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Survivors #1: The Empty City by Erin Hunter

Discover SURVIVORS, the new series from the bestselling author of Warriors, Erin Hunter!

Lucky is a golden-haired mutt with a nose for survival. He has always been a Lone Dog, relying on his instincts to get by. Other dogs have Packs, but Lucky stands alone.

Then the Big Growl strikes. Suddenly, the ground is split wide open. The Trap House is destroyed. And all the longpaws have disappeared.

Now Lucky is trapped in a strange and desolate new world with no food, foul water, and enemies at every turn. He falls in with others left behind, including his littermate Bella, a Leashed Dog. Relying on other dogs—and having them depend on him—brings new dangers that Lucky isn't prepared for, but he may not be able to survive on his own. Can Lucky ever be a true Pack Dog?

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"Twerp" by Mark Goldblatt | 60second Book Review - YouTube

"Julian Twerski is a 12-year-old boy, a crazy-fast runner, and possibly a twerp...depending on what it was he did to Danley Dimmel. One thing is clear at the start of this story, though: Julian is paying for his transgression, whatever it was. He's been assigned to write journal entries as penance, and as the entries progress, the story of Danley becomes a little bit clearly, but the character who really comes into focus is Julian.
"Twerp" is good reading for anyone who likes a realistic coming-of-age story, or for any kid (or parent) worried about bullying.Books for teens (of all ages)"

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - YouTube

book review of book by chris grabenstein

 

"Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.

In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience."

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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures - Book Trailer - YouTube

"Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry -- and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format -- a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell."

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Book Trailer: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan - YouTube

"Global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, young love, and the secret to eternal life — mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession shuffles Clay Jannon from his web-design drone job to night shift at Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Curiously, few customers come in repeatedly and never buy. Analysis reveals astonishing secrets ... "

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Hollow City Book Trailer #1 - YouTube

"The first of three short trailers for my new book, Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 

 

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience."

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The Dumbest Idea Ever! book trailer - YouTube

"Jimmy (Amelia Rules!) Gownley's graphic novel memoir about the "dumb" idea that changed his life forever!

What if the dumbest idea ever turned your life upside down?

At thirteen, Jimmy was popular, at the top of his class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team. But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game. Things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed even more school. Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and nothing seemed to be going right.

How did Jimmy turn things around, get back on top at school, and land a date with the cutest girl in class?

Renowned comics creator Jimmy Gownley shares his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist. This is the real-life story of how the DUMBEST idea ever became the BEST thing that ever happened to him"

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Lincoln's Grave Robbers - YouTube

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"A true crime thriller -- the first book for teens to tell the nearly unknown tale of the brazen attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln's body!

The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln's body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd --and $200,000 in cash. From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way readers get glimpses into the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the Secret Service. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln's tomb on election night: November 7, 1876."www.amazon.com
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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson - YouTube

"Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. ... Google Books"
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The Darkest Minds - YouTube

"When Ruby wakes up on her tenth birthday, something about her has changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. ... Google Books"
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SEVEN WONDERS BOOK 1: THE COLOSSUS RISES -- Book Trailer - YouTube

"Percy Jackson meets Indiana Jones in the New York Times bestselling epic adventure Seven Wonders! The Colossus Rises is the first book in a seven-book series. ... Google Books"

 

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"Hattie Ever After" by Kirby Larson--Jenny Sawyer's Pick of theWeek - YouTube

http://www.60secondpicks.com by Jenny Sawyer

 

After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice. Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie's hero Nellie Bly. Another girl might be stymied by this, but Hattie has faced down a hungry wolf and stood up to a mob of angry men. Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper. A letter and love token from Uncle Chester's old flame in San Francisco fuels that desire and Hattie jumps at the opportunity to get there by working as a seamstress for a traveling acting troupe. This could be her chance to solve the mystery of her "scoundrel" uncle and, in the process, help her learn more about herself. But Hattie must first tell Charlie that she will not join him in Seattle. Even though her heart approves of Charlie's plan for their marriage, her mind fears that saying yes to him would be saying no to herself. Hattie holds her own in the big city, literally pitching her way to a byline, and a career that could be even bigger than Nellie Bly's. But can making headlines compensate for the pain of betrayal and lost love? Hattie must dig deep to find her own true place in the world. Kirby Larson once again creates a lovingly written novel about the remarkable and resilient young orphan, Hattie Inez Brooks.

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ITCH by Simon Mayo: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter - YouTube

"Thrills. Danger. And world domination. Itch is as action-packed and suspenseful as a middle-grade novel can get!

Fourteen-year-old Itchingham Lofte, nicknamed Itch, has an unusual passion: collecting specimens of every element in the periodic table. So what if that means he's had a few ... mishaps? But when he gets his hands on a suspiciously warm rock made of a new, previously unknown element, things really begin to explode. Soon, a malevolent teacher, an evil-doing corporation, and a top-secret government agency are all after Itch. Can his science know-how keep him one step ahead of everyone...and help him stay alive?"

