In 1864 Eliza Spooner’s husband Will volunteers to join the Union army leaving her to take care of their Kansas farm and their two children. Eliza awaits his return and sends him a special Christmas quilt to help keep him warm. When one of her neighbors becomes a widow, Eliza opens her home to the young woman and her daughter. The two women help each other and form a special bond when they join other women in a quilting group. When Eliza is asked to hide an escaped slave she finds it in her heart to do the right thing even though it puts her own family in danger.
It's almost always the case that how much I like a book depends on how much I like the MC, and high school senior Natalie Sterling is pretty hard to like. But Siobhan Vivian made me care about Natalie, even when I didn't especially like her, and make me feel protective of her, too, even when she was dead set on a foolish course of action with a preordained bad end. Natalie likes to have everything under control, but when she becomes attracted to one of the senior boys and her best friend starts keeping secrets from her, things get messy.
Noah and Jude form two parts of the same whole; they have always been inseparable and completely in sync. Both twins brim with artistic talent, inherited from their luminous, free-spirited mother. As they apply for admission into a prestigious art school, tragedy tears them apart, and their relationship is broken to pieces by grief, jealousy and misunderstandings. Told in alternating viewpoints that travel back and forth in time, this gorgeously written novel follows Jude and Noah as they try to find themselves and their way back to each other.
Teen Fiction NELSON, J.
Miss Annie Andrews absolutely, positively knows that she and Arthur Eggleston are meant to be together, so much so that she - on several occasions - has tried to convince Arthur to elope. Now that her older sister is away, Annie has the perfect opportunity to run away with Arthur - except her sister left good friend, Jordon Holloway, in charge of Annie in her absence so as to avoid any type of scandal.
Set against the backdrop of the Great Mississippi Flood during Prohibition in rural Mississippi, Tilted World tells the story of a bootlegger, her shady husband, an orphan baby, and two federal investigating agents and how their lives become entwined. Weeks of constant rain and the impending natural disaster adds tension to this atmospheric story filled with murder and moonshine. The strong-willed Dixie Clay who is mourning the recent death of her baby and decent, blues-loving agent Ted Ingersoll are drawn to each other in their mutual attachment to the orphan baby and thei
Isla has been hopelessly in love with Josh, her classmate at their boarding school in Paris, for years. When she comes face-to-face with him in a chance meeting the summer before their senior year, their relationship takes off. But when their rule-breaking gets Josh expelled, the two are forced apart to different continents. Is their relationship strong enough to hold?
Teen Fiction PERKINS, S.
Karou’s art school classmates don’t know much about her, other than she is an orphan, has vivid blue hair that never fades, and fills her sketchbooks with drawings of fantastical beasts called Chimera. What her classmates don’t realize is that these characters aren’t from Karou’s imagination, but are actually her adopted family. Karou grew up in her adopted father, Brisbane’s, otherworldly trade shop.
Seraphina is about to be crowned heir to the mermaid throne, when suddenly both of her parents are killed in an attack on her city. Sera goes on the run. Nightmares plague her and drive her and five other mermaids to try to stop an ancient evil that wants to destroy mermaid-kind. Seraphina must deal with a lot to save all and become the mermaid heir.
Tarver Merendsen is a young decorated war hero from a normal - but not rich - family. Lilac LaRoux is the daughter of the richest and most powerful man in the universe. They meet by chance on board the mega-spaceship Icarus, but Lilac quickly puts a stop to any intentions, as her father is known for making interested men disappear. One afternoon, the Icarus is suddenly yanked out of hyperspace, forcing Lilac and Tarver to eject in an escape pod. They land on a terraformed but seemingly uninhabited planet.
Rebecca Blue does not fit in at Del Ray high school. Raised by her professional photographer mother, Rebecca (aka Rebel), she grew up on the road chasing the perfect photographic happenings throughout Central and South America. When her mother is tragically killed, however, Rebel moves in with her aunt, uncle, and Cousin Pen… all of whom seem impossibly straight-laced and perfect. The one constant in Rebel’s life is now detention, where one afternoon she connects with perky, passionate, civic-minded Kennedy Green. For their detention assignments, the two