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DETAILS Title: THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME Author: Nafiza Azad Publisher: Scholastic Press ISBN: 9781338306040 Genre: YA Fantasy BACK COVER BLURB Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the …

DETAILS Title: THE WOO-WOO Author: Lindsay Wong Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press ISBN: 9781551527369 Genre: Biography | Non-fiction BACK COVER BLURB Lindsay Wong grew up with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the “woo-woo”–Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of personal turmoil. From a young age, she witnessed …

DETAILS Title: SALT TO THE SEA Author: Ruta Sepetys Publisher: Philomel Books ISBN: 9780399160301 Genre: Historical YA | WWII BACK COVER BLURB World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and …

DETAILS Title: RESURRECTION BAY Author: Emma Viskic Publisher: Pushkin Press ISBN: 9781782273622 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB Caleb Zelic can’t hear you. But he sees everything. CALEB ZELIC IS ON THE HUNT FOR HIS FRIEND’S KILLER His childhood friend has been brutally murdered—fingers broken, throat slit—at his home in Melbourne. Tortured by guilt, …

DETAILS Title: THE DARK LAKE Author: Sarah Bailey Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN: 9781538759929 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, …

DETAILS Title: THE LIAR [Eddie Flynn #3] Author: Steve Cavanagh Publisher: Orion Books ISBN: 9781409152392 Genre: Courtroom Drama | Crime Fiction BACK COVER BLURB WHO IS DEADLIER … Leonard Howell’s worst nightmare has come true: his daughter Caroline has been kidnapped. Not content with relying on the cops, Howell calls the only man he trusts …

DETAILS Title: THE PHANTOM TREE Author: Nicola Cornick Publisher: Graydon House ISBN: 9781525805998 Genre: Historical | Time Travel BACK COVER BLURB “My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another.” Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—supposedly of Anne Boleyn. …

DETAILS Title: Forty Words For Sorrow [John Cardinal #1] Author: Giles Blunt Publisher: Vintage Canada ISBN: 9780735273542 Genre: Police Procedural | Mystery BACK COVER BLURB When four teenagers go missing in the small northern town of Algonquin Bay, the extensive police investigation comes up empty. Everyone is ready to give up except Detective John Cardinal, …

DETAILS Title: SHELL GAME [#19] Author: Sara Paretsky Publisher: William Morrow ISBN: 9780062868237 Genre: Mystery | Detective BACK COVER BLURB When V. I Warshawski gets word that her closest friend and mentor Lotty Herschel’s nephew has become a suspect in a murder, the legendary detective will do everything she can to save him. The cops …

DETAILS Title: THE INCENDIUM PLOT Author: A.D. Swanston Publisher: Corgi ISBN: 9780552172387 Genre: Historical Fiction BACK COVER BLURB Summer, 1572 and England is vulnerable. Fear of plague and insurrection taint the air, and heresy, fanaticism and religious unrest seethe beneath the surface of society. Rumour and mistrust lead to imprisonment, torture and sometimes murder. To …