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MAGNOLIAS DON’T BLOOM IN SEPTEMBER
by Carol Lynn Luck
“Nothing will transform education if we fail to cherish and challenge the human heart – that is the source of good teaching.”
-Parker J. Palmer
Kenda, a naïve teacher from upstate New York, journeys to Mississippi in 1970 on a quest to change the world and escape an abusive fiancé.
When she starts working at a newly integrated junior high school, Kenda is greeted with a Confederate flag and a “Yankee Go Home” sign. She quickly learns that, even when equality becomes the law, culture prevails--a culture she knows little about. Her challenges go beyond the classroom. Her teacher’s salary isn’t enough to pay the rent, so she takes a second job moonlighting in a hospital lab.
Over time, Kenda learns the ways of the segregated South through friendships she creates in unlikely places. Kenda’s persistence sees her through challenges and even a lawsuit. Her new friends offer unexpected wisdom and understanding. She makes a difference in her students’ lives, and they change her.
Even though magnolias don’t bloom in September, they do blossom in their own season, just as Kenda and her students do.
A Lone Wolf by J.C. Fields
From the author of the highly acclaimed Sean Kruger Series comes a new adventure introducing ex-Marine sniper and retired CIA operator, Michael Wolfe, A LONE WOLF.
Somebody wants Wolfe, and his ex-Mossad girlfriend, Nadia Picard, dead. When an attempt to assassinate them in Barcelona, Spain goes awry, they manage to find their way back to Wolfe’s rustic property in remote southern Missouri unscathed.
Not one to hide from a threat, Wolfe aggressively starts using his training and skills to find out who tried to eliminate them in Barcelona, but more importantly – WHY?
Filled with well-crafted characters and the trademark twists and turns of a J.C. Fields novel, A Lone Wolfwill keep you reading and listening late into the night.
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Just Like You by Nichole Troupe
“Just Like You,” is about a young girl named “Tina” who has been diagnosed with Autism. She attends public school and has concerns about socializing with other children. She worries about how to communicate while remaining respected and appreciated.
One day when Tina arrives at school, she expects to find her best friend. She learns, however, that her friend is not going to be in school today. Tina will have to manage all day without her friend who aids her in getting through the school day. Tina is worried.
Through her inspirational teacher's plan of action, Tina learns that she can have "other" friends who will also accept her for the person she is at heart. She learns that she can make friends and relate to the people around her. They learn that having a disability does not shape the heart and mind of an individual.
It is a wonderfully illustrated book that encourages young children to seek out one another while understanding differences with empathy in order to build a better future.
The book is a charming and heartwarming story with a strong positive inclusive message for everyone.
Hallow’s Creek Road by Santina D’Angelo-Loppie
“People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can’t rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.” -James O’Barr
A young couple moves to rural Nova Scotia where their quaint country home is haunted by an unknown entity. They are stalked by a mysterious presence. Awakened in the middle of the night by startling events, sounds, dead crows and mysterious fires.
They enlist the help of Detective Joe Kelly of the Hallow’s Creek Police Department. Detective Kelly unwittingly gets entangled in their nightmare.
Who or what could be haunting them?
What costs will they endure to solve the mystery and finally end their terror?
Just Another Square Dance Caller: The Authorized Biography of Marshall Flippo by Larada Horner-Miller
Just Another Square Dance Caller is the biography of the life of the late Marshall "Flip" Flippo; a legend in the world of square dance callers. Those who knew him best recognize him as a humble man who never stopped insisting that he was “just another square dance caller” who had been lucky enough to turn his passion into an over six-decade career.
With chapter titles like these: Three More Ships & Baseball, Burma Shave Jingles, North and Then East, South, & Home for Christmas, Four Special "Once Mores," and Callers Flippo Called & Slept With, this slice-of-life book gives readers an entertaining look into a very special life and the long career of a man who gained his first big career break calling in a chicken coop. This story is truly a legacy to his body of work, humor, wisdom, and love of life.
ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE: Book 1- The Clouds of War by Michael Ross
The novel begins in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1859. After saving John Hunt Morgan from a puma attack, fifteen-year-old farm boy Will Crump joins Hunt’s militia, the Lexington Rifles. Morgan mentors Will and enrolls him in the local university, where he hopes to study law. As tensions rise between the North and South, Will is torn between his loyalty to Morgan and his love for his family. Will’s father, sisters, and sweetheart follow the Union, while Morgan and Will commit to the South. As part of Morgan’s band, Will participates in ambushes and unconventional warfare until his first real battle at Shiloh. He fights bravely, but increasingly questions what the war is accomplishing, and whether his devotion to honor has led him astray. And where is God in all this killing?
Will’s sister, Albinia, friend of the Clay family, becomes increasingly aware of the plight of the slaves. When she finds Luther, a slave she knows, trying to escape, she must decide between her conscience, and her friends. She becomes involved in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves to freedom – but will it cost her love and her freedom?
Will’s other sister, Julia, is approaching spinster status and despairs of ever meeting a man who can give her more than life on a farm until she meets Hiram Johannsen, a son of immigrants who owns a steamship company. They marry and she makes a new life in the North. When Hiram answers the call to fight for the North, Julia runs the steamboat company in her husband’s absence and uses her boats to help Albinia ferry escaped slaves to freedom. Her business relations put her in the perfect position to spy for the North. When the Confederates capture her, will she survive?
Luther is one of the first slaves Albinia helps flee the South after his master cruelly abuses his mother and sister. He escapes with his family, and when war breaks out, he fights for the North as an auxiliary of the Third Ohio Cavalry, alongside Julia’s husband, Hiram, and against Morgan and Will. Luther has to confront the demons of his past, an abusive master, and a slave catcher that kills his little sister. Will the desire for revenge destroy him?
Throughout the war, Will is forced to examine and question everything he believes in—his faith in God, his love for his family, his loyalty to Morgan, and his worth as a human being.
Will and his family must somehow mend the torn fabric of relationships to find peace and reach Across the Great Divide.