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Jack of Kinrowan: Jack the Giant-Killer and Drink Down the Moon
Charles de Lint
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Patrick Rothfuss
The Sweet Scent of Blood
Suzanne McLeod
Shadow's Edge
Brent Weeks
M.E. Breen, Molly Breen
The Poison Eaters and Other Stories
Holly Black
This Side of the Grave
Jeaniene Frost
Zoo City
Lauren Beukes
Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson A Middle School/YA steampunk adventure!Set in the beginning of WWI, it pits the steam powered Clankers - machines favored by the Germans and Austro-Hungarians, versus the living weapons of the Darwinists - genetically engineered creatures of the British, French and Russians.The narrative follows Alek, son of the slain Archduke Ferdinand, who is running for his life following his parents' assassination, and Deryn (called Dylan) a fifteen year old girl who disguises herself as a boy to join the British Air Service. Alek has dreams of being a normal boy, a soldier, and later, with just staying alive. Deryn wishes for the freedom that the other boys take for granted, always worried that someone will uncover her secret.There are quite a few scenes of war and violence - WWI is starting and Alek and Deryn are right in it. Fantastic start to the series - endearing characters, fantastic worldbuilding, nonstop action. It was a really fun read and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.