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Perfect for those downer days when your child needs a pick-me-up. Blue Day Book for Kids, The. Greive, Bradley Trevor. This story explains what blue day feels like, what may cause it and how to get over it. The story is told with great humor and is useful in helping young children understand uncomfortable feelings and what can be done about them.

Hope, Laura Lee. The Bobbsey twins deal with a circus train wreck, the loss of a pet cat, and an ice cream thief at a party. The twins and their cousins spend a snowy winter break at Snow Lodge and solve an old mystery of some missing money. The Bobbsey twins spend the summer at the beach. The twins put on a circus show, attend a parade, plant gardens, start a barnfire, go to a camp and make friends, and much more. The Bobbsey Twins and their cousins have a summer vacation on a houseboat and discover a stowaway on board.

Bobbsey Twins, The Bobbsey Twins. Two sets of twins spend their winter trying to solve the mystery of a ghost. Book of Greek Myths. D'Aulaire, Ingri; Parin, Edgar. The gods and goddesses of ancient Greece described as if they were alive today. Book of Riddles. Cerf, Bennett. Easy-to-read, easy-to-remember riddles. Book With No Pictures, The. Novak, B. This is a simple and ingeniously imaginative book that can inspire laughter as it introduces young children to the idea that words are a source of great fun.

Books by Beatrix Potter. Potter, Beatrix. Bowden, Joan. Bouncy Baby Bunny was too bouncy in bed for his brothers and sisters, so they kicked him out of bed. The baby bunny tried to sleep at other animals' homes, but he was too bouncy for them, too. What will the bunny do? Warner, Gertrude.

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The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together. Boy Who Ate the Moon, The. King, Christopher. After eating the moon, a boy takes a strange journey. Boys' War, The. Murphy, Jim. Confederate and Union soldiers talk about the war. Tucker, Tom. The stories of twenty American kid inventors.

Branch, The. Messier, Mireille. Explores a young child's experience with loss and renewal. Though the little girl is heartbroken that her special perch in the tree is gone, the kindness and vision of her neighbor, combined with her own creativity and determination, help her recognize that it can have a new life in a different form. Breathing Not Required.

Bossle, Michele Martin. Sports stories. Bridge to Terabithia. Paterson, Katherine. Jess and Leslie create an imaginary kingdom and become friends. Brighty of the Grand Canyon. Henry, Marguerite. Story of a young Indian boy. Brisingr Inheritance Trilogy: Book 3.

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Paolini, Christopher. The further adventures of Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, as they continue to aid the Varden in the struggle against the evil King, Galbatorix. Brooklyn Nine, The. Gratz, Alan. Follows the fortunes of a German immigrant family through nine generations, beginning in , as they experience American life and play baseball. Through the years the Schneider family has dodged bullets on a battlefield, pitched perfect games, and dealt with the devastating loss of family and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Bugs Snakes and Creepy Things. Maeser, Annie. Burning, The. Allen, Judy. Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Cabin Faced West, The. Fritz, Jean. Story conveying loneliness, hardship, and despair of pioneer life. Caddie Woodlawn. Brink, Carol Ryrie. Adventures of Caddie Woodlawn, a year-old tomboy, in Western Wisconsin in Calf for Christmas, A. Lindgren, Astrid. A young boy helps the misfortunes of a family when he finds a calf.

Wrede, Patricia C. Queen Cimorene and others have to stop the wizards from taking over the Enchanted Forest. Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the U. Adler, David A. What are those strange colored lights in the sky? Will a contest be won with a photo of a U. Cambios Para Josefina. Josefina and her sisters try to find a way to stop their Aunt from leaving. Radin, Ruth Yaffe. A blind and fatherless boy hides his desire to be a wood carver like his dad.

Caryn Navy. Verheyden-Hilliard, Mary Ellen. The biography of a blind mathematician and computer specialist living in Madison, Wisconsin. Case For Loving, The. Alko, Selina; Qualls, Sean. In Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter decided they wanted to marry. Unfortunately for them, it was against the law in Virginia.

