All Staff Picks

A Thousand Days in Venice
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When Fernando spots Marlena across the Piazza San Marco, it is love at first sight. A year later he manages to meet her and convince the American chef to marry him and move to Venice. Romance and great recipes.
Paper Made!
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What can you make from paper or an old book? This book is full of ideas that will inspire you!
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
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In Moundville, Alabama, in 1917, twelve-year-old Dit hopes the new postmaster will have a son his age, but instead he meets Emma, who is black, and their friendship challenges accepted ways of thinking and leads them to save the life of a condemned man.
Bernie
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A brilliant and quirky story of a likeable Texas mortician who befriends a widow that no one can stand, then murders her and manages to hide the crime for months! With Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine.
May Bird
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Three years after her return from the Ever After, May Bird, now thirteen, draws her scattered friends--Pumpkin, Fabbio, Beatrice, and Lucius--out of hiding to take a final stand against Evil Bo Cleevil, as May herself makes ready to live up to the prophecy that placed the fate of the Ever After, and her own world, in her hands.
Flowers for Algernon
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Charlie Gordon, a youth with limited mental capabilities, along with a laboratory rat named Algernon become the joint objects of a scientific alteration to see if Charlie can become "normal."
Argo
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An edge of your seat thriller based on the real-life rescue of 6 American diplomats from Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck.
A Painted House
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Using his own childhood for inspiration (and leaving the lawyers behind), bestselling author John Grisham sets A Painted House in 1950s rural Arkansas. During harvest time, together with hired Mexicans and hill people, seven-year-old Luke Chandler picks cotton on his family's rented 80 acres.
Room
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Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed.
Fish
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A subtle and sophisticated exploration of life, the strength of humanity, and survival in an unforgiving world, Fish is a story that will teach those who doubt that, when hope is almost extinguished, miracles can happen.
The Alchemist
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A fable about undauntingly following one's dreams, listening to one's heart, and reading life's omens features dialogue between a boy and an unnamed being.
The Giver
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Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Ruby Holler
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Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler.
Girl With A Pearl Earring
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Girl with a pearl earring tells the story of Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl, who becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts Vermeer's attention.
The Candy Shop War
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When fifth-graders Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon meet the owner of the new candy store in town and are given a magical candy that endows them with super powers, they find that along with its benefits there are also dangerous consequences.
Hunger Games
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Excitement, great characters, surprising plot twists. You won't be able to put it down!
One Second After
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One man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war based upon an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon that will send America back to the Dark Ages.
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Gritty and fast-paced, this TV series covers the detectives as they investigate crime scenes.

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