• Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    by J.K. Rowling Year Published: 1998

         The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.  

         And strike it does.  For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including and outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart; a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom; and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.

         But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone --- or something --- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone.  Could it be Draco Malfoy,  a more poisonous rival than ever?  Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told?  Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself!    

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  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne Year Published: 2017

    While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    by J.K. Rowling Year Published: 2007

    We now present the seventh and final installment in the epic tale of Harry Potter.

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    by J.K. Rowling Year Published: 2000

    You have in your hands the pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part tale of Harry Potter's training as a wizard and his coming of age.  Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the Quidditch World Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys.  He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream).  He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years.  He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard.  Unfortunately for Harry Potter, He's not normal ---- even by Wizarding Standards.  And in his case, different can be deadly.

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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    by J.K. Rowling Year Published: 2005

    The war against Voldermort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing.  Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names.  Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

        And yet ...

         As in all wars, life goes on.  Sixth-year students learn to Apparate --- and lose a few eyebrows in the process.  The Weasley twins expand their business.  Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love.  Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. 

         So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multi-layered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter.  Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became lord Voldemort --- and there by find what may be his only vulnerability.

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  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    by J.K. Rowling Year Published: 2003

    There is a door at the end of a silent corridor.  And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams.  Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

    Here are just a few things on Harry's mind:

    ∗A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey

    ∗A venomous, disgruntled house-elf

    ∗Ron as Keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team

    ∗The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams

    . . . and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.  In the richest installment yet of J. K. Rowling's seven-[art story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.

         Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice.

         Though thick runs the plot (as well as the spine), readers will race through these pages and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner Azkaban

    by J.K. Rowling Year Published: 1999

    For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner names Sirius Black.  Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

         Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well.  And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts ... he's at Hogwarts."

         harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends.  Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst..

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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    by J.K. Rowling Year Published: 1997

    Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground.  He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

    All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, His horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley --- a great big swollen spoiled bully.  Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

         But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry --- and anyone who reads about him --- will find unforgettable.

         For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports,  and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him ... if Harry can survive the encounter.

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  • Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Houses of Hogwarts

    by Felicity Baker Year Published: 2017

    This collection of photographs and quotes from all eight blockbuster Harry Potter films takes a closer look at the residents of each Hogwarts house, and explores the features and characteristics that make each one unique!

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  • The Blood of Olympus

    by Rick Riordan Year Published: 2014

    Nico had warned them.  Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigods' worst memories.  Their ghosts would become restless.  Nico may actually become a ghost if he has to shadow-travel with Reyna and Coach Hedge one more time.  But that might be better than the alternative: allowing someone else to die, as Hades foretold.

    Jason's ghost is his mother, who abandoned him when he was little.  He may not know how he is going to prove himself as a leader, but he does know that he will not break promises like she did.  He will complete his line of the prophecy: To storm or fire the world must fall.

    Reyna fears the ghosts of her ancestors, Who radiate anger.  But she can't allow them to distract her from getting the Athena Parthenon to Camp Half-Blood before war breaks out between the Romans and the Greeks.  Will she have enough strength to succeed, especially with a deadly hunter on her trail?

    Leo fears that his plan won't work, that his friends might interfere.  But there is no other way.  All of them know that one of the Seven has to die in order to defeat Gaea, The Earth Mother.

    Piper must learn to give herself over to fear.  Only then will she be able to do her part at the end: utter a single word.

     

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  • The House of Hades

    by Rick Riordan Year Published: 2013

    Hazel stands at a crossroads.  She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war.  Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world.  Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, Has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power. 

    Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed.  How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn.  They have no way of locating the Doors of Death.  Even if they did, a legion of Gae's strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side.  Annabeth and Percy can't exactly launch a frontal assault.

         Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that their is only one choice: to attempt the impossible.  Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love.  Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.

         Join the demigods as they face their biggest challenges yet in The House of Hades, The hair-raising penultimate book in the best-selling Heroes fo Olympus series.

