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October 28, 2006
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
You go, chica!

Mountain biker Paski catches the attention of super hottie Chris on her first day at her new Orange County school--which, unfortunately, also earns her the wrath of the most popular girls who hate everyone who's not like them. Readers will adore spunky Paski, will laugh at her hilarious, straight-talking...

October 27, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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0.0
Kids Fiction
Stand by for fun!

Join Captain William Lubber, Pirate Hunter General, as he takes you on a voyage around the world chasing the dread pirate Arabella Drummond in order to bring her to justiceor perhaps to keep her treasure for himself! With its exciting story, this latest entry in Templars -ology series promises...

October 27, 2006
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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0.0
How to catch a dragon

Fans of Dragonology will enjoy this amusing, lavishly illustrated guide for tracking and taming dragons, which comes with a high-quality ready-to-assemble dragon mobile. The highlight of the book is its appendix of rhymes to help train dragons and riddles to help tame them. Recommended as a companion book...

October 11, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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Brains and beauty

"I will give you a riddle, and if you can solve it, I shall marry you and you can become my queen...Tomorrow, come to me not clothed, and yet not naked; not riding, and yet not walking; not on the road, and yet not off the road...If you fail, then...

October 08, 2006
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4.0
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4.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Saving Private Fox

Sasha Fox has been different all her life, although her family pretends she's normal. But when World War I breaks out, Sasha's mysterious powers give her a sickening vision: her brothers, fighting somewhere in France, are going to die. Desperate to change this terrible fate, Sasha sets...

October 08, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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The role of a lifetime

Sam is lucky--he lives on London Bridge right near William Shakespeare's wonderful new playhouse where they put on the best plays in all of England. But he and his mother don't have any money so he has to look for a job. When Sam sneaks into the theatre...

October 08, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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0.0
Kids Fiction
The power of a story

When his family escapes war-torn Rwanda and comes to England, Christophe finds that his schoolmates dont really understand him. Can he find a way to share his story with everyone? This touching short novel demonstrates the power of a story when told in the right words....

September 27, 2006
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
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This Cat's got claws!

Julia Goldings first novel is a rollicking adventure story set in the theatres and alleyways of late 18th-century London, where street gangs duke it out with wayward young nobles and escaped slaves to find a precious jewel that will mean either their fortunes or their deaths. Heroine Cat is...

September 18, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Tell not a breath of how I met my death

In My Swordhand is Singing, Marcus Sedgwick tells a sinister tale of a woodcutter and his son who fight the legendary undead in seventeenth-century Romania, and he tells it with such skill that the reader is transported to the desolate, wintry birch forest along with young Peter as he slowly...

September 18, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Fish out of water

When 16-year old Amy Nelson's estranged father insists on dragging her to Israel for the summer to meet his side of the family, she knows it's not going to be like anything she's ever experienced before, but she doesn't expect it to be quite so life-changing as it turns out...

September 15, 2006
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
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0.0
Young Adult Nonfiction
The times they were a-changin'

Two centuries ago, the industrial revolution was changing the world, forcing all to rethink the place of man in a universe rapidly becoming dominated by machines. William Blake rebelled against the smothering of individual human spirit and experience, choosing instead to celebrate them through his work and life. ...

September 12, 2006
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
For shame

In Grayson, Alberta, people get older but they don't get nicer, and Will Samson is learning to be an Indian because his fellow townspeople make him ashamed to be white. In A Dirty Deed, Will and Arthur go up against old man Howe and his bully boys again, this...

September 09, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Not everyone hates a bully

In Grayson, Alberta in 1952, Will Samson is learning that grown-ups can be bullies as well as kids. When Will and his friend Arthur find an Indian war hero beaten and left for dead by the train tracks, they're determined not to let the white thugs get away with...

September 06, 2006
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5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Fiction
Open your eyes

Before I met him, my life was so...narrow and not very interesting, but I didn't even know it. He cracked my whole world open. So says 18-year-old high school senior Grace of her older lover, college professor Michael, who has helped her to break free of her ultra-religious...

September 04, 2006
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
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0.0
Are you brave enough?

This entertaining caper novel pits Will against a Banshee, with the Devil's nephew (in the guise of a friendly houseguest) feeding him just enough information to stay one step ahead of the demons in his quest to save his new friend's life. With mythical creatures and riddles at every...

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