In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire.
A near future thriller about Patsy, a teen forced to become an indentured assassin who has only three days to complete her hit list. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die.
Kate Moore and her husband decide to accept a job offer in Luxemburg. While her husband begins his new job and Kate spends more time with her children she must learn how to adjust to the daily life in a new country. Kate begins to notice her husband’s suspicious behavior and also becomes suspicious of another American couple they have befriended. As she begins to investigate she becomes nervous they are connected to her past. Mystery lovers will enjoy this novel which keeps them guessing until the very end.
At the intermission of a London opera performance, elegant socialite Charlotte Alton makes eye contact with a mysterious man who hands her a battered Christmas ornament before disappearing. It’s a message for Karla, an underworld fixer who can make information disappear—Charlotte Alton’s powerful and amoral alter ego. The invitation to meet is Charlotte’s first step onto a dark path that will bring together old enemies and new in a twisty puzzle-box of a thriller exploring intersections between the worlds of crime, intelligence gathering, police work, and high society. Elegantly written and tightly plotted, every detail matters in this dark and gripping debut.
In the tiny town of Gideon, Illinois, a witch was burned at the stake almost two hundred years ago. Now, following her father’s death, a young woman discovers that she descends from a long line of Gideon witches—and that the dark presence the town tried to destroy in 1836 is back and more dangerous than ever. Hounded by a demonic figure and threatened at every turn by Gideon’s suspicious, grudge-loving townsfolk, Lauren Reardon must unravel the mystery of her father’s past in order to save Gideon’s future—and maybe the world’s.
Tightly plotted and thoroughly imagined, Gideon is packed with unusual characters as well as some genuinely unnerving moments. Recommended for fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, Dan Simmons, and Gillian Flynn.
Mama, Is It Summer Yet by Nikki McClure is for those kids who love to ask questions, sometimes the same question again and again! The Mama gently answers her child's questions by pointing out the beautiful things that the seasons bring. A seasonal favorite for ages 3-6.
Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. Uncle Mort is not a farmer, but actually a Grim Reaper and he's going to teach Lex the family business.
Henry Lambert would rather play video games than spend time in the great outdoors–but that doesn't make him a wuss. Henry's dad doesn't agree and thinks his masculinity needs a boost. Which is why Henry is being shipped off to Strongwoods Survival Camp. Strongwoods isn't exactly as advertised. It looks like the victim of a zombie apocalypse, the “camp director” is a psycho drill sergeant, and Henry's sure he saw a sign written in blood…
Dory is back and this time she's ready to start a new school year and make a real friend. Dory's older siblings, Luke and Violet, have convinced Dory that it's time to leave her imaginary friend, Mary, at home for the new school year and leave her crazy imaginings behind. On the first day of school she meets Rosabelle, a girl with an imagination as big as Dory's, but they don't hit it off right away. When she and Rosabelle bump into each other at the park their imaginations collide and send them on an adventure. Now if only Dory could convince her brother and sister that Rosabelle exists and that she has finally made a real true friend! Adorable illustrations add a lot of charm and will entertain young readers. Look for Dory Fantasmagory if you want to start at the beginning. (Grades 2-4 School Library Journal)
Many story strands make you wonder where this book is going, if anywhere. The main theme involves a radio station in Peru which broadcasts soap operas. Eventually, the strands are intertwined and you realize that there really is a message in the author's work, and in the soap opera of life.