W: WILLIAMS-Garcia, Rita - One Crazy Summer
During the eventful summer of 1968, three young girls go to Oakland, California, to visit the mother who left them behind. Landing in the middle of the Black Power movement is quite an education for three "colored" girls from Brooklyn (that's what they call themselves in the story).
K: KOMAR, Debra - The Ballad of Jacob Peck
A modern forensic professional looks at an 1805 murder in New Brunswick, Canada. Farmer Amos Babcock killed his sister, but was itinerant preacher Jacob Peck guilty of inciting the crime?
M: MARTIN, Ann M. - Rain Reign
---> audio download
Fifth-grader Rose Howard's first name is a homonym pair (rose, rows), and her dog's name is a homonym trio (rain, reign, rein). As a child who is "on the spectrum" with Asperger's and OCD, she is sometimes a challenge for the people around her, and particularly for her intermittently-employed single-parent father. At the same time, she's a bright kid with a loving heart, even if she does have a fixation on homonyms, prime numbers, and following the rules.
After Rain is lost during a superstorm, Rose comes up with a plan to find her dog, which ultimately leads to some hard choices.
I liked this as an audiobook: Rose tells the story, and both her fascinations and her anxieties come through very clearly.
C: CORREIA, Larry - Monster Hunter International
---> from the Baen Free Library - http://www.baen.com/monster-hunter-international.html
Owen Pitt is trying to settle into a nice, ordinary job as an accountant when he discovers that his supervisor isn't just a terrible boss, he's a werewolf. Owen manages to stay alive by throwing him out of a 14th floor window, thereby eliminating his own job.
Fortunately, Monster Hunter International considers "killed a werewolf with his bare hands" a good job qualification, and Owen soon finds himself starting a new career.
O: O'DELL, Scott - Sing Down the Moon
Full 2017 list of authors here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8860106
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