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In Victorian England, bloodthirsty demons called the Ancients terrorize humanity and threaten to destroy the country. Only one hope remains: the prophesied one, a sorcerer who will the defeat the Ancients with fire.
Henrietta Howel has kept her magical abilities hidden for her entire life. Women with powers are considered untrustworthy and dangerous, possibly even on the side of the Ancients, and so Henrietta lives in fear of accidently revealing her gift of fire to anyone other than her closest friend, Rook.
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Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. (catalog summary)
Wonder is a 2017 American drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Chbosky, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio. The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay, and follows a child with Treacher Collins syndrome trying to fit in. Wonder was released in the United States on November 17, 2017, by Lionsgate, received positive reviews from critics and has grossed $104 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. See the trailer below.
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Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio
"These stories are an extra peek at Auggie, a boy born with extreme facial abnormalities before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie s oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie's new friend at school. (catalog summary)
Holly Chase is a spoiled 16-year-old Scrooge. Raised by her father, a Hollywood director, and her stepmother, a celebrity fashionista, Holly always gets everything she wants. If she doesn't, there's hell to pay for anyone who stands in her way. After her stepmother passes away from a freak plastic surgery accident, Holly is determined to follow in her selfish footsteps and become Hollywood's leading fashion mogul. But on Christmas Eve, Holly is visited by three ghosts—the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. They try to convince her to mend her ways before something terrible happens, but Holly chooses not to. She thinks the spontaneous and frightening visits are a load of bull.
Then, she dies.
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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
After being visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, Holly Chase chooses not to mend her spoiled ways. Upon her death, Holly discovers her selfishness has caused her to work for eternity as a ghost of Christmas past. Every year Project Scrooge saves another miserly grouch, and Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. But this year, everything is about to change . . . (catalog summary)
In the suspenseful mystery Liars, Inc., by Paula Stokes, one young man learns that, despite how little or easy they may seem, lies can become very dangerous.
Max Cantrell and his best friends Parvati and Preston, three people who are known for their ability to scheme, decide to start a little operation together called Liars, Inc. This endeavour is all about profiting off of their classmates’ deceitful needs. Whether you need a signature forged or the answers to an upcoming test, Liars, Inc. will make it happen. For a price. Because in a town where everybody’s parents are rich and famous, money never seems to be an issue.
The Headless Horseman rides tonight
Through stark and starless skies,
Shattering the silence with
His otherworldly cries.
He races through the darkness
On his alabaster steed,
The Headless Horseman rides tonight,
Wherever the fates would lead.
Jack Prelutsky has written much picturesque poetry, including the humorous collections Something Big Has Been Here and A Pizza the Size of the Sun. But, Prelutsky's poetry is not always funny. With Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep and the companion volume, The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight, he evokes 12 fantastic and gripping nightmares.
Makani Young is regretting every moment moving to landlocked Nebraska from the stunning vacation shores of Hawaii. Although she does have plenty of baggage to leave behind in her tropical homeland, Makani fears to start over with new friends, new teachers, and even a new love interest, Ollie.
But, Makani has bigger problems that she and everyone at Osborne High need to worry about ...
In Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green, 16-year-old Aza Holmes and her best friend Daisy discover information that could lead to the arrest of Russell Pickett, a billionaire on the run, However, Davis, the billionaire’s son, happens to be Aza’s old friend from summer camp. Aza is forced to decide whether to be loyal to her friendship with Davis or go after the $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of his father.