People Like Us
In this sharp psychological thriller from debut author Mele, soccer captain Kay Donovan is caught up in a game of murder and revenge. She's at the center of a group of popular and gorgeous girls who rule the prestigious boarding school, Bates Academy. Kay and her classmates get more than they bargained for when they go to the lake after the Halloween dance and discover the body of a fellow student, Jessica Lane. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect including Kay. Soon she's at the center of the murder investigation and she'll have to solve the mystery before time runs out, her past is revealed, and her perfect life is lost forever.
Tess of the Road
Hartman (Seraphina, 2012) returns to the spellbinding world of the Southlands and introduces Seraphina's strong-willed half-sister Tess Dombegh. Tired of the oppressive limits imposed on women in the medieval kingdom of Goredd, Tess is determined to break all the rules. She speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and occasionally drinks too much. When a drunken Tess ruins her sister's wedding by punching the groom, her family decides to send her to a nunnery. But on the day she’s to enter the convent, Tess disguises herself as a boy and runs away from home. As she travels across Goredd, she runs afoul of robbers, poses as a priest and meets up with her childhood friend, a dragon who helps Tess find a way to make peace with her troubling past.
What the Night Sings
In Stamper’s debut 16-year-old Gerta Rausch is a Holocaust survivor who must come to terms with who she is and try to rebuild her shattered life. Before she was taken to Auschwitz, Gerta lived in Germany with her musician father and spent all of her time training in viola and opera. She only learned of her Jewish heritage when she and her father were forcibly removed to the camp in 1944. Although her father died in the gas chamber, Gerta was allowed to play in the camp orchestra which spared her life. After the British liberation, she was sent to a displaced persons camp where she met fellow survivor, Lev. Together they became part of the Zionist movement and traveled to Palestine where Gerta hoped to build a new life and return to the music she thought she'd lost forever.
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