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Bees on the Roof
Robbie Shell
Sam needs to find a seventh-grade science fair project and a way to save the restaurant where his father works. When he enrolls three friends in an effort to raise bees on a hotel roof in New York City, the complications multiply. Bee sting allergies, a great bee die-off, a rival team's cheating, a mysteriously reclusive science teacher, and Sam's romantic feelings for a classmate make the bee project anything but simple. This story includes lots of facts about bees and Colony Collapse Disorder.
Bees on the Roof
Jeremy Austin and the Paladin
Rod C. Spence
SURVIVE OR DIE Six teenagers, each the scions of Earth-renowned scientists, are lost on planet Genesis, a hostile alien world 2.4 million light years across the universe. Separated upon their arrival and attacked by monsters and aliens at every turn, these TerraGen teens are always one step ahead of certain death as they search for their missing parents.  META UNIVERSAL GENETICS Ruthless thieves of bio technology, Meta Universal has over a hundred soldiers, each equipped with the latest weaponry, searching for the TerraGen’s lost expedition. They will use, control or kill anyone who gets in their way… and that includes Jeremy Austin and his five classmates. DESTINIES ARE BORN Blade assassin—treasure finder—thorn builder—shadow mage—knight protectorate and sight wielder… these are the destinies of six high school students from Earth. The armies of the Shadow Lord march westward—each will play a role in the defense of the free lands—but survival will rest upon the shoulders of Jeremy Austin and the Paladin. SAVE THE PLANET… OR GET EATEN
Jeremy Austin and the Paladin
A Slow Climb Up the Mountain
Sue C. Dugan
Everyone young or old can relate to 17-year old Jotty. She’s fiercely independent, stubborn, loyal to those she loves, and determined to do things her own way. We all have a bit of Jotty in us. A SLOW CLIMB UP THE MOUNTAIN is Jotty’s story, a girl living in small town Nevada where nothing much happens. The town is sheltered by Rattlesnake Mountain whose name caused shivers down Jotty’s spine. But Jotty is a fighter and climbs that mountain daring those rattlers to bother her! The same is true with the new principal at school, Jotty dares the principal to make her go to class. Jotty has it in her mind to drop out and get a job to help Ma, but there’s no place to work for an artist and dropout, until the unconventional principal, who goes by ‘Clyde’, of all things, proposes painting a mural. Jotty is torn, “does she work on the mural and go to class?” or “skip classes and watch someone else paint her mountain?”. The decision is hers and hers alone.
A Slow Climb Up the Mountain
Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers' Ball
S.P. O'Farrell
Simone LaFray had never questioned one thing - the character of her father. A fourth generation chocolatier and proprietor of a world famous patisserie, in her eyes he could do no wrong. However, her eyes were trained to see everything that was wrong. A covert agent with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this extraordinary 12-year-old was living a double life, walking in the veiled footprints of her mother, icing eclairs, dusting pastries, and darting between the shadows. What could be sweeter? When a notorious thief returns to Paris seeking revenge against her mother, a series of unforeseen and potentially devastating events ensue, leaving Simone to question everything. Her father can’t be the man they say he is, can he? Her concealed life is evaporating, the store hangs in the balance . . . and did I mention she needs a ball gown? Life in a French patisserie may not be as sweet as you thought. Simone LaFray and the Chocolatier’s Ball pulls the invisible girl out of the shadows and into the spotlight . . . is she ready?
Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers' Ball
Pirates and Spooks, Beware!
Susan Weiner
Shiver me timbers! Pirates and parrots, mummies and mermaids--get ready for these fun and funky creatures to tickle your funny bone and send a chill down your spine! Between the lines of these eerie poems, a lady pirate fights her battles in stolen ball gowns, a cannibal decides to become a vegetarian, and a ghost hitches a ride in the family car. You'd better get started: it's all hands on deck!
Pirates and Spooks, Beware!
The Martin Luther King Mitzvah
Mathew Tekulsky
Adam Jacobs, a seventh grader at Beachmont Middle and the son of a Holocaust survivor, is tired of Hebrew School and tired of being bullied because he is Jewish. The bright spot in Adam’s day is when he follows Sally Fletcher—and her irresistible blonde ponytail—home from school. But it is 1966, and Sally is Catholic. Jews and Catholics don’t mix in the suburban town of Beachmont, New York.  Inspired by the reclusive writer and activist, Gladys McKinley, and horrified by the religious and racial divisions of their suburban town, Adam and Sally organize a kids’ march to protest the Vietnam War. In the heady weeks that follow, the two are featured in a local newspaper, interviewed on the radio, and meet the charismatic Martin Luther King who is shaping the civil rights movement of their day.  As his bar mitzvah approaches, Adam must grapple with newfound notions of race and religion, of division and unity, of peace and war. The Martin Luther King Mitzvah tells the timeless story of two kids who defy the odds, unite a town, and make a brave stand against discrimination.  
The Martin Luther King Mitzvah
The Persistence of Memory Book 1: Deja Vu
Karen Janowsky
When superheroes fall in love, anything can happen. Daniel Hecht doesn't belong in this century. Catapulted into the present from 1943, he's out of place and out of touch. Still, he was the American war hero called "Lionheart" and his heroism has followed him into the modern world. He now leads an underground group of superpowered misfits, but the misfit he keeps turning to is Nina Asher. Nina has a vast knowledge of history, yet no idea who she is or where she's from. She has become the target of dangerous creatures that have appeared all over the world. As she and Daniel work to decipher an ancient, cryptic myth, they experience flashbacks to things that never could have happened. They are falling in love, but there's something they're sure they need to remember, and it's keeping them apart. The key to saving the world may begin with the act of remembering.    Part 1 of a 3-Novel Series  
The Persistence of Memory Book 1: Deja Vu
The Persistence of Memory Book 2: All Our Yesterdays
Karen Janowsky
Love is hard, even for superheroes. Nina and Daniel have never known any destiny other than fighting their separate masters' wars. Now, a secretive organization is creating a weapon that will collapse history. Their fight is to stay together. It takes them on a journey around the world and into another dimension. Nina and Daniel now face risks beyond their imagination. Sacrifices must be made, and time is running out.    Part 2 of a 3-Novel Series      
The Persistence of Memory Book 2: All Our Yesterdays

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