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Book Number: 57
Number Of Pages: 1120 
Book Title: The Red Queen
Author: Isobelle Carmody
Summary: The final instalment in Isobelle Carmody's The Obernewtyn Chronicles bring characters to their rightful places, finishing Elspeth's quest, restoring the Red Queen and tying up other loose ends.
Rating: 3.5/5

 

Book Number: 58
Number Of Pages: 367
Book Title: Sabriel
Author: Garth Nix
Summary: Sabriel travels to the perilous Old Kingdom after receiving a frightful message from her father and soon find herself faced with more Dead and evil plans than she ever imagined.
Rating: 2.5/5

 

Book Number: 59
Number Of Pages: 512
Book Title: Darkness Follows
Author: L. A. Weathery
Summary: In a twisted echo of 1940s America, ex-peacefighter Amity must find a way to undo all the damage done by the thrown peacefights and take out Gunningson before it is too late in this epic sequel to Broken Skies.
Rating: 3.75/5

 

Book Number: 60
Number Of Pages: 224
Book Title: The Screwtape Letters
Author:  C. S. Lewis
Summary: This satire follows the letters of a Senior demon Screwtape as he guides Wormwood through his first assignment, discussing the best ways in which to corrupt the human soul.
Rating: 5/5

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Book Number: 77
Number Of Pages: 433
Book Title: The Fire Rose
Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Rosalind Hawkins had her life planned out. A scholar of medieval history, she intended to make a name for herself in academia despite the handicap of her gender. But when her father died after losing the family fortune in a series of bad investments, Rosalind was forced to accept a position as a governess in San Francisco. But when she arrived, she learned that this was no ordinary job. Instead of teaching children, she was required to read an assortment of ancient manuscripts to her reclusive employer via a speaking tube. For Jason Cameron was an Elemental Mage, disfigured through a ritual gone wrong, and trying desperately to restore his body to its former state. As she gains respect and admiration for the man, Rosalind learns to tap into her own Elemental Mage abilities to help him. But he has an enemy, who cares little for the havoc he causes, and the powers of Earth and Fire are unleashed on an unsuspecting city. 

 

Book Number: 78
Number Of Pages: 343
Book Title: The Serpent’s Shadow
Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Born of a Brahmin mother to an English army officer father, Dr. Maya Witherspoon fled India to England following her the deaths of her parents. An untutored Earth Elemental Mage, Maya had been told by her mother that her magic was that of her father’s people, and that she must find one among them to teach her. Water Mage Peter Scott offers to take on the role of tutor when she is snubbed by the other Masters for being female and mixed race. But an enemy has followed her from her homeland… can Maya learn to control her powers in time to defend herself? 

 

Book Number: 79
Number Of Pages: 446
Book Title: The Gates of Sleep
Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Sent from birth to be raised by artist friends of her parents, Marina has spent most of her life learning to control her Elemental Magic. But she always wondered why her parents, also Elemental Masters, didn’t raise and train her themselves. But with their sudden death shortly before her eighteenth birthday, she comes under the guardianship of her father’s estranged sister. Arachne exudes an aura of evil sorcery unlike anything Marina has encountered before. She quickly realizes that Arachne may well be the reason her parents fostered her out, but can she free herself of Arachne’s curse before it takes full effect? 

 

Book Number: 80
Number Of Pages: 468
Book Title: Phoenix and Ashes
Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: When Eleanor’s father died in the Great War, her newly-acquired stepmother, a dark path Earth Master, left her alive only because the man had not taken the time to alter his will leaving his entire estate to his daughter, and if Eleanor died before she was of age, everything would then go to a distant cousin. But using a ritual that included severing one of Eleanor’s fingers and burying it beneath the hearth, the stepmother bound Eleanor to the house and yard, causing her to fade from the memory of the neighbors and turning her into the lowest of servants. But over the course of several years of war, Eleanor started to come into her own Elemental power of fire, and learned to stretch the boundaries of her tie to her house so that she could occasionally steal a few hours to herself and walk out on the fringes of the local lord’s property. That man, Reggie Fenyx, was an Air Master and a pilot. A celebrated ace, his air elemental allies helped keep him safe when he flew, until the day he met up with a German Air Master in a dogfight and nearly died. Broken in body and suffering shell shock, he often retreated to the fringes of the property to escape his widowed mother’s attempts at matchmaking. Can Reggie and Eleanor help each other rebuild their shattered lives from the ashes of war? 

 

Book Number: 81
Number Of Pages: 377
Book Title: The Wizard of London
Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Although she was born to Elemental Mage parents, Sarah did not inherit her parents’ talents, but instead showed signs of psychic ability. So her parents sent her to the Harton School in London, where Isabelle Harton gave training to those youngsters who needed to learn to control such gifts. But Sarah soon proved to be a true medium, able to see and speak with the dead, and an unknown Elemental Master seemed to want to kill her. Isabelle must go to Lord Alderscroft for help in protecting Sarah, the leader of the Elemental Mages of London… and the man who had once broken her heart. In seeking his help, Isabelle discovers that Lord Alderscroft was in as much danger as Sarah… but could she convince him that he needed help? 

 

Book Number: 82
Number Of Pages: 372
Book Title: Reserved for the Cat
Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Aspiring ballerina Ninette thought her fortune would be made the day an accident thrust her into the lead role for a matinee performance. But the reviews of her performance were too good, and she was fired to soothe the star’s wounded ego. Destitute and desperate, she thought at first she was going mad when a cat climbed to her windowsill and spoke in her mind with a plan: she would go to England, presenting herself as Russian ballerina Nina Tchereslavsky, and go to work in a particular music hall in Blackpool. Faced with the choice of going along with the cat’s plans or becoming a prostitute, Ninette placed her life in the cat’s paws, not knowing that he was an Elemental Spirit sent to help her. But the cat was unaware that the real Nina had been possessed by an evil Elemental Spirit, which now wished to destroy Ninette. 

 

Book Number: 83
Number Of Pages: 374
Book Title: Unnatural Issue
Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: At 21, Susanne had never once seen her father, a recluse who had hidden himself from the world since her mother’s death in childbirth. But despite this neglect, she was well trained in her Earth Elemental Magic, trained by one she only knew as Robin. She loved the land and cared for it, never thinking to leave it. But her father, unhinged by the loss of his wife, had first turned to the dark paths of his Earth Mastery, and then to the vile practice of necromancy in his desperation to bring back his late wife… and thought to use Susanne’s body as the vessel to house the spirit of her dead mother. Sent to France by friends, Susanne dares to hope she’s safely escaped her father’s plans, only to find herself in a different sort of danger as all of Europe descends into war. And such a war can only give a necromancer all the power in the world to use for his unnatural desires… 

 

Book Number: 84
Number Of Pages: 311
Book Title: Home from the Sea
Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Mari, daughter of a Welsh fisherman, had always kept somewhat to herself. This was partly to avoid questions about her father’s unusual prosperity and luck, and partly because she spent her whole life able to see what others could not… water spirits and other such creatures. Then her father explains the reason for the family’s luck: an old bargain with the seal-folk called the Selch, in which one of the family married a Selch, who would return to the sea after two children were born, taking one and leaving the other… and now it’s time for Mari to wed and continue the bargain. But Mari is also an Elemental Master, though untrained, and her power has caught the attention of the head mage of the Elemental Masters, who sends agents of his own to make sure the unknown Elemental Master doesn’t become evil or unbalanced, and who come to Mari’s aid in a most unexpected way. 

 

Book Number: 85
Number Of Pages: 298
Book Title: Steadfast
Author: Mercedes Lackey

Summary: Kate grew up performing acrobatics and dance with her parents in a small traveling circus. But following her parents’ deaths in a fire, the circus owner persuaded her to marry Dick, the strong man. When he proves abusive, Kate flees. She finds her way to Brighton and takes a job as a stage magician’s assistant in a music hall. The magician, Lionel, is an Elemental Mage, as is Jack, the crippled veteran who works as the doorman. The two men realize that Kate is also an Elemental Mage, attuned to Fire… and she doesn’t realize it. For her own safety, as well as that of those around her, they train her in her abilities, so that she won’t accidentally lose control if she is pushed into rage or terror. And just in time, as a furious Dick traces Kate to Brighton to reclaim her for his own. 

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Book Number: 61
Number Of Pages: 496
Book Title: The Secret Keeper
Author: Kate Morton
Summary: 

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Book Number: 62
Number Of Pages: 452
Book Title: Peter and the Starcatchers
Author: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Summary: Orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious cargo the "greatest treasure on earth" - but is it gold, jewels, or something far more mysterious and dangerous?

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Book Number: 63
Number Of Pages: 519
Book Title: A Tale of Two Cities
Author: Charles Dickens
Summary: When former aristocrat Charles Darnay learns that an old family servant needs his help, he abandons his safe haven in England and returns to Paris. But once there, the Revolutionary authorities arrest him not for anything he has done, but for his rich family's crimes. Also in danger: his wife, Lucie, their young daughter, and her aged father, who have followed him across the Channel. 

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

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Book Number: 86
Number Of Pages:
224
Book Title: The Secret Garden
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Summary: Ten-year-old Mary is sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire from India after her parents die in an epidemic. Left to herself, she discovers a garden which has been shut up for years and is determined to bring it back to life. She makes the acquaintance of a local peasant boy and discovers the existence of her invalid cousin, and together the three of them grow in health and strength within the garden. 

 

Book Number: 87
Number Of Pages: 245
Book Title: A Little Princess
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Summary: Sara is the star pupil at Miss Minchin’s academy in London, until the day word comes that her wealthy father has died in poverty following a disastrous investment. The greedy headmistress, who’d never liked her, nevertheless kept her on as a maid and errand girl, overworking and underfeeding her. But Sara sustained herself with her imagination, until the day her wildest dreams of magic started to come true. 

 

Book Number: 88
Number Of Pages: 189
Book Title: Go Ask Alice
Author: anonymous
Summary: Nonfiction. Published in 1971, this is based on the actual diary of a middle-class, teenaged drug addict. While names and places have been changed, this is her own personal account of her slide into addiction and her fight to escape it again. 

 

Book Number: 89
Number Of Pages: 441
Book Title: The Kadin
Author: Bertrice Small
Summary: Contains adult material. Lady Janet Leslie was betrayed and sold into slavery, finding herself in the seraglio of the Ottoman Sultan. Given to his son Selim as a gift, she quickly wins the love of the man who would become sultan with his father’s passing… and becomes the mother of the man who would become known as Suleiman the Magnificent. 

 

Book Number: 90
Number Of Pages: 662
Book Title: Love Wild and Fair
Author: Bertrice Small
Summary: Contains adult material. Catriona, Countess of Glenkirk, is brought to the court of James VI of Scotland by her husband the Earl who wishes to show off her beauty. Coerced by the king into becoming his unwilling mistress, Cat is terrified that her husband will find out… and when he does, his reaction is even worse than she’d imagined. She flees to the one person she thinks might help her, Francis Hepburn-Stewart, Earl of Bothwell. With him she finds love at last, but a vengeful King James separates them in a fit of jealousy and exiles Bothwell from Scotland forever. 

 

 Book Number: 91
Number Of Pages: 295
Book Title: Out of My Mind
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Summary: Melody has a photographic memory. She's probably the smartest kid in her grade. But no one knows it, because she can't walk or talk. She's confined to a wheel chair with cerebral palsy, and plenty of people assume that because her body malfunctions, so does her brain. Then she gets a special computer that allows her to communicate with others more easily than using a letter-board, and suddenly she's able to make some friends and even gets on the Whiz Kids quiz team. But not everyone else is ready to handle Melody's disabilities, as proven when she is purposefully not contacted by the team leaders when a snowstorm forces a last-minute change to the team's travel plans for the National Championship. 

 

Book Number: 92
Number Of Pages: 226
Book Title: Blindsided
Author: Priscilla Cummings
Summary: At fourteen, Natalie had endured seven operations on her eyes due to glaucoma. But then a routine visit to her eye doctor gave her the news that she would lose what little sight she had left, most likely within the year. She’s sent to a blind school, so she can learn Braille and how to navigate with a cane and other skills. But will she embrace the opportunity, or hide behind her fears? 

 

Book Number: 93
Number Of Pages: 195
Book Title: Whispers of the Moon
Author: David Harrington and deTraci Regula
Summary: Nonfiction. The biography of Scott Cunningham, modern-day Pagan author best known for his book Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, along with many other works put out through Llewellyn Publishing. 

 

Book Number: 94
Number Of Pages: 396
Book Title: Black Tie Only
Author: Julia Fenton
Summary: Alexandra, Mary Lee, and Jette, the daughters of wealthy Americans, made friends with Lady Diana Spencer while they were all in school together at West Heath. Now married to hotelier Richard Fitzgerald, Alexandra has been asked by Princess Diana to host a special party for her and Prince Charles. She agrees, but labor issues threaten first the extravaganza… and then her son. 

 

Book Number: 95
Number Of Pages: 260
Book Title: The Last Jews in Berlin
Author: Leonard Gross
Summary: Nonfiction. The true story of a handful of Jewish men and women who survived the Nazi regime and WWII in the very heart of Nazi Germany, and of the people who befriended and aided them. 

 

Book Number: 96
Number Of Pages: 445
Book Title: Brightly Burning
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Summary: Lavan Chitward wanted no part of his family's businesses in the cloth trade, dreaming of joining the Guard. His parents sent him to a private school instead, where he quickly became a target for bullies. When several ganged up on him and beat him to a pulp, they unwittingly released his Gift of Firestarting, resulting in a few deaths. But despite his potential for destruction, the Heralds welcome Lavan when he is Chosen, knowing that soon his Gift may the only power strong enough to stop the coming Karsite invasion. 

