The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge


The Lie TreeTitle:
The Lie Tree
Author:
Frances Hardinge
Publisher:
  Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication date: 7th May 2015
Pages: 411
ISBN: 9781447264101
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5/5
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The leaves were cold and slightly clammy. There was no mistaking them. She had seen their likeness painstakingly sketched in her father’s journal. This was his greatest secret, his treasure and his undoing. The Tree of Lies. Now it was hers, and the journey he had never finished stretched out before her.
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author:
Ransom Riggs
Publisher:
Quirk
Publication date: June 7th 2011
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1594744769
Source: Myself
Rating: 3/5
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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
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Murder Most Unladylike, by Robin Stevens

Murder Most Unladylike (Wells and Wong, #1)Title: Murder Most Unladylike
Author:
Robin Stevens
Publisher:
 Random House Children’s Publishers
Publication date: June 5th 2014
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9781448193158
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5
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The first gripping, Agatha Christie-style mystery starring a brilliant new double act: feisty, funny schoolgirl detectives, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t, really.)

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Jackaby, by William Ritter

JackabyTitle: Jackaby
Author:
William Ritter
Publisher:
Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: September 16th 2014
Pages: 299
ISBN: 9781616203535
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5
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Jackaby sighed and drew to a stop as we reached the corner of another cobbled street. He turned and looked at me with pursed lips. “Let’s see,” he said at last. “I observed you were recently from the Ukraine. A young domovyk has nestled in the brim of your hat. More recently, you seem to have picked up a Klabautermann, a kind of German kobold attracted to minerals. Most fairy creatures can’t touch the stuff. That’s probably why your poor domovyk nestled in so deep.”

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Unwept, by Tracy Hickman & Laura Hickman

Unwept (The Nightbirds, #1)Title: Unwept
Author:
Tracy Hickman & Laura Hickman
Publisher:
Tor Books
Publication date: July 1st 2014
Pages: 299
ISBN: 9780765332035
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 2/5
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Unwept — the beginning of a spellbinding new trilogy by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman bestselling co-creators of Dragonlance and Ravenloft

Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself—but she doesn’t remember any of them.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events Series, by Lemony Snicket

Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events Series
Author:
 Lemony Snicket
Publishers:
Harper Collins
Publication date:  1999 to 2006
Pages: 3418
ISBN: 9780061119064
Source: Myself
Rating: 4/5
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In this first book, readers are introduced to the unfortunate Baudelaire children — 14-year-old Violet, 12-year-old Klaus, and their infant sister, Sunny — when they learn they’ve just been orphaned by a terrible house fire.

The executor of the Baudelaire estate — a phlegm-plagued banker named Mr. Poe – sends the children to live with a distant relative: a conniving and dastardly villain named Count Olaf, who has designs on the Baudelaire fortune. Count Olaf uses the children as slave labor, provides horrid accommodations for them, and makes them cook huge meals for him and his acting troupe, a bunch of odd-looking, renegade good-for-nothings. When the children are commandeered to appear in Count Olaf’s new play, they grow suspicious and soon learn that the play is not the innocent performance it seems but rather a scheme cooked up by Olaf to help him gain control of the children’s millions.
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Doll Bones, by Holly Black

Doll BonesTitle: Doll Bones
Author:
Holly Black
Publisher:
Doubleday Childrens
Publication date: May 7th 2013
Pages: 247
ISBN: 9780857532671
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5/5
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Synopsis

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice.
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