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A home for goddesses and dogs by Connor, Leslie, author. A home for goddesses and dogs

"It's a life-altering New Year for thirteen-year-old Lydia when she uproots to a Connecticut farm to live with her aunt following her mother's death. Aunt Brat, her jovial wife, Eileen, and their ancient live-in landlord, Elloroy, are welcoming -- and a little quirky. Lydia's struggle for a sense of belonging in her new family is highlighted when the women adopt a big yellow dog just days after the girl's arrival. Wasn't one rescue enough? Lydia is not a dog person -- and this one is trouble! He

Sep 4, 2020
Ali Cross by Patterson, James, 1947- author. Ali Cross

"Alex Cross. The brilliant DC detective who never gives up on a case. Ali Cross. The tenacious kid who's determined to follow in his father's footsteps. The case that finally gives him a chance. Ali knows Gabe Qualls better than anyone, so when his friend goes missing, Ali jumps right into action. Being Alex Cross's son has taught him the skills he needs to solve the mystery: intelligence, persistence, and logic. One thing he didn't inherit? Patience. Because Ali knows that with every passing da

Sep 4, 2020
Can you see me? by Scott, Libby, author. Can you see me?

"Tally isn't ashamed of being autistic -- even if it complicates life sometimes, it's part of who she is. But this is her first year at Kingswood Academy, and her best friend, Layla, is the only one who knows. And while a lot of other people are uncomfortable around Tally, Layla has never been one of them ... until now. Something is different about sixth grade, and Tally now feels like she has to act "normal." But as Tally hides her true self, she starts to wonder what "normal" means after all a

Sep 4, 2020
Genesis begins again by Williams, Alicia, 1970- author, narrator. Genesis begins again

"There are ninety-six reasons why thirteen-year-old Genesis dislikes herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list: Because her family is always being put out of their house. Because her dad has a gambling problem. And maybe a drinking problem too. Because Genesis knows this is all her fault. Because she wasn't born looking like Mama. Because she is too black. Genesis is determined to fix her family, and she's willing to try anything to do so . . . even if it means harming herself

Sep 4, 2020
Gold rush girl by Avi, 1937- author. Gold rush girl

"Victoria Blaisdell longs for independence and adventure, and she yearns to accompany her father as he sails west in search of real gold! But it is 1848, and Tory isn't even allowed to go to school, much less travel all the way from Rhode Island to California. Determined to take control of her own destiny, Tory stows away on the ship. Though San Francisco is frenzied and full of wild and dangerous men, Tory finds freedom and friendship there. Until one day, when Father is in the gold fields, her

Sep 4, 2020
Harry Potter and the deathly hallows by Rowling, J. K., author. Harry Potter and the deathly hallows

It all comes down to this--a final face-off between good and evil. You plan to pull out all the stops, but every time you solve one mystery, three more evolve. Do you stay the course you started, despite your lack of progress? Do you detour and follow a new lead that may not help? Do you listen to your instincts, or your friends? Lord Voldemort is preparing for battle and so must Harry. With Ron and Hermione at his side, he's trying to hunt down Voldemort's Horcruxes, escape danger at every turn

Sep 4, 2020
Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone by Rowling, J. K., author. Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

Sep 4, 2020
How to cheat a dragon's curse by Cowell, Cressida, author. How to cheat a dragon's curse

Hiccup's best friend, Fishlegs, has been stung by the deadly Venomous Vorpent! The only cure is the Vegetable-That-No-One-Dares-Name. In order to get his hands on this legendary prize and save his friend, Hiccup must travel to the wintry island of Hysteria and battle the crazy Chief of the Hysterics, Norbert the Nutjob. Can he find a way to cheat the Vorpent's curse, or will he be too late?

Sep 4, 2020
How to fight a dragon's fury by Cowell, Cressida, author. How to fight a dragon's fury

In more of the the heroic misadventures of Hiccup the Viking the Doomsday of Yule has arrived, and the future of dragonkind lies in the hands of one boy with nothing to show, but everything to fight for. Hiccup's quest is clear. But can he end the rebellion? Can he save the dragons? The stakes have never been higher, as the very fate of the Viking world hangs in the balance!

Sep 4, 2020
How to seize a dragon's jewel by Cowell, Cressida, author. How to seize a dragon's jewel

In exile, and hunted by dragons and humans alike, can Hiccup the Viking find the dragon's jewel and save the world from destruction?