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Book Number: 5
Number Of Pages: 462
Book Title: Sang de Pirate : tome 1 Vengeances (would be roughly translated (no english version) as : Pirate Blood: volume 1 Revenges)
Author: Elisabeth Trembley
Summary: about 300 years ago, a well known pirate buried seven treasures around the world that can only be accessible with the help of Kaéide, a hybride specie that control animals. In this volume Maksim and Tiss, two young kaleides, got kidnapped to be used by pirates to find those treasures. 
 

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Book Number: 64
Number Of Pages: 224
Book Title: Tarzan of the Apes
Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Summary: In 1888 Lord and Lady Clayton sail from England but to West Africa and perish on a remote island. When their infant son is adopted by fanged, great anthropoid apes, he is Tarzan of the Apes. His intelligence and caring mother raise him to be king. Self-educated by his parents’ library, Tarzan rescues genteel Jane Porter from the perils of his jungle.
Rating: 4/5

 

Book Number: 65
Number Of Pages: 570
Book Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Summary: If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Rating: 3/5

 

Book Number: 67
Number Of Pages: 507
Book Title: The Bane Chronicles
Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
Summary: A collection of short-stories about Magnus Bane from the Shadowhunter world.
Rating:3.5/5

 

Book Number: 68
Number Of Pages: 374
Book Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Summary: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
Rating: 3.75/5

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Book Number: 69
Number Of Pages: 514
Book Title: The Invasion of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Summary: With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Book Number: 70
Number Of Pages: 478
Book Title: The Fate of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Summary: The thrilling conclusion to the Tearling trilogy.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.

Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.

Rating: 3/5

 

Book Number: 71
Number Of Pages: 320
Book Title: Magonia
Author: Maia Dahvana Headly
Summary: Aza Ray Boyle is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who's always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza's hands lies fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Rating: 5/5

 

Book Number: 72
Number Of Pages: 148
Book Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Summary: Jay Gatsby is a self-made man, famed for his decadent champagne-drenched parties. Despite being surrounded by Long Island's bright and beautiful, he longs only for Daisy Buchanan. 
Rating: 3/5

 

Book Number: 73
Number Of Pages: 258
Book Title: Who Could it Be at this Hour?
Author: Lemony Snicket
Summary: The adventure began in a fading town. Far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket started an apprenticeship for a secret organization shrouded in mystery and secrecy. He asked questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published that shouldn't be read. Not even by you. 
Rating: 2.5/5

 

Book Number: 74
Number Of Pages: 325
Book Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Summary: Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.

Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book - he thinks he's made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor... never to Eleanor.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose. 

Rating: 4/5

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Book Number: 97
Number Of Pages: 323
Book Title: A Gift of Grace
Author: Amy Clipson
Summary: Christian fiction. Rebecca’s sister Grace left their Old Order Amish world years before to embrace modern life, while Rebecca herself remained to wed her sweetheart Daniel Kauffman. Rebecca’s one sorrow is her inability to give Daniel children. Then she receives word that her sister died in a car accident, leaving her custody of her two teenage daughters. Now Rebecca and Daniel face the challenge of raising teenagers who have no knowledge of the world in which they suddenly find themselves living. 

 

Book Number: 98
Number Of Pages: 294
Book Title: A Promise of Hope
Author: Amy Clipson
Summary: Christian fiction. Sarah Kauffman Troyer lost her husband Peter in a tragic fire. Pregnant with twins… her first children… she moves back in with her parents for the support and help she’ll need. Then a Luke Troyer comes from Ohio, revealing secrets that Peter kept from Sarah and the rest of her family. With her faith in her late husband shattered, Sarah tries to look to the future, but is torn between doing the sensible thing and following her heart. 

 

Book Number: 99
Number Of Pages: 323
Book Title: A Place of Peace
Author: Amy Clipson
Summary: Christian fiction. Miriam left the Amish community four years ago, partly due to her wish to undergo nurse’s training, and partly due to the ending of her engagement to Timothy Kauffman. But when she returns first for her mother’s funeral, and then to help when her father has a stroke, she learns that someone else’s jealousy engineered her breakup with Timothy. Knowing the truth, will she and Timothy be able to reconcile, or are they through forever? 

 

Book Number: 100
Number Of Pages: 322
Book Title: A Life of Joy
Author: Amy Clipson
Summary: Christian fiction. Lindsay, Rebecca Kauffman’s younger niece, settled well into Amish life. But her older sister Jessica, unable to adjust, had won permission to live with friends of her late parents instead. Now, four years later, Jessica is in college and pressuring Lindsay to give up her Amish ways. When Jessica’s guardian is injured in an accident, Lindsay volunteers to go stay with her for as long as she is needed. While there, she becomes re-acquainted with some of her old friends from school and church. Jessica fondly hopes that this will induce her sister to return to the modern world, but instead it just reaffirms Lindsay’s desire to embrace the Amish faith and be baptized into the Amish church. 

 

Book Number: 101
Number Of Pages: 298
Book Title: A Season of Love
Author: Amy Clipson
Summary: Christian fiction. Lindsay is baptized along with her cousin Katie Kauffman and friend Lizzie Ann King. Soon after, Lindsay and Lizzie Ann both start courting, which inadvertently leaves Katie feeling like a fifth wheel. Then she meets Jake Miller, the Mennonite grandson of her grandfather’s business partner. Their friendship soon blossoms into attraction… something forbidden by her church. Dare they hope of a future together? 

 

Book Number: 102
Number Of Pages: 223
Book Title: Meet the Austins
Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Summary:  12-year-old Vicky Austin has always taken her family’s comfortable small-town life for granted. But that stability is shaken when her test-pilot family friend’s plane crashes, killing him and his co-pilot and leaving the co-pilot’s daughter orphaned. While Aunt Elena, Uncle Hal’s widow, has been named Maggy’s guardian, she isn’t able to take physical custody of the girl right away. The Austins open their home to Maggy, who proves quite disruptive at first. But with time and a few domestic adventures, everyone adjusts, and soon Vicky and her brothers and sister can hardly imagine life without her.

 

Book Number: 103
Number Of Pages: 270
Book Title: The Moon By Night
Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Summary:  At 14, Vicky Austin’s life is turning upside-down. Aunt Elena is marrying their father’s brother, adopting Maggy, and moving to California. Her father is taking a year off from his small-town doctor’s practice to do research in a big New York City hospital. To mark the end of one part of their life and the beginning of another, the family spends the summer traveling across the country, camping out along the way. Early in the trip, Vicky meets Zachary Gray, a troubled yet fascinating young man who makes a point of turning up at several of the family’s planned stops. Natural wonders, wildlife, and an earthquake make it a trip to remember.

 

Book Number: 104
Number Of Pages: 332
Book Title: A Ring of Endless Light
Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Summary: After their time in New York, the Austins are spending the summer at their grandfather’s island home, partly so Vicky’s father can write a book about the research he did in the city, and partly to care for Grandfather, who is dying of leukemia. While struggling with her own feelings about death and dying, Vicky also finds herself the subject of the attention of three very different young men. Zachary Grey, the wealthy but troubled boy from the previous summer’s camping trip, comes to the island to see her again after his mother’s death in a car crash. Leo Rodney, an island native who recently lost his father, looks to her for friendship and possibly more. And Adam Eddington, a student of marine biology working with her brother at a local research facility, asks her to assist him in his special dolphin research project. A project which just might be what Vicky needs to survive the hardest summer of her life.

 

Book Number: 105
Number Of Pages: 534
Book Title: Air Force Wives
Author: Ruth Walker
Summary: A tale of four friends, whose lives are bound to the Air Force: Tai, the daughter of a noncom forced to retire in disgrace due to the actions of his superior officer, vows to get her own back somehow. Bobby Jo, the sheltered daughter of a chaplain, falls for the charm of a cocky Academy senior with devastating results. Privileged Shelley, daughter of a general, seeks the love she never found from her parents in the arms of a noncom mechanic from a coal town. And ambitious Crystal, her father's low rank denying her the sort of opportunities Shelley had, is determined to do whatever it takes to marry a man with rank and status. 

 

Book Number: 106
Number Of Pages: 535
Book Title: Rings
Author: Ruth Walker
Summary: The story of three generations of women whose lives are tied up with the circus: Romany Mara, cast out of her tribe, finds fame as an aerialist and love with a wealthy Bostonian. Her daughter Vicky, brought up by her prejudiced grandparents to believe both her parents are dead, is rejected following an innocent mistake. In desperation she takes a job as assistant to a trick rider in the circus, where she attracts the attention of the owner's son. And her daughter Michelle, whose sole ambition is to run the circus herself one day, despite her mother's efforts to groom her for an advantageous marriage and her grandfather's insistence that she as a female is less suited to the job than her ne'er-do-well brother. 

 

Book Number: 107
Number Of Pages: 473
Book Title: The Club
Author: Ruth Walker
Summary: Having delayed her own post-graduate work to support her husband through his, Janice is finally starting on her doctoral dissertation in sociology and is wracking her brain for something new. When going to meet her divorce-lawyer godfather for lunch, she meets several of his clients in his office waiting room and conceives a plan for her dissertation: following the lives of several women through the year following the breakup of their marriages. Presenting herself as another client, she coaxes the other four into forming a support group with her, to meet monthly and discuss their lives as newly-single women. But before the year is over, Janice's work begins to expose the cracks in the marriage she once believed perfect.

 

Book Number: 108
Number Of Pages: 333
Book Title: Somebody Else’s Kids
Author: Torey Hayden
Summary: Nonfiction. They were the class that wasn't supposed to exist. So-called 'mainstreaming' laws had passed, putting all but the most profoundly disabled children into regular classes, to be given extra help from a resource teacher. Torey, who had taught various classes for the mentally and emotionally disturbed, was now a resource teacher. But there were a few students that slipped through the cracks... the autistic boy who only spoke to repeat what others said, the 7-year-old girl incapable of reading due to brain damage from abuse, the violently angry boy who'd witnessed his father's murder, and the shy sixth-grade honor student who was kicked out of her parochial school upon getting pregnant. For lack of anywhere else to send them, they ended up in Torey's classroom, with a teacher who saw them as individuals rather than problems. 

 

Book Number: 109
Number Of Pages: 448
Book Title: Beautiful Child
Author: Torey Hayden
Summary: Nonfiction. Venus never spoke, never responded to people... yet an accidental jostling on the playground would send her into a violent rage frightening to witness. Her unresponsiveness perplexed even the professionals, leaving them wondering if she was autistic, mentally disabled, or something else altogether. Special education teacher Torey, who'd previously worked with electively mute children, was sure she could see signs of awareness in Venus and was determined to discover the reason for the girl's silence and to convince her that she didn't need to remain silent forever. 

 

Book Number: 110
Number Of Pages: 318
Book Title: One Child
Author: Torey Hayden
Summary: Nonfiction. Six-year-old Sheila never spoke. A survivor of horrible abuse, abandoned by her mother on a highway at the age of four, she was placed in Torey’s class for the severely disturbed and retarded after committing a vicious attack against a smaller child. Everyone regarded her as irredeemable… except Torey. With her skills and experiences working with the electively mute and the disturbed, she drew Sheila out and discovered that this neglected little girl was beyond bright to the point of having a genius IQ… and convinced others to give Sheila a new chance at a future. 

 

Book Number: 111
Number Of Pages: 264
Book Title: The Tiger’s Child
Author: Torey Hayden
Summary: Nonfiction. Due to changes in the laws as well as in her personal life, Torey lost touch with Sheila after the school year they shared. But seven years later, Torey’s new job brought her back to the area where Sheila lived, and chance brought them together again. While Sheila’s life had slightly improved with time, it was still a troubled one, and the young teen still searched for both answers and someone she could count on as a friend. Over the next few years, Torey helped Sheila to the best of her ability, helping the girl come to terms with her past and start making plans for her future. 

 

Book Number: 112
Number Of Pages: 411
Book Title: Just Another Kid
Author: Torey Hayden
Summary: Nonfiction. Torey hadn’t planned on teaching again but took this one last job as a favor to a friend while waiting for her visa to become a permanent resident of Great Britain. It was the first self-contained classroom for behaviorally disordered students in the district since the mainstreaming laws of the 1970s. Three of her students were refugees from the terrorism of Northern Ireland. A fourth was eleven and had never known life outside an institution. The fifth was eight, hyper, easily distracted, and sexually precocious. And the sixth was seven, unable to speak and almost completely unresponsive. They were joined by a volunteer aide, a brilliant woman whose nearly paralyzing shyness led her to alcohol abuse to cope with social situations, but who was able to be herself with no one but the children and Torey watching… and who found herself being helped by Torey as if she was just another kid. 

 

Book Number: 113
Number Of Pages: 409 (? Kindle edition)
Book Title: Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen
Summary: Marianne Dashwood is ruled by her emotions, and when she falls in love with the dashing rake John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behavior leaves her open to gossip. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love and its threatened loss the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

 

Book Number: 114
Number Of Pages: 288
Book Title: Tiny House Designing, Building, and Living
Author: Gabriella and Andrew Morrison
Summary: Nonfiction. An Idiot’s Guides book, dedicated to tiny houses of all sorts. A very basic how-to guide for both mobile and fixed tiny houses and life within them. Includes suggestions for adapting existing tiny house plans to one’s needs, designing a tiny house to one’s specifications, insurance, the pros and cons of various styles, tiny house communities, power, water, and everything else involved in the tiny house life.

 

Book Number: 115
Number Of Pages: 184
Book Title: Jill’s Victory
Author: Elisa Bialk
Summary: Jill, sent to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousins on the family farm when her single father has to spend a year in South America for his job, joins the 4-H club with her cousins. She enjoys learning to cook, sew, and preserve food, but has little interest in her cousins’ farm projects of raising sheep, pigs, and a steer. She still misses her friendship with American Saddlebred breeder and trainer Fred White. And then he shows up at the farm with the offer of a lifetime for Jill: he wants her to keep and train her favorite young horse from his stables, and hints at rewards to come if she can ride Victory to a blue ribbon in a show. Jill accepts the challenge of training the young gelding, and while she initially makes some mistakes, her 4-H experience lets her learn from them and win the five-gaited class in the big Chicago horse show.

 

Book Number: 116
Number Of Pages: 192
Book Title: Sue Barton, Student Nurse
Author: Helen Dore Boylston
Summary: Sue Barton enters nursing school, where she makes friends with fellow students Kit Van Dyke and Connie Halliday, as well as hospital intern Dr. Bill Barry. She and her friends share many adventures and mishaps during their first two years of nursing school. 

 

Book Number: 117
Number Of Pages: 189
Book Title: Sue Barton, Senior Nurse
Author: Helen Dore Boylston
Summary: In Sue’s final year of training, she goes through obstetrics and maternity training, surgical training, and becomes aware of her deepening relationship with Dr. Bill Barry. 

 

Book Number: 118
Number Of Pages: 192
Book Title: Sue Barton, Visiting Nurse
Author: Helen Dore Boylston
Summary: Following graduation, Sue and Kit move to New York City, to work as visiting nurses through the Henry Street Settlement House. Sue quickly grows to love public nursing but is dismayed when fiancé Bill Barry pressures her to give up her work in favor of getting married immediately. 

 

Book Number: 119
Number Of Pages: 254
Book Title: Sue Barton, Rural Nurse
Author: Helen Dore Boylston
Summary: Having resigned from Henry Street to marry Bill, Sue makes plans to work as an independent visiting nurse in the rural New Hampshire village where Bill has his practice once they’re married. Bill’s father dies, causing them to delay the wedding as Bill must now support his crippled younger brother, but Sue moves ahead with her plans, knowing the area needed a visiting nurse. The village of Springdale is faced with an outbreak of typhoid shortly after her arrival, and not long after, a major disaster in the form of a hurricane. (This is the book that defines the series as starting in the 1930s, as the hurricane in the story can be assumed to be the 1938 “Long Island Express” hurricane that unexpectedly slammed New England and remained a full-strength hurricane until sometime after it crossed the Canadian border.) 

 

Book Number: 120
Number Of Pages: 239
Book Title: Sue Barton, Superintendent of Nurses
Author: Helen Dore Boylston
Summary: Following the hurricane, a wealthy Springdale resident endows a hospital for the village. Newlyweds Sue and Bill Barry are the natural choices as Superintendent of Nurses and Chief of Staff respectively. Sue learns to adjust to married life as well as running a small nursing school and the problems that go along with the job. 

 

Book Number: 121
Number Of Pages: 236
Book Title: Sue Barton, Neighborhood Nurse
Author: Helen Dore Boylston
Summary: Having resigned as Superintendent when she and Bill started their family, Sue keeps her hand in by subbing for the town’s current visiting nurse on occasion. But most of the time, she remains busy raising six-year-old Tabitha and four-year-old twins Johnny and Jerry, as well as offering first aid instruction and other advice to a neighbor’s teenage daughter. 

 

Book Number: 122
Number Of Pages: 204
Book Title: Sue Barton, Staff Nurse
Author: Helen Dore Boylston
Summary: Not long after the birth of their fourth child, Sue is dismayed when Bill contracts pneumonia on a fishing trip and is subsequently diagnosed with tuberculosis. To keep from driving herself crazy with worry while he is away at a sanitarium for treatment, Sue decides to take a job as a staff nurse at the Springdale hospital where Bill is still Chief of Staff. While some of the nurses initially greet her with reservations, worried that she might use her position as Dr. Barry’s wife to gain preferential treatment, she soon proves her mettle as a nurse and co-worker. 

 

Book Number: 123
Number Of Pages: 377
Book Title: The Duchess
Author: Bertrice Small
Summary: Contains adult material. Allegra, daughter of Lord Morgan, is heiress to the richest man in England. Quinton Hunter, Duke of Sedgwick, is impoverished, but holds the highest title of all the men seeking brides during the current social season. Knowing that any man seeking her hand has his eyes on her fortune, Allegra agrees to marry Quinton in the match of the season, believing they have a businesslike arrangement and that love will not need to enter the picture. But then her father remarries, and his new wife gives birth to a boy, making Allegra realize just how much she's come to love Quinton even as she realizes she might lose him because she is no longer the richest girl in England.

 

Book Number: 124
Number Of Pages: 371
Book Title: Fire-Starter
Author: Stephen King
Summary: Charlene “Charlie” McGee’s parents met in college, but under unusual circumstances, when they participated in a drug experiment run by the Psych Department… or so they’d been told at the time. But it was a secret governmental program and the experimental drug in question wasn’t merely an LSD variant, but a chemical designed to bring out various psychic talents, and those talents proved to be permanent. Now 8-year-old Charlie has proven to also have psychic powers, including that of pyrokinesis… and the government wants her, and will do anything to get hold of her and contain her… and possibly kill her. 

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Book Number: 125
Number Of Pages: 197
Book Title: A Morbid Taste for Bones
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In 1137, Brother Cadfael is a Welsh monk and herbalist in the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury, a town near the border of Wales in Shropshire, England. A Crusader in his youth, he came late to the cloistered life, and still finds himself restless now and again. When the Prior leads a party into Wales to exhume the bones of a local saint and bring them to rest in state within the abbey itself, Brother Cadfael is quite pleased to be sent along as an interpreter. The Welsh of the village where the saint is buried, however, don't want to see her taken elsewhere. When the leader of those opposing the exhumation is murdered, Brother Cadfael must call upon all his skills to find the true killer. 

 

Book Number: 126
Number Of Pages: 214
Book Title: One Corpse Too Many
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In 1138, the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud touches Shrewsbury directly when the castle, held by Maud's adherents, falls to King Stephen's forces. The lord of the castle and his chief ally manage to escape, so in his anger, Stephen orders the hanging of all the men-at-arms who stood in defense of the castle. At the same time, he orders a search for the daughter of the lord's ally, as it is rumored she is hiding in the town, along with her father's treasury. Just after Brother Cadfael discovers that the girl is hiding in the abbey disguised as a boy, he is called upon along with other monks to prepare the hanged men for burial. He finds one more dead man than ought to have been there, this one killed not by the gallows, but strangled. Cadfael must find a way for the girl to break free, but also find the killer lest she become a victim herself. 

 

Book Number: 127
Number Of Pages: 210
Book Title: Monk’s Hood
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: When a guest of the abbey is suddenly taken ill, Brother Cadfael is called upon to help. Once he arrives at the man's bedside, he discovers that the man's wife is the lady to whom he was once informally betrothed, and the man himself has been poisoned... with a preparation of monk's hood oil of Cadfael's own making! While the law assumes the lady's son is to blame, as there was a known hatred between him and his stepfather, Cadfael is not so certain. More than one person had both motive and opportunity to do the deed, and it is only Cadfael's knowledge of herbs that lets him spot the clues to decipher the mystery. 

