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The Slug Queen Chronicles
S.O. Thomas
She never believed in fairies... until one set its sights on her little brother. Now, she must risk everything to get him back. On her twelfth birthday, Cricket Kane uncovers a chilling secret--tooth fairies have stopped collecting single teeth and have resorted to kidnapping children instead. When her brother is taken, the fairy leaves a changeling and a toxic black dust in his place. The dust soon infects the rest of her family, but to her surprise, she's immune! With the guidance of a mysterious cat, Cricket follows the fairy to a magical land where legendary creatures are real. When Santa himself takes her under his wing, Cricket learns she's the only one who can harness the power of the dust to rescue her brother and the other missing children. But doing so might cost her life. Can she summon the courage and strength to save her family and herself?
The Slug Queen Chronicles
The Bully Brigade: Headmaster Bully
T.T. Floyd
No one is immune to the wrath of bullies and no bully is immune to the wrath of the brigade. Bullies come in all shapes and sizes. Most are obvious while others require closer inspection. As such, bullies can be found anywhere; even in the most unlikely places. Take Principal Turnbull for example. After their last mission of saving Cokey Michaels, The Bully Brigade is confronted by a new threat. When the school gets a new principal, everything seems to be business as usual until the school undergoes radical changes. However, it’s not only the students who are suffering but the staff too. Fueled by jealousy and hate, Turnbull intentionally instigates chaos that turns the entire staff on its head and brings misery to the students of Misfit Elementary. Only the Bully Brigade can free the school from Turnbull's wicked clutches. But how can they stop a foe who controls the entire school? Now it’s up to the Bully Brigade to dethrone this Headmaster Bully! The Bully Brigade: Headmaster Bully shows us that school bullies are more than just stereotypical angry kids on the playground but instead that it can be anyone at any level of the school. This book depicts the realities of workplace bullying and the need to stand up to bullying no matter how powerful the bully is. Join the gang as they band together to stop Turnbull's reign!
The Bully Brigade: Headmaster Bully
Spooky Magic (Evie Everyday Witch Book 2)
Elena Paige
Being the only witch at my school is the best thing ever! So when the new girl turns out to be a witch too, someone awful and horrid from my old life, you know there's going to be trouble. My name is Evie Everyday, and I go to Wyndemere Elementary, a strictly no-witch zone. It's hard enough keeping my witchiness a secret without Veronica showing up to ruin my wonderful new life. Worst of all, she’s better than me at everything too. That is, until the spooky Halloween Competition. I finally have the chance to prove, once and for all, that I’m better than Veronica. Winning should be easy. All I have to do is: Stop myself from turning green with envy. Come up with the spookiest magic ever. Not listen to my friends. And beat Veronica. But when everything starts to go wrong, the only way to win the competition is to make it spookier than ever. And only one person can help me... the one and only Jack-o-lantern. Evie Everyday Witch is a series of chapter books that kids and parents will love. Ideal for reluctant readers. Evie's quirky, funny personality will sweep kids off their feet, and get them reading again!
Spooky Magic (Evie Everyday Witch Book 2)
Demigods
J. Giambrone
When Supernaturals are implicated in terrorism the world is conditioned to look the other way, except for one dying little boy with nothing to lose. In a world where reclusive Supernaturals are in touch with Dark Matter, the humans have spread out and claimed the earth. But with the ascendancy of Dragomir as Interim President of the Council of Power, everything is about to change. Steven Arkin was human, but now he is the world’s only human-turned-Supernatural. Discovered in a car wreck by a radical physicist, Steve Arkin became the greatest “Lab Rat” our species has produced. D’Andre Walker, ten-years-old, spends his last days watching TV in the Bronx Children’s Hospital. But, when a rare incident appears on screen, he becomes involved. The collateral damage–a murdered baby–appears to implicate Supernaturals. Are they bad guys or heroes? When D’Andre is randomly selected to meet Supernatural Steve Arkin through the Wish to Dream Foundation, he speaks out about the baby in front of the world’s media, throwing Dragomir’s entire Supernatural New World Order into disarray. The fate of the earth will be entirely up to Supernatural Steven Arkin.
Demigods
The Frog with a Frown
Todd G. Sorrell
In this touching tale, a sad and lonely frog is reminded by a wise dragonfly that even the most simple, intrinsic qualities we have make us special and unique. We are all reminded to shed our former negative thoughts and trade them for the treasures within.
The Frog with a Frown
What I Tell Myself FIRST (Book 1)
Michael A. Brown
Written by a US military veteran, this children's book, based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, will instill in children the answer to bullying, body-shaming, hate, and attacks on the self through daily affirmations. Author Mike Brown has learned many life lessons and hopes to convey some of those lessons acquired from public and private service in the Army, as a police officer, an anger management specialist, nonviolent crisis intervention instructor, educator, as well as the real-world wisdom accumulated so far, to everyone that reads this book. Teaching a sense of self-love as well as self-acceptance and giving a framework for both parents and children to help build their lives into sturdy and happy homes is his goal. What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem is to readers what the AED is to a heart: it instills the defibrillator of self-esteem so powerful for when times are tough and your mind is under attack. Mike hones in on his military past and the methodology behind why servicemembers say creeds in various forms and military occupational specialties. This book will serve its purpose not for when times are good. But for when times are bad, when one is on that dark road and it feels like no one is there. It will serve as the proverbial jump pack to the battery of the mind. Like the hug that you needed but did not get. Like the words you needed to hear but did not hear. This book of reality-based daily affirmations are the “I wish I had this” of books. We MUST instill in our children the answer to bullying, body-shaming, hate, and attacks on the self through daily affirmations
What I Tell Myself FIRST (Book 1)
Twine: A Memoir
Dorriah Rogers
Composed from a collection of haunting and colorful memories, Twine chronicles the dark journey of a broken family spanning generations. Sliding effortlessly between past and present, this is the story of Dorriah Burke—a girl raised among California avocados and a bewildering array of dysfunctional family members. As children, trapped between their alcoholic mother and violent father, Dorriah and her brother are faced with untenable choices and lives of ever-increasing lunacy and sorrow. Now an adult, Dorriah finally escapes across the country with her own daughter in an attempt to restart her life, but the miles aren’t enough. Grief-stricken by her mother’s rapidly declining health, her father’s shocking choices, and her brother’s inability to help, she is forced to make a decision: unlock her past and her only hope to overcome her personal demons, or protect her only child from the dark labyrinth of her family history. Twine is a seductive memoir of shocking narrative power and sweeping honesty. Written with a clever and profane wit and populated by unforgettable and profoundly relatable characters, it is a beautiful narrative that’s impossible to put down—a story of agony and loss, betrayal and love, survival and reinvention that never allows the reader to rest for an instant as the story ruthlessly hurtles towards its surprising conclusion.
Twine: A Memoir
I Know When You're Going To Die
Michael J. Bowler
Leonardo Cantrell is a painfully shy sixteen-year-old who cannot look people in the eye. One night while he’s volunteering at a homeless shelter, an old man forces eye contact and gives Leo the power to see Death. His best, and only, friend—J.C. Rivera—thinks this new power is cool until Leo accidentally looks into J.C.’s eyes and “sees” his murder, a murder that will occur in less than two weeks. Stunned and shaken, the two boys sift through clues in Leo’s “vision” in a desperate effort to find the killer and stop him before he can strike. Aided by feisty new-girl-at-school, Laura, the boys uncover evidence suggesting the identity of the murderer. However, their plan to trap the would-be killer goes horribly awry and reveals a truth that could kill them all.
I Know When You're Going To Die

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