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The Ickabog (MG)

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by J.K. Rowling In a distant, marshy corner of a peaceful and prosperous kingdom lives a hideous, deadly monster—or so the tales say. No one takes the stories of the Ickabog too seriously until the king decides to ride to the marsh to prove, once and for all, if the legends are true. This was […]

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The Giver (MG)

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by Lois Lowry Jonas has grown up in an “ideal,” well-ordered community, where life is easy and comfortable and everyone is always polite. When, at 12, his classmates are assigned to their adult jobs for training, Jonas is not assigned. Instead he is selected to be the next Receiver of Memory. He learns from the […]

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The Hero and the Crown (YA)

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by Robin McKinley Aerin is the king’s daughter, but her mother was a mysterious “witchwoman” of the North, and her father’s people will not let her forget it. When her father’s kingdom is under attack and the last of the great dragons has awoken, can Aerin rise to the challenge and save the kingdom that […]

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Spinning Silver (YA)

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by Naomi Novik The king of the winter kingdom steals Miryem, a moneylender purportedly able to “turn silver into gold.” He uses her without her knowledge to create winter in the middle of summer. But could there be a creature more awful than the one freezing the crops and starving the daylit kingdom? And what […]

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Chalice (YA)

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by Robin McKinley When the previous Master and Chalice of Willowlands die in a sudden catastrophe, Mirasol is drawn from her woodright to become the new Chalice. The old Master’s younger brother, halfway through becoming a priest of Elemental Fire, is the only remaining blood heir. Can an inexperienced beekeeper-turned-Chalice and a Fire priest save […]

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Smoky the Cowhorse (MG)

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by Will James This book is the story of a wild range horse, Smoky, from birth through his time helping his favorite cowboy wrangle cattle and beyond, offering a look at cowboy culture and the life of a horse in the west from a horse’s perspective. Despite the fact that the horse’s perspective is very […]

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Ogre Enchanted (MG)

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by Gail Carson Levine Evie, a 15-year-old healer, isn’t expecting her best friend Wormy to propose, nor that a fairy will punish her for refusing. Yet suddenly she is an ogre, with only 62 days to accept another marriage proposal if she ever wants to be human again. She has to rely on her wits […]

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The Sun is Also a Star (YA)

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by Nicola Yoon Neither Natasha nor Daniel is looking for their true love today. A string of random chances bring them together. But Natasha is being deported back to Jamaica tonight—will the random events continue, keeping them together, or will more chances tear them apart? This book was beautifully written. I loved the points of […]

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Cheshire Crossing (YA)

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by Andy Weir What do you get when you put Dorothy, Wendy, and Alice into a boarding school together? A world-hopping adventure where the Witch of the West teams up with Captain Hook and the Cheshire Cat comes to Oz, of course.  This graphic novel was a lot of fun, blending elements from our favorite […]