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Crystal Friars
Staff,Volunteers and Book Clubs of the
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    THE UNIT
    BY NINNI HOLMQVIST
    Imagine a society where, when a
    woman turns 50 or a man turns 60,
    they are removed from their home
    and moved into a luxury apartment
    building where they will make new
    friends, enjoy the state-of-the-art
    recreation facilities, and live the
    remaining days of their lives in
    comfort with people who are just like
    themselves: people who have not had
    children.

    Their final days will come soon,
    however, since they are expected to
    contribute themselves for drug and
    psychological testing, and ultimately
    donate their organs, little by little,
    until the final donation.

    Adult


1
    THE BONE CAGE
    BY ANGIE ABDOU
    Meet Sadie, a swimmer, and Digger, a wrestler,
    amateur athletes training for the 2000 Olympics
    in Sydney. Both have spent an incredible amount
    of time training and making sacrifices, both
    personal and physical, over many years to achieve
    their dreams.

    But life tends to get in the way of dreams. Sadie,
    in particular, deals with tragic unforeseen
    circumstances, which threaten to undermine her
    dreams of Olympic glory.

    The Bone Cage examines the lonely life of the
    Olympic athlete, the often tedious routines they
    endure, the way in which they push their bodies
    to the breaking point.

    Adult




2
    THE HUNGER GAMES
    BY SUZANNE COLLINS
    Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only one
    survives.
    In the ruins of a place once known as
    North America lies the nation of Panem, a
    shining Capitol surrounded by twelve
    outlying districts. Each year, the districts are
    forced by the Capitol to send one boy and
    one girl between the ages of twelve and
    eighteen to participate in the Hunger
    Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the
    death - televised for all of Panem to see.
    Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-
    old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed
    her mother and younger sister by secretly
    hunting and gathering beyond the fences of
    District 12. When Katniss steps in to take
    the place of her sister in the Hunger
    Games, she knows it may be her death
    sentence. If she is to survive, she must
    weigh survival against humanity and life
    against love.
    Young Adult/Adult


3
    THE KNIFE OF NEVER
    LETTING GO
    BY PATRICK NESS
    Todd Hewitt is turning thirteen in a month,
    the age when a boy becomes a man.

    He’s the last boy in Prentisstown. Shortly
    after he was born, there was a war with
    Spackle, and at the end of the war, they
    released a virus that killed all the women.
    The virus is also responsible for the Noise:
    every one of the men in Prentisstown can
    hear everyone else’s thoughts. There is no
    silence. There are no secrets.

    One day, Todd and his dog are at the
    swamp just outside town when they come
    across a girl. Shouldn’t the virus have killed
    all the girls?

    What else are adults lying about?

    Young Adult
4
    THE BOY, THE BEAR, THE
    BARON, THE BARD
    BY GREGORY ROGERS
    An ordinary boy on an extraordinary time-travel
    adventure to Shakespeare's London. The Boy, the
    Bear, the Baron, the Bard is a wordless visual feast.

    When a curious boy accidently finds himself in
    Shakespeare’s London and interrupts the Bard’s
    play, the chase begins. Along the way, the boy
    befriends a captive bear and a baron whose head
    is bound for the chopping block. Like all good
    books, a romance develops.

    A dramatic tale of adventure and friendship.


    Children... Or anyone in need of an adventure!




5
    WICKED: THE LIFE AND
    TIMES OF THE WICKED
    WITCH OF THE WEST
    BY GREGORY MAGUIRE
    The little known story of Elphaba of Oz, the
    future Wicked Witch of the West.

    In Munchkinland, a green-skinned baby with
    shark’s teeth and an aversion to water is born to
    an often absent missionary preacher and the
    often drunk heiress to the county seat.

    A serious and inquisitive student, Elphie
    experiences disapproval and rejection from her
    roommate, Glinda, a silly girl only interested in
    clothes, money and popularity.When she learns
    that the Wizard of Oz is politically corrupt and
    causing economic ruin, Elphaba finds her sense of
    purpose—to stop him and restore harmony and
    prosperity to the land.

    Adult




6
    FUGITIVE PIECES
    BY ANNE MICHAELS

    The story of two men whose lives are
    intertwined by shared experiences and the love
    of words.

    A survivor of his family’s annihilation by the
    Nazis, Jakob Beer hides in a Polish forest
    traumatized when he stumbles across Greek
    scientist, Athos Roussos, who smuggles him to his
    home in Greece. Following World War II, Jakob
    and Athos begin a new life in Toronto after Athos
    accepts a university post there.

    Ben is a much younger man who befriends Jakob
    in his later years. By this time Jakob is a poet and
    essayist whose words touch Ben, the son of
    Holocaust survivors. It is through Jakob’s words
    and experiences that Ben finds the way to
    acknowledge love and pursue a future.

