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 The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
 "Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better." - Goodreads
http://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Life-Henrietta-Lacks/dp/1400052181/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463398583&sr=1-1&keywords=the+immortal+life+of+henrietta+lacks

 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
"Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from cervical cancer. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells were taken without her knowledge and still live decades after her death. Cells descended from her may weigh more than 50M metric tons. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave. The journey starts in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s, her small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia — wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo. " - Goodreads
http://www.amazon.com/Voices-Attic-Williamstown-Boys-Civil/dp/0996843000/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463399335&sr=1-1&keywords=voices+from+the+attic
 Voices From the Attic by Carleton Young
"Imagine clearing out your family attic and discovering hundreds of letters written during the Civil War. Faced with that situation, and not knowing why his family had the letters, the author uses the resources of Ancestry.com and other sources to discover how two Vermont soldiers fit into his family heritage. Using excerpts from their letters, which are filled with in-depth accounts of battles and army life, he weaves together their dramatic war-time narrative into the context of the war and adds in additional information about the friends and relatives who fought by their side. Voices From the Attic is the story of two brothers who witnessed and helped to make history by fighting in the Peninsula Campaign, then at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek. They preserved that history through their surprisingly detailed and insightful letters. Now rediscovered after one and a half centuries, their letters offer a valuable source of information as seen through the eyes of two soldiers as they fought in America’s great Civil War." - Goodreads
https://www.amazon.com/Other-Einstein-Novel-Marie-Benedict/dp/1492637254/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470216727&sr=1-1&keywords=the+other+einstein
 The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict  a.k.a. Heather Terrell
"A vivid and mesmerizing novel about the extraordinary woman who married and worked with one of the greatest scientists in history. What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? His first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Marić, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century. In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich. There, she falls for charismatic fellow student Albert Einstein, who promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, so too does Mileva’s worry that her light will be lost in her husband’s shadow forever." - Goodreads  



http://www.amazon.com/Stranger-Albert-Camus/dp/0679720200/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463399495&sr=1-1&keywords=the+stranger+by+albert+camus
 The Stranger by Albert Camus
"Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in English in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward." - Goodreads

Middle School Division
http://www.amazon.com/Allison-Investigates-Taylor-Joseph/dp/0981589413/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463400251&sr=1-1&keywords=Allison+investigates
 Allison Investigates by Taylor Joseph
 "Allison Martin has two big problems: she has an overactive imagination, and she can't stay out of other people's business. Her lifelong goal is to become a detective, and when her neighbor's car is stolen, she seizes the moment. After snooping around, Allison and her friends discover a simple clue that the police overlook. Suddenly they are thrust into the intriguing, close-knit skateboarder subculture that could hold the key to their mystery. Before they know it, they find themselves neck deep in a group of car thieves connected to organized crime. With nowhere to turn, they are forced to make a tough decision to stand up to the car thieves and jeopardize their families' safety or to look the other way and give up Alison's longtime dream. Allison Investigates is a fast-paced adventure that takes the reader deep into the urban underworld as Allison and her friends make the jump from teens to young adults in the most memorable summer of their lives." - Goodreads
http://www.amazon.com/Cinder-Book-One-Lunar-Chronicles/dp/1250007208/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463400475&sr=1-1&keywords=cinder

 Cinder by Marissa Meyer
"Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future." - Goodreads
http://www.amazon.com/Boys-Who-Challenged-Hitler-Nonfiction/dp/0374300224/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463400676&sr=1-1&keywords=the+boys+who+challenged+hitler
 The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose
"At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys' exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phil Hoose's inspiring story of these young war heroes." - Goodreads
http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Zombies-Classic-Ultraviolent/dp/1594743347/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463400903&sr=1-1&keywords=pride+and+prejudice+and+zombies
 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 
by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
"“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read." - Goodreads
https://www.amazon.com/Other-Einstein-Novel-Marie-Benedict/dp/1492637254/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470216727&sr=1-1&keywords=the+other+einstein
 The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict a.k.a. Heather Terrell
"A vivid and mesmerizing novel about the extraordinary woman who married and worked with one of the greatest scientists in history. What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? His first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Marić, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century. In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich. There, she falls for charismatic fellow student Albert Einstein, who promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, so too does Mileva’s worry that her light will be lost in her husband’s shadow forever." - Goodreads










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