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Deadly Design by Debra Dockter

Reading Level: Grades 8+

Connor was two years old when the embryo for his identical twin was thawed and implanted.  Kyle resents being Connor’s younger brother instead of his contemporary.  He can never measure up to Connor’s perfectness.  Their parents…everyone in town knows Connor is destined for greatness.  The whole community mourns when Connor’s heart stops beating one week before his high school graduation.

Grief-stricken and guilty, Kyle searches for a reason for his brother’s death.  Instead he finds other inexplicable deaths involving 18-year-olds conceived in vitro at the Genesis Innovations Laboratory.  Kyle has two years before his 18th birthday.  The day his heart will stop.

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Reading Level: Grades 6+

Every morning, before she can go to school, Camille has to walk the puppy (which happens to be a werewolf) and clean out the garage (which houses a dragon.)  In addition to her high school homework, she also has to memorize spells.  Her “mother” (the evil witch who kidnapped Camilla from her parents) insists on it.  But Camille has no magic.  And she has no desire to be a witch. 

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Reading Level: Grades 8 and older

Sonia Manzano, otherwise known as Maria on Sesame Street, tells the story of her childhood in the Bronx. Detailing everything from her mysteriously appearing older sister, through her father's drunken rages, to her first roll on Broadway, Sonia's story is not for younger, or more sensitive readers.

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Coco y Pio by Alexis Deacon

Reading Level: Ages 2 - 6

Coco, a crocodile, and Pio, a bird, consider themselves brothers. Born next to each other at the same time, out of identical eggs, the two are inseparable. That is, until Pio finds a group of other birds and Coco finds a group of other crocodiles.

Coco, un cocodrilo, y Pio, un pajaro, se sienten como hermanos. Ellos nacieron juntos al mismo tiempo, de huevos identicos, y ahora los dos son inseparables. Eso es, hasta que Pio encuentre a un grupo de pajaros y Coco encuentra un grupo de otros cocodrilos.

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Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Tales by Terry Pratchett

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 7

These fourteen short stories, written when Terry Pratchett when he was a junior reporter for a local paper, were dug up and re-edited by the author and put into this fun collection of satirical fantasy which has truly stood the test of time.

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