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When Breath Becomes Air Cover Image
By Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812988406
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2016

Speaking of breath, this one will take your breath away. Paul Kalanithi was 36 and a year away from completing his neurosurgical residency when he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. In the process of learning how to die, Kalanithi learned how to live. He was gracious enough to share his life, hard-earned lessons and beautiful writing with all of us. Paul's wife, Lucy, wrote the epilogue and also did a beautiful job.
 
 


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The Red Pencil Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316247801
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 16th, 2014

It is hard to imagine an author brave enough to attempt a middle reader book about the genocide in Darfur but Andrea Davis Pinkney pulls it off. Told in poems and sketches, this lovely book makes the horrors of war and being a refugee real, but accessible and appropriate for young readers.


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Shooting Kabul Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442401945
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 22nd, 2010

I really liked this middle-grade immigrant/coming-of-age novel. The common immigrant experience (under-employed parents, school bullies, cultural confusion) is intermixed with a family story of loss and recovery.


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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805095159
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Published: Metropolitan Books - October 7th, 2014

Do you have aging parents? Are you aging a bit yourself? Are you concerned about the way our culture and medical system deal with the frail? Gawande mixes story and thoughtful analysis in this fantastic book for thinking and talking about matters which eventually concern us all.


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The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307952493
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - September 16th, 2014

Nordberg met a political family in Afghanistan who was raising one of their young daughters as a son since they had no sons. Nordberg began to investigate the practice and discovered it was fairly common in this patriarchal society. This is a fascinating look at some individual girls and their stories and at the role of gender in a society with little to no institutions


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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062329127
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Published: Ecco Press - April 29th, 2014

What a yarn! I laughed out loud the whole way through. Author Jonasson combines real world leaders and events with the most outrageous characters and situations. I just kept marveling at the author's imagination. A fun read which might 'accidentally' remind you of a few bits of recent history.


The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781451654424
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 13th, 2013

The Queen of Water Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780375859632
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Published: Ember - March 13th, 2012

Code Name Verity Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423152880
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 7th, 2013

We Need New Names Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316230810
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - May 21st, 2013

The Milk of Birds Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781442446823
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2013

The Book of Jonas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452298972
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Published: Plume Books - February 26th, 2013

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

The Song of Achilles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco Press - August 28th, 2012

Wonder Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781455508389
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Published: Twelve - October 2nd, 2012

Where'd You Go, Bernadette Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316204279
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Published: Little Brown and Company - August 14th, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

Moon Over Manifest Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375858291
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Published: Yearling Books - December 27th, 2011

We Are in a Book! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781423133087
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Published: Hyperion Books - September 14th, 2010

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man Cover Image
By Michael Chabon, Jake Parker (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780061914621
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - September 6th, 2011

Be Frank with Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062413710
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 2nd, 2016

I'll be frank with you -- I loved this book! Imagine a famous, reclusive author, Mimi(a la Harper Lee). Imagine her with a 10 year old son, Frank. Frank is likely 'on the spectrum' with a prodigious vocabulary, impeccable style and a tendency to cause disasters both great and small. Author Mimi needs cash and she can't write and care for Frank at the same time. Enter Alice - a young woman who can 'out-Pollyanna Pollyanna.' The next few months, as written by Alice, are both tender and hilarious.
 
 


If Only Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545234993
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 2012

Starting from Here Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761462330
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Published: Amazon Childrens Publishing - August 7th, 2012

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812981223
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Published: Random House Trade - November 30th, 2010

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451614213
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Published: Free Press - February 21st, 2012

Fish in a Tree Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399162596
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 5th, 2015

I loved this middle-grade novel. Main character Ally Nickerson has attended 7 schools in as many years. She's strong in math and art but just can't get the hang of reading. Now in 6th grade, Ally's school life is coming apart at the seams. Fortunately, a long-term sub, Mr. Daniels, recognizes that Ally is dyslexic. Under his tutelage, Ally, and several other kids who think of themselves as misfits, learn to start realizing their potential. Ally's descriptions of what it is like for her to try to read are very helpful for those of us who tutor children with dyslexia and other learning differences. This would be a great book for kids who struggle with dyslexia and for their families and friends too. Besides, it's just a good and hopeful story.