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    The Last Bloodcarver

    The city-state of Theumas is a gleaming metropolis of advanced technology and innovation where the use of automatons is commonplace and modern medicine is seemingly developing at a rapid rate. However...

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    Blood Magic in YA Literature by Asian American Authors

    In Vanessa Le's debut YA novel The Last Bloodcarver, her heroine, Nhika, is the titular protagonist: a person with the power to alter anatomy with a single touch, able to travel through a body's ...

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    Say Hello to My Little Friend

    Twenty-year-old Ismael Reyes is making a living in Miami as an impersonator of the rapper/singer Pitbull when he receives a cease-and-desist letter from the entertainer's lawyers. In search of a new ...

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    Elián González

    In Say Hello to My Little Friend, main character Izzy Reyes traveled by raft from Cuba to the United States in 2003 at age seven with his mother, who drowned during the trip. It is mentioned in ...

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    The Painter's Daughters

    Peggy and Molly Gainsborough are sisters and best friends, living an idyllic life in 18th-century Ipswich where they explore the countryside with their artist father. But Molly isn't well—she ...

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    Thomas Gainsborough

    Emily Howes' enthralling debut novel, The Painter's Daughters, features a fictionalized version of the lives of Molly and Peggy Gainsborough. Their father, Thomas Gainsborough, was one of the most ...

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    Beverly Hills Spy

    When it comes to espionage, not only is truth stranger than fiction, sometimes it can be downright unbelievable. Ronald Drabkin's exceptionally entertaining account of World War I hero Frederick ...

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    From Stagecraft to Spy Craft: Celebrity Spies

    The history of celebrities dabbling in espionage is a fascinating one. As Ronald Drabkin illustrates in Beverly Hills Spy, famous people often have opportunities to gather intelligence from high-value...

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    Leaving

    Roxana Robinson is the author of many previous books, including the novels Dawson's Fall, Sparta and Cost. BookBrowse's First Impressions reviewers were impressed with Leaving, giving it an overall ...

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    Puccini's Opera Tosca

    Roxana Robinson's novel Leaving begins with the protagonists meeting at the Metropolitan Opera House during a production of Tosca. This opera is a tragedy, set in Rome in 1800, during the ...

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    A Love Song for Ricki Wilde

    Ricki Wilde, heiress to a national funeral home chain, has never fit in with her picture perfect family. Her parents and three sisters are high achievers who blend effortlessly into the social scene ...

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    The Harlem Renaissance

    Tia Williams' novel A Love Song for Ricki Wilde contains flashbacks to the Harlem Renaissance, considered a golden age for Black culture and art in the United States. This movement, centered in ...

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