A white man and a black woman could not marry. This is the true story of Richard and Mildred and their fight to make unconstitutional the laws which prevented interracial marriage. Preller, James. Is a bear on the loose in Jigsaw's town, or is someone trying to scare Ms. Gleason's class silly? When the prize gold medal disappears, Jigsaw and his dog enter the contest so they can solve this mystery.

Is Jigsaw's town big enough for two detectives? Jigsaw tries to prove that Joey should not be blamed for starting a food fight in the school cafeteria. When the carnival's champion jumping frog mysteriously disappears, Jigsaw and his partner Mila suspect foul play. Will the hunt for clues help them solve this back-to-school mystery? What's hidden in the attic of the new boy in town?

When the class's Valentine candy disappears, they try to figure out who stole it. Jigsaw Jones Mystery. Hillestad Butler, Dori. King has a very big mystery to solve. Why doesn't his beloved human Kayla come to get him? He lost his grandfather's watch! Can he find the watch before time runs out?

Can Jigsaw solve the case before his family packs their bags for home? Unless Jigsaw can decipher the puzzle in time, Geetha's painting will be lost forever! Cat Burglar, The. Krailing, Tessa. Sam, Jo, Mattie and Katie have a cat-sitting job to protect Sophia the cat from a cat burglar. Slepian, Jan; Seidler, Ann. Funny things happen because a cat with a pot on her head can't hear her mother clearly. Le Guin, Ursula K. Kittens have to leave their home in the slums, using their wings, for life in the country. Catwings Return.

Wishing to visit their mother, two winged cats leave their new country home to return to the city, where they discover a winged kitten in a building imminently to be demolished. Cay, The. Taylor, T. Twelve-year-old white boy and a black man find understanding after being on an island together. Certain Small Shepherd, A. Caudill, Rebecca. A Christmas story of a small mute boy who speaks to a man and his wife at Nativity. Chair For My Mother, A. Williams, Vera B. After a fire at their home Rosa and her mother buy a chair.

Celebrates family love and determination. The long struggle to reunite Addy's family finally ends. The Revolutionary war breaks out, and things change. Felicity and Elizabeth pledge their friendship. Josefina's family holds a party to celebrate the end of the Christmas season. Shaw, Janet. Kaya searches for her horse and encounters a mountain fire. The trials and celebrations of a pioneer girl who settles on the frontier. Kit writes to the newspaper to find help for the hobos. Molly schemes and dreams on the homefront during WWII.

Hest, Amy. Charley's First Night is a comforting, sweet story of a puppy's first night in his new home and is simply told and as warm and cozy as a blanket. Henry can't wait for him to meet his new puppy, Charley. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Dahl, Roald. Charlie finds the last of the Golden Tickets and wins the trip of a lifetime to Mr. Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. A delightful story bound to enchant Willy Wonka fans. Charlotte's Web. White, E. The story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur--and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A.

Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn. Erdrich, Louise. In , Omakayas's son Chickadee is kidnapped by two ne'er-do-well brothers from his own tribe and must make a daring escape, forge unlikely friendships, and set out on an exciting and dangerous journey to get back home. Child of the Owl. Yep, Laurence. The story of a Chinese girl and her culture. Child of the Silent Night. Hunter, Edith Fisher. The story of Laura Bridgman, born , deaf and blind.

Much about the early history of Perkins School, ways of living and travel during this time. Children Come Running, The. Coatsworth, Elizabeth. Children of Christmas. Rylant, Cynthia. Stories for the Season. A Richard Jackson Book. Children's Daily Devotional Bible, The. Morgan, Robert J. A collection of short Bible stories for daily devotionals for children ages Child's Christmas in Wales. Thomas, Dylan. With lovely poetic lilt, this simple tale captures the child's eye-view and an adult's warm remembrance of the time of presents, good things to eat, and, in the best of circumstances, newly-fallen snow.

Child's Garden of Bible Stories, A. Gross, Arthur. Todays classic version offers 60 Old and New Testament Bible stories. Chinese Cinderella. Mah, Adeline Yen. True story of a girl unwanted in China who becomes an American doctor and returns to her homeland. Christmas Carp, The. Tornqvist, Rita. The days before Christmas, Grandpa buys a Christmas tree, and Thomas buys a carp a traditional Christmas dinner course which he name Peppo. Peppo swims in the bathtub while Thomas feeds him and pretends he is a whale. But as Christmas dinner draws near, Thomas grows very sad.