 

Book Number: 128
Number Of Pages: 217
Book Title: St. Peter’s Fair
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: Summer, 1139. The civil war raging throughout England draws far enough away from Shrewsbury that the annual merchants' fair takes place, drawing sellers from all over England and beyond. All look forward to the three days of festivities, until a wealthy Bristol merchant is found murdered in the river. Brother Cadfael offers the sanctuary and aid of the abbey to the man's niece, as the first thought was that her uncle was regrettably the victim of footpads. But then his valuables turn up untouched, his booth at the fair and his barge are both ransacked, and two more men are killed. Cadfael comes to believe that the merchant planned on delivering something other than his usual trade goods to someone, and that his niece knows more than she is telling. Can he unravel the mystery before the girl becomes the next victim? 

 

Book Number: 129
Number Of Pages: 201
Book Title: The Leper of St. Giles
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: A grand wedding is to take place at the abbey, although Brother Cadfael paid little attention to the preparations. Until, that is, his regular journey from the cloister to the leper colony outside of the town to restock the medicine supply lets him arrive at his destination in good time to see both the bride's and groom's parties ride past. The girl seemed more a broken prisoner than an eager bride, reluctant yet hopeless, her demeanor explained with the appearance of the groom, a hard and arrogant aristocrat more than three times her age. When the groom is found murdered on the day of the wedding, Cadfael must use all his wits to identify the true killer lest an innocent man be hanged for the deed. And the newest resident of St. Giles holds both a key piece of evidence, and a secret of his own. 

 

Book Number: 130
Number Of Pages: 201
Book Title: The Virgin in the Ice
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In the early winter of 1139, the ravages of the civil war send refugees north from Worcester to Shrewsbury. Among them, two noble orphans, a girl of 18 and her 13-year-old brother, traveling in the company of a Benedictine nun. However, inquiries from those who had their care in Worcester reveal that the trio never came to Shrewsbury. Not long afterward, Brother Cadfael is summoned to Bromfield Priory, where a wounded monk had been taken after being found naked and bleeding by the roadside. The man's delirious ranting gives Cadfael a clue as to where the missing trio headed when they didn't go to Shrewsbury. His quest leads him to find the boy... and then the body of a young woman, frozen in the ice of a shallow stream. When she is identified as the nun who'd accompanied the siblings out of Worcester, he renews his search for the boy's sister... and discovers a hidden secret from his own past as well. 

 

Book Number: 131
Number Of Pages: 212
Book Title: The Sanctuary Sparrow
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In the spring of 1140, the quiet of the midnight Matins in the abbey church is broken by a mob howling for the blood of a terrified young man, who pleads for sanctuary. A wandering minstrel hired to play at the wedding of the goldsmith's son, he stands accused of killing the goldsmith and stealing the contents of his strongbox. Morning proves the goldsmith still living, and no sign of his treasure in the minstrel's possession. Brother Cadfael believes the young man is innocent and seeks for proof enough to convince the law of that, before the period of sanctuary ends. What he also finds is a mix of desperate love and hatred that would stop at nothing including murder. 

 

Book Number: 132
Number Of Pages: 276
Book Title: The Devil’s Novice
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In the fall of 1140, an emissary to King Stephen is reported missing. Not long afterwards, a new novice enters the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury. Willing and eager to embrace the monastic life by day, the young man's sleep is troubled by such violent nightmares that he becomes feared by the other novices. Before long, he becomes linked with the fate of the missing man. Brother Cadfael must uncover the truth before an innocent man is hanged for the murder. 

 

Book Number: 133
Number Of Pages: 275
Book Title: Dead Man’s Ransom
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In February 1141, the fighting men of Shrewsbury return from a battle to the north, without the sheriff who was captured, but with a prisoner of their own, who they hope to exchange for their lawman. But as the negotiations drag on, the prisoner and the sheriff's own daughter become enamored of one another. His return will mean their parting, as the man would not condone his daughter's betrothal to one of the enemy. On the very eve of the exchange, the wounded and ailing sheriff is murdered within the abbey's infirmary, and the prisoner is only one of several people with both motive and opportunity, giving Brother Cadfael a most complex mystery to solve. 

 

Book Number: 134
Number Of Pages: 247
Book Title: The Pilgrim of Hate
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In the spring of 1141, word reaches the abbey of the death of a knight slain by stealth during peace negotiations. Soon after, pilgrims flock to the abbey for the festival of St. Winifred. Brother Cadfael particularly takes note of a lame boy and his sister, and a dying young man on a penitential journey and the friend who accompanies him everywhere. A miraculous cure and a hasty departure give Cadfael the key to the knight's murder... but can he move quickly enough to prevent another death? 

 

Book Number: 135
Number Of Pages: 214
Book Title: An Excellent Mystery
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: It's August, 1141, and Brother Cadfael meets two unfamiliar Benedictine monks riding for the abbey, bringing a tale of the destruction of Winchester and of their priory there, burned in the ongoing civil war. One is in his middle years, a former Crusader now ill and dying. The other is young, devoted to his comrade, and totally mute. From the first, Cadfael senses a bond deeper than their shared brotherhood between the two, but what is it? 

 

Book Number: 136
Number Of Pages: 228
Book Title: The Raven in the Foregate
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In December of 1141, a new priest comes to the parish church of the Foregate, bringing his housekeeper and her nephew. But while the new priest is book-learned, he is not people-smart, and his dealings with his new parishioners quickly cause tension and resentment. Shortly after word gets out that the nephew is a scout for the Empress Maud, the priest is found murdered. And while suspicion falls on the nephew, many of the parishioners also had cause to want the priest dead. 

 

Book Number: 137
Number Of Pages: 230
Book Title: The Rose Rent
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: A woman widowed tragically young leased the house where she had been happy with her man to the abbey after his death; the rental price is a single white rose from her favorite rosebush each June. A lingering winter and a chill spring in 1142 puts the rent in doubt for a time, but when the roses finally begin to bloom, a monk is found murdered beneath the hacked and damaged rosebush. Brother Cadfael must discover who is so desperate to void the lease that they would kill, and why. 

 

Book Number: 138
Number Of Pages: 224
Book Title: The Hermit of Eyton Forest
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In October of 1142, the lord of Eaton Manor dies; his heir and only child is a boy of ten being educated at the abbey. His father's last wish is that he stay and complete his education. But the boy's grandmother disagrees. An ambitious woman, she wants the boy to immediately marry the much-older daughter and heiress of two neighboring properties, and she has the support of a religious hermit newly settled in the nearby forest. But the holy man's servant hides a secret, and before long, the young heir vanishes, and a man is found dead within the forest. Brother Cadfael must sort out the mysteries and save a young boy from an unwanted bride. 

 

Book Number: 139
Number Of Pages: 196
Book Title: The Confession of Brother Haluin
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In early winter of 1142, a heavy snowfall damages the roof of the abbey's guest hall badly enough that repairs must be undertaken immediately. Brother Haluin suffers terrible injuries in a fall from the icy slope while taking his turn at the work; injuries serious enough that he makes what he thinks is his dying confession, witnessed by Brother Cadfael and the abbot. However, and much to his own surprise, Haluin recovers although he is left crippled. He is determined to make a penitential journey to expiate the grave sin confessed, so the abbot sends Cadfael to aid him along the way. What they discover at their destination is deceit, betrayal, bitter revenge, and murder. 

