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The Summer Experiment

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ISBN: 9781402285783
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - April 1st, 2014

UFOs in Allagash, Maine? Roberta and her best friend, Marileee, think if they can prove it, they’ll definitely have the project to win the State Science Fair. But what are the consequences of their quest? This is a fun summer read for those who like to add a bit of mystery to their reading. ~ Reviewed by Gail King

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep

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ISBN: 9781423167211
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

Warm, fuzzy text joins warm, fuzzy illustrations to create a cozy bedtime story for those who have trouble falling asleep - or not. Readers and listeners will be charmed by adorable panda bear Chengdu’s solution to his insomnia. ~ Reviewed by Gail King


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ISBN: 9781442458727
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

Travis Coates gets to live twice. When he is dying from an an acute form of leukemia, he is given the option of allowing his head to be frozen and, when medical science has sufficiently advanced, to be reattached to someone else's healthy body. Five years later, Travis's head is "reanimated," and he gets a second chance at life. Travis returns as the 16 year old he was; everyone else, including his parents, his best friend and his girlfriend, is five years older, and they have moved on with their lives. Told in Travis's very funny and sometimes irreverent voice, this is also a poignant story about trying to recapture the past and how to go on when life doesn't go as expected. ~ Reviewed by Gail King

The Accident

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ISBN: 9780385348454
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Published: Crown - March 11th, 2014

This suspenseful must-read tells the story of literary agent Isabel Reed who receives a manuscript from an anonymous author. The manuscript is an exposé of a major media mogul, revealing a crime he committed and covered up as a college student and his complicity with the CIA in creating a number of international scandals beneficial to both his media empire and US foreign interests. As it becomes apparent that those who have access to the manuscript are in mortal danger, the agent must decide whether or not to publish the potentially explosive work.

The novel is full of twists and turns and surprises right to the last page. Pavone definitely puts the "thrill" in thriller with this fast-paced read. ~ Reviewed by Gail King

Astonish Me

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ISBN: 9780307962904
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Published: Knopf - April 8th, 2014

Intense and irresistible, this novel takes on the world of professional ballet and its grip on two generations. Joan Joyce recognizes that her mediocre talent will consign her to the corps for the duration of her career, so she abandons the ballet she loves to marry and raise her son, Harry, a far more gifted dancer than his mother. Moving fluidly through through several time periods in Joan's life, this novel offers an intimate look at the complex, intriguing world of ballet. ~ Reviewed by Gail King

In New York

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ISBN: 9780375864544
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 11th, 2014

This charming picture book is both a tribute and a visitor's guide to New York City. The direct text and wonderfully detailed illustrations will delight children and adults alike. Perfect for the first visitor or those returning again and again to the Big Apple. ~ Reviewed by Gail King


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