• The Invention of Hugo Cabaret

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    The Invention of Hugo Cabaret
    Brian Selznick
    Scholastic Press, 2007
    Historical Fiction
    ISBN:0439813786
    544 pages
    National Book Award Winner

    Synopsis

    Both of his parents have died, so Hugo Cabaret lives with his uncle inside of the clock room at the train station in London. He’s inherited his father’s ability to tinker with toys and anything that has working gears, parts, and pieces. Before the fire, his father happened upon a mechanical man that was calibrated to draw or write something as part of a magic act.

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    The Magician

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    The Magician (Book 2, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)
    Michael Scott
    Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2008
    Fantasy Fiction
    ISBN: 0385733585
    496 pages

    Synopsis

    Continuing on from their first adventure, the twins Josh and Sophie Newman have now been transported to Paris through a ley-line, a magical portal that connects major parts of the world and can bring people from place to place instantaneously. Sophie’s powers have been awakened and she has all of the powers and memories of the Witch. They’ve escaped John Dee for now, but another powerful enemy is hot on their trail, the infamous Niccoló Machiavelli, a powerful, cold, and calculating adversary who has control over all of the Parisian police forces in addition to having magical abilities.

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