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Book Number: 25

Number Of Pages: 301

Book Title: Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

Author: Gwenda Bond

Summary: (prequel to Stranger Things TV show) This is Terry Ives' backstory and her own experiences at Hawkins lab. 

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Book Number: 105

Number Of Pages: 313

Book Title: An Amish Homecoming

Author: Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller

Summary: Three stories of Amish women returning to their hometowns. Widowed Eva Dienner returns to the parents who disapproved of her marriage to let them meet their grandson. Sarah Zook fled to Houston after becoming pregnant out of wedlock, but Hurricane Harvey's floods leave her no choice but to turn to her parents for help. Carolyn Yoder, dreaming of her own bakery, left town when her bishop forbid her to work outside the community - the only way to fund her dream. With his passing, she returns, but her dream quickly becomes a logistical nightmare.

 

Book Number: 106

Number Of Pages: 242

Book Title: Heidi Grows Up

Author: Charles Tritten

Summary: In this sequel to Johanna Spyri's tale, at 14, Heidi attends a boarding school in Lausanne, where she befriends Jamy Krause, daughter of an Austro-Hungarian diplomat. She still loves life in Dorfli best of all, and she and Jamy  - whose parents have little time for children - spend the summers with the Doctor and the Alm-Uncle, Brigid and Peter the goatherd. After finishing her education, Heidi becomes Dorfli's schoolteacher and eventually marries Peter.

 

Book Number: 107

Number Of Pages: 217

Book Title: Heidi's Children

Author: Charles Tritten

Summary: Heidi, married and expecting a child while her friend Jamy teaches in Dorfli, welcomes Jamy's little sister Marta into the household. Marta, a nervous child, first fears but grows to love the Alm-Uncle. Heidi has twins and Marta takes pride in helping with the babies. But when the Alm-Uncle dies, she fears she will be returned to the parents she believes don't want her. His parting gift to her, however, reveals his longest-held secret: his wife had been her own late grandmother. Allowed to remain with her new-found cousin, Marta flourishes.

 

Book Number: 108

Number Of Pages: 390

Book Title: The Blue Fairy Book

Author: Andrew Lang (editor)

Summary: A collection of fairy tales, assembled from the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and others. Included are such favorites as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Puss in Boots, and Blue Beard.

 

Book Number: 109

Number Of Pages: 367

Book Title: The Red Fairy Book

Author: Andrew Lang (editor)

Summary: More fairy tales, including favorites such as Jack and the Beanstalk, but also lesser-known tales such as Mother Holle, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Kari Woodengown.

 

Book Number: 110

Number Of Pages: 321

Book Title: The Yellow Fairy Book

Author: Andrew Lang (editor)

Summary: Fairy tales collected from Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, from Russia and Poland, and even from the Native Americans. Stories include Thumbelina, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Boy and the Wolves, and Hermod and Havdor.

 

Book Number: 111

Number Of Pages: 387

Book Title: The Grey Fairy Book

Author: Andrew Lang (editor)

Summary: More fairly tales collected from places such as Lithuania and Africa as well as Germany and France. Stories include Janni and the Draken, The White Wolf, The Simpleton, and Long, Broad, and Quickeye.

 

(Eight more Color Fairy Books to go, next time I have some cash to spare for Amazon... I love my fairy tales!)

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Book Number: 15

Number Of Pages: 352

Book Title: The Black Mausoleum

Author: Stephen Deas

Summary: Now that dragons have taken over and destroyed the world, the surviving humans are trying to scrape by without being eaten. This story follows four humans as they make their way through the new world while fighting their new overlords, and a dragon that tracks them the entire story.

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Book Number: 9

Number Of Pages: 686

Book Title: NOS4A2

Author: Joe Hill

Summary: Christmasland! Where every morning is Christmas morning and every night Christmas Eve. Charlie Manx loves bringing kids to Christmasland, where they can be kids forever... and ever...

 

Book Number: 10

Number Of Pages: 560

Book Title: The Outsider

Author: Stephen King

Summary: An impossible case. Irrefutable evidence says Terry Maitland brutally murdered a young child... and yet equally irrefutable evidence says he was miles away at the time of the crime. And that's just the beginning.

 

Book Number: 11

Number Of Pages: 368

Book Title: Full Dark, No Stars

Author: Stephen King

Summary: A collection of four novellas; 1922, Big Driver, Fair Extension, and A Good Marriage. In 1922, a farmer tells the story of the events of the year 1922, and how they ruined his life. A Good Marriage explores how someone could be married to a serial killer and never suspect a thing (based on the real life killer BTK).

 

Book Number: 12

Number Of Pages: 316

Book Title: 20th Century Ghosts

Author: Joe Hill

Summary: A collection of short stories. My personal favorite, Voluntary Committal, is about a boy whose brother makes elaborate, maze-like box forts, that go much further than they appear.

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Book Number: 26

Number Of Pages: 413

Book Title: Stranger Things : DarkneDarkness on the Edge of Town

Author: Adam Christopher

Summary: Hopper is telling Eleven what happened to him as a police officier in New-York City back in 1977. 

