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The Lie Tree

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hardinge
Author's First Name: 
Frances
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2016
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Fourteen year old Faith has an insatiable desire to learn about the natural world but is stifled under the expectations and mores of Victorian England. When her scientist father dies, Faith suspects he has been murdered because of secret knowledge of a tree that flourishes on lies and she determines to find her father's killer and the tree. Told in vivid historical detail and heart stopping prose.

ASHES (THE SEEDS OF AMERICA TRILOGY)

ASHES
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Anderson
Author's First Name: 
Laurie Halse
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Atheneum)
Publication Month: 
October
Publication Date: 
10/4/2016

 In the conclusion to the Seeds of America trilogy, American and French soldiers prepare to lay siege to the British army at Yorktown as Isabel and Curzon set out to rescue Isabel's sister Ruth from slavery. The final days of the Revolution are seen through the eyes of characters readers have come to love.

THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Winters
Author's First Name: 
Cat
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2016

 In 1920s Oregon, biracial Hanalee Denny teams up with Lee, who is gay, to find the truth about the night her father was murdered in this fast-paced historical fiction set during the violent times of the KKK and eugenics for gay men.

OUTRUN THE MOON

OUTRUN THE MOON
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lee
Author's First Name: 
Stacey
Publisher: 
Penguin (Putnam)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Mercy Wong is Chinese-American in 1906 San Francisco, and life at her prestigious girls’ school is not as easy as she had hoped it would be. When an historic earthquake hits town, she and her classmates must work together to survive.

GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hesse
Author's First Name: 
Monica
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2016

 Hanneke moves about the city procuring and delivering black market and other hard-to-find items in Nazi occupied Amsterdam during World War II. She puts her relative safety as a Christian on the line when she receives an unusual request to use her skill and advantages to rescue a young Jewish girl.

WHEN MISCHIEF CAME TO TOWN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nannestad
Author's First Name: 
Katrina
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Inge Maria, orphaned in Copenhagen in 1911, ferries to an island to live with a grandmother she has never met and encounters dismaying mishaps with mud, scissors, cakes, mice, fish, and a donkey before her grandmother finally laughs.

THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hitchcock
Author's First Name: 
Bonnie-Sue
Narrator's First Name: 
Jorjeana
Narrator's Last Name: 
Marie, Erin Tripp, Karissa Vacker, Robbie Daymond
Publisher: 
Penguin (Listening Library/Random House)
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2016

 Ruth hides a secret she can’t keep for much longer, and even a cold stroke of luck may not be enough to save Dora. Alyce dreams of dancing elsewhere, while Hank, headed for safety, stumbles into serious danger. Four teenagers in rural Alaska, voiced by a quiet, alternating array of narrators, find their lives interwoven as each abandons the familiar in search of secure passage into adulthood.

SALT TO THE SEA

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sepetys
Author's First Name: 
Ruta
Publisher: 
Penguin (Philomel)
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2016

 Four teens flee from war-torn Nazi Germany on the ill-fated ship Wilhelm Gustloff: Joana, a Lithuanian nurse; Florian, a Prussian masquerading as a soldier; Emilia, a damaged Polish girl; and Alfred, a Nazi sailor. The haunting story of their struggle to survive and the secret each carries is told in alternating voices.

THE BLACKTHORN KEY

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sands
Author's First Name: 
Kevin
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Aladdin Mix)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Join Christopher, an apothecary apprentice in 1665, as he seeks to solve the murder of his master and bringing an evil cult to justice.

X: A NOVEL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Shabazz
Author's First Name: 
Ilyasah
Second Author's First Name: 
Magoon
Second Author's Last Name: 
Kekla
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2015

 This vivid depiction of Malcolm X's life as a child and young adult follows him from the Great Depression to post World War II Harlem, as he moved from Lansing, Michigan, to Boston, Harlem and then returned to Boston, and prison.

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