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Have You Heard About... Paper Towns

… Quentin Jacobsen’s journey to find love? John Green’s novel, Paper Towns, takes a common young adult theme (boy searches for girl) and turns it into a quirky, poignant, and hilarious mystery. The story is told from the perspective of Quentin Jacobsen, a high school senior in the last few weeks before graduation.

Have You Heard About... The Shambling Guide to New York City

… the monsters who live among humans? Actually, they prefer to be called “coterie” in Mur Lafferty’s The Shambling Guide to New York City. If you were really desperate for a job, would you work with vampires, zombies, an incubus, a death goddess and other non-humans?

Have You Heard About... Hello Goodbye Hello

… when Rudyard Kipling met Mark Twain? In Hello Goodbye Hello, Craig Brown shares brief accounts of meetings between two famous or historically-important people. Each entry is just a few pages long and focuses on a place and time when these people came together, although many of the stories also cover the history and earlier or later interactions between them.

Have You Heard About... Queen Victoria's Book of Spells

… the joys (and horrors) of gaslamp fantasy? Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells is an excellent anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

Have You Heard About... An Invisible Thread

… the woman who took a chance on a little boy? An Invisible Thread is the true story of an eleven-year-old boy panhandler, Maurice Maczyk, and a busy sales executive woman, Laura Schroff, who was living and working in Manhattan. This is an incredible, wonderful and remarkable story.

Have You Heard About... A Case of Need

… the abortion scandal that rocked a major hospital in Boston? In Michael Crichton’s first novel, A Case of Need, a local doctor named Art Lee is arrested for performing an illegal abortion on the daughter of a prominent doctor.

Have You Heard About... Happy Birdday, Tacky!

… the celebration for the silliest penguin in the world? Tacky’s friends want to make everything perfect in Happy Birdday, Tacky! by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger. It’s a little difficult since he’s such an odd bird.

Have You Heard About... Nestle Toll House Best-Loved Cookies

… baking cookies from scratch? Nestle Toll House Best-Loved Cookies is a bakers’ delight of easy recipes. If chocolate chip cookies are your all-time favorites, then this is the book for you. There are seventy easy-to-follow recipes and no exotic ingredients. All of these chocolate chip recipes are different enough from each other that you’ll probably end up making just about everything.

Have You Heard About... Reconstructing Amelia

… the tragic death of Amelia Baron? Kimberly McCreight’s debut novel, Reconstructing Amelia, begins with Kate Baron, a single mother and attorney, receiving a call from her daughter Amelia’s exclusive private school, saying that Amelia had plagiarized her latest English essay.

Have You Heard About... The Camel Club

… the secret group that investigates government conspiracies in Washington, DC? In David Baldacci’s political thriller, The Camel Club*, the four members of the club find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy bigger than anything they’ve ever experienced before, when they stumble upon a murder-in-progress in a deserted part of Washington, DC.

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