New & Recent Titles

 

Hattie's War, a middle-grade historical novel set in Milwaukee during the Civil War

Hattie’s War
by Hilda & Emily Demuth

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A middle-grade historical novel about a girl in Milwaukee near the end of the Civil War. When Hatttie’s friend Charlie enlists as a drummer boy with the Thirty-ninth Wisconsin, and her mother becomes involved in the new Soldiers’ Home Society, Hattie wants to do her part. Still, must her backyard playing field be turned into a vegetable garden to feed the soldiers? As the year progresses, young Hattie learns the value of helping others, especially to prepare for the flood of returning veterans. Hattie’s War is an entertaining new novel by the authors of middle-grade historical novels Plank Road Summer and Plank Road Winter..


Odin’s Promise: A Novel of Norway, by Sandy Brehl

Odin’s Promise:
A Novel of Norway
by Sandy Brehl
Softcover or Kindle eBook • May 2014

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Odin’s Promise is a historical novel for middle-grade readers, set in western Norway in World War II during the first year of German occupation. It is a story of a young girl, her dog Odin (a Norwegian Elkhound), and a village’s resistance to oppression.


The Fresh Grave and Other Ghostly Stories, by Illinois author Raymond Bial

The Fresh Grave
and Other Ghostly Stories
by Raymond Bial

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Humorous stories introduce the ghostly adventures of teenagers Hank and Clifford as they explore the haunted sites of fictional Myrtleville, Indiana. “Readers will find the suspense satisfying and the main character a sympathetic hero.” – ALA Booklist


Cook the Book, a cozy mystery by Marion Moore Hill

Cook the Books
(Scrappy Librarian Mystery #3)
by Marion Moore Hill

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A cozy mystery novel featuring Juanita Wills, public librarian in Wyndham, Oklahoma. The story takes Juanita into the world of adult literacy instruction as she tries to solve a case of murder by poison, in the third in the author’s Scrappy Librarian mystery series.


Warming Fires, short stories by Jeff Kunkel

Warming Fires:
Stories for All Seasons
by Jeff Kunkel

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With an entertaining cast of Midwestern characters – farmers, newlyweds, hunters, ministers, teens – this luminescent collection of short stories combines humor, grace, and tender insights.


Playing Soccer with Buddha, by Drew Kennedy

Playing Soccer with Buddha:
Unapologetically Progressive Views

from 25 Years in the Pulpit
by Drew Kennedy

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Thought-provoking essays on topics from spiritual growth to social justice, from diverse views of God to an exploration of the long, rich heritage of Unitarian Universalism.


The Purpose of Fantasy, by Philip Martin

The Purpose of Fantasy:
A Reader’s Guide to Twelve Selected Books
with Good Values & Spiritual Depth

by Philip Martin
Softcover or Kindle eBook • December 2013

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Explores the core spiritual values of a dozen beloved fantasy books, by eminent authors such as C.S. Lewis, E.B. White, Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, and others, along with essays on the nature of fantasy and its philosophical role and lasting importance in literature.


The Dazzling Darkness, by Paula Cappa

The Dazzling Darkness
by Paula Cappa
Softcover • Nov. 2013 • $16.95)
Winner, Gothic Readers Book Club Award

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“The spirit of Dan Brown meets the darkest ruminations of Ralph Waldo Emerson . . . sending a shiver down your spine.” – Jonathan Stone

A hidden secret lies under the statues of Old Willow Cemetery in Concord, Mass. The woods are alive with the spirits of Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Does Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, know the power hiding in the graveyard?


Goliath Catfish, a middle-grade action-adventure novel, by Scott T. Gill

Goliath Catfish
by Scott T. Gill
Softcover • Oct. 2013
An adventure novel, idea; for readers ages 11–15.

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A gripping adventure story set in the environs of Memphis, Tennessee, in the early 1940s. Two boys – one white, one black – take a remarkable journey into an underworld of caves and waterways on a dangerous quest for great treasure.


A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk, by Loreen Niewenhuis

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk:
One Woman’s Trek Along the Shorelines
of All Five Great Lakes
by Loreen Niewenhuis
Softcover  • June 2013

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Following the success of her 2011 book about a long walk around Lake Michigan, Niewenhuis takes another epic trek, walking a thousand miles along the shores of Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, Superior, and Ontario.


Didn't We Have Fun!, by Hilda Robinson & Jeff Kunkel

Didn’t We Have Fun!
by Hilda Robinson & Jeff Kunkel
Hardcover • 2012
2013 Honor Award, Skipping Stones Magazine

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Picture Book / African-American Life & Culture
Didn’t We Have Fun! is a colorful look at African-American family life & culture, featuring the jazzy oil pastels of artist Hilda Robinson, recalling her childhood growing up in Philadelphia. “Through colorful paintings and engaging storytelling, Robinson share her memories . . . a welcoming book about the joys of childhood.” – Skipping Stones.
This is a lovely offering. — ALA Booklist
Gloriously illustrated . . . Highly recommended.” – Midwest Book Review