A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

“Who would eat a jelly sandwich… while reading MY book?”

Little Louie’s dismayed look on the cover lets us know that something is amiss here.  Someone has modified his book title with crayon and spilled lots of icky things on …


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When Lunch Fights Back by Rebecca L. Johnson

“In nature, good defenses can mean the difference between surviving a predator’s attack and becoming its lunch.”

Meet the Hagfish, the Hoopoe and other amazing creatures from around the world who have very special ways of defending themselves from predators. …


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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Taking place in a futuristic Beijing, sixteen-year-old cyborg Cinder supports her lazy step-family by working as a mechanic at the town marketplace. Cinder finds herself in unusual circumstances when the prince of New Beijing comes to her market stand, desperately


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Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Cyn thinks that, even though he’s cute, there’s something seriously creepy about Mr. Gabriel, the new school librarian. And, to make matters worse, her best friend Annie is falling in love with him. But when Cyn finds Mr. Gabriel in


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The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

This fantasy tale is filled with literary and poetic references.

Grad student Nora stumbles through a gateway to another world and is trapped by a race of people called the Faitoren. Magician Aruendiel rescues he and becomes her protector and


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This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein has a fresh take on climate change that doesn’t have anything to do with switching out your light bulbs. Klein is changing the nature of the conversation by arguing that capitalism is to blame for climate change, not


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What If?

Is there enough energy to move the entire current human population off-planet?

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe is an insightful and intelligent book that takes the question “What if?” to an …


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Square Foot Gardening with Kids

There is nothing quite like the look on a child’s face when she picks the very first tomato she’s ever grown. It’s plump and red, and sure to be juicy, and it’s all hers.

Mel Bartholomew adapted his …


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The Rathbones by Janice Clark

The allure of a story steeped in mystery is the delight in the handling of the reveal. The Rathbones by Janice Clark promises the epic unraveling of ancestral secrets, as perceived through the young protagonist, Mercy Rathbone. It was this …


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Dorothy Must Die

I didn’t know what was Good or Wicked anymore. All I knew was what was right.

Dorothy Must Die is a dark fantasy written by Danielle Paige, derived from the classic story, The Wizard of Oz, by …


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Gang Leader for a Day

Frustrated by the sometimes sterile nature of sociological research, Sudhir Venkatesh, a University of Chicago graduate student, went “rogue.”

During the height of the crack epidemic, Venkatesh walked into the Robert Taylor projects to find out what was really going


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Kids are Weird by Jeffrey Brown

“Since you’re here I’m going to wash my hands for real”. This is just one of dozens of those sometimes shockingly truthful things that kids say to their parents, family and total strangers that Jeffrey Brown includes in his latest …


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Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband, Bones, have faced many threats over the years, among them ghouls, ghosts, other vampires, and the U.S. Government. This last threat resurfaces in the latest Night Huntress novel, with a vengeance. Cat and …


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The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

At the turn of the twentieth century, a variety of poisons were used by unscrupulous people for everything from personal gain to terrorism. In New York City, forensic science was just being developed, and pioneering scientists fought an uphill battle


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The Whale Warriors by Peter Heller

How far would you be willing to go to preserve a species?

The Whale Warriors are a small group that uses “direct intervention” tactics to deter illegal marine poaching. Their cause is highly politicized with many governments condemning the group.


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Bandette: Presto by Paul Tobin

Bandette is the world’s greatest thief. She’s also a costumed teenager who uses her skills to not only thwart, but also to assist the police. Now an international criminal organization wants Bandette dead. Will she and her band of misfit


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Lazarus Book One by Greg Rucka

In a dystopian future where a handful of families ruthlessly control the limited resources of a ravaged world, much of which is simply referred to as The Waste, a woman named Forever Carlyle is a Lazarus.

Genetically and technologically modified


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Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

The young adult novel, Man Made Boy tells a tale of trolls and nymphs, robots and dragons, living throughout the United States, and having to hide from the non-magical public. The story looks from the point of view of 17-year-old …


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The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life

Mary has spent four years of high school as a nerdy good girl. Mary’s last hope to do something memorable in high school is to win the Oyster Point High Unofficial Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. After a fiasco at prom …


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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

The sixth installment in Alan Bradley’s award-winning Flavia De Luce series finds our heroine anxiously awaiting the return of her long absent mother, Harriet, at the train station. What she doesn’t count on is a whispered, cryptic message from a …


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Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

The United States was the first country to develop nuclear weapons. It is also the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons against a foreign power.

The arms race during the Cold War led America and Russia to build …


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We Were There

As expected, the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy saw a flood of new material published on everything from his personal life and early political career, to the presidency, as well as the assassination itself. This only serves …


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