“At first, the other kids in the class – those who hadn’t been brave enough to stand up to Big Literacy – were envious of the freedom that allowed us to doodle at our desks during reading time. But after a few days, something began to shift. We began to get bored. And all the other kids started to be able to do something we couldn’t. They were looking at letters but seeing words. Suddenly they had a superpower, and we didn’t. My days of academic protest were over.”
“…with your itty-bitty…little bat…fangs.”
“Friendship is like a seesaw.
Sometimes you might feel up in the air
when your friend feels low.
Other times you might feel down,
when your friend is up.
When things are balanced, both friends are happy.”
“If it was true that moss did not have roots, and maternal love could grow spontaneously, as if from nothing, perhaps I had been wrong to believe myself unfit to raise my daughter. Perhaps the unattached, the unwanted, the unloved, could grow to give love as lushly as anyone else.”
“I profess not to know how women’s hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.”
So famous that it continues to be studied and remade almost 200 years after it’s original publication date, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the perfect classic tale for the Halloween season. Following the adventures of Ichabod Crane’s attempts to woe the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, this short story brings laughter to its readers with Ichabod’s wildly entertaining shenanigans. But as the story takes a darker turn when Ichabod encounters the villainous Headless Horseman, readers will feel the suspense deep down in their bones. Will Ichabod find love? Will be escape the clutches of the Headless Horseman?
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“What did I do to deserve this?
This cannot be life. This must be death.
This must be hell.”
An incredibly intriguing story with twists at every turn, Simone van der Steeg’s The Chronister Cliff brings readers a tale so unique it feels like an original…and may certainly be one. After Karen’s parents passed away in a tragic accident, she’s tried to live a relatively normal mundane life while living with her four other siblings. But when a new neighbour moves next door, Karen can’t help but feel a strange aura about him, drawing her to pursue what this man is hiding…no matter the cost. The first in a supernatural mystery series, The Chronister Cliff is an exciting new tale full of wonderful surprises and character twists that will intrigue any reader.
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“Because,’ she said, ‘when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”
Neil Gaiman’s dark and wicked children’s novel Coraline is such an exciting and intense story, it will leave readers in a state of awe and desire for more. When the young Coraline Jones discovers a secret world far better than her own, she jumps at the opportunity for a grand adventure; however, not everything is what is seems. With an evil Other Mother and puzzles to solve, Coraline will require all the courage she can muster to save herself and those she loves. Enticing and full of wonder, Gaiman’s Coraline will not disappoint lovers of horror and children’s literature.
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
A grim and twisted rendition of the Russian Revolution and Stalin’s rise to power, George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a magnificent classic that continues to amaze readers over 50 years past its original release. Tired of taking demands from the human farmer Mr. Jones, the animals on Manor Farm fight for their freedom and for equal rights among all animals. But what happens when some take advantage over other animals? Is there such a thing as equality among all when not all seek this value?
“Don’t ever stop doing that. Please. I want to be better. Be stronger.”
In the final installment of this highly regarded paranormal series, Kelley Armstrong’s Rituals is such a thrill and exciting read that readers will find themselves unable to stop until the last page has turned. When a new dark force disturbs the balance of the mundane and supernatural world, Olivia and her friends race against the clock to stop this darkness before they become victims themselves. With new secrets exposed and romantic tensions in the mix, this highly anticipated novel brings new excitement at every turn. What is this new dark presence? Who will Olivia choose: the Tylwyth Teg or the Cwn Annwn?
“But that’s what dreams are for—to weave reality and fantasy and memory and stitch together something you can’t hope for in waking life. To fulfill that little part of you that wants something so bad.”
Disloyalty and danger around every corner, Kelley Armstrong’s Betrayals will have readers at the edge of their seats with this highly intense and dark addition to the Cainsville series. When Ricky is charged with murder, the trio begin a quest to solve this mistake which ends up tying them to another supernatural mystery. Full of twists and unexpected discoveries, Betrayals will have readers unable to anticipate the outcome of events occurring in this thrilling addition to the series. Who is behind the killings Ricky’s been framed for? Will Olivia and the gang find out before the murderer finds them?