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The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Language

English

Pages

562

Publication Date

December 18, 2007

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<b>DON’T MISS <i>BRIDGE OF CLAY</i>, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE <i>THE BOOK THIEF</i>.</b><br />  <br /><b>The extraordinary #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.</b><br />  <br /><b>Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS’s <i>The Great American Read</i>.</b> <i> <br /><br />When Death has a story to tell, you listen.</i><br /><br /> It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.<br /><br /> Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. <br /><br /> In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of <i>I Am the Messenger,</i> has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.<br />  <br /> “The kind of book that can be life-changing.” —<i>The New York Times</i><br />  <br /> “Deserves a place on the same shelf with <i>The Diary of a Young Girl </i>by Anne Frank.” —<i>USA Today</i>
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
by John Boyne

Language

English

Pages

228

Publication Date

December 18, 2008

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<b>“Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as <i>The Diary of Anne Frank</i>.” —<i>USA Today</i></b><br />  <br /> Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.<br />  <br /> But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series, Book 1)
by Charlie N. Holmberg

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

September 01, 2014

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<p><b>“Charlie is a vibrant writer with an excellent voice and great world building. I thoroughly enjoyed the <i>Paper Magician</i>.” —Brandon Sanderson, author of Mistborn and <i>The Way of Kings</i></b></p> <p>Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.</p><p>Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.</p><p>An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.</p><p>From the imaginative mind of debut author Charlie N. Holmberg, <i>The Paper Magician</i> is an extraordinary adventure both dark and whimsical that will delight readers of all ages<i>.</i></p><p>Short-Listed for the 2015 ALA Fantasy Reading List </p>
The Hidden Village: A Gripping and Unforgettable Story of Surviva...
by Imogen Matthews

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

May 18, 2017

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<b>Wartime Holland. Who can you trust?</b> <br /><br />Deep in the Veluwe woods lies a secret that frustrates the Germans. Convinced that Jews are hiding close by they can find no proof.<br /><br />The secret is Berkenhout, a purpose-built village of huts sheltering dozens of persecuted people. <br />Young tearaway Jan roams the woods looking for adventure and fallen pilots. His dream comes true when he stumbles across an American airman, Donald C. McDonald. But keeping him hidden sets off a disastrous chain of events. <br /><br />Sofie, a Jewish Dutch girl, struggles to adapt to living in Berkenhout, away from her family and friends. As weeks turn to months, she’s worried they’ll abandon her altogether. <br /><br />Henk Hauer, head woodman, is in charge of building the underground huts and ensuring the Berkenhout inhabitants stay safe. <br />But many grow suspicious of his liaisons with the Germans. Is he passing on secret information that could endanger lives?<br /><br />All it takes is one small fatal slip to change the course of all their lives for ever.<br /><br />Review, May 2018:<br />"It's a cracking book, gripping, sensitive heartfelt and excruciating all at the same time. I've already recommended it to loads of people. It's a wonderful story as well and the characters are so human. You do a wonderful job of not making them 'war caricatures' that so often happens in literature set in that time, but they all come across as believable humans, with flawed personalities caught in personal as well as political turmoil. Although it's a book set in war-time, it's more a book about people and their relationships struggling in a given situation; the war is the backdrop. Which is as it should be. Human stories first. I'll be sad to finish it!" - Liam Gerrard, BAFTA-nominated actor.
Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

Language

English

Pages

221

Publication Date

February 02, 2016

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<b><i>New York Times</i> Bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal! <b>"Masterfully crafted"<b>—</b><i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br />For readers of <b><i>Between Shades of Gray</i> and<i> All the Light We Cannot See</i>, Ruta Sepetys </b>returns to WWII <b>in this epic novel that </b>shines a light on one of the war's most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.<br /></b><br />World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the <i>Wilhelm Gustloff.</i> Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.<br /><br /> Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people—adults and children alike—aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.<br /><br />Told in alternating points of view and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>All the Light We Cannot See</i>, Erik Larson's <i>Dead Wake</i>, and Elizabeth Wein's Printz Honor Book <i>Code Name Verity</i>, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the<i><b> </b>Wilhelm Gustloff<b>—</b></i>the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in <i>Between Shades of Gray</i>, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity and love can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.<br /><b><br />Praise for <i>Salt to the Sea</i>:</b><br />Featured on NPR's Morning Edition  ♦  "Superlative...masterfully crafted...[a] powerful work of historical fiction."—<i>The Wall Street Journal  ♦  </i>"[Sepetys is] a master of YA fiction…she once again anchors a panoramic view of epic tragedy in perspectives that feel deeply textured and immediate."—<i>Entertainment Weekly  ♦  </i>"Riveting...powerful...haunting."—<i>The Washington Post  ♦ </i>"Compelling for both adult and teenage readers."—<i>New York Times Book Review  ♦  </i>"Intimate, extraordinary, artfully crafted...brilliant."—<i>Shelf Awareness</i>  ♦  "Historical fiction at its very, very best."—<i>The Globe and Mail<b>  <i>♦ </i> </b></i>"[H]aunting, heartbreaking, hopeful and altogether gorgeous...one of the best young-adult novels to appear in a very long time."—<i>Salt Lake Tribune  <b>♦  *</b></i>"This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered."—<i>Booklist</i>  ♦ <b> *</b>"Artfully told and sensitively crafted...will leave readers weeping."—<i>School Library Journal</i>  ♦  A <i>PW</i> and <i>SLJ</i> 2016 Book of the Year<br /><br /><b><b>Praise for <i><b>Between Shades of Gray</b></i>:</b></b><br />A<i> New York Times</i> Notable Book  ♦  A <i>Wall Street Journal</i> Best Children’s Book  ♦  A <i>PW</i>, <i>SLJ</i>,<i><i> Booklist</i></i>, and<i><i> Kirkus</i></i> Best Book  ♦  iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen Novel  ♦  A Carnegie Medal and William C. Morris Finalist  ♦  A <i>New York Times</i> and International Bestseller  ♦  "Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both."—<i>The Washington Post  ♦ </i> <b>*</b>"[A]n important book that deserves the widest possible readership."—<i>Booklist</i>
The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Book 3)
by Charlie N. Holmberg

