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Sean Jackson
In a barbaric future, enough hope remains for some to sacrifice everything. Sean Jackson's de­ but novel, Haw, is the gripping story of a father's struggle to save his son from a corrupt soci­ ety in a pitiless, bleak, futuristic America. Haw hails from the growing trend of dystopian novels that are shaping the publishing landscape-especially with young readers. Set near the end of the  21st  century,  the  book  navigates  a world  where  governments and economies have collapsed, poisoned air and water threatens all but a select few, and a father and his son flee their Piedmont North Carolina home in an attempt to find refuge.
Haw
Deborah Baldwin
Beatrice thinks she has no acting talent but that doesn’t stop her from auditioning for the annual middle school play. She has two missions-winning the role of Pocahontas (which guarantees her popularity with the cool kids, at least in her mind) and grabbing the attention of her estranged father. Easy! Except Michiko, a new girl from Japan, shows up and ruins everything! So begins Beatrice’s diabolical and hilarious plan to scare away Michiko. But Michiko has goals of her own with no plans to leave soon. Beatrice is sometimes sarcastic, sometimes very funny and always honest. A great book for those who love theater and every part of it--the good, the bad and the crazy.
Bumbling Bea
Shirley Parenteau
Can a ship carrying Friendship Dolls to Japan be Lexie’s ticket to see her fun-loving mother again? A heartwarming historical novel inspired by a little-known true event.

It’s 1926, and the one thing eleven-year-old Lexie Lewis wants more than anything is to leave Portland, Oregon, where she has been staying with her strict grandparents, and rejoin her mother, a carefree singer in San Francisco’s speakeasies. But Mama’s new husband doesn’t think a little girl should live with parents who work all night and sleep all day. Meanwhile, Lexie’s class has been raising money to ship a doll to the children of Japan in a friendship exchange, and when Lexie learns that the girl who writes the best letter to accompany the doll will be sent to the farewell ceremony in San Francisco, she knows she just has to be the winner. But what if a jealous classmate and Lexie’s own small lies to her grandmother manage to derail her plans? Inspired by a project organized by teacher-missionary Sidney Gulick, in which U.S. children sent more than 12,000 Friendship Dolls to Japan in hopes of avoiding a future war, Shirley Parenteau’s engaging story has sure appeal for young readers who enjoy historical fiction, and for doll lovers of all ages.
Ship of Dolls
Sue LaNeve
Spanky loves snakes, sketching, camping, and, well, maybe girls. While his dad is fighting grown bullies in Afghanistan, school bully, Mack Malone, has Spanky in his crosshairs. Worse yet, whenever Spanky needs to defend himself, help a friend, or. . . OMG. . . save his teacher's life, he freezes! The overnight Outdoor Ed camping trip is Spanky's best chance to catch the attention of a special girl. It could also make his dad proud to have him for a son. Turns out, it could get him suspended. Ultimately, Spanky learns to face his fears and what it really means to be a hero.Spanky loves snakes, sketching, camping, and, well, maybe girls. While his dad is fighting grown bullies in Afghanistan, school bully, Mack Malone, has Spanky in his crosshairs. Worse yet, whenever Spanky needs to defend himself, help a friend, or. . . OMG. . . save his teacher's life, he freezes! The overnight Outdoor Ed camping trip is Spanky's best chance to catch the attention of a special girl. It could also make his dad proud to have him for a son. Turns out, it could get him suspended. Ultimately, Spanky learns to face his fears and what it really means to be a hero. Fatal error: Unsupported operand types in /var/www/vhosts/74/239661/webspace/httpdocs/litpick.com/sites/all/modules/search/search_api_db/service.inc on line 509
SPANKY: A Soldier's Son
Sharman Apt Russell
From the bestselling author of An Obsession with Butterflies comes a magical story of America in the time of the conquistadors.