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Book Number: 112

Number Of Pages: 318

Book Title: One Child

Author: Torey Hayden

Summary: Nonfiction. Six-year-old Sheila was placed in Torey's special education class after deliberately harming a younger child, to await an opening in the State Hospital. But Torey tried to break through the shell of violent behavior to reach the bright girl she could see within. Over time, the abused Sheila learned to control her anger and conquer her fears, enabling her to avoid the psych ward and look forward to the future.

 

Book Number: 113

Number Of Pages: 264

Book Title: The Tiger's Child

Author: Torey Hayden

Summary: Nonfiction. Several years after originally working with Sheila, Torey found herself back in the same area and once again encountered her former student. Sheila's life hadn't been easy; she'd suffered further abuse in foster care and while no longer violent, still had problems interacting with most people. Although no longer in an official capacity, Torey helped guide Sheila through her teen years and eventually into adulthood.

 

Book Number: 114

Number Of Pages: 333

Book Title: Somebody Else's Kids

Author: Torey Hayden

Summary: Nonfiction. After the mainstreaming laws of the 1970s that eliminated most special education classrooms, Torey became a resource teacher. But circumstances put four children in her room fulltime: Lori, bright but brain-damaged from abuse and incapable of reading, autistic Boo, whose mother only wanted him to call her Mama, Tomaso, angry and violent after witnessing his stepmother kill his father, and honors student Claudia, expelled from her Catholic school for pregnancy at age twelve.

 

Book Number: 115

Number Of Pages: 411

Book Title: Just Another Kid

Author: Torey Hayden

Summary: Nonfiction. After several years away from teaching, Torey was asked to take on a newly-forming special education class: childhood schizophrenic Dirkie, institutionalized for most of his eleven years, severely ADHD Mariana, sexually precocious at eight, and Leslie, autistic, unresponsive, and still in diapers at seven. They were soon joined by a trio of traumatized refugees from the Troubles in Northern Ireland, sisters Geraldine and Shemona, and their cousin Shamie. Leslie's mother Ladbrooke volunteered as an aide, but had her own demons to face, leading Torey to consider her one of the class.

 

Book Number: 116

Number Of Pages: 431

Book Title: Exile's Honor

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Captain Alberich of the Karsite army knew Valdemar as the enemy, the Heralds as witches and Demon-Riders, and the Companions as Demons. But he had the gift of Foresight; Companion Kantor saved him from being burned as a witch, escaping with Alberich into Valdemar and convincing him to train as a Herald. Shown that he was needed, Alberich agreed and became the Weaponsmaster's Second. But when Karse hired the entire nation of Tedrel Mercenaries in an effort to conquer Valdemar, Alberich had to find a way to aid his adopted country without hurting the land of his birth.

 

Book Number: 117

Number Of Pages: 438

Book Title: Exile's Valor

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Despite prejudice against him, the former Karsite Herald Alberich became the personal protector of young Queen Selenay. He discovered a plot in which her new husband, Prince Karathanelen of Rethwellen, was coached to win her and then kill her as soon as she produced an heir - because while Valdemaran law stated that the monarch must be a Herald, there was nothing requiring the regent for an infant heir to be one. But while he saved her from her husband, he never did learn who had paid for the coaching.

 

Book Number: 118

Number Of Pages: 196

Book Title: The Good Master

Author: Kate Seredy

Summary: Jancsi was often lonely on his father's ranch in the Hungarian countryside, and so looked forward to the coming of his cousin Kate from Budapest, thinking that even a delicate girl was better than no one. To his surprise, Kate proved to be a mischievous little tomboy, and once she learned country ways, quite his equal as they shared adventures together.

 

Book Number: 119

Number Of Pages: 308

Book Title: The Bake Shop

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Christiana Kurtz, a popular baker, convinced her strict father to let her take a booth at the local marketplace even though it was owned by non-Amish. After a few misunderstandings, she made friends with Jeff Stoltzfus, owner of the leather-goods booth next door, and the two hoped to start dating. But Christiana's father learned that Jeff was using an electric-powered machine in his booth and forbid her from even speaking to him again. When a fire endangers the market, the two wondered if their businesses as well as their relationship would survive.

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Book Number: 13

Number Of Pages: 445

Book Title: Gerald's Game

Author: Stephen King

Summary: A "romantic" weekend away goes horribly wrong, leaving Jessie alone and trapped, handcuffed to the headboard.

 

Book Number: 14

Number Of Pages: 254

Book Title: Sharp Objects

Author: Gillian Flynn

Summary: A reporter returns to her small home town, and her difficult relationship with her mother, to report on two young girls; one found murdered and the other missing.

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Book Number: 16

Number Of Pages: 641

Book Title: Mech: Age of Steel

Editors: Tim Marquitz and Melanie R. Meadors

Summary: Sequel to the first Kaiju: Age of Monsters anthology, this anthology is a collection of stories about mechs and their pilots as they battle kaiju, explore the universe, fight wars, and conquer worlds

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Book Number: 120

Number Of Pages: 374

Book Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Summary: To save her younger sister, Katniss Everdeen volunteers as a tribute for the annual Hunger Games, a live-televised battle in which two teens from the twelve districts must battle one another until only one is left victorious. But Katniss is a survivor, and becomes a contender, eventually making a choice that will put her in danger from those in power in the Capitol.

