Betrayal
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Governcorp is a collection of businesses that took over when the world was falling apart. Governcorp suppresses freedom of speech and uses the Comfort Center to drug people into becoming non-argumentative citizens. Jenny is the perfect citizen, who wants to work as a Safety Officer for Governcorp. Hannah is a new citizen formerly from the Homesteads, slums hidden behind a veneer of pretty fences. Hannah struggles with reconciling her conscience between helping her dad fit in with their new life and trying to figure out if Governcorp should be revolted against.

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Paper Butterflies is a riveting book about a young girl named June and the abuse she suffers at the hands of her stepmother. June wishes she could speak up and tell someone, anyone, about her cruel stepmother, but how could she when her own father doesn't believe her? Everything changes, though, when June meets a young boy named Blister. June can escape her stepmother, if only for a few hours, when she spends time with Blister at their secret place. But one night everything is ruined. Can June tell Blister the truth about how bad things really are at home?

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The Raven’s Tale is a fictional story about the teenage life of Edgar Allan Poe. The reader takes a journey through the tale from Poe’s point of view. His struggles as a teenager who loses his parents at a very young age and the experiences of living in a foster home are creatively told using quotes from Poe as well as William Shakespeare’s work. Young Poe faces opposition from his foster father about his writing. This disturbs Poe and has him battling against his Gothic muse.

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Monsterland is a well-written novel that checks off all the elements needed for a fantastic read. It’s action-packed, comical, has romance, and even emphasizes prevalent themes such as self-acceptance, family dynamics, and bullying. Michael Okon, the author of Monsterland, introduces readers to Wyatt Baldwin and his friends Melvin and Howard Drucker. Wyatt's home life isn’t the best. And he’s in a constant battle with his friends to determine which monsters are best—werewolves, vampires, or zombies.

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Just before the start of the Civil War, the Dunnings, a Mormon couple who have settled in Utah, live in constant fear that their son, Tommy, will be taken away from them. Tommy was taken in after his birth parents were murdered in an attack on their wagon train, and his new mother, Eva, and her husband, Bennett, have raised him for the past three years. However, over in Arkansas, the boy’s biological grandmother, Ruby Seddon, has been looking for her grandson ever since she learned of the attack.

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Author Dorriah Rogers shares her life story cemented in a traumatic childhood in Twine: A Memoir. Jumping around from childhood to her college years to adulthood, Rogers shares the harshest and most heartbreaking details of her life.

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When We Were Brave tells of three very different characters and their very different stories of bravery during tragedy and hardship. With WWII as the backdrop, the three stories are each told from a unique point of view: through the eyes of a child, an SS officer, and a German-American. The child, Izaak, the son of a Jewish man, experiences the challenges of losing his father and then being sent to multiple concentration camps.

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Twine is a poignant memoir centered around Dorriah Rogers as she shares the most honest and eye-opening moments in her life. She gives the readers her soul, inviting them into a world filled with dysfunction, abuse, and as puzzling as it may seem, love. Rogers unpacks her baggage and states, “It was the telling of this story that allowed me to remove that backpack of horrors from my shoulders. It was the writing of the words, the release of the shame, that was ultimately cathartic and healing.”

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Have you ever had your enemy take your bestie away from you? Well, that’s what happens to Evie. Her enemy enters her school and is challenging her for her spot in the school and the town. Evie is a witch, and she has to win the magic competition to stay at her human school. She comes up with an evil, nasty, creepy, and gross magic trick. (To her advantage, she can use real magic and not a lame card trick.) Little does she know, the kids do not want to be scared; they want a nice performance (scare-free). After screams, cries, and giggles, the competition ends.

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