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  • Author:
    Atkinson, Dave
    Summary:

    It's not easy being a fourteen-year-old wereduck in a family of werewolves. In The Wereduck Code, we catch up with Kate after discovering that an ancient cure for her family's curse—one she had hoped would mean her family could finally come out of hiding—turned out to be more complicated than that. The third installment of the critically acclaimed Wereduck series finds Kate sending away for a DNA test, thinking it will provide answers. The test's results are shocking: there appears to be a toggle in human genetic code that is switched on in werewolves. And if that toggle can be switched off, like it was for her best friend John, does that mean it can be switched on? Will the scientist who discovered it use this information for good or evil? And where is Dirk Bragg? The tabloid journalist-turned-country-music-star—who's come close to exposing Kate's family more than once—is suddenly missing. And as John soon discovers, there's an anonymous group of hackers called D-Net hot on Dirk's trail, convinced he can reveal the truth about werewolves once and for all. With freedom and friendship on the line, the thrilling conclusion of the Wereduck series will leave readers on the edge of their seats!

  • Author:
    Ford, Jeffrey
    Summary:

    An epic masterwork about the trials of a man of "science" in a Kafkaesque realm of persecution and paranoia from a World Fantasy Award-winning author. The Well-Built City is a hellish place of unrelenting nightmare, ruled with cruelty, oppression, and terror by the inscrutable madman Drachton Below. In his multiple-award-winning, New York Times Notable trilogy, Jeffrey Ford creates a dystopia that chronicles the hubris, downfall, and damnation of a highly placed functionary responsible for determining who will live or die according to their facial structure. The Physiognomy: With his unimpeachable authority to condemn and destroy, the pompous, drug-addicted Cley is one of the most feared civil servants in Drachton Below's Well-Built City. But when the Master himself dispatches him to a remote mining town to recover a stolen object of unimaginable power, events will cause the physiognomist to doubt his science and the reality of his world. Memoranda: Exiled in the wilderness, Cley's newfound peace is shattered when his village is struck with a terrible sleeping sickness. Joining forces with Drachton Below's demon son, Misrix, the former physiognomist must reenter the now-ruined city to find a cure hidden in the insane labyrinth of the Master's mind. The Beyond: On a journey chronicled by the half-demon Misrix, one-time physiognomist Cley travels deep into a mysterious and dangerous Beyond to face untold terrors as he attempts to right an unspeakable wrong.

  • Author:
    Garner, Alan
    Summary:

    A young girl and her brother are catapulted into a battle between good and evil for possession of a magical stone of great power that is contained in her bracelet.

  • Author:
    Myers, Karen
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    Book 2 of The Hounds of AnnwnTRAPPED BEHIND ENEMY LINES, CAN HE FIND THE STRENGTH TO DEFEND ALL THAT HE VALUES MOST, OR EVEN JUST TO SURVIVE?It’s the dead of winter and George Talbot Traherne, the new human huntsman for the Wild Hunt, is in trouble. The damage in Gwyn ap Nudd’s domain reveals the deadly powers of a dangerous foe who has mastered an unstoppable weapon and threatens the fae dominions in both the new and the old worlds.Secure in his unbreachable stronghold, the enemy holds hostages and has no compunction about using them in deadly experiments with newly discovered way-technology. Only George has a chance to reach him in time to prevent the loss of thousands of lives, even if it costs him everything.Welcome to the portrait of a paladin in-the-making, Can he carry out a rescue without the deaths of all involved? Will his patron, the antlered god Cernunnos, help him, or just write him off as a dead loss? He has a family to protect and a world to save, and little time to do it in.

  • Author:
    Weeks, Brent
    Summary:

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art--and he is the city's most accomplished artist. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly--and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics--and cultivate a flair for death.

  • Author:
    Coates, Ta-Nehisi
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    A boldly imagined work of magic and adventure from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me. Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage-and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child-but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind-but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle-the struggle to tell the truth-from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers.

  • Author:
    Chima, Cinda Williams
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    After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, sixteen-year-old Jack embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards.

  • Author:
    Jeanjean, Celine
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    Being Damsport's most elegant assassin is hard work. There's tailoring to consider, devilish poisons to concoct, secret identities to maintain... But most importantly, Longinus has to keep his fear of blood hidden or his reputation will be ruined. So, when a scrawny urchin girl threatens to expose his phobia unless he teaches her swordsmanship, he has no choice but to comply. It doesn't take long for Rory to realise that her new trainer has more eccentricities than she has fleas. But she'll put up with anything, no matter how frustrating, to become a swordswoman like her childhood hero. What she's not prepared for is a copycat assassin who seeks to replace Longinus, and who hires Rory's old partner in crime to do away with her, as well. Rory and Longinus must set their differences aside and try to work together if they're to stop the copycat. But darker forces than they realise are at play, and with time running out, the unlikely duo find themselves the last line of defence against a powerful enemy who seeks to bring Damsport to its knees.

  • Author:
    Turtledove, Harry
    Summary:

    War is brewing yet again as the U.S.A. struggles to occupy Canada, and the C.S.A. begins forcing blacks into concentration camps.

  • Author:
    Bush, Maureen
    Summary:

    It's Halloween, and Josh and Maddy are all ready to go out trick-or-treating. But the arrival of their otter-people friends with an urgent message from Keeper the Giant changes everything.

    Returning to the magical world, Josh and Maddy learn its inhabitants are not powerful enough to fix the increasing tears in the Veil. The magic that gives them strength is leaking away through the tears, and soon their lives will be at risk. A Gathering of the magical citizens decides Josh's power is the only thing that can save them – but how?

