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Breed

Breed

by Scott Spencer and Chase Novak

Hardcover, 320 pages, Mulholland Books, $25.99, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Scott Spencer and Chase Novak

A couple obsessed with their infertility travels to Slovenia to have an unusual and painful procedure that results in horrible consequences they manage to hide until their twins, Adam and Alice, turn ten years old and start asking questions.

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The Rapture of the Nerds

The Rapture of the Nerds

by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross

Hardcover, 352 pages, Tor Books, $24.99, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross

A tale set at the end of the 21st century finds the planet's divided hominid population subjected to the forces of a splintery metaconsciousness that inundates networks with plans for cataclysmic technologies, prompting an unwitting jury member to participate in a grueling decision.

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The Underwater Welder

The Underwater Welder

by Jeff Lemire

Hardcover, 224 pages, Top Shelf Productions, $19.95, published July 31 2012 | purchase
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  • Jeff Lemire

This new graphic novel from Jeff Lemire, the writer-artist behind popular comic series Sweet Tooth, follows Jack Joseph, an underwater welder on an oil rig and a father-to-be, who has a life-changing experience deep in the ocean.

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King City

King City

by Brandon Graham

Paperback, 424 pages, Image Comics, $19.99, published March 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham's acclaimed series follows King City residents Joe, who can use his cat as any tool or weapon; Pete, who falls in love with an alien that he is forced to sell into slavery; and Anna, whose boyfriend is turning into the drug to which he's addicted.

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Harry Potter Box Set

Harry Potter: The Complete Series

by J.K. Rowling

Paperback, 7 v., Arthur A. Levine Books, $86.93, published July 7 2009 | purchase
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  • Harry Potter: The Complete Series
  • J.K. Rowling

The adventures of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and his wand-wielding friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron and Hermione must master their craft and battle the machinations of the evil wizard Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Hardcover, 374 pages, Scholastic, $18.99, published October 1 2008 | purchase
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  • Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a future North America, a young girl is picked to leave her impoverished district and travel to the decadent Capitol for a battle to the death in the savage Hunger Games. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games only puts her deeper in danger as the strict social order of Panem begins to unravel.

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The Lord Of The Rings

The Lord Of The Rings

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Paperback, 1178 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $20, published October 12 2005 | purchase
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  • J.R.R. Tolkien

Tolkien's seminal three-volume epic chronicles the War of the Ring, in which Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to destroy the evil Ring of Power and restore peace to Middle-earth. The beloved trilogy still casts a long shadow, having established some of the most familiar and enduring tropes in fantasy literature. Literary Award Winner

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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

Paperback, 159 pages, Simon & Schuster, $11.99, published January 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Ray Bradbury

In a far future world, television dominates, and books are outlawed. The totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be burned by "firemen," whose job is to start the fires rather than stop them. But one fireman begins to see the value of the printed word.

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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

Paperback, 815 pages, Del Rey, $20, published April 1 2002 | purchase
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  • The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Douglas Adams

In this collection of novels, Arthur Dent is introduced to the galaxy at large when he is rescued by an alien friend seconds before Earth's destruction, and embarks on a series of amazing adventures, from the mattress swamps of Sqornshellous Zeta to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

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The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

by William Goldman

Paperback, 456 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $8.95, published October 8 2007 | purchase
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  • S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
  • William Goldman

This tale of a handsome farm boy who, aided by a drunken swordsman and a gentle giant, rescues a beautiful princess named Buttercup comes with a slyly humorous, metafictional edge: Goldman claims to have merely abridged an earlier text by one "S. Morgenstern" (actually a pseudonym) and peppers his text with clever commentary.

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Divergent

Divergent

by Veronica Roth

Paperback, 72 pages, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

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The Mortal Instruments

The Mortal Instruments

by Cassandra Clare

Paperback, 3 v., Margaret K. McElderry Books, $29.99, published October 19 2010 | purchase
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  • The Mortal Instruments
  • Cassandra Clare

Able to see demons and those who hunt them, Clary Fray is drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters when her mother slips into a coma and travels to the City of Glass, the capital of their secretive country, where she uncovers important truths about her family's past.

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The Twilight Saga Complete Collection

The Twilight Saga Complete Collection

by Stephenie Meyer

Hardcover, 5 v., Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $97, published October 12 2010 | purchase
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  • The Twilight Saga Complete Collection
  • Stephenie Meyer

When 17-year-old Bella Swan leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Wash., she meets Edward, an exquisitely handsome boy at school, for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction, and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. Bella must choose between vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob, while avoiding the attentions of less friendly vampires.