He wants to keep Peppo for a pet. Christmas Day Kitten. Herriot, James. Christmas Ghost, The. Smith, Janice Lee. Adam's class is planning a Christmas feast, but is there a ghost in the coatroom? Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, The. Wojciechowske, Susan.

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A woodcutter's wounded heart is healed through a Christmas miracle. Christmas Mouse, The. Wenning, Elisabeth. A little mouse living in the church of an Austrian village assuages his hunger by feasting on the organ bellows and causing the priest and the organist to quickly compose a song for Christmas Eve mass, the now famous "Silent night, holy night. Christmas Story, The. Werner, Jane. A Little Golden Book. Random House, Inc. The classic story of a beautiful girl, her evil stepmother and stepsisters, and the fairy godmother who helps her meet the prince of her dreams.

Clarence the TV Dog. Lauber, Patricia. A mother and children are given a puppy that causes all sorts of problems. Middle school age. Martin, Ann. Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her art than her grades, feels she can't compete with her perfect sister. But when something terrible happens to their grandmother, the two sisters discover they're more alike than they originally thought. A phantom phone-caller is breaking into houses if no one answers the phone. Cronin, Doreen. Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter and start making demands.

Clifford, the Big Red Dog. Bridwell, Norman. The story of a special friendship between a girl and her dog. Cobra Connection, The. Foley, Louise Munro. Choose Your Own Adventure series. International agents want some top secret information and you can help them--but can you get away in time? Code Talker.

Bruchac, Joseph. Marines during World War II and was trained as a code talker, using his native language to radio battlefield information and commands in a code kept secret until Competition Dinosaur Detective 7, The. Calhoun, B. Fenton helps dad figure out identity of dinosaur bones. Complete Adventures of Curious George, The. Rey, Margaret; Rey, H. Complete Winnie-the-Pooh, The.

Milne, A. Conquering the Sun's Empire. Exploring the solar system. Count Your Way Through Africa. Haskins, Jim. Learn to count in Swahili from one through ten. Cow-Tail Switch, The. Courlander, Harold; Herzog, George. Western African Folktales. Cranberry Halloween. Devlin, Wende. On Halloween night people of Cranberryport almost lose money for a new dock. Applegate, Katherine. This is a story of a year old boy, Jackson, whose imaginary friend a seven-foot-tall talking cat helps him cope with a family crisis--an impending eviction notice.

Crenshaw is the companion that Jackson needs to realize that the weight of the world is not on his shoulders. Crossing, The. Paulsen, Gary. The story of a Mexican boy on the streets of Juarez who is saved by an American soldier. Crow and Weasel. Lopez, Barry. A Native American tale. Two young men leave their homeland.

Michael gets younger by the minute when he turns back the hands on a cuckoo clock. Dixon, Franklin W. The Hardy boys set out to rescue a friend but find themselves the victims of a human-sacrifice cult. Daisy Rothschild. Leslie-Melville, Betty. An unusual look into the world of the giraffe.

Dandelion Slayers, The. A cottontail family visits the yard across the street and enjoys a special snack. Dangerous Book for Boys. Igguiden, Conn; Igguiden, Hal. For every boy from 8 to 80, covers the essential boyhood skills such as building tree houses, learning how to fish, finding true north, and even answering the age-old question of what the big deal with girls is.

Dark Tower and Other Stories, The. Lewis, C. The dark tower, with a note by W. Green and A. Martin, Ann M. Dawn tries to fit in with the Club, but Kristy doesn't like her and she landed a nightmare job. Day of the Pelican, The. Patterson, Katherine. In when the Kosovo hostilities escalate, thirteen-year-old Meli's life as an ethnic Albanian, changes forever after her brother escapes his Serbian captors and the entire family flees from one refugee camp to another until they are able to immigrate to America. Day the Dragon Came to School, The.

Tenaille, Marie. Daniel the dragon spends a day in the second grade, joining students in singing, gym and lunch. A tomboy princess flees her kingdom and becomes a dragon's assistant, but her magical problems are just beginning. Dear Mr. Cleary, Beverly. Through a series of letters to his favorite author, a 6th grader confronts his feelings about his absent father and being the new kid in school.

