Daniel Pratzer is a newbie on the freshman chess team at his private school. He has made modest progress, but as a patzer (beginner), Daniel is shocked when his super-achieving co-captains ask him to participate in a special tournament. The Manhattan tournament is comprised of three father-son teams. The captains admit it’s not Daniel’s skill they’re after - it’s Daniel’s dad they want on their team. With Mr. Pratzer’s skill as a Grandmaster, they are sure they’ll win the $10,000 prize.
Mystery & Thriller
Cadence Sinclair Easton comes from an incredibly privileged East Coast family, in which every member is blonde, beautiful, and wealthy. The Sinclairs own a private island, where all convene every summer. Cady, along with the other family “Liars,” have spent carefree, idyllic summers on the island…until the summer Cady turns fifteen. Summer 15 is filled with fun and first love, until the horrible night Cady is found alone on the beach.
Mr. Lemoncello, the world famous game maker, has designed a fabulous,high-tech new library for his home town. He’s also having a lock-in with the twelve children in town who win his essay contest, “Why I’m excited about the new Public Library.” Kyle Keely, average guy, loves Mr. Lemoncello’s games, and really wants to win; but his brief essay, “Because there might be balloons,” seems like a loser.
The last thing Chloe remembers is falling asleep in study hall in May. The next time she opens her eyes, snow is on the ground and six months of her life have somehow passed. Now at the top of her class and dating the school’s most popular jock, Chloe’s life has completely changed--and she needs to find out why. ~Debra Wischmeyer
Call Number: Teen Fiction RICHARDS, N.D.
Jodi Brett and Todd Gilbert seem to possess an enviable life together. Todd, a general contractor, flips houses on Chicago’s north side affording them a comfortable lifestyle. Jodi, a psychologist in part-time private practice from their lakeside condo, celebrates her professional achievements alongside their twenty-year relationship. Then Todd’s best friend’s daughter, a college student named Natasha, announces her pregnancy and upcoming nuptials to Todd, and Jodi’s world tilts on its axis. Receiving notice to vacate their home spurs Jodi to
This first book in the Sherlock, Lupin & Me series introduces the reader to young Sherlock Holmes and his two best friends in the summer of 1870. While at a seaside resort town, the three find a dead man on the beach with an apparent suicide note in his pocket. Then a diamond necklace gets stolen and they wonder if there’s a connection. The friends end up in jeopardy more than once as they investigate, and the cliffhanger chapter endings keep the suspense moving.
Lana Granger is psychologically wounded from a childhood trauma. With great gaps in her memory, she has taken refuge at a small college in upstate New York, losing herself in her studies. Nearing graduation, she takes a job babysitting for a troubled boy who has recently moved to the community. As her relationship with the boy escalates, her best friend goes missing and Lana embarks on a quest to find her. In the process she uncovers many secrets about her own past. The riveted reader will discover that nothing is as it seems.
Unhappy living with his new stepfather,Travis runs off to his grandmother’s home in small town Minnesota, where his late dad grew up. His dad, who died before Travis was born, was a local legend, suspected of robbing a bank and then never heard from again. When Travis shows up everyone believes he has come to retrieve the lost money, especially when some of the marked bills show up in local stores. Travis has no knowledge of his dad’s history or any idea where the loot is stashed.