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This was our book club read for November and we thoroughly enjoyed it! This is a fantastic debut from Terrill and I can’t wait to see what she’s going to come up with next. Em has been imprisoned at a secret military base for what feels like years. She’s constantly tortured for information by a man called, the doctor (yes I really did love the slight Doctor Who reference, even if it was unintentional!). All Em has to keep her going is the voice of a mysterious boy in the cell next to her, until one day she finds a slip of paper taped inside the drain of her cell. The slip of paper contains the instructions Em will need in order to escape. This fast-paced science fiction thriller is great for fans of, well, science fiction! I know it’s a slim genre in YA, but I really liked the time travel elements in this one! It’s a quick read with an unbelievable ending!--Reviewed by Anna, Books Inc. Palo Alto

I know that this one has been out for awhile, but I finally picked it up off the shelf and I’m so glad I did! Did you know Jon Klassen illustrated it? Because he did and it’s adorable and I love it. If you’re unfamiliar with these books, they’re about three children who are mysteriously found in the woods by a wealthy (and very proper) couple. The children, having been raised by wolves, are unmanageable and incorrigible and therefore require the help of a governess. Thankfully, Miss Penelope Lumley knows just how to whip these children into shape. This is a touching story about friendship and compassion. Also, it’s quite funny! --Reviewed by Anna, Books Inc. Palo Alto

Oscar is an orphan. He was raised as the “hand” to a magician on an island where magic is all but lost to the people. Long ago, there were many wizards who used their magic to do extraordinary things. Now, few can use magic in the way that it is meant to be used. When something terrible happens to Wolf, the magician’s assistant, the magician must travel far across the country in hopes of discovering what really happened to Wolf. When the magician leaves, Oscar is left to care for the magician’s magic shop. However, Oscar is much more comfortable with plants and cats than he is with people. It isn’t until Callie, the healer’s assistant, comes to Oscar and helps him with his people skills. But when the city children begin falling ill and no one wants to know the truth, it’s up to Oscar and Callie to discover what’s really going on. This is one of my favorite books from last year and it’s perfect for those rapid fantasy lovers. Anyone who enjoyed Harry Potter or Narnia will devour this one! -- Reviewed by Anna from Books Inc. Palo Alto

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