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Cover of Promise Falls Series Promise Falls Series
- by Linwood Barclay

From New York Times bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes an explosive novel set in the peaceful small town of Promise Falls, where secrets can always be buried - but never forgotten... Sink your teeth into this Canadian author's 4 book small town mystery series.

Available: Caistorville, Smithville and Wellandport.


Cover of Six of Crows Six of Crows
- by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price-and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Available: Caistorville.


Cover of The Queens of Fennbirn The Queens of Fennbirn
- by Kendare Blake

Uncover the sisters’ origins, dive deep into the catastrophic reign of the Oracle Queen, and reveal layers of Fennbirn’s past, hidden until now.

The Young Queens: Get a glimpse of triplet queens Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine during a short period of time when they protected and loved one another. From birth until their claiming ceremonies, this is the story of the three sisters’ lives…before they were at stake.

The Oracle Queen: Everyone knows the legend of Elsabet, the Oracle Queen. The one who went mad. The one who orchestrated a senseless, horrific slaying of three entire houses. But what really happened? Discover the true story behind the queen who could foresee the future…just not her own downfall.In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Available:Smithville.


Cover of The Kraken King The Kraken King
- by Meljean Brook

A former smuggler and thief, Ariq - better known as the Kraken King - doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out...

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes.

But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper...

Available: Online.


Cover of Borders of Infinity Borders of Infinity
- by Lois McMaster Bujold

The popular adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, a clever and outlandish science-fiction hero for the modern era, continue in these three tales. In "The Mountains of Mourning," Miles is dispatched to a back-country region of Barrayar, where he must act as detective, judge, and executioner in a controversial murder case. In "Labryinth," Miles adopts his alternate persona as Dendarii Mercenary Admiral Naismith for an undercover mission to rescue an important research geneticist from Jackson's Whole. And in the title story, Miles infiltrates an escape-proof Cetagandan POW camp and plays hero to the most deeply distressed damsel of his colorful career.

An audiobook selection.

Available: Online.


Cover of Chloe Flavor Chloe Flavor
- by Chloe Coscarelli

The celebrated vegan chef makes her highly anticipated return to the cookbook world with 125 original recipes that focus on simplicity in the steps and big flavor in the food.

Chloe Coscarelli has been vegan since 2004 - a time when veggie burgers were still feared by the general public. Since then, she has been at the forefront of the vegan revolution: Chloe believes that vegan can still mean mouthwatering foods, and she practices what she preaches. In Chloe Flavor, Chloe showcases new approaches to veganism with dishes like Maple Bacon Benedict, Hawaiian Teriyaki-Pineapple Burger, and Cajun Jambalaya with Scallion Biscuits. These dishes are playful, colorful, and supremely tasty. Best of all, she's made them as fast and as easy as possible because that's exactly how she likes to cook. Vegans will delight in Chloe's creativity--and carnivores won't miss the meat one bit.

Available: Caistorville.


Cover of Mini Makeovers Mini Makeovers
- by Country Living

These micro-decorating ideas from Country Living add beauty to every room, whether youre swapping your old coffee table for an antique bench, creating an eye-catching display in a passageway, or energizing your bedroom by playing with different patterns. Youll discover new possibilities for things to do, make, buy, and repurpose, and every chapter shows how to revive any space, from living and dining rooms to entryways, mudrooms, home offices, and porches.

Available: Smithville.


Cover of Street Legal Street Legal
- by William Deverell

The year is 1980. Three struggling, ambitious young lawyers set up their own practice. Partner Carrie Barr, fresh from her success defending a drifter charged as the notorious Midnight Strangler, takes on the case of a suave hit man who proves to be far more dangerous — and alluring — than she imagined. Carrie finds herself drawn into a web of terror; a rogue police operation, a ruthless drug lord, and a series of brutal murders threaten to tear apart their fledgling firm. Meanwhile, the Midnight Strangler is still at large. Has he chosen Carrie as his next victim?

Available: Smithville.


