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Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

Rabi and Miguel are two Little Leaguers about to face foul balls and even fouler smells, particularly the odor coming from the local meatpacking plant.

They soon realize that the plant is covering up something sinister. When their coach is discovered stumbling around and groaning for braaaaiins, the boys know what they must do. Of course, humans are one thing, but half-ton zombie cows? That's a whole new ball game.


screaming-staircaseLockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

If ghosts are your thing, look no further than the services of Lockwood & Co., where adolescents hunt and exterminate stranded spirits throughout England.

Lucy Carlyle has just started working for Anthony Lockwood, but they’ve already burned down one of their customer’s houses while failing to solve a decades old murder. With their names and business at stake, Anthony agrees to investigate a notoriously haunted mansion with some hideous secrets. Solving the case might just save their business, if they make it through the night.


hold-me-closerHold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Sam LaCroix is a bit of a slacker, choosing to spend his post-high school existence flipping burgers and playing “Guess what I put in the deep fryer?” This all changes when the mysterious and sharply dressed Douglas senses strong abilities within the fry jockey. He fears Sam, and vows to destroy him.

Douglas and Sam both have the power of necromancy, raising the dead. Sam didn’t ask for this though. All he wants to do is trade sarcastic remarks with his friends. Changes are coming, changes that involve kidnapped werewolf princesses, zombified panda bears and one very sassy disembodied head. McBride’s novel is for high schoolers that want a hoot with their hollers.

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.


Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”