January 15, 2020

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Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

By: Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Imagine an alternate universe where tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a world of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Visionaries Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant have taken a genre already rich, strange, and inventive and challenged fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, to embrace its established themes and refashion them in surprising ways and settings. The result is an anthology that defies its genre even as it defines it. --From Candlewick
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  • Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories
    Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link

    Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

    By: Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link
    Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

    Imagine an alternate universe where tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a world of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Visionaries Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant have taken a genre already rich, strange, and inventive and challenged fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, to embrace its established themes and refashion them in surprising ways and settings. The result is an anthology that defies its genre even as it defines it. --From Candlewick

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  • Memoirs of a Geisha
    Arthur Golden

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    By: Arthur Golden
    Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

    Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it. In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction—at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable. —From Knopf Doubleday

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  • Forever, or a Long, Long Time
    Caela Carter

    Forever, or a Long, Long Time

    By: Caela Carter
    Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6

    From rising star Caela Carter, author of My Life with the Liars, comes a captivating and heartfelt story about siblings who learn that love can never be divided, only multiplied. Flora and her brother, Julian, don’t believe they were born. They’ve lived in so many foster homes, they can’t remember where they came from. And even now that they’ve been adopted, Flora still struggles to believe that they’ve found their forever home. So along with their new mother, Flora and Julian begin a journey to go back and discover their past—for only then can they really begin to build their future. A Charlotte Huck Honor Book, 2018. -- From HarperCollins

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  • A Short Time to Stay Here
    Terry Roberts

    A Short Time to Stay Here

    By: Terry Roberts
    Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

    War changes everything that should have been in the summer of 1917. The U.S. enters WWI and Stephen Robbins' beloved Mountain Park Hotel is pressed into service as an internment camp for over 2,000 German nationals, including Hans Ruser and his men. Feisty Anna Ulmann, seeking her independence in a male-dominated world, flees south from New York to devote her life to documentary photography in beautiful Hot Springs, North Carolina. Haunted by demons both past and present, these people face heartbreaking tragedy. Yet together they discover the true meaning of imprisonment and escape. --From Amazon

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