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A. Hall & Co. by Joseph C. Lincoln
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 3 by Gene Luen Yang
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Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D'Agnese
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The Chairs Are Where the People Go by Misha Glouberman
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The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
Dishwasher by Pete Jordan
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Home Front Girl by Joan Wehlen Morrison
I Am John I Am Paul by Mark Tedesco
Ichiro by Ryan Inzana
The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series by Michael Dante DiMartino
Linoleum, Better Babies, and the Modern Farm Woman, 1890-1930 by Marilyn Irvin Holt
Little Bo in Italy by Julie Andrews Edwards
Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer
Mary-'Gusta by Joseph C. Lincoln
The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
The Salaryman's Wife by Sujata Massey
Silent Visions by John Bengtson
Specials by Scott Westerfeld
Squid and Octopus Friends for Always by Tao Nyeu
A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California by Laura Cunningham
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley
Varjak Paw by S.F. Said
The View from the Top by Hillary Frank

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Mary-'Gusta: 03/25/14

cover artMary-'Gusta by Joseph C. Lincoln is the eighteenth book written about Lincoln's fictional corner of Cape Cod. A young girl, Mary Augusta is orphaned at the tender age of five. A pair of distantly related uncles take her in to avoid the need to send her to an orphanage.

These two bachelor uncles run a small general store. One of their suppliers is the larger A. Hall and Company (specializing in seafood and being the focus in 1938 book). Mary 'Gusta as she grows up learns how to run the store, deal with reluctant suppliers, and ultimately saves it from bankruptcy when her uncles can't keep up with the changing times.

There's also a touch of romance between the competitors as Mary and the son of one of their suppliers become friends. And to spice things up, there's also the mystery of a missing business partner.

Two of Lincoln's books have been recently adapted for film. Cap'n Eri was turned into The Golden Boys (2007). Twin-Lights became The Lightkeepers (2009). I would like to see more of his books done as films.

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