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Armageddon Summer

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“This Time, the World Will End in Fire”

“The world will end on Thursday, July 27, 2000”

That’s what Reverend Beelson has told his congregation.

Marina’s mom believes. So does Jed’s dad. That’s why they’ve dragged Marina and Jed to a mountain retreat with the rest of the Reverend’s flock. From the mountaintop, the Believers will watch the Righteous Conflagration that will scour the world clean—and then they will descend to begin God’s world anew.

But this world has only just begun for Marina and Jed, two teenagers who have more fear than fervor, more attitude than belief. Why is God testing Marina’s faith? Why would God let Jed’s mom and sister burn but spare Jed and his dad? Why do the Believers patrol the compound’s electric fences with automatic rifles at the ready?

And why should the world end now, when Marina and Jed have just fallen in love for the first time in their lives?

Fortune’s Journey

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When 17 year old Fortune Plunkett's father dies, he leaves her with her two things: his acting troupe, and a deathbed wish that she fulfill his dream and lead the players across the continent to San Francisco.

It's 1853, and the Gold Rush is in full swing. In the little town of Busted Heights the actors pick up an additional player: the naive-but-eager Jamie Halleck, who burns with desire to be on the stage.

Soon after the real journey begins. Joining a wagon train, Fortune and her actors find more action, adventure, and drama than any of their plays could offer in this carefully researched historical adventure.

The year is 1853. Bravely carrying on the work of her late father’s acting troupe, young Fortune Plunkett is leading the group west on a wagon train bound for San Francisco. It’s a journey fraught with danger and disaster—as well as unexpected discoveries for the members of the troupe.

“The adventures of the traveling actors in a Conestoga wagon on the Oregon Trail… are robust and fun… preteens will gobble up the story; absorbing some information on the way.”—Booklist

Space Station Ice-3

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“Space can be deadly.”

“Murder in Orbit”

Rusty McPhee has discovered a dead body being dissolved in the Waste Converter Tanks of Space Station ICE-3. But the body is fully “converted” before he can show it to anyone, and no one will believe his story—mostly because all 25,000 people on board the orbiting colony are safe and accounted for.

So where did the body come from?

Rusty isn’t willing to let the mystery go. Helped by an extremely eccentric scientist and his two beautiful assistants, Rusty begins a quest for an answer—a quest that will lead him into a web of mystery, intrigue and horrifying secrets.