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Book Number: 16

Number Of Pages: 288

Book Title: Escape Theory

Author: Margaux Froley

Summary: Devon Mackintosh is sent to a rich boarding school and she's not very happy about it. On her first week there she meets a nice boy, Hutch, who later commits suicide. Or did he? Now a member of a peer counselling programme, Devon wants to find out what really happened to Hutch.

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Book Number:28

Number Of Pages:258

Book Title:Unnatural Habits

Author:Kerry Greenwood

Summary:The Honourable Phryne Fisher finds herself investigating the disappearance of a young female reporter who was investigating the disappearance of young women who may have been sold into white slavery. And then things start to get really complicated.

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Book Number: 122

Number Of Pages: 228

Book Title: The Cheshire Cheese Cat

Author: Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright

Summary: Skilley is like any other alley cat in Fleet Street and when he hears that the inn there is in need for a mouser, he takes up the job. However, when Pip the mouse discovers their mutual love for cheese, the two of them strike up a deal. It's not long before trouble - in the form of another alley cat - comes along...

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Book Number:29

Number Of Pages:189

Book Title:Thunder Dog

Author:Michael Hingson with Susy Flory

Summary:On September 11, 2001, Michael Hingson was at work in his office in Tower 1, 78th floor, his guide dog Roselle asleep at his feet. Then the first plane struck, and Hingson, his coworkers and Roselle started down the stairs. Roselle displayed incredible courage and dedication, never once losing her focus, despite the fact that she was a sensitive and intelligent dog who must have heard and smelled very disturbing things. Hingson and Roselle helped to keep a crowd of desperate people calm, and led them all to safety. Roselle was awarded many honours, including having her name retired by Guide Dogs for the Blind.

 

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Book Number:20

Number Of Pages:526

Book Title:Allegiant

Author:Veronica Roth

Summary: The conclusion to the divergent trilogy, the people try to rebuild their world and decide how to best run it.

 

Book Number:21

Number Of Pages:597

Book Title:House of Hades

Author:Rick Riordan

Summary:Percy and the rest of the demigods are back, still trying to survive against the ancient antagonists who are returning from Tartarus.

 

Book Number:22

Number Of Pages:398

Book Title:Across the Universe

Author:Beth Revis

Summary: was frozen with the rest of her family to sleep for 300 years before starting her new life. But when something goes wrong, will she be able to adapt to life on the ship without her family?

 

Book Number:23

Number Of Pages:386

Book Title:A Million Suns

Author:Beth Revis

Summary:The continuation of the across the universe trilogy, Elder and Amy continue to uncover Godspeed's darkest secrets.

 

Book Number:24

Number Of Pages:369

Book Title:Shades of Earth

Author:Beth Revis

Summary:Elder and Amy finally land on Sol Earth, but something else has arrived first.

 

Book Number:25

Number Of Pages:549

Book Title:Grave Mercy

Author:Robin LaFevers

Summary:A girl becomes an assassin of death to escape from her past life.

 

Book Number:26

Number Of Pages:385

Book Title:Dark Triumph

Author:Robin Lafevers

Summary:This story examines a different assassin of death who fights for her right to use her assassin abilities, rather than being confined to a life of seduction.

 

Book Number:27

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Book Title:Shadow and Bone

Author:Leigh Bardugo

Summary:]Alina, a poor orphan discovers she is part of an elite group called Grisha. But is it really worth being a part of if it makes her forget her best friend?

 

Book Number:28

Number Of Pages:432

Book Title:Storm and Siege

Author:Leigh Bardugo

Summary:Alina and the Darkling are dukeing it out for ultimate power over the fold while Alina tries to figure out the bond she has to him.

 

Book Number:29

Number Of Pages:316

Book Title:Anna Dressed in Blood

Author:Kendare Blake

Summary:A ghost hunter falls in love with a ghost that he is supposed to kill.

 

Book Number:30

Number Of Pages:332

Book Title:Girl of Nightmares

Author:Kendare Blake

Summary:Anna is stuck in the depths of hell and Cas must find a way to save her.

