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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

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By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763660505
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - February 26th, 2013

Timmy Failure and his sidekick --ahem, business partner-- are like Calvin & Hobbes if Calvin was dense and Hobbes was a seal-obsessed polar bear. Together, Timmy and Total form Total Failure, Inc, a detective agency Timmy is sure will soon be an international corporation making billions-- or at least enough to pay his mom's bills. The only thing standing in Timmy's way is the CCIA or Corrina Corrina Intelligence Agency run by the evilest girl in Timmy's class. Oh, and his grade obsessed best friend (possible traitor) and an infatuated classmate (international thief). Stephan Pastis' hilarious novel is perfect for kids obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Calvin & Hobbes. Okay, adults will laugh, too. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


Eve and Adam

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$15.99
ISBN: 9781250034199
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Published: Square Fish - September 10th, 2013

When Eve is hit by a car, suffering horrible injuries, her mother pulls her from the hospital as quickly as she can, transferring Eve to her research facility, Spiker Biopharmaceuticals. While recovering, Eve's mother has Eve test a new computer program. Her project? Create the perfect boy. But nothing at Spiker is what it seems, and a strange boy seems to know more than anyone else. Grant & Applegate have written a fast-paced thriller sure to appeal to those who enjoyed The Adoration of Jenna Fox. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

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By Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250034120
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Published: Square Fish - October 1st, 2013

In this sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, September finds herself falling back into fairyland. This time her mission is to save fairyland from her own Shadow, who is draining fairyland of its magic for frivolous reasons. Valente's delicious language and inventive settings are to be savored while her knowledge of fairy folklore will entice adult fantasy readers. An added bonus: each chapter stands alone, making for perfect bedtime reading. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


Dark Triumph

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780544227200
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

I devoured Gravy Mercy, the first in Robin LaFever's His Fair Assassin Series. Dark Triumph is even better and you don't have to read Grave Mercy to plunge in. At the convent for the daughters of Death, Sybella not only learned an assassin's skills, but healed from her life. When her training was complete, the nuns sent Sybella back to the house she grew up in-- back to her terrifying father and conniving brothers. At home, there's no one she can trust and her only enjoyment comes from delivering justice-- that is until her fate is changed by the only good person in her father's house, his most prized prisoner. Sybella's story is dark and thrilling and fans of Tamora Pierce or Melina Marchetta's Finnikin of the Rock will not be disappointed. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


The Testing

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ISBN: 9780544336230
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2015

Dystopian books have been coming thick and fast the past few years, so it takes something original to stand out. A few twists and turns in The Testing bring it into new territory. Cia lives in what was once the Great Lakes region of the United States, a region that is being revitalized over a century after chemical, biological, and nuclear warfare. After graduating, Cia is chosen to participate in the Testing, which selects candidates to study at the University and become society's next leaders. The Testing is an honor one can't refuse, and though there are academic tests, later stages prove to be fatal. High stakes survival is woven with science and romance in this thrilling dystopian that shows life is rarely full of black and white choices. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


The Beginner's Guide to Running Away from Home

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By Jennifer Huget, Red Nose Studio (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375867392
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - June 25th, 2013

If you're thinking about running away from home, this is the perfect manual. The protagonist instructs readers on the reasons one should run away, just what to pack, where to go...and why you might change your mind once you're there. Red Nose Studio, whose illustrations for Here Comes the Garbage Barge were given the award of Best Illustrated from the New York Times, brings humorous details and vivid life to the book. Sculptural illustrations leap from the page in photographs that capture all their depth, color, and detail. You're bound to get lost in these stunning illustrations. In fact, if you're running away, bring one book with you, The Beginners Guide to Running Away From Home. ~ Reviewed by Marika McCoola


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