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Days of Blood and Starlight
By Laini Taylor
Never fear, fans of Daughter of Smoke & Bone--Days of Blood & Starlight is just as good, if not better! Picking up a few months later, the sequel finds Karou in the middle of the desert, tormented by memories of Akiva and creating an army to avenge her people. The drama runs high as the war between the angels and the chimera begins to take on a life of its own, and Karou begins to understand that her actions may have dire consequences!

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By Terri Terry

Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever. She’s been “slated.” The government claims that she was a terrorist and they are giving her a second chance—if she plays by their rules. But scenes from the past haunt her as she tries to adjust to a new life, family, and school, leaving her unsettled. Who is she really? And if only criminals are meant to be slated, why are so many other teens disappearing? 

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Paper Valentine
By Brenna Yovanoff

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record.  The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls!

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one.  Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders?

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Warm Bodies
By Isacc Marion

R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie!  Ah! He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing.

After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend.

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World War Z: 
An Oral History of the Zombie War
By Max Brooks

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the U.S. and throughout the world, from decimated cities to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time.  World War Z is the result. 

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Safe Haven
By Nicholas Sparks

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo.

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

 By Jennifer E. Smith

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

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(Book 2, The Lunar Chronicles)

By Marissa Meyer

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her.

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Raven Boys 
by Maggie Stiefvater

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them-not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. 

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone 
by Laini Taylor

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. 

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by Becca Fitzpatrick

Fates unfurl in the gripping conclusion to the Hush, Hush saga!!!

Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend's ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on?

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The Final Maximum Ride Adventure 

by James Patterson 

Maximum Ride and her faithful friends stand ready to face the two greatest threats that humankind has ever known! And this time, the enemy truly can't be stopped.
The danger mounts just as Dylan has finally worked his way into Max's heart—and just as her beloved Fang unexpectedly returns to the flock. An explosive confrontation between the two boys with a claim to Max's heart ensues, and the entire world hangs in the balance.
In this powerful and moving finale to James Patterson's epic fantasy series, fans will finally get the answers they've been waiting for—and an ending full of shock, surprises, and the greatest conclusion you never saw coming.

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The Kill Order 
by James Dashner

It’s the prequel to the Maze Runner series!
Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next.
Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there's something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it's mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.
Mark and Trina are convinced there's a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they're determined to find it—if they can stay alive.

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Beautiful Redemption
(Beautiful Creatures Series #4)
by Kami Garcia 
Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?
Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

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by Ally Condie

Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion.

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Amateur Angel 
by Karri Thompson 

18-years-old, Ashley is no ordinary teenager. Not only is she dead, but upon her death, she mistakenly enters the wrong line in the afterlife, a line meant for trained, guardian angels. With a pair of wings on her back, Ashley is sent to L.A. to replace another angel whose "assignment" was none-other-than Cannon Michaels, a current member of the band Sendher, the sexiest man alive, and Ashley's celebrity crush in life!

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The Diviners 
by Libba Bray

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult—also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer—if he doesn't catch her first.

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The Serpent’s Shadow 
by Rick Riordan

The exciting adventure continues for Carter and Sadie in the third and FINAL book of the Kane Chronicles! Apothis is back and evil as ever as he threatens the entire world as we know it! Can Carter and Sadie fight off the evil forces once again? There is only one way to find out! Check it out today
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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This novel will take you through all sorts of emotions: laughter and tears included as the main character, Hazel, struggles with cancer. At a cancer support group she meets a boy and encounters a romance just like any other 16-year old girl. Will she and her romance survive?
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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) 
by Marissa Meyer

This is not just another version of Cinderella- oh no! Cinder is a cyborg. This is a science fiction twist to Cinderella with all the key characters: stepmother, stepsisters, and the prince, (of course!) plus more. This is the first in a series that are sure to pull you in and keep you wanting more!
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OK For Now 
by Gary Schmidt

If you need a character to root for, you will find one in Doug. Eighth grader, Doug, is a younger brother, a bullied son, an undercover artist, and the misunderstood student you can’t help but like. This historical fiction novel, finds Doug in a new town during the Vietnam War era where he faces obstacles, fears, and maybe even a little romance. This novel comes from the author of The Wednesday Wars and it is just as great!
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Divergent (#1) and Insurgent (#2) 
by Veronica Roth

