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Set in Northern California in the late '70s, this timeless coming-of-age story examines the nature of evil, the art of storytelling, and the possibility of redemption. Fifteen-year-old RJ Armante has never known a life outside his deadend hometown of Arcangel, CA. The Blackjacks rule as they have for generations, luring the poorest kids into their monopoly on petty crime. For years, they've left RJ alone, but now they have a job for him: prey upon an old loner in town. In spite of the danger, RJ begins to resist. He fights not only for himself, but for his younger brother, Charley, whose disability has always made RJ feel extra protective of him. For Roxanne, the girl he can't reach, and the kids in his crew who have nothing to live for. Even for the old loner, who has secrets of his own. If RJ is to break from the Blackjacks' hold, all of Arcangel must be free of its past.Show more
The age-old battle between Kin and Transitioners is escalating, and now the Kin have a new weapon: Evangeline's younger sister, Addie. With magical Emrys blood flowing in her veins, Addie is the Kin's best chance to break the Eighth Day spell, which will unleash chaos upon the world. Riley and the Crandalls are trying to get her back, but it won't be easy. As Evangeline's liege-sworn to protect her and her people-Jax won't accept Addie's fate hanging in the balance, so he puts it all on the line with a risky plan of his own. Addie isn't aware of the war at her heels, or the threat that the Kin pose, but she enjoys finally being allowed to use her magic. No longer in the shadow of her martyr sister, Addie finds herself a key part of the Kin's power. But when Jax shows up, attempting to rescue her, the Kin pounce-making Addie realize that she's been walking a fine line between control and utter oblivion. And that's not all. The Morrigan is on the loose, pushing both sides of this fight toward annihilation. The conflict is raging, but on which side will Addie stand? With the stakes higher than they've ever been, Jax, Riley, and Evangeline must confront a terrible possibility: losing Addie to save the world.Show more
AFTER AN ALL-OUT WAR WITH THE EVIL Kin lord in Mexico, Jax Aubrey is back in Pennsylvania with his guardian, Riley, and liege lady, Evangeline. Although they're in hiding, a man named Finn Ambrose tracks them down, claiming to be Jax's uncle and giving Jax hope that he actually has a family after all. But Uncle Finn may have an ulterior motive. As it turns out, Jax's great-aunt is the reigning leader of the Dulacs, the enemy clan who assassinated Riley's family. When the Dulacs kidnap Jax's best friend, Billy, to lure Jax to New York, it becomes clear that the Dulacs, family or not, will stop at nothing to get what they want. Hoping to trade himself for Billy-while keeping Riley and Evangeline out of danger-Jax goes to Manhattan on his own, where he meets Uncle Finn; his nearly identical twin cousin, Dorian; and the rest of his supposed relatives. There, he stumbles upon a maze of magic tunnels below his family's apartment building. Uncle Finn and the sinister Dulacs have been keeping secrets from him-and one of them might be the location of Evangeline's long-lost sister, Addie. With the Eighth Day-and the entire Emrys bloodline-hanging in the balance, Jax struggles to comprehend who he really is despite all that he knows. An Ambrose? A Dulac? An Aubrey? OR AN INQUISITOR WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO KEEP HIS LIEGE SAFE?Show more
Join Charlie and Mouse as they: take a long drive, have a quick hike, defeat a big lion, hide in a small tent, and conquer the great outdoors. Charlie and Mouse are going camping! And there are so many adventures to be had along the waytelling stories, fighting monsters, crashing their tentas well as the joy of sharing it all with each other.Show more
Fans of Percy Jackson will devour this first book in Dianne K. Salerni's time-bending series that combines exciting magic and pulse-pounding suspense. In this riveting fantasy adventure, thirteen-year-old Jax Aubrey discovers a secret eighth day with roots tracing back to Arthurian legend. When Jax wakes up to a world without any people in it, he assumes it's the zombie apocalypse. But when he runs into his eighteen-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, he learns that he's really in the eighth dayan extra day sandwiched between Wednesday and Thursday. Some peoplelike Jax and Rileyare Transitioners, able to live in all eight days, while others, including Evangeline, the elusive teenage girl who's been hiding in the house next door, exist only on this special day. And there's a reason Evangeline's hiding. She is a descendant of the powerful wizard Merlin, and there is a group of people who wish to use her in order to destroy the normal seven-day world and all who live in it. Torn between protecting his new friend and saving the entire human race from complete destruction, Jax is faced with an impossible choice. Even with an eighth day, time is running out.Show more
