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Young-hee and the Pullocho is a courageous story about a Korean girl by the name of Young-hee. Everything in Young-hee’s life is boring, drab, and annoying-especially her little brother, Bum. All Young-hee wants is to have a little fun in her life, but before she knows it, she is thrust into a magical realm that she never knew existed, where all of the old Korean legends she heard have turned out to be true.

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In The Secret Life Of Lincoln Jones, eleven-year-old Lincoln, a shy and reserved loner, has to move away with his mother to a worn-down apartment with little money. Lincoln’s mother works in an “old folks’ home,” as he likes to call it. He has to go there every day after school, and the days just seem to drag on forever. Things just never seem to go right for him, not to mention the bullies on the bus and his new school stalker…Kandi Kain.

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Divining Another Dream is a bit of a “different” book about a nine-year-old girl by the name of Laiza Wendel.

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The Player King is a very favorable story about a poor boy by the name of Lambert Simnel. Lambert has never been more than just a dirty kitchen servant, and he doesn’t think he will ever be anything else. His circumstances change one night when a mysterious friar, Brother Simonds, purchases him and takes him far away. From there, Lambert is thrust into a plot to become a decoy king in a plan to overthrow a kingdom. Lambert goes through many changes and learns things about himself he would have never known otherwise. Will this plot work?

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Dead Boy is a brilliant, magical story about Crow, an average kid, or is he? Crow Darlington died years ago, but when his parents wished for him to come back to them, he did. Except he was just slightly more rotten-smelling than the other kids, and he didn't have a heartbeat. Crow can't leave the safety of his home for the fear that someone might see him, and he doesn't have any friends because of this, so he is quite lonely, until he meets Melody Plympton, his new neighbor. Their friendship changes his life for the better.

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Ollie's Odyssey is a very sweet and somewhat “magical” story about everlasting friendship and bravery. Ollie is a toy, but not just any toy. The main character, Billy, thinks of Ollie as his “favorite,” which is the highest honor in the secret toy realm. Not everything in the world of toys is always so jolly, though. There are also mean toys, like Zozo, the clown king and his creeps. When Ollie is toy-napped by Zozo's evil right-hand men, Billy sets out on a journey to hopefully bring his pal back home.



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