New Adventure & Survival Books

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The Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan

Reading Level: Grades 6-9

The author of the "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" series strikes gold again in this first episode of his new series "Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard." 

Magnus Chase has been living on the streets ever since the wolves burst into the apartment and killed his mother.  With her last breath she told him to hide and never go to his uncle for help.    On his sixteenth birthday he can hide no more.  Fate, in the form of his uncle, has found him. In moments Magnus recovers (and loses) a powerful, magical sword, fights a ferocious fire giant, dies and is taken to Valhalla, a paradise for warriors, where he discovers he is the son of the god of spring and summer.

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If you enjoyed this Norse mythological adventure try:

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

Loki's Wolves by Kelley Armstrong and

Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Detective's Assistant
Kate Hannigan

Reading Level: Ages 9 - 12

In 1859 an orphaned eleven-year-old girl arrives in Chicago hoping to stay with her only living relative, Aunt Kitty.  Her aunt prefers that Nell reside at the Chicago Home for the Friendless.  And no wonder.  There's bad blood between Kitty and Nell's family and Aunt Kitty is busy being the first woman detective for the Pinkerton Agency.  Her aunt uses elaborate disguises in her undercover work as she solves murders and thefts and attempts to thwart an assassination.  If Nell proves to be an able assistant perhaps her aunt will let her stay.  Hannigan's fast paced novel combines adventure, humor, and history along with codes for readers to solve.

Meet author Kate Hannigan at the library on January 9th.

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Deadly Design
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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Subject Seven by James Moore and

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes