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Ciarrah's Light (The Sun Child Chronicles Book 3)
Lou Hoffmann

Sequel to Wraith Queen's Veil
The Sun Child Chronicles: Book Three

Luccan, future Suth Chiell of the Ethran Sunlands, also known as Lucky, has reached the end of a months-long adventure and gained much. Now he wants nothing more than to relax and recover at home. His mother’s apparition has other ideas, and dark dreams drag Lucky further and further into unconsciousness until he’s nearly dead. With help from Lucky’s sentient obsidian blade, Ciarrah, he makes it back to the light, only to find his country is in deep distress, and it’s getting deeper.


The wizard Thurlock, Lucky’s dragon-kin uncle Han, and other friends help him muddle through as he becomes the channel for prophecy. War erupts in the Sunlands, and in a battle against wraiths created by the advanced science of a dying world, Lucky plays a key role. Physical weapons can’t stop the enemy, but Ciarrah’s light can, and only Lucky can wield it. With the help of his winged horse, his boyfriend, and Thurlock, Lucky sets out to prevent his mother’s shade from wreaking any more havoc. But will stopping her end the horrors facing his world?

Ciarrah's Light (The Sun Child Chronicles Book 3)
Drasine (Book 3)
Geoffrey Saign
Death matches. The Deranged. Ancient secrets.
Sam and Jake are battle-tested warriors, but nothing can prepare them for the Evil One.

Sam is eager for the attack they know is coming. Yet Jake has grown distant from her and won’t tell her why. Giant Lessers attack and attach a bomb to Jake’s arm. Sam is beside herself, but Jake has a deeper secret worry.

They are blackmailed—capture the magical dragon, Drasine—or Jake dies. Everyone wants Drasine, including the powerful Evil One, who has sworn to destroy KiraKu. Worse, Drasine is protected by a mysterious being no one has been able to defeat.

Sam will do anything to save Jake, but they don’t know who to trust. They are betrayed at every step.

And one of them may have to die to save the other…
Drasine (Book 3)
Evolution Revolution: Simple Machines
Charlotte E. Bennardo
In a quiet wood, a gray squirrel declares war on the machines that invade his wood, threatening his nest and tree. Taught words and how to use simple machines like the wheel by a young boy who names him Jack, the squirrel shares what he's learned with the other animals.
 
Jack thinks he can stop the bulldozers, if he can convince the other woodland animals to join him in the fight. But as they take on the humans and their machines, people are noticing that Jack and his friends are smarter than ordinary forest animals. All of them are in more danger than they realize. Even if Jack and the animals win the battle, will they lose the war?
 
Evolution Revolution is a smart and charming book for younger readers that will have them wondering just what the animals in the yard are up to! Watch for the next book in this series coming soon.
Evolution Revolution: Simple Machines
Fabulous Faith in Meet My Worry MonsterFabulous Faith in Meet My Worry Monster
Melissa Webster
This book is “A Mom’s Choice Awards® and We won the Distinguished Recipient award which is a prestigious award known nationwide. We are happy to award deserving books like Fabulous Faith in Meet My Worry Monster,” said Dawn Matheson, Executive Director, Mom’s Choice Awards. “Our panel of judges really felt this special book merited a place on our list of the best in family-friendly products that parents and educators can feel confident in using.” 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
Gorgon (Book 2)Gorgon (Book 2)
Geoffrey Saign
Giant monsters. Dragons. Mysterious creatures. All gathering to fight for two worlds.
Sam and Jake are the guardians, but can they stop the coming war?
 
A powerful Lesser poisons Sam's dad and Jake's mom. To save their parents, Sam must bring WhipEye to Gorgon--the cruel and scheming leader of the Amazon Lessers.
 
Gorgon demands that Sam and Jake bring him the Jewel of Origin, a weapon of great power. If he gets it, nothing will stop him. Sam and Jake must decide--will they save two worlds or save their parents? Their friendship will be tested to its limits.
 
To stop Gorgon, Sam must be willing to risk the lives of her friends in a battle that some will not survive.
 