If you need a new series to read that rivals The Hunger Games then look no further! In this dystopian society, when you turn 16 years old you have to decide which “faction” you will live in for the rest of your life and then survive the initiation process or else! There is struggle, wars, battles, and mystery all rolled into this exciting series! The third book is already on its to way to your library- it’s that great!
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Bitterblue (#3) and Fire (#2) 
by Kristin Cashore

The third book in the Graceling series, Bitterblue, has been released and continues the tale as Queen Bitterblue takes over the reigns from her tyrannical father’s 35 year rule. This is a fantasy meets mystery type of tale as young Bitterblue attempts to rule in a confusing world where secrets are kept from her and she hides behind paperwork instead of meeting the realities of her new world head on.
If you haven’t read Graceling, the first book of the series, that’s ok because you don’t necessarily need to read this series in order to enjoy this odd fantasy world.
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 A Dog's Purpose 
by W. Bruce Cameron

You don’t have to be a dog lover to enjoy this interesting perspective into the world of dogs! Told from the point of view of Bailey, a dog, who is reborn several times and searches for the answer to the timeless questions: “Why are we here?” If you have ever had a dog in your life, this book is a must read for you. But a word of caution, you will need the tissues close by!
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 Au Revoir Crazy European Chick 
by Joe Schreiber

If you need a quick, funny, adventurous little read then check out Au Revoir Crazy European Chick. Just like the title says this book is “crazy” with the events of 17 year-old, Perry’s prom night. When Perry’s mom forces him to take Gobija Zaksauskas—their quiet, geeky Lithuanian exchange student, a wild night ensues full of shoot outs, explosions, car crashes and more! If you need a light –hearted book that will put a smile on your face check out Au Revoir Crazy European Chick.
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 Why We Broke Up 
by Daniel Handler

This is the story of why Min and Ed broke up. The break unfolds through Min’s collection of trinkets gathered during the relationship: two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room. As each trinket is explained so is the painful break up. Don’t let the length of the book scare you, it’s not as long as you think with all the illustrations a long the way.

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The Hunger Games,Mockingjay
(Hunger Games Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins

In a not-too-distant future, the United States has collapsed, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games where it is kill or be killed! When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister Prim is selected, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and the male representative, Peeta--the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough--will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. Read the entire trilogy before the first movie comes out on March 23, 2012!
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Destined: A House of the Night Novel by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast

In their ninth book, Zoey is finally home, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, and is preparing to face off against Neferet. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together...if only he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow…
But, there are new forces at work at the House of Night that threatens their precarious stability. Then, there’s the mysterious Aurox, a gorgeous teen boy who is actually more, or possibly less, than human. Find out what’s destined in the next captivating chapter of the House of Night series.
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Bronxwood by Coe Booth
In the sequel to Tyrell, Tyrell's father is finally out of jail, and Tyrell doesn't know how to deal with that. It's bad enough that his brother Troy is in foster care and that his mother is no help to family. Now there's another thing up in his face. Tyrell's father has plans of his own, and doesn't seem to care whether or not Tyrell wants to go along with them. Be advised that this contains mature content.
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I am J by Chris Beam

J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible. But after being deserted by his best friend he thought would always be by his side and a family who just doesn’t get him, J decides that he's done hiding - it's time to be who he really is.
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Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
Everyone wants to be perfect, but how far would you go? What would yougive up to be perfect?
Cara’s parents’ expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. Kendra wants the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run, Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never have understood. What price would you pay to be: Perfect?
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Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Not so very long ago in the first book of the series,Eragon, the Dragon Rider Eragon was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances. Read the final book in the Eragon series and see how it all ends.
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Eona by Allison Goodman
In the sequel to Eon, Eona has been revealed as the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon's army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio. Plus, they must find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona's power and the black folio if he is to get his throne back from the self-styled "Emperor" Sethon. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power!
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Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Book two of the Heroes of Olympus series has finally arrived and the mystery of “what happened to Percy Jackson?” will be answered. The adventure continues with Percy Jackson awakening from his long sleep at camp half-blood even though he has limited memory of what the camp even is! Plus, meet new demi-gods Hazel and Frank Zhang and find out which god claims them as their own. Read what is said to be the most exciting quest of all with the Prophecy of Seven.
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Shine by Lauren Myracle
When Cat’s best friend, Patrick becomes a victim of an apparent hate crime, she sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Not only is Cat trying to solve the mystery because the police aren’t giving the case the time it deserves, she struggles with her own guilt for not being a better friend. The story is both tragic and inspirational and is one that needs to be read.
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Under Dogs by Markus Zusak
Cameron and Ruben Wolfe are intensely loyal brothers who are great at getting into fights, inventing half-baked schemes, and generally disappointing girls, their parents, and their family. But when Cameron falls crazily in love with Ruben's girlfriend, the bond between brothers gets tested. Is their bond strong enough to withstand girl trouble?

