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A sidesplitting, enemies-to-lovers 101 Dalmatians-inspired romantic comedy

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Cowboys live by their word, their wits, and their loyalty.

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How much will she risk to keep her perfect life?

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Garrett will use every tender weapon to seduce her—and prove she’s worthy of true love.

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The Albertini family has no intention of letting a possible romance fizzle out

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Lady Mary's traveling companion has disappeared and only one man believes she ever existed.


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Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert
by Michael Krondl
"Taste the sweet history of sweet foods."
Posted September 27, 2011

Make sure you have a macaroon or a cupcake handy before you crack the cover of SWEET INVENTION: A HISTORY OF DESSERT. You're going to be hungry for a taste of something sweet before you get through the introduction. Krondl sees dessert in terms of music and often includes Read more...

Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders
by Patricia Hoskins, Rebecca Yaker
"Use up your cloth stash a yard at a time."
Posted September 27, 2011

FABRIC BY FABRIC ONE YARD WONDERS introduces a fabric type, then highlights how a yard or less of it can be used to create practical clothing, accessories (everything from scarves to diaper bags), and home decor items. Some projects allow you to get multiple pieces of a set of matching Read more...

Murder On The Orient Express
by Agatha Christie
"A who done it on a snow-bound train."
Posted June 10, 2011

Twelve people on a train, from different countries and different social classes. One of them is a murderer. Good thing world-famous crime solver Hercule Poirot is on the scene. Shortly before his death, the victim approaches Poirot to ask for protection because he thinks someone is trying to kill Read more...

And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
"Murder stalks a mysterious island."
Posted June 7, 2011

Ten strangers brought together on an island by a mysterious host known only as Mr. U.N. Owen. No boat. No communication with the outside world. Ten strangers who find out from a recording placed on a phonograph that they are all accused of murder. So when the accused start Read more...

Then I Met My Sister
by Christine Hurley Deriso
"It's hard living up to a perfect memory."
Posted June 7, 2011

Summer has grown up in the shadow of her older sister Shannon. Shannon the great student. Shannon the success. Unfortunately, Shannon died before summer was even born (she suspects she is a replacement child, and the she never would have been born if Shannon hadn't been in that car Read more...

The Crepe Makers' Bond
by Julie Crabtree
"Three girls find their friendship tested in this warm, touching book."
Posted June 7, 2011

Ariel is a middle-schooler who knows just what she wants to do with her life. She's going to be a chef. Her two best friends, Nicki and Mattie, are very supportive of Ariel's dreams -- even as they devour her culinary creations. The trio seems inseparable. But all Read more...

The Crepe Makers' Bond
by Julie Crabtree
"Three girls find their friendship tested in this warm, touching book."
Posted June 7, 2011

Ariel is a middle-schooler who knows just what she wants to do with her life. She's going to be a chef. Her two best friends, Nicki and Mattie, are very supportive of Ariel's dreams -- even as they devour her culinary creations. The trio seems inseparable. But all Read more...

Crime Fraiche
by Alexander Campion
"A Paris detective takes a vacation -- only to uncover murder."
Posted June 4, 2011

Capucine Le Tellier is a police Commissaire in Paris. She thinks she's going on vacation to visit her Uncle in her family's ancestral manor house, but she just can't seem to take a break from crime. Her uncle is convinced that a recent accident during a partridge Read more...

Invasion (A C.H.A.O.S. Novel)
by Jon S. Lewis
"You never know who might be a superhero"
Posted April 13, 2011

Colt McAlister was born into a military family, which has prepared him to deal with head-on confrontation. But nothing has prepared him to deal with the death of both his parents. Yet it happens, in the form of a car accident just after Colt was attacked by what he Read more...

The Atomic Weight of Secrets or The Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black
by Eden Unger Bowditch
"Five genius children must use all their wit in this complex adventure."
Posted April 13, 2011

In the ATOMIC WEIGHT OF SECRETS, five children, all geniuses, all with scientifically brilliant parents, find themselves taken away from their parents by men in black to an isolated town where they are put in the care of four different nannies. The first big question is why has this happened Read more...

I Can't Make You Love Me, But I Can Make You Leave
by Dixie Cash
"A comeback tour ends with a former star in jail for murder"
Posted April 3, 2011

In the seventh book in the Domestic Equalizers series, I CAN'T MAKE YOU LOVE ME, BUT I CAN MAKE YOU LEAVE, has-been country music star Darla Denman is ready to make a comeback. She's just about broke, and the best gigs she's been able to get Read more...

The Lipstick Laws
by Amy Holder
"What price is April willing to pay for popularity?"
Posted March 5, 2011

April Bowers misses her best friend -- make that her only friend -- Haley, who moved away over the summer. So she's dreading going back to school. When she gets partnered up in gym class with Britney Taylor, most popular girl in school, it seems like her day is just getting Read more...

Mr. Monk On The Road
by Lee Goldberg
"What has Monk been up to since the series ended?"
Posted March 5, 2011

In the preface to MR. MONK ON THE ROAD, author Lee Goldberg tells us not to read this book until WE have seen the last episode of the television series Monk as the book contains spoilers on who killed Monk's wife Trudy, which is the whole point of the Read more...

Stitch Me Deadly
by Amanda Lee
"Can the message on an antique embroidery sampler solve a murder?"
Posted March 5, 2011

Welcome to Tallula Falls, Oregon, a quiet little place which happens to be home to the Seven-Year-Stitch, an embroidery shop that has been the site of not one, but now two, murders. This town is filled with likable characters, especially our protagonist, Marcy Singer, who owns the Seven Read more...

by Lauren Oliver
"What do you do if you fall in love in a world where love is illegal?"
Posted February 1, 2011

Lena Tiddle is ready for her eighteenth birthday. By then, she'll be done with high school, matched with the boy she'll someday marry and ready to start college. But more importantly, on that day, she will undergo the permanent surgical cure for amor deliria nervosa -- better known as Read more...

Revenge Of The Geek
by Piper Banks
"Sometimes imitation has nothing to do with flattery."
Posted January 13, 2011

Miranda Bloom wants to be a writer, so she's excited to have scored one of a few coveted spots on her award-winning high school newspaper, the Ampersand. It seems like she's going to have an awesome sophomore year at "Geek High," the magnet school she attends with Read more...

by Michael Northrop
"No lights. No heat. A ton of snow on the roof. How can they survive?"
Posted January 13, 2011

When school lets out early for a snow day, Scotty Weams (who is disappointed that the snow means cancellation of his team's basketball game) and his two best friends, Pete and Jason, decide to stay at school for a few more hours to work on a go-kart Jason Read more...

Five Flavors of Dumb
by Antony John
"A deaf girl's quest to rock and roll."
Posted December 14, 2010

How do you explain music to a person who doesn't hear? It seems an impossible task. Second-time author Antony John takes that question one step further in FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB and asks: how do you explain music through a person who doesn't hear? Granted, his protagonist Read more...

The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
"A wrenching tale of one girl's determination to rebuild her life."
Posted December 14, 2010

On the way home from a track meet, the bus carrying sixteen- year-old Jessica's team collided with a car. The accident leaves Jessica in the hospital -- minus one leg. Jessica had dreamed of going to college on a track scholarship. She had been the team's star. Now Read more...

Across the Universe
by Beth Revis
"A complex world, a compelling plot and a claustrophobic setting."
Posted December 14, 2010

Amy had a choice. After her mother was cryogenically frozen, her father told her that she could choose not to go with her parents on their three hundred year journey to a new planet. She could have stayed with her aunt and uncle, kept seeing her boyfriend, finished school, lived Read more...

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