Sometimes love means watching those you love die...Book 2, WhipEye Chronicles (Book 1, WhipEye, Winner International Book Award for Children’s Fiction) Samantha and Jake have two days to save their poisoned parents, and only Gorgon—the cruel and scheming leader of Amazon Lessers—can help them. But Gorgon is planning to destroy KiraKu, and he pits Sam against Jake. Worse, Sam feels controlled by the supernatural staff, WhipEye, and Jake gains a dangerous weapon. Can their friendship survive its greatest test? Can Sam and Jake stop a war and save their parents? Mysterious creatures, dragons, and Gorgon force them into a life or death adventure that some will not survive… …a story about love, nature, wildlife, intuition, and trusting yourself…
Gorgon (Book 2)
Paths to the Stars
Edward Willett
From Edward Willett, Aurora Award-winning author of Marseguro, The Cityborn, and Worldshaper (DAW Books), among many others, comes twenty-two tales of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, drawn from a long career of telling fantastic tales. A young musician dreams of playing his songs among the stars...A Broadway performer on the lam is forced to direct aliens in The Sound of Music...Strange vegetables with dangerous properties crop up in small-town Saskatchewan...A man with a dark secret gets his comeuppance on a windy night on the prairie...An elderly caretaker on the Moon preserves the memory of the millions who died on Earth's darkest day...A woman and a bat-like alien must overcome their own prejudices to prevent an interstellar war... From the far future and the farthest reaches of space to the Canadian prairie, from our world to worlds that have never existed to world's that might some day, rich realms of imagination and the fascinating characters and creatures that populate them await within these stories, some previously published, some seeing print for the first time. Time to go exploring...
Paths to the Stars
Time Traitor (American Epochs-Volume 1)
Todd McClimans
Have you ever wished you could go back in time? Where would you go? What would you see? What if you had the power to alter history, to manipulate events and make yourself rich, famous, or powerful? Kristi Connors is too miserable in the present to care about history. Shipped off to boarding school in the midst of her parents' divorce, Kristi wants nothing more than to run home and find her mom and dad together again. In hopes of being kicked out, Kristi causes chaos throughout George Washington Prep, and especially enjoys harassing her brash, ill-tempered history teacher, Dr. Xavier Arnold, with endless pranks. Ty Jordan just wants to be left alone. Sent to GWP by his English stepfather after the sudden death of his mother, Ty dreams of disappearing into the pages of the books he reads, far away from the bullies who torment him at every turn. When the two unlikely friends find themselves in Dr. Arnold’s detention dungeon, they make a startling discovery—their teacher has invented a working time machine! The next thing they know, Kristi and Ty are jettisoned back in time to the Revolutionary War as part of Dr. Arnold’s scheme to change American history in favor of his infamous ancestor and the country’s greatest traitor, General Benedict Arnold. They soon realize their lives in the twenty-first century, a time of cell phones, flat screens, and iPods, weren’t as bad as they’d imagined. But to get home, they must thwart their teacher’s mad scheme while evading slave catchers, surviving bloody battles, and serving as nurses for sick and wounded soldiers. Follow Kristi and Ty on their trek through time in TIME TRAITOR.
Time Traitor (American Epochs-Volume 1)
WhipEye (Book 1)
Geoffrey Saign
SamGreen. Wildlife expert. Warrior. And desperately missing her mom.
She also doesn't think her 16th birthday should be a survival test.
 
 But she is about to learn she could die in the next 24 hours. Creepy monsters and a giant called Uncle Biggie do exist. Along with a scary guardian who wants to take over the world, and an ancient wise-cracking parrot who wants to stop him. It's up to Sam to save two worlds. With a supernatural staff named WhipEye--that she has no clue how to use.
 
Impossible.
 
Unless Sam heals her broken heart. Gets help from magical creatures called Great Ones.And the boy next door--Jake--decides he's on board for an adventure out of his worst nightmares.
 
Sam must also find the courage to fight the biggest battle of her life...and risk everything for love...
WhipEye (Book 1)

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