Do you love books so much, you can never imagine parting with a single one? Are you a dragon that hoards books instead of gold? (Or hoards gold but trades it for books?) Then, welcome kindred spirits! Below are some of our Must-Have CBAY Books from the last few years. Let us know if we missed one!

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By Amy Bearce

Parker Mills is a psychic empath who has it all—until she doesn’t.

“Shortcuts is a memorable speculative novel that begs for a sequel.” —Foreword Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“The story feels like a blend of Willo Davis Roberts’ nerdy-psychic classic The Girl with the Silver Eyes (1980) and the Stephen King novel Carrie (1980)” —Kirkus Reviews

“The story moves along quickly with good character development and compelling writing. It also opens the door to many conversations about friendship, responsibility, genetic engineering, and ethical problem solving.” —School Library Connection

The Lazy Dragon and the Bumblespells Wizard

The Lazy Dragon & the Bumblespells Wizard

By Kath Boyd Marsh

Cl’rnce, the world’s laziest dragon, and Moire Ain, the clumsiest wizard, team up on an epic quest to return a special rock to Ghost Mountain.

“High jinks ensue, along with some serious tension as the characters near Ghost Mountain. Marsh keeps her focus on light situational and character comedy even as she reveals that Cl’nce isn’t as complete a buffoon as she originally paints him to be. Neither he nor Moire Ain wants to kill anyone, and their goodness stands out.” — Kirkus Reviews

Other Books in the Series:

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Bubbles & Smush: Closet Monsters
Bubbles & Smush: Trick or Treats
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Once Upon a Princess

Once Upon a Princess

By Christine Marciniak

After a coup forces Princess Fritzi to flee her country, she has to learn how to fit in at an American middle school.

“Princess Fredericka tries to rally popular support for her royal family in order to combat a revolt in her home country, Colsteinburg … Children who have faced changes in their circumstances will welcome the message.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will enjoy following Fritzi’s efforts to keep her royalty secret from her classmates and the ensuing surprise when they discover her true identity… Hand this to fans of Gail Carson Levine and Meg Cabot.—Diane McCabe, John Muir Elementary, Santa Monica, CA, School Library Journal

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Royal Trouble: The Sinister Regent

By Hope Erica Schultz

Princess Jes is unhappy to be left alone with a mysterious regent when her family leaves for a visit to the mainland. She is even more upset to learn the regent has villainous plans for her country.

“This ambitious chapter book packs a punch.” —Kirkus Reviews

Other Books in the Series:

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