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Review: Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Publication Date: October 20, 2012

Odilia and her sisters are swimming when they come across a dead body. Together they decide to return him to his home – back across the border in Mexico.

With a scattered plan, an old car, and characters from mythology showing up, the girls realize that there’s more to this journey than they might realize. As they fight monsters and make their way through Mexico, the girls’ relationships with each other are tested, as well as their determination to make it home.

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Review: Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

Publication Date: February 10, 2009

Chet is a former police academy dog, partnered with Bernie, a private detective. Together, they solve the mysteries that no one else can.

When a teenaged girl, Madison, goes missing, Chet is on the case. After all, he can judge humans better than humans can. As long as he doesn’t get distracted by squirrels or cats.

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Review: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Publication Date: October 5, 2005

Penelope is left at home while Odysseus is away fighting the Trojan War and trying to make his way home. Alone with a baby, she has to fend for herself as suitors start coming and asking for her hand in marriage.

In this re-telling, Atwood explores the untold side of the classic epic poem and uses the voices of the women we don’t hear from. After all, someone needs to set the record straight and tell the real story.

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Review: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Once medical students with great dreams of exploring new and unknown powers, Victor and Eli’s rivalry turned deadly over the years.

After their last encounter, Victor is left running and trying to make sense of something he doesn’t quite understand. Eli is stuck in a situation he never imagined himself in. And still, the two are inexplicably drawn back to each other.

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Review: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Publication Date: June 28th, 2005

Percy Jackson has always been a troubled kid, but when literal monsters show up in his life, he learns that there are secrets his mom has kept from him.

Armed with this new knowledge, Percy finds himself in a safe place and a quest that has him chasing a thief. But the owner of the stolen object is more powerful than anything Percy can imagine.

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