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Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality.  It's mor than just a game or a performance.  It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world...

Welcome, welcome to Caraval--Stephanie Garber's sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter  the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance.  But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game.  And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find her sister, Tella, before teh five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
  


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Agnes doesn't know it, but she only has one hundred days left to live. When she was just a baby, she was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare disease that causes her body to age at roughly ten times the normal rate. Now nearly sixteen years old, Agnes has already exceeded her life expectancy. 

Moira has been Agnes’s best friend and protector since they were in elementary school. Due to her disorder, Agnes is still physically small, but Moira is big. Too big for her own liking. So big that people call her names. With her goth makeup and all-black clothes, Moira acts like she doesn’t care. But she does. 

Boone was friends with both girls in the past, but that was a long time ago—before he did the thing that turned Agnes and Moira against him, before his dad died, before his mom got too sad to leave the house. An unexpected event brings Agnes and Moira back together with Boone, but when romantic feelings start to develop, the trio’s friendship is put to the test.
 
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.


               


                                  



 
 
 
A hilarious and heartwrenching story about a bullied girl whose search for a new beginning takes a dire wrong turn.    
 
Newcomer Kammie Summers has fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into a club whose members have no intention of letting her join. Now Kammie’s trapped in the dark, growing increasingly claustrophobic, and waiting to be rescued—or possibly not.           
---Goodreads Summary
 

Everyone in the City is assigned a job by the choosers--keeper, catcher, computer. Callie Crawford is a computer. She works with numbers: putting them together, taking them apart. Her work is important, but sometimes she wants more. Jeremy Finn is a dreambender. His job is to adjust people's dreams. He and others like him quietly remove thoughts of music and art to keep the people in the City from becoming too focused on themselves and their own feelings rather than on the world. They need to keep the world safe from another Warming. But Jeremy thinks music is beautiful, and when he pops into a dream of Callie singing, he becomes fascinated with her. He begins to wonder if there is more to life than being safe. Defying his community and the role they have established for him, he sets off to find her in the real world. Together, they will challenge their world's expectations. But how far will they go to achieve their own dreams?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Every star has its own path…

“I can’t ever be the blazing star that Iris was. I’m still just a cold, dark satellite orbiting a star that went super nova.”

Andria’s twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, in fact—including a drug problem. Six months after Iris’s death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren’t enough to ward off her guilt that she—the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe—is still here when Iris isn’t. And then there’s Alex Hammond. The boy Andria blames for Iris’s death. The boy she’s unwittingly started swapping lines of poetry and secrets with, even as she tries to keep hating him.

 
 





The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn.

"I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust."


Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.  --Goodreads Summary


  
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In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all




LUNAR CHRONICLES

A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


RED QUEEN BOOK 2

 

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains.  After the 2nd, only the lucky escape.  And after the 3rd, only the UNlucky survive.  After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. 

 Now it is the dawn of the 5th wave, and Cassie runs from Them.  The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see.  who have scattered Earth's last survivors.  To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.  He may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself.  But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.  To give up or to get up.

Don't forget, to see The 5th Wave movie!  

No one has ever broken free from the Godmother's terrible stone prison until a girl named Pin attempts a breathless, daring escape.  But she discovers that what seems to be freedom is a prison of another kind, one that entangles her in a story that leads to a prince, a kiss, and a clock striking midnight.  To unravel herself from this new life, Pin must choose between a prince and another--the one who helped her before and who would give his life for her.  Torn, the only thing for her to do is trade in the glass slipper for a sword and find her own destiny.

In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure.  Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery's pocket and touched the wizard's locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells.  But for some reason he did not.  Nevery finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the provision that the boy find a locus stone of this own.  But Conn has little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and helping Nevery discover who or what is stealing the city of Wellmet's magic.


When Rachelle was 15 she was apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic.  But she was also reckless at 15—straying from the forest path in pursuit of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness.  After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.  This story is inspired by the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood.



When Kyle learns that the world's most famous game maker has designed the town's new library and is having an invitation-only lock-in on the first night, he's determined to be there.  But the tricky part isn't getting into the library--it's getting out.  Kyle's going to need all his smarts because a good roll of the dice or lucky draw of the cards isn't enough to win in Mr. Lemoncello's library.





The The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  The main character Mare lives in a world that is divided by blood.  Those who have red blood are lowly and forced to serve those with Silver blood.  Silver bloods have powers that make them nearly gods. Mare has red blood, and has been serving the silvers all her life.  After a twist of fate, Mare discovers a power of her own.  This is not supposed to be possible.  Read to find out what happens when the Silver bloods discover Mare's power.



The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin.  Mr. Mullin is also from Iowa, and the main character in his book lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Ashfall is also an Iowa High School Award winner for 2014-2015.

Check out the book trailer for Ashfall to learn more about the book:



If You're Reading This by Trent Reedy.  Mr. Reedy is from Iowa and was a member of the Iowa National Guard.  He also wrote the books: 

We have all of his AWESOME books here in our library, so check one out today!  To find out more about him check out his website: Trent Reedy's Website
Watch the video book trailer below to learn more about the book. 



Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (Book 2 of "His Fair Assassin" Series)
Watch the video book trailer below to learn more about the book. 


Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (Book 1 of "His Fair Assassin" Series)
Watch the video book trailer below to learn more about the book. 



Side Kicked by John David Anderson
 
Andrew Bean is a part of H.E.R.O., a secret organization for training superhero sidekicks, but that doesn't mean life is all leaping tall buildings in a single bound.  Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil.  It's what a superhero does.  But what happens when that line starts to disappear. 



Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman.  
Take a look at the Book Trailer below to see if you might want to check it out.


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