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Blood Red Road
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Saba has grown up isolated in a desolate place called Silverlake. The book begins when her twin brother Lugh is kidnapped by horsemen. Saba is the only one who can save him. She and her sister Emmi set out across the wasted Sandsea to get him back.
The Scorpio Races
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Every November on the island of Thisbe, the bravest men pull water horses from the sea to compete in the bloody and dangerous Scorpio Races. The book is told from two perspectives: Sean Kendrick the returning champion, and Puck Connolly who is the first girl to ever compete, both of them hoping that they can manage to not only survive the races, but win.
Odd Thomas
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Odd Thomas is a young man who can see both the spirits of the dead, and bodachs, evil spirits whose presence foretell violence. Odd must find out why bodachs are gathering by the hundreds, what what their connection is to the creepy stranger town. With a likable hero, humor and suspense, Odd Thomas is Koontz at his very best.
For Darkness Shows the Stars
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A terrific sci-fi version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. More than one letter is exchanged between protagonists creating a framework for their shared past.
All These Things I've Done
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Set in a future where chocolate is an illegal substance, All These Things I've Done, tells the story of sixteen year old Anya Balanchine. She is the heir to an illegal chocolate empire, and the daughter of a former chocolate crime boss. Anya simply hopes to protect her family, and make it through high school, but the pressure of being a Balanchine may prove too much for her to handle.
Odd Thomas
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Odd Thomas is a young man who can see both the spirits of the dead, and bodachs, evil spirits whose presence foretell violence. Odd must find out why bodachs are gathering by the hundreds, what what their connection is to the creepy stranger town. With a likable hero, humor and suspense, Odd Thomas is Koontz at his very best.
The Black Count
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Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for biography details the exiting life of Alexander Dumas’ father. Dumas used his father and his father’s experiences as the model for the Count of Monte Cristo and the Three Musketeers.
Much Ado About Nothing
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This modern re-telling of a Shakespearean classic, told in the original dialogue of the Bard, Joss Whedon's version is a delightful take on an old favorite. Fans of Shakespeare and Whedon alike will be drawn to this witty love story, told in black and white, and filled with an excellent cast.
The Secret Keeper
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A captivating story of how one secret from WWII leads to more secrets, and affects many lives in this multi-generational story.
Between Shades of Gray
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In 1941, in Lithuania, fifteen year old Lina and her family are torn apart by the Soviet government. Her father is sent to a prison camp while she, her mother, and brother are put on a train and sent to a work camp in Siberia where they struggle to survive. Lina finds hope in drawing pictures, and writes down pieces of her story in hopes that it will reach her father.
Fullmetal Alchemist 1
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Follow the Elric brothers, top alchemists, as they negotiate they way through a tricky world. Trying to protect what is precious to them and serve their country is a fine line.
How Children Succeed
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How does your child cope with failure? Is their home life stressful? Listen to the surprising findings on factors outside of school that play a major part in a child's success in life.
The 5th Wave
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Aliens have invaded earth in four waves. The fifth is about to begin. Separated from her younger brother who has been taken by the invaders, Cassie survives alone in the countryside. That is until she meets a boy who may be able to help her get her brother back, who may be able to help her find a way to fight against the invaders before it's too late.
The Things I Can Do
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A little boy celebrates his growing independence with his own book. The mixed media illustrations are joyfully messy and an absolutely perfect match to the black crayon text. This is a fun book to share with a little one discovering his/her own growing abilities.
W is for Wasted
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Kinsey always wanted a family. Her latest case brings her in touch with previously unknown cousins.
The Maze Runner
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Thomas wakes up in a place known as "The Glades" with no memory of how he got there. He quickly becomes one of a group of sixty boys who call themselves "Gladers" all of them set on one thing: escape. The only problem is that The Glades are surrounded by a massive maze protected by monsters called Grievers.
The Gods of Guilt
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In this sequel to Lincoln Lawyer juries are called the gods of guilt. Defending an innocent man creates difficulties in court and in Mickey Haller’s personal life.
This Is Not My Hat
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In this Caldecott winner, we meet a little fish who has stolen a hat from a very big fish. Completely unrepentant, he is sure he will get away with the crime. And just in case, he heads to where the plants grow close together and he can hide. But the reader knows something the little fish doesn't. Darkly funny, this picture book may not be for everyone.

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