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  1. 7.4 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    A thrilling debut novel where fantasy and science fiction meet, dragons aren't as innocent as they look, and nothing is quite what it seems.Anne has spent most of her thirteen years dreaming of the day she and her best friend Penelope will finally leave Saint Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. When the big day arrives, a series of very curious happenings lead to Anne being charged with an epic quest. Anne, Penelope, and new questing partner Hiro have only days to travel to strange new locales, solve myriad riddles, and triumph over monstrous foes--or face the horrible consequences.Packed with action, humor, and endless heart, this debut novel marks the first volume in an irresistible and original fantasy series.

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  2. 9.9 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—the questions that Silla can’t ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, And the Trees Crept In is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.

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    And the Trees Crept In

    9.9 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 8.2 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    From the author of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy comes the story of a friendship between two girls set in Victorian England, with magical machines, wizards, witches, a mysterious underworld, and a race against time. Annabel Grey is primed for a proper life as a young lady in Victorian England. But when her mother suddenly disappears, she’s put in the care of two eccentric aunts who thrust her into a decidedly unladylike life, full of potions and flying broomsticks and wizards who eat nothing but crackers. Magic, indeed! Who ever heard of such a thing? Before Annabel can assess the most ladylike way to respond to her current predicament, she is swept up in an urgent quest. Annabel is pitted against another young witch, Kitty, to rescue the sacred Moreover Wand from the dangerous underworld that exists beneath London. The two girls outsmart trolls, find passage through a wall of faerie bones, and narrowly escape a dragon, but it doesn’t take long for Annabel to see that the most dangerous part of her journey is her decision to trust this wild, magical girl.Sparkling with Karen Foxlee’s enchanting writing, this is a bewitching tale of one important wand and two most magical girls.

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    A Most Magical Girl

    8.2 hrs • 8/2/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.7 hrs • 7/29/2016 • Unabridged

    Since their mother died and their father left, the four Cooper children—Ethan, Alice, Simon, and Will—have not known much of a home. But now that they’re joining the Rushes in Nebraska, their dream for a home may become a reality. The kids soon discover that life on the farm with their new family is full of challenges. Ethan is faced with saving a man from a snake bite. Alice learns to slop the hogs. And Simon disappears—again. Then comes another threat to their home—the move to South Dakota. But through it all, Ethan knows they’ll be all right if they ask the Lord for strength, then trust him to answer their prayers.

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  5. 3.5 hrs • 7/29/2016 • Unabridged

    Life on the Rush farm in South Dakota is not easy. Even so, over the past four years, Ethan Cooper and his siblings have grown to feel they belong with their adoptive family. Then Chad Rush makes an unexpected announcement. The family is moving again—this time to Mexico! Ethan is scared. What dangers will they face in another country? What will it be like to live on an oil homestead instead of a farm? And what about his dreams of getting an education? He can’t leave his siblings after he’s promised they would stay together—can he? Based on a true story, this conclusion to the Beyond the Orphan Train series reminds us that the same God who is with us from the start never lets us go.

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  6. 4.1 hrs • 7/29/2016 • Unabridged

    Nine-year-old Ethan Cooper has managed to keep his family together for a year in a Pennsylvania orphanage. Now he and his siblings are boarding a train headed west. He can’t help but worry: Mr. and Mrs. Rush in Nebraska have agreed to adopt all four Cooper children, but what if they change their minds? In the meantime, Ethan and his siblings encounter their first dust storm, explore train cars, and watch friend after friend leave with new parents. The children dream that soon they will have a new ma and pa too. Based on the story of a real family, this second book in the historical Beyond the Orphan Train series reminds us that God never leaves us, no matter how far we journey to find home.

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  7. 3.9 hrs • 7/29/2016 • Unabridged

    With his mother dead, his father gone, and his older brothers and sisters unable to help, eight-year-old Ethan Cooper knows it’s his responsibility to keep him and his younger siblings together—even if that means going to an orphanage. Ethan, Alice, Simon, and Will settle into the Briarlane Christian Children’s Home, where there’s plenty to eat, plenty of work, and plenty of talk about a father who never leaves. Even so, Ethan fears losing the only family he has. How can he trust God to keep him safe when almost everything he’s known has disappeared? The first book in the Beyond the Orphan Train series, Looking for Home takes us back to 1907 Pennsylvania and into the real-life adventures of four children in search of a true home.

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  8. 8.1 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    In this second book in the exceptional Curiosity House series by bestselling author Lauren Oliver and shadowy recluse H. C. Chester, four extraordinary children must avenge their friend’s death, try to save their home, and unravel the secrets of their past … before their past unravels them. Pippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max are happy to be out of harm’s way now that the notorious villain Nicholas Rattigan is halfway across the country in Chicago. But unfortunately their home, Dumfreys’ Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders, is in danger of closing its doors forever. But their troubles only get worse. The four friends are shocked when their beloved friend, famous sculptor Siegfried Eckleberger, is murdered. As they investigate, they find clues that his death may be tied to the murder of a rich and powerful New York heiress, as well as to their own pasts. This is the second book in the series and so boasts many wondrous and mysterious things inside, such as:Howie, the “Human Owl,” whose head turns just about all the way aroundA mean but important house catSome perfectly ghastly wax sculpturesA very thin boy named ChubbyAn awful mechanical leg It continues not to have: A cautionary tale about running with scissorsA list of time-consuming choresNutritious and decidedly not delicious vegetablesA perfectly sweet bedtime story about a wayward bunnyTwo wet kisses on the cheek from your aunt Mildred

