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The book, The Saddest Little Robot, is about a world where robots live in peace in a huge dome. Or so the Drudgebots, robots who create the life-giving light, believe. Except for one little robot named Snoot. He questions the authority of the Guardbots and the Halobots while admiring them at the same time. At first, he desperately wants to become a Halobot, with golden armor instead of the junk used to create him. One day, he travels outside the dome.

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The book, Chasing the Falconers, is about a boy, Aiden, and his sister, Meg, whose parents were framed for a terrible crime and they are stuck in a juvenile center because no one would take them in. Their only contact with their parents is weekly phone calls. One day, Aiden accidentally spills a kerosene lamp in the barn, and since the juvie center is in the middle of Nebraska and it's the middle of the summer, the whole place goes up like a match. Aiden and Meg, along with a whole bunch of other convicts escape while the supervisors are busy with the fire.

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The book, Stormchaser, is the sequel to Beyond the Deepwoods. The story continues with Twig and his father, Cloud Wolf, sailing into Undertown, the only real city in the Edge. It lies in the shadow of Sanctaphrax, the academic town on top of a giant floating rock. To keep Sanctaphrax from floating away, it needs stormphrax, a heavy substance created by lightning. An evil scholar once made a substance that can turn any water clean from crushing stormphrax, but no one has ever been able to make more.

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The book, Beyond the Deepwoods, is the beginning of a promising series. There is a boy, Twig, who was raised by a family of wood trolls in the Deepwoods of the Edge. It is a world full of magical creatures and strange surprises at the edge of the world. He has always been different, not as strong or big as the other wood trolls. One day, his mother tells him that he was found as a baby outside of their home and that he really wasn't a wood troll. So he set of on a journey to find his real parents.

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The book, The Devil's Toenail, is about a boy, Stevie, who finds this rock called a devil's toenail. He wants to join this gang of kids at school, and he is given the entrance task of setting the library trash bin on fire. Normally, that would not be hard, but for Stevie, it was almost impossible because at his old school some kids had poured aerosol all over him and set him on fire. He lived, but he had to get a new ear and have surgery on half of his face.

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The book, 11,000 Years Lost, is about a girl, Esther, who accidentally travels to 11,000 years ago! She was helping some archeologists with a site near her home when she walks through a shimmering patch of air and arrives in the past. She was taken in by a family group who was near the place she appeared and she was thought of as a star-child. She started to understand their language and rituals after a while. All of the hunters thought that she was good luck, even though she knew it was not true. She goes through countless hardships and joys on her way to try to get home.




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