ghetto cowboy by g neri

Ghetto Cowboy by G Neri

Although Ghetto Cowboy is set in the present, there’s a lot of history here. This fast-paced story is set among today’s urban horsemen of North Philadelphia’s Fletcher Street Riding Club, whose history and traditions date back to the black cowboys of the 1800s. Ghetto Cowboy is being made into a film which will star Idris

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out of left field

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages

Out of Left Field is a work of love dedicated to the unsung heroes and history of women’s baseball. If you’re a baseball fan, this book is definitely for you. But here’s the thing: if you, like me, have no interest in baseball or women’s baseball, or for that matter, no interest in sports at

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a snicker of magic

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Tennessee is a state awash in folk tales, legends and tall tales including the well-known stories of Davy Crockett, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind and Casey Jones. A Snicker of Magic is a charming tale filled with magical realism that fits right in with the spirit of Tennessee storytelling. Although this story takes place in

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daughter of smoke and bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the story of a 17 year old art student, Karou, who lives in Prague.  When she gets together with her friends they share the art they have been working on,  Karou has wonderful drawings of fantastical creators in her journal that tell stories about them.  They are wonderful half-animal,

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journey of little charlie

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

I’ve come across many southern pre-Civil War stories about wealthy plantation owners and slaves. I’ve also read a few stories set in the post-Civil War era and that feature sharecroppers, both black and white. This is the first book I’ve read about white sharecroppers living in the pre-Civil War era south. Once again, Christopher Paul

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vanishing acts

Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult’s Vanishing Acts is the story about Delia, her daughter, her father and mother, and her friends.  Delia was raised by her father and since her mother died he did everything he could to give her a good childhood.  She is engaged to Eric, one of her childhood friends, and the two of them

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the fell sword

The Fell Sword by Miles Cameron

The Fell Sword is the second book in Miles Cameron’s five book “The Traitor Son Cycle” series.  It picks up where the first book left off.  The book is about a company of mercenaries and their captain, the Red Knight.  In this installment, the company comes to the rescue of the Emperor’s daughter, who is

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wildlife by fiona wood

Wildlife by Fiona Wood

I really liked Wildlife by Fiona Wood. It is about two 16 year old girls, Sib and Lou, whose school has a “term in the woods” program.  Lou is new.  She just transferred in.  Her boyfriend died in an accident and she is trying to cope with her grief.  Lou is no-nonsense, understandably withdrawn, and

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new iberia blues

New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke

The book New Iberia Blues is the 22nd Dave Robicheaux book by Jame Lee Burke.  Dave is a sheriff’s deputy, he has a new partner who is pretty and he likes her, but there is a large age difference, which makes things awkward.  They find the body of a young woman.  It seems the killer

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the red knight

The Red Knight by Miles Cameron

The Red Knight by Miles Cameron is a sword and magic type of fantasy story. The Red Knight is a bit of a mysterious character. He is the leader of a mercenary company and is unusually young to hold that position. In the early part of the book we know that he comes from a

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hattie big sky by kirby larson

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Hattie Big Sky was inspired by the author’s great-grandmother who single-handedly “proved up” on a Montana homestead. Many thanks to the librarians at the ImagineIF Libraries of Flathead County, Montana for helping me find an audiobook for this project. Hattie Inez Brooks is a 16 year old orphan living in Iowa with her distance relatives,

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kindred by octavia butler

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Kindred by Octavia Butler is a very creative way of looking at the horrible and troubling history of slavery in the United States.  In Kindred, the protagonist, Dana, time travels from the 1970s to the American South in the years before the Civil War and the end of slavery.  In the story, Dana is descended

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