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Lion Island takes place during the Cuban War of Independence, a time when Cuba was fighting for its freedom from Spain. This book shows three different perspectives. First, Antonio Chuffat. He comes from a long line of different races, which all play an important role in his life since cultural diversity is a big problem during this time. He is grateful for his messenger job. Next is Wing. Wing is a Chinese indentured servant who sells fruit. Antonio and Wing meet and soon become friends. This leads to Wing introducing his sister Fan to Antonio.

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As long as there have been donkeys, there has been the secondary name for those humble beasts of burden...ass. Whether it be in the Bible, the Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare (most notably A Midsummer Night's Dream), or any other old english text, you will find this word in common, unoffensive use. 

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When Alex and his friends Gabby, Ahmed, and Destiny decide to explore an old abandoned movie set that is said to be cursed and caught on fire in the ‘80s, Destiny decides to go off on her own. She falls through the floor and finds a tunnel that leads to an old shed. Alex, Gabby, and Ahmed finally find her in the shed with a bunch of old movie reels. Once they get home Alex realizes he lost his wallet with his ID card, so he has to call his mom. Alex, Destiny, Gabby, and Ahmed think that they are cursed because they trespassed on the movie set.

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Cedar was found in the forest by the foot of a large cedar tree when she is just a baby, found by Sara and Keven Montgomery, who take her home and house her as their own. She later names the large cedar tree, the one she was found under, Stella. On her first day of school, she meets Phillip, who becomes her only friend. Cedar later convinces Phillip to join the Order of the Trees, a club that only Cedar had been in before the two friends met.

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Rad Girls Can is a book about amazing young women who have stepped up in their communities and countries to make a difference. Rad Girls Can touches on 91 stories, some are short, a paragraph or two, and some are long, spanning two to three pages. The book also has stories about different ethnic groups, races, religions, and more! Some of the stories are about women many of us have hear of, like Anne Frank, Lorde, Ruby Bridges, Helen Keller, and others.

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A Secret in the Forest begins at an enchanted gateway between two worlds, ushering readers into the conflict between the world of humans and the world of fairies.

Lily Kingman, of the human world, harbors deep secrets passed down through the generations of her family. Dreamer, of the fairy world, drifts between the two worlds, trying to protect Lily from the threats of Victor (a human) while undergoing an enormous change within himself.

Will Lily and Dreamer’s romance survive the conflict between their two worlds? 

 

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War World by Rod C. Spence is about the future in which new technology has been invented and the leading company, TerraGen, has it all. Six TerraGen workers’ kids go to the exact same school and have always been called The TerraGen Kids. Their parents are some of the leading scientists in the United States of America. When two of the scientists team up and design a working wormhole, a portal to another planet millions of light years away, an expedition is started away from prying eyes.

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