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

June 02, 2015

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<p>Throughout her studies, Ceony Twill has harbored a secret, one she’s kept from even her mentor, Emery Thane. She’s discovered how to practice forms of magic other than her own—an ability long thought impossible.</p><p>While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician’s exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony’s past escapes imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined.</p><p>The whimsical and captivating follow-up to <i>The Paper Magician</i> and <i>The Glass Magician</i>, <i>The Master Magician</i> will enchant readers of all ages.</p>
The Queen's Resistance (The Queen's Rising Book 2)
by Rebecca Ross

Language

English

Pages

480

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<p><strong>For fans of Red Queen and Grave Mercy comes the captivating sequel to the Renaissance France-inspired epic fantasy <em>The Queen’s Rising</em>.</strong></p><p>Brienna is a mistress of knowledge and is beginning to settle into her role as the daughter of the once disgraced lord, Davin MacQuinn. Though she’d just survived a revolution that will return a queen to the throne, she faces yet another challenge: acceptance by the MacQuinns.</p><p>But as Queen Isolde Kavanagh’s closest confidant, she’ll have to balance serving her father’s House as well as her country. </p><p>Then there’s Aodhan Morgan, formerly known as Cartier Évariste, who is adjusting to the stark contrast between his pre-rebellion life in Valenia and his current one as lord of a fallen House. As he attempts to restore the Morgane name, he let his mind wander—what if he doesn’t have to raise his House alone? What if Brienna could stand by his side?</p><p>But Brienna and Cartier must put their feelings aside, as there are more vital tasks at hand—the Lannons' trial, forging alliances, and ensuring that no one halts the queen’s coronation. Resistance is rumbling among the old regime’s supporters, who are desperate to find a weakness in the rebels’ forces.</p><p>And what makes one more vulnerable than love?</p>
Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys

Language

English

Pages

356

Publication Date

March 22, 2011

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<b>The inspiration for the major motion picture <i>Ashes in the Snow</i>!<br /><br />"Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both." --<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /><b>From <i>New York Times</i> and international bestseller and Carnegie Medal winner Ruta Sepetys, author of <i>Salt to the Sea</i>, comes a story of loss and of fear -- and ultimately, of survival.</b><br /><br />A <i>New York Times</i> notable book<br />An international bestseller<br />A Carnegie Medal nominee<br />A William C. Morris Award finalist<br />A Golden Kite Award winner<br /><br />Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life -- until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father's prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?<br /><br />A moving and haunting novel perfect for readers of <i>The Book Thief</i>.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Between Shades of Gray</i>:</b><br /><br />"Superlative. A hefty emotional punch." --<i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />"Heart-wrenching . . . an eye-opening reimagination of a very real tragedy written with grace and heart." --<i>The Los Angeles Times<br /></i><br />"At once a suspenseful, drama-packed survival story, a romance, and an intricately researched work of historial fiction." --<i>The Wall Street Journal</i><br /><br />* "Beautifully written and deeply felt . . . An important book that deserves the widest possible readership." --<i>Booklist</i>, starred review<br /><br /> “A superlative first novel. A hefty emotional punch.”--<i>The New York Times Book Review </i><br /><br /> “A brilliant story of love and survival.”--Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of <i>Speak </i>and <i>Wintergirls </i><br /><br /> * “Beautifully written and deeply felt…an important book that deserves the widest possible readership.”--<i>Booklist</i>, Starred Review
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices Book 1)
by Cassandra Clare

Language

English

Pages

497

Publication Date

August 31, 2010

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Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. Discover the riveting first book in the #1 <I >New York Times</I> bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.<BR><BR>In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the <I>New York Times</I> bestselling Mortal Instruments series.<BR> <BR>The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....
Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness duology)
by Robin LaFevers

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

February 05, 2019

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Customer Reviews
<DIV><B>First in a duology, this darkly thrilling page-turner set in the world of the best-selling His Fair Assassin series is perfect for fans of THRONE OF GLASS, RED QUEEN, and GAME OF THRONES. Told in alternating perspectives, when Sybella discovers there is another trained assassin from St. Mortain’s convent deep undercover in the French court, she must use every skill in her arsenal to navigate the deadly royal politics and find her sister in arms before her time—and that of the newly crowned queen—runs out. </B><BR /><BR />When Sybella accompanies the Duchess to France, she expects trouble, but she isn’t expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from the convent of St. Mortain who were placed in the French court years ago.<BR /><BR /> Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands.<BR />  <BR /> As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance. </DIV>

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