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Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend by Victoria Laurie
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Gringa in a Strange Land by Linda Dahl
I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story by Pete Nelson
Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Naomi and the Horse-Flavored T-Shirt by Dan Boehl
Nicking Time by T. Traynor
Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey
Rifka Takes a Bow by Rebecca Rosenberg Perlov
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
So Thick the Fog by Catherine Pomeroy Stewart
Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Happy Place: Living the Good Life in America by Bentz Plagemann
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick
A Timely Vision by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Tourmaline by Joanna Scott
Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan
What Color Is My World? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Vespers Rising: 10/07/13

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Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson is the bridge between the original 39 Clues series and the Vespers vs. Cahills.

Rather than being just an adventure with Amy and Dan, it's four short stories. It takes Cahill family through important eras: the loss of the family home, the rise of the Madrigals, Grace Cahill's first adventure, and finally a present day adventure with Dan and Amy.

My favorite two adventures were the ones with Grace Cahill and her grandchildren. While Grace's adventure might seem far fetched for a young teen during WWII, it was still more of a romp than the either of earliest stories. Grace's adventure also highlights more so than the previous two the ways in which the Vespers have operatives almost everywhere.

For anyone interested in jumping right back into Dan and Amy's adventures, Vespers Rising can be skipped.

Four stars

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