River Readers

  • Chasing Helicity

    Helicity is well aware that her name is unusual - kind of like Helicity herself. The word Helicity means to spin, and for as long as she can remember, Helicity has been fascinated by the weather. The weather is Helicity's escape from her own reality - may that be school, her father's strict discipline, or her brother's imminent departure for college where he's all set to play football.

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  • Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion

    Our intrepid heroine chef Peony has been selected from Earth to compete in Space Battle Lunchtime, an intergalactic cooking competition. She is up against some of the best chefs in the galaxy and must find her way among alien ingredients and unfamiliar equipment. She makes it through the first couple of rounds, but will she make it to the finale?

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  • Sci-Fu

    Wax drops the sickest beats in Brooklyn but can't get the attention of the girl he likes, Pirate Patty. Then one day while he is djing, his entire block is sucked through a portal to Discopia. There he battles the King and sets off a series of encounters with Prince Choo Choo. This is a combination of rap, science fiction and kung fu as Wax becomes a SciFu master. It wasn't really my favorite. It was too long and a bit convoluted. But then I am probably not the right demographic for this either.

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  • The Rumor

    Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something's changed, and if there's anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it's a good rumor.

    And rumor has it...

    ...that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer's block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation--and a desperately bad decision;

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  • The space between words

    When Jessica awakens in a French hospital on the day after the 2015 Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. Her friend Patrick urges her to reconsider her decision, and she reluctantly agrees to follow through with the trip they'd planned before the tragedy. At a country flea market Jessica finds a faded document concealed in an antique.

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  • The Noel stranger

    Maggie Walther feels like her world is imploding. Publicly humiliated after her husband, a local councilman, is arrested for bigamy and her subsequent divorce, she has isolated herself from the world. When her only friend insists that Maggie climb out of her hole and embrace the season to get her out of her funk, Maggie decides to put up a Christmas tree and heads off to buy one--albeit reluctantly. She is immediately taken by Andrew, the kind, handsome man who owns the Christmas tree lot and delivers her tree.

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  • Tony's wife

    "Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet one summer on the Jersey shore before World War II. Chi Chi is a talented and ambitious singer-songwriter working in a local blouse factory looking for her big break, while Saverio, a singer already on the rise, is fronting a touring band and has the good looks and smooth vocals that make success seem assured. It isn't long before Saverio becomes Tony Arma and he and Chi Chi form a duo; together they navigate the glamorous worlds of nightclubs, radio, and television.

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  • Lost Girls of Paris

    From the internationally bestselling author Pam Jenoff, The Lost Girls of Paris is an emotional and powerful journey through friendship and betrayal during the second world war, inspired by true events.

    1940s. With the world at war, Eleanor Trigg leads a mysterious ring of female secret agents in London. Twelve of these women are sent to aid the resistance.

    They never return home.

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  • Timid

    Willa Doon has always been shy. Her quiet demeanor was something she’s always embraced. That is, until Jackson Page moves to town. The one man she desperately wants to take notice struggles to remember her name.

    Year after year, Willa stands by, watching as the bartender slash playboy drowns his demons in beer and sex. Then one night, he shows up at her door, suddenly aware that the girl he’s seen around Lark Cove is now a beautiful woman.

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  • The Book of Essie


    "Both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely."--Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant

    A captivating novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.

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  • The Current

    Tim Johnston, whose breakout debut Descent was called "astonishing," "dazzling," and "unforgettable" by critics, returns with The Current, a tour de force about the indelible impact of a crime on the lives of innocent people.

    In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scene--half frozen but alive.

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  • Motherless Child

    Glen Hirshberg is an award winning author. He won the Shirley Jackson Award for the “Janus Tree” collection of stories in 2011 and earned the International Horror Guild Award for “The Two Sams,” which also won best book of the year by Publisher’s Weekly in 2003. Hirshberg’s latest books are a trilogy, beginning with “Motherless Child,” followed by “Good Girls” and “Nothing to Devour.”

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  • Brave

    Jenson dreams of being an astronaut and saving the world. He is a dreamer. Middle school is hard though and Jenson is no exception to that rule. Sometimes the kids say things to him or make jokes at his expense but they're his friends and they're just kidding....right? RIGHT?

    This second book in the Awkward series focuses on the bullying climate in the school and what it might take to change it.

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  • Crush

    The third book in the Awkward series focuses on Jorge. Jorge is a big guy with a lot of strength so he is the unofficial protector in the school. He tries to always do what's right and hold others to that as well. Middle school is tough for kids but it becomes much tougher for Jorge when her realizes he has a crush.

    This is cute, realistic graphic novel about the realities of middle school and how to navigate them, or at least try to.

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  • The Great Believers

    Yale Tishman is a young professional gay man in 1980's Chicago just as the AIDS epidemic starts its ravaging path. The book opens at a memorial party for Yale's good friend, Nico, the first of his group to die. Nico's story is a familiar tale of parental betrayal because of his sexuality but the central figure of his story is his sister, Fiona. She was his caregiver, his protector and his stanchest ally through his life.

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