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  1. 12.6 hrs • 7/26/2016 • Unabridged

    The Danék is a wild, treacherous river, and the Fobisher family has tended it for generations—clearing it of ice and weed, making sure boats can get through, and fishing corpses from its bleak depths. Wulliam’s father, the current Riverkeep, is proud of this work. Wull dreads it. And in one week, when he comes of age, he will have to take over. Then the unthinkable happens. While recovering a drowned man, Wull’s father is pulled under—and when he emerges, he is no longer himself. A dark spirit possesses him, devouring him from the inside. In an instant, Wull is Riverkeep. And he must care for his father, too. When he hears that a cure for his father lurks in the belly of a great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach, he embarks on an epic journey down the river that his family has so long protected—but never explored. Along the way, he faces death in any number of ways, meets people and creatures touched by magic and madness and alchemy, and finds courage he never knew he possessed. Martin Stewart’s debut novel is an astonishing blend of the literary, the comedic, and the emotionally resonant.

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    Riverkeep by Martin Stewart

    Riverkeep

    12.6 hrs • 7/26/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.9 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met? Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel whose characters will come to feel like friends. Tell Me Three Things will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart. Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago—the closest place she has to something like home—she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help? The thing is, Jessie does need help. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live in LA with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son. In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

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    Tell Me Three Things

    8.9 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 11.2 hrs • 9/15/2015 • Unabridged

    In number one New York Times bestselling author Alex Flinn’s modern and mysterious retelling of Snow White, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and true love doesn’t necessarily mean Prince Charming. Celine’s life is the stuff fairy tales are made of: she’s beautiful, talented, and brave. Unfortunately, her tale comes complete with a wicked stepmother! When Violet steps into Celine’s life, everything changes and weird things begin to happen to her—bizarre accidents, strange illnesses, and rabid animal attacks. Celine doesn’t feel safe anywhere. It’s almost as if some hateful witch is out to get her. And there is. Violet has been waiting all her life to have Celine’s father to herself. Getting rid of his gorgeous daughter is child’s play for a witch as powerful as she is. Happy-ever-after isn’t enough for Violet. She wants to be the fairest of them all, and Celine is in the way … but not for long. Forced to take refuge with her friend Goose and his family, Celine gives up everything she loves and goes deep undercover. But will it be enough to fool Violet, or will Celine’s fate be decided by a reflection in a magic mirror? And where do you find Prince Charming in Miami anyway? Mirrored is a modern retelling of Snow White—told from the points of view of Violet, Celine, and Goose—with all the magic and mystery readers will love.

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    Mirrored

    11.2 hrs • 9/15/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 4.5 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Maggie Lavchek believes in magic. Magic doesn’t change things. It keeps them the same. Maybe that’s what she was hoping as the plane she had taken from her home in Seattle, Washington touched down on the airstrip in Westport, Connecticut. Maggie’s parents were divorced, and this was her yearly summer visit with her father and his wife Joanna, who had just had a baby. The four of them were going to spend part of the summer at Sawdy Pond, a lakeside cottage in Massachusetts. But from the start Maggie has a feeling things aren’t going to work out. All of Joanna’s attention is focused on the baby, and something is terribly wrong with her father. When he isn’t sleeping, he seems to spend all of his time on the phone. Early every morning Maggie escapes down to the marshes where she had discovered a blue heron her first day at Sawdy Pond. The beautiful gray-blue bird seems to be the only thing she can count upon. But someone is tracking the heron, and Maggie has to stop him before it is too late.

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    Blue Heron

    By Avi
    4.5 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.4 hrs • 8/18/2015 • Unabridged

    For fans of We Were Liars and How I Live Now comes a haunting, sexy, magically realistic debut about a family caught between a violent history, a taboo romance, and the mysteries lurking in their own backyard. Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season—when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are seventeen—is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think. Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There’s a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she’ll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she’ll uncover the dark origins of the accident season—whether she’s ready or not.

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    The Accident Season

    7.4 hrs • 8/18/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.7 hrs • 5/12/2015 • Unabridged

    Award-winning author Susin Nielsen has created two narrators who will steal your heart and make you laugh out loud. Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart”could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder. They are complete opposites. And yet, they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules.

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    We Are All Made of Molecules

    5.7 hrs • 5/12/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 2.9 hrs • 3/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Unconditional kindness is the key in this National Book Award Finalist from the author of The Wainscott Weasel, about nontraditional families, adoption, love—and a little peace and quiet. Margaret is a mean, cranky human toddler from a family of nine. She is such a pain that her beleaguered parents chuck her out, and she’s on her own, grousing and grumping until two caring woodchucks, Phoebe and Fred, take Margaret in as their own. But despite their love, Margaret continues to wreak havoc with her loud, destructive ways, ruining the burrow and shrieking nonstop. Soon the woodchucks are as beleaguered as Margaret’s human parents were, but because love is more powerful than temper tantrums, they are determined to make it work. So they enlist a little unconventional help, and with the guidance of a snake, bats, and a skunk, their feral little human just might realize there’s more to life than being mean.

