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  • Camp

    Olive and her best friend, Willow, are headed to camp. Two weeks of crafts, sports and the great outdoors, what could be better? But when Olive is quick to make friends with the other campers Willow gets jealous.

    This book is an excellent one for friendship advice and manuevering multiple friendships and not making one friend feel left out. It is great middle grade graphic with wonderful art and a good message.

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  • The Red Maze

    Oona and friends are off to light the Red Beacon on Moon Yatta. They discovered the beacons have to be lit in order, which is why they were unable to light the Blue Beacon. Jax is taken back to the starball team he played for before and its nefarious owners. Oona and An Tzu attempt to reach the beacon which is covered in machinery. The Mimic is on this planet too in the form of Stan Moon, a powerful individual who controls much of the planet. They must navigate the red maze around the beacon, rescue Jax and light the beacon all while under the eye of the Mimic. 

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  • Scales & Scoundrels, Vol. 2: Treasurehearts

    Our adventures are at the bottom of the world trying to find the Hall of Dreaming Treasures still pursued by the bounty hunter. They must each overcome something about themselves in order to survive. Afterwards they part ways, and Lu heads off for further adventures amongst elves and other dragons. It turns out she likes humans way too much for her own kind.

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  • Scales & Scoundrels, Vol. 1: Into The Dragon’s Maw

    This is a fun fantasy series about a dragon adventurer Luvander who meets up with a dwarf and a prince with his bodyguard to find the legendary dragon treasure hoard. They are pursued by someone after Luvander deep underground where they discover the hoard isn't what they thought it was. 

    This is a fun series and I like that there are three female lead characters who are all very different. I am hoping we get more backstory on the characters, especially Luvander, in future volumes.

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  • Satellite Falling

    Lilly is the only human on Satellite. She drives a cab for all the aliens, but her real job is as a bounty hunter. When she gets an assignment to infiltrate a crime ring, she gathers a group of like minded adventurers and takes off into space. Of course there is a twist when she finds out who the crime boss is. It seems the girlfriend she thought had died on Earth and whose death caused her to head to Satellite was not who she thought she was. 

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  • Hurricane Child

    Caroline Murphy lives on Water Island in the US Virgin Islands. She takes a speedboat to St. Thomas every day for school. Life is not all together pleasant for Caroline though. Her mother has left her and her father and her half-sister from her father's affair has moved nearby. Caroline is treated badly in school by her classmates and her teacher. She has no friends and believes no one loves her. Then she meets Kalinda Frances and falls in love. Even though love between two women is frowned upon in her country and by her religion, she still wants to explore her feelings for Kalinda.

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  • Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

    Fumio Sasaki has moved from living a maximist lifestyle to a minimalist one. He has relieved himself of most of his possessions. In the process, he has found more time for himself, for other people, and for doing things he enjoys. He talks about how having so much stuff was a burden and how removing the stuff from his home and life released the burden and freed him. Sasaki is what I would call an extreme minimalist. He has very few possessions and that works for him. I want to be a minimalist, but I think I want to be a a bit less than Sasaki.

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  • The Lost Man

    New York Times best-selling Harper's two earlier novels were both constructed around the harsher extremes of the Australian outback, and in this one we experience the isolated and inhospitable desert in Queensland. It is a brutal existence for the ranchers who live and work there, in relentless heat, hours away from any vestige of civilization. When the sun-baked body of Cam Bright, experienced at desert survival, is found by his brothers adjacent to a lone headstone in the middle of nowhere, marking the stockman's grave, they are hard pressed to find an explanation.

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  • The Au Pair

    Twins born on the Summerbourne estate never survive, at least according to local lore, until the births of Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother, Danny. However, just a few hours after giving birth to the twins, their mother, Ruth, commits suicide by throwing herself from the estate's high cliffs and perishing amidst the rocks and ocean spray below. Twenty-five years later, Seraphine begins searching for the truth of that mysterious day, beginning with the family's au pair, Laura, who fled Summerbourne on the same day of Seraphine and Danny's birth and their mother's death.

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  • The First Lady

    In James Patterson's new stand-alone thriller, one secret can bring down a government when the president's affair to remember becomes a nightmare he wishes he could forget.

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  • Making Bombs for Hitler

    Lida thought she was safe. Her neighbors wearing the yellow star were all taken away, but Lida is not Jewish. She will be fine, won't she?

    But she cannot escape the horrors of World War II.

    Lida's parents are ripped away from her and she is separated from her beloved sister, Larissa. The Nazis take Lida to a brutal work camp, where she and other Ukrainian children are forced into backbreaking labor. Starving and terrified, Lida bonds with her fellow prisoners, but none of them know if they'll live to see tomorrow.

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  • Walking with Miss Millie

    Alice is angry at having to move to Rainbow, Georgia - a too small, too hot, dried-up place she's sure will never feel like home. Then she gets put in charge of walking her elderly neighbor's dog. But Clarence won't budge without Miss Millie, so Alice and Miss Millie walk him together.

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  • Running With Lions

    Sebastian is getting ready for his last year at soccer camp when he finds out his ex-best friend, Emir, is also attending. He doesn't know exactly what went wrong with Emir. When they were small, they were inseparable. That changed after Emir had to go back to England so his family could care for his ailing grandmother. When he returned, things were differently and they never really talked again. Emir seemed angry and unapproachable. Now with him attending soccer camp, Sebastian worried what it would be like. Would Emir fit in with his other friends or would he remain aloof and angry?

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  • Making Friends

    Dany loved sixth grade but when she goes into seventh grade her friends are in other classes. She finds herself lonely, bullied and unable to break through the cliques and find new friends. She inherits her great-aunt's old notebook and discovers that the things she draws in it come to life. She begins to use its magical powers to alter her situation and as usually happens when magic is involved, things go awry.

    I thought the artwork was very good but the story was disjunct and not cohesive. I didn't enjoy this graphic as much as I thought I would.

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