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Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780152045661
Availability: Out of Print
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2002

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Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670016785
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 4th, 2014

Set in modern-day London, there are two warring factions of witches determined to destroy each other. The “good” white witches have over the centuries systematically destroyed the “evil” black witches. Protagonist Nathan was illegitimately born of a white witch and his father, Marcus, is a most powerful and feared black witch—who has thus far evaded the executioners. Considered an abomination by the white witches, Nathan has been beaten, caged, and forced into becoming bait to capture his father. However, he must escape because he needs to find his father and receive three gifts to become a full-fledged witch.  It must happen before he turns seventeen or he will die. Sally Green manages to bring new depth and freshness to the classic themes of good vs. evil, forbidden love, and coming of age in the start of a trilogy that will continue to surprise and engage readers.

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The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375871061
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Published: Ember - January 7th, 2014

Will is a seemingly unremarkable teenager living a normal life, but that is only because his parents have trained him to live under the radar. He must get average grades and never finish his track races first (though he could beat any of his competitors without breaking a sweat). However everything changes when he accidently scores way above average on nationwide exams. Suddenly he is being followed by strange men, his dad has gone missing, and he is forced to confront the fact that his parents have been hiding a great many secrets from him. His only choice is to run away and enroll in a mysterious boarding school that finds kids with abilities just like him. This book is for readers who like non-stop action adventure with a twist of science fiction and a cliff hanger that will leave you craving the next book.

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The Finisher (Vega Jane, Book 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545652209
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 4th, 2014

“Welcome to Wormwood: a place where curiosity is discouraged and no one has ever left.” Wormwood is small town surrounded by a forest. What is beyond the forest? Unspeakable danger according the Council but Vega Jane has her doubts. After watching a friend fleeing from the Council into the forest then finding a secret map to help her navigate through it, Vega Jane will need her courage to discover the secrets of her past and decide where her future lies. I haven’t read Baldacci’s adult fiction but I heard he is a master of suspense. When I picked up The Finisher, I was expecting an exciting but predictable thriller. However, I got so much more. Baldacci built a new world and language. For the first couple chapters it is hard to get a grasp on the new vocabulary but then you are hooked into a universe that only you know about. It’s refreshing to read about an alien place where the history is secret even to those that live there. As Vega Jane finds answers to the secrets surrounding her it raises more questions that you desperately want to be answered. The Finisher ends at the beginning of a grand adventure that Vega Jane must take to discover the truth. I am highly anticipating the next book!