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A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park.  A New York Times bestseller and a Junior fiction book that adults will also enjoy. Based on a true story about Nya who goes to the pond to fetch water for her family. She walks eight hours every day. Salva, a young boy, walks away from his war-torn village. He is a “lost boy” refugee, destined to cover Africa on foot, searching for his family and safety. Two young people….two stories. One country:  Sudan.

The Sun Does Shine:  How I found life and freedom on death row, by Anthony Ray Hinton, who spent nearly thirty years on death row for crimes he didn’t commit. Released in April 2015, Hinton now speaks widely on prison reform and the power of faith and forgiveness. Hinton shows how you can take away a man’s freedom but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

The Road Home, by Beverly Lewis. Grieving the death of her Amish parents and the separation from her nine close-knit siblings, Lena Rose Schwartz consoles herself that her new life in Lancaster County won’t be forever. Surely someday soon she will return to her beloved Michigan settlement, including her beau. But even as she holds on to hope for a reunion with those she loves most, she discovers that Lancaster holds charms of its own.