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New Arrivals

Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .

With unmatched suspense and her signature cinematic storytelling, #1 New York Times—bestselling author Marie Lu plunges readers back into the unforgettable world of Legend for a truly grand finale.

It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey.

It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford’s Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence.

Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child . . .

The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.

Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.

Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.

The unforgettable story of two young women—one living, one dead—dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII.

When Frankie’s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary—just long enough for him to get back on his feet and be able to provide for them once again. That’s why Frankie’s not prepared for the day that he arrives for his weekend visit with a new woman on his arm and out-of-state train tickets in his pocket.

Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned alongside so many other orphans—two young, unwanted women doing everything they can to survive.

And as the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II, and the shadows of injustice, poverty, and death walk the streets in broad daylight, it will be up to Frankie to find something worth holding on to in the ruins of this shattered America—every minute of every day spent wondering if the life she’s able to carve out will be enough.

Book review: The Border by Steve Schafer

The book I read for this month was “The Border” by Steve Schafer. This book’s concept is about a  conflict in Mexico with narcos (illegal drug dealers). The narcos raided, massacred, and killed Pato, Arbo, Marcus, and Gladys’ whole family and everyone living in their area. These four teen survivors needed to escape their home country if they didn’t want to face the same fate. The genre of this book is a thriller/action. This page-turning book really grasps the reader’s attention through each page. The author did a great job in developing the characters in the book. Among one of these characters is Pato, the narrator of the book. In the beginning of the story, Pato had a pretty normal lifestyle. He had many friends and close cousins and liked to play soccer. It doesn’t directly say it in the book, but from Pato’s actions and thoughts, readers are able to say that he was just an average teenager living an average teenage life. However, by the end of the book, Pato has gone through so much emotionally, physically, and mentally. These experiences and traumas made him a person with a new story. He had lost people whom he loved and valued, and this may make him not take things for granted in the future. Although Pato and his friends are all fictional characters, there are people in this world that have or have gone through similar struggles. And personally, this made me think of what I would do if I suddenly lost my whole family and friends. This book made me rethink about my decisions and thoughts, and it made me think about how I sometimes take things and people for granted. It also made me more aware of people that really have lost their loved ones. Overall, I would rate this book a 4.5/5. I didn’t give it a full 5 stars because the book had some pretty graphic scenes here and there. Personally, I can’t bear to read those parts because it really disturbs me. However, I think this book was very realistic and it really gave awareness about topics like this  because things similar to this (and even worse) actually happened, no matter how violent and disturbing it was. I found this book in the public library and I just got it because it had a clean and attention-grabbing cover. But eventually, after reading the book, I was glad I took it home to read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers/survival books, or anyone that’s just looking for a good book to read.

Book review by RH.