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  • The Sword of Summer

    by Rick Riordan Year Published: 2015

    Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble.  Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.

         One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down -- his Uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about.  When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches.  Randolph starts rambling about Norse History and Magnus's birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands years.

         The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place.  Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus's memory.  But he doesn't have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .

         Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to dies.

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  • Catching Fire

    by Suzanne Collins Year Published: 2009

    Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games.  She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive.  Katniss should be relieved, happy even.  After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale.  Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be.  Gale holds her at an icy distance.  Peeta has turned his back on her completely.  And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol --- a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create. 

       Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled and unrest she's afraid she cannot stop.  And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try.  As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

     

     

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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down

    by Jeff Kinney Year Published: 2016

    The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. The only thing he’s good at is playing video games, but his mother wants him to broaden his horizons by doing something else. When Greg finds an old video camera in his basement, he thinks he may have discovered just the thing to prove he’s got big-time talent. With the help of his best friend, Rowley, Greg hatches a plan to make a scary movie.

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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

    by Jeff Kinney Year Published: 2017

    Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?

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  • Mockingjay

    by Suzanne Collins Year Published: 2010

    Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped.  Katniss's family is safe.  Peeta has been captured by the Capitol.  District 13 really does exist.  There are rebels.  There are new leaders.  A revolution is unfolding.

         It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is lotting to overthrow the Capitol.  Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans --- except Katniss. 

         The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem.  To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust.  She must become the rebels' Mockingjay --- no matter what the personal cost.

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  • The Burning Maze

    by Rick Riordan Year Published: 2018

    It's bad enough that my father, Zeus, turned me, the once divine Apollo, into a mortal teenager with acne, flab, and the unfortunate alias Lester Papadopoulos.  On top of that, he has enslaved me to a pushy twelve-year-old named Meg, and he expects me to liberate five ancient Oracles from a trio of evil Roman emperors.  (How, I ask you, when I have no godly powers?)

         So far, I've managed to restore two Oracles and receive a prophecy about "mazes dark," "lands of scorching death," and a "master of the swift white horse."  Now Meg and I must journey through the Labyrinth, Parts of which are venting hellfire, to find the third emperor.  But is our cloven guide, Grover Underwood, up to the task?  Are any of us?  I have my suspicions about who the third emperor is . . . a villainous tyrant I never wanted to run into again.

         Also --- and I haven't told my travel companions this---I fear I'm growing weaker by the day.  The longer I stay mortal, The less confident I am that I will ever be able to regain my place on Mount Olympus.  It's time to call on Piper McLean and her boyfriend, Jason Grace, two of the seven demigods who sailed on the Argo II, to see if they will defeat the emperor and free the Oracle for me.

         Wait. Scratch that.  I meant, of course, that they will help me do those things. . . . Yes, that's what I meant, Father. Really.

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  • The Dark Prophecy

    by Rick Riordan Year Published: 2017

    GO WEST. CAPTURE APOLLO BEFORE HE CAN FIND THE NEXT ORACLE.

    IF YOU CANNOT BRING HIM TO ME ALIVE, KILL HIM.

    Those were the orders my old enemy Nero had given to Meg McCaffrey.  But why would an ancient Roman emperor zero in on Indianapolis?  And now that I have made it here (still in the embarrassing form of Lester Papadopoulous), where is Meg?

         Meg, my demigod master, is a cantankerous street urchin.  She betrayed me to Nero back at Camp Half-Blood. And while I'm mortal, she can order me to do anything . . . even kill myself.  Despite all this, if I have a chance of prying her away from her villainous stepfather, I have to try. 

         But I'm new to this heroic-quest business, and my father, Zeus, stripped me of all my godly powers.  Oh, the indignities and pain I have already suffered!  Untold humiliation, impossible time limits, life-threatening danger . . . . Shouldn't there be a reward at the end of each completed task? Not just more deadly quests?