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help is about a young white woman in early 1960s Mississippi who becomes interested in the dilemmas of the black maids that every white family has working for them. “Skeeter” writes their stories about mistreatment, abuse and heartbreaks of working in white families' homes, all just before the Civil Rights revolution. That is the story in a nutshell - but it is so much more than just stories! You will laugh and you will cry. You will not be able to put down The Help, which is now being called a modern classic.
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Plague (Gone Series) by Michael Grant
It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.
They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate and predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll never escape life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?
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Lucky: A Memoir by Alice Sebold
When Sebold, the author of the bestseller The Lovely Bones, was a college freshman at Syracuse University, she was attacked and raped, forced onto the ground in a tunnel "among the dead leaves and broken beer bottles." In an awkward attempt to soothe her, a policeman later told her that a young woman had been murdered there and, by comparison, Sebold should consider herself lucky. This uncertain "luck" is the focus of this honest memoir about how an incident of such profound violence can change the course of one's life.
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The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles) by Rick Riordan
Finally the sequel to The Red Pyramid is here! Sadie and Carter Kane are back to battle against Chaos, and Apophis is very close to rising. The only way to stop him is to awaken Ra. The problem is no one even knows where Ra is. And to awaken him, they need the three scrolls of the Book of Ra which are unreadable. How will these young crusaders survive it all and win the battle over good and evil?
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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The Scorch Trials picks up where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Can Thomas survive in such a violent world? If you loved the Hunger Games trilogy, try this sci-fi trilogy!
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City of Fallen Angels by Clare Cassandra
The fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series is here! The Mortal War is over, teenager Clary Fray is back home in New York, and excited about the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace. But most importantly of all, she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price… If you haven’t read this series yet, then start now with City of Bones.
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Beastly by Alex Flinn
Need a new fairytale? Try the modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Popular and privileged, high school student Kyle Kingsbury knows he can get away with almost anything because of his looks and his money. But Kyle goes too far when he humiliates an unpopular girl at the school dance. The girl turns out to be a witch who casts a spell on Kyle, turning him into a beast that is now as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside. The only way to break the curse is to fall in love with someone who will look past his appearance and love him for what is on the inside. Now also available on eBook.
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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Need a Horror/Romance novel? Then try reading about Nora Grey. Romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
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Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
The sequel to Hush, Hush, picks back up with Nora and Patch. But Nora should know better than to think her life can return to normal after falling in love with a fallen angel. And Nora's life isn't normal - her dad was murdered, and the facts about his death just don't add up. Now Nora's own life is in imminent danger. Is she and Patch strong enough for the battle ahead?

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Project Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger
Fifteen-year-old Dave and his buddies, Victor and Curtis, are shocked when their fathers demand they get summer jobs. As the boys consider actual work, they decide to deceive their families, avoid employment, and live the “sweet life” for one last summer.

Still, they need to figure out a way to make money, which they can pass off to their parents as hard-earned wages. In a series of ill-fated schemes that range from bank stakeouts to scuba diving, the boys weave a complicated and uncomfortable web of lies while racking up a large debt.
This comedy of errors is improbable but entertaining. The characters ring true, and readers will appreciate that the trio puts more effort into evading work than they would have expended at a real job. An amusing story with great appeal.
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Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
This story takes readers inside the walls of a juvenile corrections facility. Reese is in the second year of his sentence for stealing prescription pads and selling them to a neighborhood dealer. He fears that his life is headed in a direction that will inevitably lead him “upstate,” to the kind of prison you don’t leave.

His determination to claw his way out of the downward spiral is tested when he stands up to defend a weaker boy. Unfortunately, the resulting counterattacks only seem to reinforce the impossibility of escaping a hopeless future. Facing his limits, Reese struggles to maintain faith in himself.

The question of how to escape the cycle of violence and crime plaguing inner-city youth suggests hope, but doesn’t guarantee it. A thoughtful book that could resonate with those on a dangerous path.
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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Told in alternating narratives, this story portrays a romance between two unlikely lab partners. Brittany is her Chicago high school's "golden girl" but few of her friends know that her parents are totally dysfunctional and that she is highly invested in caring for her physically and mentally disabled older sister. Alex is a member of the Latino Blood, but he wishes he could leave gang life and pursue a college career.

