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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School

Summary

Middle school is hard. Your bodies are changing, your friends are changing, classes are harder, and tough things happen. This “support group in a book” is specifically geared to you. Read stories written by kids just like you, about their middle school years, and: true friends and new friends mean girls... and boys embarrassing moments bully payback crushes and young love being happy with yourself tough times family issues doing what’s right and lots more!

©2008 Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC (P)2011 Brilliance Audio

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Zombies vs. Unicorns

1 rating

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It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths - for good and evil - of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many best-selling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

©2010 Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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DragonSpell

5 ratings

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Once a slave girl in the village of River Away, Kale is freed when she discovers a dragon's egg. She is given the unexpected opportunity to journey to the great walled city of Vendala to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service. A Desperate Search Begins... A small band of Paladin's servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained as a dragon-keeper. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect... Weaving together memorable characters, daring adventure, and a core of eternal truth, Dragonspell is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction.

©2004 Donita K. Paul (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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Night World: Secret Vampire

6 ratings

Summary

The series takes place in a world similar to our own but one where vampires, witches, werewolves and shape-shifters live among humans without their knowledge. These supernatural races make up a secret society known as the Night World, which enforces two fundamental laws to prevent discovery: (1) Never allow humans to gain knowledge of the Night World's existence and (2) Never fall in love with one of them. In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

©2009 L.J. Smith (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Author: L. J. Smith
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
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The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

6 ratings

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Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff”, she throws her Coke in his face. But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

©2010 Kody Keplinger (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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DragonLight

4 ratings

Summary

The breathtaking conclusion to the DragonKeeper chronicles! The fantastic land of Amara is recovering from years of war as well as from the spiritual apathy corroding the Amarans' hearts. With Kale and her father serving as dragon keepers for Paladin, the dragon populace has exploded. It's a peaceful, exciting time of rebuilding. And yet, an insidious, unseen evil lurks just beneath the surface of the idyllic countryside. As Kale and her father are busy hatching, bonding, and releasing the younger generation of dragons, the light wizard has little time to develop her skills. Her husband, Sir Bardon - despite physical limitations - has become a leader, serving under Paladin. When Kale and Bardon join the dragons on a quest to find a hidden colony, they encounter sinister forces. Their world is under attack by a secret enemy...can they overcome the ominous peril they can't even see? Truth has never been more important, nor so difficult to discern. Prepare to experience breathtaking adventure and mind-blowing fantasy as never before in this dazzling, beautifully-crafted conclusion to Donita K. Paul's popular DragonKeeper chronicles.

©2008 Donita K. Paul (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
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DragonFire

3 ratings

Summary

Three years of strife have passed since Kale and Bardon freed Paladin's knights. Now, fiery dragons scorch their beautiful countryside as an evil husband-and-wife wizard duo fight for supremacy. The people of Amara just want to be left alone, hoping the conflict will disappear. But Paladin is dying, and Bardon and Kale - now married - must accept fateful, separate assignments if their land is to survive. Can their efforts turn the tide against their adversaries?Kale's responsibility is to find, hatch, and train an army of dragons by working side-by-side with the dragon keeper father she has never known. As the Amaran countrymen seek escape, she must gain a greater understanding of her gifts to overcome her doubts. And as the end draws near, with friends and family in serious jeopardy, both Bardon and Kale must face their greatest trials yet.Prepare to experience breathtaking adventure and mind-blowing fantasy as never before in this stunning addition to Donita K. Paul's popular DragonKeepers fantasy series.

©2007 Donita K. Paul (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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The Old Willis Place

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Diana and her little brother Georgie have been living in the woods behind the old Willis place, a decaying Victorian mansion, for what already seems like forever. They aren't allowed to leave the property or show themselves to anyone. But when a new caretaker comes to live there with his young daughter, Lissa, Diana is tempted to break the mysterious rules they live by and reveal herself so she can finally have a friend. Somehow, Diana must get Lissa's help if she and Georgie ever hope to release themelves from the secret that has bound them to the old Willis place for so long. Mary Downing Hahn has written a chilling ghost story in the tradition of her most successful spine-tingling novels. The intriguing characters, frightening secrets, and plot twists will delight her many fans.

©2004 Mary Downing Hahn (P)2008 Brilliance Audio. Produced by special arrangement with Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
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Wait Till Helen Comes

Summary

Twelve-year-old Molly and her 10-year-old brother, Michael, have never liked their younger stepsister, Heather. Ever since their parents got married, she's made Molly and Michael's life miserable. Now their parents have moved them all to the country to live in a house that used to be a church, with a cemetery in the backyard. If that's not bad enough, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen and warning Molly and Michael that Helen is coming for them. Molly feels certain Heather is in some kind of danger, but every time she tries to help, Heather twists things around to get her into trouble. It seems as if things can't get any worse. But they do - when Helen comes.