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Uglies

Uglies

by Scott Westerfeld

Paperback, 406 pages, Simon Pulse, $9.99, published May 3 2011 | purchase
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  • Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld's four-part series follows teenage Tally as she uncovers the truth about her future world, where a mandatory operation at age 16 converts natural "Uglies" into conformist "Pretties."

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Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel

by Cassandra Clare

Paperback, 479 pages, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $10.99, published October 4 2011 | purchase
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  • Cassandra Clare

Tessa Gray's search for her missing brother leads her into Victorian London's supernatural underworld, where she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

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Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

by Natalie Babbitt

Paperback, 148 pages, Square Fish, $6.99, published August 21 2007 | purchase
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  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Natalie Babbitt

The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when it discovers that a 10-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret, about a spring of magical water that prevents the drinker from ever growing any older.

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The Hobbit, Or, There And Back Again

The Hobbit

Or There And Back Again

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Paperback, 300 pages, Mariner Books, $13.95, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Or There And Back Again
  • J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.NPR Bestseller

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Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones

Paperback, 329 pages, Greenwillow Books, $6.99, published August 1 2001 | purchase
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  • Diana Wynne Jones

The eldest of three sisters in a land where being the eldest is considered a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice — until a witch turns her into an old woman, and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.Literary Award Winner

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Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead

Paperback, 332 pages, Razorbill, $8.99, published August 16 2007 | purchase
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  • Richelle Mead

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one girl focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks and sinister plots.

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The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men

by Terry Pratchett

Paperback, 375 pages, HarperCollins, $6.99, published June 1 2004 | purchase
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  • Terry Pratchett

In a remote corner of Terry Pratchett's Discworld, a young witch-to-be named Tiffany Aching teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of rowdy, 6-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

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The Dark Is Rising Sequence

The Dark is Rising Sequence

by Susan Cooper

Paperback, 5 v., Simon & Schuster, $34.99, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Susan Cooper

Five novels steeped in British and Welsh mythology follow the story of 11-year old Will Stanton, seventh son of a seventh son and last of the Old Ones, in his quest to vanquish the powers of the Dark.

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Graceling

Graceling

by Kristin Cashore

Paperback, 471 pages, Graphia, $9.99, published September 7 2009 | purchase
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  • Kristin Cashore

In the Graceling realms, rare people are Graced with a special skill — cooking, fighting, singing, building, lying — and all the Graced are marked with eyes of two different colors. Katsa, niece of the tyrannical king, is graced with fighting — or so she thinks.

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The Inheritance Cycle

The Inheritance Cycle

by Christopher Paolini

Hardcover, 4 v., Knopf Books for Young Readers, $95.44, published November 8 2011 | purchase
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  • The Inheritance Cycle
  • Christopher Paolini

The series that began with Eragon follows poor farm boy Eragon as he grows into a master swordsman who fights alongside his dragon, Saphira, to help save the Empire from evil and darkness.

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Alanna

Alanna

The First Adventure

by Tamora Pierce

Paperback, 274 pages, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $8.99, published December 7 2010 | purchase
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  • The First Adventure
  • Tamora Pierce

Eleven-year-old Alanna wants to be a knight. Her brother Thom wants to be a wizard. So she disguises herself as a boy and the two switch places, leading Alanna to a lifetime of adventure as the Kingdom of Tortall's first Lady Knight.

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Delirium

Delirium

by Lauren Oliver

Paperback, 480 pages, HarperCollins, $8.99, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Lauren Oliver

In a dystopian near future America, the government has classified love as a disease. All citizens, once they turn 18, receive a government operation to cure the unwanted emotion. Lena looks forward to her operation and a safe, predictable and happy life — until, just a few months before her 18th birthday, she meets the mysterious Alex and falls in love.

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A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty

by Libba Bray

Paperback, 432 pages, Ember, $9.99, published March 22 2005 | purchase
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  • Libba Bray

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, 16-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school. There, she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. But what will she find in that strange world?

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Hardcover, 352 pages, Quirk Books, $17.99, published June 7 2011 | purchase
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  • Ransom Riggs

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering that the children once kept there — including his own grandfather — may have been dangerous, and may be still alive.

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Bloodlines

Bloodlines

by Richelle Mead

Paperback, 421 pages, Razorbill, $9.99, published May 29 2012 | purchase
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  • Richelle Mead

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, Calif. There, amid the wealthy students, Sydney and Jill must attempt to pass as normal.

