An Eagle in the Snow
Morpurgo’s (War Horse 2007) gripping historical tale is loosely based on a real British soldier who may have spared Adolf Hitler’s life during WWI. The story is told in flashbacks as a boy named Barney and his mother flee Coventry, England after their home is bombed in 1940. Another passenger joins them in their compartment and tells them about his friend, Billy Byron who was the most decorated British private of WWI. He describes the soldier’s lingering guilt because as far as he's concerned WWII is his fault. Billy has been haunted by the fact that during the previous war he let a German soldier go rather than shooting him. Later he learned that the young soldier was none other than Adolf Hitler. Billy felt he made a moral decision but was it the right one?
Carve the Mark
In Roth's (Divergent series) new intergalactic adventure, two teens fight for their freedom and their lives. On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. But Akos and Cyra, who come from enemy nations, resent the gifts that make them vulnerable to the control of others. Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe. When he and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive. Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people and her currentgift gives her pain and power which her brother exploits to torture his enemies. Despite their allegiances, Akos and Cyra find more solidarity than hostility and eventually become unlikely allies.
History Is All You Left Me
Silvera, the talented author of More Happy Than Not (2015) returns with a novel that explores friendship, grief, and trust among four young men. OCD afflicted Griffin is mourning the sudden death of his best friend and first love, Theo. For years, the two, along with their friend Wade were the “three dude squad.” But then Theo moved to California for college and found a new boyfriend. After he dies in a drowning accident, Griffin finds comfort in holding onto every piece of the past and forges a close friendship with Theo's last boyfriend, Jackson. But when Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects that he's hiding something, and will stop at nothing to discover the truth about Theo's death.
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