©1986 Mary Downing Hahn (P)2008 Brilliance Audio. Produced by special arrangement with Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
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DragonKnight

3 ratings

Summary

Before vowing his allegiance to Wulder as a knight, Bardon heads to the mountains for solitude. His life is suddenly complicated by a woman and her granddaughter, N'Rae, on a mission to rescue the woman's son trapped in a chamber of sleep. Bardon learns that more of Paladin's knights are imprisoned - and suspects one of them is Dragon Keeper Kale's missing father. The band travels north, uncertain of their destination and encountering numerous perils. When they unlock the chamber, they discover a dozen knights - who cannot be awakened. The journal holding the secret to rousing them is in an unknown language. How can they find the help they need, and overcome even graver obstacles, to rescue the knights? Return to the land of dragons and magic you discovered in Dragonspell and DragonQuest, in this finely crafted and memorable work of fantasy fiction with a core of eternal truth.

©2009 Donita K. Paul (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
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Wuthering Heights: CliffsNotes

Summary

The CliffsNotes study guide on Charlotte Brontë's Wuthering Heights supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read Wuthering Heights. Reading a literary work doesn’t mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement your reading to be sure you get all you can from Brontë's Wuthering Heights. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers, practice projects, and more. For further information on Charlotte Brontë and Wuthering Heights, check out the CliffsNotes Resource Center at www.cliffsnotes.com. In this audiobook: Learn about the life and background of Charlotte Brontë Hear an introduction to Wuthering Heights Explore themes, character development, and recurring images in the Critical Commentaries Learn new words from the glossary at the end of each Chapter Examine in-depth character analyses Acquire an understanding of Wuthering Heights with critical essays Reinforce what you learn to further your study online at www.cliffsnotes.com

©2011 Wiley Publishing, Inc. (adaptation of original text) (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
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DragonQuest

5 ratings

Summary

A dragonkeeper of Paladin, Kale is summoned from the Hall to The Bogs by the Wizard Fenworth to serve as his apprentice and tend his newly hatched meech dragon, Regidor. But Kale isn't going alone. The Hall is sending a student to monitor her performance and report back to the scholars. Worst of all, it's Bardon - an older boy Kale finds irritating, but who at least can hold his own in a sword fight. Meanwhile, the Wizard Risto has seized another meech dragon, bringing him dangerously close to gaining the power he seeks. So with only a motley band of companions, Kale sets out on a desperate quest to rescue the second meech, to free those dragons already enslaved, and to thwart Risto's devious plans. It's up to Kale to lead the search and to embrace the role that's rightfully hers. But will her efforts be enough to save the land of Amara from the dark future that awaits at Risto's hands?

©2005 Donita K. Paul (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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Beowulf: CliffsNotes

Summary

The CliffsNotes study guide on Beowulf supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read Beowulf. Reading a literary work doesn’t mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement your reading to be sure you get all you can from Beowulf. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers, practice projects, and more. For further information on Beowulf, check out the CliffsNotes Resource Center at www.cliffsnotes.com.

©2000 Wiley Publishing, Inc. Adaptation of original text © 2011 by Wiley Publishing, Inc. (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
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Something, Maybe

Summary

Everyone thinks his or her parents are embarrassing, but Hannah knows she's got them all beat. Her dad made a fortune showcasing photos of pretty girls and his party lifestyle all over the Internet, and her mom was once one of her dad's girlfriends and is now the star of her own website. After getting the wrong kind of attention for way too long, Hannah has mastered the art of staying under the radar...and that's just how she likes it. Of course, that doesn't help her get noticed by her crush. Hannah's sure that gorgeous, sensitive Josh is her soul mate. But trying to get him to notice her; wondering why she suddenly can't stop thinking about another guy, Finn; and dealing with her parents make Hannah feel like she's going crazy. Yet she's determined to make things work out the way she wants - only what she wants may not be what she needs.... Once again, Elizabeth Scott has created a world so painfully funny and a cast of characters so heartbreakingly real that you'll love being a part of it, from unexpected start to triumphant finish.

©2009 Elizabeth Scott (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
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The Canterbury Tales: CliffsNotes

Summary

The CliffsNotes study guide on Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read The Canterbury Tales. Reading a literary work doesn’t mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement your reading to be sure you get all you can from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers, practice projects, and more. For further information on Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales, check out the CliffsNotes Resource Center at www.cliffsnotes.com.

©2000 James L. Roberts (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
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Jane Eyre: CliffsNotes

Summary

The CliffsNotes study guide on Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read Jane Eyre. Reading a literary work doesn’t mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement your reading to be sure you get all you can from Brontë's Jane Eyre. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers, practice projects, and more. For further information on Charlotte Brontë and Jane Eyre, check out the CliffsNotes Resource Center at www.cliffsnotes.com.

©2010 Wiley Publishing, Inc. Adaptation of original text © 2011 by Wiley Publishing, Inc. (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: CliffsNotes

Summary

This CliffsNotes study guide on William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read A Midsummer Night's Dream. Reading a literary work doesn’t mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement you reading to be sure you get all you can from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers, practice projects, and more. For further information on William Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night's Dream, check out the CliffsNotes Resource Center at www.cliffsnotes.com.

©2000 Karin Jacobson (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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Pride and Prejudice: CliffsNotes

Summary

The CliffsNotes study guide on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read Pride and Prejudice. Reading a literary work doesn’t mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement your reading to be sure you get all you can from Austen's Pride and Prejudice. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers, practice projects, and more. For further information on Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, check out the CliffsNotes Resource Center at www.cliffsnotes.com.

©2000 Marie Kalil (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Ellen Grafton
Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
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