The shocking true story of the lies and manipulation used by one of Australia’s biggest TV production companies. The full inside story of the bullying tactics, clever editing, and storyboarding used to create a TV phenomenon. In 2018, Sean Thomsen became one of the most recognised members of the TV show Married at First Sight because he wore the infamous gold jacket to the reunion. But, like the well-favoured stars on the hit show, Sean’s inside look at the world of reality TV revealed that all was not as it seemed. Despite the promotion of ‘helping Australian singles find their potential lifelong partner using the science of matchmaking’, the show has quickly devolved into an oppressive ordeal – with strict rules, manipulative producers, and battles with ambitious egomaniacs – and nearly drove Sean to take his own life in the aftermath. Married Lies is Sean’s introspective account of his time inside the experiment; the lies, harassment, and relentless social media abuse. Get the real, behind-the-scenes tale on the producers’ whatever-it-takes attitude and ruthless focus on profits, ratings, and notoriety – truth be damned. But Married Lies is also a chronicle of transformation and personal power. By telling his story, both a cautionary tale and a celebration of personal empowerment, With his extensive knowledge of self-development and unique style, Sean will help you with making the first step to change. Married Lies will show you how to: – Overcome adversity and redirect your mind – Gain certainty and core confidence to change your career, relationship, or lifestyle – Decide what you want and establish your true course in life In Married Lies you will discover that no matter what life throws at you, your destiny is in your own hands.Show more
After an attack on earth, all reflective surfaces become weapons to release monsters, causing a planet-wide ban on mirrors. Despite the danger, the demand rises, and 17-year-old Marty Callahan becomes a distributor in an illegal mirror trade-until he's caught by the mayor's son, whose slate is far from clean. Both of them are exiled for their crimes to one of the many abandoned cities overrun by fog. But they soon realize their thoughts influence their surroundings and their deepest fears begin to manifest. With fast pacing and riveting characters, this is a book that you'll finish in one sitting.Show more
WULF'S SAGA CONTINUES Lord Wulf von Dunstig is in deep trouble. He is surrounded by invading enemies and kingdoms fallen into chaos. Along with dealing with the problems of a realm he never expected to rule, Wulf is in love with the elf maiden Saeunn Amberstone. Saeunn once saved his land. Now she has lost her star-soul and is dying. Ursel Keiler wishes she could control her errant heart as easily as she can guide the flight of an arrow to a target. She tries to escapes into the woodlands she adores, only to be pulled back by a band of desperate and brave warriors who need her help. But aiding them will lead Ursel straight to Wulf von Dunstig, and to the heartache she is fleeing. Yet evil cares nothing for human feelings. Now Wulf, Ursel and their friends must find a way to unite the land of Shenandoah against a powerful Roman inquisitor. He not only controls an Imperial Legion, he is also toying with magic that threatens the foundations of existence itself. Yet there is hope even in the deepest and darkest places of the world, and all may depend upon Wulf and Ursel forging a powerful weapon drawn from the heart of a dragon.Show more
