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Spellbound Staff Picks
A Regency-era spy novel with a touch of magic and a whole lot of humor and girl power. If you like Gail Carriger's "Finishing School" books or My Lady Jane, you'll love this. So much fun, I didn't want to put it down. - Leslie
Body parts and poetry? They go together wonderfully in Asheville author Allan Wolf's collection. The kidney duet is worth the book alone. Ages 8+. - Rosemary
This book is filled with puzzles, clues, surprises, and suspense! You'll love trying to solve the riddles and mysteries before the kids do! Ages 8-12.- Elisha
This is an important, significant, and often heartwrenching read about feeling broken, finding a path to healing, and the multiplicity of what we call the truth. A vital read for college-bound high school students. Ages 16+. - Kalee
How do I love these SHEEP books? Let me count the ways.
- Funny, always make me laugh.
- Rhyming text and the text layout make these terrific 'first readers'.
- Silly,hapless sheep always do the right thing.
This is the first of several adventures. Enjoy! Ages 2 and up. - Rosemary
Maniscalco's protagonist, Audrey Rose, is no hothouse flower. She's an 1880s Nancy Drew with finely-honed forensic abilities, and a scalpel to match. She and fellow intern Thomas Cresswell are made rivals in a highly-selective academy housed in the former castle of Vlad the Impaler. Bizarre murders begin even before their arrival at the school - and continue. As the body count rises, a side benefit is the witty banter of these endangered investigators. Ages 14+. - Rosemary
Alex Rider returns for another action-packed adventure. Anthony Horowitz (Foyle's War, for adult fans) has crafted the perfecdt teenage spy. Alex's world came crashing down in his last book - now he goes to extreme lengths to hopefully put things back together. Ages 10+. - Rosemary
Mystery, history, evil relations and unexpected friends - all combine for an absorbing tale that goes back to the Civil War from current day. May Abbey and Bee have many adventures. Ages 8-12. - Rosemary
(Paperback out in January)
After Rebel of the Sands, I eagerly awaited the sequel. Traitor to the Throne exceeded expectations. The imaginative melding of Old West and Middle East provides a fascinating backdrop for more danger, political factions, and shocking surprises. Ages 12+. - Rosemary
Travis has lost his girlfriend, his best friend, and 5 years of his life. That's what returning from the dead can do to you. The decapitated head of a teen near death has been attached to a "healthy" cadaver. Travis is back and determined to restore his life as it was, to the beyond-belief joy of his parents, the horror of many, and the same miserable high school teacher. A "heads up": Noggin has more humor than you'd expect, while tackling weighty subjects. Ages 14+. - Rosemary
The world's greatest game designer has just created the world's most amazing library for his hometown. Now a group of lucky 'contestants' find themselves locked in, with an evening to solve the book-related puzzles and perhaps come out as winners after all. Care to test your skill? Chris Grabenstein's first Mr. Lemoncello book is a blast. Ages 8-12. - Rosemary