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"James Thibeault's The Deacon's Folly is a bleak but strangely engaging Brothers Grimm sort of fable, tottering precariously between both the reality and the dream-memory of young Devon, the story's hero. Devon is trapped in the terrifying landscape of his own uncertain perceptions and the cruel distortions imposed on him by those who should have been his caretakers. But once nudged to it by the story's obese and hapless Deacon, Devon enters onto a violent quest for the truth. He pursues that quest relentlessly, seeking both what is monstrously real and what might just possibly yield some small measure of hope and love...if he doesn't destroy it himself along the way."—Fr. Barry Bercier, Assumption College

When a backwoods town has a barbecue, it's to mock a teenage boy who nailed himself to a tree house. While Devon’s not the brightest bulb and has no recollection of his childhood, he’s a kind soul who seems friendly enough. Still, the whole town despises him. Only the new deacon in town takes sympathy towards the boy and is determined to discover Devon’s forgotten past, and the reason why it is never discussed.

Everything about Devon’s life is a mystery, from the whereabouts of his parents to Devon’s own memories. In the town, he is treated more like an animal than a person. Forced to live outside, Devon is looked after by his alcoholic guardian, Mr. Audette. Besides the deacon, the only person who takes pity on Devon is Mr. Audette’s daughter, Caroline, who has been running the household since her mother died years ago. Despite Caroline and Devon living next to each other, Mr. Audette forbids Caroline from socializing with him.

Few want to be near Devon. He spends most of his time alone and talking to the moon. At night, he suffers from dreams of people screaming. He doesn’t understand what it means, but tries to ignore it as best he can. For years, all Devon has done is block the torments in his head, the mockery from the town, and even his own memories. The deacon is convinced it’s time to know the truth.

At its core this book is about a young man who is forced by an entire town to come to terms with his disability and his efforts to learn to live in a community of individuals of lesser humanity than himself.

Deacon's Folly
T.J. Roberts
It’s not easy being eleven.

It’s not easy being the new kid, in a new town, especially in a house with so many strange memories.

When you’re different, when you see things that other people don’t see, what do you do? When you have no friends and everyone thinks you’re weird, who can you tell?

Iris uncovers her own strange past and learns that anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

Come with Iris and find yourself in the magical world of Fairalon.

Fairalon explores themes of trust, loneliness, friendship, and self-reliance with a sprinkle of budding romance.

