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The Travelling Cat Chronicles Cover Image
By Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780451491336
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Published: Berkley - October 23rd, 2018

The charming tale of loss, friendship and life primarily takes the perspective of a proud male cat "Nana", this heartfelt tail (pun most certainly intended), begins with Nana sleeping on the van of Satoru, who exchanges some food to pet Nana. This begins an unlikely new friendship between the man and this street cat. Nana is very content with this relationship requiring little but being fed, but when an accident occurs involving a moving vehicle, Nana is unable to live out on the streets. Satoru, coming to the rescue, brings him to the vet and then home, where Nana learns to trust and even like his newfound owner.

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It: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501142970
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Published: Scribner - January 5th, 2016

For someone who is absolutely terrified of clowns, I had a hard time both picking up AND putting down this book. Now, I have had a hard time even being able to claim I read a book that genuinely scared me. Even with movies, I just don't get scared nor much beyond tense. Well, I was tense while reading this to say the least. Stephen King's famous book "IT" definitely spooked me. This novel, for anyone who isn't aware, follows the exerience of seven children as they get terrorized for an evil clown (Okay fine he technically isn't a clown, he's an evil entity that disguises himself as one... I still don't see the difference) who exploits the fears of those he hunts. I absolutely loved this novel. It's flavorful language and descriptive scenes put's you in the story itself. Have you ever watched a movie in the dark? Try reading this one in the dark with a flashlight or book lamp, I dare you!

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374531263
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - August 5th, 2008

A Long Way Gone is a remarkable autobiography of Ishmael Beah, a boy who grew up in Sierra Leone during the Sierra Leone Civil War. In this descriptive, breathtaking sequence of events of his life, Beah takes each of us through the harrowing, horrifying events he endured, from watching his home be destroyed in front of him, to losing everything just as he got it, but most importan\tly the amount of strength hidden inside when your living each day fighting for your life. 

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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442472457
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

Shusterman cranks up the stakes in this blistering sequel to 2016’s Scythe, set on a “post-mortal” future Earth in which easily revived humans are only “deadish” when killed, not permanently dead, except for the few “gleaned” by scythes, who kill to keep population growth under control. The narrative focuses primarily on Citra, who is gaining influence as Scythe Anastasia, and Rowan, who has adopted the mantle of Scythe Lucifer as he furtively gleans amoral scythes.