 

Book Number:31

Number Of Pages:374

Book Title:Under the Never Sky

Author:Veronica Rossi

Summary:Thrown out into the death shop, Aria thinks she will die for sure. This belief is shattered when she meets an outsider named Perry.

 

Book Number:32

Number Of Pages:552

Book Title:The Book Thief

Author:Marcus Zusac

Summary:What would you do if everyone around you had the same opinion? What would you do if you were hiding a Jewish man in your basement during World War 2? This is the life of Liesel, a blond blue eyed, German girl who should be the safest person. This is not true however, when it turns out she opposes the views and feelings of every person in her life. Will she squash these feelings down, or embrace them?

 

Book Number:33

Number Of Pages:404

Book Title:The Scorpio Races

Author:Maggie Stiefvater

Summary:A deadly horse race occurs on the island every year. Will a girl be able to take part in the dangerous, men only race?

 

Book Number:34

Number Of Pages:423

Book Title:The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Author:Rae Carson

Summary:Elisa is not confident. She is a princess who is married to a secret king, but with an pretty, intelligent sister she feels like she can't succeed. Now, she must find a way to push those thoughts out of her mind and focus on survival against a dark enemy.

 

Book Number:35

Number Of Pages:400

Book Title:Witchlanders

Author:Lena Coakly

Summary:Ryder doesn't believe in magic. He doesn't think that the witches that he's grown up around can do much of anything. When a terrifying enemy threatens the coven, he must confront the fact that all of the prophesies he despises... are all about him.

 

Book Number:36

Number Of Pages:390

Book Title:Hourglass

Author: Myra McEntire

Summary:Emerson Cole has seen the past right in front of her for her whole life. She and her family have always thought it was a curse, until she meets Michael Weaver and he teaches her the true power of her gift.

 

Book Number:37

Number Of Pages:326

Book Title:Ship Breaker

Author: Paolo Bacigalupi

Summary:Working on the Gulf Coast as a shipbreaker is a hard life for Nailer. When a rich girl sails to shore, he must choose between greed and kindness and make the biggest journey he has ever encountered.

 

Book Number:38

Number Of Pages:276

Book Title:A Sword in Her Hand

Author:Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, Pat van Beirs, John Nieuwenhuizen

Summary:Her father wanted a son, but she was born. Now, she must learn to follow her dreams in a world where she isn't wanted.

 

Book Number:39

Number Of Pages:394

Book Title:Song of the Sparrow

Author:Lisa Ann Sandell

Summary:Set in 490 AD, this is the story of Elaine of Ascolat and her journey through life, love and the birth of an empire.

 

Book Number:40

Number Of Pages:272

Book Title:Twelfth Night

Author:William Shakespeare

Summary:A play about love's relation to infatuation and its connection to fate and destiny.

 

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Book Number: 114

Number Of Pages: 320

Book Title: Maison Jennie

Author: Julie Ellis

Summary: After the death of her father, Jenny takes over running the family’s piece-goods shop in order to support her widowed mother and younger siblings. As she matures into a successful businesswoman, she tries to make the best of her life and marriage, while yearning for the one man she loves, an artist who left her to go to Paris because he couldn’t understand the responsibility she felt towards her family.

 

Book Number: 115

Number Of Pages: 581 (large-print edition)

Book Title: An Uncommon Woman

Author: Julie Ellis

Summary: German-born Jew Vera was 13 when Kristallnacht shattered her world. The only one of her family to survive, she made it to Denmark and then England with the help of family friends. In England, she meets and marries an American soldier, eventually moving with him to upstate New York after the end of WWII. Although he’d been willing to fight in the war, Paul was a pacifist at heart, which left him at odds with his father, who expected him to join him in the family business of small-arms manufacturing. Vera struggles to reconcile the two men… and eventually, her own two children… as she becomes involved in the business herself through the years and the horrors of Korea and Vietnam.

