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The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune, and Fate
by David Elliott
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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High adventure from a master storyteller about one boy’s attempt to fend for himself among cruel orphan masters, corrupt magistrates, and conniving thieves.



In the seaside town of Melcombe Regis, England,...Read more

Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush
Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush
by Peter Lourie
illustrated by Wendell Minor
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6, This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Swept up in the Gold Rush of 1897, young Jack London headed north to strike it rich in the Klondike and discovered something more precious than gold―the seeds of the stories that would flower into his classic novels The Call of the Wild ...Read more

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Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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A breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor

 

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

 

the aftermath of a war between...Read more

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The Fearless Travelers' Guide to Wicked Places
by Pete Begler
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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Twelve-year-old Nell Perkins knows there is magic at work that she can’t yet understand. Her mother has been taken by witches and turned into a bird. Nell must journey to get her mother back, even if it takes her deep into the Wicked Places ― the...Read more

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Velocity
by Chris Wooding
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Buckle up for a fast-paced, high-octane thrill ride!



Cassica and Shiara are best friends. They couldn't be more different, but their differences work to their advantage -- especially when they're drag racing. Cassica is...Read more

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Frogkisser!
by Garth Nix
This book is for: Tweens, This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Poor Princess Anya. Forced to live with her evil stepmother's new husband, her evil stepstepfather. Plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. And forced to go on the run when her stepstepfather decides to...Read more

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The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable
by Aaron Blabey
This book is for: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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The Bad Guys next mission? Rescue 10,000 chickens from a high-tech cage farm. But they are up against sizzling lasers, one feisty tarantula, and their very own Mr. Snake...who's also known as "The Chicken Swallower." What could possibly go wrong...Read more

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The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl from Everywhere Book 2)
by Heidi Heilig
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere.

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the...Read more

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The Time Museum
by Matthew Loux
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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The internship program at the Time Museum is a little unusual. For one thing, kids as young as twelve get to apply for these prestigious summer jobs. And as for the applicant pool . . . well, these kids come from all over history.

When...Read more

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Last Day on Mars (Chronicle of the Dark Star Book 1)
by Kevin Emerson
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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It is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova far sooner than anyone expected. The human race has fled to Mars, but...Read more

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