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Ghost Soldier by Elaine Marie Alphin

You’ll never look at the smell of oranges the same way again…

Alex can’t believe his Mom isn’t going to come back, so moving to North Carolina with his Dad is his idea of Hell. The widow that they’re staying with clearly has her eye on Alex’s Dad, but the widow’s daughter is just as unhappy about the situation as Alex is. Of course, all this is before the window in time opens up. Alex hasn’t seen through a window in time since before his mother left, so imagine his surprise when the old Civil War site they visit turns out to be … a Civil War battle zone real enough to touch.

Can Alexander help the worry-stricken Richard, a professional Confederate ghost? What about the chaotic dynamics of the two half-families? If home is where the heart is, Alexander doesn’t know where to turn.

Bottom line: An engaging must-read! Cool battle history meets modern turmoil.

Submitted by: Christine

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This Dark Endeavor : The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

A darkly riveting tale, This Dark Endeavor is so plausible, so possible, as the story of the youth of the infamous Frankenstein, that it’s definitely spooky.

Victor’s twin brother, the charming, friendly, athletic one, falls shockingly ill. When a parade of doctors not only fails to help but appears to be causing harm, Victor returns in desperation to a Dark Library the children had discovered beneath the library. His distant cousin Elizabeth agrees to help him on his illegal and dangerous adventures, in hopes of saving Konrad, but a twisted love triangle is in the works, and the taste of alchemy lingers in Victor’s thoughts. Elizabeth explains sadly, “There is a passion in you that scares me.” Does  he search for a cure … or for power?

Bottom line: Definitely read it now!

Submitted by: Christine

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