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Par Kelly Regan Barnhill. 2016
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the…forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her. Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal. Grades 5-8. 2016.
Par Donna Tartt. 2013
Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise…tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. Bestseller. Pulitzer Prize winner. 2013.
Par Elmer Kelton. 2007
Cowboy Hewey Calloway loves to ride the open range like a solitary sailor on an endless sea. So when barbed…wire and newfangled contraptions threaten his world, he's dead-set against progress--until he meets a pretty little teacher. Sequel to “Six bits a day". Followed by "The smiling country". Spur Award. 2007.
Par Chelsea Bolan. 2016
Just shy of her fifteenth birthday, Gabriela is cast out of the house for tarnishing the family honour. Furious at…her father and desperate to find Gabriela, her older sister Lucy leaves their small Mexican town, coming face to face with the dark underbelly of Mexico City. Back home, Lucy's parents, brothers, and devious brother-in-law struggle with their own complicity in Gabi's fate. Winner of the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction. 2016.
Par Pearl S Buck. 2005
When O-lan, a servant girl, marries the peasant Wang Lung, she toils tirelessly through four pregnancies for their family's survival.…Reward at first is meagre, but there is sustenance in the land - until the famine comes. Half-starved, the family joins thousands of peasants to beg on the city streets. It seems that all is lost, until O-lan's desperate will to survive returns them home with undreamt of wealth. But they have betrayed the earth from which true wealth springs, and the family's money breeds only mistrust, deception - and heartbreak for the woman who had saved them. Followed by "Sons". Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Originally published in 1931, 2005. (Good earth trilogy ; 1)
Par Amitav Ghosh. 2001
Rajkumar, an orphaned Indian boat boy, is only eleven when he is stranded in Burma as the British invade in…1885. His meeting with ten-year-old Dolly, one of the queen's attendants, in the Glass Palace is so memorable that it dominates his life. Some descriptions of sex. Winner of the 2002 CNIB Torgi Award. 2001.
Par Jim Murphy. 1995
An account of the conflagration that levelled much of Chicago in 1871. Chronicles events from the fire's outbreak and rapid…spread to its extinguishment by rain, as reported by survivors and in documents of the period. Examines the origins, circumstances, and official failures that contributed to the disaster. Grades 5-8. A 1996 Newbery Honor Book. c1995.
Par Katherine Paterson. 1979
Galadriel, named out of Tolkien, is a tough, clever, angry 11-year-old and victor of many a foster home and despair…of the social services lady! This time she meets her match. Newbery Honor book. Grades 5-8. 1979.
Par Lois Lowry. 1993
Jonas's world is perfect - every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve he is…singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life, and now it's time for Jonas to receive the truth. Winner of the Newbery Award. Grades 5-8. 1993.
Par Arundhati Roy. 1997
Twins Rahel and Estha grow up between vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in the blind grandmother's factory.…They try to fashion a childhood in the shade of the wreck that is their family their lonely, lovely mother, their beloved uncle, and their incumbent grand-aunt. They learn that things can change in a day and that lives can twist into new shapes. Winner of the 1997 Booker Prize. 1997.
Par Pat Barker. 1996
Psychologist William Rivers struggles with the dilemma of healing men who must then rejoin the battle. Patient Billy Prior wants…to return to the French front, though the war is nearing an end. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Final book in Barker's World War I trilogy. Sequel to "The eye in the door." 1995 Booker Prize winner. 1996. (World War I trilogy ; 3)
Par Lafcadio Hearn, Arlene Mosel. 1972
Par Donna Morrissey. 2016
Kyle is still mourning his dead older brother, Chris. But soon the murder and drowning of a local bully, Clar…Gillard, proves more than distracting as the police cordon off the Now house. The victim's blood was found on the family's pier, and suspicion falls first on Clar's alienated wife, then in the Now family. Behind the turmoil is the quieter but no less intense drama of the aftermath of Chris's death. Father Sylvanus Now drowns his sorrow in a bottle, and mother Addie is facing breast cancer. Tension exists between Kyle and Sylvie Now, unresolved as long as Kyle fails to confront his anger over his sister's role in getting Chris a job on the oil rig. As the mystery of who killed Clar Gillard unfolds, other deeper secrets are revealed. Bestseller. Winner of the 2017 Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award and the 2017 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.. 2016.
Par Ursula K Le Guin. 1994
A young prince joins forces with the Master Wizard on a journey to discover a cause and remedy for the…loss of magic in Earthsea. Sequel to "The tombs of Atuan". Followed by "Tehanu". Junior High. 1994.
Par Ben Okri. 1991
Azaro, a spirit child who has promised to return from the world of the living, is reluctantly born again and…again. Wanting to experience life, he breaks his pact and is tormented by his fellow spirits. 1991 Booker Prize winner. Prequel to "Songs of enchantment". 1991.
Par Daniel Silva. 2012
Vatican City. Art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon is working on a Caravaggio masterpiece when he is summoned by Donati,…the pope’s private secretary. Donati wants Allon to discreetly investigate the death of a woman whose body was found in St. Peter’s Basilica. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2012. (Gabriel Allon ; 12)
Par W. P Kinsella. 1986
Frank Fencepost, Silas Ermineskin and their assorted friends of the Hobbema Reserve in Alberta cause a riot on a nude…beach in Vancouver, chat with the Queen in her bedroom and have other zany adventures. Followed by "Miss Hobbema pageant" (DC11676). Some strong language. 1986.
Par Brian O'Doherty. 1999
After hearing a story in a pub in the 1950s about a defrocked priest, dead women, and an Irish village…abandoned in 1940, William Maginn travels to Kerry. By luck more than skill, he obtains the written statement - presented here - of Father McGreevy concerning those events. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Booker Prize finalist. 1999.
Par Sharon E McKay. 2014
Five-year-old Beatrix looks on in horror as a soldier forces her mother off the tram. It is 1942 in Amsterdam,…and everyone knows what happens to Jews who are taken away by the Nazis. The soldier turns his attention to Beatrix, when suddenly, the ticket-taker, Lars Gorter, blurts out that she is his niece. With his brother Hans, the tram conductor, they manage to rescue the child from the same fate as her mother. The two elderly brothers realize that they are now in charge of the little girl. They are at a loss -- after all, neither one has ever married, let alone has children. They know that harbouring a Jew could cost them their lives, but in desperation, they turn to a neighbour, Mrs. Vos, for help. Grades 3-6. Winner of the 2015-16 Hackmatack Award for fiction. Winner of the 2016 Silver Birch Express Award. 2014.
Par Norman Mailer. 2018
This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells of Gary Gilmore who, after being convicted for murder, insisted on being executed. He fought…a system seemingly intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. His fight for the right to die is what made him famous. 2018.