John's Pond

By Donna Lynch

John’s Pond by Donna Lynch is set in the 70s in a Cape Cod community known as Mashpee. Many of the residents are determined to take the land from the Wampanoag indigenous people who have lived on the land for centuries. Laurie is a high...

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Jackson

By Lynn McLaughlin

Lynn McLaughlin’s Jackson is about the struggle of living with mental illness. This story centers on Jackson and his mother, June. Jackson’s dialogue narrates the struggles of coping with severe anxiety, and his mother’s dialogue expresses her struggles while caring for someone with mental health...

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Jaundiced Justice

By Capt. Paul Barrett

Jaundiced Justice by Capt. Paul Barrett is a social commentary novel with brilliant aspects that still resonate today. Henry Hall grew up in a sheltered life on an Ohio farm inherited by his parents. He never attended public school, and his parents took turns in...

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Jesus the Time Traveller

By Roberta-Leigh Boud

The title of Roberta-Leigh Boud’s novel, Jesus the Time Traveller, must, of course, be taken tongue in cheek. We must gear ourselves for something iconoclastic, even comic. What I didn’t expect was something nearing an epic poem. The prose is almost poetry—exquisite writing, hard-hitting imagery,...

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Jacob's Ladder

By Ian T King

Jacob's Ladder by Ian T King is a beautiful story that is well-written for fans of literary fiction and adventure. Set in the 1970s, the story follows Billy Smith, who after reading the big poster, “Join the Navy and See the World,” makes the choice....

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JORGE, the TRUMPETER

The Spanglish Tale of a Boy and a Pig on a Terrific Journey to Return Their Friends Back Home
By José Potter

In the town of Neither Here nor There you will find the strangest characters, from witches who hate the elderly to brave animals helping to save others and a pig who has just escaped being slaughtered. The town, however, is under the strict rule of...

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Jerkwater

By Jamie Zerndt

Jerkwater is a work of literary fiction penned by author Jamie Zerndt. Written for adults due to its complex themes and occasional explicit language, this intense personal drama is led by our three central characters as they experience grief in very different ways. In an...

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Jugend

By Aalia Lanius

Jugend by Aalia Lanius is a historical fiction novel that is set in 1937 Europe juxtaposed with events unfolding in 2017 in the United States of America. Fourteen-year-old Ernst, an enthusiastic member of the Hitler Youth, is chosen to participate in what is made to...

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Judge by the Cover

High School, Drama & Deadly Vices - Hafu Sans Halo Book 1
By Melissa Abigail

Judge by the Cover: High School, Drama & Deadly Vices is the first book in the Hafu Sans Halo series by Melissa Abigail, a story that transports the reader into the complex worlds and relationships between high school characters. Haruna Mitsukai has great dreams, an...

Joan of Arc

The Conspiracy Theory
By Jacques P. Genicot

Told in an inimitable, ebullient voice, Joan of Arc: The Conspiracy Theory by Jacques P. Genicot is a compelling work that explores the events surrounding the rise to fame of a peasant girl and her ultimate end at the stake. It is the 15th century,...

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