Betrayal
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Beth Teller, dead after an automobile accident, sticks around to help her grieving father. She hopes an investigation is just what he needs to distract him from mourning. Detective Michael Telling can see and hear his daughter, and she is determined to help him reconnect with the world of the living. A home for troubled children burns down, and the discovery of a dead body makes it a homicide. The detective and his daughter go to the hospital to interview a witness, Isobel Catching. They discover that she is an aboriginal like Beth and her mother.

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Returning to Normal is a wonderfully insightful book that addresses real-life problems faced by teenagers whose parents are in, or returning from, prison. Xavier has a pretty good life. He and his girlfriend get along really well. His baseball coach is hopeful for Xavier's career, and his dad is coming home soon. What he doesn't expect is that his dad will be a totally different person who might ruin everything. His dad is always angry with him when he isn't drinking or lecturing Xavier. Things go downhill from there.

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Rachel has just returned to Riverside Academy from her Easter vacation. One day a mysterious man comes for a tour of her school. When he sees her wearing her bracelet, he returns to his car and speeds away. The next day he comes for a tour again. The day after that, Rachel and her friend Benjamin walk to the post office. While Benjamin runs in to mail some things, Rachel stays outside enjoying the view. All of a sudden, a paper note comes flying and hits her on the head. Rachel unfolds the note, and it reads, “Meet me at one o’clock tonight at the gates to the school.

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Sarafina Garcia thinks that her grandmother hates her. She does not understand why her mother is so secretive about her past. It all begins with a genealogy assignment at school; all she knows is that the Garcia family is from Chihuahua, Mexico. It is up to Sara to uncover her family secrets. Mom says, “Your father is dead…don’t go digging up old bones,” and her grandmother passed away last spring.

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Decades after a nuclear war destroys much of the planet and the government is forced to change, brothers Jason and Nate decide to switch places near the end of the big soccer tournament so Jason can take their family to Canada. Nate has a lot of pressure on himself that game because if they lose, their family will be killed by the president. The game does not end well.

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Crisis is the third book in the suspenseful Card People trilogy by James Sulzer. It doesn’t seem possible, but I think it has more surprises and plot twists than the first two books combined! First, Paul’s nanodust transfer from a card person back to himself as a human goes awfully wrong. While he, his brother Sam, and their friends try to figure out what happened with that, the news starts reporting that a bomb has been set in Chicago and the President of the United States is sick.

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The Hunt for Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras is an action-packed adventure novel. Drest, a young girl in medieval Scotland, learns that a high price has been placed on her head. Will she choose to spend the rest of her life hiding? Or will she face her enemies and earn a new role for herself? Will she follow the rules? Or will she risk her own solutions? Will her choices prove to be successful? This story is jam-packed with risk and resolutions.

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