 

Book Number: 121

Number Of Pages: 391

Book Title: Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins

Summary: Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark have both survived the Hunger Games, much to the consternation of those in power. While on the state-mandated Victory Tour, she becomes aware that her actions may well have set off a wave of unrest throughout the districts, one she doesn’t know if she can stop… or if she should even try. It will take all her skill and luck to save herself and her family from the government’s retaliation.

 

Book Number: 122

Number Of Pages: 390

Book Title: Mockingjay

Author: Suzanne Collins

Summary: Katniss discovers that she’s been used by both sides in the current uprising against the Capitol, a pawn in a game she’s only just learning is in play. Now she must decide whether to just hide away, or to become the symbol of hope the rebels believe she is and can be.

 

Book Number: 123

Number Of Pages: 323

Book Title: A Gift of Grace

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Rebecca’s sister Grace left their Old Order Amish world years before to embrace modern life, while Rebecca herself remained to wed her sweetheart Daniel Kauffman. Rebecca’s one sorrow is her inability to give Daniel children. Then she receives word that her sister died in a car accident, leaving her custody of her two teenage daughters. Now Rebecca and Daniel face the challenge of raising teenagers who have no knowledge of the world in which they suddenly find themselves living.

 

Book Number: 124

Number Of Pages: 294

Book Title: A Promise of Hope

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Sarah Kauffman Troyer lost her husband Peter in a tragic fire. Pregnant with twins… her first children… she moves back in with her parents for the support and help she’ll need. Then a Luke Troyer comes from Ohio, revealing secrets that Peter kept from Sarah and the rest of her family. With her faith in her late husband shattered, Sarah tries to look to the future, but is torn between doing the sensible thing and following her heart.

 

Book Number: 125

Number Of Pages: 323

Book Title: A Place of Peace

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Miriam left the Amish community four years ago, partly due to her wish to undergo nurse’s training, and partly due to the ending of her engagement to Timothy Kauffman. But when she returns first for her mother’s funeral, and then to help when her father has a stroke, she learns that someone else’s jealousy engineered her breakup with Timothy. Knowing the truth, will she and Timothy be able to reconcile, or are they through forever?

 

Book Number: 126

Number Of Pages: 322

Book Title: A Life of Joy

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Lindsay, Rebecca Kauffman’s niece, settled well into Amish life. Her older sister Jessica, unable to adjust, went to live with friends of her late parents instead. Four years later, Jessica is in college and pressuring Lindsay to give up her Amish ways. When Jessica’s guardian is injured, Lindsay volunteers to go stay with her to help out. While there, she becomes re-acquainted with some of her old friends from school and church. Jessica hopes that this will induce her sister to return to the modern world, but instead it just reaffirms Lindsay’s desire to be baptized into the Amish church.

 

Book Number: 127

Number Of Pages: 298

Book Title: A Season of Love

Author: Amy Clipston

Summary: Lindsay is baptized along with her cousin Katie Kauffman and friend Lizzie Ann King. Soon after, Lindsay and Lizzie Ann both start courting, which inadvertently leaves Katie feeling like a fifth wheel. Then she meets Jake Miller, the Mennonite grandson of her grandfather’s business partner. Their friendship soon blossoms into attraction… something forbidden by her church. Dare they hope of a future together?

 

Book Number: 128

Number Of Pages: 341

Book Title: Chicks in Chainmail

Author: Esther Friesner (editor)

Summary: A collection of humorous short stories inspired by the archetypical fantasy character of the Woman Warrior Wearing Chainmail Bikini. Authors include Esther Friesner, Jody Lynn Nye, Roger Zelazny, and Elizabeth Moon. Tales run the gamut from Hillary Rodham Clinton being grabbed by the Valkyries to be their governess, to a group of female guards finding every loophole to avoid paying a new tax on bronze bras.

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Book Number: 15

Number Of Pages: 264

Book Title: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Author: Stephen King

Summary: 9 year old Tricia finds herself lost in the woods. Her only comfort is her walkman, tuned to local radio stations playing baseball games, listening for her favorite pitcher, Tom Gordon. She can only rely on her wits and determination to survive, but she may not be completely alone in the forest.

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Book Number: 10

Number Of Pages: 179

Book Title: TheMystery of the Ivory Charm

Author: Carolyn Keene

Summary: Nancy attends a circus show where she rescues a mysterious boy who's been kidnapped and has a strange ivory elephant charm. She sets out to find out who kidnapped him, and who he really is

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Book Number: 17

Number Of Pages: 499

Book Title: Women of the Crystal Coast: Dragonband Tales: Volume Three

Editors: Courtney Cannon, Shelly Andrews, and Amber Richberger

Summary: More world-building stories about the Crystal Coast with a focus on strong female characters. 

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