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"Will O' the Wisp" Creators Introduce Unique Graphic Novel - YouTube

"Will-o'-the-wisp (noun): A natural phenomenon in which a pocket of swamp gas is somehow lit, producing a blue flame that hovers a few feet above the swamp.
This rare occurrence, part of Southern United States folklore, provided inspiration for the new graphic novel, "An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' the Wisp." The story's namesake reflects the setting of the Atchafalaya Swamp in Southern Louisiana and acts as its villain. We sat down with writer Tom Hammock and illustrator Megan Hutchison to find out how the Louisiana locale—and the folklore and traditions that come from this side of the world—helped set the scene for the first in a proposed series about young heroine Aurora Grimeon and her adventures living on the mystical swamp island Ossuary Isle.
The fact the novel is based on a real-life location and culture is not the only unique quality in "Will O' the Wisp"; the protagonist of the story is a young girl, something Hutchison and Hammock hope will draw young female readers who might feel underrepresented in the world of comics."

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Just Jake and His Rules of Awesomeness - YouTube

"JUST JAKE introduces readers to sixth-grader Jake, whose life is turned upside down when his family moves from Florida to Maryland, where Jake must adapt to a new school. Jake has always ranked the kids at school in his hand-made, humorous "Kid Cards," and when he arrives at his new school, Jake starts building a new collection, befriending as many people as he can while staying under the radar from the school bully.  But what happens when the school bully decides Jake's next in line for annihilation and his Kid Cards get into the wrong hands?!! JUST JAKE is a genuine—and as Jake himself would say, AWESOME!—world of school, family, friends, and teachers; it's the product of a writer talented well beyond his years."

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Tim Federle on his debut novel Better Nate Than Ever - YouTube

"★ “Hilarious and heartwarming . . . this book soars.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he'd settle for *seeing* a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There's an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom."

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The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau - Book Trailer - YouTube

"It's graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she'll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings ("Cia, trust no one"), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await."

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Starters by Lissa Price - YouTube

"Survival is just the beginning.

 

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

 

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . ."

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Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! By Tom Angleberger - YouTube

"At McQuarrie Middle School, the war against the FunTime Menace—aka test prep—wages on. Our heroes have one battle under their belts, and they've even found a surprising ally in Jabba the Puppett. But to defeat the Dark Standardized Testing Forces they're going to need an even bigger, even more surprising ally: Principal Rabbski. But with great forces—aka the school board—pushing her from above, will the gang's former enemy don a finger puppet and join the Rebellion—or will her transformation to Empress Rabbski, Dark Lord of the Sith, be complete?

With this timely episode in the blockbuster Origami Yoda series, Tom Angleberger demonstrates once again that his "grasp of middle-school emotions, humor and behavior is spot-on" (Scripps Howard News Service)."

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Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan - YouTube

"The stakes are higher than ever in Percy Jackson's deadliest adventure yet!"

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Horde by Ann Aguirre - YouTube

 

HORDE is the epic conclusion to the Enclave series by Ann Aguirre.

 

A horde of Freaks has destroyed Salvation, and it's up to Deuce, Fade, Stalker, and Tegan to lead the refugees to safety. Deuce decides the only way to fight an army is to raise one. At first, everyone laughs at the idea of a girl leading humanity's forces against the Freaks, but after proving herself in combat, she firmly establishes her qualifications for the role.

Along the way, she works on healing Fade. He's suffering from a severe case of PTSD in an era when diagnosis is impossible. Further complicating his recovery, and their burgeoning romance, is his reluctance to being touched, a consequence of the horrors visited upon him by Freak hands. Deuce refuses to give up on him, however, and their resulting tender moments are all the more moving for being hard won.

When Deuce learns the reason the Freaks are getting smarter, she realizes time is running out for her kind. Can she overcome or render a permanent truce with the enemy? Who will ultimately survive?

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Never fade book trailer - YouTube

"Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. ... Google Books"
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The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby - YouTube

Three strangers. Three puzzle pieces. One incredible adventure. Uncover the secrets of THE CLOCKWORK THREE by Matthew J. Kirby.
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ICONS by Margaret Stohl - YouTube

"A new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, Margaret Stohl.


Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside -- safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid.

She's different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn't a coincidence. It's a conspiracy.

Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions -- which they've always thought to be their greatest weaknesses -- may actually be their greatest strengths.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts -- in order to save the future."

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"Hattie Big Sky" by Kirby Larson--Jenny Sawyer's Pick Of The Week - YouTube

http://www.60secondpicks.com by Jenny Sawyer

 

Hattie Big Sky is a book written by Kirby Larson. In 2007 the book was named a Newbery Honor book and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Hattie Big Sky was also an Illinois Rebecca Caudill nominee. Wikipedia"
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Itch Rocks by Simon Mayo - book trailer - YouTube

"After almost poisoning his whole class with arsenic gas, going on the run from a psychotic science teacher and nearly dying of radiation poisoning, life is getting back to normal for Itchingham Lofte - at least, as normal as it can be when you have a round-the-clock detail of government security guards watching your every move.

But sinister forces are still hunting for Element 126 and will stop at nothing to find out where Itch has hidden the precious radioactive rocks. With the help of his sister Chloe and his tomboy cousin Jack, Itch has to put 126 beyond the reach of unscrupulous scientists and international terrorists forever.

It's time to save the world. Again.

The second book in the explosively exciting ITCH series."

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