    Adult


7
    THE OTHER SIDE OF THE
    BRIDGE
    BY MARY LAWSON
    It’s an age-old story of two brothers in love with
    the same woman.

    Arthur Dunn is the polar opposite of his brother
    Jake. Arthur is a stolid, salt-of-the-earth farm
    while Jake is a handsome, smooth-talking snake in
    the grass. Between them is beautiful Laura whom
    Arthur eventually claims as his wife after the
    men’s lifelong mutual resentments and betrayals
    lead to a battle that drives Jake away.

    Young Ian Christopherson, son of the town’s only
    doctor, takes a summer job on Arthur’s farm to
    get closer to Laura, seeing her as the antithesis of
    the mother who abandoned him and his father.
    When Jake resurfaces after more than a decade,
    Ian interprets Laura’s changed behaviour in ways
    that will have devastating consequences.

    Adult


8
    THE CELLIST OF
    SARAJEVO
    BY STEVEN GALLOWAY
    Four people are trying to maintain a semblance
    of their humanity in the besieged city of Sarajevo.

    Following the deaths of 22 people in a mortar
    attack, a cellist sets out to honour their lives by
    playing on the attack site for 22 days.

    Arrow is a sniper assigned to protect the cellist,
    but when she is ordered to commit a different
    kind of killing, she must decide who she is and
    why she kills.

    Kenan risks his life to retrieve water for his
    family from the brewery.

    Dragan, who got his family out before the
    bombings, works at a bakery for, literally, his daily
    bread.

    Adult


9
 CUTTING FOR STONE
 BY ABRAHAM VERGHESE
 Shiva and Marion Stone are conjoined twins who
 are born to a nun who dies in childbirth.

 The boys are raised by two doctors who work at
 the same hospital that they were born at. Also
 living on the hospital grounds is Genet, daughter
 of one of the maids, who grows up to be a
 beautiful and mysterious young woman and a
 source of contention between Shiva and Marion.

 After Marion is forced to flee Ethiopia, he begins
 his medical residency in New York City, and the
 past catches up with him.

 Adult




10
 THE DOUBLE BIND
 BY CHRIS BOHJALIAN
 Laurel, a young social worker living in Vermont,
 becomes obsessed with a box of pictures that
 belong to a deceased homeless man.

 An amateur photographer herself, she wonders
 how a destitute man came into possession of
 such high-quality photos, many featuring famous
 people and, bizarrely, Laurel’s childhood town.

 As Laurel devotes more and more time
 researching the man’s past, her friends and family
 become concerned for her mental well-being.

 Adult




11
 DIVERGENT
 BY VERONICA ROTH
 Welcome to dystopian Chicago, where Beatrice
 Prior loves her family and yearns to be seen for
 who she really is, and where the ways of her
 carefully ordered society demand that 16 year
 olds make a dramatic decision that will
 determine the rest of their lives.
 Torn between betraying those she loves and
 listening to her inner voice, Tris's unexpected
 choices surprise everyone - including herself. But
 her bold decision soon leads to powerful
 questions and terrifying truths about what
 exactly her "perfect society" has become.
 Young Adult




12
 JULIE AND JULIA: 365 DAYS,
 524 RECIPES, 1 TINY
 APARTMENT KITCHEN
 BY JULIE POWELL

 After a particularly trying day, Julie Powell came
 home from work and found comfort in a bowl of
 Potage Parmentier.

 Who says that you can’t find inspiration in a bowl
 of soup?

 As an antidote to her menial job and fears about
 motherhood and married life, Powell would cook
 all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of
 French Cooking. Thus began the Julie/Julia Project,
 a blog in which Powell recorded her experiences
 trying to master Child’s recipes.

 Adult



13
 LAST NIGHT IN
 TWISTED RIVER
 BY JOHN IRVING

 It all begins with a bear, add to that a frying pan, a
 naked Native American woman, and a freak
 accident, which sends a cook and his son on the
 run for decades as they are relentlessly pursued
 by a mean-spirited and abusive sheriff.

 John Irving’s narrative follows Dominic, a cook,
 and his son Danny over 50 years from New
 Hampshire’s backwoods to Boston’s North End
 to Toronto’s Yonge Street.


 Adult




14
 PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
 BY GERALDINE BROOKS
 From 1480 Seville to 1996 Sarajevo, a priceless
 scripture is chased by fanatics political and
 religious. It goes missing in Bosnia during a 1992
 siege, only to be recovered four years later.