The romance that follows will not surprise any reader, but the reader keeps it interesting by switching the point of view from Alex to Brittany to provide dual running commentaries on their minute-by-minute insecurities and urges. Brittany’s controlling parents and sister with cerebral palsy are well drawn, but it is Alex and his life that is particularly vivid. Sprinkling his speech with raw language and Spanish phrases are peppered throughout, Ales’s gruff but tender interactions with his family and friends seem completely genuine.
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The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon

It's true: After 17-year-old Ben’s father announces he’s gay and the family splits apart, Ben does everything he can to tick him off: skip school, smoke pot, skateboard nonstop, get arrested. But he never thinks he’ll end up yanked out of his city life and plunked down into a small Montana town with his dad and Edward, the boyfriend.

As if it’s not bad enough living in a hick town with spiked hair, a skateboard habit, and two dads, he soon realizes something’s not quite right with Billy, the boy next door. He’s hiding a secret about his family, and Ben is determined to uncover it and set things right.

In an authentic, unaffected, and mordantly funny story, there is a compelling story of an uprooted and uncomfortable teenaged guy trying to fix the lives around him—while figuring out his own.
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The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
Fourteen-year-old Symone is fascinated with the memory of Captain Laurence "Titus" Oates, an explorer who accompanied Robert Scott on his failed expedition to the South Pole. Sym is passionate about the Antarctic and her infatuation is fed by her Uncle Victor, an eccentric family friend who has cared for Sym and her mother since Sym's father's death.
When Victor surprises Sym with a trip to "the Ice," she has some doubts, especially when she discovers that her mother can't come. But her excitement overshadows her initial misgivings--until realizes that Uncle Victor has an obsession of his own that runs deeper than the glaciers and threatens her life.
The story plunges readers into a captivating landscape that challenges the boundaries of reality. Best suited to older, better readers, this imaginative, intellectually demanding novel offers plenty of action.
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City of Thieves by David Benioff
A novel about surviving WWII in Russia. Having decided to stay in Leningrad during the siege, 17-year-old Lev Beniov is caught looting a German paratrooper's corpse. The penalty for this infraction (and many others) is execution. But when Colonel Grechko confronts Lev and Kolya, a Russian army deserter also facing execution, he spares them on the condition that they acquire a dozen eggs for the colonel's daughter's wedding cake.

Their mission exposes them to the most ghoulish acts of the starved populace and takes them behind enemy lines to the Russian countryside. There, Lev and Kolya take on an even more daring objective: to kill the commander of the local occupying German forces. A tense adventure and a bittersweet coming-of-age story.
Is it serious? Yes.
Is it a war story? Yes.
Is it funny? Yes.
Is it historically accurate? Yes.
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Tyrell by Coe Booth
At 15, Tyrell is trying to keep his little brother in school and safe in their roach-infested shelter in the Bronx. He has dropped out of school, and Moms wants him to sell drugs to make money. But Tyrell is too smart. He doesn't want to end up in prison like his dad, so he tries to organize a neighborhood party to raise money.
His girlfriend, Novisha, isn't happy that Tyrell has dropped out. She loves him, and they make out, but he respects her wish to remain a virgin.
The author, who was born and raised in the Bronx, is now a social worker there, and her novel is heartbreakingly realistic. The immediate first-person narrative is pitch perfect: fast, funny, and anguished.Unlike many books reflecting the contemporary street scene, this one is more than just a pat situation with a glib resolution. It's filled with surprising twists and turns that continue to the end.
(Warning: there's lots of use of the “n-word” though the term is employed in the colloquial sense, not as an insult).
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Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Stolarz
Until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia’s life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades, an okay relationship with her parents, and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when a mysterious boy named Ben starts junior year at her high school, Camelia’s life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend’s accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She’s reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help—but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.
This book is the beginning of a new series that's sure to be a favorite. From the best-selling author of Blue is for Nightmares, White Is for Magic, Silver Is for Secrets, and Red Is for Remembrance.
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Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
The story of teenagers going to war today is an important one, and it is not told often enough.
Following September 11, Robin feels compelled to join the Army. After Basic Training, he is deployed to Iraq where he becomes part of a Civil Affairs Unit charged with building the trust of the Iraqi people to minimize fighting.

Robin quickly learns that the situation in Iraq will not be resolved easily and that much of what is happening there will never make the news. Facing the horrors of war, Robin tries to remain hopeful and comforting in his letters to his family, never showing his fear or the danger he actually faces.
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Gone by Michael Grant
“One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War and the next minute he was gone." Just vanished—along with everyone else over the age of 13 in a 20-mile radius around Perdido Beach, CA.

The children left behind find themselves battling hunger and fear. Things go from bad to worse when some of the children begin exhibiting strange powers, animals show signs of freakish mutations, and people disappear as soon as they turn 14.

Gone is a gripping and gritty read with enough creepy gruesomeness to satisfy readers who have a taste for the macabre. There are two more books in the series – Hunger and Lies.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Without Hugo Cabret, none of the clocks in the Paris train station he lives in would work. Though he's only a kid, Hugo tends to the clocks every day. Coincidences, puzzles, lost keys, and a mystery from the past combine in this complex tale

This award-winning book is not exactly a novel, and it's not quite a picture book, and it's not really a graphic novel, ...but a combination of all these things. The story is told with pictures that act out the action and then several pages of text that describe the plot elements. It is also like nothing you've ever seen before. The final effect is like watching a puzzle work itself into clarity. Popular with readers of all ages.

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Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica
Nate is the star quarterback of his school football team and has a great relationship with his best friend and soulmate, Abby McCall. However, all is not smooth sailing. His family is in danger of losing their home in the economic downturn, and Abby's eyesight is failing due to a rare congenital disease.

Nate thinks he may have the opportunity to solve all of his problems when he wins the chance to make a million dollars by throwing a football through a small target during halftime at a pro football game. The football action plus the athlete's thought process and emotional highs and lows of competition feels real.

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Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Good novel for discussing with friends. Biracial Micah Wilkins, 17, attends a private school in New York and she admits she's a liar.

When a popular senior named Zach is murdered, many of Micah's previous lies are revealed and she becomes a suspect.

Readers will delve into the mind of a troubled teen and decides the truths and lies for themselves. Suspenseful and supernatural.

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I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
(1st book in the "Gallagher Girls" series) Cammie Morgan, 15, is a student at Gallagher Academy, a top-secret boarding school for girls who are spies-in-training. She studies covert operations and has learned to speak 14 languages. Her troubles begin when she falls for Josh, a local boy who has no clue about her real identity. Keeping her training secret forces her to lie to her new love, which leads to comic complications. Cute romance - possibly a future movie.

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Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vande Velde
As one her classmates puts it, 15-year-old Raquel is the kind of kid who has a tendency to be invisible. That is... until the night she's hit by a car and killed while walking home from the movies.

In brief, moving chapters, the reader hears about Raquel from her classmates, her best friend, her family--and the woman who was driving the car that struck her.

The loss of this seemingly invisible girl deeply affects her entire community, proving just how interconnected and similar we all really are.
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Deadline by Chris Crutcher
After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, 18-year-old Ben elects to forgo treatment and keep his illness secret from his family and friends in an attempt to have a "normal" senior year at his small Idaho high school.

Free from long-term consequences, he connects with his crush, frustrates his biased Government teacher, and tries out for football. However, Ben's illness slowly exacts its toll on him, and he begins to realize the consequences of keeping his condition hidden. Good blend of sports action and human emotion in this powerful novel.
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Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
May and Pearl, two sisters living in Shanghai in the mid-1930s, are beautiful, sophisticated, and well-educated, but their family is on the verge of bankruptcy. Their parents arrange for their daughters to marry men who have come from Los Angeles to find brides.

When the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel’s Island (the Ellis Island of the West), they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months. When May discovers she’s pregnant the situation becomes even more desperate. A novel about two sisters, two cultures, and the struggle to find a new life in America.

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Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L.A. Meyer
With the plague running rampant in London in 1797, Mary's parents and sister are soon counted among the dead. Left alone and penniless, she is taken in by a gang of orphans and learns survival skills.

She strips the dead body, cuts her hair, renames herself Jack Faber, and is soon employed as a ship's boy on the HMS Dolphin. When the vessel sees its first fight with a pirate ship, she bravely saves her friend Jaimy. With natural leadership abilities and a sense of fair play and humanity, she earns her the nickname "Bloody Jack."

This is the 1st book in a series that has 7 titles so far. Good adventure.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
18-month-old baby--escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard after his family is attacked in their house. The ghostly inhabitants adopt him to keep him safe and they name him "Nobody Owens," ("Bod" for short") because he "looks like nobody but himself.

Bod grows up among a multigenerational cast of characters from different historical periods that includes matronly Mistress Owens; ancient Roman Caius Pompeius; an opinionated young witch; a melodramatic hack poet; and Bod's beloved mentor and guardian, Silas, who is neither living nor dead and has secrets of his own. Bod has a series of adventures, both in and out of the graveyard, in this rich and surprising tale of dreams, ghouls, murderers, trickery, and family.

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Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
Violet Paz, growing up in suburban Chicago, barely knows Spanish, and her dad refuses to talk about his Cuban roots, so it's a real surprise when the family insists that Violet have a grand quinceanero, the traditional Latina fifteenth-year coming-of-age ceremony. Violet just wants to be like every other American she knows.

This is a humorous cross-generational conflict between assimilation and the search for roots. Violet's story moves between slapstick and tenderness, denial and truth. She shops for her party dress, attends a Cuban peace rally, despairs of her dad's values and his taste in clothes, and soon sees that her American friends are also locked in crazy families.

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The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
It's 2025, and the thing to do on your 17th birthday is to get a bar code tattoo, which is used for everything from driver's licenses to shopping. Kayla, almost 17, resists because she hates the idea of being labeled. Soon she finds out that the markings contain detailed information about their people, including their genetic code. When the government, controlled by a corporation called Global-1, makes the tattoo mandatory, Kayla joins a teen resistance movement and falls for a gorgeous guy, unaware that he's a double agent.

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Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
Bred as a show dog, this German shepherd was destined for greatness until a broken leg took her out of contention. Adopted by a boy with an apartment and landlord has a no-pet policy, the heartbroken owner answers a newspaper ad. Soon the dog, re-named "Cracker," is accepted into a unit to help soldiers sniff out booby traps in Vietnam. She and her handler, Rick, quickly bond and head to the front lines. The story is filled with action and accurately re-creates the experience of the military canine program, from aspects of training to the battlefield.

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Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
In this Asian-inspired fantasy world, political power belongs to the emperor, but also to the Dragoneyes - men who harness the power of the 12 energy dragons named for animals from the Chinese zodiac. Each year, a new one comes to power, and the dragon itself chooses a new apprentice from a pool of 12-year-old boys. Physically lame Eon is thought least likely to be chosen and also has a secret: Eon is truly Eona, a 16-year-old girl.

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katsa is a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye - which marks her as a Graceling or a being with special talents. Katsa's Grace is her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) which makes her unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

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Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team and One Woman's Quest to Make a Differenceby Warren St. John
Amazing true story of three soccer teams composed of refugee boys (the Fugees) from Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. They face many challenges, including an ongoing fight against city hall for a field on which to play, and getting by with subpar equipment. Their biggest problem, however, is the difficulty immigrants face in learning the ways of a strange land and living with the memories of tragedy (some players had lost a parent to violence or imprisonment).

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Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
Matt found himself in the middle of Iraq War doing the patriotic thing for his country. He is surprised by the heat, the noise, and the people he meets - on both sides. Injured in an explosion, Matt suffers a TBI (traumatic brain injury) and he can't remember the events that lead up to the event. McCormick reveals not only the point-of-view and mindset of American troops, but also a glimpse of the life of the regular Iraqi citizen trying to cope in a country at war. Some strong language.

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Saint Iggy by K. L. Going
Iggy Corso, 16, doesn't do drugs, even though he was born addicted to crack. He lives in a city housing project, in an apartment filled with furniture that his stoned and drunken father collects from the street. Iggys mother is an addict who has been AWOL for a month. The cool thing about the teen is that, despite his parents and his environment, he doesn't feel sorry for himself. He has failed two grades and been suspended eight times, but he knows that he needs to get right with school.

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Scat by Carl Hiaasen
When their unpopular biology teacher goes missing in a suspicious fire during a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp, Nick and Marta don't buy the excuse for her absence and decide to do some investigating of their own. The endangered and hunted panther plus illegal pipelines in the Everglades are involved. The teens' dangerous detective work and the ethics of environmental awareness are both involved, plus father's injury in Iraq and a study of the struggles that military families are facing today.

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Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
Set in ancient China, 17-year-old Ai Ling faces demons, monsters, and gods as she tries to fulfill her destiny. Frightened after a local man tries to blackmail her into marriage, Ai Ling resolves to journey to the emperor's palace, where her missing father was last seen. Along the way, she meets the handsome Chen Yong, who is on a quest of his own.

