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  • Awkward

    Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids.

    Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

    On her first day at her new school, Penelope--Peppi--Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she's already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the "nerder girlfriend." How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!

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  • The Law of Finders Keepers

    When the Colonel and Miss Lana share the clues about Mo's watery origins that they've been saving, it seems the time is finally right for the Desperado Detectives (aka Mo, Dale, and Harm) to tackle the mystery of Mo's Upstream Mother. It's the scariest case Mo's had by far. But before they can get started, Mayor Little's mean mother hires them to hunt in her attic for clues to Blackbeard's treasure, which could be buried right in Tupelo Landing. Turns out, the Desperados aren't the only ones looking.

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  • Ladycastle

    When the King and all the men of the castle die, it’s time for the women to knight up.

    When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on a crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out—that’s a lot less armor polishing to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle . . . well, the women take umbrage with that.

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  • Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

    This second book in the Montague Siblings duo is center on Felicity Montague. Felicity wants to become a doctor but in the 1700's it is almost unheard of for a woman to enter that field. Her desire to practice medicine overrides her common sense and she embarks on a journey filled with adventure, danger and even pirates.

    This book is just as delightful as the first book, A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. I highly recommend them both.

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  • A Very Large Expanse of the Sea

    Long-listed for the YA National Book Award this book takes place in 2002, just after 9/11 and it chronicles the path of a young Muslim girl named Shirin. Shirin and her family have just moved, again, and once again she must endure the awkward stares, rude and racist comments and even some physical abuse because of the hajib she chooses to wear. Keeping her battle armor up and her head down is the only way Shirin knows how to maneuver through her day. That works for her until she meets Ocean. Ocean works to get Shirin to let him in even though she knows it will end in disaster.

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  • Good Neighbor

    Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously.

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  • Every Fifteen Minutes

    Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife Alice, he is doing his best as a single Dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble.

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  • Crenshaw

    The heartwarming new story about family and friendships from Newbery Medal winner Katherine Applegate.

    Life is tough for 10-year-old Jackson. The landlord is often at the door, there's not much food in the fridge and he's worried that any day now the family will have to move out of their home. Again.

    Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken and he's imaginary. He's come back into Jackson's life to help him, but is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything? -Fantastic Fiction

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  • The Man Who Loved Clowns

    Delrita likes being invisible. If no one notices her, then no one will notice her uncle Punky either. Punky is a grown man with a child's mind. Delrita loves him dearly and can't stand people making fun of his Down's syndrome. But when tragedy strikes, Delrita's quiet life - and Punky's - are disrupted forever. Can she finally learn to trust others, for her own sake and Punky's? This story captures the joy and sorrow that come when we open our hearts to love. - Fantastic Fiction

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  • When The Lights Go Out

    This fifth stand-alone psychological thriller (after Every Last Lie, 2017) from New York Times best-selling author Kubica will keep readers riveted as they witness the unraveling of the lives of two women, one in the present, the other in the past. Jessie Sloane is struggling to build a new life after years of being sole caregiver to her mother through a protracted and ultimately terminal illness.

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  • Port of Earth, Vol. 2

    The Earth Security Force agents are still on the hunt for the rogue alien. They must find it before it finds the aliens in charge of the port. Is this assassin here to cause harm or to save humanity? We may never know. This issue delves deeper into the politics of the port and what it has done for humanity. It seemed strange that their was a role reversal for the two agents, but maybe it made sense in light of the one's grief.

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  • Port of Earth, Vol. 1

    Aliens have made contact with humanity. They are not here to take over; they just want to open an intergalactic gas station. So the Port of Earth is set up outside San Francisco and humanity receives water technology. Things aren't all great though. The new water technology puts a lot of people out of work and the aliens don't seem to like to stay in the port. They wreck havoc on earth causing property damage and costing lives. Two Earth Security Force agents are charged with tracking down a rogue alien and getting it back to port.

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  • The Girl with the Dragon Heart

    Things have picked up since the events of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart. Adventurine is still making chocolate wonders and Silke is trying to promote the shop. She catches the eye of the Crown Princess Katrin, who would like her to become a spy in the palace. The royal elves of Elfenwald are coming for a visit after hiding underground for a hundred years and everyone is on edge. Silke agrees but with a hidden agenda. Her parents disappeared as they were fleeing through Elfenwald and she wants to know what happened to them. Of course things do not go according to plan.

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  • Merci Suárez Changes Gears

    Merci lives in the Suarez compound, a group of three houses her family occupies. She lives with her parents and brother and next door to her grandparents and aunt and cousins. They are a poor but extremely close family. Merci has been assigned to be a Sunshine Buddy to new student Michael at school. She doesn't like the assignment and doesn't make a lot of effort. Mean girl Edna likes Michael and makes things difficult for Merci. Her grandpa Lolo is also having memory issues and causing problems at home. 

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  • Front Desk

    Mia is a recent immigrant from China. She and her parents came to America for a better life, but haven't really found it. They are working as hotel managers for Mr. Yao. It seemed like a good deal at the time. They live in the hotel for free and get a cut of all the people staying there. Unfortunately, Mr. Yao is not the most honest of bosses and Mia's family doesn't make much. What they do find is a community of people who stay in the hotel. The "weeklies" become like family and they discover they can let Chinese immigrants who need a hand stay for a night for free. 

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