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Marked

Marked

by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Paperback, 306 pages, St. Martin's Griffin, $8.95, published May 1 2007 | purchase
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  • P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is Marked as a fledging vampyre and joins the House of Night school, where she will train to become an adult vampyre — if she makes it through the Change. And even for Changed vampyres, the House of Night can be a treacherous place.

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Trickster's Choice

Trickster's Choice

by Tamora Pierce

Paperback, 422 pages, Random House Books for Young Readers, $8.95, published September 28 2004 | purchase
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  • Tamora Pierce

Alianne, the teenage daughter of Alanna, the first lady knight in Tortall, is kidnapped and sold into slavery, forced to serve an exiled royal family in the remote Copper Islands, where she is immersed in a world of murder, intrigue and warring gods.

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Wild Magic

Wild Magic

by Tamora Pierce

Paperback, 362 pages, Simon Pulse, $5.99, published June 1 2005 | purchase
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  • Tamora Pierce

Thirteen-year-old Daine's magic allows her to speak to animals, hear their thoughts, and shift into their forms. She uses her powers to help battle an invasion of terrible immortal creatures and prevent the overthrow of her king.

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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

by Patricia C. Wrede

Paperback, 4 v., Sandpiper, $23.95, published July 1 2003 | purchase
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  • Patricia C. Wrede

Princess Cimorene of Lindenwall decides she's had enough of being a princess, and hires herself out to cook for the dragon Kazul. This boxed set follows her adventures, and those of her son Daystar.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go

by Patrick Ness

Paperback, 479 pages, Candlewick, $9.99, published July 14 2009 | purchase
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  • Patrick Ness

On a "New World" where all men can hear each other's thoughts — but women remain private — Todd and Viola are pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron as they search for answers about their colony's true past, and seek a way to warn a ship bringing settlers from the Old World.

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Sandry's Book

Sandry's Book

by Tamora Pierce

Paperback, 252 pages, Scholastic Paperbacks, $4.99, published September 1 1999 | purchase
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  • Tamora Pierce

Having been sent to Winding Circle Temple, Daja, Briar, Tris and Sandry begin to feel that they have finally found a place where their magical gifts are respected. As they learn and grow in their skills, they must face down everything from pirates to strange diseases.

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

by Laini Taylor

Paperback, 418 pages, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $9.99, published June 5 2012 | purchase
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  • Laini Taylor

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student living in Prague, has a necklace of wish-granting beads and a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters — the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

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Feed

Feed

by M. T. Anderson

Paperback, 299 pages, Candlewick Pr, $7.99, published February 1 2004 | purchase
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  • M. T. Anderson

In the future, most people will have a Feed chip implanted in their heads that connects everyone to an evolved version of the Internet — at the cost of even basic privacy. During spring break on the moon, Titus and Violet meet and build a relationship when their Feeds are hacked.

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Leviathan

Leviathan

by Scott Westerfeld

Hardcover, 440 pages, Simon Pulse, $19.99, published October 6 2009 | purchase
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  • Scott Westerfeld

It's 1914 and Europe is on the precipice of war — the German Clankers and British Darwinists are armed with futuristic weaponry and biotechnology; in the midst of the chaos, Alek, a royal and potential threat to the throne, and Deryn, a common Darwinist, meet on the run and forge an uneasy alliance that will dramatically change the course of the Great War and their lives.

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The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion

by Nancy Farmer

Paperback, 380 pages, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $9.99, published April 27 2004 | purchase
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  • Nancy Farmer

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. Escape is his only chance to survive — but even that may not save him.

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The Chronicles of Chrestomanci

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Volume 1

Charmed Life / The Lives of Christopher Chant

by Diana Wynne Jones

Paperback, 2 v., Greenwillow Books, $7.99, published January 1 2001 | purchase
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  • Charmed Life / The Lives of Christopher Chant
  • Diana Wynne Jones

Christopher Chant is a young boy who struggles with even the most basic spells — but when a wizard tests him, he discovers he's actually a powerful enchanter with nine lives, destined to become the next Chrestomanci, a government official in charge of supervising magic.

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Gone

Gone

by Michael Grant

Paperback, 558 pages, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, published May 1 2009 | purchase
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  • Michael Grant

When everyone over the age of 14 suddenly disappears from a California town, a battle erupts between the remaining residents and the students from a local school, as well as those who have "The Power" and those who do not.

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Shiver Trilogy

Shiver Trilogy

by Maggie Stiefvater

Paperback, 3 v., Scholastic Paperbacks, $29.97, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Shiver Trilogy
  • Maggie Stiefvater

Grace has been visited each winter by a yellow-eyed wolf — a werewolf, it turns out, who becomes her boyfriend in his human form as Sam. Grace and Sam must fight to stay together, while fellow werewolf Cole wrestles with his attraction for rich girl Isabel.

