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Author: Megan Shepherd | Narrator: Fiona Hardingham
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: October 11, 2016
"Deserves a spot on the shelf next to the most beloved children's classics—yes, even The Secret Garden."  —Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

Described as "reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia" in a starred review, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill shows readers everywhere that there is color in our world—they just need to know where to look.
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Author: Jean Fritz | Narrator: Arthur Morey
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: October 04, 2016
Acclaimed biographer Jean Fritz writes the remarkable story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's most influential and fascinating founding fathers, and his untimely death in a duel with Aaron Burr.

Born in the British West Indies, Hamilton arrived in New York as an "outsider.
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Author: Joel ben Izzy | Narrator: Joel ben Izzy
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: October 04, 2016
At last a great American Hanukkah story. This very funny, very touching novel of growing up Jewish has the makings of a holiday classic.

One lousy miracle.  Is that too much to ask.

Evidently so for Joel, as he tries to survive Hannukah, 1971 in the suburbs of the suburbs of Los Angeles (or, as he calls it, “The Land of Shriveled Dreams”).
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Author: Kate Beasley | Narrator: Tara Sands
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: October 04, 2016
For fans of Three Times Lucky and The Penderwicks, this endearing new classic spins together sparkling humor, sizzle-pop writing, and a sassy main character with an unforgettable voice.

Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome.
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Author: Rick Riordan | Narrator: Kieran Culkin
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: October 04, 2016
Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants.
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Author: Judith St. George | Narrator: John H. Mayer
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: October 04, 2016
In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant students who attended college. one at Princeton, the other at Columbia.and studied law. Both were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes.
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Author: Ross Welford | Narrator: Bruce Mann
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: October 04, 2016
Back to the Future meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in this original, poignant, race-against-time story about a boy who travels back to 1984 to save his father’s life.
 
My dad died twice.
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Author: Chris Grabenstein | Narrator: Bryan Kennedy
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: October 04, 2016
“Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity—five-stars.” —Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series

From the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and co-author with James Patterson of I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters, comes a hilarious illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel.
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Author: Adam Gidwitz | Narrator: Adam Gidwitz and Various
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: September 27, 2016
The bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm takes on medieval times in an exciting and hilarious new adventure about history, religion . . . and farting dragons.
 
1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children.
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Author: David A. Kelly | Narrator: Marc Cashman
Grades: K-3
Release Date: September 13, 2016
It’s the BIGGEST baseball mystery yet—at the WORLD SERIES.
 
Red Sox versus Cubs. Game five. It looks like Mike and Kate are about to watch the Cubs win it all. But then someone starts messing with the team—ruining equipment, getting Cubs players in trouble, and even stirring up an old baseball curse.
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Author: Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller | Narrator: Jason Segel
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: September 13, 2016
The third book in the hilariously scary Nightmares. series by New York Times bestselling authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller is here. You thought the nightmares were over. You better keep the lights on.
 

Charlie Laird has a very bad feeling.
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Author: D. J. MacHale | Narrator: Keith Nobbs and Mark Bramhall
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: September 06, 2016
Leave the lights on for this first book in a new thriller series. The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Pendragon invites you to enter The Library, where the stories you can’t finish just might finish you.

There’s a place beyond this world where spirits tell their tales—stories that ended too soon, or don’t end at all.
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