River Readers

  • Tess of the Road

    After falling from grace, Tess has tried to be a dutiful daughter to her mother and helpful sister to her twin sister. Still failing miserably to please her mother she strikes out onto the open road. Hartmann does a good job of evoking the feeling of wandering and the healing force of hitting the open road.
    I also liked the way Hartmann wove feminist concerns into this adventure story.

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  • Tempests and slaughter

    Arram is sent to mage school where he outperforms his classmates and quickly advances in his studies. He develops a strong distaste for the way slaves are treated. Even if the stakes aren't high, I enjoyed this read. This is the first in a series of 3 books.

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  • Outcasts Untied

    After graduating from Smith College Luma Mufley eventually found herself in the town of Clarkston (just outside Atlanta), where many refugee families had been settled. She decides to organize the refugee boys into soccer teams paired with after-school lessons. You see the prejudice they encounter, (including the major refusing to let them use the city park to practice soccer) and see the long journey these families endured to get here.
    Eye-opening, and unlike many sports books, not all teams win in the end.

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  • Pennyroyal Academy

    Girls and boys train at the Pennyroyal Academy to become heroines and heroes or princesses and knights.
    A nice read.

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  • When Is a Planet Not a Planet?: The Story of Pluto

    I was looking to download some audio on astronomy and stumbled across this title. Only when the audio ended much sooner than I expected, did I realize this was a kid's book. It provides a good history of how the planets were discovered and a very clear explanation of why Pluto doesn't fit in as a planet.

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  • The Demon's Covenant

    Mae was surprised that her younger brother Jamie has magic. Once again she calls on Alan and Nick's help, as Jamie is being recruited to join the evil magicians. She is also dating Sebastian whom she finds out was picking on Jamie.
    The humorous banter Jamie, Nick, and Mae really had me laughing. Having read the previous book in this series had me anticipating something tricky from Alan.

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  • The Demon's Lexicon

    Nick and his older brother Alan are constantly moving from place to place, trying to evade the evil magicians and their demons from killing them as their father was killed trying to protect them. Then 2 sibling come asking for helping in removing a third tier demon mark from the brother's leg.
    I really enjoyed the unfolding story and some clever banter.

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  • Saturn Run

    In the year 2066, a chance observation by Americans spots the presence of alien visitors at what appears to be an orbiting station around Saturn. It doesn't take long for the world to spot the presence and it becomes a race between Americans and Chinese to be the first to arrive and acquire technology with global implications. What will be found? Readers who enjoyed the science-driven plot of Andy Weir's "The Martian" will find this story of exploration and discovery compelling, with interesting characters and subplots, with plenty of surprises and a healthy dose of treachery.

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  • Ambush

    Only Detective Michael Bennett stands in the way of two lethal cartels fighting for New York City's multi-million-dollar opioid trade. And they know where Bennett, and his family, live. An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a setup. An officer is taken down--and, despite the attackers' efforts, it's not Michael Bennett. New York's top cop is not the only one at risk. One of Bennett's children sustains a mysterious injury.

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  • A Stranger in the House

    Karen and Tom Krupp are happy--they've got a lovely home in upstate New York, they're practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished--her car is gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse--complete with phone and ID--behind. There's a knock on the door. The police are there to take Tom to the hospital. His wife has had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town. The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes.

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  • An Unwanted Guest

    A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge-- the perfect getaway... until the storm hits. It's winter in the Catskills and Mitchell's Inn boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and lots of sports opportunities. So when the a blizzard cuts off the electricity and all contact with the outside world the guests settle in for the long haul. When one of the guests turns up dead it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, there's a panic. Someone is picking off the guests one by one.

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  • What Falls Between the Cracks

    Did she slip through the cracks, or was she pushed? When a severed hand is found in an abandoned flat, Detective Jake Porter and his partner Nick Styles are able to DNA match the limb to the owner, Natasha Barclay, who has not been seen in decades. But why has no one been looking for her? It seems that Natasha's family are the people who can least be trusted. Delving into the details behind her disappearance and discovering links to another investigation, a tragic family history begins to take on a darker twist.

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  • Framed!. A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery

    Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director's speed dial and several international criminals' most wanted lists all because of his Theory of All Small Things in this hilarious start to a brand-new middle grade mystery series.

    So you're only halfway through your homework and the Director of the FBI keeps texting you for help...What do you do? Save your grade? Or save the country?

    If you're Florian Bates, you figure out a way to do both.

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  • Through the Woods

    This was a truly creepy book to read before Halloween. The black and white illustrations just make it more startling when color appears. These are not your everyday fairy tales or even the normal twisted ones I enjoy.

    'It came from the woods. Most strange things do.' Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss. These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll. Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there...

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