 

Book Number: 116

Number Of Pages: 707 (large-print edition)

Book Title: Far To Go

Author: Julie Ellis

Summary: Born to privilege in a wealthy Georgia suburb, Fran’s life has been mostly untouched by the ravages of the Great Depression. But she wants to help those who are suffering through it, and is frustrated by the lack of opportunities open to women in the 1930s. She meets and marries an idealistic young law student, and they move to New York. A few years later, she is widowed, and returns to her hometown with her two young daughters. She not only makes a place for herself in business with her father, but encourages her daughters… and eventually, her granddaughters… to take advantage of every opportunity the changing times offer them.

 

Book Number: 117

Number Of Pages: 478

Book Title: Loyalties

Author: Julie Ellis

Summary: Anne and Felicia are distant cousins, who never met until their mutual relative leaves control of her lumber empire jointly in their hands... with a catch. The two must work together in the company, learning the business inside and out, for the next twenty years. At that time, they will jointly take ownership. But if either of them walks away before then, they both lose it all.

 

Book Number: 118

Number Of Pages: 718

Book Title: The Velvet Jungle

Author: Julie Ellis

Summary: Vanessa's one ambition is to become a fashion designer. Tina wants fame on the silver screen. Pat is willing to follow her parents' plan and become a political wife to a man on the road to the White House. Vanessa and Tina meet Pat in New York City during WWII and they become fast friends... a friendship that spans the globe and lasts for decades, through hardships, triumphs, heartbreak, and happy endings.

 

Book Number: 119

Number Of Pages: 604

Book Title: Commitment

Author: Julie Ellis

Summary: At the age of nine, Carol's life suddenly changes from one of privileged wealth to one of hardship when her father loses everything with the stock market crash of 1929 and then kills himself. Despite being forced into first work and then marriage in order to support herself and her mother, she's determined to complete her education and dreams of becoming an architect. Widowed at seventeen, she continues working towards that goal, finding love along the way with a brilliant young playwright from Georgia.

 

Book Number: 120

Number Of Pages: 134

Book Title: Sarah’s Christmas Miracle

Author: Mary Ellis

Summary: Christian fiction. Amish girl Sarah has a job she enjoys and a serious beau who seems ready to ask her to marry him. But she’s never stopped wondering what became of her brother Caleb, who left home to work for a construction crew in Cleveland and never returned. She puts her relationship and her family’s peace in jeopardy when she impulsively travels to Cleveland in an effort to reunite with her brother once more.

 

Book Number: 121

Number Of Pages: 299

Book Title: A Widow’s Hope

Author: Mary Ellis

Summary: Christian fiction. Following the death of her husband, Hannah agrees to move to Ohio, bringing along the sheep for her wool business, to live with her married sister. Her deacon brother-in-law disapproves of the outspoken young widow, and is dismayed when his widower brother Seth seems interested in her. Hannah herself does not believe Seth is interested in courting, but does develop a soft spot for his electively mute daughter Phoebe.

 

Book Number: 122

Number Of Pages: 298

Book Title: Never Far from Home

Author: Mary Ellis

Summary: Christian fiction. Done with school and starting her own wool business with a little help from her Aunt Hannah, Emma also has hopes of finding a boyfriend. But to her deacon father’s dismay, the only man to attract her attention is Englischer James, who meets her in town at the store where she sells her wool and crafts. Cultural misunderstandings abound, while personal difficulties with her parents only add to the strain. But when Emma’s buggy is hit by a car, his obvious devotion to her wins the respect of her family, aided by his choice to give up his modern life and become Amish for her sake.

 

Book Number: 123

Number Of Pages: 290

Book Title: The Way to a Man’s Heart

Author: Mary Ellis

Summary: Christian fiction. Naïve young Leah thinks her dreams have come true when her baking skills land her work in a newly started diner catering to the locals. Her Mennonite boss soon offers her a partnership, and several young men of the community quickly become regulars. But when she shows no interest in courting any of them while not discouraging them from spending time there, she unknowingly starts to damage her reputation in the community. Things go from bad to worse when she discovers that her partner in the diner has been writing bad checks and failing to pay the taxes for the business. But with the support of her family and the son of the diner’s source of artisan cheeses, she works to regain her standing within the community.

