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  1. 5.4 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    An encouraging collection of short stories by bestselling middle-grade authors. This one-of-a-kind treasury brings together the talents of nearly two dozen bestselling middle-grade authors including Shannon Hale, Brandon Mull, Ally Condie, and Jennifer A. Nielsen—who have created original short stories and modern-day fairy tales, based on the lives and dreams of children they have met who all have two things in common: they have very big hopes and dreams, and they are all cancer patients.

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    True Heroes by Jonathan Diaz

    True Heroes

    Edited by Jonathan Diaz
    Stories by various authors
    5.4 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.5 hrs • 2/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Thriller, adventure, and comedy are brought together in My Sunny British Days by Shreyans Ranjalkar. Written by child for children his stories take you on a magic carpet ride of adventure and bring to you: “The Lost Island” where a mysterious ring found by Sam and Jack transports them into a world of mystery, magic, and dark sorcery. Challenge by an unknown enemy they attempt to free captives enslaved by a powerful spell. Then just when they think they have returned to the world they love and know, they are again summoned in “The Lost Island and Return of the Dark Devils”. Who calls this time, friend or foe? In “The Evil Lunch Ladies” hundreds of helpless children are rendered unconscious. What appeared to be a ‘normal’ school day had turned into a nightmare. George, Louis and Jack mysteriously escaped, now it’s up to them to save their peers In “The Small Big Mistake” Mr. Harry was the kindest soul you could know. So kind that he managed to find himself in all types of mistaken situations. Yet one day would tell the rest apart. A sunny, happy day for Mr. Harry turned to panic and pain. Let the sunshine of My Sunny British Days warm your heart and bring back your own cherished memories. Step into the magical lands and experience the miraculous.

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    My Sunny British Days

    1.5 hrs • 2/23/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 1.6 hrs • 1/5/2016 • Unabridged

    Here are eight gloriously imaginative stories for eight satisfying sessions of bedtime reading. There’s a flying apple pie, a cat that’s bigger than an elephant, a house that lays an egg, storybook animals that leap out of their books at night, and a wealth of other wonderful characters and ideas, all with the colorful, dreamlike quality of the very best fairy tales. Joan Aiken’s delicious prose is a joy to read aloud to very young listeners yet simple enough for the independent reader to savor on his or her own.

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    A Necklace of Raindrops, and Other Stories

    1.6 hrs • 1/5/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 1.5 hrs • 11/17/2015 • Unabridged

    Simon’s journey to become a Shadowhunter nears its end as his Ascension ceremony draws closer. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. Simon’s Ascension ceremony draws near in this brilliant conclusion to Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. This standalone short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series.

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  5. 2.4 hrs • 10/20/2015 • Unabridged

    What happens when Magnus Bane brings a baby home to his boyfriend Alec Lightwood? One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. After a warlock baby is abandoned on the steps of the Academy, Magnus Bane rescues the child—and brings him home to his boyfriend, Alec. This standalone e-only short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series. Born to Endless Night is written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. Read more of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles in the Infernal Devices, the Mortal Instruments, and the Bane Chronicles.

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    Born to Endless Night

    2.4 hrs • 10/20/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 1.6 hrs • 9/22/2015 • Unabridged
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    The Fiery Trial

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    1.6 hrs • 9/22/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.6 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Be afraid, be very afraid of Terrifying Tales, the sixth volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading. Eleven masters of suspense—Kelly Barnhill, Michael Buckley, Adam Gidwitz, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, Claire Legrand, Nikki Loftin, Daniel José Older, Dav Pilkey, R. L. Stine, and Rita Williams-Garcia—have come together to bring you a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories, perfect for sharing around the campfire, reading under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends’ pants off. Compiled and edited by kid-lit madman Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: Terrifying Tales is a creepy-fun read (if you’re brave enough, that is).

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  8. 0.3 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    This short story pulled from Seven American Stories, and originally published in Harper’s in 1930, is a classic of historical fiction.

