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  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

    15-year-old Thea Atwell lives on her family farm in the South during the Great Depression along with her twin brother. When she is abruptly shipped off to a girls’ boarding school for reasons unknown, she desperately tries to fit in to her new lifestyle while keeping her reason for being...


  • He Died With A Felafel In His Hand

    John Birmingham writes about all of the wacky housemates he’s shared places with in this romp around Australian cities. Perfect for: • Lovers of humerous memoirs. • Anyone who looked twice at this title. • Fans of David Sedaris.


  • What Alice Forgot

    When Alice Love wakes up with a concussion, she is stunned to discover that her 29-year-old, pregnant, drunk-on-love, former self is gone. Eerily, it seems her 40th birthday is quickly approaching and she cannot, for the life of her, remember the past ten years. Not only has the care-free, content,...


  • The Recruit (Cherub #1)

    Recently orphaned, a brilliant mathematician and thought to have great potential, James is the newest recruit for the secret (teenaged) agents known as CHERUB. After 100 days of intense training he is ready to go on his first mission. Perfect for: • Teens who love spy-fi. • Those who appreciate...


  • The Power of One

    This is the fabulous story of “Peekay”, a young English boy growing up in South Africa during World War II. Despite being surrounded by cruelty and violence, he turns to influential mentors who help him to find the power to fulfil his dreams of becoming a welterweight boxing champion. Perfect...


  • If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince?

    In this modern-day Cinderella story, Lucy hates just about everything in her life. But will the star player on the varsity basketball team be just what she has been looking for? Kantor writes a cute, heart-warming story about unexpected happy endings. Perfect for: • Teens looking for a romantic fairy-tale....


  • The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy #1)

    Raised from birth to become an assassin, the ninth orphan decides to break free from the government agency that’s ‘raised’ him. Needless to say, severe consequences follow.Perfect for:• Lovers of fast-paced, international thrillers. • Those who usually dislike dystopian books. • Readers of addictive series.


  • Quarantine: The Loners (Quarantine #1)

    A massive explosion detonates McKinley High and all of the students have been infected with a virus that is fatal to adults: in this fast-paced book, David Thorpe must navigate a school without teachers, where violent gangs abound, and where his world is about to get a whole lot worse....


  • Leave No Doubt: A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams

    Respected hockey coach, Mike Babcock, and his friend, Rick Larson, offer inspirational advice – using hockey as a platform – about succeeding in any field and the rewards of real determination. An interesting read. Great for: • Reluctant readers • Sports fans • Those looking for the proverbial kick in...


  • The 5th Wave

    Alien invasion? Check. Cool female heroine a la Katniss Everdeen? Check. Staying up until all hours to finish it? Check. Pick it up – you’ll love it if you were into The Hunger Games. This is YA dystopian literature at its best. A shout-out to Andrea & Emily for the...


  • Before I Go to Sleep

    When a woman wakes up not knowing who she is, or where she is, she spends the rest of the book trying to reconstruct the missing pieces that will fill her in on her own life. To say more would only spoil it. Great for: • Readers who enjoy thrillers....


  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    When ‘Maintenance’ Eddie tries to rescue a little girl at the amusement park at which he works – he is killed instantly. When he opens his eyes to see that he has arrived in heaven, he meets the five people (yup, the title gives it all away) who influenced him...


  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

    Jenny Lawson – known to most as The Bloggess – offers her hilarious, raunchy and, at times, poignant personal stories. Her narratives cover everything from growing up with a taxidermist father, her time working in HR, how wild turkeys scarred her for life, pregnancy, her compulsive need to make up...


  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    Science Fiction meets humour in this beloved classic: when Arthur Dent wakes up to his house’s demolishment, he is whisked away by his alien friend, Ford Prefect. The two embark on an uproarious intergalactic journey to escape earth’s destruction only to encounter more bizarre characters along the way.Great for:• Most...


  • The Maze Runner

    If you liked The Hunger Games trilogy, take a peek at this dystopian trilogy that follows Thomas and his fellow ‘Gladers’ as they try to escape from the maze that keeps them from freedom. Great for: • Reluctant readers (13 and up) • Readers of dystopian YA fiction • Those...


