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Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
James Lee Burke

MYS BURKE

While in a New Orleans recovery unit, detective Dave Robicheaux meets a Creole girl whose subsequent disappearance prompts his search for the girl’s sister against a backdrop of a bayou-threatening oil well rupture in the Gulf of Mexico.

Recommended by Shaunna at KDL’s Grandville branch


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And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie

MYS PB CHRISTIE

“Ten strangers meet by invitation on an island off the coast of England, and they mysteriously start to drop dead one after the other. Each death coincides with a line in a nursery rhyme, Ten Little Indian Boys. The survivors pull together to figure out the killer before it is too late. I hadn’t read any Agatha Christie before this, and I now understand why she’s considered the master of mystery. Excellent read, and fast! Not to mention the reader for the audiobook was great.”
—Kelly at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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Meditation for Multitaskers: A Guide to Finding Peace between the Pings
Dillard-Wright PhD

SPIRIT INSPIR 158.12 DIL

“I found the book helpful. The author focuses on mindfulness, tips and exercises to help regain focus and memory in a world filled with pings and rings. Even though multitasking has become the way of life for most humans, the author does not hesitate to shed light on its negative impact on our lives.”
—Seema at KDL’s Kentwood branch


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Skin Hunger
Kathleen Duey

SF TEEN DUEY

“The first of a trilogy (as yet unfinished), this book is a far cry from your typical teen fantasy. It is the type of story where you know no one is “safe,” like a main character could die at any moment. But this is great, because it makes the entire story feel so thrillingly unexpected. It’s dark and compelling. I can’t wait to read the second one!”
—Tiffany at KDL’s Wyoming branch


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Firefly Lane
Kristin Hannah

“Friendship through the years with all of its ups and downs is poignantly presented in this story. Looking very forward to the sequel, Fly Away.”
—Theresa at KDL’s Byron Township branch


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Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth
J. V. Hart

SF TEEN HART

“This is a Young Adult book. It details the adventures of Captain Hook before he became Captain Hook. James Matthew is the bastard son of Lord “B” who is one of the Queens men, part of the house of Lords. He is sent to Eaton to be educated and has to fight the prejudice of the school and it’s upperclassmen, particularity one Arthur Darling, who is very nasty.
Find out how Hook became Hook.”
—Jim at KDL’s Kentwood branch


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Chi's Sweet Home, volume 1
Kanata Konami

GRAPHIC J CHI’S

“This is a cute manga about a kitten, Chi, who gets separated from her mother, but is then rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. They take Chi to their apartment, hoping to find a home for her (since no pets are allowed there), but instead finds that Chi’s presence makes them all happy. Animal lovers will enjoy this cute, hilarious tale about Chi and her adventures with the Yamada family.”
—Kathy at KDL’s Walker branch


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The Dinner
Herman Koch

“What begins as an innocuous family dinner ends as a very creepy story in which one no longer knows who any of the characters really are.”
—Helen Kay at KDL’s Spencer Township branch


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Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin Trilogy)
Robin LaFevers

HIST TEEN LAFEVERS

“This is the second in a series about female assassins fathered by death himself set in medieval France. Read them in order because the first book is just as good and sets the scene and characters for book two. Girl power with a little bit of war and lust thrown in.”
—Morgan at KDL’s East Grand Rapids branch


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The Giver (Newbery Medal Book)
Lois Lowry

NEWBERY TEEN LOWRY

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Recommended by Yuko at KDL’s Service Center


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Me Before You: A Novel
Jojo Moyes

“I loved this book for its love story, for its characters who I cared about and continue to think about and for their situation. In an unusual twist, you will end up being empathetic with all characters and you will agree with all sides of this issue. Book groups will love this title!”
—Michelle at KDL’s Service Center


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The Jade Notebook (Indigo Notebook)
Laura Resau

TEEN RESAU

“This is the third in the series. Zeeta and her mother have now moved to Mexico and Zeeta is hoping to find her father. Her mother has promised to stay in one place for a while and Zeeta feels like her life is following her plan. But of course something goes wrong.”
—Beth at KDL’s Gaines Township branch


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The River of No Return
Bee Ridgway

SF RIDGWAY

“A literary time-traveling romantic adventure story that spans the 19th and 21st centuries as Lord Nick Falcott tries to unravel the mysteries of the Guild, which controls time travel, and find the woman who haunts his dreams.”
—Melissa at KDL’s Service Center


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Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell

TEEN ROWELL

“A beautifully written love story about Eleanor, a “big” redheaded girl, and Park, a skinny Korean guy. During their bus rides to school they learn more about each other, and defy the odds.”
—Liz at KDL’s Caledonia Township branch


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Tiger in My Soup
Kashmira Sheth

E SHETH

“What to do when a tiger appears in the steam from your soup? Put a colander on your head and take cover! This picture book was such fun to read aloud at story time. A little boy is left in the care of his big sister, who is too engrossed in her own book to read to him. Instead, he creates his own entertainment, battling back a ferocious tiger throughout lunch. The illustrations are expressive and the story is definitely one that will ring true for both big sisters and the little brothers.”
—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch


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Taylor's Gift: A Courageous Story of Giving Life and Renewing Hope
Todd Storch,Tara Storch,Jennifer Schuchmann

BIOGRAPHY STORCH

“I read Taylor’s Gift and it was a very difficult read for me as a mom. However, I couldn’t stop reading it and I was amazed at what an impact one person’s death could have on so many others.”
—Barb at KDL’s Byron Township branch


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The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy
Ursus Wehrli

ART PHOTOG WEH

“Do you like it when things are in order? Or organized by size? Or color? Do you like looking at pictures? If so, you’ll love this book! Don’t miss the inside of the front and back covers.”
—Katy at KDL’s Kentwood branch


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The Skystone (The Camulod Chronicles, Book 1)
Jack Whyte

SF PB WHYTE

“I read and really enjoyed The Skystone by Jack Whyte. It is the first book in the Camulod Chronicles takes begins in the fourth century Britain during the decline of the Roman empire. The two main characters are King Arthur’s grandfathers and it tells the story of their friendship and the events which brought them together. The story is good, the characters likable, and I learned about some pretty interesting history.”
—Sara at KDL’s Caledonia Township branch


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