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ISBN-13: 9781608325856
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Published: Greenleaf Book Group, 5/2013
TRAVELS WITH GANNON AND WYATT is a series of books about two boys who LOVE going on adventures. In the first book, they stop a poacher (someone who kills animals for their fur and or skin), in the second book, they are stranded on a island and use their survival skills to stay alive and in the the third book, they have to go through obstacles (like booby traps) to find Cleopatra's tomb.

I thought this series was pretty good.  I enjoyed reading about the different cultures on their travels around the world meeting different people.  These books are great for kids who are in 3rd - 5th grades.  -Austin (Jan's Customer, age 8)

Steelheart (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385743563
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Published: Delacorte Press, 9/2013
STEELHEART doesn't let fans of Brandon Sanderson down.  He continues to deliver well written, captivating stories with characters that you can believe in.  While he doesn't provide new, original powers for the world, he definitely adds a very unique twist to them that makes them all his own.  –Vaughn (Jan’s customer)

The In-Between Hour (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780778314752
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Published: Harlequin MIRA, 12/2013
As one who has experienced soul-shattering loss and is well acquainted with depression, this book struck a sensitive nerve. It took me three weeks to read it because it was too intense and personal to be absorbed in a shorted length of time. I thought about just putting it down and walking away several times. Having reached the conclusion of the story, I'm so glad I didn't exercise that option. This author is new to me, but she is a skilled storyteller. I will probably be looking to read another one of her books. That being said, I would hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who has had a recent loss or who is suffering from depression. Not for everyone, but I was impressed enough to add it to my personal library. -Sharri (Jan's Customer)

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ISBN-13: 9781451638264
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Published: Baen, 9/2012
Stephanie is an 11 year old settler with her family on ‘Sphinx’ a slightly heavy gravity world in the Meyerdahl binary star system, about 1400 years after the ‘terra diaspora’ following an unspecified world war. A lonely but precocious only child, she decides to discover who is stealing celery from her mother’s experimental greenhouse. The celery theft has been going on all over the sparsely settled planet, however because it is just celery no one has bothered to put much effort into finding out who the thief is. Unknown to the settlers, a sentient species of 6 armed telepathic ‘Tree Cats’ has intentionally kept itself apart from the humans, choosing to watch and learn more before revealing themselves. However, celery seems to increase their mind speech and ability to communicate over distance and has become a valued food for 'the people.' They also really like the taste and can smell it over a distance. There are a few humorous passages as well as one slightly gory passage that the tender hearted child might find troubling..Stephanie and ‘Climbs Quickly’ also known as Lionheart, the tree cat she found stealing celery, end up supporting each other in a battle with a large predator, a “HexaPuma” to the settlers or Death Fang to the Tree Cats. With help from the colony of Tree Cats, who refer to themselves as “The People”, Stephanie and Climbs Quickly defeat the Death Fang and Climbs Quickly is badly injured. Stephanie is found by her parents, her father-a Xeno Physician helps Climbs Quickly heal but the loss of a primary ‘true hand’ leaves Climbs Quickly unable to fend for himself in the wild. He adopts Stephanie’s family and stays to find out more about the intruders..and for an unlimited supply of celery. Climbs Quickly is renamed Lionheart by the humans, for his bravery and Stephanie is named Death Fang’s Bane by the Tree Cat clan for her courage in battle. Climbs Quickly/Lionheart has meanwhile developed a strong psychic connection with Stephanie/Death Fang’s Bane. Although the settlers are considered ‘mind blind’ ie: unable to communicate with telepathy as the tree cats do, there is hope that, with continued effort, Climbs Quickly/Lionheart and Stephanie/Death Fang’s Bane might learn to communicate. She seems to have the strongest ‘mind glow’ of all her people, so much effort is put into trying to teach her to communicate. Meanwhile there is a great deal of “Come Lassie Come, Timmy’s in the well..again” moments when Climbs Quickly/Lionheart tries to guide Stephanie/Death Fang’s Bane so she can help the people with a problem. The novel ends on a positive note, with a bad guy being discovered and the tree cats protected by Stephanie and her friend Carl. The plot is a bit simple for the adult but excellent for the youngster with an interest in animals - my granddaughter is progressing from “Magic Tee House” books to this. She actually listens to her books on audio as often as she reads to herself - having both the text book and an audio is a good learning skill for the modern child. This is the first of 3 novels that prequil the “Honorverse” of David Weber by about 400 years. In the later books, which are not aimed at the Y/A audience as this is, the tree cats have become human equals. I actually listened to this on audio disc as I have developed reading problems with my seniors eyes and found the narrator, Kristine Hvan an excellent one. Either in text or on audio, this is an excellent book, with a great brave young woman as a protagonist..a much better hero for my granddaughter than a pop singer or faux celebrity in my opinion. - by Elle H. (Jan’s Customer)

The Rithmatist (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780765320322
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Published: Tor Teen, 5/2013
Brandon Sanderson is, as far as I'm concerned, one of the best of the current sci-fi/fantasy authors. He has a very great talent for creating unique "powers" for the worlds he writes about, giving them all a unique flavor that is highly entertaining and enjoyable. The Rithmatist takes something that seems plain and ordinary, and turns it into a wonderful new discovery. –Vaughn (Jan’s customer)

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ISBN-13: 9781460315194
Published: Harlequin HQN, 06/25/2013
From navy SEALS and PTSD to the art of tracking and the futility of revenge, this book is a near perfect blend of suspense and romance. I couldn’t put it down until I had read the last page! I’m so looking forward to reading more books by this talented author… -Sharri (Jan's Customer)

Second Watch: A J. P. Beaumont Novel (Mass Market Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780062134684
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Published: Harper, 4/2014
This J. P. Beaumont series just keeps getting better and better! SECOND WATCH works as a prequel but remains firmly anchored in the here and now.  While recuperating from knee replacement surgery, Beau believes he is being revisited by ghosts from his past - a soldier he served with during his tour of duty in Vietnam and a young woman whose murder marked the beginning of his career as a detective.  Still traumatized by his experiences in the war and by a case he had been unable to solve, he resolves to do something about it.  With time on his hands, he reopens the murder investigation and what was a cold case heats up.  Following the twists and turns in this story left me breathless and the conclusion - on all fronts - so satisfying!  Well written and sure to entertain! -Sharri (Jan’s customer)

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ISBN-13: 9780989441025
Published: Smashwords Edition, 03/09/2014
One more time this author has succeeded in using his gift as a story-teller to bring history up close and personal. 

As the American colonies struggle toward independence, Robert is facing a unique challenge of his own.  Can he protect his family and his livelihood as a blacksmith, support his friends and neighbors, and continue to stay true to his Quaker beliefs and values?  Can he follow the light of his convictions no matter what?  Decisions cannot be made lightly and consequences must be considered.

This is a great story, well written, and I appreciate it's message.  The questions raised are universal, relevant and thought provoking.  I can't wait to read the next book in this series! –Sharri (Jan’s customer)

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ISBN-13: 9780756645144
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Published: DK CHILDREN, 3/2009
Yoda in Action is a book about the jedi, Yoda.  Yoda is trying to go see his friend on another planet, but Ventress, a former jedi turned to the dark side, is ready to battle.  She sends droids into the forest so they'll kill him. 

