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H.I.V.E. 2: The Overlord Protocol

H.I.V.E. 2: The Overlord Protocol

The Overlord Protocol

Otto and his friends Wing, Laura, & Shelby are still at H.I.V.E., the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, for another year learning how to become the world’s supervillains. Still held against their will for this most unusual eduction, the kids  are only sure of one thing, each other.

When Wing’s father unexpectedly dies, Wing and Otto are allowed to leave the island for the funeral, chaperoned of course, to prevent their escape. At the funeral, events take a terrible turn. The boys have been lured into a trap set up by Cypher, a criminal mastermind and the worst supervillain around. What Cypher wants is the Overlord Protocal, a device that will help him take over the world.

To fight Cypher, and make him pay for the terrible thing he’s done, Otto teams up with his friends and makes a tentative alliance with Dr. Nero, the man who holds them all captive inside H.I.V.E. Nothing makes a friendship like a common enemy, right?  Who is Cypher?  What is the Overlord Protocol? And what does Dr. Nero know? Author: Mark Walden

Don’t miss H.I.V.E. #2, #3, and #4. Also try the kids of S.T.O.R.M. (Science and Technology to Over-Rule Misery) or The Trackers – all teams of highly intelligent kids with great gadgets.
The Overlord Protocol Escape Velocity Dreadnought STORM The Infinity Code
STORM The Ghost Machine STORM The Black Sphere Trackers Shantorian
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Every Soul a Star

Every Soul a Star

Every Soul a Star

Meet Ally. Ally lives in the middle of picturesque, but isolated Utah. Her family lives at least an hour’s drive from any town. They spend their time tending the campground and star watching. Ally loves her life that follows the patterns of campers and constellations as each pass through. But Ally’s parents have dropped a bombshell – this is the family’s last summer at the campground. After the upcoming, once in a lifetime solar eclipse, the family is moving to the city so that Ally and her brother can have friends and go to a regular school.

Now meet Bree. Bree loves the movies, the mall, fashion and her friend Claire. She has a summer job lined up at the mall, her outfits and accessories are color coordinated and ready to go. But then Bree’s parents drop a bombshell – the family is moving….to nowhere Utah to run a star gazer’s campground! They leave in just one week so that they can arrive in time to see a once in a lifetime solar eclipse.

Ally and Bree meet at the campground, one freaking out at the thought of leaving, the other freaking out at the thought of staying. The two forge an unlikely but necessary friendship. Bree needs to learn the chores at the campground. Ally needs to learn how to survive middle school.

Add in a few more campers to round out an unlikely but affective team of friends who find out that change can be a good thing, a very good thing. But it isn’t easy. Author: Wendy Mass

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100 Cupboards

100 Cupboards

100 Cupboards

On one of their many trips abroad, Henry’s parents fail to return and Henry is sent to live with his Uncle Frank, Aunt Dotty and three cousins on their Kansas farm. At Uncle Frank’s, Henry discovers something new – people that care about him. He discovers good home cooking, riding in the back of a pickup trick and playing in the barn loft. He begins thinking that he just might get the chance to learn how to throw a baseball.

One night when Henry can’t sleep, he hears a thumping sound in the wall. A mouse? A squirrel? He decides to ignore the sound and go back to sleep. The next morning he wakes up with dust and bits of plaster in his hair. When he opens his eyes, he discovers two knobs poking through the wall, and one of them is slowly turning!

Henry picks at the plaster around the knobs and discovers a hidden door. He picks at some more plaster, and then more and more…until he uncovers 99 small doors of various sizes and shapes behind his bedroom wall. Through one door, he can smell the ocean and feel the ocean breeze. Through another he can peek inside a post office. One door that is completely dark, he is too afraid to open. The doors seem to lead to other places, 99 other places.

Henry and his cousin Henrietta set out to solve the mystery of the 99 cupboards…plus 1 more.  The two unravel a safely guarded family secret and unleash a magical power that hasn’t been heard from for years and years. And some magical powers, the world is better off without! Author: N.D. Wilson

100 Cupboards Series:

#1: 100 Cupboards on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook  
#2: Dandelion Fire on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook  
#3: The Chestnut King on CD, or Downloadable eAudiobook

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The 39 Clues #2 One False Note

The 39 Clues #2 One False Note

One False Note

Having survived a fire, a bomb, and a sink hole, Dan and Amy Cahill and their nanny Nellie are still hot on the trail of the 39 clues. Clues they began to hunt down in The 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of Bones…clues that will eventually lead to unimaginable treasure!

There are six teams of Cahill relatives all trying to be the first to find all the clues. The relatives are ruthless double crossers all out for themselves. Most of them will stop at nothing, even murder, to continue their pursuit of the clues. So far, Dan and Amy have been able to stay a step ahead of even the worst threats against them.

In Book Two, the kids are headed to VIenna to follow up on a clue involving Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  (As if having Ben Franklin in the family wasn’t enough!) Pursuing the clues is never easy and this time, it’s not just the backstabbing relatives after them, it’s the police!

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The Amulet of Samarkand

The Amulet of Samarkand

The Amulet of Samarkand

Nathaniel is a magician’s apprentice. He’s like the magician’s son…but not. His bedroom is in the attic. His food is brought to him in his room. He is provided for, but he isn’t nurtured or made to feel loved. He only sees the magician during his lessons. Nathaniel is lonely and the only way he knows to get the attention he desires is to do really well in his lessons, and that he does. He practices advanced magic on his own and becomes so good at it, he manages to steal an important magical object from a much older and more experienced magician.

He reminds me a lot of another wizard you know…but not the one you’re thinking. Nathaniel doesn’t remind me of Harry, he reminds me of Tom Riddle. Like Tom, Nathaniel is aloof, detached from people, brooding, only concentrating on his own abilities and obsessed with improving them. He seeks revenge for the wrongs he feels have been done to him.  But he has one thing Tom Riddle didn’t…Bartimeaus, a djinn (genie/demon) Nathanial has summoned to help him accomplish his magical goals. And this demon is up for whatever Nathaniel can dish out! He is funny, wise-cracking, irreverant and ready to put Nathanial in his place at any opportunity.  He is exactly what Nathaniel needs. Bartimeaus tries to warn Nathaniel that he is growing into a typical power-hungry magician, but Nathaniel doesn’t listen. Will Nathaniel ever turn away from his anger and bitterness? Will he make the choice Tom Riddle didn’t? Will he learn what love is? You have to read all three in this trilogy…and then you’ll find out!

If you liked Harry Potter, this adventure will give you another original magical world to enter. There are magical battles, back-stabbing, lying and cheating…plenty of traitors and double-crossers, but then there is also a mysterious pretty girl and also Bartimeaus.  Who says a demon can’t be lovable?

The Bartimeaus Trilogy
Book 1: The Amulet of Samarkand
Book 2: The Golem’s Eye
Book 3: Ptolemy’s Gate

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