Dear Mrs. Ryan, You're Ruining My Life. Jones, Jennifer B. A 5th grader tries to get his mom to stop writing about him in her book and make a romantic connection between her and his school principal. Death of the Hat, The. Janeczko, Paul. A look at poems through history inspired by objects--earthly and celestial--reflecting the time in which each poet lived.

Death's Door. Byars, Betsy. Herculean investigation of an attempted murder leads to a mystery bookstore named Death's Door. A teenager planning to be a fashion model discovers she has scoliosis. Riordan, Rick. How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate?

What's the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy's world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Desert Giant. Bash, Barbara. A documentary of the life cycle and ecosystem of the Saguaro cactus and the desert animals it supports. Diamond Tree, The. Schwartz, Howard; Rush, Barbara. Jewish tales from around the world. Kinney, Jeff. Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley's star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend's new found popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Dinosaurs Before Dark. Osborne, Mary. Jack and his sister find a magic treehouse which takes them back to see live dinosaurs.

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Magic Tree House Series 1. Do Unto Otters. Keller, Laurie. Rabbit wonders if he will be able to get along with his new neighbors, who are otters, until he is reminded of the golden rule. Do You Still Love Me? Burg, Sarah Emmanuelle. Carrot is having a bad day. This morning her mommy and daddy had an argument, and she feels terrible.

Do they still love each other? Carrot wonders. Do they still love her? DeSoto Goes to Africa. Steig, William. Expert mouse dentist is called to Africa to work on the sore tooth of a desperate elephant. Dracula is a Pain in the Neck. Levy, Elizabeth. Robert's Dracula doll causes trouble at camp.

Is the real Dracula jealous? Dragon Slippers. George, Jessica Day. Orphaned after a fever epidemic, Creel befriends a dragon and unknowingly inherits an object that can either save or destroy her kingdom. In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine. Engle, Margarita. Born in Cuba in the 's, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga dreamed of drumming the rhythms of her native country, but was told that only boys could learn to play drums. Finally her father agreed to find her a teacher who was amazed at her talent and helped her change others' attitudes.

Millo became a world famous musician who played alongside many jazz greats. Duck for President. When Duck tires of working for Farmer Brown, he decides to run for President. Early Thunder. In pre-revolutionary Salem, year-old Daniel begins to re-examine his loyalty to the King as the townspeople are further divided. Earthquake at Dawn.

Gregory, Kristiana. A historical fiction story of two girls caught up in the aftermath of the earthquake in San Francisco in Easter Egg Disaster. Ruelle, Karen Gray. Harry and Emily, cat siblings, make a mess when they try to dye and hide Easter eggs. Edad Antigua, La. Peris, Carme; Rius, Maria. Edad Comtemporanea, La.

Peris, Carme. Edad Media, La. Rius, Maria. Edad Moderna, La. Edmund Fitzgerald, The. Wargin, Kathy-Jo. Describes the voyage and sinking of the giant transport ship which was caught in a storm while crossing Lake Superior in Nov. Eldest Inheritance Trilogy: Book 2. Eragon is adopted into the Ingeitum clan and sent to finish his training so he can further help the Vaden on their struggle against the Empire. Freedman, Russell. The timid and lonely child of unhappy parents, her accomplishments exceeded expectations. Elijah's Angel.

Rosen, Michael J. A story for Chanukah and Christmas. Elizabeth Gail and the Music Camp Romance. Stahl, Hilda. How could Elizabeth help strange Kyle and give her best to her piano studies? Ellis Island Christmas, An. Leighton, Maxine Rhea. Christmas is uncertain for Krysia, a Polish immigrant coming to Ellis Island.

Elmer and the Dragon. Gannett, Ruth Stiles. Elmer and a flying baby Dragon help the King of the Canaries find treasures. Emily's Blue Period. Daly, Cathleen.

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Emily's life is a little mixed up. Her dad has moved out and everything is changing. And now I am in my blue period. Emily's Runaway Imagination. Based on the author's early childhood on a farm in Yamhill. Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way. Sobol, Donald J. Encyclopedia Brown, 5th grade detective, solves 10 mysteries. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective. Mysteries and cases to solve. About Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters, and More. Gee, Joshua. But beware!

