Author of the Month: Fredrik Backman

With titles published in over 38 languages, Swedish author Fredrik Backman is known for his ability to craft character-rich stories that feature those who are often overlooked or outright dismissed by the people around them - the curmudgeon, the socially awkward, the eccentric, the flawed - and in the process, rather magically opens their world to […]

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5 Finds Adults: April 2017

Beartown When Beartown's amateur hockey team has a winning streak that may allow them to reach the junior ice hockey championship, their star player is embroiled in a scandal involving the hockey coach's 15-year-old daughter. The town can't survive without the financial success that a winning team will bring them, but will morality overpower […]

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5 Finds Teens: April 2017

Alex And Eliza: A Love Story A story for Hamilton fans, Melissa de la Cruz's Alex and Eliza takes us back to the American Colonies, when socialite Elizabeth Schuyler first meets Alexander Hamilton. Besotted with Eliza, penniless Alexander must prove his worth to Eliza's family, who would rather she marry another, more suitable match. […]

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5 Finds Kids: April 2017

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors Drew Daywalt (The Day the Crayons Quit) and Adam Rex team up to tell the legend of three warriors named Rock, Paper and Scissors, revealing the downright hilarious story behind the game played on playgrounds everywhere. Olivia the Spy Everyone's favorite pig returns in Falconer's latest […]

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Author of the Month: R J Palacio

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March's author of the month is R. J. Palacio! A former art director and book jacket designer, R. J. Palacio didn't come upon the inspiration to write her bestselling children's book, Wonder, until she was well established in her career as an artist. After witnessing her son's impolite reaction to a young girl with facial deformities, […]

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Xavier vs. Arizona

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Representing Xavier University is Tracy Chevalier's The Last Runaway. Honor Bright, a Quaker from England, relocates to the Ohio frontier in the 1850's. After befriending the local milliner, Honor is quickly exposed to the anti-slavery movement, as well as the lives of those who made a living hunting down runaways. Honor is soon forced to examine her own […]

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5 Finds Kids: March 2017

We're All Wonders Over 5 million people have fallen in love with Wonder and have joined the movement to Choose Kind. Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy. Countless fans have asked R. J. Palacio to write a book for younger readers. […]

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5 Finds Teens: March 2017

The Hate U Give After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died. Stranger Than Fanfiction Cash Carter, the young, world-famous lead actor of […]

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5 Finds Adults: March 2017

The Women In The Castle Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold. Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined -- an affecting, […]

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Author of the Month: Colson Whitehead

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Manhattan-based author, Colson Whitehead, has won several awards this past year for his latest work, The Underground Railroad. In addition to winning the National Book Award for Fiction, Whitehead's masterpiece was also named the Amazon Book of the Year, the Time Magazine Book of the Year, and included in several "Best of 2016" lists. Throughout his career, […]

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