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The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss - Apr 07, 2009 (first published in 2007)
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This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name o...
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The Outcasts
Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1 (The Brotherband Chronicles)
John Flanagan - Sep 04, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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From the author of the global phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice!They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage - which they will n...
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins - Jul 03, 2010 (first published in 2008)
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WINNING MEANS FAME AND FORTUNE.LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.THE HUNGER GAMES HAVE BEGUN. . . .In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between ...
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The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien - Sep 18, 2012 (first published in 1937)
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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 Ma...
Rise and Kill First
The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations
Ronen Bergman - Jul 09, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF's targeted killing programs, hailed by The New York Times as "an exceptional work, a humane book about an incendiary subject."WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD IN HISTORYNAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY JENNIFER SZALAI, THE NEW YORK T...
The First Adventure (The Song of the Lioness, Book 1)
Tamora Pierce - Dec 07, 2010 (first published in 1983)
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From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight.And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to ...
The Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan - Jan 01, 2013 (first published in 2005)
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Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction — Zeus’ master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most ...
Gordon Korman - Feb 02, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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The first book in the action-packed trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman is perfect for fans of Stranger Things and James Patterson. Eli Frieden has never left Serenity, New Mexico...why would he ever want to? Then one day, he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and unexpected happens, it changes ever...
Wolf by Wolf
One girl’s mission to win a race and kill Hitler
Ryan Graudin - Oct 04, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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The Prisoner of Cell 25
Richard Paul Evans - Jul 10, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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"THE STORY I'M ABOUT TO TELL YOU IS STRANGE. VERY STRANGE. IT'S MY STORY."To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year. But MIchael is anything but ordinary - in fact, he's electric.When Michael's best friends, Ostin Liss and cheerleader Taylor Ridley, make an accidental discovery, the three of them learn that there...
Spy School
Stuart Gibbs - Apr 02, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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Can an undercover nerd become a superstar agent? Ben Ripley sure hopes so—and his life may depend on it!Ben Ripley may only be in middle school, but he’s already pegged his dream job: C.I.A. or bust. Unfortunately for him, his personality doesn’t exactly scream “secret agent.” In fact, Ben is so awkward, he can barely get to school and back without...
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