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The Case of the Missing Moonstone

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              The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford In an alternate 1826 London, Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects. Book 1 ... Read More »

Smek for President!

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              Smek for President! by Adam Rex Gratuity “Tip” Tucci and her alien friend, J.Lo, journey to New Boovworld, one of Saturn’s moons, to clear J.Lo’s name after a string of misunderstandings.   Sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex   Read More »

Frozen In Time : Clarence Birdseye’s Outrageous Idea About Frozen Food

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              Frozen In Time : Clarence Birdseye’s Outrageous Idea About Frozen Food by Mark Kurlansky Adventurer and inventor Clarence Birdseye had a fascination with food preservation that led him to develop and patent the Birdseye freezing process and start the company that still bears his name today. His limitless curiosity spurred his other inventions, ... Read More »

The Madman of Piney Woods

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              The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis Even though it is now 1901, the people of Buxton, Canada (originally a settlement of runaway slaves) and Chatham, Canada are still haunted by two events of half a century before–the American Civil War, and the Irish potato famine, and the lasting damage those ... Read More »

The islands of Chaldea

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              The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones – completed by Ursula Jones Aileen’s family of magic makers includes Aunt Beck, the most powerful magician on Skarr, but her own magic does not show itself until a mission for the King and a magical cat help her find strength and confidence.   Read More »

Space Case

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              Space Case : A Moon Base Alpha Novel by Stuart Gibbs Twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous back on Earth for being one of the first humans to live on the moon. However, he is stuck inside Moon Base Alpha and totally bored. When one of the moon’s most prominent doctors turns up dead, Dash investigates. But ... Read More »

Five Kingdoms : Sky Raiders

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              Five Kingdoms : Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull Whisked through a portal to the Outskirts, an in-between world, sixth-grader Cole must rescue his friends and find his way back home–before his existence is forgotten. Book 1 of the Five Kingdoms series   Read More »

Egg & Spoon

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              Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire When she changes places with privileged Cat, Elena Rudina, a Russian peasant girl, finds herself caught up in an escapade involving an imprisoned monk, a prince traveling incognito, and the legendary witch Baba Yaga.   Read More »