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    Mean Margaret

    Introduction read by Tor Seidler
    Read by Simon Jones
    2.9 hrs • 3/3/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.8 hrs • 11/4/2014 • Unabridged

    Grappling with grief is hard enough without repeat visits from the deceased. Pearl deals with death, life, and family in this haunting, humorous, and poignant debut. The world can tip at any moment … a fact that fifteen-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mom dies after giving birth to her baby sister, Rose. Rose, who looks exactly like a baby rat, all pink, wrinkled, and writhing. This little Rat has destroyed everything, even ruined the wonderful relationship that Pearl had with her stepfather, the Rat’s biological father. Mom, though … Mom’s dead but she can’t seem to leave. She keeps visiting Pearl. Smoking, cursing, guiding. Told across the year following her mother’s death, Pearl’s story is full of bittersweet humor and heartbreaking honesty about how you deal with grief that cuts you to the bone, as she tries not only to come to terms with losing her mother, but also the fact that her sister—The Rat—is a constant reminder of why her mom is no longer around.

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    The Year of the Rat

    7.8 hrs • 11/4/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.1 hrs • 11/14/2013 • Unabridged

    Eleven days down, and no end in sight. How long could you survive?  It’s been days since Buzz, Vanessa, Carter, and Jane were stranded on a deserted island in the middle of the South Pacific. Four kids left to fend for themselves. No adults. No supplies. They’ve managed to make fire and they’ve even found food. But they’ve just lost their only shelter and quite possibly their one chance at being rescued. Now they’ll have to venture even deeper into the jungles of Nowhere Island just to stay alive. But the island holds secrets of a dark past. With danger lurking at every turn, they must rely on each other like never before if they are going to survive.

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    Survivors by Jeff Probst, Chris Tebbetts
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  10. 3.0 hrs • 6/13/2013 • Unabridged

    They thought it couldn’t get any worse.  They were wrong. Buzz, Vanessa, Carter, and Jane are no closer to being rescued than they were when they first found themselves stranded on a deserted island. If anything, they’re worse off than ever, having lost their boat to a tropical storm—and with it, all their supplies. Now, the four must team up and make important survival decisions if they ever want to be found. But with food running low and tensions running high, their chances of being saved continue to decline, and they find it necessary to rely on one other to endure whatever lies ahead for them.

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    Trial by Fire by Jeff Probst, Chris Tebbetts
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    2.9 hrs • 2/1/2013 • Unabridged

    It was supposed to be a vacation—and a chance to get to know each other better. But when a massive storm sets in without warning, four kids are shipwrecked alone on a rocky jungle island in the middle of the South Pacific. No adults. No instructions. Nobody to rely on but themselves. Can they make it home alive? A week ago, the biggest challenge Vanessa, Buzz, Carter, and Jane had was learning to live as a new, blended family. Now the four siblings must find a way to work together if they’re going to make it off the island. But first they’ve got to learn to survive one another. This is the first of three exciting adventures from Emmy Award–winning host of Survivor, Jeff Probst, and New York Times bestselling author, Chris Tebbetts!

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    Stranded by Jeff Probst, Chris Tebbetts

    Stranded

    2.9 hrs • 2/1/13 • Unabridged
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  12. 1.0 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    "Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna."Every-single-day," she answers."Papa too."

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    Sarah, Plain and Tall

    1.0 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  13. 1.2 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Sarah came to the prairie from Maine to marry Papa. But that summer, a drought turned the land dry and brown. Fires swept across the fields and coyotes came to the well in search of water. So Sarah took Anna and Caleb back east, where they would be safe. Papa stayed behind. He would not leave his land. Maine was beautiful, but Anna missed home, and Papa. And as the weeks went by, she began to wonder what would happen if the rains never came. Would she and Caleb and Sarah and Papa ever be a family again?

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    Skylark

    1.2 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  14. 7.5 hrs • 5/20/2010 • Unabridged

    Seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan lives with a time bomb (a.k.a. her stepfather, Dino Cavalli). To the public, Dino is a world-renowned violin player and composer. To Cassie, he’s an erratic, self-centered bully. And he’s getting worse: He no longer sleeps, and he grows increasingly paranoid. Before Cassie was angry. Now she is afraid. Enter Ian Waters: a brilliant young violinist, and Dino’s first-ever student. The minute Cassie lays eyes on Ian, she knows she’s doomed. Cassie thought she understood that love could bring pain, but this union will have consequences she could not have imagined. In the end, only one thing becomes clear: In the world of insanity, nothing is sacred…

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    Wild Roses

    7.5 hrs • 5/20/10 • Unabridged
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  15. 5.8 hrs • 5/27/2008 • Unabridged

    Zack, his dad, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father’s hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took forty innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, who decides his evil spree isn’t over…and Zack is directly in his sights. Award-winning thriller author Chris Grabenstein fills his first book for younger readers with the same humorous and spine-tingling storytelling that has made him a fast favorite with adults.

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  16. 4.7 hrs • 3/25/2003 • Unabridged

    For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

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    That Summer

    4.7 hrs • 3/25/03 • Unabridged
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