Wise Woman or Man
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This book is about a girl named Ivy Lovely. She starts out as a scaldrony maid in a castle surrounded by slurry fields that hide magic. Ivy doesn't know she has magic until she's kicked out of the castle and then receives an invitation to Ivy Hall, a prestigious magic academy. On her first day, she meets a friend and has some very interesting classes, all while trying to figure out the mysteries at the school. All her adventures lead up to a very magical ending.

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This is an adventurous story that centers on the life of Timothy Patrick Horrigan, who is a chipmunk. Timothy, who is unnamed at this point, is chased out of his home in the dead of the night by a fire and finds shelter in the wood pile outside of house that is home to Vietnam veteran Mikey Horrigan. Mikey takes and comforts Timothy as well as gives him his name. Timothy grows fond of his new home and roommates who are mice.

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This short story is about the lesson of endurance, despite our imperfections. Written in a first person perspective, the author tells a little bit about himself, along with an experience in his life he hopes others will learn from. The lesson? We win some and we lose some, but we can’t let our failures define us. Those who fail will be led to success. For the author, Jimmy Carter played a role in helping him realize this himself.

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D.E. Night’s The Crowns of Croswald is the magical tale of Ivy Lovely. Hidden behind an enchanted boundary for sixteen years, powers that she never knew she had are awakened when she crosses that border. She finds her way to the Halls of Ivy, a school for children like Ivy to master their magic and learn to control the power of Croswald’s powerful gems. She has many adventures there, but when Ivy’s life and her magic along with it are threatened by a mysterious force, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth vanishes forever.

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In 2011, there was an outcry from the people of Syria. As the Syrian government and the rebels locked into a dangerous war, the city of Aleppo became the battle grounds, and the citizens became the casualties.

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The story begins in Deadwood, South Dakota, where Ryder is staying at the home of her Grandma, or “Granny,” who plays an important role in Ryder's life since Ryder's mom has passed away. Ryder and her father live in Los Angeles, California, where he is a TV show creator of Super-Rory-Us. When Ryder goes home, her dad is very happy to see her, but she's unsure about his girlfriend, Bernice, and her 3 daughters, who Ryder calls “The Three Happys." One night she turns on the TV and watches Super-Rory-Us. Suddenly, shazam! Rory jumps out of the TV!

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Charlie escaped from the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) a week ago. His journey brought him to the home of Fire, a young witchcraft-performing mother tending to her child. Fire takes care of Charlie and helps him get his strength back. She protects him against those in her village who would do him harm.

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