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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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This book is about a 12-year-old girl who has just moved to a farm and is going to a new school. As if trying to make new friends isn’t difficult enough, she is a poultry farmer learning to hatch and take care of some very unusual chickens...chickens with superpowers. Then there's her cousin, Lupe, who will be moving in with Sophie's family. Read the sequel to Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer to find out what happens along the way.

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The book Elle of the Ball is about a girl who is 6 feet tall in 7th grade. She seems especially oversized because everyone else in the grade is 5 feet tall. Elle has to do a dance performance with the rest of the 7th grade in front of parents. On top of that, Elle doesn't get the position she wants as point guard in basketball. She really needs some help with her height!

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Dragons in a Bag starts with Jaxon and his mother being evicted from their apartment, thus requiring Jaxon to stay with a woman he thinks is his grandmother. But as he looks around, he starts to become suspicious.

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I Spy the Illuminati Eye by Sheila Keenan explains some conspiracy theories and their history from the "all-seeing eye" through the enlightenment to modern times. She explains in simple and sometimes humorous tones the history that formed some of the mysteries of our culture. From secret societies to the dollar bill, this book shares fresh and direct information in a very creative way.  Her information in incredibly "illuminating"!

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Lion Island takes place during the Cuban War of Independence, a time when Cuba was fighting for its freedom from Spain. This book shows three different perspectives. First, Antonio Chuffat. He comes from a long line of different races, which all play an important role in his life since cultural diversity is a big problem during this time. He is grateful for his messenger job. Next is Wing. Wing is a Chinese indentured servant who sells fruit. Antonio and Wing meet and soon become friends. This leads to Wing introducing his sister Fan to Antonio.

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As long as there have been donkeys, there has been the secondary name for those humble beasts of burden...ass. Whether it be in the Bible, the Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare (most notably A Midsummer Night's Dream), or any other old english text, you will find this word in common, unoffensive use. 

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