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The Second Chair

Lescroart, John
Hardy helps Amy Wu when she defends a teen accused of shooting his girlfriend and drama teacher. Boy, they sure drink a lot in these books!

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1/2010

The Vig

Lescroart, John
A friend of Hardy has disappeared, leaving a bloody trail, and a dead woman is left behind. Hardy and Abe end up in Mexico chasing down the killer. Hardy sleeps with Fran for the first time, while he and Jane make the final break in their ex-marriage. Abe is still married to Flo.

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1/2010

Treasure Hunt

Lescroart, John
Micky is talked into helping the beautiful Alicia, and in turns talks Wyatt Hunt into helping her too, when she is eventually accused of murdering her boss, who is a big-deal social services charity honcho. No Dismas Hardy in this one.

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He always kept a sleeping bag in his used Camaro's trunk anyway (pg. 1) If you drove, it's used, I think.

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There is no work, if done in the proper spirit, to which honor cannot accrue (pg. 63)

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9/2010

Ella Enchanted

Levine, Gail Carson
She was given the "gift" of obediance by a fairy when she was born and it causes no end of trouble. Turns into a Cinderella story near the end. Very enjoyable story.

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11/2000

Fairest

Levine, Gail Carson
Kind of a Snow White story, set in the Ella Enchanted world. Aza accompanies a duchess to see the king married, ends up in a mirror, but escapes and marries a prince. Hope I didn't spoil it for ya! Since the kingdom is a singing kingdom, there are lots of song lyrics.

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1/2007

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had

Levine, Kristin
Small-town Southern boy makes friends (eventually) with a new girl in town, a "negra", in 1917. The "n-word" is used a number of times, and I'm not talking about "negra", and it seemed out of place in a middle school level story, but it's essential to getting a feeling of the time and place. I really liked the story, and even wept a bit near the end.

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11/2014

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"You know, Dit," he said in a quiet voice, "when my wife died, I was real angry. Angry at the ol' doctor who wouldn't come because I didn't have no money. Angry at God for taking her away."
Jim paused to make sure I was listening.

"But after a while I thought of something worse than losing my wife."
"What?" I asked.
"If I'd never met her at all." -- Pg. 252

Last battle

Lewis, C. S.
End of Narnia. Or is it?

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11/2005

Prince Caspian

Lewis, C. S.
Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Edmund are called back to Narnia to help the boy prince Caspian.

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11/2005

The horse and his boy

Lewis, C. S.
A horse, and a boy, travel to Narnia. Very good, of course, have read this at least 3 times.

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10/2005

The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe

Lewis, C. S.
Read this for the first time when I was an intern at the Christ Lutheran School library. Wonderful, of course.

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10/2005

The magician's nephew

Lewis, C. S.
Polly and Digory go to Narnia.

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11/2005

The silver chair

Lewis, C. S.
Eustace and Jill go to Narnia to rescue Prince Rilian.

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11/2005

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Lewis, C. S.
All the kids plus Eustace sail to the end of the world. Read again.

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11/2005

Secrets, Lies & Algebra

Lichtman, Wendy
Tess is thirteen and loves math. She uses mathematics to try to understand relationships.
I enjoyed the story, but I thought the suicide/suspected murder might be a bit morbid, but it is nicely concluded in a meaningful way.

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5/2013

Facing The Lion

Liebster, Simone Arnold
Memoirs of a young girl in Nazi Europe. Simone is a Jehovah's Witness and this story tells of her (and her family's) persecution. Maps, appendices, indes. Interesting story. She certainly was a devote little girl!

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6/2002

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Lindsay, Jeff
The first Dexter book. Someone is murdering prostitutes in a flamboyant manner. Dexter admires his technique.

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6/2009

Dexter In The Dark

Lindsay, Jeff
This is my first Dexter book, the third in the series, I think. Probably not the best place to start. Dexter is getting married, with children. If Moloch is a real being, wouldn't the Christian god be a real being too?

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1/2009

Dexter Is Delicious

Lindsay, Jeff
Dexter runs afoul of some cannibals. Rather gruesome!

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5/2012

Black Duck

Lisle, Janet Taylor
Exciting adventures of a Rhode Island boy during Prohibition, as told by an old man to a budding teen journalist. Very good!

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12/2009

The Healing Spell

Little, Kimberley Griffiths
Livie's mother is in a coma. No one else knows that it is Livie's fault. Enjoyable little story, but not sure of the ending. Finished painting? Really? Oh, and how does a 22 turn into a shotgun? Just quibbles, mind you, I liked the story. UPDATE: A correspondence with the author clears up the confusion I had. There is a shot ammunition for the 22.

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11/2012
20 books displayed
[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- Henry] [Hepler- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hobb] [Hobb- Horowitz] [Horowitz- Hyman] [Ibbotson- Jocelyn] [Johansen- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Kelley] [Kellog- Kienzle] [King- Klise] [Klise- Krueger] [Kurland- Larsson] [Lasky- Lee] [Lee- Lescroart] [Lescroart- Little] [Little- Lowry] [Lu- Macleod] [Macleod- Marcinko] [Marcinko- Mass] [Mass- McBain] [McBain- McCrumb] [McCrumb- McNab] [McNally- Mikaelsen] [Miles- Moore] [Moore- Mullane] [Muller- Nimmo] [Nimmo- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Brian] [O'Brien- Owens] [Palacio- Park] [Park- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Peck] [Peck- Pfeffer] [Pfeffer- Posey] [Powell- Prager] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pynchon] [Pynchon- Reeves] [Rehder- Riordan] [Riordan- Rose] [Rose- Russell] [Russell- Savage] [Savin- Schmatz] [Schmidt- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Setterfield] [Shaffer- Shute] [Sijie- Smith] [Smith- Spinelli] [Spinelli- Steinberg] [Steinhauer- Stross] [Stross- Swee] [Sweeney- Tepper] [Thompson- Turtledove] [Turtledove- Van Draanen] [Van Draanen- Veglahn] [Villasenor- Webster] [Weeks- Westlake] [Westlake- Wiles] [Wiles- Woodring] [Woodruff- Zevin] [Zimmerman- Zusak] 

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