The Orphan Master's Son

An epic novel that elevates its acclaimed author to a whole new level, The Orphan Master's Son is a stunning work of fiction that follows a young man's undercover journey in the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother--a singer "stolen" to Pyongyang--and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return--and that can end only in freedom or death.Considering himself "a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world," Jun Do becomes a tunnel soldier, trained in the art of zero-light combat, then a professional kidnapper who in turn lies low and lets others impose identities...
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Inspector Flytrap

From husband-and-wife team Tom Angleberger, creator of the New York Times bestselling Origami Yoda series, and Cece Bell, author/illustrator of the Newbery Honor graphic novel El Deafo, comes the start to a funny and clever illustrated chapter-book series about a mystery-solving Venus flytrap. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, this early-chapter-book series is a must for beginning readers.Inspector Flytrap in the Da Vinci Cold introduces kids to the humorous and wacky world of Inspector Flytrap’s Detective Agency, home to the world-renowned solver of BIG DEAL mysteries. The plant detective works tirelessly with his assistant Nina the Goat on his community’s unsolved cases. There’s no case too big, but there are definitely cases too small for this endearingly self-important plant detective. Celebrating the disabled yet enabled, the character of Inspector Flytrap is wheeled everywhere (on a skateboard, of course) by his goat sidekick as this mystery-solving duo works on cases such as “The Big Deal Mystery of the Stinky Cookies” and “The Big Deal Mystery of the Missing Rose.” On his first caper, Inspector Flytrap heads to the Art Museum’s Secret Lab to discover what important message lies in a mysterious glob on a recently discovered Da Vinci flower painting. The ingenious solution: Da Vinci was allergic to flowers, and the glob is, er, evidence of that ancient sneeze. Combining wacky humor and a silly cast of characters with adventure, friendship, and mystery, the powerhouse team of Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell have created a uniquely engaging series that is perfect for newly independent readers and fans of Ricky Ricotta, Captain Underpants, and the Galaxy Zack series. Also included in these books are some graphic novel–style pages that will attract reluctant readers.
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Girl Online

I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes... Penny has a secret. Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog. But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.
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Phone

A rude and arrogant businessman's life falls apart after he begins receiving silent calls on his mobile phone.A rude and arrogant businessman's life falls apart after he begins receiving silent calls on his mobile phone.…His assistant reinstalled the phone’s software for him after lunch, but it rang twice during that afternoon’s finance committee meeting. "Fuck," said Malfoy."You seem distracted," stated the VP of the acquisitions division."No shit," replied Malfoy."Aren’t you supposed to be in London?" asked someone else…Phone is a story from The World Is Round, available now.A great philosopher's masterwork is unravelled by a duck, an influential talk show host begins executing his guests, and a baby enchants a murderous African dictator in this collection of seventeen short stories. A work of poignant satire and extraordinary imagination, The World Is Round is always weird, sometimes bleak, and frequently hilarious.
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Darth Paper Strikes Back

NOT SUCH A LONG TIME AGO, IN A MIDDLE SCHOOL NOT SO FAR, FAR AWAY... Something amazing happened. A weird kid named Dwight made an origami finger puppet of Yoda. (That wasn't the amazing thing--just typical Dwight weirdness.) the amazing thing was that Origami Yoda gave great advice. He could predict the date of a pop quiz, tell a guy if a girl likes him or not, and keep kids from embarrassing themselves in a dozen different ways. Most of the sixth graders were convinced he was using the Force. But now, a year later, it's a dark time at McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight has been suspended and may be expelled, which means no more Origami Yoda. Even worse, Darth Paper, a puppet created by Dwight's nemesis, Harvey, has taken Yoda's place. He spews insults and evil and just may be responsible for getting Dwight kicked out in the first place. Now the kids of McQuarrie are trying to build a case to save Dwight. This is their case file.
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Fake Mustache