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    Water Never Hurt a Man

    0.3 hrs • 9/1/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 10.8 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    This collection features seven tales inspired by America’s colorful history, from colonial times to the early twentieth century, including the Newbery Medal winner The Matchlock Gun. In The Matchlock Gun, young Edward must protect his family from marauding Indians when his father is called away. In Two Logs Crossing, John Haskell spends two harsh winters fur trapping with a wise Indian to pay off his father’s tremendous debt. And in Tom Whipple, an adventuresome youth leaves his mother in New York and signs up for sea duty on a ship bound for Russia, where he hopes to meet the czar. Other stories include Wilderness Clearing, Cadmus Henry, Water Never Hurt a Man, and Uncle Ben’s Whale.

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    Seven American Stories by Walter D. Edmonds

    Seven American Stories

    10.8 hrs • 9/1/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 1.4 hrs • 8/25/2015 • Unabridged

    After Simon is kidnapped by faeries (why is he always kidnapped?), he uncovers rumors of a secret weapon Sebastian left behind for the faerie queen. He must escape the Fey, relying on his only ally, former Shadowhunter and Dark Artifices character Mark Blackthorn. This standalone short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, the Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series.

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  11. 13.2 hrs • 8/18/2015 • Unabridged

    For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke. Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new, fresh, and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

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    Slasher Girls and Monster Boys

    13.2 hrs • 8/18/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 1.5 hrs • 7/21/2015 • Unabridged

    As a former vampire, Simon’s always been sympathetic to Downworlders. But after a training exercise goes wrong, he gets a glimpse into the Shadowhunters’ prejudice as he learns about the origin of Helen and Mark Blackthorn, principle characters in The Dark Artifices. This stand-alone short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series. Pale Kings and Princes is written by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman. Read more of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles in the Infernal Devices, the Mortal Instruments, and the Bane Chronicles.

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  13. 4.8 hrs • 7/15/2015 • Abridged

    Two story collections in one volume! From Bambi to Aladdin, the best-loved stories of all time are now even better. In Disney Storybook Collection, over twenty stories re-create the movie magic of the most beloved Disney films. Perfect for bedtime, the second edition of the popular Bedtime Favorites storybook collection has nineteen stories to choose from. Updated story selections feature characters from Finding Nemo, Cars 2, Toy Story 3, The Lion King, and more.

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    Children’s Favorites, Vol. 1 by Disney Press

    Children’s Favorites, Vol. 1

    4.8 hrs • 7/15/15 • Abridged
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  14. 2.5 hrs • 7/7/2015 • Unabridged

    All evil starts somewhere, and Simon Lewis learns how The Circle—led by Valentine Morgenstern—began. The Evil We Love is one of ten adventures in the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series. The Shadowhunter Academy has only just reopened following the disastrous rise of the Circle. Now the faculty can finally admit to what happened when Valentine was a student. This standalone short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series.

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    13.4 hrs • 6/9/2015 • Unabridged

    To Hold the Bridge is an entertaining short story collection from bestselling fantasy author Garth Nix, including an Old Kingdom novella, a short story set in the same world as Shade’s Children, and another story set in the world of A Confusion of Princes. Garth Nix is renowned for his legendary fantasy works, but To Hold the Bridge showcases his versatility as the collection offers nineteen short stories from every genre of literature, including science fiction, paranormal, realistic fiction, mystery, and adventure. Whether writing about vampires, detectives, ancient spirits, or odd jobs, Garth Nix’s ability to pull his readers into new worlds is extraordinary.

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    To Hold the Bridge

    13.4 hrs • 6/9/15 • Unabridged
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  16. 2.0 hrs • 6/2/2015 • Unabridged

    It’s hard to be a Shadowhunter when you’ve got demonic powers. Simon learns about the school-time struggles of half-warlock James Herondale in this prelude to The Last Hours. This standalone short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series.

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