The Bridge Home

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman (9+ years)

Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive. Padma infuses her story with hope and bravery that will inspire readers.

Beyond the Bright Sea

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (10 – 12 years)

One night, a mysterious fire appeared across the water and the unspoken question of Crow’s history formed in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading her down a path of discovery and danger.

Burn the Boats

Burn the Boats: Toss Plan B Overboard and Unleash Your Full Potential by Matt Higgins

From Sun Tzu to Julius Caesar, the ancient Israelites to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, there’s a bold and highly effective tactic seen throughout history—when leaders want to motivate their troops for success, they destroy all opportunities for retreat, and go all-in on the mission. They burn their boats; it’s win or perish, and the clarity of sheer desperation propels them to victory.

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

The Effective Executive

The Effective Executive
by Peter Drucker

The measure of the executive is the ability to “get the right things done.” Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.

Raising Lions

Raising Lions by Joe Newman

An essential guide for raising strong-willed, resourceful children. It offers clear insights into what motivates the most challenging behaviors, and what kinds of responses turn these behaviors around.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer, illustrated by Anna Hymas (9+ years)

When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba’s tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season’s crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family’s life forever. Made of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William’s windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (12+ years)

Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories. Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war. As thousands desperately flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. But not all promises can be kept…

The Ride of Her Life

The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America
by Elizabeth Letts

The triumphant true story of a woman who rode her horse across America in the 1950s, fulfilling her dying wish to see the Pacific Ocean.

What Got You Here Won't Get You There

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
by Marshall Goldsmith

There is something standing between you and the next level of achievement. Perhaps one small flaw—a behavior you barely even recognize—is the only thing that’s keeping you from where you want to be.

The Tycoons

The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy
by Charles R. Morris

Through their antagonism and their verve, they built an industrial behemoth―and a country of middle-class consumers. The Tycoons tells the incredible story of how these four determined men wrenched the economy into the modern age, inventing a nation of full economic participation that could not have been imagined only a few decades earlier.


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