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Unwind by NealShusterman
In a future world, where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others. Three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs - and to try to save their own lives by plotting an escape while on their way to the harvest camps. It is a dystopian thriller about bioethics where human beings could be viewed simply as valuable parts. This story is disturbing and fascinating

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Catching Fire 
by Suzanne Collins
The highly anticipated sequel to “Hunger Games,” the plot continues the story of Panem, a dystopian nation that holds a televised tournament every year in which two teen “tributes” from each of the surrounding districts fight a gruesome battle to the death. Characters show the best and worst of humanity as the two main tributes, Katniss and Peeta, continue their struggles characters. The story leaves the reader anticipating the continuing surprises in the 3rd part of the trilogy coming in the future. the last book, entitles "Mockingjay" is due to be released on August 24, 2010.

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart
15 -year old Frankie is geeky but she wants to fit in at her new boarding school. She also has a new boyfriend, a gorgeous senior who belongs to a long-standing secret society at school known mostly for a history of male-only membership. Using her brain, Frankie is able to manipulate the Loyal Order to do her bidding with pranks meant to make a statement. Some segments are told via phone calls and emails but they are not confusing. Readers will feel that they are a part of the teen's disreputable and humorous history.

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Gym Candy 
by Carl Deuker
Having grown up in the shadow of his father's failed NFL career, high-school football player Mick Johnson is determined not to make the same mistakes. But when he's tackled just short of the goal in an important game, he decides that vitamin supplements aren't enough and begins purchasing "gym candy," or steroids, from the trainer at his local gym. His performance starts breaking records and his father couldn't be more proud, but along with gains in muscle, he suffers "'roid rage," and other side effects. Plenty of exciting on-field action and locker-room drama.

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If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
The last normal moment that Mia can remember is driving in the car with her family. Next she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. In the hospital, Mia is in a coma and she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether she wants to fight to live. In thoughts and flashbacks, Mia expertly explores her life, passion for music and strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living.

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The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
Book #1 in the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series

Percy, expelled from six schools for being unable to control his temper, learns the truth from his mother that his father is the Greek god Poseidon. Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. A non-stop thrill-ride where Greek mythology comes to life. So good, it was already made into a movie.

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Mexican White Boy 
by Matt de La Pena
16-year-old Danny Lopez feels like an outsider. At his school in northern San Diego County, he thinks people ignore him, thinking that he was Mexican even though he was half-white. When he visits the Mexican side of his family in National City, he feels rejected because he is “too white” and he doesn't speak Spanish. Danny decides to spend the summer in National City to get close to his dad's roots and to wonder how he might have kept his absent father from leaving the family. The story is written in a coarse street language and is interwoven with some Spanish but the sports action and short chapters make it easy reading for all.

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by Roland Smith
In this high-altitude survival adventure, 14-year old Peak is sent to stay with his father and his Himalayan expedition company that is preparing teams to climb Mount Everest. He is excited about the possibility of becoming the youngest climber to reach the summit. Unfortunately, his dad may have less-than-fatherly motives involving publicity and financial gain for his company, at the expense of his paying customers. Interesting facts about Mount Everest, base camps, the dangers of climbing, and the Tibetan Sherpas who risk their lives to assist the climbers are woven into the story.

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Someone Like You
by Sarah Dessen
Realistic story of teens, rebellion, first love and moral challenges. Halley has always been close to her mother, a therapist who publishes books about adolescent behavior but the summer before her junior year of high school, Halley begins cutting the cord. Halley dumps her nerdy boyfriend (the son of her mother's best friend) and becomes involved with reckless Macon, a boy her parents have forbidden her to see. Then her friend Scarlett discovers she is pregnant two months after her boyfriend Michael is killed in a motorcycle accident. Ttwo girls turn to each other instead of their families for support.

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by Laurie Halse Anderson
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its first printing, the book is still super popular. Since the beginning of the school year, Melinda has found that it's been getting harder and harder for her to speak out loud. Her throat always feels sore and her lips feel raw. She freezes at the thought of talking. What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall mute? Could it be due to the fact that no one at school is speaking to her because she called the cops and got everyone busted at the seniors' big end-of-summer party? Deep down Melinda knows the real reason why she's been struck mute.

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by Lisa McMann
Book #1 in a trilogy withFade (#2) and Gone (#3)

Is it a gift or a curse? Ever since she was a child, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams. She is witness to typical and boring things but also funny things, strange things, and disturbing things. She can't tell anybody about this. They'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. It is not until she befriends a nursing home patient and becomes involved with an fellow-student that she discovers her true power. Edgy and very unusual.

