Book Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness (original idea by Siobhan Dowd)
Genre: low fantasy novel written for children
Summary: Thirteen year old Connor is having a bit of a rough time. First of all, his mom is really, really sick. Then there’s his dad, who’s too busy with his other family, but Connor is pretty used to that right now. Then there’s his grandmother, and they both don’t get along at all. Finally, there’s a monster that visits him at midnight. The monster strikes a deal with Connor– he’ll tell him 3 true stories, and the forth story must be Connor’s. As easy as it sounds, Connor isn’t sure he’s ready to face what he’s hidden so deep within himself for so long.
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Book Title: The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R Tolkien
Summary: A great modern classic and the prelude to THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
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Book Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: Young Adult
Summary: Lia and Cassie are best friends, and each other’s support to maintain their matchstick figure. But when Cassie dies, Lia does the only thing that makes her feel in control- lose more weight, as much as possible, as fast as possible. None of her family members are aware of her “goal”, and there’s only Cassie, haunting Lia through her deteriorating state, and beckoning her to the other side.
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Book Title: Revolution
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Genre: Young Adult / Historical
Summary: After losing her brother in a terrible incident, Andi Alpers is close to losing it herself. Angry that her mother isn’t coping with grief, and that her father left them in the wake of such a tragedy, all she has left is her music. It’s only when she’s nearly failing school that her father intervenes and decides to take her to Paris. Her only ticket back home- her senior thesis. Before she even gets to the bottom of it, however, Andi stumbles upon a diary belonging to a girl. Even though the courses of two centuries divides them, Andi feels a connection– a connection to Alexandrine’s Paris, and to the lost prince of France.
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Book Title: I am the Messenger
Author: Markus Zusak
Summary: Ed Kennedy has nothing going on for him. At the young age of 19, he rents a small place, stayed out of college, and is the youngest cab driver. He doesn’t expect to touch the world in anyway. At least, not until he foils a bank robbery. After being hailed a hero, Ed receives cards that sends him all over the place, to find people in their darkest moments, and find the courage to care for them.
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