I would recommend this book for kids that are new to reading and like Star Wars.  -Austin (Jan's customer, age 8)

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ISBN-13: 9780590353427
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books, 10/1999
Harry Potter is a boy who has magical powers. He is probably the third most famous person in the wizarding world. He survived the most darkest wizard's curse. That wizards name is Lord Voldemort. I am on the sixth book in the series. The thing that is cool about the books is that Harry is always doing what he is not suppose to. I'd recommend this series to kids who are interested in magic and sorcery. -Austin (Jan's customer, age 8)

The Curiosity (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780062221063
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Published: William Morrow & Company, 7/2013
This has to be one of the best “first novels” I’ve read-ever!  The author’s talent and skill with words is amazing, to be able to write a story of this scope and complexity.  I lost a lot of sleep over this book because I found it so difficult to put down.  It captured my imagination and put my mind in overdrive.  Days later and my mind is still pondering the “what ifs?”  What if scientists could really bring someone back to life at a future date? What would it mean? What if it happened to me? How would I feel?  The questions go on and on.  So many questions but none answered.  Perhaps that is the fun of it! If you’re the curious type do read this book! -Sharri (Jan's customer)

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ISBN-13: 9781482339123
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Published: Createspace, 2/2013

I love this little book on how to find happiness.  The print is bold and easy to read and the length of each chapter matches my attention span.  The lessons within are solid.  If you are looking for happiness and find it to be an elusive little sucker, this is the book for you!  I can’t wait to meet this author in person. -Sharri (Jan's Customer)


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ISBN-13: 9780316123082
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 10/2012
Acquaintances: Lemony, Theodora, Moxi, Qwerty, Prosper Lost, Mitchums, Ellington, Stew, Mrs. Sallis, (Pip, Squeak) (brothers). Suspects: Mallahans, Ellington, Mrs. Sallis, Butler, Hagfire. Crime Scenes: Stain’d-By-The-Sea, Lost Arms, library, light house, mansion, Black Cat coffee, train station, cottage. Plot: When boy named Lemony finishes a unusual education he gets apprenticed by Theodora to solve a crime. The crime is that Mrs. Sallis the owner of the Mansion in Stain’d-By-The-Sea claims someone took her valuable statue “The Bombarding Beast,” but she also claims that the Mallahans stole the statue. When Lemony goes to the Mallahans a girl Moxi shows him the Bombarding Beast and somehow it’s dusty.???. Lemony goes to a hotel and stays there with his “chaperone”. The next day they plan to steal the statue, when they steal the statue Lemony falls off the rope they escape on with the statue. Lemony falls in the trees and meets Ellington who sends the statue to the Black Cat coffee shop Lemony finds it and hides it then he returns it. When he returns Ellington steals it and gives it to Hagfire to supposedly get her dad back. Problem: Who does it belong to? Solutions: Mallahans. Investigators rate story 95% - Review by Brendan W. a young reader and Jan’s customer

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ISBN-13: 9780439474290
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Published: Orchard, 3/2003
I read a book called Charlie Bone. He is a child who has a power. He can hear the voices of people in pictures. He gets stuck in a school for gifted children. Most of the kids hate him. He is always getting in their business, but his friends have powers too and they help him get out of trouble. Kids that are my age would like the mysteries that are in this book. The book is part of a series. I’m reading book six right now. – Austin (age 7, Jan’s Customer)

The Prize (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781614130178
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Published: Puddletown Publishing Group, 6/2011
This book is a colorful account of life in colonial Vermont during the Revolutionary War. As the story begins, Caleb is left to care for his mother and younger brother after his father enlists to fight with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys in their war against the British. One day, while Caleb is paddling his dug-out canoe along the shore of Lake Champlain, he has an encounter with Captain Mallot- a Frenchman with a dubious reputation. The story really takes off from there and leads to events that will not only affect the course of the war but will change Caleb’s life forever. Although this is not the type of book I would normally pick for myself, I liked it. The author has obviously done his research and the story is totally believable. I would like to see this book in every high school library; available to students with an interest in our nation’s history. -Sharri J. (Jan’s Paperbacks Customer)

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ISBN-13: 9781934992050
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Published: Resplendence Publishing, LLC, 4/2008
The first in a three-part series, The Centurion and the Queen pits the Celtic queen Delia against the Roman Centurion Marius against each other in 1st century Britannia. Delia is a fiery queen, fiercely loyal to her people and Marius is a compassionate and dutiful military leader. A surprising connection between them occurs and a passionate love story ensues. The violent turn of events in Delia's homeland threaten to tear them apart but the lovers try to stay strong for each other and their beliefs knowing that one day, they will find each other again.

