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Fitzpatrick’s Hannah Smart takes to the high seas

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Hannah is a funny, slightly goofball heroine with good intentions who has a talent for doing and saying the wrong thing. Her endearing clumsiness will keep readers laughing and cheering her on.

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Barkhouse tells the story of young lighthouse keeper Sara

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This lively tale provides a realistic depiction of both the loneliness and isolation that the lighthouse keepers faced.

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Rayner’s Black Water Rising tackles environmental activism

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The book highlights the fact that there are often no easy answers and no clear-cut heroes and villains.

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Abigail’s Wish Creates a Stirring Historical Portrait

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Gloria Ann Wesley highlights the Birchtown colonists’ daily struggles to make ends meet as well as the strong sense of community that Abigail’s family and her neighbours shared.

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For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known – Your Companion on Love’s Gravel Road

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This stunning collection will absolutely affect you, and perhaps help you move on from some of the losses you have suffered, realizing with certainty that you are not alone.

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Kris Bertin delves deeply into our lives’ detritus

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The delicate balances we strike, the values or assumptions we base them on and the way any shift forces us to reevaluate.

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The Memento explores coming to terms with loss

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Conlin weaves together fascinating characters and excels at portraying knotted family ties.

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