struggling. He is also going to be a big brother for the first time.

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  • Blended

    Izzy is the daughter of divorced parents and spends alternating weeks with each parent. Both parents are in new relationships, but they do not get along with each other. Her mom is white and her dad is black so Izzy is a blend of the two of them. The story is told as Izzy alternates her weeks between mom and dad, prepares for a piano recital and hangs out with her friends. 

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  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

    Connie Willis' Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Doomsday Book uses time travel for a serious look at how people connect with each other. In this Hugo-winning companion to that novel, she offers a completely different kind of time travel adventure: a delightful romantic comedy that pays hilarious homage to Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat.

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  • Feet of Clay

    Sorry?' said Carrot. If it's just a thing, how can it commit murder? A sword is a thing' - he drew his own sword; it made an almost silken sound - 'and of course you can't blame a sword if someone thrust it at you, sir.'

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  • The Cat Who Came for Christmas

    Tis the night before Christmas when a self-described curmudgeon rescues a bedraggled feline from a snowy New York City alley. Thus begins this tale of a man and his cat or, rather, of a cat and his man. A touching, timeless, and inspiring story about the animal/human bond and the spirit of the holiday season.
    -- From Goodreads

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  • Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation's Brightest Young Minds (and What We Can Do to Fight Back)

    At a time when the U.S. education system consistently lags behind its international peers, Dumbing Down America shows exactly why America can't keep up by providing a critical look at the nation's schools through the eyes of the children whose minds are languishing in countless classrooms. Filled with specific examples of how gifted children are being shortchanged by a nation that believes smart kids will succeed on their own, Dumbing Down America packs a powerful message: If we want our nation to prosper, we must pay attention to its most intelligent youth.

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  • Academ's Fury

    For centuries, the people of Alera have relied on the power of the furies to protect them from outside invaders. But the gravest threat might be closer than they think.

    Tavi has escaped the Calderon Valley and the mysterious attack of the Marat on his homeland. But he is far from safe, as trying to keep up the illusion of being a student while secretly training as one of the First Lord's spies is a dangerous game. And he has not yet learned to use the furies, making him especially vulnerable.

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  • The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids

    What makes Denmark the happiest country in the world--and what are the secrets of Danish parents for raising happy, confident, succesful kids, year after year? This upbeat and practical guide brings together the insights of a licensed psychotherapist and a mom -- a Dane and an American married to a Dane, respectively -- on the habits of the happiest families on earth.

    The book delivers fresh advice on how to:
    - Encourage free play
    - Foster authenticity and confidence
    - Nurture empathy
    - Emphasize teamwork over power struggles

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  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

    Set in 1884, this is the first installment in what has become a beloved bestselling series. At thirty-two, strong-willed Amelia Peabody, a self-proclaimed spinster, decides to use her ample inheritance to indulge her passion, Egyptology. On her way to Egypt, Amelia encounters a young woman named Evelyn Barton-Forbes. The two become fast friends and travel on together, encountering mysteries, missing mummies, and Radcliffe Emerson, a dashing and opinionated archaeologist who doesn't need a woman's help -- or so he thinks.
    -- Goodreads

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  • The grave's a fine and private place

    "In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. As their punt drifts past the church where a notorious vicar had recently dispatched three of his female parishioners by spiking their communion wine with cyanide, Flavia, an expert chemist with a passion for poisons, is ecstatic. Suddenly something grazes against her fingers as she dangles them in the water.

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  • Beartown

    "From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, comes a poignant, charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything. Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness.

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  • The Book of Lost Things

    High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

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