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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith book cover
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Betty Smith - Nov 06, 2018 (first published in 1943)
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The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century."A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life... If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn you will deny yourself a rich experience... It is a poignant and deeply understanding story of childhood and family relationships. The N...
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Red at the Bone
A Novel
Jacqueline Woodson - Sep 01, 2020
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of OPRAH MAGAZINE'S "BEST BOOKS OF 2019" A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR "A spectacular novel that only this legend can pull off." -Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, in The Atlantic"An exquisite tale of family legacy....The power and poetry of Woodson's writing...
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The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas - Feb 28, 2017
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A three-time winner of Goodreads Choice AwardsSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer....
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The Poet X
Elizabeth Acevedo - Apr 07, 2020
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A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do...
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Kwame Alexander
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Apr 01, 2014
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A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, th...
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee - Jan 01, 2002 (first published in 1960)
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The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.Compassio...
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The Way of Kings
Book One of the Stormlight Archive
Brandon Sanderson - Mar 04, 2014
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According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed...They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and m...
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Sahil Lavingia
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J. K. Rowling - Jul 01, 2009
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Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind.The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he...
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Arvind Subramanian
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Song of the Lioness Quartet
Alanna; In the Hand of the Goddess; The Woman Who Rides Like a Man; Lioness Rampant
Tamora Pierce - Oct 21, 2014 (first published in 1997)
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Experience the magic and adventure of the complete Song of the Lioness quartet, now available in a collectible boxed set with new cover art and afterwords from acclaimed author of this beloved fantasy series, Tamora Pierce.Fearless, bold, athletic, magical. Young Alanna of Trebond is all of these things, and more than anything else, she has always ...
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
3/7 (Harry Potter 3)
J. K. Rowling - Jan 01, 2017 (first published in 1999)
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Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. His hopes for a quiet school term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed, though, when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assum...
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Arvind Subramanian
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
J. K. Rowling - Aug 01, 2005
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The war against Voldemort is not going well: even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of The Daily Prophet looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet …As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to ...
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Arvind Subramanian
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan
Morning Star by Pierce Brown
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan
The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Princeps' Fury by Jim Butcher
Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher
Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler
The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny
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Magician by Raymond E. Feist
Miecz przeznaczenia by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Deed Of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon
Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
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Lirael by Garth Nix
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
The High King by Lloyd Alexander
Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
Wieża jaskółki by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher
Dune by Frank Herbert
Alanna by Tamora Pierce
Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
His Dark Materials bind-up by Philip Pullman
Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
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The Lion by Nelson Demille
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Riddle-Master by Patricia A. McKillip
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
Oath of Gold by Elizabeth Moon
Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
The Hand of Oberon by Roger Zelazny
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
To Green Angel Tower, Part 1 by Tad Williams
The Darkest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay
World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 2 by Blizzard Entertainment
Harpist in the Wind by Patricia A. McKillip
The White Road by John Connolly
Shards of Time- Common by Lynn Flewelling
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Divided Allegiance by Elizabeth Moon
Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon
Wardrobe Malfunction by Samantha Towle
The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
Casket of Souls by Lynn Flewelling
The Wrong Unit by Rob Dircks
Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
Shine! by J. J. Grabenstein
In the City of Shy Hunters by Tom Spanbauer
Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier