School for the Blind ~ by Dennis McFarland, 1994, fiction (Florida)
"His life’s work and ambition fulfilled, Francis Brimm believes the only metamorphosis left him is a slow, affable decline toward death. So her returns to the town of his youth and to his sister, Muriel, whose life has been as uneventful as Francis’s has been exciting. But faces from the past haunt Francis, and surprises in the present unsettle him. And suddenly, two people who thought their lives were over find themselves struggle not to be overwhelmed by new knowledge, hidden truths, and unexpected danger."Children of Jihad : A Young American's Travels among the Youth of the Middle East ~ by Jared Cohen, 2007, memoir (Middle East)
"In 2004, Jared Cohen -- defying government orders -- embarked on the first of a series of incredible journeys to the Middle East in an effort to understand the spread of radical Islamist violence among Muslim youth."Not My Daughter ~ by Barbara Delinsky, 2010, fiction (Massachusetts)
"When Susan Tate's 17-year-old daughter, Lily, announces she is pregnant, Susan sees the pregnancy as an unimaginable tragedy for both of them. Then comes word of two more pregnancies among high school juniors who happen to be Lily's best friends -- and the town turns to talk of a pact. As fingers start pointing, the most ardent criticism is directed at Susan, who is principal of the high school."The Invention of Hugo Cabret ~ by Brian Selznic,2007, middle grade fiction (France)
"Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy."Library Loot is a weekly meme co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. Claire has the Mister Linky this week, if you'd like to share a list of the loot you brought home.