Fairalon is a MG/YA fantasy novel with 30 full color illustrations.
Fairalon
Beverly S. McClure
A paper found. A secret revealed. A girl's life changed forever. Myra Gibson's life is a lie. For sixteen years her parents have kept their secret, but the adoption paper she discovers while cleaning the summerhouse tells the truth. As the past and present collide, Myra finally stands up for herself and begins a journey she may regret.
Life On Hold
Stormy Sweitzer
When her mother dies unexpectedly, fifteen-year-old Sierra Rouge travels to South Africa, a country she's never been to, to live with her celebrity chef father, a man she barely knows.
During a boat tour, she learns from local activists that dead sharks are washing up on the shore without their fins.
Sierra decides to take matters into her own hands to find the people responsible. In her efforts to bring down the shark finning operation, the past sneaks up on her and she discovers that there may be more to her mother's death--and life--than she realized.
A fast-paced adventure novel rooted in a real-life environmental challenge, The Drowning Shark is the story of one girl's quest to discover answers, find a new sense of normal, and do good in the world.
∆   ∆   ∆Here's What Amazon Readers Are Saying About The Drowning Shark"An international young adult adventure with a social conscience.""Well-paced Jane-Bondesque environmental spy thriller featuring a young teen girl.""The Drowning Shark is so full of vivid action packed events, all I can say is buckle up and hold on tight for the ride.""This book is a page turner... like one might expect from a young teenage Jane Bond - exotic locations and international villains included.""Sophisticated young adult fiction with a steady pace.""Well written and difficult to put down, there was intrigue and humor incorporated into a plot that educates the reader of pressing and compelling social and environmental issues today."Who the book is for:"A great book to give kids ages 9-14, as an engaging read with an important message.""While targeted to young adults (middle school), the reading level and plot of this book will also appeal to upper elementary students.""Highly recommended for tweens who like spy-novels and aren't squeamish.""The vivid descriptions of the various venues in South Africa, the well-defined characters, and the intelligent writing style, make this an enjoyable read for teenagers and adults alike.""If you love Alex Rider, the Young James Bond or the Cherub series then this book is for you. In fact the refreshing international setting, plucky lead character and tackling of environmental issues made it better than those in my opinion."Sierra Rouge is:"a great, fearless sleuth with a heart for doing what is right, even if it means taking risks.""a very positive, female role model for boys and girls alike.""Nancy Drew for Current Times""spunky, independent, smart, witty, and strong. She sets a good example to others on how they too can make a difference in their own community.""If you are looking for a strong female protagonist, well-traveled and culturally savvy, Sierra is your girl!"The Drowning Shark Addresses Social and Environmental Challenges"What I enjoyed most about this book was the underlying problem of shark finning and the many different reactions to it. There were a vast amount of characters in the story that reacted differently to this problem.""If you're a teacher, this would be a great book to read as a class or book club-especially during Shark Week! It's sure to spark some great conversations between adults and young readers on how we all can help make this planet better.""The storyline forces the reader to think about how we act upon social challenges that are presented to us. Do we dive in and force change or do we sit back and wait for the challenge to work itself out?""Teen reader(s), and in some cases even pre-teens, will readily identify with the desire to stand for something larger than Self -- in this book, a remarkable read about the plight of sharks." When her mother dies unexpectedly, fifteen-year-old Sierra Rouge travels to South Africa, a country she's never been to, to live with her celebrity chef father, a man she barely knows.   During a boat tour, she learns from local activists that dead sharks are washing up on the shore without their fins.   Sierra decides to take matters into her own hands to find the people responsible. In her efforts to bring down the shark finning operation, the past sneaks up on her and she discovers that there may be more to her mother's death--and life--than she realized.   A fast-paced adventure novel rooted in a real-life environmental challenge, The Drowning Shark is the story of one girl's quest to discover answers, find a new sense of normal, and do good in the world.    
The Drowning Shark
Rebecca J. Hubbard
All eleven-year old Pip wanted was a best friend. When Pip gets a horse for her birthday she is delighted. She thinks that the horse she names Buck will be her best friend from the moment that they meet. But she finds out that friendship does not come that easily. Her father gently guides her so that Pip can discover for herself how to make Buck a true friend. Pip's new friend, Buck, has a story of his own. After leaving his own herd, to move to Pip's house, he is looking for a relationship that will help him feel safe. He, too, learns that making a friend takes patience and understanding.
The Gift
Marissa Shrock
How far would you go in the fight for your country’s freedom when it’s crumbling from within? In the near future, all seventeen-year-old Vivica Wilkins wants is a normal life. Time with her boyfriend, her computer, sports. But after becoming a fugitive, the only place she’ll be safe is among the enemies of the government. She has no choice but to join the Emancipation Warriors, the only hope for the United Regions of North America to return to the country it once was. When her mother is taken as a political prisoner and slated for execution, the Emancipation Warriors change Vivica’s appearance, identity—everything. With her vaunted computer hacking skills, she’s able to infiltrate the government with a job that gives the Warriors a foothold in their fight for freedom and the chance to save her mother. But soon Vivica is discovered, and her only chance of escape is to become allies with one of her greatest enemies. Together they must follow the government’s trail of evil to its highest levels, where they learn not only the future of their country is at stake, but the entire world. From the cities of the United Regions of North America to the high-tech corridors of Asia, The Liberation is an international thriller with an all-too-possible scenario that will grab you by the throat and refuse to let go.
The Liberation
Beth Fehlbaum

Truth in the past.



Truth in reality.



Truth for tomorrow.



Finally adjusting to life in small town Texas, Ashley Asher sees a glimmer of what happiness really is.  Even her new relationship with the attentive Joshua Brandt shows promise of a first romance.  But Ashley's fear of intimacy after years of unspeakable abuse may cause friction and distance in their relationship.  



Determined to prove to her that she's healing, Dr. Matt, her beloved therapist, shows her that "life is messy."  And he doesn't know how messy it is about to get. When her mother decides that Ashley belongs back in their hometown with her, Ashley is forced into another family feud that she isn't prepared for.  Refusing to leave behind the new life she created in Texas, Ashley and her mother go head-to-head.  But can Ashley finally find the courage and strength to battle her demons when her mother might be the biggest demon of all?  

Truth in Patience: Book 3 in The Patience Trilogy
Beverly S. McClure
No Love in the Garden of Eden...

Eden Rose has learned to deal with her mother’s criticism that she can do nothing right. What she can’t deal with are the arguments between her parents. To escape their angry words, she finds refuge in an old abandoned house. She always returns home, hoping her mother will love her one day, even though Eden’s not sure what the word love means.

Three other teens with problems also hang out at the Old House. Meeting Murphy, Toby, and Josh changes Eden’s world, and she begins to have faith in herself. Perhaps she can do something right, after all.

Thanks to the boys, she begins to understand the meaning of love. But will it be enough to save her broken home life?
Under a Purple Moon

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