         I vow that if I ever regain my godhood, I will never again send a poor mortal on a quest.  Unless it is really important.  And unless I am sure the mortal can handle it.  And unless I am pressed for time . . . or I really just don't feel like doing it myself.  I will be much kinder and more generous than everyone is being to me --- especially that sorceress Calypso.  What does Leo see in her, anyway?

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  • The Hammer of Thor

    by Rick Riordan Year Published: 2016

    "Magnus Chase, you nearly started Ragnarok.  What are you going to do next?"

         It's been six weeks since Magnus and his friends returned from defeating Fenris Wolf and the fire giants.  Magnus has adjusted to life at the Hotel Valhalla --- as much as a once-homeless and previously alive kid can.  As a son of frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus doesn't exactly fit in with the rest of Odins' chosen warriors, but he has a few good peeps among his hall mates on floor nineteen, and he's been dutifully training for Ragnarok along with everyone else.  His days have settled into a new kind of normal.

         But Magnus should have known there's no such thing as normal in the Nine Worlds.  His friends Hearthstone and Blitzen have disappeared.  A new hall mate is creating chaos.  According to a very nervous goat, a certain object belonging to Thor is still missing, and the thunder god's enemies will stop at nothing to gain control of it.

         Time to summon Jack, the Sword of Summer, and take action.  Too bad the only action Jack seems to be interested in is dates with other magical weapons. . . .

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  • The Hidden Oracle

    by Rick Riordan Year Published: 2016

    YOUR FAULT, APOLLO.

    YOUR PUNISHMENT.

    My father's voice still rings in my ears. 

         Can you believe Zeus blamed me for the gods' battle with Gaea? Just because the earth goddess duped one of my progeny --- Octavian --- into plunging the Greek and Roman Demigods into a civil war that nearly destroyed human civilization.  I ask you, how was that my fault?

       Now I'm cast out of Olympus in the form of a sixteen-year-old mortal boy, acne and all!  Sadly, I've been punished this way before.  I know I will face many trials and hardships.  I can only hope that if I suffer through them and prove myself worthy, Father will forgive me and allow me to become a god again.  

         But this time my situation seems much more dangerous.  One of my ancient adversaries knows I am here and is having me followed.  The Oracle of Delphi remains dark, unable to issue prophecies.  Most embarrassing of all, I am bound to serve a demigod street urchin who defends herself by throwing rotten fruit.

         Zeus could not possibly expect me to fix the Oracle problem by myself.  No in my present weak condition.  It's time for me drop in on Camp Half-Blood, Where I might find some talented fodder . . . er, I mean heroes to help.  No doubt they will welcome me as a celebrity! They will bring my holy offerings, like peeled grapes, Oreos, and --- oh, gods --- perhaps even bacon!

         Mmm. Yes. If I survive this, I really must write an ode to the power of bacon. . . .

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  • The Hunger Games

    by Suzanne Collins Year Published: 2008

    COULD YOU SURVIVE ON YOUR OWN.  IN THE WILD, WITH EVERYONE OUT TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T LIVE TO SEE THE MORNING?

    In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts.  The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

         Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, Who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games.  But Katniss has been close to dead before -- and survival, for her, is second nature.  Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender.  But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

          Acclaimed writer SUZANNE COLLINS, author of The New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, and adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

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  • The Ship of the Dead

    by Rick Riordan Year Published: 2017

    Magnus Chase, son of Frey, the god of summer and health, isn't naturally inclined toward being a brave warrior.  Still, with the help of his motley group of friends, he has achieved deeds he never would have thought possible.  Now he faces his most dangerous trial yet.

         Loki is free from his chains.  He's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok.  It's up to Magnus and his friends to stop him, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it's ready to sail.  Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon.  But Magnus's biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons.  Does he have what it takes to outwit the wily trickster god?

         Life preservers are mandatory for this wet, wild, and wondrous adventure, the third entry in Rick Riordan's #1 best-selling Norse mythology series.

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