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MAX HELSING & THE 13TH CURSE, by Curtis Jobling

August 22, 2016

The story: Max Helsing is the last in the line of (Van) Helsings, famed monster hunters. He feels like he’s got things down pretty well…but what Max doesn’t realize is that a long-dormant curse is about to fall on the 13th descendant of Liesbeth Van Helsing on his/her 13th birthday. It’s the 13th Curse–and it […]

THE JUMBIES, by Tracey Baptiste

June 15, 2016

The story: Corinne and her father don’t believe in jumbies–trouble-making spirits that supposedly haunt their Caribbean island. At least, they don’t believe until they meet one…and by then, it’s almost too late. Can Corinne learn to use her dead mother’s magic to save them all? The library lady says: Here’s a story with just the […]


September 8, 2015

The story: Walter Prairie never expected to get hit by lightning and wind up in the Afterlife. He expected even less to be assigned as a Guardian Agent and assigned to his own HLT (High-Level Target)–Charlie Dewdle, who (in addition to his unfortunate last name) has just found The Summoner’s Handbook and is busy summoning […]


September 1, 2015

The story: Augie Hobble is a funny kid, but un-funny stuff keeps happening to him. Bullies, weird stuff at his dad’s amusement park–and a possible run-in with not only a werewolf, but a ghost as well. Don’t let the “day at the rundown old park” start fool you: this book goes directly from fort-building in […]

GILDED, by Christina Farley

February 25, 2015

The story: 1Jae Lee thinks it stinks that her dad has dragged her away from her home in L.A. to go live in Seoul, South Korea. Little does she know that–despite making new friends, going to a great school, and even finding her first-ever boyfriend–things are going to get a whole lot worse: she’s destined […]

JACKABY, by William Ritter

February 25, 2015

The story: combine Sherlock Holmes with the Ghostbusters, and what do you get? Jackaby! Here’s an old-fashioned detective who knows more about a certain subject than anyone else on earth: Jackaby can recognize and identify supernatural beings, even when they’re well disguised and completely invisible to everyone else. You’d think that would make him the […]


January 30, 2015

The story: Gabe thinks his adventures with Seth in the woods behind his house are just a game. Little does he know that the evil Hunter is more than just an imaginary enemy. Now both boys are running to keep just a step ahead of this monster from the past, trying to keep themselves, their […]


January 29, 2015

The story: You’d think being immortal would rock–unless you’re stuck being 14 years old for the rest of eternity! Tut has sat through 8th grade a couple hundred times over the years–but this round looks to be something way out of the ordinary: his most hated enemy from the past, the evil Horemheb, has managed […]

BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE, by Maggie Stiefvater

October 30, 2014

The story: Blue and the Raven Boys are still searching for Owen Glendower, but it’s becoming obvious they’re not the only ones…and that the others are richer, more powerful, and far more ruthless than they are. Then all of a sudden, the search gets far more personal for Blue: her mother has disappeared, and Blue […]

THE WHISPERING SKULL, by Jonathan Stroud

September 25, 2014

The story: When a haunted relic is unearthed in a local cemetery, it’s business as usual for Lockwood & Company…at first. But when the thieves who steal it from the coffin end up quite literally scared to death, it’s up to agents Lockwood, George and Lucy to track it down before anyone else looks into […]