 

Book Number: 124

Number Of Pages: 299

Book Title: An Amish Family Reunion

Author: Mary Ellis

Summary: Christian fiction. Julia, her children grown and all but one living away from home, misses having a full house. So, she plans a grand family reunion for the summer. Her niece Phoebe goes on a Rumschpringe trip to Niagara Falls with other youth from the area, and meets a young man named Eli with a gift for telling stories. A budding artist, Phoebe sketches illustrations for some of his tales, leading the pair to collaborate on a grand endeavor: to write and illustrate a book for children. But Eli is an only son, and when his father suffers a heart attack, he must give up his writing to assume responsibility for the family farm… and can only hope he won’t also have to give up Phoebe in the process.

 

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Book Number: 17

Number Of Pages: 374

Book Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Summary: Katniss enters a deadly reality contest when she volunteers to replace her sister, who was chosen to participate in it. The only way of coming out of it alive is winning, but there can only be one winner.

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Book Number: 9

Number Of Pages: 387

Book Title: Little Brother

Author: Cory Doctorow

Summary: A tech savvy teenager and his friends are arrested and interegated after a terrorist attack on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Once he's released he decides to take down the Department of Homeland Security and their ridiculous new laws.

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Book Number: 5

Number Of Pages: 426

Book Title:Tout est sous contrôle (french of The Gun Seller)

Author:Hugh Laurie (Dr House actor)

Summary:"Offered a bundle to assassinate an American industrialist, he opts to warn the intended victim instead -- a good deed that soon takes a bad turn. Quicker than he can down a shot of his favorite whiskey, Lang is bashing heads with a Buddha statue, matching wits with evil billionaires, and putting his life in the hands of a bevy of femmes fatales. Up against rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer looking to make a high-tech killing, Lang's out to save the leggy lady he has come to love...and prevent an international bloodbath to boot." Source of the summary

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Book Number: 18

Number Of Pages: 391

Book Title: Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins

Summary: Without knowing it, Katniss and Peeta may have started a rebellion. Small at first, but the rumours of dislike of the Capitol are growing. President Snow threatens Katniss. Either she can prove to the people who still have doubts that she is in love with Peeta or there will be very bad consequences for her and her family.

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@Little-Star: You're supposed to write the summary yourself. It doesn't have to be perfect. Just a line or two is enough.

 

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Book Number: 26

Number Of Pages: 361

Book Title:A Beautiful Friendship

Author:David Weber

Summary: Stephanie Harrington has just landed with her parents on Sphinx a heavy gravity world which has been colonized for only about 50 years. The world is still mostly unknown and dangerous to humans. Stephanie is inquisitive and bright and wants to explore her new world. The inhabitants of Sphinx which she encounters provide her with an interesting life.

Rating: (optional)9/10

Review: (optional)Young Adult book by Master fantasy writer David Weber. An expanded version of his short story about the meeting of treecats and humans on Sphinx.

 

Book Number:27

Number Of Pages: 294

Book Title:Old Soldiers

Author: David Weber

Summary: Set in Keith Laumer's Bolo Universe Maneka Trevor and Laurus become united as a Bolo unit accompanying a colonization Space flotilla to an unknown Earth type planet in hopes of founding a colony unknown to the Puppies, a space faring race who need the same type of world and are trying to exterminate mankind. Bolos are a combonation huge war robot with an A-1 brain joined to a human specially trained soldier for empathy. Laz and Trevor have to defend their colony from the Puppies.

Rating: (optional) 7/10

 

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Book Number:30

Number Of Pages:163

Book Title:Equal Rites

Author:Terry Pratchett

Summary:On the planet of Discworld, as is traditional, a wizard at the point of death leaves his power and his staff to the eighth son of an eighth son, but the son turns out to be a daughter, and as everyone agrees, women can't be wizards. So, what happens when the daughter becomes a wizard anyway? Well, when the daughter's mentor is Granny Weatherwax, anything can happen.

