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Heidi (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
By Johanna Spyri, Eva Ibbotson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780141322568
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Published: Puffin Books - March 5th, 2009

Standing the test of time (and multiple re-reads), Heidi is the perfect book to curl up with on a bleak winter day. So grab a blanket and some hot chocolate before tucking yourself in with stories of the Alps, friendship, and a brave little girl. 

Just like Heidi, this book is brimming with vivacity, love, and compassion. 

Heartless Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250148186
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Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2018

A heart-wrenching backstory of how the infamous Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland came to be. Meyer crafts a spell-binding tale of romance, betrayal, and loss, reminding the readers that not all protagonists live happily-ever-after. 

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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

Although taking place in only one setting (the Metropol, a hotel in which the Count has been exiled), the novel is bursting with the color, wit, and insight of the entire world. With the just the story of a well-educated individual, the reader learns myriad lessons of life, culture, and human nature. Eye-opening, inventive, and bound to make you laugh!

At the suspenseful conclusion of A Gentleman in Moscow, you will close the book with a sigh, for while satisfied, you know that you will finally need to bid the story adieu. 

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ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

Not only the story of how one woman's cells propelled the entire medical field after her death, this biography describes the sacrifices and injustices that come with scientific breakthroughs. Although HeLa cells saved the lives of many, the Lacks family was forever impacted by her death and tortured by the notion that while her cells were everywhere, few knew of the Henrietta Lacks who laughed, cried, and lived. 

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250182487
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Published: Picador - August 7th, 2018

Growing up with the beautiful and heart-warming stories of The Little House in the Big Woods and The Little House on the Prairie, readers have conjured a glorified version of life during the late 19th century. But the publicized, sugar-coated painting of quaint, candle-lit log cabins and rolling prairies is not the true story of Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

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Bridge of Clay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375845604
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2019

After a tragedy, the five Dunbar brothers live alone with their assortment of pets. The readers follow Clay, the fourth Dunbar brother, on his quest to mend the fractured family through unearthed secrets, a mule, and a bridge.