  • World War Z

    Told from different first-person perspectives from the fictional United Nations Postwar Commission, the book provides a post-apocalyptic account of the Zombie War. Great for: • Readers who enjoyed The Zombie Survival Guide • Fans of The Walking Dead • Anyone looking for a fun take on the zombie genre


  • Playing with Fire

    Former NHL player, Theo Fleury, co-writes his autobiography chronicling his tumultuous experiences with drugs, alcohol and abuse in this gripping story about a skilled athlete dealing with personal demons. Great for: • Boys who hate to read • ‘Coach’ Shane Joseph • Readers interested in an athlete’s personal journey


  • Kane and Abel

    A modern-ish take on the classic Cain and Abel story, this page-turning tale from Jeffrey Archer (in his early years as the master storyteller) follows two men – born on the same day – living vastly different lives: William Lowell Kane, born into wealth and privilege, grows up in Boston...


  • The Glass Castle

    When Jeanette Walls spots her mother sifting through a dumpster, she realizes she must come to terms with her bizarre past: in this intriguing memoir (a favourite amongst most readers) about a, let's say, interesting family that makes up its own rules, Walls explores family dysfunction with wit and humour.  Great for:...


  • Reconstructing Amelia

    Kate Baron is a high-powered attorney at one of Manhattan’s leading litigation firms. When her beautiful, smart and dutiful daughter, Amelia, commits suicide at her prestigious Brooklyn high school, Kate starts a harrowing journey into the hidden parts of her daughter’s life.  In this riveting book, chapters jump between Kate...


  • The Chocolate Money

    Norton writes an amusing (and disturbing) debut novel with some wicked sentences (and an even more wicked mother: Joan Collins ain’t got nuthin’ on this woman) in this story about Bettina Ballentyne, daughter of chocolate heiress (and certifiable nutjob) Babs Ballentyne; Babs routinely exposes her daughter to a sexually promiscuous,...


  • Defending Jacob

    In this fast-paced novel, we meet Andy Barber, an assistant district attorney whose 14-year-old son gets put on trial for a shocking crime: a compulsive read.Great for:John Grisham (the early years) loversReaders of legal thrillersA solid courtroom drama


  • The Gun Seller

    Yup, 'House' has written a book. And it's good: meet gunman Thomas Lang, whose plans to assassinate an American businessman go deliciously awry. Great for: Lover of the spy genreLovers of Hugh Laurie Readers who enjoy satire. And snark. 


  • Ready Player One

    The year is 2044: Wade Wyatt plugs himself into the virtual system OASIS to escape his grim reality; however, things get a little nutty as he collects an audience while trying to complete the game's complex puzzles.  Great for:  anyone who grew up in the eighties and nineties a fun...


  • S*it my Dad Says

    The title speaks for itself but you will also find some touching nuggets in Halpern’s hilarious send-off (if that’s what one can call it) to his father, a Vietnam war-vet. Great for: Reluctant readers A free afternoon A funny read If you loved the book, rent the movie(s): 


  • Beat the Reaper

    Dr. Peter Brown is a former hit man for the mob who’s hiding out as a resident in Manhattan’s worst hospital; when a strange patient shows up from his past, hilarity ensues. Great for: Readers who enjoy the ‘mob’ genre Any reluctant reader looking for a page-turner Those with a...


  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

    What’s going on in Mr. Penumbra’s San Francisco bookshop? Customers come in and never seem to buy anything: when Clay Jannon is hired as the late-night clerk (after losing his software job), he discovers strange happenings in the data he builds to understand the peculiarity of the store. An eccentric,...


  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    In this compelling narrative, Changez talks to an unidentified American stranger about his life before he returned to his present state in his native Pakistan: he was on the high track after graduating from Princeton, after which he moved to New York City where he was hired up by a...


  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself

    Based on the popular blog, this fantastic read is perfect for anyone interested in psychology in small snippets: dig in to learn everything from the way advertising hooks us to the biases we live with (of which we are completely oblivious, of course). Perfect for: • Learning complicated lessons in...


  • The Hunger Games

    A page-turning romp into the world of desensitized violence and reality television. Katniss Everdeen must fight to the death on national television as her District 12 representative in this dystopian novel set in Panem, a disturbingly similar world to ours. Great for:Teen readers (13 and up)Dystopian fiction loversA strong, female heroine...