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"James Thibeault's The Deacon's Folly is a bleak but strangely engaging Brothers Grimm sort of fable, tottering precariously between both the reality and the dream-memory of young Devon, the story's hero. Devon is trapped in the terrifying landscape of his own uncertain perceptions and the cruel distortions imposed on him by those who should have been his caretakers. But once nudged to it by the story's obese and hapless Deacon, Devon enters onto a violent quest for the truth. He pursues that quest relentlessly, seeking both what is monstrously real and what might just possibly yield some small measure of hope and love...if he doesn't destroy it himself along the way."—Fr. Barry Bercier, Assumption College

When a backwoods town has a barbecue, it's to mock a teenage boy who nailed himself to a tree house. While Devon’s not the brightest bulb and has no recollection of his childhood, he’s a kind soul who seems friendly enough. Still, the whole town despises him. Only the new deacon in town takes sympathy towards the boy and is determined to discover Devon’s forgotten past, and the reason why it is never discussed.

Everything about Devon’s life is a mystery, from the whereabouts of his parents to Devon’s own memories. In the town, he is treated more like an animal than a person. Forced to live outside, Devon is looked after by his alcoholic guardian, Mr. Audette. Besides the deacon, the only person who takes pity on Devon is Mr. Audette’s daughter, Caroline, who has been running the household since her mother died years ago. Despite Caroline and Devon living next to each other, Mr. Audette forbids Caroline from socializing with him.

Few want to be near Devon. He spends most of his time alone and talking to the moon. At night, he suffers from dreams of people screaming. He doesn’t understand what it means, but tries to ignore it as best he can. For years, all Devon has done is block the torments in his head, the mockery from the town, and even his own memories. The deacon is convinced it’s time to know the truth.

At its core this book is about a young man who is forced by an entire town to come to terms with his disability and his efforts to learn to live in a community of individuals of lesser humanity than himself.

Deacon's Folly
Melissa Webster
Faith has a worry monster she named Stan and he tries to keep her from having fun at school. Faith realizes she has a super power in her that can defeat Stan. Its the power to control her own thoughts and its in the form of a sparkly kitty cat. Stan is not happy about this super power and he tries to overcome but in the end Faith wins.Faith has a worry monster named Stan. Stan tries to keep her from having fun at school. Faith realizes that she has a super power in her that can defeat Stan. It’s the power to control her own thoughts and it takes the form of a sparkly kitty cat. Stan is not happy about this super power and tries to overcome it, but in the end Faith wins.  
Fabulous Faith in Meet My Worry Monster
J.L. McCreedy
On the morning of her eleventh birthday, nothing feels particularly celebratory to Liberty Frye. As if being a witch in training isn’t confusing enough, her mother’s mysterious illness has grown worse overnight and her best-friend-turned-foster-sister Ginny is driving her crazy.

Then there’s the matter of the new invention that Uncle Frank has brought to her surprise party. When her freaky powers accidentally activate it, Libby and her unsuspecting party guests are transported into an ocean of darkness. Literally. Soon, they’re running – or rather, sailing – for their lives, chasing after clues while dodging angry islanders and makeshift spells gone awry.

If they have any hope of finding their way home, Libby knows she must confront the dark forces bent on deciding their future. But what she doesn’t know is … how?
Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate (series, Book Two)
Claire Merchant
Step into a supernatural world to encounter werewolves, vampires, grim reapers and banshees, but most of all, to encounter an epic love story between two, what should be, impossible lovers. Taylor Mistry, a veterinary student living in South Coast, is about to embark on the biggest adventure of her life. A shocking discovery about her future as a human not only endangers her own safety, but the safety of everyone she loves and holds dear. It is now up to Taylor and her supernatural friends to uncover the secrets behind her curse and find out if there is anything that can be done to stop it, or whether she is doomed to accept her fate and what that fate means to those close to her. It is only through an unthinkable romance that Taylor learns the sacrifices that can be made, the power that can be held and the strength that can be possessed through the most natural feeling on this earth; love.
Midnight Mistry (The Mistry Trilogy)
P. E. Yudkoff
Magical shoes.
Dead souls looking for a new leader.
Incredible new powers.
It's enough to make any 7th grader doubt his sanity!

In Packing Evil thirteen year old Pack's world is turned upside down when his deceased ancestors arrive to test his worthiness to be the next Kylxon. Clueless about his unique ancient family, and with only the help of his best friend, Sydney, he must endure their challenges as he discovers the amazing abilities and powers of the Kylxon. Unfortunately, there's plenty of rotten fruit on Pack's family tree to lead a young boy astray and down a dark path which could ultimately destroy his friend. But Sydney's a tough girl and she's not giving up her best buddy to a bunch of dead guys without a fight!

Book one in the exciting new series "The Kylxon Chronicles", a fantasy adventure about a reluctant hero.
Packing Evil
Kelly Anne Winsa
Robi’s Flying Saucer Drive-In: girls now have their answer to the Wimpy Kid series for boys.
"The classroom door opens slowly and a leaf blows in. It is a colored one even though we start school in late August and the trees outside are all green. A girl walks in.
She has the palest skin I have ever seen. Maybe it is transparent. I can see little blue veins. I think, oh, maybe that is because of the light. Her eyes graze mine. Hers are dotted like a leopard's, pale bronze on yellow. Wild."
When her parents buy a new restaurant--Robi's Flying Saucer Drive-In--Saffron Wilson decides to work there part time. She wants to earn some money--and begin to take control of her own life. Next thing Saffron knows, a carnival has set up behind the restaurant, bringing with it a new friend. Clair Villeneuve appears to be 14 years of age but, as Saffron discovers, is actually much, much, much older. And she seems oddly familiar with everything their astronomy teacher shares with their class, including his belief that the universe is full of life.
When Clair is unexpectedly left behind by the carnival, Saffron learns that not only is her friend in danger but someone is trying to prevent her from completing a secret mission here on Earth. Will Saffron come to terms with her responsibility to help Clair? Will she discover the true nature of Clair's mission? And can Saffron actually protect Clair--even though time seems to be running out?
Robi's Flying Saucer Drive-In (Series, 1st book)
Candie Leigh Campbell
Out of seven billion people, there’s only one thing we all have in common.

We search for what eludes us.
We evade what causes us sorrow.
We extract what doesn’t suit our needs.
And we kill to get what we want.

WE SEEK.

In the time it takes you to read this, two lives will be revoked and one spared. Some call it divine intervention, others say natural selection decides, but no one really knows for sure.

EXCEPT ME.

My name is Keira, and this is how I saved you.

***

As a trained SEEK hunter, seventeen-year-old Keira thinks she knows what’s going on in her world; the shadows called Khayal are real and they bite. But the truth is more complicated, especially when her next target turns out to be Jonathan Steed, good looking, green-eyed, fast-talking—and very HUMAN. Now no one is safe, especially not her heart.
Search (SEEK #1)
Elizabeth Atkinson
Eleven-year-old Martin can hardly imagine a worse summer. Martin's dad wants him to like "normal" boy things—playing sports and exploring the outdoors—so he sends Martin to his great-aunt Lenore, who lives on a tiny island called Beyond. Nothing about Beyond is what Martin expects, certainly not the strange, local boy who unexpectedly befriends Martin. Solo can canoe and climb trees and survive on his own in the wilderness, and Martin's drawn to him in a way he doesn't quite understand. But he's not sure he can trust Solo. In fact, can he trust anything about this strange island, where everyone seems to be keeping secrets?
The Island of Beyond

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