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    Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue by Lauren Oliver, H. C. Chester
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  9. 7.4 hrs • 2/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Join the League! After their narrow escape from a nefarious kidnapping ring, Anastasia, Ollie, and Quentin (a.k.a the League of Beastly Dreadfuls!) are looking forward to a relaxing vacation from Danger! Intrigue! Catastrophe! Sadly, they’re not going to get one. Because Anastasia makes the shocking discovery that her family is at the heart of a centuries-old scandal—a scandal that began with the Dastardly Deed. Before you can say “Bob’s your uncle,” the Dreadfuls have another mystery to solve: the Case of the Missing Grandfather. Can our intrepid league track down Anastasia’s Vanished Gramps? Gentle Reader, Beware! The trail of clues leads to spine-tingling surprises. (Catastrophe! Magic! Opera! Stinky cheese! Science fairs!) Read on if you dare!

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  10. 1.5 hrs • 2/20/2016 • Unabridged

    Jessie’s soccer teammate Kayla is such a talented player that she’s invited to be the mascot at an International soccer tournament in Brazil! But then an anonymous letter arrives insisting she doesn’t deserve to have the honor. Who is trying to ruin Kayla’s reputation? The Boxcar Children must find out!

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  11. 6.3 hrs • 2/4/2016 • Unabridged

    Dave’s carefree life of pranks and stickball in his Lower East Side New York neighborhood ends the day his papa dies. No one wants the eleven-year-old “rascal,” so Dave is shuffled off to the Hebrew Home for Boys, a.k.a. the Hell Hole for Brats. There he must contend with a brutal headmaster, bullies, freezing rooms, and institutional slop to eat-all on top of his personal losses. But at least Dave is not alone. The boys in his class are “buddies” who look out for each other, and soon Dave meets some friends on the outside. Still a rascal at heart, Dave sneaks out of the orphanage at night. There he meets an old “gonif” named Solly who becomes his guide to the magical jazz-filled nightlife of the Harlem Renaissance. Solly’s Yiddish and the engaging dialog that color Dave at Night make it a natural for audio. Narrator Johnny Heller’s boyish tones perfectly capture the drama and the wonder of this heartfelt orphan’s tale.

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    Dave at Night

    6.3 hrs • 2/4/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 6.5 hrs • 1/26/2016 • Unabridged

    Kraków, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She’s alone. And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see. The Swallow Man is not Anna’s father—she knows that very well—but she also knows that, like her father, he’s in danger of being taken, and like her father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. She follows him into the wilderness. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man. Destined to become a classic, Gavriel Savit’s stunning debut reveals life’s hardest lessons while celebrating its miraculous possibilities.

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    Anna and the Swallow Man

    6.5 hrs • 1/26/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 1.8 hrs • 12/20/2015 • Unabridged

    The winter sports season is here, and the Aldens are excited about all the snow activities—especially snowboarding! But soon they find themselves in the middle of a mystery surrounding a star athlete and a stolen snowboard!

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    12.8 hrs • 10/13/2015 • Unabridged

    Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this thrilling fantasy filled with shocking twists and heart-pounding action, the highly anticipated sequel to Snow Like Ashes. It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell. Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans on using the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves? Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Jannuari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats? As the web of power and deception is woven tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter but for the world.

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    Ice like Fire

    12.8 hrs • 10/13/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 7.9 hrs • 9/29/2015 • Unabridged

    A sensational new middle grade series that combines the unparalleled storytelling gifts of New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver with the rich knowledge of the reclusive and mysterious relics collector H. C. Chester. Despite being blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have never felt anything but normal in Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders: Philippa is a powerful mentalist, Sam is the world’s strongest boy, and Thomas can squeeze himself into a space no bigger than a bread box. But when a fourth child, Max, a knife-thrower with deadly accuracy, joins the group, it sets off a dramatic chain of events that will threaten the only place they’ve ever felt at home. When the museum’s most prized possession, an Amazonian shrunken head, is stolen, the four are determined to get it back. But their search leads them to a series of murders and an explosive secret about their pasts. This outstanding new mystery series will capture the imagination and hook readers from the first page.

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  16. 3.3 hrs • 9/14/2015 • Unabridged

    In this colonial adventure tale, set on the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border in 1768, Everett Shinn is enlisted in a search for two runaway indentured servants. Eager for adventure and to become a hero by capturing the runaways himself, twelve-year-old Peter York, Shinn’s adopted son, volunteers to join the search. Peter assumes that the runaways are swarthy ruffians. When he discovers, however, that they are mistreated children seeking freedom in Pennsylvania, Peter’s purpose turns from capturing them to helping them escape. Will Shinn, a devout Quaker of few words, foil Peter’s plans, or will the young man receive help from an unexpected source? Narrator Jeff Woodman captures all the danger and excitement of this tightly-plotted suspense tale, and keeps the book moving as rapidly as the flooded Delaware River.

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    Night Journeys

    By Avi
    Read by Jeff Woodman
    3.3 hrs • 9/14/15 • Unabridged
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