Surprises lurk at the turn of every page. Smith, Wardhaugh. Short stories for young readers. Endymion Spring. Skelton, Matthew. Having reluctantly accompanied his academic mother and pesky younger sister to Oxford, 12 year old Blake Winters is at loose ends. Then he stumbles across an ancient and magical book, secretly brought to England in by Gutenberg's mute apprentice to save it from evil forces, and which now draws Blake into a dangerous and life threatening quest. Eragon Inheritance Trilogy: Book 1. In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves and monsters.

Ernie's Big Mess. Roberts, Sarah; Mathieu, Joe. Bert and Ernie argue over Ernie's messiness, so Ernie looks for another place to stay. Lobel, Arnold. Short, original fables with fresh, unexpected morals poke subtle fun at human foibles through the antics of animals. Face The Fear Mindwarp: Book 8.

Ethan, Jack, Toni and Ashley--now stranded in the dark future--must break into the evil Omegas' headquarters to rescue Elena and Todd. But nothing goes according to plan. Will our heroes be lucky enough to escape with their lives? Family, Familia. Gonzales Bertrand, Diane. Young Daniel doesn't share his dad's excitement over going to the family reunion. What's the big deal? It's just going to be a bunch of old people he doesn't know, sitting around and telling stories about other old people he doesn't know.

Once there, though, Daniel is in for several pleasant surprises. Fancy Feet. Giff, Patricia Reilly. It's not easy being good all the time. Stacy just had to try on the gold shoes her friend brought to school to sell in the class store. Now the shoes are lost, and Stacy's friends think she stole the shoes.

Fantastic Mr. Someone's been stealing from the 3 meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief--it's Fantastic Mr. Farmer Boy Little House: Book 2. The life of a boy on a farm in New York in the 's. Fat Man, The. Gee, Maurice. A poor New Zealand boy is terrified of the Fat Man, who disappeared years ago and has come back for his revenge. Father's Big Improvements.

Emerson, Caroline D. Father introduces new inventions to the family home in the 's. Felicity receives a guitar for her birthday from her Grandfather, that belonged to her Grandmother. Felicity's friend wants to join the Revolution. Felicity is invited to a dancing lesson at the Governor's Palace. Mother promises to make a beautiful new gown for her. As the event draws near, Mother becomes dreadfully ill. Feliz Cumpleanos, Josefina! Spanish Book. DiTerlizzi, Tony; Black, Holly. Children in an old house experience mysterious events and meet up with a mischievous "Boggart.

Fig Pudding. Fletcher, Ralph. A growing-up story with humor and tragedy told by the eldest child of a large family. Fire On Ice. Packard, Edward. Choose your Own Adventure series. You are a boy who's just moved and you want to join an ice hockey team, but which one? You decide! First Book of Stones, The. Cormack, M. Covers types of rocks, formations, what is made from stone, and how to keep your own rock collection. Adventures of Laura as a wife and mother in pioneer times. First Thanksgiving, The. Jackson, Garnet. This story describes the first Thanksgiving celebration and tells how Native Americans helped the Pilgrims through that first difficult year.

Fish Do The Strangest Things. Hornblow, Leonora; Hornblow, Arthur. Describes 17 fish that have peculiar characteristics and habits, including fish that spit, fly, climb trees, blow up like balloons, and sleep out of water. Five True Dog Stories. Davidson, Margaret. Five short stories about dogs who were special. Flash Forward Mindwarp: Book 7. The teens find themselves flung into the future. Fledgling, The. Langton, Jane. The tale of a young girl desperate to fly. Flight of the White Wolf.

Ellis, Mel. The never-ending story of Russ and his Wolf. Fluffy Meets the Dinosaurs. McMullan, Kate; Smith, Mavis. Fluffy the class guinea pig joins the students on a trip to the museum, where he carefully studies the exhibits and imagines tracing his ancestry back to the dinosaurs. Fluffy Saves Christmas. Fluffy the class guinea pig shares the Christmas party at school, goes home for the holidays with Jasmine, and meets Santa twice, at the mall and once in a dream. Fluffy's th Day of School. McMullan, Kate. Fluffy the guinea pig enjoys himself when Ms.

