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Amy joins the Saturn staff as our events coordinator. She's great with the kids' books and enjoys historical fiction and mysteries. Come say 'hi' - soon you'll feel like old friends. 

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Wicked River Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492658993
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 1st, 2018

This is a story about passion, betrayal, and suspense which builds with every page.

Doug and Natalie Larson embark on their honeymoon, a canoe trip through the Adirondacks’ six million acres of wilderness. Everything is going along just fine until Doug loses his GPS unit, causing the couple to lose not only their way but also their supplies. When Doug and Natalie fail to return to New York City the following week, Natalie’s 13-year-old niece, Mia, sounds the alarm, but what she and the search party don’t know is that a lonely psychopath has already found the Larsons and has his own plans for them. He will do everything in his power to make sure they never walk out of the wilderness again. Six million acres makes it easy for the wicked to hide, and even easier for someone to go missing for good.

The characters jumped off the page and drew me in. I could not put the book down.

Wicked River is a whirlwind of action and there is a little something for everyone. Adventure, mystery, and even romance. Enjoy!


Surprise Me Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399592881
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Published: Dial Press - February 13th, 2018

Be ready to be entertained. This is a delightful novel and the cast will charm you in a heartbeat. Fans and new readers alike will have a great time with Sylvie and Dan as they navigate the ups and downs of married life. Sylvie attempts to spice up her marriage and in the process, uncovers some secrets.

Sylvie has always thought she and Dan had a blissfully perfect marriage. They’ve been together for 10 years, have twin girls, and know each other so well that they can complete each other’s sentences. Other than the small fact that Dan resents her recently deceased but beloved father, they’re happy. But then, on the 10th anniversary of the day they met, a doctor tells them that they’re in such good health, they could live to be married for another 68 years. This good news throws Sylvie and Dan into a panic, and they start to worry that the next 68 years could be filled with nothing but crossword puzzles, TV, and tedium. Because of this, Sylvie starts Project Surprise Me—she and Dan will arrange little surprises for each other in hopes of keeping the next 68 years “sparky.” But as her neighbor Tilda warns her, “Surprises have a bad habit of going wrong.” Although their surprises just seem laughably bad at first, soon things start to go so awry that Sylvie must ask herself some questions. Who is Dan texting all the time? Why is he so irritable? Why, exactly, does he resent her father? And then there’s her biggest question: Dan couldn’t possibly be having an affair…could he? Sylvie is a warm and lovably quirky heroine, and reading about her escapades is great fun.

This is a fast-moving and entertaining story with well-rounded and endearing characters. It is a hilarious look at marriage and the power of mixing things up.


The Royal Rabbits of London Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481498609
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - January 23rd, 2018

The Royal Rabbits of London is perfect for 8-10 year olds and blends a contemporary setting with old-fashioned charms.

Our rabbit saga begins in rural England, where Shylo Tawny-Tail, the eye-patch-wearing runt of the litter overhears three rats hatching a plan. The rats intend to sneak into the Queen’s bedroom in Buckingham Palace, photograph her in her nightie, and sell the pictures online. Shylo heads out to warn the Royal Rabbits who live below the palace and protect the royals. Shylo makes his way to London and, conquering fears and self-doubt, leads the delightfully eccentric Royal Rabbits on a search for a secret tunnel to foil the rats’ paparazzi-style scheme.

This fast-paced adventure has a humorous, engaging, and inspiring hero who discovers that anything in the world is possible, even for the smallest of rabbits.


Love and Ruin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101967386
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 1st, 2018

Based on a true story, Love and Ruin is a story of war, love, persistence, and complex relationships in the times leading up to WWII.

This is Martha Gellhorn’s journey through struggles and adventure and the heroism that set her apart. She was one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century and she told the stories that needed telling. During her journey, she finds herself unexpectedly and uncontrollably falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man already on his way to being a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Hemingway made their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite.

Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn’s love story became history.

The characters came to life in this novel and the story kept pulling me in further and further.

This fast-moving, insightful, and heart wrenching novel is truly an inspiration.

I hope you enjoy Love and Ruin as much as I did.


The Russian Five: A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery and Courage Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781947165175
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Published: Gold Star Publishing - March 20th, 2018

The Russian Five was fascinating and entertaining. It was fun to read about something that happened during my own life that was so memorable. In the 1990’s, I was living in the Detroit area. I vividly remember these five hockey players coming to Detroit to play for the Red Wings.  Their story and the events that happened around the winning of the Stanley Cup in 1997 are etched into my memory forever.

When the Detroit Red Wings were trying to reboot their franchise, they knew the best place to find world-class players who could help turn things around would be found behind the iron curtain. All they had to do was make history by drafting them, then figure out how to get them out. That's when the Wings turned to Keith Gave. Keith was the newsman who would be able to go to Helsinki, Finland to see these Russian players play. This was the first phase of a years-long series of secret meetings from posh hotel rooms to remote forests around Europe to orchestrate their unlawful departures from the Soviet Union.