 Hannah Heath, a rare book conservator, is
 summoned to Sarajevo to check the condition of
 a 15th century Spanish-made Haggadah. The
 document is a curiosity, its lavish illustrations
 appearing to violate age-old religious injunctions
 against any kind of adornment. Remarkably, it is a
 Muslim museum librarian, Ozren Karaman, who
 rescued the Hebrew artifact from shelling.

 Questioning Ozren, Hannah examines the
 Haggadah binding and clues embedded there—an
 insect’s wing, wine stains, white hair—
 reconstructs the book’s history. And it’s an epic.

 Adult


15
 PETE THE CAT: I LOVE
 MY WHITE SHOES
 BY ERIC LITWIN
 Pete the Cat strolls down the street singing, “I
 love my white shoes, I love my white shoes, I love
 my white shoes.”

 But his walk soon takes him to places that change
 the colour of his shoes. Pete never gets mad or
 frustrated, he just changes the colour in his little
 song.

 A cute little book to remind you about
 maintaining a positive outlook no matter what
 colour your shoes become.

 Preschool




16
 THE POISONER’S
 HANDBOOK
 BY DEBORAH BLUM
 During the height of Prohibition and the time of
 corrupt public officials, two men set out to
 revolutionize forensic science and the office of
 the medical examiner.

 Charles Norris was the first Chief Medical
 Examiner of New York City who was actually
 qualified for the position, not just another
 political appointment. Alexander Gettler, who
 served as New York City’s chief toxicologist until
 1959, was one of his first appointees.

 Their research eventually helped put an end to
 Prohibition, led to better labour laws because of
 their study of the Radium Girls and educated
 consumers about the ingredients in popular
 “health” products.They also collected evidence
 that lead to successful prosecutions that
 previously would have been difficult to prove and
 exonerated the innocent with their hard work.

 Adult

17
     TWO LIVES
     BY VIKRAM SETH
     Vikram Seth’s commemoration of a great-
     aunt and great-uncle whom made a lasting
     impression on the author’s life. The
     seemingly unremarkable people were an
     extraordinary couple.
     In 1969, Seth, 17, came from Calcutta to
     London to continue his education and to
     stay with his Uncle Shanti and Aunty Henny.
     Shanti was Seth's grandfather's brother, a
     dentist who studied in Berlin, lodging with
     Frau Caro, whose daughter, Henny, was in
     love with someone else. He left for Britain
     in 1936 because he couldn't practice in
     Germany, but in 1940, as war broke out, he
     enlisted, served throughout and lost his
     right arm in combat, a calamity for a dentist.
     Meanwhile, Henny, a German Jew, arrived in
     Britain weeks before war was declared,
     leaving her beloved mother and sister
     behind to death camp murder. Shanti and
     Henny married in 1951.
     "Vicky" interviewed his great-uncle at
     length and Henny's story is based on a
     trove of remarkable letters she received
     and wrote, many to friends in Germany
     during the war.
     Adult

18
 PINKALICIOUS
 BY VICTORIA KANN &
 ELIZABETH KANN
 Pinkalicious eats so many pink cupcakes that she
 wakes up the next morning with pink skin and
 hair. The colour just won’t wash away, and the
 doctor diagnoses her with Pinkititis and tells her
 to eat green food to get better. Still, she cannot
 resist one more treat and turns red. Startled, she
 starts to choke down her veggies and finally
 returns to normal.

 When everything seems okay, someone else
 comes down with Pinkititis.

 Preschool




19
 SUCH A PRETTY FACE
 BY CATHY LAMB
 A tragedy from her childhood defines the life of
 Stevie Barret and she eventually finds herself
 entirely alone and dangerously overweight. Her
 life is a restricted one in which she constantly
 feels secluded and lonely.

 After she undergoes weight-loss surgery and
 loses so much weight that she is literally half the
 woman she once was, Stevie slowly begins her
 own healing process. However, her path to
 healing is not a smooth one, and she soon finds
 herself facing many troubles.


 Adult




20
 WEEKEND WARRIORS
 BY FERN MICHAELS
 In Washington, D.C. a young woman is
 killed by a hit and run driver who is
 protected by diplomatic immunity.

 Outraged by the injustice, Myra Rutledge,
 the young woman’s mother, sets out to
 avenge her daughter’s death with the
 help of Nikki Quinn, a lawyer and her
 daughter’s best friend, and Charles
 Emery, a former MI6 operative.

 Seven women from entirely different
 backgrounds form the “Sisterhood” in
 order to right the wrongs of the
 country’s legal system. Drawn together
 by tragedy, these unique women form a
 bond, building strength in each other as
 they take the law into their own hands
 and deal justice to those who have
 wronged them.

