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Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
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Miyax (Julie) runs away hoping to find her way to San Francisco. She must find her way across the Alaskan wilderness. When she finds herself with no food or water and completely lost, will the pack of wolves accept her as one of their own? Will she ...more
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Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
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First of a series of twenty novels about captain Jack Aubrey and physician Stephen Maturin in the 19th Century British Royal Navy. Impeccable naval history, wonderful characters, and an involving story line. Excellent read!
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Fair Blows the Wind by Louis L'Amour
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A classic tale of a swashbuckling hero in Elizabethan England and the New World. L'Amour is better known for his Westerns, but this sea tale set mostly in Europe is exciting, a little mysterious, and full of really good sword fights!!
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Moo by Jane Smiley
Moo
by Jane Smiley (Goodreads Author)
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Well written and fun satire of university life at an "unnamed Midwestern Ag university" -- but the politics are universal. If you've ever worked at or attended a big school, you'll get a kick out of the wackiness and faculty follies. Dated but *fun*.
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Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
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Irish teen Holly is struggling. Removed from her abusive mother's home and placed in foster care with a family whose concern feels smothering to her, she runs away, renaming herself "Solace" and donning a blonde wig to keep the authorities from ...more
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A Dog Year by Jon Katz
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This story chronicles one man's journey after adopting a border collie (a.k.a. Helldog). A true adventure! A must read for any dog-lover. Funny, touching and wise.
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The Dead Beat by Marilyn Johnson
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If you make sure to read the obituaries every day, you'll understand when I say they can be fascinating, funny, poignant, and revealing. Johnson's discussion of obituaries and the people who write them is entertaining, and may inspire you to write ...more
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Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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This is a coming-of-age story, with a plot line little used. DJ, the main character, runs her family farm after her dad’s hip surgery. On top of that she has to/wants to train the quarterback of her town’s rival team. Talk About drama!
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Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
Song of the Sparrow
by Lisa Ann Sandell (Goodreads Author)
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Written in free verse poetry, from the point of view of Lady Elaine (the Lady of Shalott) this novel brings you back to the era of King Arthur and focuses on the strength of women.
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One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
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One Thousand White Women is a truly wonderful tale of sorrow, suspense and triumph. A beautiful character study of many original types. You want to really believe that May Dodd was "real", a page turner.
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