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Sheila works in the academic and corporate accounts department at the City of Books. She enjoys gardening, playing with her cats, and rearranging her book collection every few weeks.

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Climbing the Stairs
Climbing the Stairs
by Padma Venkatraman
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Artfully interweaving such social issues as pacifism, colonialism, and women's rights, Padma Venkatraman's thought-provoking and poignant historical novel is a definite must-read.... (read more)

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Guardian of the Darkness: Moribito #2
Guardian of the Darkness: Moribito #2
by Nahoko Uehashi
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When her guardian and mentor, Jiguro, dies, Balsa feels compelled to return to her troubled homeland and seek out his family. Imagine her anger when she discovers that Jiguro is believed to be a traitor. Determined to prove his innocence, Balsa finds... (read more)

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Me, the Missing, and the Dead
Me, the Missing, and the Dead
by Jenny Valentine
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Winner of the Guardian children's fiction prize, Me, the Missing and the Dead is the story of 16-year-old Lucas, who decides to look into the recent death a famous pianist who seemed to have a connection to his missing father. This impressive debut novel... (read more)

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The Prince of Mist
The Prince of Mist
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Set during WWII, The Prince of Mist is a dark and atmospheric ghost story that is bound to enthrall. Young Max Carver is none to pleased when his father announces that the family is moving to the country. Unexpectedly, however, Max soon settles happily... (read more)

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The Demon in the Teahouse
The Demon in the Teahouse
by Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler
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The Demon in the Teahouse is an exciting and thrilling mystery novel set in 18th-century Japan. The authors do a fantastic job with the period details and with layering the intrigue and suspense. Practically unputdownable, this novel is recommended for... (read more)

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The Secrets of Mary Bowser LP (Large Print)
The Secrets of Mary Bowser LP (Large Print)
by Lois Leveen
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Based on the true story of an emancipated slave who risked her life to spy on the Confederacy for the Union during the Civil War, this book is a must-read. Written with grace and passion, fantastic historical detail and fully realized characters, The... (read more)

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The Ancient Ocean Blues
The Ancient Ocean Blues
by Jack Mitchell
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Shortlisted for the 2009 Canadian Children's Literature Award, The Ancient Ocean Blues sets a new standard in historical fiction for the young reader. Witty, humorous, and absolutely riveting, you'll not regret picking up this book. A definite must-read.... (read more)

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Luka and the Fire of Life
Luka and the Fire of Life
by Salman Rushdie
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Award-winning novelist and master storyteller Salman Rushdie delivers once again with this enthralling fantasy novel aimed at younger readers. A follow-up to an earlier adult novel, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Luka and the Fire of Life follows the... (read more)

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Wedlock: The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore
Wedlock: The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore
by Wendy Moore
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Based on probably the most scandalous divorce case of the late 18th century, Wedlock definitely makes for compelling and engrossing reading. William Thackeray was so fascinated by the proceedings that he based his novel Barry Lyndon on it. If you're... (read more)

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Thing-Thing
Thing-Thing
by Cary Fagan and Nicolas Debon
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Nominated for the 2009 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, Thing-Thing is a whimsical and touching story about an unusual stuffed toy who's looking for a child to love and who will love it back. This is a really sweet book that will appeal to both... (read more)

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Tender Morsels
Tender Morsels
by Margo Lanagan
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A young adult novel that appeals to adults, Tender Morsels is a nightmare fairytale story of redemption that will reach across your subconscious much like Jeanette Winterson's work. Lanagan's prose is delightfully crafted, careful, imaginative, and... (read more)

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Wedlock: The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore
Wedlock: The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore
by Wendy Moore
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Based on probably the most scandalous divorce case of the late 18th century, Wedlock definitely makes for compelling and engrossing reading. William Thackeray was so fascinated by the proceedings that he based his novel Barry Lyndon on it. If you're... (read more)

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Cleopatra: A Life
Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacy Schiff
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I'm rather sure that all three of Stacy Schiff's previous works have been nominated for some award or another. With a pedigree like that, you know that her latest biography is bound to be a must-read. Stripping away all the previous misconceptions about... (read more)

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Wait for Me!
Wait for Me!
by Deborah Mitford
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Shortlisted as one of the best memoirs of the year in the UK, Wait for Me!, the memoirs of the youngest Mitford sister, is a must-have for any self respecting Anglophile and Mitford addict! Gossipy, witty, and completely beguiling, you'll want to devour... (read more)

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Rule Britannia
Rule Britannia
by Daphne du Maurier
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I remember enjoying Rule Britannia when I read it decades ago — witty, sardonic, and entertainingly funny, it's a novel that stands the test of time. And it's completely timely as well, given recent events! However, Rule Britannia is not going to suit... (read more)

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Bog Child
Bog Child
by Siobhan Dowd
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Eighteen-year-old Fergus would give anything to escape the violence and hopelessness of his situation in Ireland. But for a young man with familial ties to the IRA, this is a hard thing to do. His life becomes even more complicated when, while stealing... (read more)

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Out of Shadows
Out of Shadows
by Jason Wallace
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Winner of the 2010 Costa Children's Award, Jason Wallace's debut novel is a powerful and compelling account of life in 1980s Zimbabwe. The times are fraught; the new black government is intent on dismantling the old colonial power infra-structures and... (read more)

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The Enchantress of Florence
The Enchantress of Florence
by Salman Rushdie
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I'm not much of a Rushdie fan: I've always found him to be far too long-winded for my taste. So it was quite a pleasant surprise for me to find myself enjoying his latest novel so very much. Enchanting, beguiling, and written with exquisite prose, this... (read more)

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The Madman of Venice
The Madman of Venice
by Sophie Masson
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Set in Venice during the early 17th century, The Madman of Venice is an enthralling tale of intrigue, murder, and romance. Merchant Matthew Ashby and his household have come to Venice to look into the pirate attacks that have been plaguing the English... (read more)

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Closed for the Season
Closed for the Season
by Mary Downing Hahn
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Three years ago, Myrtle Donaldson, a bookkeeper, was accused of embezzlement. She was later found murdered in her own home. The crime was never solved. Thirteen-year-old Logan Forbes is convinced that Myrtle was innocent of the crime and is bound and... (read more)

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