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I believe this is likely Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver, first book of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series (which has six books in it, not eight). In pre-agricultural Europe, the hunter-gatherers of the Forest live in clans, each represented by a particular animal or life form. Torak and his father, of "Wolf Clan", live together in the forest. ...


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I found it. At long last, I found it. I have to say, it was tricky. I tried over and over again every variation of the details I knew (or thought I knew) in google and every book search website I could find. Then, under advice from a New York Public Library article, I did a very specific search in Reddit. Empset themselves had been looking for the book I was ...


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This looks like Cybershock: Totally Wired, by David Lambert (1996). Amazon's summary: When Jed is accidentally electrocuted while working on his computer, he's amazed to discover that the computer images no longer appear on the burned-out CRT but instead appear inside his head. Even more amazing, he discovers that by thinking commands, he can operate ...


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This reminds me a good bit of Henry Martyn by L. Neil Smith. The title character is taken by pirates, and eventually rises to lead them. It's a very far future, with "keflar" clothing, near-instant multi-material 3-D printing, gene-modified mercenary grunts, orbital tethers to land the sailing starships (complete with "cannon" that are prone to explode ...


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Sounds a little like Scott Westerfield's Midnighters trilogy, the first of which is The Secret Hour. Jessica Day moves to a new town where she discovers that when she wakes up at midnight everything in town is frozen for an hour each night. Creatures called Darklings live in this frozen hour, occasionally eating the odd human who strays into the hour. The ...


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Could this be David Brin's The Giving Plague (1987)? Not all villains succeed at being evil. Not all diseases deserve the word plague. Fate can be ironic indeed. The chilling short story, The Giving Plague, follows microbiologist Forry, a self-proclaimed cynic, jealous of his “boy wonder” colleague who discovers a unique virus that could change humanity. ...


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I haven't read it myself so I can't comment on all of your descriptions, but with the themes of birds, magic school, modern day, magic female protagonist and friend who is technologically savvy it sounds like it could be All The Birds in The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. From summaries it seems to be about a girl who discovers she is a witch, turns into a ...


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Just to put the answer out there, after I suggested that it sounded like a Christopher Pike novel (him having written several books involving people being possessed by members of an ancient race), the querent stated that they believe it is Spooksville #15: Revenge of the No-Ones. Mysterious balls of light are circling Spooksville, and one of them zaps ...


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