Day's class has a party to celebrate the one hundredth day of school. Fluffy's Thanksgiving. After starring as an ear of corn in his school's Thanksgiving play, the classroom guinea pig enjoys a holiday at Maxwell's home, where he scares Grammy and battles a monster. Fluffy's Valentine's Day. Fluffy endures a bath and shampoo on Valentine's Day, but when another guinea pig named Kiss is placed in his play yard, his patience snaps. Fly Guy Trilogy. Arnold, Ted. A collection of lively rhymes and tricky tongue twisters, poems for more than one voice, bilingual poems -- from classic Shakespeare and Lear to anonymous rhymes to contemporary riffs on everything under the sun.

These poems just might inspire kids to memorize them! Lisle, Janet Taylor. Fran That Time Forgot, The. Benton, Jim. When her embarrassing middle name is revealed at school, mad scientist Franny K. Stein experiments with time in order to return to the past and give herself a more dignified name. Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist Series. Shelley, Mary. Frog And Toad All Year. Fables of Frog and Toad. From Anna. Little, Jean. Nine-year-old Anna, who has vision problems, moves from Germany to Canada. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs.

Basil E. Konigsburg, E. Claudia plans to run away for a while to the art museum, where she finds a mysterious statue. Front Porch Tales. Gulley, Philip. Discover honesty, wisdom, humor and depth in these small town stories. A summer journey into the lives of kids who get into interesting situations. Fuzzies: A Folk Tale. Lessor, L. Richard; Ricci, Patricia. Garvey's Choice. Grimes, Nikki. The Ploughmen , now available through publisher Henry Holt, is the perfect book to read this autumn.

Kim Zupan weaves a story that is equal parts discomfiting and beautiful, desolate and richly imagined. Set in the wilds of rural Montana, The Ploughmen follows the complicated relationship between a rookie deputy and the serial killer caged in his jailhouse. The novel explores the essence of friendship and morality. Out of a set of unique constraints, Michael McGriff and J. Tyree have written a strange and wonderful little book of fiction. Our Secret Life in the Movies does not follow any obvious narrative path, depending instead on a set of prompts to lead the way.

The authors, former university classmates, decided to watch the entire Criterion Collection and write stories based on each film. This slim volume of short fiction is the result, a work of experimental writing that offers mainstream readers cinematic references as ballast. Emily St. This ambitious story tackles a post-apocalyptic world in which a super flu has wiped out the majority of the population.

Examining themes of celebrity and memory, Mandel explores how our world would change in the face of a major collapse. The book begins with a stage play of King Lear. Arthur Leander is an A-list celebrity who drops dead during the performance, an event that might otherwise dominate a fame-obsessed culture. No contemporary author knows more about the fairy tale than Kate Bernheimer. Her scholarship and fiction both work to promote public understanding of this often-misrepresented genre. She has edited several anthologies of fiction and criticism in which major contemporary authors contemplate and reimagine classic tales.

Bernheimer has done more than anyone to give these timeless stories a voice, and to examine the contemporary way we relate to them.

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Her story begins while at a dreary phenomenology conference, where she sneaks away to explore a Mixed Martial Arts tournament being held in the same hotel. Piper Gallagher is a year-old rookie EMT, coming to the profession after a bad breakup and a series of dead-end jobs. She just wants to do something with her life, and if that means she gets trained by a badass EMT years younger than her, so be it. As she goes through training, Piper fumbles through taking vitals, filling out paperwork, navigating the streets of South Central L.

Goodhouse takes place eighty-odd years in the future, when America has worked to curb crime through the compulsory genetic testing of boys. It has been discovered that a certain set of biometric markers determine whether a child will be predisposed to criminal thoughts and actions. Boys who test positive are sent to the Goodhouse system, where they are raised as wards of the state in prison-like boarding schools rife with chronic abuse.

Her first collection of short stories, Wallflowers , is out on September 16 th from Bloomsbury. With that in mind, I had high expectations when I began reading Wallflowers. I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed. He informs the reader that no one ever asks if they can look; mostly they stare, disgusted, horrified.

