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Author: J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter just finds out he is a wizard! He then goes to a school called Hogwarts. On the train there he meets his 2 best friends, Ron and Hermione. They get put in groups and Harry and friends get put in Gryffindor. Then flying lessons start and Harry becomes a Quidditch player like his dad. (Did I mention that Harry Potter's parents are dead?) At the end of the book, Harry finds the sorcerer's stone and defeats Voldemort (his enemy). To be continued...

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Author: Patrice Kindl

If you are a fan of Jane Austen, especially her book Pride and Prejudice, you will want to pick up Keeping the Castle. Our seventeen year-old heroine, Althea, has the burden of supporting her mother, younger brother, and two dead weight stepsisters. The family home, Crawley Castle, is a money pit to say the least, so Althea's only hope is to marry a rich man. Suitors are hard to come by when you live in a distant small town, but soon handsome Lord Boring comes to to stay at his relatives' home nearby. He also brings a rather annoying friend, Mr. Fredericks, who sets Althea's temper on fire. Althea sets her sights on becoming Lady Boring, but her stepsister seems to have the same goal.

Will Althea marry Lord Boring and save crumbling Crawley Castle? Will another rich suitor come her way that she could even *gasp* love? Will those stepsisters ever help out around the house? Will Mr. Fredericks ever stop being so rude? Tune in to the delightful Keeping the Castle and get lost in this fun historical romance.

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Author: Catherine Reef

Most recognize Jane Austen as the famous author of Pride & Prejudice, Emma, and Sense & Sensibility.  But did you know that very little is actually known about her personally?  This biography is attempt to unearth the little known facts about what Jane's real life was really like.  Did you know that she wrote Sense & Sensibility first as a series of letters between two main characters? And, that she was 18 when she published them?  Wow!  Austen wrote about 3000 letters, but only 160 survive.  Just in case I ever do anything notable.....save my letters!  This was an interesting biography of a woman born much before her time.

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Author: Maureen Johnson

The Last Little Blue Envelope is one of the best books you'll ever come across. This book is a sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes, so it may be helpful to read that book first. In Ginny's (the main character) previous adventure, her backpack gets stolen in Greece. Her backpack also contained the last blue envelope to complete her mission around Europe, which made her come home early. Just before Christmas Break, a few months after returning home, she receives an e-mail from an English man named Oliver. In the e-mail it says that he bought Ginny's bag in Greece from a man (the man that stole her bag) and that he is willing to meet her in London, England to work it out. So, over Christmas break, Ginny takes the hike over to England.

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Author: Victoria Holmes

Maddie doesn't want to ride and her brother wasn't horse crazy when he went to war yet he comes home with a mare Maddie names Firebird. Maddie begins to except the change in her brother until another man introduces himself as her brother. They both look alike - one however has a scar on his face. Which one is her brother?!! And what will happen to Firebird if the first one really isn't her brother! This book is really good it ends in a way I didn't expect it to and once you read it you'll understand the tags. Because I really can't tell Maddie's side without ruining it for you.

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Author: Julia Golding

This book kicks off a great series I'd totally recommend to anyone. Its focus is on the life of Connie, a young teen who discovers her gift with animals isn't a coincidence. She is a universal, capable of communication with all of the mythical creatures. Her powers are immense. She is now a major part of the Society for protection of Mythical Creatures, and quickly makes some good friends. But the Evil Spirit Kullervo (her destined companion) is looking for her and wants to make her his own. Will she succeed in thwarting him?

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Author: Carolyn Meyer

The author imagines what it was like for Agnes Hathaway falling in love with Will Shakespeare in their small village while she was 8 years his senior. It was an interesting story. Shakespeare’s eventual long absences from his children and Agnes while he was being creative in London are very sad. The book ends abruptly with Shakespeare’s impending, permanent return and Agnes/Anne musing about what that will be like.

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Author: Julia Golding

This book surprised me to no end. I am new to Golding's work, and have read only one of her newer works besides this book. When I heard that this was her first novel, I wasn't expecting much. Boy, did Cat Royal prove me wrong! This book is about Catherine "Cat" Royal, a twelve to thirteen year old girl growing up on Drury Lane in London of 1790. She is a ward of the Theater Royal, and has lived there since she was a baby. This book describes her adventures from a first person perspective. Within the 424 pages of the book, Cat gets involved in gang mischief, political turmoil, crime, hot air balloons, even getting a taste of upper class English life. It is an intriguing read, and it is very believable. This book is meant for readers twelve and up because some of the language is crude, but is historically accurate. What charmed me most was the lay out of the book; Cat writes it in the format of a five act play, acts separated into scenes and so on. Over all, I give this book a four and a half star, because it was fun, exciting, captivating, and thrilling. This is the first in a series of "Cat Royal Adventures". I cannot wait to read the others!

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Author: Anthony Horowitz

This book is about a teenage boy who has been raised by his uncle. To Alex his uncle works in a bank, but really his uncle works for a spy agency. This book has a lot of wild events . If your up to staying up all night reading this book. ITS DEFINITELY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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Author: John Connolly

When young David's mother dies David can't bear it. Even worse, his Dad got remarried to a girl named Rose. David doesn't like her but whether he likes it or not his father and Rose have a child, Georgie. Then one day David heard his mother's voice and follows it to a dark crack in a cement wall. He is then thrown into a world of wonders where he learns to overcome his worst fears. BUT a sinister shadow lurks and wants something - and it will get it whatever the cost. I think anyone who like fantasy books should enjoy this books bittersweet ending. I give the book 3 and 1/2 stars.