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Cakes in Space
Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre

Reading Level: Grades 2-5

Astra and her family are migrating to Nova Mundi.  The trip will take 199 years.  But Astra won't see any scenery because all the humans will be put in a deep, deep frozen sleep until the ship reaches their new home.  Everything WOULD have gone as planned if Astra hadn't slipped off to the dining hall and asked the Num-O-Tron to make a cake that "is so delicious it is scary."  Astra doesn't get her cake because the Num-O-Tron is still computing when she is put in her pod.  When she wakes up she discovers the ship is infested with giant, ferocious cupcakes.  Worse Pibeam, a friendly robot, tells her there are still ninety-nine years left before anyone else wakes up.  Can Astra evade the sharp toothed cupcakes long enough to save the ship??

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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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Game Over, Pete Watson
Joe Schreiber

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 7

You don't have to be a gamer to love this book.  It's an action-packed, hilarious adventure of video games and spies.   Pete Wilson is short $20 to buy the newest, most awesome video game, Brawl-A-Thon 3000XL.  Since he need money he decides, without permission, to hold a garage sale and sell his father's ancient 8-bit game console CommandRoid 85 to The Bug Man.  Mistake!!!   His father is kidnapped and the President of the U.S. starts talking nonsense.  It's up to Pete and friends to save the day.  (game on)  Cartoons and heavily pixilated images by Andy Rash make a winning combination.

Meet illustrator Andy Rash at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.

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