 Book one of the “Sisterhood” series

 Adult


21
 THE GOLDEN MEAN
 BY ANNABEL LYON
 The ancient story of a tutor and his pupil.

 Aristotle has been recruited to tutor the
 adolescent sons of his childhood friend, King
 Phillip of Macedon. One is a gentle lad with sever
 cognitive problems; the other, a “violent, snotty
 boy” who is also a genius, and who will eventually
 be known as Alexander the Great.

 Told by Aristotle, this is an exploration of two of
 history’s greatest minds.

 Adult




22
 STIFF:THE CURIOUS
 LIVES OF HUMAN
 CADAVERS
 BY MARY ROACH
 Have you ever thought about what happens to
 your body after you donate it to science?

 Mary Roach explores this topic in this well-
 written book that holds your attention from
 beginning to end. She explores the fine art of
 body snatching; the study of crucifixion, organ
 donations and transplants; how a body decays;
 using human heads for plastic surgery classes and
 human composting.

 Not for everybody but it satisfies those who are
 morbidly curious.


 Young Adult/Adult




23
 PRODIGAL SUMMER
 BY BARBARA
 KINGSOLVER
 Several seemingly incompatible lives come into
 initially troubling proximity during one event-
 filled summer.

 Deanna Wolfe, a Forest Service wildlife biologist,
 discovers a family of coyotes that she is
 determined to protect, a mission jeopardized by
 her equally intense desire for a handsome hunter.

 Liesa Maluf Landowski, a scientist, marries into a
 clannish farming family sceptical of her obsession
 with insects.

 Elderly Nannie Land Rawley, an organic apple
 grower, feuds with her crotchety, fundamentalist
 widower neighbour, Garnet Walker, whose dream
 is to create a new strain of blight-resistant
 chestnut trees.

 Adult


24
     THE BISHOP’S MAN
     BY LINDEN MACINTYRE
     Known to fellow priest as the Exorcist, Father
     Duncan MacSkill has made a career of disciplining
     wayward priests and suppressing potential
     scandal. It has made for a lonely life but Duncan is
     generally satisfied with his defence of the church.

     When the bishop becomes uncomfortable with
     an investigation by police, he sends Duncan into
     exile to Port Hood, an isolated rural community
     to avoid further scandal.

     Once settled, Duncan takes an interest in a
     troubled young man named Danny. As the two
     spend time together, Duncan discovers that
     Danny had once spent time with an errant priest
     that he had sent to Port Hood.

     When tragedy strikes, Duncan knows he must
     act. But are his actions that of a priest or a flawed
     man?

     Adult


25
 THE WHITE TIGER
 BY ARAVIND ADIGA
 Balram Halwai is a complicated man.

 Servant.
 Philosopher.
 Entrepreneur.
 Murderer.

 Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered
 light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells
 the terrible and transfixing story of how he came
 to be a success in life-- having nothing but his
 own wits to help him along.

 Winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize.

 Adult




26
 WHITE FANG
 BY JACK LONDON
 A young cub, part wolf and part dog, struggles to
 survive in the Yukon wilderness.

 The cub is taken in by a Native American and
 named White Fang. Life in the pack is not easy
 and White Fang becomes a vicious fighter.

 Traded for several bottles of whiskey, White Fang
 becomes involved in dog fighting, thanks to his
 new owner. During a fight in which he is almost
 killed, he is rescued by Weedon Scott.

 The challenge now is to learn to adapt to the life
 of a beloved pet.

 Junior/Young Adult/Adult




27
 THE GUERNSEY LITERARY
 AND POTATO PEEL PIE
 SOCIETY
 BY MARY ANN SHAFFER &
 ANNIE BARROWS
 In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton, famous for her
 wartime humour column, is coping with life in the
 rumble of London when she receives a letter
 from a reader, Dawsey, asking for her help finding
 books by Charles Lamb. After honouring his
 requests, letters start to arrive from the
 residents of Guernsey eager to share their
 stories of the German occupation of the islands.

 When the islanders get caught by the Germans
 leaving a late-night pig roast, as an excuse for
 violating curfew and food restrictions, invent a
 book club. The “Literary and Potato Peel Pie
 Society” is born, allowing the residents an excuse
 to meet and share meagre food rations.

 Soon Juliet decides to travel to Guernsey and
 delve further into the story of the islanders. The
 trip becomes a life-changing event for her.

 Adult

28
 THE MUMMY CONGRESS:
 SCIENCE, OBSESSION AND
 THE EVERLASTING DEAD
 BY HEATHER PRINGLE

 Heather Pringle explores the world of mummies
 after attending the World Congress of Mummies
 Studies in Arica, Chile in 1998. There she meets
 the men and women for whom mummies are
 their passion.

 Although mummies are traditionally associated
 with ancient Egypt, the word is also applied to
 the Inca ice mummies of the Andes and desert
 mummies of Chile and China, self-mummified
 Japanese monks, Europeans preserved in bogs
 and glaciers, and the embalmed remains of
 medieval saints, kings and queens.

 This is a book that feeds our fascination with the
 dead.

 Adult


29
 HUNGRY: A YOUNG
 MODEL’S STORY OF
 APPETITE, AMBITION AND
 THE ULTIMATE EMBRACE
 OF CURVES
 BY CRYSTAL RENN
 Discovered at the age of 14 in Clinton,
 Mississippi, Crystal Renn was told by a modelling
 scout that she needed to lose 40% of her body
 weight to look like the models that were gracing
 Vogue and Victoria’s Secret.

 Several years later Renn is 5’7 and weighs 108
 pounds and working out as much as 8 hours a
 day. One particular day she makes the conscious
 decision that enough is enough and tells her
 agency that she wants to be a plus-sized model.

 Today she is the one of the most sought-after
 models in the business.

 This is her story.

 Young Adult/Adult

30
 THE NIGHT ANGEL
 TRILOGY
 BY BRENT WEEKS
 Determined to escape the Warrens, Azoth seeks
 out Durzo Blint, the city's most ruthless assassin,
 to persuade him to take him on as an apprentice
 and to teach him the deadly Way of Shadows, in
 the first volume in this fantasy trilogy by Brent
 Weeks.

 Books in the series:

 Volume One: The Way of Shadows
 Volume Two: Shadows’ Edge
 Volume Three: Beyond the Shadows

 Adult




31
 THE ONLY ALIEN ON
 THE PLANET
 BY KRISTEN D. RANDLE
 Smitty Tibbs never speaks, never responds and
 never make eye contact.

 Nobody has ever been able to crack the wall
 around Smitty until Ginny.The new girl in school
 and neighbor to Caulder, Smitty’s loyal defender
 since childhood, Ginny gains a small but definite
 reaction when they are introduced for the first
 time.

 Drawing Smitty out becomes painful for all
 concerned, particularly when he reveals the
 secret that his silence has hidden.

 Young Adult




32
 THE ELVENBANE
 BY ANDRE NORTON &
 MERCEDES LACKEY
 In a world ruled by some of the most
 brutal and tyrannical elves ever
 encountered, the most persecuted are
 the part-human, part-elven halfbloods.

  After her human mother is cast into
 the desert, the bastard daughter of
 the powerful Lord Dyran survives and
 is raised by dragons to seek her
 destiny as the Elvenbane.



 The first book in the Halfblood
 Chronicles.

 Adult




33
 THE INVISIBLE MAN
 BY H.G. WELLS
 A mysterious stranger arrives at the local inn.
 Dressed in a long, thick coat and gloves, the
 stranger’s face is hidden entirely by bandages,
 large goggles and a wide-brimmed hat.

 Curiosity starts to take over the village as
 everyone tries to discover who the stranger is
 and what secrets he hides.

 Danger surrounds the stranger once his secret is
 revealed and he starts to lose his sanity in his
 quest to become whole.

 Adult




34
KISS ME LIKE A
STRANGER: MY SEARCH
FOR LOVE AND ART
BY GENE WILDER


 The highly personal memoir of the acclaimed
 actor, director and screenwriter from his
 childhood to the death of his wife, Gilda Radner,
 from ovarian cancer in 1989.


 Adult




35
MY BORING ASS LIFE:THE
UNCOMFORTABLY CANDID
DIARY OF KEVIN SMITH
BY KEVIN SMITH

 This book is a compilation of entries to the
 filmmaker’s blog called “My Boring Ass Life”.

 Smith writes about mundane daily activities,
 meeting his wife, running into various celebrities
 and chronicles the making and release of his
 seventh film Clerks II. He also describes the
 filming of his roles in Catch and Release and Live
 Free or Die Hard.

 There is also a series of writings chronicling his
 friend and frequent featured actor Jason Mewes’
 heroin addiction.

 Adult




36
 EXTREMELY LOUD &
 INCREDIBLY CLOSE
 BY JONATHAN SAFRAN
 FOER

 Oskar Schell is a nine-year-old amateur inventor
 and Shakespearean actor whose life changes
 forever when his father is killed in the collapse of
 the World Trade Center.

 He finds a key in his father’s belongings that
 doesn’t open a single lock in his New York City
 apartment; the container that the key is found is
 labelled “Black”.

 So Oskar goes searching for the lock it opens,
 visiting everyone listed in the phone book with
 the surname of Black and meet some interesting
 characters.

 Adult




37
 IDENTICAL
 BY ELLEN HOPKINS
 Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical
 twins whose family appears to be picture-perfect.
 Their father is a prominent judge, their mother is
 running for Congress and both girls do well in
 school.

