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MG #19: THE HOUSE OF DEAD BOYS (Horror)

Still reeling from his mother’s death, Nat moves with his estranged father into a ramshackle house, haunted by a girl murdered in 1928. At first, Nat rejects rumors that the vengeful ghost has killed every boy to live there. But when green eyes stare from shadowed corners and a bloated corpse floats over his bed, Nat must race to uncover the secrets of Hex House before he becomes the ghost’s next victim.

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MG #20: FERRET OF THE CARIBBEAN (Fantasy Adventure)

Named for his swift paws, Tentacles the ferret has one goal: stealing marvelous treasures across the Caribbean with the infamous pirate Goldbeard. When Tentacles is shipwrecked with a cabin boy under mysterious circumstances, it’s up to him to find his missing captain—even if it means facing a bath-obsessed lady, a cheeky one-eyed rat, and treacherous buccaneers. Along the way, he finds treasure greater than the shiniest jewel. THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN meets THE WIZARD'S DOG in this adventure full of heart and furry wit.

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MG #21: THE KEEPER OF THE KEY (Historical Fantasy)

When twelve-year-old Fungus dons a metal glove that can open any lock, he’ll use it to free his mother from her abductors. But no clever inventor or daring ship’s captain can save him from gold-masked ghosts that make entire ships disappear. The glove may be the key to unlocking all these mysteries, but only if he learns to use it before it claims his life. THE BLACKTHORN KEY meets MOBY DICK.

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MG #22: THE CURE FOR INFINITY (Historical Novel-in-Verse)

With a love of math, a new best friend, and an Army nurse sister who returns damaged from Vietnam, seventh-grader Jane uses poetry to document and deal with the injustices she encounters as a girl in 1969-70 America.

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Adult #1: MNEMONICA MAGICAE (Humorous Urban Fantasy)

Forgetful, dyslexic magic-user Harmony and her ninja twin sister Melody battle genetically modified beasts for the government. But the magic makes Harmony’s memory worse, and Melody can’t fix that. Meanwhile, a mad scientist schemes for his prize: Harmony’s unique brain. When Melody is nabbed and her co-agents become suspects, Harmony must fix her memory or become the next monster experiment.

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Adult #2: TIES THAT TETHER (#OwnVoices Contemporary Romance)

As an immigrant, Adaeze is down with all the perks of being a Canadian. Dating non-Nigerians, however, is a step too far, especially since her mother objects. When an unexpected romance with a white man blossoms, Adaeze risks losing her mother and must choose between love and fulfilling a deathbed promise to honor her culture.

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Adult #3: BLOOD OF COTTON, BLOOD OF CANE (Contemporary Mystery / Suspense #OwnVoices)

In Amelia’s family, there is no past. No photographs. No stories. No identity. But when her father vanishes in Mississippi, history rises from the dead. In a town where the Confederacy endures and secrets never die, Amelia must unearth her family’s lost identity and connection with a bloody African-American massacre—before the past silences her forever. UNDERGROUND RAILROAD meets DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY.

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Adult #4: THE LADY UPSTAIRS (Crime / Noir)

SUNBURN meets QUEENPIN in this sultry, feminist L.A. noir starring a femme fatale heroine. Jo’s made a career out of taking down terrible men. But when her latest blackmail scheme ends up with a body count, she’s caught between the woman she loves and their enigmatic boss the Lady Upstairs.

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Adult #5: QUEEN OF THIEVES (Women’s Historical Fiction)

Gender-bent Peaky Blinders meets The Alice Network. 1920s London is no place for a woman with a mind of her own. When gang wars, oppressive men, and unforgiving life pushes Alice Diamond to the edge, she’ll either have to fall in line or fight back. What started out as an unconventional way to save her family evolves into a treacherous ride that will turn this petty thief into the cutthroat leader of London’s first female gang.

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Adult #6: JOVE BRAND IS NEAR DEATH (Mystery)

Once upon a time, Ken Allen played the famous, fictional superspy Jove Brand and nearly killed the franchise. The series recovered from the failure. Ken didn’t. When the current Jove Brand is murdered, Ken is framed as the prime suspect. To clear his name and avoid prison, Ken must become Jove Brand for real. He faces Chinese film moguls, Russian oligarchs, and the dowager queen of the Jove Brand series, all of whom dwell in elaborate lairs and will do anything to secure the rights to the multibillion-dollar franchise – even if it means killing off everyone who played the role, including Ken. JOVE BRAND IS NEAR DEATH is the adventurous sibling of Lee Goldberg’s TRUE FICTION that frequents the same haunts as Kellye Garrett’s HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE.

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Adult #7: SHADE & SHADOW (Contemporary Fantasy)

Slade House meets Rear Window. When opioid addict Blake Dywell tries a mysterious street drug, he gets a pure-magic high and witnesses a demon consuming his neighbor’s soul. As a rare human who sees these creatures—but only when under the influence—Blake must stop the killer before others die. His dealer grooms him for the fight while enabling his new addiction. But as Blake spirals downward, his only escape might come from the very demon he hunts.

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Adult #8: FIRST COMES MARRIAGE (Contemporary Romance #OwnVoices)

All Maya’s dreams of a love match walked out the day Nirav left her in a tropical paradise. Years later, with no intention of following his mother’s plans for him, Nirav arranges his own marriage— to Maya. Can Maya accept a loveless marriage with a man she still loves?

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Adult #9: FANBOY (Diverse Contemporary Male-Male Romance)

MOONLIGHT x LOVE JONES – Millennial heartthrob Lamar St. Jon’s plan was twofold: quit acting and come out in his own time. Falling for Harlem barkeep Giovanni Hughes, who avoids closeted men, thrusts a deadline on Lamar's public revelation. But when Lamar's exploitative father falls ill, he'll push Lamar to deny himself for the celebrity paycheck.

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Adult #10: ROBBER BARRONS (Sci-Fi Space Opera)

CAPTAIN AMERICA meets ROGUE ONE: Victoria, a genetically-enhanced human, is pursued across the Colonies by bounty hunters out for a sample of her blood and government agents wanting to make her a political pawn. To escape capture, she joins her uncle's salvage crew and begins to uncover the truth about her supersoldier father's disappearance. But solving the mystery could lead to another interstellar war—with Victoria and her estranged mother fighting on opposite sides.

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Adult #11: THE COMPANY DAUGHTERS (Historical Fiction)

Amsterdam, 1616. Jana Beil, newly escaped from a brothel and long-accustomed to hardship, is desperate for safety. When she finds servant work for the Reynst family, she risks becoming comfortable—even allowing herself to fall in love with her employer's daughter. But a shipwreck robs the family of everything, and Jana must decide just how far to pursue her clandestine love. Perhaps even across the world.

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