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Abracadabra! This word has been used for centuries as a fantastical joke. Plenty of children have waved sticks in the air and shouted this word, claiming that they can perform magic. However, for 12-year-old orphan Toby, the playful word takes on a whole new meaning when his world is flipped upside down by a talking panther who kidnapped his grandfather. Thrust into a world of magic, strange dialect, beauty, and imagination, Toby learns a whole new meaning to the word abracadabra.

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Twelve-year-old Toby Roberts, the main character in The Magicians Convention by Elena Paige, is sure that magic isn’t real. But one morning while looking out his bedroom window, Toby sees hundreds of people clad in black cloaks and top hats streaming into his neighbor’s tiny house. Stranger yet, his grandpa swears he doesn’t see anyone at all.

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Alberto is a lonely old man living in the town of Allora as the town’s only coffin maker. He is given the bodies of Allora’s dead so that he can build them their coffins and place them into their graves. One day, a bird Alberto has never seen before flutters into his home. This bird is soon followed by Tito – a lonely little boy whose existence was never known to Alberto. Alberto finds Tito to be great company, but no matter what, Alberto cannot get Tito to open up to him. Tito is scared and very cautious, but of what? Alberto is not sure.

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Have you ever wondered how American Sign Language (ASL) is different from English? If so, then this primer is for you! Easily walking individuals through the basics of English – grammar, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, metaphors, etc. – and then through the basics of ASL, the author perfectly exemplifies the differences and similarities these two languages share. This book briefly explains how both languages impact the mind of an individual, and it also touches briefly on cognitive linguistics.

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This is an adventurous story that centers on the life of Timothy Patrick Horrigan, who is a chipmunk. Timothy, who is unnamed at this point, is chased out of his home in the dead of the night by a fire and finds shelter in the wood pile outside of house that is home to Vietnam veteran Mikey Horrigan. Mikey takes and comforts Timothy as well as gives him his name. Timothy grows fond of his new home and roommates who are mice.

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Haim, a man who escaped the holocaust by leaving Germany, has been recruited to be part of the team of spies who captured Adolf Eichmann - the organizer of all the Jewish deaths in Nazi concentration camps. Haim and the other recruits must camp out in Argentina, the country where a lot of ex-Nazis went after WWII, to look for one of Hitler's right-hand men.

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Clara is sure Gypsies are out to get her when they establish their camp in the woods near her home, but when she meets a Gypsy boy named Luke, her mindset changes. She and Luke spend time together every afternoon and get to know each other quite well. But when she is invited to dinner, Luke’s grandmother senses the secret that Clara cannot tell anyone, especially a Gypsy: Clara is a shapeshifter.

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