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Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

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If you like Westerns, try this one. Although it is a juvenile chapter book it is a touching story of an orphan determined to get his horse back after it was sold without his consent. An easy enjoyable read.

Feb. LibraryReads list

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Announcing the
February 2016

LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and February's LibraryReads Favorite is: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
(Philomel Books)

“Titanic. Lusitania. Wilhelm Gustloff. All major maritime disasters, yet the last is virtually unknown. Ruta Sepetys changes that in her gripping historical novel. Told in short snippets, Salt to the Sea rotates between four narrators attempting to escape various tragedies in 1945 Europe. Powerful and haunting, heartbreaking and hopeful--a must-read for adults and teens.”
--Jennifer Asimakopoulos, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL


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Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

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This is a fictional biography of Beryl Markham who grew up a wild child on an African farm with her father who was a race horse trainer. Very much wanting to be her own person she ignored the English proprieties and forged her way in a man's world as a woman horse trainer. Her looks made it easy for her to make friends in the rich circles of society but bad choices also made her an outcast. Overall an interesting but sad story of a girl who never knew a mother's love.

Travelers Rest by Keith Lee Morris

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A blizzard in Idaho forces a family, driving home to South Carolina, to stop for the night. Is it coincidence or were they somehow drawn to pick that particular exit for the town of Good Night? Good Night is an old abandoned mining town with only a few residents, who are considered souvenirs, and an old rundown hotel called Travelers Rest. Once at Travelers Rest will the family be able to leave at all?
This story is the stuff of the "Twilight Zone", reminiscent of "The Shinning" and a dream that keeps playing over and over that you can't escape or figure out.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

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Here is a bit of American history that you may not have studied in school,(I know I didn't). Sure, we have all heard of the Barbary pirates but did you know that the pirates and Bashaws of the four Muslim nations of Morocco, Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli pretty much controlled which merchant ships could pass through and would charge exorbitant tributes? If a country could not pay the tribute then their ships would be captured and all persons aboard would become slaves. Thomas Jefferson worked for years to free up trade along the Mediterranean and the African coasts. This is an interesting and well written account of that first American war on foreign lands. There are many characters and vivid battle scenes. Very Good!

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

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What happens when your imagination becomes all too real?
This is a story of a young writer who on first reading has hidden paranormal abilities. I was hoping Koontz took this story in that direction but turns out he went a different route than I had the story going. Still a good read.