 

Book Number: 140
Number Of Pages: 250
Book Title: The Heretic’s Apprentice
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: Seven years ago, a Shrewsbury merchant set out on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, accompanied by his young clerk. Now in the summer of 1143, the young man returns with his master's coffin and the man's dying request to be buried at the abbey. This is granted despite the merchant having once been reproved for "heretical" ideas. When the young man admits during the wake that he agreed with some of his master's views, two members of the household who do not welcome his return report such to the abbot. Less than a day later, one of them is found murdered. 

 

Book Number: 141
Number Of Pages: 217
Book Title: The Potter’s Field
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In fall of 1143, workers plowing a field recently given to the abbey uncover the body of a young woman. The field in question was once tenanted by a potter who abandoned his wife to take monastic vows. It was said she ran away with a lover, but now it appears she was murdered instead. And when a novice from another Benedictine abbey and with family nearby seeks shelter in Shrewsbury due to the war, he brings yet more mystery to add to that which already surrounds the body. 

 

Book Number: 142
Number Of Pages: 245
Book Title: The Summer of the Danes
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In the summer of 1144, Brother Cadfael is chosen to accompany a friend from the cloister on a mission of churchly diplomacy into Wales. But the two are quickly caught up in a dispute between two Welsh princes, one of whom has hired Danish mercenaries in an effort to force his brother into giving him what he feels is his due. Cadfael is captured along with a young woman who sought to flee an arranged marriage... or possibly involvement in the murder that took place the night before word came of the invasion. 

 

Book Number: 143
Number Of Pages: 237
Book Title: The Holy Thief
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In a stormy fall of 1144, two groups of travelers shelter in the abbey: two Benedictines seeking donations to rebuild their abbey destroyed in the civil war, and a French troubadour traveling with a slave girl. All are called upon to help when the Severn floods and threatens the valuables within the abbey church. But when the floodwaters recede, the abbey's most sacred relic turns up missing. Not long after, a dead body is found. In an age that believes in signs from God, Brother Cadfael prays for divine guidance to solve the mysteries. 

 

Book Number: 144
Number Of Pages: 255
Book Title: Brother Cadfael’s Penance
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: In November of 1145, the civil war that's wracked England for years suddenly touches Brother Cadfael in a most personal way. Following the sack of Worcester several years back, he'd learned to his surprise that he'd fathered a son while on Crusade. As a man, that son had, through chance, become known to him, although Cadfael had not revealed his own identity. Now, though, his secret son is being held prisoner. Cadfael is determined to find and free him, even if it means forsaking the Benedictine Order. 

 

Book Number: 145
Number Of Pages: 150
Book Title: A Rare Benedictine
Author: Ellis Peters
Summary: Three short stories of Brother Cadfael, including the tale of his last job as a man-at-arms which led to his entry into the monastery.

 

Book Number: 146
Number Of Pages: 198
Book Title: The Bear Tribe’s Self-Reliance Book
Author: Sun Bear, Wabun, and Nimimosha
Summary: Nonfiction. A practical guide for those interested in “getting back to nature” and/or becoming more self-sufficient, this book gives an overview of many practical skills. It discusses how to find good land and build shelters, care for livestock, grow a garden and preserve food, and more. It also includes many Native American legends and gives an overview of several tribal-type communities that existed at the time of writing.

 

Book Number: 147
Number Of Pages: 374
Book Title: The Innocent
Author: Bertrice Small
Summary: Contains adult material. Eleanore of Ashlin had been in a convent since childhood, her life promised to God. But just weeks before she was to take her final vows, her brother, the lord of Ashlin, died without children, making Eleanore his heiress. Given Ashlin's strategic placement on the Welsh border, King Stephen orders her to wed one of his knights instead, wishing to assure the manor's continued loyalty. The king's choice, Ranulf de Glandeville, is a patient and surprisingly gentle man, who soon wins Eleanore's love and loyalty. But evil lurks in the form of Eleanore's former sister-in-law, who believes that she should have inherited Ashlin with her husband's death despite her barrenness, and who persuades a Welsh bandit lord to aid her in her revenge against Eleanore. 

 

Book Number: 148
Number Of Pages: 176
Book Title: The Girl Death Left Behind
Author: Lurlene McDaniel
Summary: Because of a stomach bug, 14-year-old Beth stayed home when the rest of her family headed off to her father’s annual company picnic. Late that night, she is told that her entire family died in a car accident. Her mother’s twin sister takes custody of her, bringing her to Florida. Beth has trouble adjusting at first, as she and her cousin have never gotten along very well, but eventually faces the fact that her life has changed for good. 

 

Book Number: 149
Number Of Pages: 341
Book Title: Chicks in Chainmail
Author: Esther Friesner (editor)
Summary: A collection of humorous short stories inspired by the archetypical fantasy character of the Woman Warrior Wearing Chainmail Bikini. Authors include Esther Friesner, Jody Lynn Nye, Roger Zelazny, and Elizabeth Moon. Tales run the gamut from Hillary Rodham Clinton being grabbed by the Valkyries to be their governess, to a group of female guards finding every loophole to avoid paying a new tax on bronze bras. 

 

Book Number: 150
Number Of Pages: 373
Book Title: Uhura's Song
Author: Janet Kagan
Summary: Years ago, Uhura made friends with a diplomat from Eeiauo, a planet of catlike beings, as the two women had a love and talent for music in common. The two traded taboo songs from their respective cultures, promising never to tell their secret. But now a plague is ravaging the Eeiauoans... and is spreading to other races as well. The taboo songs Uhura learned may hold a key to a cure. She and the rest of the Enterprise crew must decipher the clues before they too succumb to the deadly illness.

 

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Book Number: 1

Number Of Pages: 200

Book Title: Ginga Densetsu Weed: Orion, volume 19

Author: Yoshihiro Takahashi

Summary: This series focuses on dog packs spread all over Japan, and every volume jumps between the groups. In volume 19, main villain Masamune is still in Hiroshima, protagonist Orion's alliance is traveling to his location from Kouga, and we are introduced to major character Andy in Iwate.

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Book Number: 75
Number Of Pages: 656
Book Title: Black Moon
Author: L. A. Weathery
Summary: The epic finale to the Broken Sky trilogy. Amity has to work undercover in New Manhattan to overthrow the dictator and save everyone's lives.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

Book Number: 76
Number Of Pages: 188
Book Title: SpiritAnimals: The Evertree
Author: Marie Lu
Summary: The final book in the Spirit Animals series where the characters finally face off against the destroyer one final time.

