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ISBN: 9780545561549
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 31st, 2015

Nic, a young slave, who is forced to enter a deep cavern that contains the treasure of Julius Caesar, finds an ancient bulla. The bulla contains the magic of the gods. As Nic tries to free himself and his sister from the bonds of slavery he is flung in a power struggle over the Roman Empire. Nic must learn to harness the power of the bulla if he not only wants to save Rome but himself as well.


This is the first in a new trilogy for young readers. 

ISBN: 9781442493315
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - February 3rd, 2015

Alex and his friends end up shipwrecked on a mysterious island after falling off of a strange waterfall.  With their ship damaged and no way for them to contact anyone in Artime for help, Alex must pull together his crew mates to figure out a plan to get home. 

While Alex is away his brother Aaron is determined to take over Artime, but first he must learn magic and get the citizens on his side. 

This is the 5th book in a series about the adventures of the Unwanteds. This is a wonderful series full of great adventure, magic and friends.

ISBN: 9780062310637
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Published: Harper Teen - February 10th, 2015

Mare Barrow is a poor Red blood in a world where the Silver blood rules.  The Reds do all the labor and are basically servants while the Silvers have special powers and live in beautiful homes.  By chance Mare gets a job as a servant for the royals and, while in the middle of the princess trials (where the prince will pick his princess), she falls into the arena and discovers in front of everyone that she has a power too.  The king forces Mare to play the part of a long lost Silver princess to cover up the impossibility of a Red blood having an ability.  One wrong move on her part and she knows they will kill her.

ISBN: 9780545370998
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 24th, 2013

In a world where a virus has mutated humanity, everything east of the Mississippi River is called the Feral Zone and is off limits.  Young Lane McEvoy is tempted to see what is over the wall blocking the East from her, but knows that going over is a death sentence, not only because of the mutated people but because the punishment is death. 

When Lane is taken into custody for close contact with someone who may have the virus she finds out that her father is the one who they are really looking for and he has escaped into the Feral Zone.  Now Lane must go in after him or the government will kill him.  Lane is unprepared for what she finds there; people who are part human, part animal.  Some have gone crazy and are only out for human blood. 

Lane is determined to find her father in time and get back over the wall before it is too late. 

ISBN: 9780545788922
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Published: Scholastic Press - December 30th, 2014

This is a charming, little picture book about a Panda who has a box full of doughnuts to give away.  As he travels he runs into other animals whom he asks if they would like a doughnut, but he refuses for some reason.  Finally he comes across someone to whom he is willing to give the whole box, but why?   You will have to read to find out. 

By Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062252074
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 3rd, 2015

This is a cute little story about a blue crayon who has been mis-labeled as red.  He keeps trying his hardest to be a red crayon by mixing with yellow to make a bright orange sun or coloring a fire truck, but he just can’t do it.  The other crayons just tell him that he needs to practice harder.  Then one day he meets a new friend and they ask him to make something blue.  Our little red crayon finally has finally his niche, he is really a blue crayon.

ISBN: 9780544336230
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - January 6th, 2015

This is the first in a trilogy.  The story is set in a new – age world where most of America has been ravaged by war.  Cia is about to graduate and is hoping to be chosen for the Testing so she can go on to University.  When she becomes one of the chosen, her father pulls her aside and tells her about what he remembers, which isn't much considering his memories were wiped when he made it through.  As the Testing starts, Cia realizes some of the students will do anything to be one of the 20 who will move on to the University.  Cia must be smarter than the rest to make it. 

Anyone who loved the Hunger Games will love this book!

ISBN: 9780374301866
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - December 23rd, 2014

This adorable little board book is about a monster who wants someone to love him.  Everyone loves rabbits and kittens, but who will love a hairy, googly-eyed monster?  He goes on a journey to find that someone, and you will never guess who he finds and where he finds them. 

ISBN: 9781619634008
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - October 7th, 2014

Jack and his friends are orphaned kids who now call themselves the Urban Outlaws.  They perform random acts of kindness in the city of London, such as giving a single mother bags of groceries that she needs for her infant, or leaving money on someones doorstep.  When they stumble on a computer that can steal the worlds secrets they know that they have to stop it.  No one will ever be safe from the prying eyes of this super computer, but trying to stop the people behind this could cost them much more then they are willing to give up. 

ISBN: 9780062332585
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - October 7th, 2014

Twelve players, one for each ancient bloodline.  They have trained for centuries, knowledge passed down for generations, never knowing when the event will happen.  Now they must gather for the Calling, because Endgame has started. All players have to solve a puzzle that is just for them, which will lead to the first of three keys. Only one person is supposed to win to save their bloodline from extinction. Who will be the one?

This is the first in a new trilogy, where you not only follow along to the characters journey but you are able to play a real life game yourself with the prize being $500,000. All the clues are in the book as you read along. Can you figure it out?