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox
by Mary E. Pearson
Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox awakens after more than a year in a coma to find herself in a life—and a body—that she doesn't quite recognize. Her parents tell her that she's been in an accident, but much of her past identity and current situation remain a mystery to her. Strange memories begin to surface, and she slowly realizes that a terrible secret is being kept from her. This is a blend of science fiction, medical thriller, and teen-relationship novel that melds into a seamless whole of a future dystopia.

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Ball Don’t Lie 
by Matt de la Pena
Shuffled between foster homes since childhood, Sticky, is a skinny, white teen who devotes himself to playing basketball at Lincoln Rec, a gritty Los Angeles gym, where he has found a family among the serious players, mostly black men. The story is filled with the words and rhythms of hip hop and the street and tells about Sticky's struggle to secure a college basketball scholarship and have a good relationship with his girlfriend. Sticky faces violent childhood tragedies, numbed emotions, and his sometimes-compulsive behavior.

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The Compound
by S.A. Bodeen
In a burst of panic about a nuclear attack, nine-year-old Eli, his sisters, and his parents move into an underground bunker built by Eli's billionaire father. It's an enormous complex, with rooms similar to those in the family's Seattle mansion. The first six years have been fairly routine, but now some food has spoiled, and certain things just don't seem right, or even possible. What can Eli do to help his family survive? The novel becomes full of tension and suspense and turns into a true edge-of-the-seat thriller.

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How Not to be Popular 
by Jennifer Ziegler
Maggie Dempsey is tired of moving all over the country. Her parents are long-time hippies who move their family to a new city every year or so in a search of new adventures. Now the family has moved from Portland, Oregon to Austin, Texas. Maggie decides that she is going to deliberately NOT make any new friends there. She doesn’t want to fit in. She wants to do anything that will keep her from liking the new school. Especially, she wants to keep people from liking her. Only . . . things don’t go exactly as planned.

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The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
In a not-too-distant future, the U.S. has collapsed and been replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two representatives are selected by lottery from each district for the "games." As they struggle to eliminate their competitors, literally, all citizens are required to watch on large televisions. When 16-year-old Katniss, a female, and her male counterpart, Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives. Characters form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds.

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Lock and Key
by Sarah Dessen
17-year old Ruby hasn’t had much success with her parents. Her father left and then her boozing mother finally leaves, too. Child Services steps in and places Ruby with her older sister, Cora, who hasn’t seen Ruby in 10 years. Ruby is alone until Cora and her wealthy husband take her into their home. Abandonment and the meaning of family plays out in many different ways as Ruby struggles to find where she fits in and she becomes a friend to others. Sarah Dessen books are always popular.

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by Patricia Mccormick
13-year-old Lakshmi lives an ordinary life in Nepal, going to school and thinking of the boy she is to marry. Then her gambling-addicted stepfather sells her into prostitution in India. She is told that if she works off her family’s debt, she can leave, but she soon discovers that this is virtually impossible. When a boy who runs errands for the girls and their clients begins to teach her to read, she feels a bit more alive. When an American comes to the brothel to rescue girls, Lakshmi finally gets a sense of hope.

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Story of a Girl
by Sarah Zarr
When Deanna's father catches her having sex in a car when she is 13, her life is drastically changed. Two years later, he still can't look her in the eye and she is still branded the school slut. Though she protects herself by becoming outwardly tough, she feels alone. Her only outlet is her journal where she writes the story of an anonymous girl who has the same experiences and feelings that she does. It is a heartbreaking look at how a teenager can be defined by one mistake, and how it shapes her sense of self-worth.
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Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
When Clay Jenson plays the cassette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he's surprised to hear the voice his friend Hannah Baker who had recently committed suicide. He's one of 13 people who receive personalized cassettes from Hannah, each explaining how they contributed to what she had done. It may have been something big, something small or something completely innocent but it all leads up to Hannah not being able to cope even when she reaches out for help. How we treat one another is very important.
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by Laurie Halse Anderson
Lia and Cassie, both 18, had been best friends since elementary school, and each developed her own style of eating disorder that leads to disaster. Cassie calls Lia 33 times on the night of her death, and Lia never answers. As events play out, Lia's guilt, her need to be thin, and her fight for acceptance unravel. Specialized treatment centers, therapy, and monitoring of weight/food fail to help while Lia's habits prevail. The reader travels with her on her agonizing journey of inexplicable pain and her attempt to make some sense of her life.