 But all is not what it seems. Raeanne seeks
 escape in sex and drugs and Kaeleigh binges and
 cuts herself. However deeper and darker secrets
 have torn this family apart.

 Hopkins uses free verse to voice the girls’
 confessions and secrets about the “picture-
 perfect” family.

 Young Adult




38
 ANIMAL FARM
 BY GEORGE ORWELL
 An animal uprising drives a drunken and
 irresponsible farmer off his property, leaving
 Napoleon and Snowball, two pigs, in control.

 Napoleon’s need for power leads him to
 undermine Snowball and eventually to chase him
 away. In Snowball’s absence, Napoleon declares
 himself leader and starts to make changes that
 will bring the Animal Farm full circle.

 Winner of the 1996 Retrospective Hugo Away,
 one of the only 3 Retro Hugos to be awarded.

 Adult




39
 CONFESSIONS OF
 GEORGIA NICOLSON
 SERIES
 BY LOUISE RENNISON
 What is a fourteen-year-old to do when she
 meets the older man of her dreams (he is
 seventeen)? She starts writing in a diary, of
 course.

 “Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging” is the
 first of ten books in the “Confessions of Georgia
 Nicholson” series by Louise Rennison.

 Full of British wit and slang, Georgia writes about
 her personal trials with her love life, family,
 friends and her wacked-out cat named Angus.

 Young Adult




40
 JOURNEY TO THE RIVER
 SEA
 BY EVA IBBOTSON
 In 1910, Maia, an English orphan attending a London
 girls’ school, discovers that she has distant relatives
 living along the Amazon River. Excited to live in such
 an exotic location as Brazil, she sets sail accompanied
 by her newly appointed governess, Miss Minton.

 Once in Brazil, Maia realizes that the Carters only
 took her to receive the generous quarterly payments
 from her trustee, they have a strong aversion to
 anything Brazilian and never go out and the cousins
 and their twin daughters despise her.

 The only saving graces are the friends that Maia
 makes: Clovis, a child actor who longs to return to
 England and Finn, a rich heir who would rather live
 with the natives then be sent to the British estate
 where his grandfather eagerly awaits his arrival.

 Will the three children be able to change their fates
 or are they forced to live a life that they did not
 choose?

 Junior

41
 THE LUCKY ONE
 BY NICHOLAS SPARKS
     U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photo of a
     smiling young woman in the sands of Iraq. Unable
     to find the owner, he finds himself always carrying
     the picture in his pocket. Soon Logan
     experiences a sudden streak of luck that only his
     best friend seems to have an explanation for: the
     photograph.

     Back home in Colorado, Logan can’t seem to get
     the picture and the woman out of his mind.
     Believing she is somehow the key to his destiny,
     Logan sets out to find her, never expecting the
     strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in
     North Carolina to be the one he has been
     waiting for.

     Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Logan
     keeps the story of the picture to himself. But the
     secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear
     them apart.

     Adult

42
 BAD KITTY TAKES A
 BATH
 BY NICK BRUEL
 Have you ever tried to give a cat a bath? It is not
 something most would recommend trying.

 However when Poor Puppy chases Bad Kitty into
 a garbage can, it is decided that she needs a bath.
 This helpful book gives readers instructions on
 how to give Kitty a bath when there is no other
 option.

 Complete with a glossary of translations of the
 sounds Kitty is likely to make during the bath
 (one entry so R-rated it’s censored by the
 editor), this illustrated chapter book provides
 plenty of laughs and scientific facts.

 Junior




43
 THE WIMPY KID MOVIE
 DIARY: HOW GREG
 HEFFLEY WENT
 HOLLYWOOD
 BY JEFF KINNEY

 The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary is a move tie-in
 book about the making of the 2010 movie “Diary
 of a Wimpy Kid”.

 The book reveals the entire process of how to
 get a movie made, such as choosing a cast, writing
 the script and finding the right location. Kinney
 also gives tidbits about prop making and what the
 actors do on their downtime.

 The book is now updated with behind the scenes
 information of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick
 Rules”.

 Junior



44
 A FINE BALANCE
 BY ROHINTON MISTRY
 This is 1970’s India through the eyes of four
 society outcasts.

 Dina is in her forties, poor and widowed after
 only three years of marriage but supports herself
 with seamstress work.

 Maneck, the son of an old school friend of Dina’s
 has been sent to college because the family
 business is failing.

 Ishvar and his nephew Om are members of the
 Untouchable caste who find work with Dina as
 tailors.

 A tale of cruelty, political thuggery and despair.

