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The Greatest Magician by Elena Paige begins with the impending threat of explosions at the popular Magicians’ Convention. Jack, at the present a famed magician, is faced with a personal affront and is thrown back to the first time he attended the convention. Immensely frustrated by his complete lack of magical powers, the younger Jack dreads having to perform with the rest of his talented family, including his famous mother.

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His mom can die and bring herself back to life. His dad can heal people that would normally be considered beyond saving. His sister can make people do anything she wants. But Jack, the main character in The Greatest Magician by Elena Paige, isn’t like the rest of his family. He can’t even perform a basic card trick. Jack isn’t really sure if his wish is to be a magician or not: he feels left out without a special power amongst a family of mages, but he knows that he will never be a mage, so he wonders if he should even bother trying.

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Ever since Sam London saved the world’s magical beings from being exposed to humanity, he’s been waiting for another exciting case from his friends at the Department of Mythical Wildlife. When video footage of a selkie in San Francisco goes viral, he’s up to the challenge. Sam, his elite warrior friend and neighbor Tashi, and Dr. Vance Vantana set off to investigate the mysterious appearance. They soon discover that the selkie is pursuing Pearl Eklund, a fashion and social media icon.

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War World is a book about the TerraGen kids and their quest to save their parents from a hostile planet. Technology is developing at an extremely fast rate and startup companies are becoming overnight billionaires. One of those companies is called TerraGen, and they developed the world's first quantum computer. Unbeknownst to everyone, TerraGen has also made a device capable of making a wormhole to different planets, traveling light-years in seconds. Unfortunately, after TerraGen sends a team of scientists on an expedition, they are unable to open the wormhole back up.

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War World by Rod C. Spence is about the future in which new technology has been invented and the leading company, TerraGen, has it all. Six TerraGen workers’ kids go to the exact same school and have always been called The TerraGen Kids. Their parents are some of the leading scientists in the United States of America. When two of the scientists team up and design a working wormhole, a portal to another planet millions of light years away, an expedition is started away from prying eyes.

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All is Assuredly Well is a delightful story told from the point of view of a king and his partner. They wish to have a child, so they pray to the blue star to give them a baby princess. After praying many days, a strange thing occurs to the star and the King follows it on an allegorical journey to reach his daughter. It compiles the complexities of adopting into a neat and charming story for children. There are many obstacles on the King's journey, but the colorful backdrop shows the joy and determination of the King on his quest. 

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The Santa’s Gift is a short story written by Paromita Goswami who lives in central India, so Indian culture, attitudes, and ways of speaking flow throughout the story. It is about almost 11-year-old know-it-all Toby who winds up learning some lessons about life. He thinks his mother should make sure he has clean socks every day, but she is overwhelmed with her job and household duties without the help of her maid. She thinks Toby is old enough to take on some responsibilities himself, so she stops washing the extra clothes he gets dirty.

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Lifeboat 12 is a beautiful window to the past. Nazis have begun bombing London, and Ken Sparks, along with 89 other children, aged five to fifteen have the chance to escape to Canada. Aboard the S.S. Benares, they receive nine-course meals and many more luxuries.
 

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