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Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan

Roan is just another ordinary kid attending Jedi Academy and boy, is he ready! This year, Roan gets to fly in the flight simulators at school, and with promise ahead, Roan can't wait to start! Brimming with fun, relatable problems, the Jedi Academy is just like normal school (with a few differences). A great graphic novel, this book will thrill and excite young readers! Enjoy, and may the force be with you! -Morgan

ISBN-13: 9780545621250
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Published: Scholastic Inc., 7/2014


This book opened my eyes to  bullying, the different types of bullying, and the pain that Paige had to go through. Paige Rawl was (and continues to be) ordinary, but slightly different - Paige has HIV. This memoir tells Paige's journey to accept herself, fight the bullying, and educate people about her disease. You are immersed in an experience both 'deeply personal and completely universal'. I was brought to tears by her continuous battle. I hope you are too. - Morgan

Positive: A Memoir (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062342515
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Published: HarperCollins, 8/2014

Family Ties

Kevin is 'the glue holding the family together' - but what a crazy family! Kevin doesn't know what he is getting himself into when he proposes a plan to have a double wedding at their house, and ivites his giant, loud, uncooperative relatives to join them. Gary Paulsen does it again in this fun, crazy story of a boy on a mission to keep things from spiralling out of control. A must read for all Gary paulsen fans! - Morgan

Family Ties (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385373807
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books, 1/2014

Loot: How to steal a Fortune

March is the son of one of the most well-known jewel thiefs around - Alfie McQuin. Life for the two is a series of adventures, crimes and jewels. But when Alfie dies one night under mysterious circumstances at the scene of another robbery, March is left alone - with a bag full of clues and a twin sister! Impressing us yet again after the 39 clues, Watson draws in the reader with her flair and twisting plots. A must-read! - Morgan

ISBN-13: 9780545468022
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Published: Scholastic Press, 6/2014

The fault in our stars

A classic Romeo and Juliet story. Life couldn't get much worse. Then she meets Austin Waters, a boy with enough heart to move mountains and a spirit that could truly save Hazel. And they fall in love. The fault in our Stars is Greens star. I bawled, laughed and giggled as he spun his masterpiece before my eyes. I finished it in two hours - I could not stop reading! Thank you, John Green. - Morgan 

ISBN-13: 9780142424179
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Published: Speak, 4/2014

The Selection

Despite the frilly cover, The Selection tells a futuristic story of North America and the new country that rose up after the war. America is just one of the many girls living here, stuck in the system of castes. When an invitation is sent to her house inviting her to the selection, a contest for the Prince Maxon's hand in marriage, America doesn't know what to think. This series remains my favourite escapist literature and continues to enthrall me. Enjoy! - Morgan

The Selection (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780062059949
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Published: Harper Teen, 3/2013

Ruby Redford: Look Into My Eyes

I feel every teen looks for an adventure, mystery or change in their own lives. This book - the story of a teen spy - is a dream of children (and mine) of gadgets, codes, and crime busting. With codes and puzzles throughout the book, you too can be a part of the secret agency, Spectrum, and join Ruby on her mission. The first book in the series, Ruby Redford shows promise of more adventure, banana milk, and bubblegum. - Morgan

ISBN-13: 9780763662578
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Published: Candlewick, 4/2013


Parker Frost is the child parents dream of: She's smart, dedicated and a hard worker. With a full scholarship to Stanford on the horizon and only one speech to make, Parkers hard work will finally pay off. But when going through the senior journals, Parker discovers the key to a mystery that could unlock the doors of her small town. This book captivates the reader - I couldn't put it down. With the swirls, twists and turns, Kirby outdid herself. - Morgan

Golden (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781442452169
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 5/2013


A one-word description of this book would be honest. 'Chirp' is a young girl living in Cape Cod with a fondness for birds and a simple life. When her mother becomes sick, Chirp's simple world seems to have turned upside down. To escape the pain and struggle, Chirp finds adventure and a hidden world in the place she calls home with a neighbor - Joey. Ehrlich uses her lyrical writing style to bring her first novel to life. Nest is a must read! 

Nest (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385386074
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books, 9/2014

What the Witch left

A true dream to children - the discovery of a world beyond their perspective. Katy and Louise are two children who dream of adventure and excitement. When they find a drwaer in Katy's house full of magical objects, the girls are taken on a rollercoaster of fun and trouble as they try to figure out what the witch truly left behind. This book is the perfect level for 7-10 year olds who long for magic in everyday life. A book that makes children fall in love with reading. - Morgan

ISBN-13: 9780449815748
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 8/2013

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