Gloriously researched and minute in its historical detail, Minnette Meador's
 The Centurion and the Queen is a page-turner, making you agonize about what will happen next-will Delia escape her royal, yet depraved brother? Will Marius leave his duty for love? Well, read it, and you will find out! -Amy P. (Jan's customer)


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ISBN-13: 9780316204279
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 7/2012
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is out of my usual reading realm, but it has become the first book I have ever read in under 10 hours. It is a sharp, witty, and highly entertaining story told in the form of 'documents'-- letters, emails, official reports, as well as narrated by Bernadette's precocious 14-year old daughter, Bee. Bernadette is quirky, agoraphobic, stay-at-home mom who is "allergic" to Seattle. Her husband Elgie is a salt of the earth type, and a well-renowned TED talker and genius at Microsoft, and daughter Bee is clever, smart and loving. Bundled with architectural drama, Antarctica, over-zealous private school mothers, the Russian mafia and self-help lingo and you have a novel with drama and flair. I definitely recommend it for a quick, addictive read. –Andrea (Jan’s customer & winner of weekly book giveaway)

Dwarf: A Memoir (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780452298118
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Published: Plume, 11/2012
This book is not so much about dwarfism as it is about the determination of a young lady to get what she wants. Born with Diastrophic dysplasia, Tiffanie's greatest desire is to have the ability to become truly independent. As I read her story, I was amazed by her courage and tenacity as I was inspired by her unfailing optimism. Tiffanie's decision, at age fifteen, to undergo a radical bone-lengthening procedure involving serious risks wasn't something I understood at first; but after reading her story a second time, I was better able to see her point of view. My perception had changed. For anyone seeking inspiration and open to a new way of thinking, this book may well be a must read. Sherri

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ISBN-13: 9780810983915
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 10/2009
I read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series this summer.  I thought the books were silly and awesome too.  Greg is in middle school.  He is a nerd and makes bad choices that he learns from.  I would recommend these books to other boys my age.  -Austin (Jan's Customer, age 7)

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ISBN-13: 9780756620257
Availability: Out of Print
Published: DK CHILDREN, 3/2006
The book Spider-Man: The Amazing Story is about how Spider-Man got his powers. I thought this book was awesome because I like Spider-Man and I like the story too. The characters are cool and the pictures are colorful. I would recommend this book to other 7 year old boys. –Austin (Jan's Customer, age 7)

His Valentine Triplets (Mass Market Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780373753895
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Published: Harlequin, 1/2012
Rafe is one of the infamous Callahan Cowboys! There has always been a war raging between the Callahan’s and the Jenkins. When the words “I’m Pregnant” came out of Rafe’s one and only love Judge Julie Jenkins mouth, a slight breeze could have knocked him over. Little did they know they were about to become the parents of not only one baby but THREE!! Hello Triplets!!! Now Julie and Rafe have a long heated history. These two are not prepared for what lies ahead in their futures, but one thing is for sure. The future is one thing that they are going to have to share! Now who doesn’t absolutely love cowboys and babies? Doesn’t that just warm your heart? For me “His Valentine Triplets” was a true American romance! I completely adored Rafe and Julie’s relationship, let alone the relationship Rafe has with his three beautiful babies! Julie and Rafe’s relationship isn’t always on calm waters throughout this book, but what relationship, or should I say what good relationship ever lasts without a little fighting? The times that Julie allows Rafe into her life shows the reader the potential for this family. Tina Leonard did an amazing job with this book and with these characters. From the first page I was drawn into the never ending feud between the Callahan’s and the Jenkins. I also found myself wishing for the best for the rest of the Callahan family. These boys have had a difficult past and they deserve the perfect women and the absolute perfect future! This being the fourth book in the series does not matter, I mean obviously you would know more about the Callahan and Jenkins families but there is no need to read the first three books to be able to read this one. With non-stop action, and unending possibilities “His Valentine Triplets” by Tina Leonard takes first place in my heart! This heartwarming American romance will leave you yearning for more! – Jan’s Customer Alicia J.