They high-five him, blowing smoke away from him in deference. And no one can do it quite like Roxane Gay. In short, I knew I was going to love this book, and it still surpassed my expectations. Straightaway, the reader is given the bare bones of the story. In the subsequent chapters, meat is added to the bones of this narrative, until it becomes a living, breathing creature. A nine-year-old girl has lost her mother and wants to be a jazz singer. A club owner discovers he may lose his building, and a fifth grade teacher reunites with her high school love.

This is a love letter to an American West that has all but disappeared. Challenge well met, Hemenway. The stories in Elegy On Kinderklavier Sarabande Books, , his debut collection, are astonishingly confident. In the title story, a man makes a bet that he will have sex with the woman who lives across the street from his illegal poker games—in clear view of his fellow gamblers.

More often than not, they bemoan it. Female friendships are often complicated and layered. Made to Break is a boozy, fast-paced, tweaked out bingefest. Her job transition serves as the impetus for the party, but also forces the pack of thirty-somethings to examine group dynamics—and thus themselves—on the eve of inevitable change.

The Awakening of Miss Prim follows, as one might suppose, the story of Miss Prim, a young woman who leaves behind her busy city life to take a job as a librarian in a remote village of France. San Ireneo de Arnois is not like most places, however. It is devoted to the simplicity of life, an enclave of exiles who have fled the bustling outside world in order to live purposefully, surrounded by intellectual discussions, literature, family, and a great many teatimes.

While studying abroad in college, I had a flatmate who spent hours playing a genre of sports video games that I could never imagine taking off in the States. In these PC and console games, you put together a roster for a football team, and use adjustments and stat tracking to give your squad the best chance of advancing to the finals.

Finalize your lineup and match results are rendered with the click of a button. You never even see the pitch. Anyone who calls it soccer is less likely to understand this world than the football fanatics whose every waking moment is dedicated to one sport and one sport only.

Though The Untold is a work of fiction, it is inspired by the life of Jessie Hickman, a circus rider, horse thief, convict, fugitive, and all-around wild woman who hid out in the Australian Outback in the s. The book has already garnered critical acclaim and been shortlisted for several awards. The novel opens with an almost unspeakable scene. Of course, with an act so horrific, Collins must undo it immediately…. There are a few things to address right off the bat in regard to Bald New World.

Yes, the title is a direct Aldous Huxley reference. Yes, it is a science fiction dystopia. And yes, everyone in the book is bald. The most influential people are the owners of wig companies and the man who plays Jesus the General on TV. Travel from L. Plastic surgery has progressed so far that, for a hundred-million-dollar fee, anyone can look like Marilyn Monroe. The Austrian writer Stefan Zweig is enjoying something of a zeitgeist of late. Though Zweig was the most translated German author writing during the ascendancy of Nazi Germany and, hence, the most hated and burned by Nazi brass , he has never achieved an American popularity equal to his worldwide critical acclaim.

So when I received my copy of Us Conductors , the debut novel by Montreal-based writer and music critic Sean Michaels, I had high expectations. Thankfully, this dense, yet lyrical novel, delivered in spades. Us Conductors follows the path of Lev Sergeyevich Termen, the brilliant engineer who invented the theremin. While the book is a work of fiction, Termen and the theremin are not. Controlled by electrical current, the musician plays the theremin without touch, controlling pitch and volume with each hand. Listen to an audio clip of the book, here! This week brings another fantastic work in translation.

The book was the most successful Italian novel of last year, and has now been translated into 20 languages and sold 1. A quietly powerful bestseller, the story follows young Massimo as he grows up and tries to deal with the loss of his mother, whom he lost when he was nine years old. When he finally accepts that she will not, he begins his journey to come to terms with her death—a journey that takes most of his young adult life.

It has been well covered, and rightly so, as this heartfelt collection brims with craft and wisdom. This book will slap you in the face with its talent. Kyle Minor is that good. This is a book, not just a collection. Jonas T. As the title suggests, the stories in this collection transition rapidly between different modes of experience. The prose is by turns funny and sad. The narrators are cynical, then kind. The characters are constantly grappling with the difference between their desires and the realities they are presented with.

