Teen & Young Adult

July 20, 2018

Cosmic Games

"Cosmic Games: The Mars Wild Card, chapter one" by Ralph Camp

In order to avoid endless wars between alien civilizations on opposing sides of invading less technologically advanced planets (like Earth) the Universal King created the Cosmic Games.The Universal King anoints human child Rashad Lawrence to be Earth’s new Guardian. Rashad must face off with an ancient Martian named Ersatz, who is hell-bent on manipulating Rashad to help him fulfill his “thirst for power” over the Universe.

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July 18, 2018

Read or Die

"Read or Die: A Story of Survival, Hope, and How a Life Was Saved One Book at a Time" by Daphne Russell

"I look forward to the day I see yellow caution tape stretched around my students' neighborhoods, the chalk outline of apathy on the ground, crushed by the weight of a thousand books. Until then I treat each day as if books are EpiPens and every student has a shellfish allergy with a mouth full of shrimp." Most of the students in Daphne Russell's reading class have never read an entire book, and they can’t relate to Harry Potter and his magic wand. Abel is twenty-eight days behind everyone else and he needs enough books inside him to get his lungs to work again, mend his shattered heart, and kick the shit out of apathy.

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July 14, 2018

It’s A Breeze

"It's A Breeze: 42 Lively English Lessons on American Idioms" by Toni Aberson

This collection of short ESL lessons focuses on 42 popular American idioms. Each idiom is slowly introduced in a separate chapter. Designed for high school and adult ESL students, the books shows how to learn common American idioms to really speak English in a natural style. The good news is that studying idioms – even as an intermediate English student - can also be fun. We will go at a comfortable pace, learning idiom by idiom. In fact, each short lesson is built around a single common American idiom and its meaning. You will read a brief story of daily life, learn some vocabulary, write a few sentences, and ask and answer some conversation questions. The lively lessons encourage thinking and sharing in a relaxed atmosphere. Groups of lessons have been organized together in six units. The units go from easier to more difficult. You will get a chance to show your increased knowledge on unit quizzes too. As you know, learning English is often the key to a better life today. These lessons will help you use more colorful English in your life. These lessons will also help you gain a better understanding of the English you hear around you and on television, learn more about American culture, and speak more like an American. Idiom by idiom, you will find speaking English less difficult and more fun. You might even find speaking English “a breeze”.

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June 25, 2018

Aurella the Witch

"Aurella the Witch" by Anni Sezate

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Aurella found out she’s a witch…just in time to start a witch hunt.  Twelve years ago, the kingdom of Dovice was purged of magic. All the witches were killed in a massive witch hunt, and evidence of their existence was erased from history. So when Aurella discovers she’s a witch, she’s both confused and frightened. Despite the risk of revealing herself, Aurella uses her powers to protect her only friend from a dangerous situation and accidentally sets in motion another witch hunt, making her the key target.  With few allies and an entire country against her, Aurella flees north in hopes of finding Rashtica, the alleged kingdom where her kind live in peace. But Aurella can’t run forever, and if she doesn’t learn to embrace her power, the witch hunt she brought about could be her bitter end.

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