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ISBN-13: 9780061779749
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Published: William Morrow, 4/2012
Sacré Bleu is the third of Christopher Moore’s novels that I’ve read. The book he’s most famous for, Lamb, was so amazing that I now buy up his books without even reading the back cover beforehand. I just know it will be that good. Moore’s story is primarily set in late 19th century Paris at the height of the Impressionist period. The story begins with the supposed suicide of the questionably stable and earless Vincent Van Gogh. What follows is part mystery, mostly comedy, as Lucien and his “uncles” (who we know better as the painters Monet, Manet, Pisarro, Renoir, and of course, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec) paint the greatest works of their time while they buy paint from a mysterious dwarf known as the Colorman. The Colorman is accompanied by an equally mysterious woman who is simply named “Bleu” and his chapeau-wearing donkey named Etienne. Though lengthier than Moore’s other works, it read as easily and enjoyably as his others. The character of the whoring, drunken, and hilarious Lautrec is reason enough to give this a try. If you love art or art history or are interested in it at all, this comedy d’Art is for you! Sacré Bleu: A comedy d’Art is due out April 2012 - Amy P. (Jan's cusotmer)

Strange Neighbors (Mass Market Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781402236617
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca, 6/2010
Merry MacKenzie moves from a small town in Rhode Island to a small apartment building in Boston. Little does she know that shapeshifters, a ghost, a vampire, witches and a werewolf live in the building! I don't normally enjoy paranormal books but this was cute and entertaining. The next book in the series is "The Werewolf Upstairs", out now. - Linda

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ISBN-13: 9780140230277
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Published: Penguin Books, 4/1995
I'm not sure where to start with this review. I love Jodi Picoult - I find her books thoughtful, interesting and full of moral dilemas. Harvesting the Heart has all those, but the characters were almost too complex. The story centers around Paige, a new mother with a lot of unanswered questions. The pressures of being a new mother is overwhelming - so much so, that when Paige goes out to run errands, she isn't sure if she will ever return. I had a very hard time following the characters and what was going on in their head. It was a good story, but left me with a little bit of a 'huh?' feeling when I finished the last page. I'm not sure I can recommend this novel, but I would recommend Jodi Picoult any day of the week. -Jill

Gods in Alabama (Mass Market Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780446178167
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 12/2007
I find Joshilyn Jackson's book refreshingly different. Her characters are unique, unpredictable and sometimes eccentric. The same can be said for her stories. You think it is going one direction when all the sudden a twist is thrown in that you didn't see coming. Gods in Alabama focuses on Arlene Fleet a born and raised southern girl that left to go to college with the Yankees, and hasn't returned for 10 years. Now Arlene's skeletons are trying to come out of the closest whether she wants them to or not and she is forced to head south and face her demons and kin at the same time. -Jill

The Templar Salvation (Mass Market Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780451234278
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Published: Signet, 7/2011
In the long awaited sequel to the Last Templar, FBI Agent Sean Reilly is once again in pursuit of secrets the Vatican would prefer not be exposed. In 1203 during the siege of Constantinople, a small group of Templars infiltrated the imperial library to retrieve secrets that could rock the very foundation of Christianity. Now, eight hundred years later, Sean is trying to do the same thing by stealing from the Vatican library. He's being forced to - the love of his life, Tess Chaykin has been kidnapped, and his help in tracking down these explosive documents is the ransom. The story line jumps back and forth the time of the ancient Templars to our contemporary heros, Sean and Tess, who are trying to outwit a new kind of terrorist bent on humiliating the West by destroying their faith. As with The Last Templar, the story line is imaginative, the action fast paced and explosive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. - Jan

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