 Adult




45
 CHASING STANLEY
 BY DEIRDRE MARTIN
 Jason Mitchell has just been traded to the team
 of his dreams—the New York Blades. He is loving
 his new life in New York but his roommate is
 having a hard time adjusting. Stanley, a
 Newfoundland, is used to wide open spaces and
 can’t get the hang of the cramped quarters.

 Enter Deliah Gould, dog trainer extraordinaire.
 She is incredibly in tune with dogs but
 confronted with social situations with people, she
 is out of her comfort zone.

 Jason and Deliah are polar opposites of each
 other however, with a rambunctious dog
 throwing them together, sparks will fly.

 Adult




46
 THE COMPOUND
 BY S.A. BODEEN
 For the past six years, fifteen-year-old Eli and his
 family have lived in a state-of-the-art bomb
 shelter built by his billionaire father. Despite
 having every comfort, he is haunted by the fact
 that his twin and his grandmother were left
 behind when their world was destroyed by a
 nuclear attack.

 When the food starts running out and certain
 things just don’t seem right or possible, Eli starts
 doubting his father’s motives, explanations and
 sanity. His worst suspicions are confirmed when
 he discovers a live internet connection using an
 old laptop.

 Did the world really end six years ago? Why else
 would his father want to keep the family
 underground?

 Young Adult


47
 THE WONDERFUL
 STORY OF HENRY
 SUGAR AND SIX MORE
 BY ROALD DAHL
 Henry Sugar, an independently wealthy man who
 enjoys gambling, decides to try to master the art
 of mediation and discovers he has natural psychic
 powers that can be easily honed.

 This is just one of seven stories that Roald Dahl
 has collected into this collection. Also included is
 “A Piece of Cake”, the autobiographical story of
 Dahl’s time as a fighter pilot in World War II.

 Young Adult/Adult




48
 SCOTT PILGRIM SERIES
 BY BRYAN LEE
 O’MALLEY
 Scott Pilgrim is 23 years old, lives in a cold,
 unnamed Canadian town, plays bass in a band
 called Sex Bob-Omb and has a very cute 17 year
 old girlfriend. His life is simple and unstructured
 as he drifts between band practice and time
 spent with his girlfriend.

 Soon Scott starts dreaming about Ramona
 Flowers, a mysterious, equally cute and perfectly
 legal hipster chick on rollerblades who delivers
 for Amazon.com. Ramona is anything but simple
 because to win her love Scott must defeat her
 seven evil exes.

 Six volume series

 Young Adult




49
 SHE’S COME UNDONE
 BY WALLY LAMB
 This is the story of Dolores Price, told in her
 own words, from the age of four to 40.

 Bruised by her parents’ divorce, her father’s
 abandonment, her mother’s breakdown and a
 brutal betrayal by a neighbour, Dolores tries to
 retreat from life. Hiding in the comfort of junk
 food and soap operas, she becomes an obese,
 isolated young woman who attempts suicide in
 college and spends seven years in a mental
 institution.

 With the support of her friends, Dolores realizes
 that there are no simple solutions and, from the
 shattered remains of her dysfunctional family, she
 binds together a new beginning.

 Adult




50
 GOOD IN BED
 BY JENNIFER WEINER
 When Cannie, a witty but overweight reporter,
 opens the latest issue of a trendy women’s
 magazine, she is shocked and horrified to read a
 column written by her ex-boyfriend Bruce
 revealing details about their sex life and her
 insecurities with her weight.

 Hurt, disillusioned and even more insecure,
 Cannie enrols in an experimental weight-loss
 program. However Bruce unexpectedly re-enters
 her life when his father dies which leads to the
 two sleeping together after the funeral.

 When the consequences of that night force her
 out of the weight-loss program, Cannie must gain
 the maturity she needs to face something bigger
 than her insecurities.

 Adult




51
 THE HITCHHIKER’S
 GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
 BY DOUGLAS ADAMS
     A trilogy in five parts.

     Follow Arthur Dent, a galaxy-hopping Englishman,
     and Ford Prefect, a galaxy-tour guide writer, as
     they race to save the universe.

     Described as “Sci-fi, Monty Python-style”.

     Series includes:
     The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
     The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
     Life, the Universe and Everything
     So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
     Mostly Harmless

     A sixth book to the trilogy was written by Eoin
     Colfer. “And Another Thing…” was published in
     2009 after Colfer was commissioned by Jane
     Belson, Adams’ widow.

     Adult/Young Adult

52
 REAPER MAN
 BY TERRY PRATCHETT
 Death is not properly carrying out his duties
 according to the Auditors of Reality, those who
 ensure that everything obeys the Rules in the
 Discworld. Forced to retire, Death takes the
 name of Bill Door and settles down to life as a
 farm hand.

