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The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Will is an artistic boy whose father works on the new mega-train, The Boundless.  It is miles long, and is considered the greatest train ever built.  It is so enormous that it even has a traveling circus!  When Will stumbles upon a crime in progress, he needs to hide on the train to protect himself from the criminals. As he works his way from the caboose to the front, he encounters a circus owner/performer with designs on a magical painting in the front of the train. Together, and with a girl aerialist, they outwit the criminals.  

Mindwar by Andrew Klaven

Rick Dial was the best quarterback in Putnam Hills High’s history, the unstoppable Number 12.  But when an accident destroyed his legs, his heroic life ended. Around the same time, his dad disappeared, leaving Rick and little brother alone with his financially-strapped mom. To cope, Rick disappears into his room and loses himself in his video games. Badgered by his mother to get out of his dark room, Rick teeters on crutches and painfully walks to the corner where he is grabbed and a syringe is plunged into his neck . . .

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

This is the story of Tsar Nicolas II of Russia, the wealthiest monarch in the world, who ruled over 130 million people. It’s also the story of his powerful wife, their friend Rasputin, and their five children. Included throughout are pictures and diary entries from the family, as well as from the peasants who were struggling to survive. Miss Kelly says. “This is a fascinating history of Imperial Russia, for people who normally would not read a history book.

The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason

Beautiful and charming Evaline Stoker, sister of famous Bram, and intelligent, inventive Mina Holmes, niece of renowned Sherlock, team up for a second time in this steampunk mystery. London’s beloved princess calls upon Evaline and Mina for a personal request. One of her best friends, Miss Willa Ashton, is a seventeen-year-old beauty who is heir to a large fortune. Miss Ashton’s mother has passed away, and her ten-year-old brother has recently disappeared. Out of grief, Miss Ashton has been consulting spiritual mediums.

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso loved to shop for vintage clothes, little did she know that she could turn her pet-project ebay shop into a top grossing online retailer in just a few short years. Her eye for style has allowed Nasty Gal to flourish and her no-nonsense attitude is seriously inspiring for entrepreneurs and misfits alike!  Not quite memoir, not quite self-help nor how-to, #Girlboss is simply the story of Amoruso's success and her particular brand of can-do attitude.

 

BIOGRAPHY AMORUSO, S.

A Genius in Your Pocket

Do you ever have moments when you really could use a scanner, but don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on another gadget that you will rarely use? The library has a great scanner that scans documents to e-mail and flash drives, and you can use it for free. For those times when you don’t have the time to travel or wait, Genius Scan is an app for your tablet or smartphone that turns your device into a handheld scanner.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

A decade ago, a mysterious event known as the Calamity transformed ordinary people into powerful beings with incredible powers and abilities. Known as Epics, these corrupt superheroes have subjugated humanity and taken over the world. As a child, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic. Now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners, who are trying to eliminate the Epics and end their tyrannical rule. 

Call Number: Teen Fiction SANDERSON, B.

Flight of the sparrow : a novel of early America by Amy Belding Brown

Based on the real-life story of Mary Rowlandson (1637-1711) who lived in an outpost town in 1600’s Massachusetts this enthralling novel tells the story of Mary’s capture by Native Americans in an Indian raid.  Mary became a slave to a powerful female Indian leader and witnessed both savage cruelty and kindness while adapting to the Native American culture.  When she returned to English society and her minister husband she often felt shunned by her community and conflicted by the cruelty and prejudices imposed upon the Native Americans.  This novel gives a fresh in

A Wiki of the Unexplained

Halloween is over, so you’ll soon be sick of candy, bored of the colors orange and black, no longer amused by how easily your costume fell apart, and probably aren’t really interested in watching cliche horror films about creepy dolls. But while you may be done with scary, for some people the terrifying and abnormal is just a day at work.

These people belong to the Foundation, an organization tasked with securing anomalous objects or entities, containing them in special facilities, and protecting us from their bizarre and otherworldly effects.

Under the Egg by Laura Marz Fitzgerald

Theodora Tenpenny’s grandfather Jack was an artist, as well as a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Upon his death he whispers to Theo to “look under the egg” where he promises she will find a letter and a treasure. The “egg” he mentioned is a painting that he made, which has hung over the fireplace for as long as Theo can remember. Taking the painting down, Theo accidently spills alcohol on it and exposes another painting underneath.

Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey

When seventeen year old student reporter Millie Ostermeyer finds the body of coach Hank Killdare on school grounds, she decides to channel her hero, Nancy Drew, and investigate the murder before her rival, Viv, can beat her to the story.  The coach - known as “Hollerin’ Hank” - had a bad reputation amongst the students and as Millie discovers more details of Coach Killdare’s life, her suspect list grows.  Armed with an eye for detail and the help of the quiet (but handsome) new kid, Chase Albright, Millie uncovers motives and alibis.

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn

If only all food memoirs were this funny and truly heartwarming!  An ode to her childhood and her relationship with food, Kathleen Flinn (author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry) gives loving and hilarious family memories that ring true to those who’ve grown up appreciating the art of food. In 1960s rural Michigan, her family’s struggles to make ends meet on a farm with five constantly famished children strikes a chord of familiarity with many of her Midwestern readers.

A Tiny Pinhole Camera

Engineers often attempt to optimize technologies by making them as compact and efficient as possible. Occasionally these smaller technologies enable the development of brand new technologies—the microchip, for example. Arguably this is also why many consumer electronics like PCs, laptops, televisions, and cell phones (excluding the phablet phenomenon) have gotten progressively smaller since their introduction. But oftentimes shrinking down a technology to its most basic elements is simply a fun exercise in taking things apart and rebuilding them more simply. 

 Ryan Howerter, a graphic design student at Colorado State University, has done just that with the pinhole camera. Howerter fashioned a tiny fully-functional pinhole camera from a two-by-two square Lego brick.

Bird by Crystal Chan

Jewel never knew her brother John. Jewel’s grandfather nicknamed her brother Bird, and encouraged him to pretend he could fly. Bird jumped off a cliff and died the day Jewel was born. No one talks about Bird or how he died, and her grandfather doesn’t speak at all. One night Jewel climbs her favorite tree and discovers someone else is already there, and his name is John. The two become fast friends, sharing their hopes and dreams for the future.