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The Hero and the Crown

The Hero and the Crown

by Robin McKinley

Paperback, 227 pages, Ace Books, $4.99, published March 1 1989 | purchase
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  • Robin McKinley

Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword Gonturan, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

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Unwind

Unwind

by Neal Shusterman

Paperback, 335 pages, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $9.99, published June 2 2009 | purchase
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  • Neal Shusterman

In a future world where those between the ages of 13 and 18 can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to survive until they turn 18.

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The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn

by Peter S. Beagle

Paperback, 212 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published October 1 1994 | purchase
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  • Peter S. Beagle

The last unicorn leaves the protection of her enchanted lavender forest to search for her own kind, with the assistance of Schmedrick, the only occasionally successful magician, and dreamer Molly Grue.

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The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

Paperback, 375 pages, Delacorte Press, $9.99, published August 24 2010 | purchase
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  • James Dashner

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up in the middle of a maze, with no memory, and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. But once he escapes, he discovers the outside world is a new and dangerous place.

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The Blue Sword

The Blue Sword

by Robin McKinley

Paperback, 248 pages, Ace Books, $5.99, published April 1 1991 | purchase
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  • Robin McKinley

Harry Crewe's boring life in the remote orange-growing province of Daria is disrupted when she's kidnapped by a native king. She discovers power within herself and becomes the heroic Harimad-sol, King's Rider and heir to a magical sword.

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Matched

Matched

by Ally Condie

Paperback, 16 pages, Speak, $9.99, published September 20 2011 | purchase
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  • Ally Condie

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate — until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.

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The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl

by Shannon Hale

Paperback, 383 pages, Bloomsbury USA, $8.99, published May 13 2005 | purchase
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  • Shannon Hale

On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting, and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

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Dune/Special 25th Anniversary Edition

Dune

by Frank Herbert

Paperback, 535 pages, Ace, $6.50, published August 1 1992 | purchase
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  • Frank Herbert

Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke, is given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.

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The Night Circus

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Paperback, 516 pages, Anchor, $15, published July 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Erin Morgenstern

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.NPR Bestseller

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A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

by Deborah Harkness

Paperback, 579 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published December 27 2011 | purchase
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  • A Discovery of Witches
  • Deborah Harkness

Discovering a magical manuscript in Oxford's library, scholar Diana Bishop — a descendant of witches who has rejected her heritage — inadvertently unleashes a fantastical underworld of demons, witches and vampires whose activities center on an enchanted treasure.NPR Bestseller

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Zone One

Zone One

by Colson Whitehead

Paperback, 322 pages, Anchor, $15, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Colson Whitehead

In a post-apocalyptic world decimated by zombies, survivor efforts to rebuild are focused on Manhattan, where civilian team member Mark Spitz works to eliminate remaining infected stragglers and remembers his horrifying experiences at the height of the zombie plague. By the author of Sag Harbor.NPR Bestseller

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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Paperback, 256 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $6.50, published July 1 1993 | purchase
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  • Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Norton Juster's classic fantasy — with wry illustrations by Jules Feiffer — follows bored young boy Milo after he receives a mysterious gift: a tollbooth that allows him entrance to the magical "Lands Beyond." Milo and his traveling companion, Tock the watchdog, restore the princesses Rhyme and Reason to the Kingdom of Wisdom — and in the process Milo discovers the real world has its own charms.

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Redshirts

Redshirts

by John Scalzi

Hardcover, 317 pages, St Martins Pr, $24.99, published June 5 2012 | purchase
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  • John Scalzi

Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship's actual purpose.

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Talulla Rising

Talulla Rising

by Glen Duncan

Paperback, 351 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Glen Duncan

Grieving for her werewolf lover, Talulla Demetriou is pregnant and popularly believed to be the last surviving werewolf. She flees to a remote Alaskan lodge to have her child in secret and avoid capture by the deadly forces — including, rumor has it, the oldest living vampire on Earth — that are after her.

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Shadow of Night

Shadow Of Night

by Deborah Harkness

Paperback, 583 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published May 28 2013 | purchase
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  • Deborah Harkness

The sequel to A Discovery of Witches finds Yale professor and reluctant witch Diana Bishop, together with the hunky vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, traveling back in time to Elizabethan London. There, Diana studies at Oxford and seeks a magical tutor while Matthew is forced to confront his past. But when an evil cabal steals a mysterious book, the witch-vampire duo set off on a search across Europe to find it.NPR Bestseller

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