To be a King
Scholastic, Inc.; October 2006
Nachtmagen rages through the N'yrthgar as hagfiends and traitorous lords conspire to defeat the new king. With Grank and Theo at his side, Hoole must forge an army of free owls strong enough to defeat the forces of darkness massing on the horizon. The power of the one Ember fires the young king's very gizzard and he grows great. But for young Hoole there is a danger much closer than treacherous lords and the poison of half-hags. For magic - even good magic - brings great peril to those who would wield it. So Soren, Coryn, and the Band read the final legend and glimpse what the future may demand of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole.
Laurie Halse Anderson
Simon & Schuster; March 2006 (reprint)
August 1793. Fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook is ambitious, adventurous, and sick to death of listening to her mother. Mattie has plans of her own. She wants to turn the Cook Coffeehouse into the finest business in Philadelphia, the capital of the new United States. But the waterfront is abuzz with reports of disease. "Fever" spreads from the docks and creeps toward Mattie's home, threatening everything she holds dear. As the cemeteries fill with fever victims, fear turns to panic, and thousands flee the city. Then tragedy strikes the coffeehouse, and Mattie is trapped in a living nightmare. Suddenly, her struggle to build a better life must give way to something even more important--the fight to stay alive.
The Last Frontier
Jill Shepherd (editor)
Lyons Press; July 2004
Alaska magazine attracts more than its share of out-of-state readers because of its articles about men, women, and children in real-life survival situations. The Last Frontier collects the best writing and the most incredible true stories from 65 years of this respected magazine. The range of the stories is impressive, covering events as disparate as earthquakes, tidal waves, grizzly and polar bear attacks, influenza epidemics, hunting and fishing adventures, and, believe it or not, Japan's World War II invasion of the Aleutians.
Compiled by SANYAT SATTAR
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