The Kite Runner  Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashums. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart.

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - one of my favourite books.

The Lost Stories  Unconfirmed accounts of a group of Araluen warriors - tales of adventure, battle, and triumph over evil - have spread for centuries throughout the known world. Most notable is a clan shrouded in mystery, phantom warriors known as the Rangers.

'Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories' by John Flanagan ---- The secret history of the New York Times bestselling Ranger's Apprentice Unconfirmed accounts of a group of Araluen warriors - tales .

Going Over  In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall--Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West.

In the early Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall--Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with hi

The Impossible Knife of Memory  For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school.

The Impossible Knife of Memory / Laurie Halse Anderson: "Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a 'normal' life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives"-- Provided by publisher.

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden  This is the story of the seventh missile, the one that was never supposed to have existed. Nombeko Mayeki knows too much about it, and now she's on the run from both the South African justice system and the most terrifying secret service in the world. The fate of the planet now lies in Nombeko's hands.

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden Jonas Jonasson Book Finished

The Geography of You and Me  Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout.

Forever, Interrupted  Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid: sweet, smart novel about a brief but loving marriage - fantastic summer read.

For the Good of Mankind?: The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation  Take a harrowing journey through some of history's greatest medical advances—and its most horrifying medical atrocities. You'll read about orphans injected with lethal tuberculosis and concentration camp inmates tortured by Nazi doctors. You’ll also learn about radiation experimentation and present-day clinical trials that prove fatal.

Common Core Non-Fiction. For the Good of Mankind? The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein

From Mud to Music: Making and Enjoying Ceramic Musical Instruments

Barry Hall's book, From Mud to Music, is a terrific resource on the history and making of ceramic musical instruments.

Flame of Recca, Vol. 32  R to L (Japanese Style). At the heart of Heaven or Hell, the reborn Kôran Mori splits into two entities, each meaner and uglier than the other. Worse, Recca gets his first look at the kidnapped Yanagi, now stripped of her memories and in the thrall of Mori's mind control.

Flame of Recca, Vol. 32 (Flame of Recca,

The Goats  On the fifteenth anniversary of the publication of The Goats, Farrar, Straus and Giroux is proud to reissue a new paperback edition featuring Brock Cole’s original hardcover jacket art as well as the black-and-white pen-and-ink chapter openings.

Stripped and marooned on a small island by their fellow campers, a boy and a girl form an uneasy bond that grows into a deep friendship when they decide to run away and disappear without a trace.

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night       Nineteen years old, free of prospects, and inescapably famous, the twins Nicholas and Nouschka Tremblay are trying to outrun the notoriety of their father, a French-Canadian Serge Gainsbourg with a genius for the absurd and for winding up in prison. “Back in the day, he could come home from a show with a paper bag filled with women’s underwear. Outside of Québec nobody had even heard of him, naturally. Québec needed stars badly.”

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill (June In this beautifully written coming-of-age tale, one twin of a famous father seeks a life beyond tabloid-worthy family activities.

A Girl Called Problem  Thirteen-year-old Shida, whose name means “problem” in Swahili, certainly has a lot of problems in her life — her father is dead, her depressed mother is rumored to be a witch, and everyone in her rural Tanzanian village expects her to marry rather than pursue her dream of becoming a healer. So when the village’s elders make a controversial decision to move their people to a nearby village, Shida welcomes the change.

"A Girl Called Problem" - Katie Quirk : Eerdmans

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