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The Seventh Cousin

Laughlin, Florence
The Carter family moves to Nebraska. They find a new home in an old house. A house with a mysterious "heiress" living in the attic apartment. Pretty good little mystery, a couple of references to Mercy Hospital in San Diego. A Weekly Reader Children's Book Club edition.

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6/2009

Going To Pot

Laurimore, Jill
Funny story about gentle folks in Britain trying to sell the family collection of mugs.

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3/2001

B For Buster

Lawrence, Iain
A young boy lies about his age and enlists in the air force during World War II. Extremely great story, I learned a lot about the Halifax bomber, flight operations, and the pigeons used for emergency communication. I had to make a list of the seven crew members as I couldn't remember who was which. PET PEEVE: If you are going to include a glossary at the back of the book kindly mention it in the front of the book!!

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6/2011

Ghost Boy

Lawrence, Iain
A teen with albinism runs away and joins a small circus in post-war United States. The author cites Toby Tyler as an influence, in fact says he had to rewrite the story because there was too much Toby in it! The first hundred pages were not all that great, for me, but in the last hundred the story started pulling me in, and it was very moving.

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6/2011

Lord Of The Nutcracker Men

Lawrence, Iain
During the first World War Johnny is sent to live with his aunt in Cliffe, a relatively safer place than London. He plays with the toy soldiers his father gave him. His father (a toymaker) carves new ones and sends them from the front. Johnny comes to think that he is controlling the war with his toy soldiers, and fears for his father's safety. A really good book!

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6/2011

The Buccaneers

Lawrence, Iain
John Spencer sails for the West Indies on the Dragon in this last of the series. Great little sea stories all!

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6/2011

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

Lawrence, Iain
Squid, with her daughter, returns to the island where she and her dead brother were raised.

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6/2011

The Smugglers

Lawrence, Iain
John sails on his father's new ship, but encounters smugglers in the crew!

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6/2011

The Wreckers

Lawrence, Iain
John is cast ashore when the sailing ship he and his father are on is lured to wreck by evildoers on the shore.

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6/2011

California Babylon

Lawson, Kristan and Anneli Rufus
Guidebook to interesting, wierd, and possibly disturbing places in the Golden State.

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5/2001

Ancillary Justice

Leckie, Ann
Breq, formerly a starship, is on a quest. Good story, will read the sequels. I am still confused about who is male and who is female. Or maybe it doesn't matter.

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2/2015

Ancillary Sword

Leckie, Ann
The second book in the series. I'm still confused by the lack of gender references, but the story is good. Story got a bit dusty at the end.

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4/2015

Provenance

Leckie, Ann
A complicated tale of political machinations that takes place in the Ancillary universe. It starts out with Ingray trying to retrieve a thief from a prison planet to help her in a plot to impress her mother, but things rapidly go awry.

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"Well," observed Ingray, with a small hiccup, " but I didn't get any sea worms."

"Not everyone can be as lucky as I am," Tic agreed. (pg. 429)

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12/2017

The Raven Tower

Leckie, Ann
I don't know if this is gonna be a series, if so, it is the first one volume. Anyway, the narrator is a big rock, recounting the adventures of Eolo, who is aide to Lord Marat. I like it a lot, I'd read the next no problemo.

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"I'll have to kill them both, then," she said, her voice slightly exasperated, as though she had just been presented with a minor, unexpected chore. -- pg. 338

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4/2019

Cat Found

Lee, Ingrid
An abandoned cat is rescued by a boy. Rather disturbing in parts, all is resolved happily.

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11/2011

Pachinko

Lee, Min Jin
Before World War II a Korean girl comes to live in Japan and raises her children there. Very good book.

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7/2018

Ninefox Gambit

Lee, Yoon Ha
I really did not enjoy reading this book until the second half or so. And it really is a "...fun if high-body-count story involving a long game of cat-and-mouse between two very different personalities. "(Yoon Ha Lee in The Book Smugglers blog Posted on June 16, 2016)

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5/2019

Raven Stratagem

Lee, Yoon Ha
Book two in the trilogy.

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5/2019

Revenant Gun

Lee, Yoon Ha
Book three. I think it is more accessible than the previous two books, certainly the first! A bit more humor it has, too.

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"It's different from the dramas," Hemiola said dolefully. "At least then the music tells you when the bad guys are about to sneak up on you."

"In the dramas, we'd be the bad guys," 1491625 pointed out.

"Not helping,"Cheris said. --pg.328

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6/2019

Di And I

Lefcourt, Peter
A writer of scripts has an affair with Princess Diana. Some charactors continue from "The Deal".

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Rivera was sitting in one of the Edwardian armchairs, his feet up on the table, smoking. I asked him his advice. "Go and take," he said. "You think I can?" "Sure. She's beautiful. She will drive you crazy. What can you do?"

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"What are we supposed to do, Rivera?" "Suffer." --pg. 48.

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4/2003
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[Abadzis- Alcott] [Alcott- Anderson] [Andreae- Atkinson] [Atkinson- Ballard] [Balliett- Barnard] [Barnard- Barnhill] [Barr- Barr] [Barrows- Bear] [Bear- Beaton] [Beaton- Beattie] [Beattie, editor- Black] [Black- Block] [Block- Borchert] [Bosch- Brennert] [Brillant- Bryson] [Bryson- Bujold] [Bujold- Card] [Card- Card] [Card- Chabon] [Chabon- Clancy] [Clancy- Coakley] [Coben- Cole] [Cole- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Cook] [Cook- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crumley] [Crumley- Cussler] [Cussler- David] [Davidson- Dickinson] [Dickinson- Dorsey] [Dorsey- Duane] [Duble- Elkins] [Elkins- Evanovich] [Evanovich- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Ford] [Forester- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Gaiman] [Gaiman- Gash] [Gash- Goldberg] [Goldberg- Grafton] [Grafton- Gratz] [Graves- Grennan] [Griffin- Grisham] [Grisham- Haldeman] [Haldeman- Hall] [Hallinan- Harte] [Hartwell- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heller] [Heller- Herbert] [Herman- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hobb] [Hobb- Horowitz] [Horton- Ibbotson] [Ibbotson- John, and Travis S. Taylor] [Johnson- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Kellog] [Kellog- King] [King- Klise] [Knight- Kurson] [Kushner- latham] [Laughlin- Lefcourt] [Lefcourt- Lescroart] [Lescroart- Lobel] [Lockhart- Lubar] [Luttrell- MacPherson] [MacPherson- Marcinko] [Marsden- Mass] [Mass- McBain] [McBain- McCrumb] [McCrumb- McSwigan] [Meader- Millard] [Miller- Moore] [Moore- Mulligan] [Murphy- Nimmo] [Nimmo- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Brien] [O'Brien- Paolini] [Paolini- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Peck] [Peck- Pfeffer] [Phelan- Powell] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Queenan] [Rankin- Rehder] [Resnick- Roach] [Roanhorse- Rose] [Rosoff- Russell] [Russell- Sawyer] [Scalzi- Schmidt] [Schmidt- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Shames] [Shames- Silverberg] [Silverberg- Smith] [Smith- Spinelli] [Spinelli- Stephens] [Stephenson- Stross] [Stross- Tapply] [Tapply- Thorp] [Thurber- Turtledove] [Turtledove- Van Draanen] [Van Draanen- Waldman] [Waldman- Wells] [Werlin- Westlake] [Westlake- Williams-Garcia] [Winchester- Woods] [Wouk- Zusak] 

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