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A Study in Scarlet
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Juvenile Fiction
Call #: J DOYL ART
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The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Juvenile Fiction
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Adventures of
Sherlock Holmes

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Adult Fiction-Mystery
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The Return of
Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Juvenile Fiction
Call #: J DOYL ART
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Staff Favorites

Patrons often ask our staff to suggest books to read. The titles on this list were compiled by asking our staff to recommend their favorite books and describe great books they have read and enjoyed.



Review by Staffer Sol Manzano
February 2010

John 3:16 by Nancy Moser
Fiction                                                   Call #: F MOSE NAN
This story is about an award winning woman who was more interested in the sales than in the clients. A football stadium supervisor looking for a candidate to fill a vacant position is found to have a past that nobody knew about.  Two college roommates made choices their parents were not happy with, (parents will not stop worrying about us) but at the end, their sacrifices and love led to an incredible stand. A story filled with laughs, reflections, happiness but most of all, love. As Nancy Moser says, "One small act of faith… with the power to change lives forever.”






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The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth : the surprising, unbiased truth about what you should eat and why by Johnny Bowden
Non-Fiction                                                          Call #: 613.2 BOWD
A complete guide to the healthiest foods you can eat - and how to cook them! Why get your nutrients from expensive supplements when you can enjoy delicious, nourishing foods instead? From almonds to yucca, readers will find out what nutrients each of the 150 featured foods contains, what form contains the most nutrients, if it's been recommended to combat any diseases, where to find it, how to prepare it, and how much to eat - plus wonderful recipes using these sometimes obscure foods! Indexes by nutrient, by disease, and by food make finding what you need a snap, and the at-a-glance format makes the information as easy to digest as the foods themselves.
Submitted by Joyce Grauer 10/09

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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Fiction                                                                   Call#: F WHAR EDI
An elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York. In the highest circle of New York social life during the 1870's, Newland Archer, a young lawyer, prepares to marry the docile May Welland. Before their engagement is announced, he meets May's cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska, who has returned to New York after a long absence.
Submitted by Mechelle Wittler 10/09

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Juvenile Excellence in Reading                              Call #: J PATE KAT
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
Submitted by Dawn Ewing 10/09

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Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Fiction                                                                            Call#: F FLEM
In the first of Ian Fleming‚'s James Bond novels, 007 declares war on Le Chiffre, French communist and paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH. The battle begins in a fifty-million-franc game of baccarat, gains momentum during Bond‚'s fiery love affair with a sensuous lady spy, and reaches a chilling climax with fiendish torture at the hands of a master sadist. For incredible suspense, unexpected thrills, and extraordinary danger, nothing can beat James Bond in his inaugural adventure.
Submitted by Hannah Wilkins 10/09

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The Giver by Lois Lowry
Juvenile Fiction                                                     Call #: J LOWR LOI
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Submitted by Kristen Barnes10/09

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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Juvenile Fiction                                                       Call#: J FUNK COR
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Submitted by Sara Hanks 10/09

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A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith
Juvenile Fiction                                                      Call #: J SMIT PAT
Traces the historically rich story of the MacIvey family of Florida from 1858 to 1968.
Submitted by Cori VanMorkhoven 10/09

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester
Juvenile Fiction                                                       Call#: J JUST NOR
A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
Submitted by Georgia Smith 10/09

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Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
Fiction                                                                       Call #: BINC MAE
Becoming fast friends in cooking school, Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather hope to take Dublin by storm with their new catering company. But not everyone shares their enthusiasm. Cathy's mother-in-law disapproves of her new hobby, while Cathy's husband buries himself in his legal work. Tom's ambitious girlfriend struggles with her career and Tom's family expects him to follow in his father's footsteps.
Submitted by Jennifer Kovac 10/09

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World War Z by Max Brooks
Science Fiction                                                   Call #: SF BROO MAX
The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.
Submitted by Pat Wike 10/09

*This title is not at the Winter Haven Public Library. However, it is available at other libraries in Polk County.


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