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"Second Nature" by Jacquelyn Mitchard. This is the fierce and moving tale of one woman’s fight for her identity and her life when fate offers a new chance, a radical procedure to correct her horribly disfigured face. But her new face carries risks that no one could have imagined, and she is soon confronted by a moral and medical crisis that quickly becomes a matter of life and death.

"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. The night circus arrives without warning, and patrons experience a unique and divine experience, staring in wonder and awe at the feast of entertainment. But behind the scenes a fierce competition is underway between two gifted illusionists, and the circus becomes the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will, where only one will be left standing.

"Only Time Will Tell" by Jeffrey Archer. In the 1920s, an unexpected gift wins young Harry Clifton a scholarship to an exclusive boys school. Leaving the hard labor existence of the ship docks, his life will never be the same. Soon Harry questions who he really is...and suspects that he is the true son of a wealthy shipping family.

"Cold Vengeance" by Preston and Child. Devastated by the discovery that his wife was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But as he stalks his wife’s betrayers, he is also forced to dig further into Helen’s past, and is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder. This conspiracy goes deeper and is more monstrous than he could every have imagined.

"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline. It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours playing a sprawling virtual utopia. Hidden within this virtual world is an ultimate lottery ticket that leads to extraordinary riches...and Wade may be the first of billions to stumble upon the first clues and puzzles leading to the ticket. But now others are onto him, and very willing to commit murder to get the ticket first.

"The Lantern" by Deborah Lawrenson. Eve and Dom have a whirlwind relationship that leads them to a passionate and happy summer in the French countryside. But with autumn’s arrival, the days begin to cool and so, too, does Dom. Eve becomes obsessed with finding answers, and with unraveling the mystery of his absent, beautiful ex-wife, Rachel. This is a modern gothic novel of love, secrets, and murder, set against the lush backdrop of Provence.

Sharon Sturgis is the librarian for the Ellinwood School/Community Library.