Sep 4, 2020
How to speak Dragonese by Cowell, Cressida, author. How to speak Dragonese

A Viking lesson in pirating takes a strange turn when Hiccup and his best friend, Fishlegs, accidentally raid the wrong ship while trying to escape Sharkworms. The two lads rescue a tiny yet arrogant nanodragon named Ziggerastica, but then they are kidnapped as part of a vicious plot to steal every dragon on the Isle of Berk! Hiccup must rely on his tiny new friend, and his ability to speak Dragonese, to save the day again!

Sep 4, 2020
Inside out & back again by Lai, Thanhha, author. Inside out & back again

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Sep 4, 2020
Ivy + Bean by Barrows, Annie. Ivy + Bean

Bookish Ivy and rambunctious Bean couldn't be more different--and at first it didn't look like they were going to be friends at all. But after Ivy helped Bean out of a tough jam, the two became inseparable. Collected here are the girls' first three adventures.

Sep 4, 2020
Keeper of the lost cities by Messenger, Shannon, author. Keeper of the lost cities

"A telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world-before the wrong person finds the answer first. Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She's skipped multiple grades and doesn't really connect with the older kids at school, but she's not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie's a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret -- at least, that's what she things ... But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and ador

Sep 4, 2020
Mission impawsible by Patterson, James, 1947- author. Mission impawsible

"It's me, Junior, back again with another TAIL-WAGGING tale of mischief making! I'll tell you all about the FUR-RAISING time I had when my pet humans went on a trip without me, and the horrible place they left me. Here are some of the adventures I had: * How I survived on a diet of icky VEGETABLES, with no yummy, drool-inducing MEAT in sight! * My SUPER-SECRET plan to steal delicious HAMBURGERS! * How my pooch-pals and I cooked up a grand scheme to BREAK FREE and get back home. It's a dangerous

Sep 4, 2020
My life as a book by Tashjian, Janet, author. My life as a book

"Summer's finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting unusual investigations. But when Derek's parents get tired of cleaning up after his "fun," they decide to send him to Learning Camp. His entire summer is ruined! Until Derek starts digging into a family secret involving himself (in diapers! no less), and he realizes that this summer may not be so bad after all."--

Sep 4, 2020
Sal & Gabi fix the universe by Hernandez, Carlos Alberto, author. Sal & Gabi fix the universe

"Papi, a calamity physicist, believes he has made a breakthrough that will let him close all the wormholes Sal and Gabi have made in the membrane between universes. But how will that affect Gabi's baby brother, Iggy, who needs to be connected to another universe in order to remain healthy? And what will it mean for Sal, who uses the holes to stay in touch with other versions of his Mami Muerta? As if he needed more problems, a Gabi from a far-off world shows up determined to stop Sal's papi at a

Sep 4, 2020
Scream and scream again! - spooky stories from Mystery Writers of America. by Scream and scream again! - spooky stories from Mystery Writers of America.

"The godfather of Goosebumps, R.L. Stine, brings his unrivaled mastery of all things fearsome, frightening, and fantabulous to his first ever anthology of scary short stories, Scream and Scream Again! Collected in conjunction with Mystery Writers of America, this set includes works from such New York Times bestselling authors as Chris Grabenstein, Wendy Corsi Staub, Heather Graham, Peter Lerangis, and, of course, Stine himself. From tales of wicked ice cream trucks to time-traveling heroes to wi

Sep 4, 2020
The chaos curse by DasGupta, Sayantani, author, narrator. The chaos curse

"Kiranmala must leave the Kingdom Beyond and travel to her hometown of Parsippany to save Prince Lal, who has been spirited to the unlikeliest of places -- a tree in the yard of her best-enemy-for-life. She also faces evil serpents (of course!), plus a frightening prophecy about her role in the coming conflict between good and evil. Most troubling of all, though, is the way reality all around her seems to waver and flicker at odd moments. Could it be that the Anti-Chaos Committee's efforts are c

Sep 4, 2020
The lonely heart of Maybelle Lane by O'Shaughnessy, Kate, author. The lonely heart of Maybelle Lane

"Eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane has been collecting sounds her whole life, but her favorite by far is the sound of her father's warm laugh, saved on an old phone's voicemail recording. It's all she knows of him, really. Her mother just says they are better off without him. But now, somehow, that laugh is on the radio -- his laugh. And when her father announces that he'll be judging a singing contest in Nashville, Maybelle impulsively signs up. She doesn't know how she'll get there, or what she'll

Sep 4, 2020