Cover of Broken Beautiful Hearts Broken Beautiful Hearts
- by Kami Garcia

Her heart has to break before it can open.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him—and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee—and maybe her dream of going pro—is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

He has to let someone in before it’s too late.

With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind—until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.

But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.

Available: Smithville


Cover of Shoeless Joe Shoeless Joe
- by W.P. Kinsella

“If you build it, he will come.”

These mysterious words inspire Ray Kinsella to create a cornfield baseball diamond in honor of his hero, Shoeless Joe Jackson. What follows is a rich, nostalgic look at one of our most cherished national pastimes and a remarkable story about fathers and sons, love and family, and the inimitable joy of finding your way home.

Available: Smithville.


Cover of Piau Piau
- by Bruce Murray

Acadian leader Pierre Belliveau, known as Piau, led hundreds of Acadians into the wilderness to escape the Acadian Expulsion. He vowed to lead them to the Promised Land, where they could live without fear of deportation. Over the years he became a prisoner of war, was deported to Boston, and built a castle before finally leading his people to Memramcook, New Brunswick, the Promised Land.

This historical novel, based on a true story, explores the armed and quiet resistance of the Acadian people and the Acadian figure who dedicated his life to securing the safety and well-being of his people. Told by a direct descendant of Pierre Belliveau, Bruce Murray, it is a story of suffering, courage, and hope.

Available: Smithville


Cover of Tempests and Slaughter Tempests and Slaughter
- by Tamora Pierce

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

Available: Smithville


Cover of A History of Canada in Ten Maps A History of Canada in Ten Maps
- by Adam Shoalts

Every map tells a story. And every map has a purpose--it invites us to go somewhere we've never been. It's an account of what we know, but also a trace of what we long for.

Ten Maps conjures the world as it appeared to those who were called upon to map it. What would the new world look like to wandering Vikings, who thought they had drifted into a land of mythical creatures, or Samuel de Champlain, who had no idea of the vastness of the landmass just beyond the treeline?

Adam Shoalts, one of Canada's foremost explorers, tells the stories behind these centuries old maps, and how they came to shape what became "Canada."

It's a story that will surprise readers, and reveal the Canada we never knew was hidden. It brings to life the characters and the bloody disputes that forged our history, by showing us what the world looked like before it entered the history books. Combining storytelling, cartography, geography, archaeology and of course history, this book shows us Canada in a way we've never seen it before.

Available: Smithville


Cover of Dictionary of Animal LanguagesPiau Dictionary of Animal Languages
- by Heidi Sopinka

Ivory Frame is a renowned artist. Now in her nineties, the famously reclusive painter remains devoted to her work. She has never married, never had a family, never had a child. So when a letter arrives disclosing that she has a granddaughter living in New York, her world is turned upside down and the past is brought painfully to life.

Disowned by her bourgeois family, the young Ivory had gone to interwar Paris to study art, and quickly found her true home among the avant-garde painters and poets who crowd the city's cafes. In fellow painter Tacita, she finds the sister she never had. In the Zoological Gardens, she finds a subject for her art capable of fascinating her endlessly. And in Lev, the brooding, haunted Russian émigré painter fleeing the Revolution and destined for greatness, she finds the love that will mark her life forever.

But she loses all this, and more, when the Second World War sweeps away the life she has only just discovered. In her grief, she turns to the project she had begun in Paris, and which will consume the rest of her life: a dictionary of animal languages. Part science, part art, the dictionary strives to transcribe the wordless yearning of animals, the lonely and love-laden cries that expect no response.

By nature solitary, Ivory withdraws fully into herself as she pursues her life's work. Until the discovery of one of Lev's paintings from 1940, inscribed to Ivory and now worth a fortune, brings to light a secret from her time in Paris that even Ivory could never guess. Now in her nineties, she is forced to acknowledge afresh all she has lost, and also to find meaning and beauty in a world defined by longing.

Available: Smithville


Cover of By Your Side By Your Side
- by Kasie West

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Available: Smithville

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