The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver

The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver & H.C. Chester

What you will find in this book: A rather attractive bearded lady, several scandalous murders, a deliciously disgusting Amazonian shrunken head, four extraordinary children with equally extraordinary abilities, and a quite loquacious talking bird.

Blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have grown up happily in Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. But when a fourth child, Max, a knife-thrower, joins the group, it sets off an unforgettable chain of events. When the museum’s Amazonian shrunken head is stolen, the four are determined to get it back. But their search leads them to a series of murders and an explosive secret about their pasts.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Dead bodies & body parts
  • Murder
  • Knife violence
  • Poisoning
  • Hanging
  • Train accident
  • Death from a fall
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Demigods and Magicians by Rick Riordan

Demigods & Magicians by Rick Riordan

Magic, monsters, and mayhem abound when Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase meet Carter and Sadie Kane for the first time. Weird creatures are appearing in unexpected places, and the demigods and magicians have to team up to take them down. As they battle with Celestial Bronze and glowing hieroglyphs, the four heroes find that they have a lot in common–and more power than they ever thought possible. But will their combined forces be enough to foil an ancient enemy who is mixing Greek and Egyptian incantations for an evil purpose?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Physical injuries, including burns
  • Building collapse
  • Subway accident
  • Animal attack
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The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.

Hazel is supposed to be dead.  When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem—when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Racism & racist language
  • Parental abandonment
  • Amnesia
  • Flashbacks & blackouts
  • Nightmares
  • Suicide recounted
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a sister recounted
  • Death of a mother by gun violence mentioned
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Kidnapping
  • Train accident
  • Animal attack
  • Bullying
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You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.

Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better. Shay would die for them to like her. She may have to.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Rape (on-page)
  • Trauma & panic attacks
  • Graphic suicide by train (on-page)
  • Suicide (theme)
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a sister
  • Death of a father recounted
  • Strangulation
  • Stalking

*Note: A character is described as having ‘almond-shaped eyes’.

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Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch

Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as “the Faceless Man,” it’s up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and—as of now—deadliest subway system in the world.

At least he won’t be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She’s young, ambitious, beautiful . . . and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah—that’s going to go well.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racist language & racial slurs
  • Physical injuries
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Death by train
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