Award-winning author Tom Angleberger flexes his comic muscle in this hairy adventure story with twists at every turn. Regular kid Lenny Flem Jr. is the only one standing between his evil-genius best friend—Casper, a master of disguise and hypnosis—and world domination. It all begins when Casper spends money from his granny on a spectacularly convincing fake mustache, the Heidelberg Handlebar #7. With it he’s able rob banks, amass a vast fortune, and run for president. Is Lenny the only one who can see through his disguise? And will he be able to stop Casper from taking over the world?
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All I Want Is You

For their first Valentine's Day outside of an ICU, Jack decides to go big. However, his over the top Valentine extravaganza is about to completely miss the mark. Nina loves her much simpler life with Jack and values their time more than any gift he could ever buy. Her Valentine wish is for a night alone at the cabin, only she doesn’t have the heart to tell Jack.For their first Valentine's Day outside of an ICU, Jack decides to go big. However, his over the top Valentine extravaganza is about to completely miss the mark. Nina loves her much simpler life with Jack and values their time more than any gift he could ever buy. Her Valentine wish is for a night alone at the cabin, only she doesn’t have the heart to tell Jack.Get ready to celebrate another holiday with the Spears family and get a peek into Jack and Nina’s-almost-happily ever after :)
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Inspector Flytrap in the President's Mane Is Missing

Welcome to Inspector Flytrap’s Detective Agency, home to the world-renowned solver of BIG DEAL mysteries. Inspector Flytrap, a Venus flytrap, works tirelessly with his assistant Nina the Goat, a goat, on his community’s unsolved cases. There’s no case too big, but there are definitely cases too small for this endearingly self-important plant detective. In book two, Inspector Flytrap and Nina the Goat return in a set of mysteries involving the president of the United States and a very large horse statue that mysteriously attracts a threat from outer space. This wacky, illustrated early-chapter-book series combines the masterful humor of Tom Angleberger with the critically acclaimed art of his wife, author-illustrator Cece Bell.
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God-Shaped Hole

When I was twelve, a fortune teller told me that my one true love would die young and leave me all alone. Everyone said she was a fraud, that she was just making it up. I'd really like to know why the hell a person would make up a thing like that. Written with the snap, glitter and wit of The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing, God-Shaped Hole is a memorable, poignant love story that will leave you weeping with laughter. It is told in the wry, vulnerable voice of Beatrice "Trixie" Jordan who replies to a personal ad, "If your intentions are pure I am seeking a friend for the end of the world." In doing so, she meets Jacob Grace, a charming, effervescent thirty-something writer, a free spirit who is a passionate seeker of life. He possesses his own turn of phrase and ways of thinking and feeling that dissonantly harmonize with Trixie's off-center vision as they roller coaster through the joys and furies of their wrenching romance. Along the way they try to come to terms with the hurt brought about by their distant fathers who, in different ways, forsook them. This story will prove so touching you will rush to share it with a friend or loved one or even a stranger.
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Wali: The Boy With Blue Eyes And Their Mystery.

Story of a boy who loved rabbits.“What is your name?” It was my first question to him. I met him in a park. He was wearing blue trousers and a checked shirt of the same colour. His hairs were combed to one side. And his eyes were beautiful, blue and big. He stared me in the eyes for a few moments and after taking his time answered me “Wali”.Collateral damage is described as damage to things that are incidental to the intended target. It is story of a boy who was not on any side but his own, and story of a mother who wanted nothing but to hold her son. War takes a lot from those who are directly involved and from those who are forcefully involved. Free of age, Era, time, Zone and nations,... about relations, love and heart.Feel free to leave comments.
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Leaping Lizards

When her clanship's sensors are damaged, Captain Klarin-yal hires an expensive human expert to effect repairs. Unfortunately, the human is afraid of reptiles. unfortunately, during the explosion, a pregnant reptilian pet escaped into the ship... Now it's up to Kinahran, a young Kintaran, to find the pet before the human flees in disgust, leaving the clanship crippled.When her clanship's sensors are damaged, Captain Klarin-yal hires an expensive human expert to effect repairs. Unfortunately, the human is afraid of reptiles. More unfortunately, during the explosion, a reptilian pet escaped into the ship. Even worse, the pet is about to have babies... Now it's up to Kinahran ("Moonfur" in Terran) and her little sister Embereyes (whose pet it was anyway) to find the animal before the human flees in disgust, leaving the clanship crippled -- an outcome that would surely have the Captain using their ears for belt-pouches, and their tails for a belt!Originally published in the fanzine Pawprints, "Leaping Lizards" is the introductory short story for the science fiction universe of the Kintarans.
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Grievance: Volume 1

