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by Julie Kenner
The first of a series, this book opens up with a average suburban mom. Until she starts fighting demons off that is. Your main character Kate Connor is off on an adventure by the second chapter. She is trying to find a way to balance her new life as a suburban house wife and her old life as a demon hunter. All without letting her family know and still keep them and her friends safe. It's fun and fast paced. There is nothing as exciting as chicks kicking butt. Good for anyone who is 15 and up.
by Gregory Maguire
Ready for fast-paced action, unlikely romances, and a whole new outlook on Oz? Set in the well-known but not well-understood- as you will see in this book- Land of Oz we can all recall from Frank Baum's classic Wizard of Oz, Wicked is a deep and multi-layered story of the truth behind the Wicked Witch of the West, the ruby slippers, and who the Wizard really is.
Its elegant prose and richly descriptive imagery lead you on an adventure that starts in a Munchkinland minster's house, where a green-skinned, shark-toothed child has just been born, and further, through Elphaba's college years, unlucky romances, and finally to her finale as the misunderstood, brilliant, shunned Wicked Witch of the West.
This book will give you a whole new outlook on the meaning of the word "wicked" and a deeply touching, can't-put-it-down read at the same time.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
This book is hilarious! I found myself holding my side with laughter. Sherman Alexie writes with conviction and clarity regarding the life of the modern reservation Indian. I learned so much about reservation life through the eyes of a goofy brain-damaged outcast named Arthur. He strikes out into the white world to attend school, in order to receive a better education, yet what he discovers about himself and his tribe is sure to change his life forever. This story is heart-warming to say the least and is full of wonderful adventures that will leave you both happy and sad. Great book!