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Blowback '63
Brian Meehl
The battle between teenage twins, Arky and Iris, is about to explode into war--the Civil War.  Arky is ready to give up on rescuing their mother, Dr. Octavia Jongler, who is lost in the past. Iris refuses to give up hope, and playing the Jongler cor anglais to reawaken its powers of time travel. When Arky's buddy, Danny, a pitching ace, throws his baseball future away, Iris and the cor anglais perform a shocking double blowback. Danny and Arky are blown to a time and place, 1863, where a boy's game was being played in the middle of a man's war. (True story!)While Danny is thrust into a world of baseball he never imagined, Arky discovers tantalizing clues that put him on the trail of his missing mom.  In the present, Iris's quest to bring everyone home from 1863 leads to a risky game of cat-and-mouse with Matt Grinnell, her first victim and beneficiary of time travel.  The war that spans centuries--between brother and sister, pitcher and batter, blue and gray, love and loss--is fought to the last page.
Blowback '63
Oliver Griffon and the Witch's Curse
Stephen Huggins
"Oliver Griffon and the Witch's Curse is a great story for kids--and adults!" -- Said by someone very important.
But what's the story about? Read on... Oliver can’t stay out of trouble. And he’s gotten into a heap of it this time. In the waning days of October, strange magical events happen around Orchard Hollow, the little town where Oliver lives. He soon finds himself and his friends cursed to die on Halloween by the town witch. But other mysterious forces are at work around Oliver, too. If he and his friends play their cards right, they might be able to remove the witch’s curse. If not, this Halloween will be their last.
REQUIRED LEGAL DISCLAIMER: In compliance with The Secrecy Compliance Department, and as authorized by The 1227 International Agreement for No Blabbing Allowed, this notice serves to inform the reader of this book that it is entirely a work of fiction. The names mentioned are made-up, and the events described herein definitely did not occur within the confines of Orchard Hollow, Massachusetts. As related, The General Wizardry Company and The World Wand Company and their subsidiaries are, of course, not real either. But most importantly, this notice serves to remind the reader that magic definitely, without a doubt, and in no way possible, exists at all.
However, complaints about this notice are required by law to be collected. Address all correspondence in this regard to "No One In Particular, Care Of: The Department of Natural World Diplomacy" and drop said letter in the nearest "normal" mailbox. Note that the use of "normal" here in no way implies that magical mailboxes exist, because that would be silly.
Oliver Griffon and the Witch's Curse
Our Wild and Precious Lives
"Our Wild and Precious Lives deals with the big questions of Life, Death, Love and Loss set against the backdrop of World War II and the Korean Conflict...it also deals with the social upheaval in families and societies caused by war, on both sides..."
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In 1960 Cold War Germany, Tom and Melly McCarron, teenage Army brats, contend with adolescence on a small American base near Bavaria, where their father, a decorated war veteran, begins a three-year tour of duty. As tensions in Berlin rise between the Allies and the Soviets, and threaten to bring about World War III, the base teenagers forge bonds of loyalty and love stronger than any of the adults understand.

Leaving New York on a night flight to Germany, the quiet, thoughtful Tom, and feisty, emotional Melly, are apprehensive about life in a foreign land. While they will attend the American high school in Würzburg, brother and sister realize they are the only stability each has had in their young lives. They also leave behind the sole adult they came to trust, their Aunt Deeny, a librarian who introduced them long ago to a way to cope with life's ups and downs—reading and books.

Confronting the overwhelming challenges of making new friends, adjusting to a foreign environment, and enrolling in yet another school, they also must endure their abusive father and moody war bride mother. But they are not fully aware of how their father's wartime experiences and sacrifices have left him scarred. Relying on their inner strength and resilience, they navigate the boundaries of military dependents—American teenagers with the same needs, yearnings and heartbreak as any of their generation.
Our Wild and Precious Lives
Spring of ElvesSpring of Elves
Joanne Vruno
The arrival of Queen Elin is the beginning of a new alliance between the three light elf villages, but is also the cause of their new dangers. King Helmar learns the long-lost queen is alive and is determined to capture her, enlisting the most dangerous creatures in Murkwood to assist him. The villages have to stay on high alert as the three guardians try to rid the area of these creatures, who this time are a danger to humankind, as well.The arrival of Queen Elin is the beginning of a new alliance between the three light elf villages, but is also the cause of their new dangers. King Helmar learns the long-lost queen is alive and is determined to capture her, enlisting the most dangerous creatures in Murkwood to assist him. The villages have to stay on high alert as the three guardians try to rid the area of these creatures, who this time are a danger to humankind, as well.
Spring of Elves
The Blue Unicorn's Journey To Osm Illustrated Book
Sybrina Durant

"The metal horned unicorns are doomed!" That's what Lauda Lead Horn wailed when she first saw the tribe's new savior. OK, so his horn was not metal. . .and he did not have a magic power. . .and he was really a puny little runt. But doomed? Were things really that bad?