    Josh, Maddy and Keeper learn they should approach the Weavers for help, and Josh and Maddy set off on a quest to find them. But the two face dangers on the way…and not everybody in the magical world wants them to succeed.

  • Author:
    De la Cruz, Melissa
    Summary:

    Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods--an ancient group of vampires--now find themselves in an epic battle for survival following the stunning revelation of a young socialite's true identity and the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods.

  • Author:
    Rodda, Emily
    Summary:

    Lief, Barda, and Jasmine continue in their quest to free Deltora from the Shadow Lord, now searching for the sixth stone of the Belt of Deltora, a diamond watched over by the Guardian and his pets, Hate, Greed, Pride, and Envy.

  • Author:
    Bow, James
    Summary:

    Rosemary Watson lives in the small town of Clarksbury, where news travels fast and gossip sticks around. Years before, her brother Theo suffered a nervous breakdown, and Rosemary, now entering junior high, is constantly teased about it. She wonders if she might go crazy like her brother, and she feels guilty for not being able to save him. She tries to hide in books, but even there she’s uneasy: she can’t stand to see characters suffer. She’s happiest in the cool world of fact and figures.Rosemary and Peter - the new kid in school with issues of his own - are thrown together, and soon find themselves on a life-or-death quest to rescue Rosemary’s brother, who has lost himself in a book. With the help of Peter and her guide, faerie shape-shifter Puck, Rosemary must face the storybook perils of the Land of Fiction and learn to open her heart, before it is too late.

  • Author:
    Bow, James
    Summary:

    Presenting the three titles in the Unwritten fantasy series. This series sends friends Rosemary and Peter on magical and time-travelling adventures. In The Unwritten Girl, they find themselves on a life-or-death quest to rescue Rosemary's brother, who has lost himself in a book. With the help of Peter and her guide, faerie shape-shifter Puck, Rosemary must face the storybook perils of the Land of Fiction and learn to open her heart, before it is too late. In Fathom Five, a mysterious woman named Fiona appears and tells Peter he's a changeling, a fairy child left to live in the human world, and that it's time to come home. Can Rosemary convince him that Fiona is lying? Or is it possible that Fiona is telling the truth? And finally, in The Young City Peter and Rosemary fall into an underground river and are swept back in time to Toronto in 1884. It's a struggle to survive and adapt to the alien culture of the late 19th century. Includes: The Unwritten GirlFathom FiveThe Young City

  • Author:
    Buckley, Michael
    Summary:

    Although filled with anger over her parents' disappearance, eleven-year-old Sabrina Grimm--along with her grandmother, sister, and several fairy-tale characters--tries to discover who has killed her teacher.

  • Author:
    Le Guin, Ursula K.
    Summary:

    Volume 1 of Ursula K. Le Guin's best short stories explores her earthbound stories which range around the world from small town Oregon to middle Europe in the middle of revolution to summer camp.

  • Author:
    Guin, Ursula K. Le.
    Summary:

    Outer Space, Inner Lands includes many of the best known Ursula K. Le Guin nonrealistic stories (such as "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," "Semley' s Necklace," and "She Unnames Them") which have shaped the way many readers see the world. She gives voice to the voiceless, hope to the outsider, and speaks truth to power-- all the time maintaining her independence and sense of humor. Companion volume Where on Earth explores Le Guin's satirical, risky, political and experimental earthbound stories. Both volumes include new introductions by the author.

  • Author:
    Egan, Catherine
    Summary:

    Eliza, is growing in her magical powers, but can she learn quickly enough to stop the horrid Kwellrahg from killing her mother?

    Eliza, now fourteen, has been studying magic and gaining a reputation for her power. She has much yet to learn - although she understands things like the ancient magic by which things are made and unmade, she cannot yet effect it herself. She is strong-headed and independent as ever, chafng at the boundaries the Mancers have set for her. Ravens continue to gather around Eliza and the Citadel, and nobody is sure if they are Eliza's guides or a tricksent by the evil Xia sorceress Nia.

    The Mancers create magic daily to keep Nia in her prison, but she escapes, turning them all to stone except Eliza's grandfather, Kyreth, the head Mancer. Why on earth would she do that? Nia also summons Ancient Magic to create a horrid Kwellrahg, with which to threaten Eliza's mother.

    Eliza, her friends Nell and Charlie, the witch Swarn and the Faerie Lord Jalo must somehow stop Nia from wreaking further destruction.The key to victory is Eliza's mastery of the Ancient Magic herself. Can she make it work in time? Will they learn the true story of Eliza and Nia's common heritage

    Catherine Egan has fashioned another thrilling fantasy tale of magic, of good battling evil, of a young woman discovering her true nature and realizing her own powers.

  • Author:
    Sparks, Amber
    Summary:

    Sparks's stories--populated with sculptors, librarians, astronauts, and warriors--form a veritable cabinet of curiosities. Mythical, bizarre, and ... moving, [the book] ... illuminates the search for a brief encounter with the extraordinary.

  • Author:
    Anderle, Michael, Noffke, Sarah
    Summary:

    The truth has been buried for so long that only one person can uncover it-someone who doesn't play by the rules. Magic has been stolen. A giant's sword, locked away. And no one questions the peculiar. Except for Liv Beaufont. She downright rants about it. The House of Seven keeps sending her on wild-goose chases, but this warrior has a way of stumbling upon clues. When one leads her to an unlikely ally, Liv strikes up a partnership that she might end up regretting. A decade of servitude is not so bad, right? However, if things go right, then Liv will be that much closer to finding out who murdered her parents.

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