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One Brave Summer

by Kiersi Burkhart and Amber Keyser

Paley Dixon is not excited about six weeks on a horse ranch without access to the virtual world of Dragonfyre. In-game, she's the Blue Elf, strong and powerful. In the real world, she's coming off a bad year after moving from Los Angeles to Denver. At least Prince, the majestic horse she's paired with at Quartz Creek Ranch, makes her feel like royalty.

To gain Prince's trust, Paley has to find her own confidence, which isn't easy with jerks like Bryce around. When she makes an exciting discovery near the ranch, life finally seems as interesting as Dragonfyre. But to protect her real-world treasure, she'll have to figure out how to turn courage into action. 

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Summer of my German Soldier

by Bette Greene

The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she's Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own.

In Anton, Patty finds someone who softens the pain of her own father's rejection and who appreciates her in a way her mother never will. While patriotic feelings run high, Patty risks losing family, friends — even her freedom — for this dangerous friendship. It is a risk she has to take and one she will have to pay a price to keep.

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The Walk

by Richard Paul Evans

What would you do if you lost everything—your job, your home, and the love of your life—all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he’s tempted by his darkest thoughts. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Alan leaves behind all that he’s known and heads for the farthest point on his map: Key West, Florida. The people he encounters along the way, and the lessons they share with him, will save his life—and inspire yours. A life-changing journey, both physical and spiritual, The Walk is the first of an unforgettable bestselling series of books about one man’s search for hope.

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Miles to Go

by Richard Paul Evans
Having lost everything, Alan Christoffersen has elected to walk across America, from Seattle to Key West. The first book in this five-part series left him in Spokane, so in his search for hope he has a long way to go.

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The Road to Grace

by Richard Paul Evans
The inspiring third installment of the bestselling series, The Walk, the ongoing story of one man's extraordinary on-foot, cross-country journey full of wisdom and hard-won truth.

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Lonesome Dove: A Novel

by Larry McMurtry

The Real Lonesome Dove Story: Oliver Loving (1812-1867) is buried in the City Greenwood Cemetery, Weatherford, Texas. Weatherford is located 30 miles west of Ft. Worth and is in the Parker County seat. The Texas Historical Commission sign over Oliver Loving’s headstone calls him “The Dean of Texas Trail Drivers.” Loving, the founder of the three major cattle trails, came to Texas from Kentucky in 1845, where he farmed, raised cattle and ran a small shipping business. Oliver Loving took a herd through the Indian Nation, eastern Kansas and Northwest Missouri to Illinois in 1858. In 1859 he drove a thousand head of steers to Denver—the first herd of Texas longhorn cattle to reach Colorado.

Charles Goodnight (1836-1929) was born in Illinois. At the age of ten young Charles moved to Texas with his mother and stepfather. Early on in his life Goodnight had been a noted plainsman and Indian Fighter serving with the local militia, and in 1857 joining the Texas Rangers. Goodnight also participated in the battle that “rescued” Cynthia Ann Parker from the Comanches. Later, he would form a lasting friendship with her Comanche son, Quanah.

With eighteen men and two-thousand head of cattle they set out on 6 June 1866 to blaze a trail from Belknap, Texas, to Fort Sumner, New Mexico. This trail became known as the Goodnight-Loving Trail. Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight faced many hardships as they crossed 80 waterless miles across the Llano Estacado. During this trip they lost many head that either stampeded over cliffs at the Pecos or became mired in the quicksand banks of the same river. Goodnight said later that the Pecos was “The graveyard of a cowman’s hope—I hated it!” Even so, this trip was considered a success, earning them more than $12,000. Oliver Loving slipped into the river and went upstream to a crossing where we hoped to find some passerby’s. Here he lay under a tree for two nights, hungry and weak. Some Mexicans with a wagon found him and he hired them to take him to Fort Sumner. Oliver Loving died twenty-two days later on 25 September, 1867. Before Oliver Loving died he asked that Charles Goodnight continue their partnership for two more years in order that his family could get out of debt. He also requested that his body be returned to Texas, he did not want to be buried in a “foreign land.” The following year Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving’s son, Joseph, brought a metal casket containing the remains of Oliver Loving 600 miles back to Texas.

The final link connecting Lonesome Dove to the Goodnight-Loving story is also buried in the City Geenwood Cemetery, a black cowboy by the name of Bose Ikard. In 1866 Bose Ikard joined the cattle drive to Colorado led by Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving. Ikard became one of Goodnights best cowboys and a trusted friend to both Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving. The marker placed by the Texas Historical Commission identifies the grave of this former slave as a friend of Charles Goodnight. According to the Texas Historical Commission sign Bose lived from 1843 until 1929 (note: the date dates on the headstone erected by Charles Goodnight are different).

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Juvenile Fiction/Bluebonnet Winner

Mountain Dog

by Margarita Engle

When Tony’s mother is sent to jail, he is sent to stay with a great uncle he has never met in Sierra Nevada. It is a daunting move—Tony’s new world bears no semblance to his previous one. But slowly, against a remote and remarkable backdrop, the scars from Tony’s troubled past begin to heal.
With his Tió and a search-and-rescue dog named Gabe by his side, he learns how to track wild animals, is welcomed to the Cowboy Church, and makes new friends at the Mountain School. Most importantly though, it is through Gabe that Tony discovers unconditional love for the first time. He becomes his uncles child and his uncle marries BB.

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Seabiscuit : An American Legend

by Laura Hillenbrand
798.4 HIL

Seabiscuit was an unlikely champion. He was a rough-hewn, undersized horse with a sad little tail and knees that wouldn't straighten all the way. At a gallop, he jabbed one foreleg sideways, as if he were swatting flies. For two years, he fought his trainers and floundered at the lowest level of racing, misunderstood and mishandled, before his dormant talent was discovered by three men. Competing in the cruelest years of the Depression, the rags-to-riches horse emerged as an American cultural icon, drawing an immense and fanatical following, inspiring an avalanche of merchandising, and establishing himself as the single biggest newsmaker of 1938 - receiving more coverage than FDR or Hitler.

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Unbroken : A World War II Airman's Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

by Laura Hillenbrand
92 ZAM

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

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