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Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis Dial Books / Penguin Random House Publication Date: August 25, 2020 ISBN: 978-1984814531
Lola Nox, daughter of famed horror film director Nolan Nox, is shipped off to stay with a grandmother she’s never met after her father is stabbed in their Manhattan apartment. She arrives in Harrow Lake, Indiana, the small town that was the setting of her father’s cult classic film Nightjar—a film that her mother starred in as a young woman before disappearing years later. The town is eerily timeless and rife with superstition around a local cannibalistic monster called Mr. Jitters. As Lola learns more about her mother’s childhood, she seeks to unravel the mystery of her disappearance before the town’s darkness can engulf her.
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Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publication Date: August 25, 2020 ISBN: 978-0062854599
When Quinn’s mother dies and her father decides he’s had enough of being an ER doctor, they move to an old house in the quiet town of Kettle Springs, MO to get a fresh start. What they don’t know is that the town’s older and younger generations are pitted against each other, with the older citizens determined to “make Kettle Springs great again” and the younger citizens who like to broadcast their pranks on social media and have little regard for tradition and old-fashioned social mores, a battle that culminates in a murderous rampage by Frendo, the town’s corn syrup factory clown mascot.
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The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune; narrated by Daniel Henning Macmillan Audio Release date: 03-17-20 ISBN: 9781250264299
Linus Baker takes his job as overseer of magical children’s orphanages very seriously. His by-the-book approach to visits and reports gets him noticed by Extremely Upper Management. They select him for a special job visiting a house at what seems like the end of the world to report on a particularly special group of kids. But while there, he finds that there might be more to life than filling out forms and boxes, and in this case, the children and their enigmatic master are teaching him more than he expected to find.