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No Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids

Graham cracker is the go-to medium for kid-friendly "gingerbread" building, but it's not the only one...

For a Voice and the Vote: My Journey with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

An account of the 1964 Freedom Summer from a former volunteer and later federal judge...

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

Highly recommended for public libraries. Fans of the original or of Candace Bushnell's books will be running after this in their stilettos.

Bloodfire Quest

Highly recommended for fantasy collections. ["Since the 1977 publication of The Sword of Shannara, the adventures of the people of the Four Lands have attracted a huge readership. The second volume of Brooks's new trilogy…continues the themes of love, duty, sacrifice, and transformation that have resonated with fantasy lovers. A strong backstory and vivid world make this a must-read for series fans," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Del Rey: Ballantine hc, LJ 12/12.—Ed.]

The Round House

The book is highly recommended for all collections. Read-a-likes include previous works by the author, some of which share characters with this work, or those by David Treuer, who also writes on Native American themes. ["Erdrich skillfully makes Joe's coming-of-age both universal and specific," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Harper hc, LJ 8/12.—Ed.]

Wards of Faerie

Story elements that have worked well for the author in the past continue to succeed here, even if they are a bit familiar. Strong pacing and good characters make this an enjoyable listen, and narrator Rosalyn Landor does a fine job. Recommended for fiction collections, especially those serving patrons who enjoy epic fantasy, Robert Jordan, and Anne McCaffrey. Fans of Brooks's previous work who will clamor for this one. ["In time for the 35th anniversary of The Sword of Shannara, Brooks opens up a new avenue for more tales of magic and epic adventure," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Del Rey: Ballantine hc, LJ 7/12.—Ed.]

The Lincoln Conspiracy

Recommended. ["O'Brien makes a notable fiction debut with an appealing detective hero and plenty of action. It gets off to a fast start and never stops. The ending is fuzzy but paves the way for a promised sequel," read the review of the Ballentine hc, LJ 9/1/12.—Ed.]

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

Recommended for fans of the period or of Grishamesque legal thrillers, particularly for those with an academic bent. ["Carter writes in the naturalistic school of Theodore Dreiser. His strength lies in capturing the subtle nuances of social interaction between blacks and whites…. Carter has many readers, and the topic will attract more," read the review of the Knopf hc, LJ 6/15/12.—Ed.]

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey

This one is so bad, it's hilarious. Highly recommended to those unable to blush but ready to laugh.

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