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YORK, by Laura Ruby

October 5, 2017

The story: Three kids trying to save their building from destruction stumble upon a mystery more than a hundred years old. If they can figure it out, they’ll find a treasure–maybe enough to buy the building themselves. But it’ll take more than luck…more than hard work…more than fast thinking, to make THAT happen. Because the […]

THE SERPENT’S SECRET (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1), by Sayantani DasGupta

October 5, 2017

The story: Kiranmala gets something unexpected on her birthday: a rakkhosh–a type of demon from the mythology of India–attacks her house and wants to eat her. Luckily, a couple of handsome prince also come along to rescue her. Kiran finds out that she’s the daughter of the Serpent King (kind of a downer) and that […]

NIGHT WITCHES, by Kathryn Lasky

September 29, 2017

The story: When Valya’s mother is killed by the Nazis, the teen finds a way out of Stalingrad and starts flying with the Night Witches–an all-female group of pilots that helped bring the German juggernaut to its knees. Here’s an exciting slice of World War II history you’ve never even heard of before! Mrs. Friend’s […]

NEVER SAY DIE (Alex Rider #11), by Anthony Horowitz

September 29, 2017

The story: When Alex gets a strange email, he realizes something that seems impossible–his nanny, Jack Starbright, is still alive. Even though he saw the bad guys blow her up at the end of #10. He immediately goes into stealth mode and starts his signature continent hopping in hopes of finding the one person in […]

BEANSTALKER, by Kiersten White

September 29, 2017

The story: If you’re tired of the same old/same old when it comes to fairy tales, pick up a copy of “Beanstalker & Other Hilarious Scary Tales”. You’ll meet vampire Snow White, zombie Dead Riding Hood–and the list goes on! Check it out…if you’re not too scared. 😉 Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you’re looking for […]

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN, by Jason Reynolds

September 28, 2017

The story: Miles Morales is the black Spider-Man. Given super powers by a spider stolen from Osborne Industries when he was 12, Miles, now 16, attends an elite academy as a scholarship student and is Spidey in his spare time. Little does he know that even within his school, the Chamberlains–a zombie-like group of minority-haters–are […]

SPIRIT HUNTERS, by Ellen Oh

September 28, 2017

The story: When Harper’s family moves into a creepy old house, it doesn’t take long for her to hear that it’s “haunted”. But what’s worse is that it also doesn’t take long for her little brother to meet an imaginary friend who turns out to be a ghost–and not a nice ghost, either. Now it’s […]

THE DOOR IN THE ALLEY (Explorers Book 1) by Adrienne Kress

September 28, 2017

The story: Sebastian likes things to be orderly, so it’s weird when he finds a door in an alley that belongs to the Explorers’ Society. It’s even stranger when he ends up inside–and before he knows it, he’s helping a girl named Evie find a mysterious key that might lead them to her long-lost grandfather…if […]

PRISONER OF ICE & SNOW, by Ruth Lauren

September 28, 2017

The story: Valor is determined to get sent to the dreaded prison Tyur’ma, and all it takes is an attempt on Prince Anatol’s life. No, she’s not crazy–just determined to do something that’s never been done in 300 years: break her sister out of that infamous place. And that’s just the beginning–next she must prove […]

NEMESIS, by Brandon Reichs

September 28, 2017

The story: Min is murdered on her birthday…over and over. Noah too. The weirdest part? They wake up the next morning with no wounds beyond the terrible memories. Little do they know that they’re an involuntary part of the biggest, most bizarre science experiment ever. Waking up alive may not be the ultimate goal. Waking […]