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Skycliffe is about an ordinary boy who gets sucked into an amazing world full of alien technology and flying ships. Rex is living with his mom when they take a vacation to visit his aunt and uncle on a farm. On the flight there, Rex sees a girl in the clouds. He stares in disbelief, for it doesn’t seem like a figment of his imagination. He quickly pulls out a sketchbook to try to recreate the image he has witnessed, but Cloudgirl is already gone.

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Monsterland Reanimated follows the team favorites in this series as they embark on a journey to connect their town to the outside world and defend against antagonist Vincent Konrad and his henchmen’s “Plan B.” Three weeks after the Monsterland theme park closes and the apocalypse is seemingly averted, all communication technology is down. Wyatt’s stepfather, Carter, receives an alarming message from a friend several miles away. The people of Copper Valley worry that all their troubles might not be over just yet.

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In The Incredible Adventures of Absolutely Normal, cousins Samuel and Albert are living together after the death of Albert’s father. Since Albert’s mother needs family support, Samuel’s mom reorganizes their house, moves Samuel to an attic bedroom, and lets Albert use Samuel’s old room. Both boys are 10 to 11 years old, but that’s where the commonalities end. Samuel Christopher McCubbins seems almost perfect, while Albert Robert Thomas Jackson is as ordinary as can be.

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In The Story that Cannot Be Told, main character Ilena collects stories of all kinds and revises the endings to her liking. She writes down all of the stories in a book she calls The Great Tome. Ilena and her family try to have a good life, despite Romania's corrupt leader. When Ilena's uncle writes a story criticizing the communist government, the secret police come after Ilena and her family. Ilena's parents make the difficult decision to send Ilena to stay with her grandparents. Ilena doesn't want to go live with the grandparents she has never met.

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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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Tanya Kofsky has just moved to a new town so her mom can take care of her grandpa. But Tanya finds that, except for a new candidate for class president, the student body largely ignores her. Tanya struggles to navigate the hardheadedness of not only her peers but also her grandpa. To "speak out" against the school principal and his policies, she turns to her favorite (although illegal) art medium—powerful and symbolic graffiti. It turns out that a good majority of the student body agree with her views and want change as well, yet the principal controls everything.

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