The Varjak Paw
Mesopotamium Blue cat, Varjak Paw, has never been Outside before; he and his family have always lived in the isolated house at the top of the hill. Bu <more...>t Varjak is forced out into the city when the sinister Gentleman and his two menacing cats take over his home. With help from his mystical ancestor, Jalal, Varjak manages to overcome challenges such as self-survival and a threat from the gangland cats, and he ultimately discovers the terrifying secrets behind the Vanishings. But can he save his own family from their fate?
movie tie-ins - young readers
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generat <more...>ions of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment, and redemption.
Magyk (Septimus Heap #1)
fantasy - young readers
Septimus Heap, the seventh son of the seventh son, disappears the night he is born, pronounced dead by the midwife. That same night, the baby's father <more...>, Silas Heap, comes across an abandoned child in the snow, a newborn girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take her into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?
Hide & Seek
Meet Harry Pickles, the fastest boy in the world (well, at least in school), big brother to Daniel (who runs like a girl but is, in his own twerpy way <more...>, a star), and the firstborn son of Mo and Pa, the best-looking parents in their Notting Hill elementary school parking lot. Harry's life, like any other nine-year-old's, is a colorful, frenetic, and fun blur of lunch boxes, vocabulary tests, and keeping up with his pals Piggy and Terry, not to mention keeping an eye on his kid brother Daniel. Mo, a successful, well-known journalist, and Pa, a surgeon, have built a wonderful world for Harry and Daniel to grow up in, but when a school outing results in Daniel's vanishing, the complicated adult world of police investigations and interviews, searches of the countryside, recriminations, and ultimate responsibility comes crashing in on a very confused Harry.
The Eighth Commandement
Appraising rare coins for Grandby & Sons, a venerable Madison Avenue auction house, is a dream come true for Mary Lou Bateson. She even gets a chance <more...>to inspect the Havistock Collection of priceless coins, which includes the Demaretion, a rare, ancient Greek silver piece. But when the Demaretion disappears just after her assessment, the young numismatist becomes the number-one suspect. Placed on indefinite leave, Bateson enlists the help of a New York Police Department cop and an insurance detective to go behind the closed doors of one of New York’s most powerful and untouchable families. The Havistocks are keeping some dangerous secrets, including a kleptomaniac daughter, a sex-addicted daughter-in-law, and a sleazy nest of adultery, pornography, and damning secrets someone is willing to kill to keep.
The Seventh Commandement
It is Christmas time in New York and insurance investigator Dora Conti is sent from Connecticut to investigate the mugging and death of retired jewell <more...>er Lewis Starret. He was insured for three million dollars but the muggers didn't take his wallet. Each family member soon becomes a suspect.
The Timothy Files
Timothy Cone, ex-Vietnam vet is a very determined man, with a highly evolved sense of justice and a nose for a scam. Without exception, every one of h <more...>is most routine investigations results in big time-trouble. Crooked real-estate agents, and sinister fertility clinics are some of his targets.
McNally's Secret (McNally's serie #1)
Although he doesn't usually handle burglaries, playboy-sleuth Archy McNally agrees to handle a "discrete" case for a society matron. And his search fo <more...>r stolen property leads Archy into a maze of sex, lies, and blackmail, uncovering a secret that's much too close to home.