 While every other species create a New Death
 for themselves, humans need more time for their
 Death to be complete. As a result, chaos reigns as
 the life force of dead humans start to build up,
 resulting in poltergeist activity, ghosts and other
 paranormal activity.

 As people such as Reg Shoe, an undead-rights
 activist, lobbies to get Death back on the job,
 humankind finally thinks of a New Death. With a
 crown and without any humanity or a human
 face, New Death targets his first victim, Bill Door.
 As Bill faces his mortality, will he take his own
 death lying down?

 Adult/Young Adult


53
 WHITE OLEANDER
 BY JANET FITCH

 At the age of 12, Astrid has her world blown
 away when her mother, Ingrid, is sentenced to life
 in prison for murdering her lover.

 Thrown into the Los Angeles foster care system,
 Astrid struggles to find her place in the world.
 Moving from home to home in situations from
 loving to cruel, she starts to find her voice.

 In the shadows Ingrid’s influence on Astrid’s life
 comes to a head. Asked to lie to help her mother
 get a new trial, Astrid confronts Ingrid.

 Adult




54
 HOWL’S MOVING
 CASTLE
 BY DIANA WYNNE
 JONES
 Sophie Hatter has resigned herself to making a
 living as a hatter and helping her younger sisters
 prepare to make a fortune.

 Her life takes an unexpected turn when the
 wicked Witch of the Waste, angered by
 “competition” in the area, turns Sophie into an
 old woman, so she seeks refuge in the moving
 castle of the wizard Howl.

 Howl lives a frantic life trying to escape the curse
 the Witch has placed on him. Plus he is trying to
 find the perfect girl of his dreams.

 Will Sophie and Howl be able to help each other
 or are they trapped by the Witch’s whim?

 Young Adult


55
 UNSEEN ACADEMICALS
 BY TERRY PRATCHETT
 “Imagine Harry Potter rewritten by Monty
 Python.”

 This is the story of the faculty of Unseen
 University being forced to choose between three
 meals a day and playing a game of football
 (soccer). As tradition mandates, the professors
 must play the game in exchange for their large
 financial endowment by a wealthy family.

 It is up to Mr. Nutt, a goblin candle dripper, to
 whip this portly team into shape. But how do you
 coach a team that doesn’t know the concept of
 teamwork?

 Young Adult/Adult




56
 LOVE HINA
 BY KEN AKAMATSU
 Keitaro Urashima has made a childhood promise
 that he means to keep: to attend Tokyo
 University with the only girl who ever liked him.
 However, he has forgotten the name of the girl
 and can’t remember his face.

 Keitaro, having failed the entrance exam twice,
 becomes the reluctant manager of the family-
 owned girls’ dorm, Hinata House.

 When he unknowingly takes a soak in the girls’
 bath and is discovered by resident Naru
 Narusegawa, the stage is set for
 misunderstandings and compromising situations.

 14 volumes

 Adult




57
NARUTO
BY MASASHI KISHIMOTO
 In the village of Konohagakure, school is literally a
 battlefield where classmates are ninjas in training
 competing to become the greatest ninja in the
 land.

 Naruto is assigned to Team 7 with Sasuke Uchiha
 and Sakura Haruno. Like all the ninja teams from
 every village, Team 7 is charged with completing
 missions requested by villagers, such as doing
 chores or being bodyguards.

 As the boys grow, Team 7 learns new abilities, get
 know each other, and experience a coming-of-age
 journey as Naruto dreams of becoming the
 leader of his village.

 54 volumes and counting

 Young Adult




58
 A PRAYER FOR OWEN
 MEANY
 BY JOHN IRVING
 Diminutive Owen Meany, the social outcast with
 the high, pinched voice, has an enormous
 influence on his friend Johnny Wheelwright—not
 least because the only baseball Owen ever hits
 causes the death of Johnny’s mother.

 From his home in Toronto, Johnny struggles with
 his past, doesn’t quite embrace the Canadian
 identity and has an important but strong sense of
 right and wrong.

 The truth of John’s attitude and choices is
 explained by his childhood friendship with Owen
 Meany in Gravesend, New Hampshire.

 Adult




59
 THE BOY
 BY BETTY JANE
 HEGERAT
 The image of a family’s shoes lined up on the
 cover of the book: seemingly innocent, but those
 are the shoes of an entire slain family.

 The family was killed in Stettler in 1959 and the
 oldest son, Robert Raymond Cook, convicted of
 the crime, was the last man hanged in Alberta.

 Louise, on the other hand, is a fictional character.
 But somehow the story of the Cook family,
 Louise and the author are all intricately woven
 into a tapestry of dark but beautiful fiction/non-
 fiction.

 Adult




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