Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

The Blurb On The Back:

Magic is a con game.

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster.  There’s just one problem: his magic is gone.

As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace.  But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path.

The first in a rich and compelling fantasy series bursting with tricks, traps and a devious talking squirrel cat.

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

The Blurb On The Back:

Who runs the world? SQUIRRELS!

Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green just moved from sunny California to the small town of Shady Oaks.  She must start at a new school, make new friends and continue to hide her fluffy tail.  Yep, Doreen has the powers of … a squirrel!

As Squirrel Girl, Doreen rescues cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean and dissuades vandalism.  All is well until a real-life Super Villain declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy.  Is Doreen ready to become a fully fledged Super Hero?  Or will she go … NUTS?

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Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick

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Anapra, Mexico.

Beyond the fence lies America, the Land of the Free.  But freedom doesn’t come cheap.

Tonight, Arturo must gamble not only for his friend’s freedom, but for his friend’s life – while his own hangs in the balance.

Can he cheat Death* herself?

* Saint Death.  She of pure bone and charcoal-black eye, she of absolute loyalty and neutral morality, holy patron to rich and poor, to prostitute and narco-lord, criminal and police-chief.  A folk saint, a rebel angel, a sinister guardian. 

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Beyond The Wall by Tanya Landman

The Blurb On The Back:

Can one slave destroy an empire?

Britannia.  A conquered land.

Running.  Weeping.  Blood on her lips.

Blood in her mouth.

Blood that is not her own.

After maiming her master, Cassia has no choice but to run.  Beyond the river, far to the north, stands Hadrian’s Wall – the furthest limit of the mighty Roman Empire.  And beyond the wall?  Freedom.  With dogs on her trail and a bounty on her head, the journey seems impossible.  But then Cassia meets Marcus – slick, slippery, silver-tongued – a true and perfect son of Rome.  And her only hope.  

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