The book includes details from the day Detroit drafted its first two Soviets in 1989 until they raised the Stanley Cup in 1997, then took it to Moscow for a victory lap around Red Square and the Kremlin.

You do not have to be a hockey fan to enjoy this book, however, if you are a hockey fan, love the Detroit Red Wings and like reading about Detroit History, I highly recommend reading The Russian Five. It was a joy to read.


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Magpie Murders: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062645234
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 27th, 2018

You will not want to put down this clever mystery which provides not just one whodunit, but two. The two stories, one past and one present, are cleverly intertwined and full of details, parallels, anagrams, and crafty twists, and occasionally a bit of humor. There is an English countryside, a fussy detective, a crazy sidekick, a meddling busybody, a peculiar vicar and a pretentious aristocrat.  

I enjoyed the  elegant yet playful plotting and felt like I was right in the middle of the mystery myself. Despite the slightly expanded length, the story is very fast paced and hard to put down. It kept me thoroughly entertained from start to finish.

Magpie Murders is the classic mystery fan's ideal read.


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501171406
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Published: Gallery Books - March 27th, 2018

This is the story of an American woman, a British RAF pilot, and a young Jewish teenager whose lives intersect in occupied Paris during the days of World War II. When fate brings the three together, they must find the courage to go against the Nazis as they fight to survive.

Newlywed Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives in Paris in 1939 with her French husband Marcel and is imagining her life with him in Paris. War is looming, and as France falls to the Nazis, her marriage begins to fall apart.

When the Germans roll into the French capital, Charlotte Dacher is eleven. After the Jewish restrictions take effect and Jews are ordered to wear the yellow star, Charlotte can’t imagine things getting much worse and then the mass deportations begin. Her life is ripped apart forever.

Thomas Clarke joins the British Royal Air Force to protect his country and thinks he is making a difference until his mother dies in a German bombing. Thomas then finds himself in Paris and discovers a new reason to keep fighting.

The Room on Rue Amélie is a powerful novel of fate, resistance, and family.


Paris by the Book Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101986271
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Published: Dutton Books - April 3rd, 2018

In Paris by the Book, a mother and her two daughters find themselves traveling from Wisconsin to Paris in search of her husband who does not return one day.

After Leah discovers that her husband Robert purchased a ticket to Paris, Leah and her daughters follow the clues that are in her missing husbands unfinished manuscript. Once in Paris, it is not long before they find themselves living above, and eventually running, a failing bookstore called the Late Edition for the eccentric Madame Brouillard.

Leah’s funny narration jumps between her early days as an aspiring filmmaker with the troubled Robert and her time in Paris, where she imagines seeing Robert everywhere.

Leah eventually makes a shocking discovery.

If you like following and uncovering clues along with the charming setting of Paris you will love reading Paris by the Book.


White Chrysanthemum Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735214439
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 30th, 2018

White Chrysanthemum is a fascinating debut novel by Mary Lynn Bracht that tells the story of World War II, the history of Korea, and two sisters.

On Jeju Island, Korea, in 1943, 16-year-old Hana is terrified when she sees a Japanese soldier coming over the horizon towards her young sister Emi who is playing on the beach.  Hana has been taught that it is not safe to be found alone by the occupying soldiers. In an act of sisterly love, Hana swims towards the shore so the soldier will spot her before he sees her sister. This works but Hana is captured. She is forced into a truck with dozens of young girls while her sister evades the soldier. After a journey of hundreds of miles Hana arrives at a brothel where young women are forced to satisfy the lust of Japanese troops.

As the story unfolds, it follows Hana's slavery during the war, alternating with her sister's life as an elderly woman in the present day.

This story is suspenseful, hopeful, and is about the strong bond between two sisters separated by war and conflict.


The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492650959
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Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

The newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive ― until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

The factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects. As the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Radium Girls is a highly readable, narrative style book. It tells the incredible story of the lives of inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

The story of these women will provoke great discussion.


The Exact Location of Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681195483
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - September 12th, 2017

Kirby "Zig" Zigonski lives for the world of simple circuits, light bulbs, buzzers, and motors. To her, electronics are so much more predictable than people.

It is always lots of fun when Zig’s dad is around. The problem is, he hasn’t been around for over a year. When his dad's visit is canceled with no explanation and Zig and his mom are evicted from their apartment, Zig discovers it’s because child support hasn’t been coming for several months. Even when they end up in a homeless shelter, Zig’s mom still isn’t talking about his father’s absence, leaving Zig to become obsessed with discovering his whereabouts.

Zig turns to his best friend Gianna and a new gizmo for help, a garage sale GPS unit. Convinced that his dad is leaving clues through the popular hobby of geocaching, Zig sets out to search for answers. Following one clue after another, logging mile after mile, Zig soon finds that people aren't always what they seem, and sometimes there's more than one set of coordinates for home.

The Exact Location of Home will capture readers' hearts and is a must-read for middle-graders.