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  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol.1: The Crucible

    This was not my childhood Sabrina, the teenage witch! Very dark and a bit more horror than I usually like. Not sure I appreciate the very dark witches in this story. I always liked that most of the ones in Sabrina were likable and made me wish being a witch was an honest possibility. Not this group!

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  • Trapped! (Framed #3)

    Another fun adventure with Florian and Margaret. This time we got the chance to get to know Marcus better. Also the strain between the kids is stretched to the breaking point over the truth behind Margaret's birth parents. Here's hoping this isn't the last story we get to read about this wonderful group of people.

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  • The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

    After months of boring work in a bakery and being turned down by every medical school she's applied to, Felicity strikes upon an opportunity that she can't resist. Her estranged former friend Johanna is set to marry Felicity's idol, Dr. Platt, who might be willing to take a woman on as an apprentice. Felicity concocts a scheme to get to Germany, which requires the assistance of a lady pirate with an entirely different set of motives. One should never meet one's idols though; Dr. Platt turns out to be far from the enlightened physician that Felicity has made him out to be.

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  • Under Locker and Key

    Jeremy is a retrieval specialist. He gets things back that have been taken and has a booming business at his school. He has to be careful though because his arch-rival Becca is always looking for an opportunity to catch him. When Jeremy retrieves something that isn't actually stolen he causes huge issues for the school. He has to work with Becca to get it back before things go horribly wrong. 

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  • Halfway Normal

    Norah has spent the last two years battling cancer, but she is healthy now and ready to go back to school. The problem is that while Norah has been sick and homeschooled, her friends have moved on and things have changed. So it is a bit of a relief to be put in 8th grade math and science with a new group of kids who don't know her as the "cancer girl". There is also new boy Griffin to contend with. Norah and Griffin have similar interests and Norah finds herself not telling Griffin about her cancer. He treats her as a normal girl and she wants to keep it that way.

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  • The Hazel Wood

    Alice and her mother Ella (real name Vanilla ugh!) have been on the run her entire life. They never stay very long in one place because bad luck always seems to find them. When Ella is kidnapped Alice decides she must find her grandmother's estate Hazel Wood. Grandmother Althea Proserpine is a reclusive author who wrote one book, Tales from the Hinterland. The book has a cult following and is extremely hard to find. Alice has only seen it once and never read it. So she teams up with schoolmate Finch who has read the book to find her mother and the Hazel Wood. 

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  • Dread Nation

    The Civil War ends when the dead rise up and start eating their fellow soldiers at Gettysburg. Now shamblers are everywhere, but the good folks are fighting back. Slavery has been abolished and the war is over because everyone must focus on surviving. Except everything isn't sunshine and glory. There is an act of Congress that forces all Native and Black people to attend combat schools to fight the shamblers. Of course the white folks don't have to go to these forced boarding schools. The combat schools, like Ms.

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  • Bob

    Livvy hasn't been to see her grandma in Australia in five years and remembers very little about her first visit. She discovers that the reason she can't remember is Bob, a green not-zombie who has hid in the closet since she left five years ago. Livvy made Bob a chicken costume to hide him from everyone else when she was five, but it appears no one but her can see or hear him. 

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  • Lu

    Lu is the final book in Jason Reynolds' Track series. It follows Lu the final "newbie" on the Defenders Track Team. Lu is albino and has to deal with things like sunscreen and vision correction. He also deals with other kids teasing him for his lack of pigment. Lu's dad has a shady past that he has overcome, but it comes to light that part of that past intersects with Coach's past in a tragic way. Lu is trying to do hurdles for the team and struggling. He is also going to be a big brother for the first time.

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  • Blended

    Izzy is the daughter of divorced parents and spends alternating weeks with each parent. Both parents are in new relationships, but they do not get along with each other. Her mom is white and her dad is black so Izzy is a blend of the two of them. The story is told as Izzy alternates her weeks between mom and dad, prepares for a piano recital and hangs out with her friends. 

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  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

    Connie Willis' Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Doomsday Book uses time travel for a serious look at how people connect with each other. In this Hugo-winning companion to that novel, she offers a completely different kind of time travel adventure: a delightful romantic comedy that pays hilarious homage to Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat.

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  • Feet of Clay

    Sorry?' said Carrot. If it's just a thing, how can it commit murder? A sword is a thing' - he drew his own sword; it made an almost silken sound - 'and of course you can't blame a sword if someone thrust it at you, sir.'

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  • The Cat Who Came for Christmas

    Tis the night before Christmas when a self-described curmudgeon rescues a bedraggled feline from a snowy New York City alley. Thus begins this tale of a man and his cat or, rather, of a cat and his man. A touching, timeless, and inspiring story about the animal/human bond and the spirit of the holiday season.
    -- From Goodreads

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  • Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation's Brightest Young Minds (and What We Can Do to Fight Back)

    At a time when the U.S. education system consistently lags behind its international peers, Dumbing Down America shows exactly why America can't keep up by providing a critical look at the nation's schools through the eyes of the children whose minds are languishing in countless classrooms. Filled with specific examples of how gifted children are being shortchanged by a nation that believes smart kids will succeed on their own, Dumbing Down America packs a powerful message: If we want our nation to prosper, we must pay attention to its most intelligent youth.

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