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Book Number: 123

Number Of Pages: 239

Book Title: What the Dog Said

Author: Randi Reisfeld

Summary: After days of moping, sulking, and locking her own self in her room, Grace's sister, Regan, has had enough and suggests that Grace gets a dog of her own. However, Grace's new dog isn't like any other. He talks...and Grace can't believe what he has to say.

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Book Number: 124

Number Of Pages: 306

Book Title: The Owl Keeper

Author: Christine Brodien-Jones

Summary: Maxwell Unger isn't brave anymore, not since his gran passed away five years ago. His dreams of colour, life, and nature have been replaced with nightmares of darkness and despair. His world is not what it used to be. However, when a mysterious girl comes to town, Max may have to start being brave again.

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Book Number: 10

Number Of Pages: 234

Book Title: The Druids Trilogy: Reapers, Bled, Harvest

Author: Marata Eros

Summary: A novella trilogy. The vampire females are sterile. The males must breed with human women with Druid blood to produce more vampires. The Druids are rare and must be shared. Cole decides the one he's just found, an extremely rare pureblood, is his and his alone and he will do anything to keep her to himself.

 

Disclaimer: TDS is a mixed-genre work in the following categories: Dark Erotica/paranormal/horror with a touch of romance that includes the following elements: non-vanilla, alpha-male to the max, non-con themes (such as forced/marginal consent, amongst others), horrific undertones, freight train-like violence and pacing, with boundaries that not only push, but plow through barriers. Adult Audiences (18+) .

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Book Number:31

Number Of Pages:234

Book Title:Dead Man's Chest

Author:Kerry Greenwood

Summary:When the Honourable Phryne Fisher and her entourage go on vacation in a rented house, they expect that the servants of the house will be there, but it appears they've done a flit. Phryne investigates and decides that the matter is more serious than it looks on the surface. Have the servants been murdered, and if so,why?

 

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Book Number: 28

Number Of Pages:107

Book Title: Countdown to the Year 1000

Author:Kate McMullan

Summary: Yorrick brings back word that the end of the world is coming with the arrival of the year 1000. Wiglaf, Erica and Angus welcome Zack to DSA and attempt to stop the end of the world and the evildoers.

 

Book Number: 29

Number Of Pages: 458

Book Title: A Rising Thunder

Author: David Weber

Summary: The Solarian League is out to conquer the Manticore Star Empire. Manticore fights back and tries to convince the Sollies that War would be a foolish waste of time, men, resources and money.

Rating: (optional) 7.7/10

Review: (optional) If you like military space opera and books based on characters then this one is for you. Set in the Honorverse Weber created many years ago, the Str Empire with Honor at the head of the fleet continues to battle Manticores foes and tries to convince the others that they are being manipulated by an evil outside source. The fun is in how it comes about and people react.

 

 

Book Number: 30

Number Of Pages:276

Book Title:Assignment in Eternity

Author: Robert A. Heinlein

Summary: A collection of stories, Heinlein wrote in the 1940's. Man's future is depicted in different ways in each story with an emphasis on striving to better himself and morality is all important.

Rating: (optional) 7/10

 

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Book Number:32

Number Of Pages:204

Book Title:One For the Money

Author:Janet Evanovich

Summary:Stephanie Plum has lost her job. Her car has been repossessed, and her phone is about to be disconnected. So when her mother suggests she ask Cousin Vinnie for a job as a file clerk in his bail bonding company, Stephanie trundles over to apply. She does get hired -- as a bounty hunter! And her very first job is to bring in a rogue cop who has skipped bail.

 

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Book Number: 11

Number Of Pages: 112 (estimated)

Book Title: The Zulu Warrior

Author: Andrew Barlow

Summary: The narrator retells the story of his life as a warrior during Shaka's and his successor Dingane's rule over the Zulu empire.

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Book Number:31

Number Of Pages:106

Book Title:Beware! It's Friday the 13th

Author: Kate McMullan

Summary: The book is set around 1000 AD and the students at Dragon Slayers Academy rally to attempt to gather good luck charms to protect the headmaster and school from the wrath of Snagglefahng.

Rating: (optional)8/10

Review: (optional) The whole DSA series is great for 9 to 13 year olds and people who just like amusing books about dragons and boarding schools.