Episodes 1-4When the ever popular SIX: Emmitt, Ellie, Hannah, Connor, Kristen, and Tristin, are torn about by a fatal accident, the remaining five struggle to navigate the new semester while under the watchful eye of the anonymous Sun Vlogger, who will stop at nothing to expose the secrets which could devastate them all, and sever their ties for good.Episodes 1-4Six Friends, Minus One Tragic Death, Equals A Senior Year Crissana High Will Never Forget. Admiration always comes with a price. For THE SIX: Emmitt, Ellie, Hannah, Connor, Kristen, and Tristin, popularity in small town Crissana, Arizona came easy. The inseparable friends have been the envy of their classmates since third grade, and are expected to rule senior year as well. That is until Emmitt’s car is pushed over a cliff, with his twin sister, Ellie, asleep inside. Now Ellie’s death is all anyone can talk about, while the remaining five begin senior year under an even brighter spotlight. Emmitt hasn’t been seen since the funeral. All eyes are on Kristen as she assumes the role of student body president. Connor has his hands full with an imploding relationship, while Tristin is questioning her sexuality, for the second time. At the center of it all is Hannah, whose boyfriend caused the accident. Everyone’s questioning why she continues to stand by him, especially her friends, and it’s Dax’s job, as Crissana’s anonymous Sun Vlogger, to find the answer.Grievance explores tragedy, heartbreak, and the unexpected obstacles which can lead you to question who you are or hope to be. The story follows six young characters as they deal with mature situations, including domestic abuse, sexual identity, promiscuity, mental health, and religious beliefs in today’s high school setting. Grievance is a story of hope, honesty, and the power of true friendship—ones you know will last a lifetime.
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The Switchblade Mamma

Lillian Ann Cross was ordinary. She lived a simple life and she lived it day by day. In the blink of an eye, however, Lillian's life changed forever. It was a twist of fate that changed Lillian, for she came to know bloodshed and fighting as a new way of life. In the blink of an eye, Lillian became The Switchblade Mamma.Lillian Ann Cross was ordinary. She lived a simple life and she lived it day by day. Lillian woke and slept by the command of a clock's arms. In the blink of an eye, however, Lillian's life changed forever. It was a twist of fate that changed Lillian, for she came to know bloodshed and fighting as a new way of life. She walked a thin line between good and evil and trying to remind herself that she was not a bad person became her daily. In the blink of an eye, Lillian became The Switchblade Mamma. This is book one of a three part series.
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Hostile Takeover

Bucking for a promotion is tough, but if you really want it, hire a ninja assassin.A surreal and psychotic romp in the first person perspective. The VP is looking to make CEO, but Anderson from downstairs wants it too and he may have hired a ninja to gain the edge.This is a fast past short story filled with dark humor.
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Smoke and Mirrors

A brother and sister spend a night in a country hotel, which has a few sinister surprises.A collection of some of the best "Can You Imagine...?" columns written to inspire and motivate us to live happier, more fulfilled lives. This collection will make you take a closer look at your life and maybe discover something you should be doing that could make your life happier. Do you have a kindness reflex? Are you still living in the past? Are you stuck in your erroneous zones? Where is your Utopia? How changing your thinking creates positive changes in your life, and how much you’ll gain by losing it are all in this edition. Have you allowed the ‘good seeds’ or ‘bad seeds’ to take root and grow? Find out when you read Volume V. Have you ever thought of what you’d say if you only had a thousand words left? Bobbi G did. You’ll be inspired when you read “Note to self.” And if you have ever lost someone special you must read “I thought of you today.” Download “Motivational Moments, Can You Imagine...? Volume V," today and rediscover how wonderful life truly is when you read Bobbi G’s insightful collection. Get yours today. Then tell your friends so they can get theirs too!
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