Perfect for fans of John Green and Becky Albertalli, Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is a 'sneakily thought-provoking' and 'utterly unforgettable' must-read for every fan of contemporary YA. Cliff Hubbard is a huge loser. Literally. His nickname at Happy Valley High School is Neanderthal because he's so enormous-6'6' and 250 pounds to be exact. He has nobody at school, and life in his trailer-park home has gone from bad to worse ever since his older brother's suicide. There's no one Cliff hates more than the nauseatingly cool quarterback Aaron Zimmerman. Then Aaron returns to school after a near-death experience with a bizarre claim: while he was unconscious he saw God, who gave him a list of things to do to make Happy Valley High suck less. And God said there's only one person who can help: Neanderthal. To his own surprise, Cliff says he's in. As he and Aaron make their way through the List, which involves a vindictive English teacher, a mysterious computer hacker, a decidedly unchristian cult of Jesus Teens, the local drug dealers, and the meanest bully at HVHS, Cliff feels like he's part of something for the first time since losing his brother. But fixing a broken school isn't as simple as it seems, and just when Cliff thinks they've completed the List, he realizes their mission hits closer to home than he ever imagined. Razor sharp, moving, and outrageously funny, Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is an unforgettable story of finding your place in an imperfect world.Show more
An all-new official, original novel from the twisted world of the hit horror video game, Bendy and the Ink Machine! Seventeen-year-old Buddy Lewek has spent most of his life trying to escape the Lower East Side slums of New York City.Working as a delivery boy to support his family, Buddy wants to become an artist, a dream he's sure will never be realized. But that all changes when a delivery job puts him face-to-face with Mister Joey Drew, the eccentric owner of an animation studio. Mister Drew takes Buddy under his wing as an apprentice, thrusting him into a world unlike anything Buddy has ever seen before. There's the colorful cast of the studio, from the cranky, yet driven composer Sammy Lawrence to the cheerful voice actress Allison Pendle to Dot, the writing intern and Buddy's counterpart. After his first glamorous studio party, Buddy starts to think that maybe it's really as simple as Mister Drew says: Dreams do come true. But not everything at the studio is as picture-perfect as it seems . . . Something is going bump in the night at Joey Drew Studios, something that leaves behind trails of thick, dark ink. While the studio frantically works toward their latest deadline, Buddy and Dot team up to find out just what is tormenting the studio after-hours, even if it means tracking the trail to Mister Drew himself. Don't miss this official pulse-pounding story from award-winning author Adrienne Kress!Show more
'FIRST IN THE NEW EPIC FANTASY SERIES, WULF'S SAGA. STUNNING COVER ART BY SPECTRUM AWARD WINNER DANIEL DOS SANTOS. Sixteen-year-old third son of a duke in an alternate Viking-like medieval America must face invasion by confederates of a colonial Roman empire based on vampiric blood slavery. The Dragon of Shenandoah wasn't supposed to be calling. Wulf von Dunstig was so far down the succession list, he wasn't even spare to the heir! But calling it was. As the third son of the ruler of the Mark of Shenandoah, Wulf should not have inherited the ruler's complete bond with the giant dragon that lay under his land. He was into reading sagas and ranger lore, after all. Visions and rule were for his brother Otto. Yet when Wulf is secretly compelled to bond with the land-dragon, he finds himself thrust into a terrible new reality. Darkness is rising. Wulf's one chance to halt an invasion of evil is a weapon forged in the heart of a dragon and lost to the world centuries ago. Find it and hope for freedom remains. Lose it, and the dragons-along with the world they made-will fall into endless darkness. That weapon's name? The Dragon Hammer.'Show more
In this captivating story about loss, love, and changing your ways, National Book Award--winning author Pete Hautman imbues the classic road trip novel with clever wit and heartfelt musings about life and death. Steven Gerald Gabel-a.k.a. Stiggy-needs to get out of Minnesota. His father recently look his own life, his mother is a shell of the person she used to be, and his sort-of-girlfriend ghosted him and skipped town. What does he have left to stick around for? Armed with his mom's credit card and a tourist map of Great River Road, Stiggy sets off in his dad's car. The only problem is, life on his own isn't exactly what he expected and, soon enough, he finds himself at a crossroads: keep running from his demons, or let them hitch a ride back home with him.Show more
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