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Gathering Years by Robert Nicholson. 

The Civil War has ended, but Ellen Slater Reed now has to confront not only the loss of her husband in battle and the challenges of aging but also vast and disturbing changes in the country: the bitter struggle over Reconstruction, including the impeachment of the president; the rise of corporate megaliths; and, most upsetting, the corruption that seems to be seeping into every aspect of American life. In a voice at times reminiscent of Emily Dickinson’s, she records in her journal her attempts to overcome the harsh new realities through deep reflection and fostering the many sources of joy and meaning in her life, from quiet moments of beauty and revelation to a relationship that she forms with a younger officer in her husband’s regiment. In the end she finds reason to hope that more moral and humane values will ultimately prevail.

Sarah, Blake and Salt by Yvonne Werttemberger

A middle-grade action/adventure novel perfect for late summer reading. Sarah, Blake and Salt are off on the adventure of a lifetime when they find themselves trapped in a moving van with a couple of criminals on their way to Palm Springs, California. With no way to get back home, they end up in the Indian Canyons, up the tramway, and at the zoo, following the notorious and dangerous chemist whose plan is to turn the Salton Sea into glue.  Can they save themselves, the elderly couple they find on the trails, and the senior citizens trapped in a basement? This delightful story is coupled with delicious illustrations by Annabelle Yedinak. Available on Ingram and Amazon.

The Time Travelers -- Meet Some of the Women Who Paved the Way for Equal Rights in California by Steve and Susie Swatt and Jeff Raimundo

Students in Mrs. Johnson’s class travel via a time machine into the past to meet California women who fought for the right to vote, to own property, to serve in politics and to practice law. In groups of three, they research the women’s stories and arrive back in time to interview politicians, businesswomen, and activists, some famous and some they hope will be. They meet with former slaves, Asian- and Hispanic-Americans who made money in real estate, ran businesses, fought discrimination, and funded schools and churches to help black children and the poor. They learn about the women who fought for the right to practice law, attend law school, vote, and run for state and federal offices.  Available from Ingram and Amazon.

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Don't Print That! Giving Teens the Power of the Press by Donna Myrow 

From 1988 to 2013, teens in Los Angeles had a unique opportunity to publish their own stores in L.A. Youth, a newspaper by and about teens, distributed throughout Southern California. Taking on such issues as involuntary hospitalization of "troublesome" teens, police abuse, and homelessness; sharing experiences with racial discrimination, life on the streets, and incarceration; and reporting on news of the day, the teens learned first hand the power of the press and the responsibilities that come with free speech.It wasn't easy -- money was always short, workspace always cramped -- but for 25 years, L.A. Youth gave teens a rare public voice.

Long Live Rock by Leslie Baldacci

Lisette DuPre is a ballet teacher whose life and marriage have become as rigidly prescribed as the positions of her art. Soon to be an empty nester, she is going through the motions with just enough joy to tide her over, but not fill her up. Her passions have dimmed. Her husband has a huge secret. When their teenage daughter calls frLisette om the first-aid tent at a rock concert, Lisette comes face-to-face with rock icon Shane Stewart, singer for the Disgracefuls, a band that was the soundtrack of her youth. He has a wardrobe crisis. She has a sewing kit. The intimacy of the moment evokes a yearning Shane cannot name, but personifies in Lisette. Paperback.

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