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The Doubt Factory
Paolo Bacigalupi

TEEN BACIGALUPI

“This book gives a fictional look at a number of teens, attempting to let people know that it really is NOT fair for companies to promote drugs that have been proven dangerous – particularly for their families. One teen, whose dad is the head of one of those PR companies, thinks the other teens are crazy, until she researches and discovers that they may have a point. A great mentally stimulating book, makes you think about how PR works!”
—Jacque at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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The Angel Tree
Daphne Benedis-Grab

HOLIDAY J BENEDIS-GRAB

“Since I love Christmas fiction, I was drawn to the J fiction book, ‘Angel Tree’ by Daphne Bendis-Grab. This is a heartwarming and delightful story about a small town and the impact the of answered wishes from the the Angel Tree on community members. This is a book I will read over and over again. On a side note, one of the main characters is a school librarian. FIVE STARS from me.”
—Barb from KDL’s Byron Township branch


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Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq
Steve Fainaru

HISTORY MILITARY MIDEAST FAI

“Some of the larger mercenary conglomerates have been written about and the antics they have gotten into. I often think of mercenaries in Iraq having better supplies and equipment than the military but what about the mercenaries who are worse off or the ones who are ambushed by their own former employees? This book shines light on some of the mercenaries operating in Iraq on a small budget and the type of people that sign up to be a mercenary.”
—Craig at KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch


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Vango: Between Sky and Earth
Timothee de Fombelle

HIST TEEN FOMBELLE

“I find it hard to get historical fiction with enough action for my middle schooler. This French translation fits the bill! You will admire Vango and wonder why people are out to get him.”
—Michelle at KDL’s Service Center


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Seraphina
Rachel Hartman

SF TEEN HARTMAN

“A peace treaty between humans and dragons has been in place for four decades, but the suspicious death of the prince has everyone on edge. Seraphina, stuck between the two worlds, has plenty of secrets of her own. She finds herself pulled into the mystery alongside the Captain of the Guard, Kiggs, and it’s all downhill from there. With enemies and allies on both sides, Seraphina must find out who’s behind the coup before any more blood is spilled, all while keeping her secrets from Kiggs, who’s getting awfully close to her heart.
“This was a wonderful, classic fantasy novel with plenty of political intrigue and smarts. I loved the fresh take on dragons and Seraphina is a star heroine. You’ll never guess the culprit. I sure didn’t!”
—Kelly at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller
Terry Hayes

HAYES

“A suspenseful espionage thriller about an ex-CIA operative sent on a super secret mission to find a brilliant man bent on destroying the United States as revenge for the death of his father years before.”
—Susan at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch


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The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
Dana Alison Levy

J LEVY

“This a fast and funny middle grade read, filled with boys, pets, a grumpy neighbor, homework, sports and lots of mud. I was sad when the story ended and desperately wished I could be a part of their shenanigans. Fans of The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall will eat this up.”
—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch


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Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith
Joe Perry

BIOGRAPHY PERRY

“Joe Perry documents his early life growing up in a Boston suburb to becoming the lead guitarist in an arena rock band. He leaves out nothing, going in depth describing his struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, as well as his tumultuous relationship with fellow Toxic Twin, Steven Tyler. Any fan of rock star biographies should pick this up!”
—Veronica at KDL’s Krause Memorial branch


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Dogs in Cars
Lara Jo Regan

ANIMALS MAMMALS DOGS REG

“Had a long day at work? Holidays already driving you nuts? Take a look at this book, you’re sure to smile. Nothing but pure joy, total happiness radiates from these photos of dogs taking car rides. Great book. Great gift.”
—Shaunna at KDL’s Alpine Township branch


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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
Jan-Philipp Sendker

SENDKER

“This book is a mystery, a drama, and a classic sentimental love story all wrapped into one. If you’re looking for that next book that will leave an impression, that you will never forget and you will always think of fondly, this is the next book for you. Spanning generations, ‘The Art of Hearing Heartbeats’ carries a sense of delightful nostalgia. It’s one of those stories that, when the last chapter ends, you wish you could keep reading.” –Sasha at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch


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In Which Brief Stories Are Told (Made in Michigan Writers Series)
Phillip Sterling

LOCAL STERLING

“This Local Indie favorite, part of the Made in Michigan Writers Series, presents a collage of moments in the lives of average people with small-town northern Michigan as a backdrop. Author Phillip Sterling invites readers to share his characters’ small tragedies and victories in fifteen deceptively simple, intimate stories.”
—Mark at KDL’s Krause Memorial branch


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Enslaved by Ducks: How One Man Went from Head of the Household to Bottom of the Pecking Order
Bob Tarte

ANIMALS BIRDS TAR

“Bob Tarte, who lives in Lowell, or as he calls it: ‘on the edge of a shoe-sucking, mink-infested swamp,’ is a man of many talents. When he’s not bird-watching, befriending the local wildlife, being eaten alive by mosquitoes, or managing his menagerie of diverse animals (including ducks, geese, turkeys, parrots, parakeets, rabbits, and several demanding cats), he’s writing books. His excruciatingly funny memoirs are recorded in his three books: ‘Enslaved by Ducks,’ ‘Fowl Weather,’ and ‘Kitty Cornered.’ The titles give an inkling of what this self-effacing man and his long-suffering wife had to endure at the hands (or should I say, paws, claws, and talons) of the delightful animals who somehow adopted him. I’ve met Bob and had lovely long chats with him. He’s just as charming and unassuming in person as he appears in his books.”
—Cathy at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch


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Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
Jennifer Worth

BIOGRAPHY WORTH

“I have watched the show but I really enjoyed the 1st book as well. Lots of interesting details about life in the 50s.”
—Beth at KDL’s Gaines Township branch


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Alpha House: Season 1
TV DVD ALP / TV-MA

“4 republican senators live together in Washington D.C….funny…really good..i didn’t want it to end…butttt… if this is a true representation..of our government…we are in big trouble…”
—Tami at KDL’s Sand Lake Nelson Township branch


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