Well, things were pretty bad in the land of MarBryn. Magh, an evil sorcerer utilized unicorn horns and hooves to create his magical potions and spells. Those he used, to increase his power and to conquer everyone in his path. All of the unicorns from the Tribe of the Metal Horn were now gone . . . except for twelve survivors.

Before the blue unicorn was born, Numen told Alumna, the aluminum-horned oracle, that he had a plan to bring the tribe back home to Unimaise. His prophecy to Alumna was, "Only the blue unicorn can join with the Moon-Star. Until then, no new unicorns will be born." Blue was the last unicorn born. Twenty years later, his horn was still covered with a plain blue colored hide. There was not a glint of metal to be seen on it or his hooves.

Everyone knew no metal meant no magic.

But Blue had a mission and he meant to see it through. He was no longer scrawny and he had his wits. Though no one else in the tribe thought he had a chance of defeating the evil sorcerer, Blue felt ready to make Magh pay for his evil deeds. And he went off to do it alone. That was Blue's first mistake. If the entire tribe was not standing horn-tip to horn-tip at the proper time and the exact place to help usher the Moon-Star Spirit into Blue's horn, he would die. Then, the rest of the tribe really would be doomed.

Blue is joined in his travels by his mentor Gaiso, the Stag and his friend, Girasol the Firebird as they try to find their way across a danger-filled MarBryn to Muzika Woods. Will the rest of Blue's tribe reach him before the Moon-Star arrives? Read this action packed adventure to learn about the blue unicorn's quest to fulfill his destiny and to save his tribe.

This book, written by Sybrina Durant and illustrated by Dasguptarts, is presented in chapter book style with lots of pictures in order to keep young readers Interest. It is meant for teen readers and up. Get the companion coloring book, too, at any online bookstore.

The Blue Unicorn's Journey To Osm Illustrated Book
The Last Panther
Todd Mitchell
For animal lovers and fans of The One and Only Ivan and Hoot, this is the uplifting story of a girl who discovers a family of panthers that were thought to be extinct, and her journey to save the species.
 
Eleven-year-old Kiri has a secret: wild things call to her. More than anyone else, she’s always had a special connection to animals.
 
But when Kiri has an encounter with the last known Florida panther, her life is quickly turned on end. Caught between her conservationist father, who wants to send the panther to a zoo, and the village poachers, who want to sell it to feed their families, Kiri must embark on a journey that will take her deep into the wilderness.
 
There has to be some way to save the panther, and for her dad and the villagers to understand each other. If Kiri can’t figure out what it is, she’ll lose far more than the panthers—she’ll lose the only home she’s ever known, and the only family she has left.

"A powerful tale of a future to be avoided." —Kirkus Reviews

"An eerie cautionary tale about the dangers of not protecting the environment, tackles an important theme in a compelling way...a fantastical tale with roots in real-world issues." —Booklist

"Earnest, heartfelt, and passionate, this book will likely inspire new environmentalists." —Bulletin

"A boldly original, profoundly wise, deeply moving book. It’s a rare gift to any reader, as well as to our planet.”
—T. A. Barron, best-selling author of the Merlin Saga
The Last Panther
The MakerThe Maker
D.F. Anderson
When a mysterious drawing binder appears on thirteen-year-old Nate Smith’s windowsill, he starts having visions—and drawing them. Strange creatures come for his work, launching him on a space adventure to learn the alien art of making. Armed with an otherworldly pen that brings his drawings to life, Nate must save planets, and his parents, from the dark creations of an alien mastermind. If only he believed he had talent.Nate gave up on art. Then the aliens came. When a mysterious drawing binder appears on thirteen-year-old Nate Smith’s windowsill, he starts having visions—and drawing them. Strange creatures come for his work, launching him on a space adventure to learn the alien art of making. Armed with an otherworldly pen that brings his drawings to life, Nate must save planets, and his parents, from the dark creations of an alien mastermind. If only he believed he had talent. The Maker is a middle grade sci-fi novel for kids ages 9-12.
The Maker
Under the Light of a Full Moon
D.A. McGrath
Every family has its secrets, but Clara’s family secret is more amazing than most – for one member of each generation of Clara’s family inherits a magical ability. But with that ability also comes a curse.

Clara is an ordinary girl, living an ordinary, happy life. Then she starts to have problems getting to sleep. When she does sleep she has terrifying nightmares and she hears whispering voices in the night. She thinks she is going crazy. Then her Great Aunt Selina takes her to one side and tells Clara that she has inherited the gift of shape shifting, but those who inherit the gift also fall victim to a curse.

Clara struggles to come to terms with these revelations and accept her new destiny. Will she succeed in mastering this, so called, gift and conquering the threats triggered by the curse - to her happiness, her relationships, her sanity and ultimately her life?
Under the Light of a Full Moon

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