I have to admit, I studied with the author at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, so I knew some of these pieces from workshops and readings. But as I read this chapbook it was hard to believe there had ever been other versions of these stories, that they were once edited and whittled.

Insomnia is an epidemic, and no one knows the cause. Every day, more people lose their ability to sleep. Healthy sleepers are asked to literally give their dreams away, to donate them in hours. Summed up, these events may sound lofty, but in Sleep Donation they are described by narrator Trish bluntly, even clinically. After all, these are the facts of her life. Trish volunteers as a recruiter for the nonprofit Slumber Corps, soliciting people to give to their sleep banks.

The premise of The Apartment by Greg Baxter is straightforward. An unnamed American expat searches for an apartment in an unnamed European city. The Apartment is successful in painting a portrait of a man struggling with a difficult past through slim and understated discoveries unveiled by his exposition. It is also entirely elegant. I enjoyed every page. The buzz behind Archetype is not misplaced. Archetype does that. Waters creates a world in which women are commodities to be bought, fertility is controlled by men, surveillance is commonplace, and the resistance strikes in secret.

Know the Night is an impressive debut for author Maria Mutch, whose literary memoir maintains that magical balance between lyricism and realism. Gabriel, whose own story unfolds through the book, begins as a precocious toddler with Down Syndrome. As he grows older, he is also diagnosed with autism, and Mutch describes the experience of multiple-disability parenting with sincerity and honesty.

The story is not sugarcoated. These stories are often surreal, but sometimes not; some are longer and more narrative; others are just a few sentences and focus on an image or scene. Whatever the case, the collection as a whole appeals to our desire to fantasize. He assigns an aesthetic to each culture: MFA writing is composed of short stories that take after an older, anthologized cannon.

New York writers produce readable, socially relevant novels that aim to sell. It is the first short story collection from writer Kelly Luce, whose sensibility and prose rings brilliant on the page. Luce and her publishers have aligned a lovely and startling collection of short stories that readers will devour. I absolutely did. I fell in love with this book.

To start, this book is beautiful. Initially its size and luxury make it seem like a coffee table book, something to show off to company. But the story within is far too complex and satisfying to simply flip through. Jacob M. New York City tour guide Larry Bloom is by his own account neither handsome nor wealthy.

Yet on the summer day in which this love story is set, he cannot deny his own luck. He is in possession of two items of life-changing potential: an unopened letter from a literary agency about his manuscript, and a confirmed date with his dream woman, an aimless something Brooklynite named Starshine Hart.

I Am Holding Your Hand is a rare treasure. This collection of short stories brought to us by new author Myfanwy Collins is a wonderful example of writing that feels fresh and intoxicating, while maintaining the sensibility of an author who writes like a seasoned pro. Many of the stories in this fine collection were previously published in literary reviews such as The Kenyon Review, PANK, and Flatmancrooked, to name a few. Somewhat ironically, the book is filled with characters and situations one would resolve against when picking Resolutions, as this book is as much about addiction and self-loathing as it is a study on effective literary writing.

It stands as an excellent example of talented debut writing. The book examines the complicated relationship between Ida, and two boys she grew up with, brothers, Jackson and James. Ida and Jackson find themselves in various stages of love, as best friends in childhood, and then as tumultuous lovers. However, the premise of the book is more intriguing than simply an examination of complicated relationships.

Beside the Sea is a haunting and fragmented tale that leaves readers immersed in a web of broken logic and misguided love. It begins with a mother and her two sons on a trip to the sea. The mother wants to give her sons a happy memory of the ocean, but the trip is poorly planned, filled with gaps, and led by a character who contracts and expands in and out of mental illness. The novel follows Hig and his dog Jasper, who have taken refuge in a small airport hanger in the mountains, and Bangley, an army-type survivalist who has set up camp with enough weapons and ammunition to stave off bands of wanderers.

When Hig and Jasper fly the perimeter of camp in a Cessna, a world that is both lonely and scenic unfolds. Subscribers receive quality lists of upcoming deadlines for lit mags and contests, free fiction, and exclusive content regarding writing, craft, and interviews from established authors. At The Masters Review, our mission is to support emerging writers. We only accept submissions from writers who can benefit from a larger platform.

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