In 1528, the real-life conquistador Cabeza de Vaca shipwrecked in the New World where he lived for eight years as a slave, trader, and shaman. In this lyrical weaving of history and myth, the adventurer takes his young daughter Teresa from her home in Texas to walk westward into the setting sun, their travels accompanied by miracles--visions and prophecies. But when Teresa reaches the outposts of New Spain, life is not what her father had promised.

As a kitchen servant in the household of a Spanish official, Teresa grows up estranged from the magic she knew as a child, when she could speak to the earth and listen to animals. When a new epidemic of measles devastates the area, the sixteen-year-old sets off on her own journey, befriending a Mayan were-jaguar who cannot control his shape-shifting and a warhorse abandoned by his Spanish owner. Now Teresa moves through a land stalked by Plague: smallpox as well as measles, typhus, and scarlet fever.

Soon it becomes clear that Teresa and her friends are being manipulated and driven by forces they do not understand. To save herself and others, Teresa will find herself listening again to the earth, sinking underground, swimming through limestone and fossil, opening to the power of root and stone. As she searches for her place in the New World, she will travel farther and deeper than she had ever imagined.

Rich in historical detail and scope, Teresa of the New World takes you into the dreamscape of the sixteenth-century American Southwest.
Teresa of the New World
Facundo Raganato
Are you searching for truth?
This is a story like no other.The Author or The Characters' Short Living Story is a timeless mystical adventure of six characters, a spiritual reflective journey; they alchemically face the darkest perils of the human psyche as they search for the Truth.
The Author or The Characters' Short Living Story
J.L. Lipp
Dead people can be super cranky when they’re mad. Just ask Jeremy Bauer, second vice-president of the Monsters’ Anonymous Club and first place winner in the “World’s Worst Brother” contest. He found out the hard way. Jeremy should have known better than to taunt the unseen spirits that lurked around every corner in his hometown of Bayview, Michigan. After so many close calls with wild werewolves and vicious vampires and ghastly ghosts, he should have had the common sense not to play with dead things. But common sense wasn’t one of Jeremy’s stronger traits, especially if there was any possibility to make a joke or get a laugh. And so, at 9:42 p.m. on Sunday, July 2nd, Jeremy Bauer cast aside all caution to play a little prank on his mother. Unfortunately for Jeremy, he never realized that he was breaking rule number three of the Monsters’ Anonymous Club: Never play a joke on your parents when dead people are watching. Fortunately for Jeremy, the Monsters’ Anonymous Club is ready for action!
The Monsters' Anonymous Club: Don't Play with Dead Things
A.S. Lawal
Toks has never considered herself as anyone special and her life is pretty ordinary for the most part. The only thing she cares about is moving out from home away her mother’s watchful eye and having a real life outside school.

As it is, she has just started graduate school under the tutelage of the eccentric, grumpy but brilliant scientist Professor Johnson as part of his research team which already consists of three other interesting, brilliant students and quickly gets to work creating a ‘miracle’ hair growth formula. However, just when Toks thinks she’s on the verge of a breakthrough with her hair formulation, Professor Johnson rejects her thesis proposal and wants her to catalog the metabolic characteristics of some bacterium instead, which is nothing more than pointless grunt work in Toks’s view. To make matters worse, this new assignment is also the most unpromising research project in his entire group. Professor Johnson has either gone nuts or is onto something.

But unknown to her and her fellow students, Professor Johnson is secretly working for the CIA to uncover a mysterious plot involving a dangerous group known as the Shango Triangle who have made it clear to the professor that they want his top secret research project for themselves and will do anything to get it. When the CIA’s plans to capture the master mind of the Shango Triangle go awry and the respected professor is unable to continue, Toks becomes an unwitting star in the conspiracy and it becomes a race against time to discover what the professor was involved with in order to save the lives of her family and friends. As Toks works to uncover the mystery, she finds herself in the middle of a plot that is an intoxicating concoction of espionage and secrecy. The only question now is, will Toks make it through the semester intact or will she be a casualty by association?
Toks & the Phoenix Project

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