 

Book Number: 32

Number Of Pages:203

Book Title:Hail! Hail! Camp Dragononka!

Author: Kate McMullen

Summary: Mordred de Marvelous finds out he has to give his students summer vacation. No one is happy with the situation, so he comes up with the idea of hosting a summer camp instead. The campers are to help Mortie achieve his dream of accrueing a fortune.

Rating: (optional) 9/10

Review: (optional) It's a special and longer so the story is more detailed. A fun read for all who like Juvenile books about dragons.

 

Book Number:33

Number Of Pages:109

Book Title:The New Kid at School

Author: Kate McMullen

Summary: Wiglaf is one of a large family of children in Medieval England. He is unlike the rest of his family and ends up getting to go to Dragon Slayers Academy to learn to slay dragons for their horde of gold. Chaos ensues.

Rating: (optional)8.5/10

Review: (optional) The beginning book in a great new series of kids books. Hilarious reads and sure to spark the interest of most kids.

 

 

Book Number:34

Number Of Pages:109

Book Title:World's Oldest Living Dragon

Author: Kate McMullen

Summary: This time the students must save the school from Grizzlegore. Wiglaf and his 3 best friends manage to figure out a possible solution. Help comes from an unexpected source.

Rating: (optional)9/10

 

 

 

Book Number: 35

Number Of Pages:110

Book Title:Pig Latin - Not Just for Pigs!

Author: Kate McMullen

Summary: The headmasterhas given the students at DSA a holiday. Wiglaf and friends go to Erica's family home and with Daisey's help manage to solve the kingdom's and king's problems.

Rating: (optional)8/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Number: 125

Number Of Pages: 231

Book Title: Confectionately Yours #1: Save the Cupcake!

Author: Lisa Papademetriou

Summary: Hayley's world is changing and it's not in a good way! Her parents are divorced, her mom is jobless, and she can never seem to agree on anything with her best friend, Artie. It's going to take a whole lot of cupcakes to sweeten this situation...

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Book Number: 126

Number Of Pages: 223

Book Title: Confectionately Yours #2: Taking the Cake!

Author: Lisa Papademetriou

Summary: Hayley's ex-best friend is going out with her crush and her new friend, Meghan, is sweet but nutty! Life is rocky for Hayley but can she come through?

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Book Number: 127

Number Of Pages: 215

Book Title: Confectionately Yours #3: Sugar and Spice

Author: Lisa Papademetriou

Summary: Detention with both Meghan and Artie together is a recipe for disaster! Those two are like water and oil - they don't mix! Can Hayley stop things from becoming bad to worse?

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Book Number: 128

Number Of Pages: 199

Book Title: Slob

Author: Ellen Potter

Summary: Owen Birmbaum is fat and what most people assume about him is that they think they know who he is, just a fat kid with all his secrets practically spilling out for everyone to see. What they don't know about him is that he has hidden secrets too and sometimes, those unassuming people like Owen can actually be geniuses. Well, almost geniuses.

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Book Number: 36

Number Of Pages: 449

Book Title: First Family

Author: David Baldacci

Summary: King and Maxwell are summoned to solve the kidnapping of the first Family's niece. The plot twists and pops in surprising areas before the final passage.

Rating: (optional) 8.9/10

 

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Book Number: 6

Number Of Pages: 253

Book Title: Carrie (french version, same title as English title)

Author: Stephen King

Summary: Carrie White, 17 years old and living in the town of Chamberlain, has a tough live between beeing bullyed at school and her mother's obsession of religion. One day, she got invited to the school dance but something terrible happens.

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Review: The story was good but I didn't really like the way it's written with parenthesis every where and all pieces of other texts in it.

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Book Number:33

Number Of Pages:192

Book Title:The Castlemaine Murders

Author:Kerry Greenwood

Summary:Phryne Fisher finds a mummified corpse at an amusement park, and though it turns out the man was murdered, still he was murdered decades ago. So why does it appear that a person or persons unknown are trying to scare her away from investigating the crime?

 

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