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Rip Tide
Kat Falls

Second book in the series about a boy who lives on the new frontier: subsea! Ty’s parents are kidnapped and Ty most join forces with known pirates in order to find them in time.
–Beth at KDL’s Gaines Township branch


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More than Human
Lewis Blackwell

A large book of gorgeously photographed animal portraits. I loved seeing all sorts of snuggly and creepy crawly animals from surprising points of view, as did my three year old son. Special bonus — when a bat infiltrated our drafty old house we were able to show the lad some charming bat portraits; it made the bat seem not at all scary.
–Cheri at KDL’s Service Center


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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Alexandra Fuller

We read Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight for our book club, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a memoir of Alexandra Fuller’s growing up in an inhospitable South Africa during the end of Apartheid which turned her family’s life upside down. While living in a family dysfunctional, by our standards, but colorful and certainly not boring, Fuller experienced a life of wildness, with an alcoholic mother and a rogue father, terrorists hiding in the bush, and extreme environmental conditions. The setting was definitely a character in the story and as unfriendly as it was, Fuller loved Africa, and it was truly where she belonged. Her passion for HER Africa was what grabbed me.
–Sara at KDL’s Caledonia Township branch


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Every Day
David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan is a great read, reminiscent of The Time Traveler’s Wife. The main character, A, wakes up in a different body every day, albeit always one that is A’s same age. A is a good caretaker of the temporary homes, but becomes unhappy and restless after falling in love with Rhiannon.
–Susan at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch


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The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel
David Levithan

I read The Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan. David Levithan is one of my favorite authors. His use of language is so beautiful that I find myself reading the same line over and over, just to savor it. This book is delicious!
–Kris at KDL’s Comstock Park branch


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The Healing
Jonathan Odell

The Healing by Jonathan Odell (similar to The Help, Beloved, Secret Life of Bees and even Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; it takes many of the collective themes from the others listed and weaves a unique pre-Civil War historical fiction novel through 75 years of slave women on a plantation in Mississippi, one woman in particular. Rich in detail and narrative; it’s character-driven plot is complex yet intriguing. With shorter chapters and strong female characters, I would expect this to be a great book discussion read too.
–Laura at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch


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Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead
Chris Pauls,Matt Solomon

This book is awesome, what if the Titanic became infected with Zombies during its journey?
–Craig at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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The Silver Linings Playbook [movie tie-in edition]: A Novel
Matthew Quick

I don’t read a great deal of adult fiction, but I whipped through this in one sitting. Perhaps I was motivated by Bradley Cooper’s face on the cover. This was an engaging story about Pat, who has spent the last few years in a mental health facility. He can’t recall why exactly he was put in “the bad place,” and his family isn’t filling in the blanks. I really rooted for the main characters in this book, and wanted to get to the bottom of the mystery of Pat’s previous life. Now I want to see the movie!
–Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch


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The Story of Beautiful Girl
Rachel Simon

In this heart wrenching love story, a white developmentally disabled woman and a deaf African-American man are cruelly separated from each other, but the memories of their time together, as well as a secret pact, sustain them over the next forty years.
–Mark at KDL’s Krause Memorial branch


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Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World
N. D. Wilson

I discovered an amazing book by the author of “100 Cupboards”, N.D. Wilson — this one is “Notes from the Tilt-a-whirl.” It’s a poetic and word-rich look at life, God, and the world, with “wide-eyed wonder.” Anyone who appreciates Don Miller will love this book.
–Deb at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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The Odd Life of Timothy Green
COM DVD O / PG

Cindy and Jim Green are a happily married couple who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim and their small town of Stanleyville, learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

Recommended by Holly at KDL’s Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch


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Damsels in Distress
DRA DVD D / PG-13

Just plain entertaining!
–Rich at KDL’s Wyoming branch


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