Rating: 4/5

 

Book Number: 77
Number Of Pages: 416
Book Title: The Blue Roan Child
Author: Jamieson Findlay
Summary: Syeira lives in Haysele, a land of horses and horse-sensitives. Fate pairs her with the wild mare Arwin when Arwin’s two colts are taken from her, and Syeira decides to help Arwin rescue the colts. Their mission proves harder than they imagined, for the fearsome Lord Ran has taken the colts far away to Thruckport, his fortified city by the sea.
But despite his power, Lord Ran’s empire is less secure than he thinks. Rebel forces are gathering against him, and a few brave souls are ready to risk their lives to help Syeira and Arwin. Even so, it will take all their courage to save the colts.

Rating: 5/5

 

Book Number: 78
Number Of Pages: 325
Book Title: Lirael
Author: Garth Nix
Summary: Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Now, two years past the time when she should have received the Sight that is the Clayr’s birthright, she feels alone, abandoned, unsure of who she is. Nevertheless, the fate of the Old Kingdom lies in her hands. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, Lirael must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil.

Rating: 3.5/5

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[b]Book Number:[/b] 6

Number Of Pages: 252

Book Title: Seven Deadly Sins :Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good

Author: Corey Taylor (yup the singer of Slipknot)

Summary: In this book, he talks to us about how he sees the so called deadly sins and how he lived up so of them, even including at end, what he think should be the real deadly sins.

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[b]Book Number:[/b] 7

Number Of Pages: 211

Book Title: Amos daragon : Porteur de masques (english version: Amos Daragon: The Mask Wearer) (french is original version but has an english trabslation)

Author: Bryan Perro

Summary: In the first book of the serie, a 12 years old boy receive the mission to find the 4 elemental masks to preserve the world from evil forces. He starts his journey and met his friend Beorf, human that can transform into a bear that will follow him on his quest. 

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Book Number: 79
Number Of Pages: 336
Book Title: How To Stop Time
Author: Matt Haig
Summary: Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary forty-one-year-old, but he was born in 1581. Owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Shakespeare’s England to Jazz Age Paris to voyaging the Pacific alongside Captain Cook, Tom has seen a lot, and he now craves an ordinary life.
Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom now has the perfect cover—working as a history teacher at a London school. Here, he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is quickly catching up with him. The only thing Tom can’t do is fall in love.

Rating: 1/5 A lot of false advertising and other stuff going on. Not a time-travel novel.

 

Book Number: 80
Number Of Pages: 344
Book Title: The Female of the Species (Reread)

Author: Mindy McGinnis
Summary: Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.
Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.
As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

Rating: 5/5

 

Book Number: 81
Number Of Pages: 368
Book Title: Henry and Violet
Author: Michelle Zink
Summary: Henry and Violet finally have a chance to be alone. Granted, it's on a school field trip, but with some clever planning and strategic maneuvering, they can orchestrate their own adventure in New York City, a fairytale land in its own right.
While they search for a treasured item that once belonged to Violet's father, they are met with obstacles they could never have predicted. What they thought would be a romantic getaway ends up being a true test of their relationship.
Are they destined for a happily ever after - or a new story altogether?

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Book Number: 82
Number Of Pages: 176
Book Title: Once Upon a Time: Behind the Magic
Author: Various
Summary:

Once Upon A Time is one of the most original and exciting shows on television, combining fairy tale magic with real world drama and appealing to audiences of all ages around the world.

In this official companion to the hit show, you can go behind the magic, discovering everything that goes into the making of the enchanting series. The show’s stars, Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Lana Parrilla (the Evil Queen/Regina Mills), Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming/David Nolan), Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook), and Meghan Ory (Red Riding Hood/Ruby), talk about portraying characters who are both classic and new. Plus, the show’s producers, writers and behind-the-scenes wizards share their secrets about creating the magical episodes you see on screen, including production art and sketches. Magic is coming!

Rating: 5/5

 

Book Number: 83
Number Of Pages: 448
Book Title: The Lost World
Author: Michael Crichton
Summary:It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end – the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public.

There are rumors that something has survived....

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Book Number: 84
Number Of Pages: 384
Book Title: The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvellous
Author: Suzanne Crowley
Summary: Merilee leads a Very Ordered Existence. V.O.E., for short.

Her schedule (which must not be altered) includes, among other entries:

School (horrendous) Litter patrol (30 minutes daily) Lunch (PB&J and a pickle) Bottle return (Friday only at the Piggly Wiggly) Dame Fiona's meditation show (Saturday only, 6:00 AM)

The V.O.E. is all about precision.

Merilee does not have time for Biswick O'Connor.

Merilee does not have time for Miss Veraleen Holliday.

He with his annoying factoids and runny nose. She with her shining white shoes as big as sailboats. Both of them strangers who, like the hot desert wind that brings only bad news, blow into town and change everything.

Rating: 2/5

 

Book Number: 85
Number Of Pages: 440
Book Title: I am Number Four
Author: Pittacus Lore
Summary: Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books--but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

Rating: 4/5

 

Book Number: 86
Number Of Pages: 518
Book Title: Abhorsen
Author: Garth Nix
Summary: ORANNIS THE DESTROYER HAS BEEN FREED

AND ONLY LIRAEL, newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping it. She and her companions --- Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget --- have to take that chance. If Orannis's unspeakable powers are unleashed, it will mean the end of all Life. With the help of her companions and a vision from the Clayr to guide her, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the Destroyer --- before it is too late. . . .

Rating: 3/5

 

Book Number: 87
Number Of Pages: 485
Book Title: Halo

Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Summary: Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.

Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong.

The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

Rating: 1/5

 

Book Number: 88
Number Of Pages: 195
Book Title: Little Fur

Author: Isobelle Carmody
Summary: When she learns of an evil plot to destroy the world's trees, Little Fur, half-elf, half-troll girl, vows to save her own magical forest, but soon is embroiled on a quest to save the earth spirit itself. This tiny healer does not set out to be a heroine, but her steadfast determination and loyal heart sets her on that path in spite of her quiet, almost timid ways. Along with her crow and cat companions, red-headed Little Fur wends her way from comforting greenspaces to alarming city streets. Since her feet must never leave the ground (otherwise she would lose touch with the flow of earth magic), Little Fur's route is meandering, long, and fraught with the danger of humans, trolls, and other nefarious creatures. In spite of it all, she finally approaches the chasm where earth's Old Ones supposedly dwell. Can this tiny Halfling do what no others have been able to do and save the earth spirit?

Rating: 3/5

 

Book Number: 89
Number Of Pages: 247
Book Title: Porteur du Masque

Author: Bryan Perro
Summary: Twelve-year-old Amos is sent off on a quest to obtain the four elemental masks in a warring world. He sets off on an epic and magical quest with his shapeshifting friend and must fight dangerous creatures along the way.

Rating: 3/5

 

Book Number: 90
Number Of Pages: 375
Book Title: The Merchant of Death

Author: D.J. McHale
Summary: Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby.
He is going to save the world.
And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.
If Bobby wants to see his family again, he's going to have to accept his role as savior, and accept it wholeheartedly. Because, as he is about to discover, Denduron is only the beginning....

Rating: 2.5/5

 

Book Number: 91
Number Of Pages: 466
Book Title: The Bone Season

Author: Samantha Shannon
Summary: The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

 

Rating: 2/5

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