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The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls

The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls

The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls

Franny, Pru, and Cat all live on Gumm Street in the town of Sherbet. Three girls with three different personalities. The fact is, they don’t even like each other. But then some weird things begin to happen on their street…about the time a girl named Ivy moves in. First, a man claiming to be 122 years-old gives Ivy some familiar looking red slippers and then disappears. Then, a once in a lifetime storm blows through bringing with it a mysterious women who won’t give up until the red slippers are hers. The four girls put aside their differences to face off against the wicked witc…I mean woman. If you like The Wizard of Oz you’ll like visiting Sherbet and the adventure that happens to four girls there. Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow & the Lion all learned a lot in Oz – these four girls do too – especially about what it is to be a good friend. Author & Illustrator: Elise Primavera

The Wiard of Oz

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Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery PleasantStephanie leads a very ordinary life until the death of her novel-writing uncle Gordon. In his will, Uncle Gordon leaves Stephanie his mansion and everything in it. She also inherits Uncle Gordon’s mysterious friend, Skulduggery Pleasant, who just happens to be a wise-cracking, classic car driving detective, an impeccable dresser…and a skeleton with magical abilities! Playing with Fire

When a crazed stranger tries to break into Stephanie’s house, it’s Skulduggery who comes to her rescue and reveals a world within her world…a world with magic and vampires and and a slew of creepy villains bent on taking over the world. This is about as perfect a Halloween adventure as you can get – action packed creature combat, a little magic and very funny. Stephanie doesn’t have to worry, Skulduggery’s watching her back…even if he doesn’t have one! The sequel just came out. It’s called Playing with Fire and it’s just as good! Author: Derek Landy

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The Seer of Shadows

The Seer of Shadows

The Seer of Shadows

Horace is apprenticed to a photographer and is disappointed to find out that part of his job is tricking people into believing ghosts are appearing in their family photographs. His disappointment turns to fear, however, when the image of a dead girl DOES appear in one of his photos. She’s back, and she’s NOT in a good mood. You might want to read this one in the daytime, yes, that’s it, in the daytime. Or maybe with the lights on. Or how about this advice…read this one when you are not alone. As the author Avi says, this story is about shadows, both visible and invisible, that are always lurking near. Oh, man, deliciously spooky from an all-time favorite storyteller. Author: Avi

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Staff Pick: The Eye of the Crow

Staff Pick: The Eye of the Crow

The Eye of the Crow

If you like Sherlock Holmes, you will be excited by this Canadian author’s exploration of Holmes’s life as a 12-year old.  It is 1867 in London.  A terrible murder has been committed and an Arab immigrant has been arrested for it.  Young Sherlock Holmes, with his odd ways, gets sucked into the mystery and is accused of being an accomplice.  He must find the real killer or face the gallows himself.  In this tense and well-written mystery, we meet Holmes’s parents and understand the circumstances of racism (Sherlock is half-Jewish) and poverty that led him to be the moody, brilliant detective he became as an adult.  We also meet the younger versions of the mysterious Professor Moriarity and even Irene Adler (the only woman Sherlock Holmes ever loved).  An attention-grabbing and creative book. Author: Shane Peacock

Recommended by: Steve Bridge – Irvington Library

Series: The Boy Sherlock Holmes

#1 The Eye of the Crow on Downloadable eBook
#2 Death in the Air
#3 The Vanishing Girl
#4 The Secret Friend
#5 The Dragon Turn

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The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones

The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones

The 39 Clues is a series of ten books that tells the story of a world-wide treasure hunt. It reminds me a lot of National Treasure. You can solve puzzles and look for the 39 clues yourself by reading the books and playing online – you just might win a prize.

To find the 39 Clues:
Read the Books – Each 39 Clues book unlocks one Clue.
Collect the Cards – Game cards help reveal Clues.
Play the Game – Find Clues through online missions.

The first book is called The Maze of Bones. It was written by Rick Riordan – the author who writes the Percy Jackson books. The next nine books will follow one at a time through September 2010. (Number two comes out Dec. 2.)

The Maze of Bones starts off the adventure when Dan and Amy Cahill’s Grandmother dies and includes them in her will. At the reading of the will, Dan and Amy are given the choice of receiving a million dollars instantly or receiving the first of 39 clues that are hidden around the world. They are told that the clues will lead to the source of the family’s power. To accept the first clue means giving up the million dollars. It also means competing against other Cahill family members. Some family members are annoying, some mysterious, and some downright dangerous. Dan and Amy take the first clue of course and it’s up to them (and you) to find the clues. Try to do it without getting blown up, OK? Author: Rick Riordan

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